Vol. VIII No. 15 - Tuesday  April 14 - April 20, 2009
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Rak Chiang Mai 51 attempt to
 intercept PM at military airport

Rak Chiang Mai 51 demonstrators shout slogans through loudspeakers as police block their access to the Wing 41 military airport in Chiang Mai.

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Songkran hotel bookings plunge 40% due to political unrest

According to major travel and tourism associations, foreign occupancy rates for Chiang Mai hotels and resorts during the Songkran festivities have fallen from 90-95% in 2008 to 40-45% this year. Political chaos and the threat of violent protests in the city over the holiday period are cited as the main reasons for the disastrous reduction in advance bookings.
Chiang Mai is regarded as the key Songkran destination in Thailand for both foreign and domestic visitors. Tourists already in the city have been urgently booking travel to other areas for fear of violence, and Bangkok travel agents dealing with bookings by foreign visitors are insisting on a 40% deposit to cover ‘no-shows’ in the event of drink-fuelled riots in Chiang Mai.

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OUR COMMUNITY
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‘The Amari’ to celebrate its 40th birthday…still under the same ownership!

May 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of one of Chiang Mai’s best loved hotels, the Amari Rincome, still owned by its original management company —possibly a record for any hotel in this city!

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More on the Bangkok International Motor Show

Last week was mainly a run-down on the cheap Chinese offerings, and they were certainly cheap at under B. 400,000. The interiors were, however, very nasty. I had gone to the show fully expecting to have put a deposit on one, to replace the mighty Mira, but I could not see myself driving the plastic interiors - acres of buff colored plastic.

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FEATURES
Around Town

The Tai Lue Annual Festival - totally traditional and totally joyous

The Tai Lue have one of the oldest recorded histories of any ethnic group in Thailand, with the first accurately recorded Lue kingdom being formed in Yunnan in 1180.

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Songkran celebrations began early at Joy’s House for the kids from the Children’s Shelter.

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