Finance Minister pledges
funds to develop Chiang Mai
Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij pledged to allocate a
government budget for tourism development projects in Chiang Mai during his
trip to this northern province, a major political stronghold of fugitive
former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Korn visited Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, a famous temple compound on the
mountain overlooking Chiang Mai.
The government will spend a budget of Bt84 million to fix the historic Doi
Suthep temple, he said.
Prathat Doi Suthep is Chiang Mai’s most famous tourist site and one of the
country’s most popular tourist destinations. The government pays attention
to tourism development and will allocate the budget to the province’s
development project as high as Bt18.6 billion, second to the capital city of
Bangkok, he added.
Engineers from the Asian Institute of Technology and Chiang Mai University
earlier found cracks on the pagoda, caused by the structural subsidence.
They said these cracks, in conjunction with heavy rain and a possible
moderate earthquake in the area, can lead to more serious structural damage
in the future.
A budget from the government will be spent on a number of projects related
to flood prevention, tourism development, road construction and education,
the finance minister said, adding that some of the budget will be allocated
to improve the Chiang Mai Zoo.
During his visit to Chiang Mai, Korn was jeered by some Thaksin supporters,
the ‘Red Shirt’ group of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship
The finance minister said his trip to Chiang Mai was sincerely intended to
note the progress of various government projects and instructed local
officials to push for more progress to benefit local people, he said.
The schedule of his trip was kept confidential for his safety in the wake of
Niyom Luangcharoen, a UDD key member was detained by the police after he had
been found carrying a gun and ammunition in his van during a police search
at Chiang Mai airport on Thursday.
The UDD leader’s arrest prompted about 200 UDD protesters to gather outside
the police station. The crowd dispersed early Friday after the police used a
water cannon to force them to leave.
Chiang Mai is Thaksin’s home town and is a political stronghold of
politicians under the Puea Thai Party who are his staunch supporters.
Kantary Hills Hotel…a Modern Lanna concept with first- class facilities
According to the hotel’s GM, Magrin Phromyothi , Kantary Hills, part
of the Swiss Kantary Group of hotels, is the perfect venue for meetings,
functions and events, and has a good reputation for overnight stays amongst
foreigners and retirees from the US, Europe, Japan, and Korea. The original
concept was to provide first-class accommodation in serviced apartments in a
Modern Lanna setting, incorporating fine design and great customer service
at affordable prices.
smiling and successful Kantary Hills Hotel GM, Magrin Phromyothi, pictured
here in the lobby lounge.
In spite of the dire economic crisis, the hotel is enjoying up to 80%
occupancy rates, as it is popular on a regular basis with business people
working in the Lamphun and Lampang Industrial estates, as well as with
short-term visitors to the city.A comprehensive service is provided, and its
central location just off Nimmanhaeminda Road with its restaurants, shops
and galleries together with access to the Superhighway have made it the
first choice for both business and retiree clients from Japan, Europe, the
UK and America.
Room rates per night begin at 3,000 baht; the suites themselves are
beautifully designed and equipped with everything a guest would require,
including wireless internet access and the latest audio-visual equipment.
The hotel’s dining experience is excellent, with the steaks fast becoming
famous for their quality and size at a reasonable price! The conference and
meeting facilities serve up to 250 guests in style; an underground car park
can house up to 80 cars.
Chiang Mai University’s Arts Museum and conference centre are within walking
distance, as is the famous Buddhist temple at Doi Suthep and the equally
famous Wat Suan Dok, and the city’s international airport is a short drive
GM Magrin is justifiably proud of his hotel, saying that the most important
task for any hotelier is to make sure that the hotel’s relationship with its
creates genuine brand loyalty and satisfaction. Perhaps this is why the
Kantary Hills Hotel is still doing good business when so many other Chiang
Mai hotels are not!