Royal Flora Ratchapruek,
“Our hearts to our beloved King”
“Royal Flora Ratchapruek, “Our hearts to our beloved King”, known
locally as Ruamjaipak Rak Por Luang, opened at the Royal Flora Park on
November 30 to honor His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej on his 82nd
birthday. Former Prime Minister Banharn Silpa-archa presided over the
opening ceremony of the Ministry of Tourism, and Department of Agriculture
sponsored event in Mae Hia. He was joined in the celebrations by former
Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, Theera Wongsamut, the Minister of
Agriculture, Somsak Prissanannanthakul, former Minister of Agriculture and
former Chart Thai Deputy Leader, Kanchana Silpa-archa.
On December 5, His Majesty the King’s birthday, at the Hor Kham royal
pavilion or gilded house at the Royal Flora park, about 1,000 residents and
tourists celebrated the auspicious occasion by lighting the candles and
watched 999 fireworks for each one set (there were 9 sets) which were set
off in honor of H.M. the King.
The Royal Pavilion will exhibit activities of H.M. the King and the gardens
will show exhibits with the theme of “The King and global warming” during
the 11 day celebration for H.M. the King’s birthday. The tulips from
Netherland, given the name “King Bhumibol” will be on show, as well as many
other exotic and local flowers and plants.
Regional performances will be on offer during the event, representing all
four regions of the country. There are light and sound shows as well as OTOP
goods and souvenirs from Royal Projects on sale at the Royal Flora
December 10 is Constitution Day
Thursday, December 10 marks Constitution Day in Thailand. The holiday is
celebrated annually to commemorate the advent of the Constitutional Monarchy
Constitution Day is a public holiday and as such, all government offices,
banks and many businesses close. Shopping centers and bank currency exchange
booths, however, are open. Places of entertainment are usually open without
10,000 monks in annual merit making ceremony
10,000 monks receive offerings from Chiang Mai’s
at the annual merit-making event.
10,000 monks from across the northern region as well as Burma, Laos
and Sri Lanka received alms on Nimmanhaemin Road in the 6th annual ceremony
dedicated to Chiang Mai Province on November 28. Organized by the Lanna
Buddhist Association, Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization,
Chiang Mai Municipality and Chiang Mai Provincial Police, the merit making
ceremony offered King Bhumibol Adulyadej wishes for good health and
encouraged donations to help the monks in 266 temples in the Deep South of
“Operation: Clean Chiang Mai” encourages creative solutions
The Operation Clean Chiang Mai workshop was launched on November 28
at Chiang Mai University’s Art Center in a bid to increase volunteerism and
to encourage creative solutions for Chiang Mai among the youth of the city.
Chatchai Shinawatra, Director of Plan and Project Division of Chiang Mai
Municipality, presided over the opening ceremony of the event promoted by
the Thai Health Foundation, which hopes to promote creative solutions,
cooperative efforts and increasing productive thinking by bringing students
together with experts from 8 fields in media, including television,
advertising, film, media for children as well as social urban planning. The
workshop promotes the idea of a time bank, where local youth are encouraged
to deposit their time by doing volunteer work in their community.
Chatchai Shinawatra, Director of Plan and
Project Division of Chiang Mai Municipality, (6th from left in middle row)
with experts and other participants in the workshop program.
Security training of special task force
Riot police attempt to subdue a crowd in a
between police and protesters at a recent training exercise.
Provincial Police and Special Forces, led by Pol. Lt. Gen. Somkid
Boonthanom, the Commander of Provincial Police Region 5, underwent security
training at Khun Nen Camp in Mae Rim on November 27. The training, involving
3,500 officers from Provincial Police Region 5, Chiang Mai Administration,
as well as police from 8 other Northern stations, consisted of simulations
of violent riots as well as abduction attempts on the Prime Minister. Decked
out in full riot gear, the officers were trained to deal with possible
violent situations arising from political conflicts and to promote
cooperation among the various agencies.
Officers trained in how to react to abduction
and terrorist acts in simulated training.
