HRH Princess Srirasmi and her young son visit Lhin Ping again
HRH Princess Srirasmi and HRH Prince Dhipankara
pose for photographs with Chiang Mai Night Safari management
and staff during their visit to the night zoo.
(Left) The Princess and the Prince on the Chiang
Mai Zoo tour.
Supoj Thiamyoj &
HRH Princess Srirasmi and her young son Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti paid
their third visit to Chiang Mai Zoo to see Lhin Ping on August 22,
accompanied by a number of the Prince’s young friends and their families.
small Prince plus one baby panda Lhin Ping equals happiness and a great day
out for all!
The 87 day-old baby panda, now weighing in at 6 kilogrammes and looking very
fuzzy, received a cuddle from the Princess, who encouraged her son to stroke
and hug the cub. Also receiving a royal hug and a ‘thank you’ from the
Prince was panda researcher Ratchaneewan Khejarawong, who was present when
the royal party visited the cub’s father, Chuang Chuang, to give him some
The next stop on the royal visit was the newly constructed Snow Dome, winter
home to the panda family, followed by the aquarium and the zoo’s koala
bears. Zoological Park Organisation director Sopon Damnui presented the
prince with a souvenir basket, which included a koala-shaped backpack, panda
dolls, a shark doll and a shirt as well as a nine pound panda-shaped cake.
Not to be left out, the prince’s young friends were each given a Nemo doll
and a koala doll. After their visit to the zoo, the royal party enjoyed a
few hours at the Night Safari, touring the different zones.
Meanwhile, elephants as well as Chiang Mai’s tourism businesses are set to
benefit from the publicity surrounding Lhin Ping as a result of a marketing
campaign by the Zoological Park Organisation to sell 30,000 ‘Lhin Ping Thai
Citizen’ limited edition dolls to raise funds which will be used to help
Thai elephants. The cuddly toys will be about the same size as Lhin Ping,
and will be made from a type of Thai silk traditionally used by royalty for
their gifts to important visitors. The toys will be available from Thai post
offices countrywide, and will cost 580 baht.
Tourist police training and drills highlight search and rescue techniques
Pichaicharnarong arrives at San Kamphaeng hot springs to preside over the
Supoj Thiamyoj & Jittraporn Charasrum
The natural wonders of Thailand’s countryside, sea and mountains
bring many tourists to the kingdom, a number of whom may not be aware of the
risk of natural disasters or accidents in the unfamiliar surroundings.
A Royal Thai police helicopter hovers as police descend ropes to help rescue
an injured tourist.
In order to help ensure the safety of visitors and tourists, a two-part
emergency response training seminar was held for the tourist police on
August 20-22 at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel and at San Kampaeng’s hot
springs, a popular tourist destination.
The training seminar instructed tourist police members and volunteers in the
correct procedures in cases of emergency, focusing on aid to visitors and
care of their belongings. During the opening ceremony, presided over by Dr.
Sasithara Pichaicharnarong, the permanent secretary of state for the
Ministry of Tourism and Sports, performances including a panda parade and
traditional drumming were given.
The simulation carried out at the San Kampaeng hot springs site involved a
car falling from the road into a deep gully in a heavily forested region of
the mountains. Teams were instructed in how to locate victims of the
accident, how to administer first aid to survivors, and the methods of
transportation by helicopter or road to the nearest hospital or other
medical facility. Similar rescue drills also took place at Patong Beach in
Phuket and Kao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima. Teams of tourist police and
volunteers were also instructed in the use of equipment to rescue trekkers
in need of emergency assistance after accidents in mountainous areas.
According to a representative of the tourist police, an emergency
radio-telephone number is available in cases of accident or other emergency,
and may also be used to coordinate between hospitals, embassies, etc. The
number is 1155. Information as to the availability of multi-lingual
assistance for foreigners in need of assistance, however, was not given.
Members of the tourist
police shown standing at the ready
on motorised carts specially designed for rough terrain.
An injured tourist is
carried from the scene of the accident to a waiting helicopter.
A medical team gives
emergency first aid to an accident victim.
The Wedding of the Year
The bride and groom on the
horse & carriage head for the wedding ceremony held at the Mandarin Oriental
Dhara Dhevi Hotel, Chiang Mai.
What has to have been the ‘Wedding of the Year’, took place Sunday 23 at the
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi when the Chiang Mai governor Amornphan
Nimanant’s daughter Chinakharn married Sorayot Phanayanggoor in a
traditional Buddhist ceremony.
The couple had been married in the Christian tradition in Bangkok earlier
this month; their joy and love for each other was expressed poetically in
the invitations to the traditional ceremony and the celebrations which
followed, with the words, ‘ This day, I will marry you, my very best friend;
the one I laugh with, live for, and will always love’.
Consul-General Michael Morrow and his wife Shannon Morrow are seen among the
guests of honour attending the wedding ceremony.
The wedding ceremony itself and the festivities that followed had been
arranged as a re-creation of an ancient Lanna marriage ritual, with every
detail checked for accuracy and authenticity by a professor of Lanna
history. Of course, traditional Lanna dress was worn, with fabulously
colourful silks dazzling the eye in every direction.
1,000 guests were invited, with the happy couple’s relatives, family and
close friends, including US Consul –General Michael Morrow and his wife
Shannon and friends of the couple from the University of Manchester in the
UK, all overjoyed to be able to give their blessings to the pair. The
newly-weds will leave soon for the UK to begin their honours degree courses
in education at Manchester.
The wedding ceremony itself began with a procession led by traditional
dancers, some as young as 6 years old, all dressed in stunning traditional
Lanna costumes and followed by a troupe of men carrying Buddhist offerings.
The bride and groom were seated in a small horse-drawn carriage festooned
with thousands of flowers.
After the ceremonials had ended, guests were treated to a fabulous and vast
array of traditional Northern Thai dishes, fruit drinks and delectable
desserts, all arranged as in an authentic Kad Mua traditional marketplace.
All the food was placed on beautifully decorated banana leaves and other
natural materials. Complimenting the setting were displays of traditional
For a foreign guest, the most notable impression of the day was the
outstanding quality and diversity of the traditional costumes worn by the
family members, a tribute to the amazing choice of designs for the
intricately embroidered and woven silks which are traditional to Chiang Mai.
The bride’s mother outshone every lady present with her elegant and
classical dress. The hotel’s staff put in a tremendous effort to ensure that
the days was exceptional for their much-loved colleague, (Chinakharn had
worked at the Mandarin Oriental as a public relations executive), even going
as far as to arrive at the bride’s home late that evening to give an
impromptu dance display!
All of us at the Chiang Mai Mail wish Chinakharn and Sorayot a very long and
happy life together.