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‘Table Top Sale’ tourism promotion held in CM for Prachuabkirikhan province

Night Safari to take part in clouded leopard breeding project

‘Moving in Mind’, an exhibition of paintings by Kamol Tamsiwan at CMU’s Art Centre

Chiang Mai Zoo’s panda family brings in 140 million baht

Prem ‘Fun Run’ raises funds for Croston House Foundation’s children’s home

Music workshop for young people in Chiang Mai

‘Table Top Sale’ tourism promotion held in CM for Prachuabkirikhan province

Supoj Thiamyoj
A sales promotion event in the form of a table-top sale was held at the Empress Hotel on September 30 by the Prachuabkirikhan office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and the Prachuabkirikhan Tourism Business Association together with the Hua Hin/Cha-am Tourism Business Association.

Chuchart Kilapang, Chiang Mai’s deputy governor, (right) and Pinnart Charoenphol, director of TAT’s Prachuabkirikhan office, (centre) stopped at a booth promoting tourism in Prachuabkirikhan to talk with a tourism business operator from the province.
The event, ‘Prachuabkirikhan, the Paradise for Family Travel and Health Tourism’, was presided over by Chuchart Kilapang, Chiang Mai’s deputy governor, and Pinnart Charoenphol, Director of the TAT Prachuabkirikhan office, and attended by more than 20 Prachuabkirikhan tourism business operators. The aim of the event was to give attendees the opportunity to discuss business deals with their Chiang Mai counterparts.
According to Pinnart, Prachuabkirikhan has welcomed about 2.4 million tourists and earned more than 9,200 million baht in the past 2 years from the trade. In spite of the recession, a large number of tourists are still coming to the province, as it has abundant natural resources including beaches, forests and waterfalls. The location of Prachuabkirikhan’s TAT office is near Hua Hin beach, a favourite attraction for Thai visitors which is becoming equally popular with foreign tourists.

 

Night Safari to take part in clouded leopard breeding project

Narong Tananuwat, MD of the Chiang Mai Night Safari, with Wisit Arsaitammakul, head of Khao Kheaw Open Zoo’s Animal Clinic and Rick Passsaro, manager of the Thailand Clouded Leopard Consortium in partnership with the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, announce the breeding of the clouded leopards at a press conference held September 30.

Jedsadapong Wongkiew
At a press conference held on September 30, the managing director of Chiang Mai Night Safari, Narong Tananuwat, with Wisit Arsaitammakul, the head of Khao Kheaw Open Zoo’s Animal Clinic and Rick Passaro, manager of the Thailand Clouded Leopard Consortium in partnership with the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, announced a pairing for breeding purposes of clouded leopards at the two facilities.

‘Typhoon’, the clouded leopard given to Chiang Mai Night Safari by Khao Kheow Open Zoo.

During the project, one female and one male clouded leopard from the Night Safari will be mated with their opposite numbers at the Open Zoo, with the aim of increasing the population in zoos of this protected and endangered animal. At present, there are only 200 clouded leopards in zoos worldwide, which causes breeding problems leading to a weakened genetic pool.
Rick Passaro, from the USA’s Smithsonian Institute National Park, noted that the objective of his organisation is to preserve species on the verge of extinction, including the clouded leopard. The Smithsonian grants funds to zoos worldwide for their research on the preservation of natural resources.


‘Moving in Mind’, an exhibition of paintings by Kamol Tamsiwan at CMU’s Art Centre

Jedsadapong Wongkiew
‘Moving in Mind’, an exhibition of paintings by Kamol Tamsiwan, an artist who graduated in the visual arts from Chiang Mai University, is now being held until October 29 at Chiang Mai University’s Art Centre..

Kamol Tamsiwan at the opening of his new exhibition, pictured in front of examples of his work.

A collection of approximately 100 paintings is being shown, including portraits of many people whom the artist knows in real life. All are powerful interpretations of humans on canvas. .
According to Kamol, his art comes from his deepest feelings, inspirations and desires turned into creativity, from mind to action, then into his artwork.
Every single one of his paintings has its own sense of value, expressed in the symbols which connect his feelings with his audience’s reactions.