Taiwanese men charged in
11 million baht armed robbery
The 4 Taiwanese robbery suspects, from left,
are Hsu Shun, Lo Wei Chun, Ciou Cian Jie, Lin Jhong, Wei De and the Thai
suspect who drove the van, Kritsada Nachalitkhachanchak. They were
detained for questioning at the Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5
Chiang Mai on December 3.
Supoj Thiamyoj & Jedsadapong Wongkiew
Taiwanese businessman, Kao Han Xia, 31, and his wife were the
victims of a home invasion on December 2 in Chang Phuak. He had rented a
house in Chiang Mai with his Thai wife and had recently taken out an 11
million baht loan in order to open a karaoke bar. At noon, on December
2, a Taiwanese acquaintance of his, Hsu Shun, who had previously stayed
in the house with him, drove up in a van with 4 other men. They
proceeded into the house, threatened Kao Han Xia and his wife with
weapons, and forced them to open the safe holding the 11 million baht in
cash. The men then escaped in the waiting van.
Chiang Mai Provincial Police Commander Police Major General Sommai
Kongvisaisuk ordered immediate roadblocks at all police checkpoints. The
Highway Police apprehended the men at a police checkpoint in Utapao in
Chai Nat. 11 million baht in cash was found inside a Louis Vuitton bag
inside the van.
The van driver has been identified as Kritsada Nachalitkhachanchak, 47,
of Bangkok, who claimed he was hired by the 5 men to drive them to
Chiang Mai. He told investigators that he was unaware that the men
planned to rob the house, but had only been asked to drive them to
Chiang Mai, He continued that he had been directed to drive to the but
did not take part in the robbery.
The four Taiwanese men denied all accusations and refused to offer
police any further information. All 5 men were returned to Chang Phuak
Police station in Chiang Mai with the cash.
Red Shirt protest against PM
50 members of the Red Chiang Mai for Democracy Group
marched through town on November 28, starting from the Chiang
Mai Stadium they paraded to the 3 Kings Monument where they were
joined by a further 200 members of the group.
of the Red Chiang Mai for Democracy Group display banners in
protest of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajiva as they parade past
Tha Pae Gate.
Led by Peerapol Morakot, the protestors stated that they were
protesting against Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajiva, who they
believe, was not elected by a majority so therefore, not elected
democratically. They stated that the group would demonstrate
against him anytime he chose to come to Chiang Mai. Peerapol
added that the group planned to protest peacefully and would not
cause difficulties for residents or tourists.
Tourists lose money and
valuables to motorcyclist
A motorcycle riding thief stole a Spanish couple’s bag
out of the basket of their bicycle in front of Wat U-Mong in
Suthep District on Tuesday afternoon, December 1. The couple
said a man in a green jacket and black helmet rode by on a
motorcycle and grabbed the bag. The thief made off with 6,000
baht cash and their belongings.
Police took the couple to Phuping Police Station to file an
official complaint and to give a fuller description in the hopes
that the thief could be caught.
New daily flight to Nan to
boost Chiang Mai as travel hub
Nok Mini, the new alliance between Nok Air and SGA
Airlines, launched a new route from Chiang Mai to Nan on
December 5, a move that is expected to boost Chiang Mai as a hub
for travel to the North. With one flight a day to Nan,
passengers will now be able to connect to Nan, Pai, Mae Hong
Son, Chiang Rai and Bangkok at Chiang Mai International Airport.
Anprasert, Deputy Director of TAT Chiang Mai Office, announces
new flights to Nan with Nok Mini.
Nok Mini plans to add more flights to more provinces in the
future while Nok Air will launch the Chiang Mai-Udon Thani route
on January 17, 2010 with 33 new SAAB airplanes with an increased
“The new flight will enable the transportation of tourists from
Luang Prabang to Nan and to Chiang Mai and support the
establishment of Chiang Mai as tourism hub of the northern
region,” according to Sobtana Anprasert, Deputy Director of the
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Chiang Mai Office.
For more information, please contact Nok Mini Call Center:
053-280-444 or 1318, or visit www.nokmini.com.
