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