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Mayoral candidates introduced at Kawila Camp

Travelers warned against taking home counterfeit goods

Sunflower Festival to be the most beautiful ever

200,000 people expected at the 22nd Chiang Mai Food Festival

Tastes of Thailand event promotes northern cuisine

Mayoral candidates introduced at Kawila Camp

One of the 10 Chiang Mai mayoral candidates, pictured explaining his election campaign policies to the soldiers at Kawila Camp.

Supoj Thiamyoj
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 Kawila Camp.
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 Tantakosol.
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 monarchy.

 

Travelers warned against taking home counterfeit goods

Nopniwat Krailerg
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

CMM reporters
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 tourists.
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 representative.
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 students.
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

Supoj Thiamyoj
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.

Methi 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 foods.