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HRH Princess Srirasmi and her young son visit Lhin Ping again

Tourist police training and drills highlight search and rescue techniques

The Wedding of the Year


HRH Princess Srirasmi and her young son visit Lhin Ping again


Tourist police training and drills highlight search and rescue techniques

Dr. Sasithara Pichaicharnarong arrives at San Kamphaeng hot springs to preside over the opening ceremony.

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.

Elena Edwards
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’.

US 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 Lanna handicrafts.
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.

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