introduced at Kawila Camp
One of the 10 Chiang Mai mayoral candidates,
pictured explaining his election campaign policies to the soldiers at Kawila
On September 23, the 33rd Military Circle and Chiang Mai
Municipality arranged for the introduction of the upcoming mayoral
election’s candidates and their policies between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at
Col. Naret Jittarak was the moderator of the address in front of an audience
of 300 people consisting of military officials, residents in Kawila Camp and
the press. The opening ceremony was presided over by Maj. Gen. Chanukorn
According to Dr. Ken Santitham, Permanent Secretary of Chiang Mai
Municipality and the director of this election, Kawila Camp is the location
of 5 polling stations. The Chiang Mai Municipality cooperated with the 33rd
Military Circle in hosting the event to introduce the candidates to more
than 2,500 potential voters from the communities around the area.
According to Maj. Gen. Chanukorn Tantakosol, Commander of the 33rd Military
Circle, the event was held for the purpose of promoting the participation of
military officials and their families as well as Thai citizens, as the
military has to support and maintain democracy and the constitutional
Travelers warned against taking home counterfeit goods
On September 21, Pajchima Tanasanti, Deputy Director-General of the
Department of Intellectual Property, presided over a ceremony to give boards
that warn Thai and foreign passengers not to buy, bring with them, and
especially export pirated goods to EU countries, to Chiang Mai National
Airport to be installed at its entry and exit areas.
It’s another measure against the infringement of intellectual property
rights, the illegal actions that lead to severe punishments, specifically in
EU countries where violators of intellectual property laws are at risk of 3
years imprisonment or fines of 300,000 euros (13.8 million baht) in France
and 10,000 euros (460,000 baht), in Italy.
As the Thai government has a duty to protect against the infringement of
intellectual property rights in science and energy according to section 86
of Thai law, by publicising those messages in its airports Thailand aims to
inform to other countries that it is against the infringement of
intellectual property rights.
It is hoped that boards installed at the airport giving warning messages
will help ease the infringement of intellectual property issue in Thailand.
Sunflower Festival to be
the most beautiful ever
The Mae U-khor sub-district administrative organisation in Mae
Hong Son’s Khun Yuam district, assured visitors of the beauty of the
Mexican sunflowers at this year’s Doi Mae U-khor Dok Bua Tong, (Mexican
Sunflower), Festival as well as the availability of facilities for
Suchote Kulakijwuttinant, president of the Mae Ukho Administrative
Organisation said: ‘Mae Hong Son administrative organization is
well-prepared for this year’s Dok Bua Tong festival at Doi Mae U-khor,
which will start at the beginning of November. The organisation has
arranged to trim the plants during the rainy season in order to make
them grow properly and perfectly. As it has rained normally this year,
the Mexican sunflowers have been flourishing’
As for the inadequacy of toilets and parking spaces – complaints made
during past festivals - the local administration is making sure that
there are more than enough facilities provided at this year’s festival,
according to Suchote.
Regarding safety, cooperation between police and officials of the local
administrative organisation is confirmed, ensuring tourists’ safety
during daytime and nighttime.
Additionally, tourists are allowed to spend the night at Doi Mae U-khor
enjoying the cool breeze amidst the 500 rais of yellow Mexican
sunflowers during November this year.
200,000 people expected at the 22nd Chiang Mai Food Festival
The organising committee from the
Chiang Mai Restaurants’ Association held a recent press
conference to announce the promotion of tourism by means of the
22nd Chiang Mai Food Festival at Central Airport Plaza.
By Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai Restaurant Association has continued to promote
tourism in Chiang Mai since 1988 by organising the Chiang Mai
Food Festival. During this period of 20 years, the annual
festival held by the association has gained the trust of the
restaurants and residents of Chiang Mai as well as nearby
provinces and contributed to Chiang Mai’s good name, according
to Chawalit Choncharoen, Chiang Mai Restaurant Association’s PR
In 2009, the Food Festival is to take place between October 9
and 15 at Central Airport Plaza’s Lan Muan Jai, with a big
opening ceremony and interesting and fun activities, including a
Lhin Ping welcoming ceremony as well as stage shows.
According to Chawalit, as the association has been carefully
selecting restaurants to join in the festival based on the
criteria of food quality, good taste and service; many newer
restaurants in Chiang Mai where food and services are not of
high enough standard will not be invited. .
The festival will feature demonstrations of healthy dishes and
macrobiotics, with Lanna menus by culinary arts educational
institutions in Chiang Mai, as well as a contest for Thai
traditional singing bands with dancers for secondary school
The event is to be held in support of a strategy for increasing
Chiang Mai’s tourism income, the efficient and permanent
development of the province’s economy, and the raising of public
awareness concerning safe foods and good health for Thais.
More than 200,000 people are expected at this year’s Food
Festival, including residents of Chiang Mai and nearby
provinces, tourist groups and foreign tourists as well as Thai
tourists from Bangkok and other regions, bringing no less than
10 million baht with them to Chiang Mai.
Tastes of Thailand event promotes northern cuisine
The ‘Amazing Tastes of Thailand’ sponsored by TAT
(Tourism Authority of Thailand) took place on September 22 at
the Ruen Come In restaurant in Chiang Mai.
Mahamitre, Executive Chef from Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel and
the president of Chiang Mai Chefs’ Association, in a cooking
demonstration of Kang Kua Kai, Kang Hung Lei and Larb Kua Muang.
Chiang Mai’s Deputy Governor Pairote Saengphuwong presided over
the event in which Chiang Mai traditional dishes and Mae Chan
wines were offered for free amid the re-creation of a Kad Mua,
(a market where every kind of food can be found).
TAT aimed for this event to make traditional northern dishes –
especially Chiang Mai’s – better known among a larger number of
Thais and foreigners, promoting the traditional foods as
highlights of Chiang Mai’s tourism in order to attract more
tourists to the province. Visitors were given the opportunity to
learn about the variety of traditional dishes, taste the quality
foods and experience the cultural atmosphere. Operators of
restaurants both within the country and from overseas were
encouraged to utilize the introduced menus in their businesses.
The event’s highlight was a cooking demonstration of Kang Kua
Kai, Kang Hung Lei and Larb Muang by the honorary chef from the
Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel and president of Chiang Mai Chefs’
association, Methi Mahamitre. This captured the attention of a
large crowd of Thai as well as foreign press.
Re-creation of Kad Mua (a market
where every kind of food can be found)
for visitors to experience Lanna lifestyle and taste Lanna