Examples of the paintings in the exhibition “Moving in Mind” by Kamol Tamsiwan


Chiang Mai Zoo’s panda family brings in 140 million baht

By PRD
The panda family has directly brought in 140 million baht and indirectly brought 500-600 million baht for the Chiang Mai Zoo.
Prasertsak Buntrakulpuntawi, head of Chiang Mai Zoo’s panda project, said Chiang Mai’s economy has been positively affected by the panda family since the panda couple’s arrival at the province six years ago.
About 3.4 million people have traveled to see the pandas. The income the Chiang Mai Zoo gained directly because of the stay of the panda family was 140 million baht, and the indirect income was about 500-600 million baht. All the money has been given to the numerous funds for the pandas founded by China and Thailand.
The Zoo staff are proud that they are part of the project that brings so much happiness to Thai people and that helps preserve one of the world’s more rare animals, and as a spin-off, promote Chiang Mai’s tourism.
The new panda Lhin Ping now weighs about half a kilogram and is 80 cm long. Its deciduous teeth are fully formed.
Lhin Ping is to take part in the campaign activities for the promotion of Chiang Mai’s Yipeng Festival, and will be provided a krathong made from banana and bamboo leaves which may be floated, or perhaps eaten.


Prem ‘Fun Run’ raises funds for Croston House Foundation’s children’s home

CMM reporters
A recent Senior School assembly at Prem International School welcomed Glen Croston from the Lamphun children’s home Croston House, set up in 2005 with the aim of providing a brighter future for children who come from less privileged backgrounds.

Nearly there! Young students and staff from Prem International School during the charity ‘walk and run’ held to benefit the Croston House Foundation’s children’s home in Lamphun.

Glen explained to the assembled students and staff that the children may come from families that have been seriously affected by drugs, illness or a simple inability to take sufficient care of a child. The home is run by Glen and his wife Rosjana, who have three children of their own, and their tireless efforts have been responsible for the continued growth of the centre and its ability to provide a brighter future for many local children. There are currently twenty children in care at the foundation, all of whom are there to complete their education and maximise their possibilities of a better quality of life once they leave.
Whether it was Glen’s uplifting and touching presentation or a general desire to help in any way possible, the response from Prem staff and students was impressive. On a Saturday in early September, hordes of runners and walkers wound their way along the path through the farm and up past the rice fields just outside the Prem campus. Their destination was the starting line of a fund-raising fun run, where all competitors huddled for space hoping to get off to a good start. Once Sebastian’s whistle blew and the competitors spread out, it was clear that there was a huge variety of people running the race. One helpful member of staff found himself by the side of the track taking photos of children from Croston House, boarding students, Prem interns, Prem staff, children being pushed in buggies by their parents, and even children carrying younger children. As the pack spread out across the route it was good to pass everyone on the way and see the many smiles on the faces of those competing, whether running or walking.
The race came to an end inside the Prem campus where water, ice cream and fruit punch was available, or for those who required it, a nice soft football pitch on which to collapse exhausted! It was a great day for all who took part, and hopefully it was also a day which brought with it the added bonus of lots of funds raised for Croston House. Glenn’s ultimate aim is to raise enough money to build a permanent home for the children on land that is owned by the foundation. Prem School would like to wish Glenn the best of luck with this goal, and hope that the fun run went some way towards helping to achieve it.


Music workshop for young people in Chiang Mai

(L/r) Pam Pinat and Tul Waitoonkiat from the band ‘Apartment Khunpan’ treated
 the 30 students at the workshop to a mini-concert.

The Dell Corporation’s Dell Design Studio held a workshop aimed at young people at the Chiang Mai University Art Centre on October 10 and 11. The focus of the training session was on making music using a Dell computer and ‘Acid’, a specialist software programme written by Krittawit Krittayaruangroj, Tul Waitoonkiat and Pam Pinat from the band ‘Apartment Khunpan’, who also performed a mini- concert for the 30 students in attendance. Techniques used in the programme were demonstrated to the enthusiastic young people.



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