OTOP products as great gifts
Encouraging the purchase of One Tambon, One Product
(OTOP) goods for New Year gifts as being unique and beautiful,
Kopong Komalrat, from Chiang Mai Community Development Office,
added that by purchasing OTOP products, residents can help boost
the local economy as well. OTOP products reflect not only the
traditional ways of life and local culture but also make
interesting gifts with products ranging from hand woven scarves
to coffee, herbal products, cosmetics and decorative
Komalrat of the Chiang Mai Community Development Office promotes
“This year, Chiang Mai has had 900 people register their OTOP
products, of those 486 products have been approved by the
commission: 25 as 1 Star product, 164 as 2 Star products, 127 as
3 Star products, 143 as 4 Star products, and 27 as 5 Star
products. The commission helps with sales promotion and
marketing the products. From October 1 to September 30, 2009
Chiang Mai OTOP products have sold for approximately 3.5 billion
baht.” Kopong said.
OTOP products are available for purchase at the District
Development Office in every district or the Chiang Mai Community
Development Office at City Hall.
Some of the many OTOP products
available for purchase in Chiang Mai.
Global Economy, Thailand Economy seminar forecasts improvement
The 2010 Global Economy, Thailand Economy and
Opportunities for New SME’s seminar was held at the Empress
Hotel in Chiang Mai on November 24 to discuss the role of small
to medium business enterprises (SME’s) in the Thai economy as it
moves forward into 2010. Vallapa Posyanond, Executive Vice
President TMB and Head of the SME Business Relationship
Management Group, presided over the event.
Posyanond, Executive Vice President of TMB and Head of SME
Business Relationship Management Group, left, with Nitipoom
Navaratna, Director of the Institute of Asia and Africa Studies
of ABAC, right.
The Thai economy is forecast to return to positive growth in the
upcoming year with an estimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of
2.3%- 3.5%. Increasing rice prices are forecast bringing a
revival to the country’s economic sector and as the global
economy returns to recovery and growth, tourism to Thailand is
expected to increase. Although the numbers remain low, it is an
improvement over the negative numbers of the past year and it is
believed that the economy will improve over the coming year.
World AIDS Day parade
promotes AIDS awareness
Young people and representatives of
the Chiang Mai AIDS network carry banners promoting the
prevention of AIDS.
The Anti-AIDS Caravan organized by the Chiang Mai Public Health
Office set off from Chiang Mai City Hall on World AIDS Day,
December 1. Consisting of young people and representatives from
the AIDS network in Chiang Mai, they carried anti-AIDS banners
and were joined by tuk-tuks affixed with AIDS prevention posters
to parade around the city promoting AIDS awareness and
Joined by Pairote Saengphuwong, Chiang Mai’s Deputy Governor,
Dr. Surasing Wisarutrat, Deputy Head of Chiang Mai Public Health
Office, discussed HIV/AIDS prevention, noting that unsafe sex
behavior and limited knowledge increased the risk factors for
groups like teenagers, drug users and others. He added that the
number of young patients continued to rise, with the latest
statistics showing that every day Chiang Mai has 3 new HIV/AIDS
patients, 2 deaths resulting from AIDS, and an average of 200
people under the age of 20 on HIV medication.
“Youth Fight AIDS”
on World AIDS Day
120 secondary students from 26 private and public
educational institutions participated in the “Youth Fight AIDS”
seminar as part of World AIDS day on December 1.
Ken Santitham opens the seminar “Youth Fight AIDS” for World
Dr. Ken Santitham, Municipal Clerk of Chiang Mai Municipality
joined representatives from the Thai Youth Action Program (TYAP)
who presented lectures and information on prevention of AIDS and
sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The students who attended the conference will then be able to
take the information they learned back to their schools to help
inform fellow students on the prevention of STD’s.
Of the province’s 30,298 known AIDS patients, Chiang Mai
Municipality has the highest number compared to other districts.
2,198 of those patients are between the ages of 10 and 24. A
recent report shows that young adults are considered a high risk
group due to unsafe sexual behavior. It is hoped that the
seminar will help increase awareness among youth as to
Secondary school students attended
the “Youth Fight AIDS”
seminar for World AIDS Day in Chiang Mai.