HRH Princess Srirasmi visits the SiriWattana home for the disabled
HRH Princess Srirasmi paid a visit to the Siri
Wattana Cheshire Foundation Home for the Disabled at Ban Thongyoo in San Phi
Suea on January 11.
HRH Princess Srirasmi presented a survival kit
to one of the residents
of the Home for the Disabled on January 11.
HRH Princess Srirasmi paid a visit to the Siri Wattana Cheshire Foundation
home for the disabled at Baan Thongyoo in San Phi Suea on January 11.
Princess Srirasmi visited with one of the elderly residents of the Home for
the Disabled at the Siri Wattana Cheshire Foundation.
In 1978 land was donated to H.M. The Queen by Thongyoo Teeyaporn and the
Rotary Club of Thonburi members for the construction of a home for the
disabled, the home was opened in 1982 with H.M. Queen Sirikit and HRH
Princess Soamsawali attending the opening ceremony.
Khunying Trungjai Itharat currently manages the home under the guidance of
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Many governmental departments like the
Fisheries and Agriculture Departments and specialist programs under the
Chiang Mai government, including handicrafts and farming, cooperate with the
home to help train the disabled residents.
The Siri Wattana Cheshire Foundation under the Royal Patronage of Her
Majesty Queen the in Thailand has 5 homes, one each in Chiang Mai, Samut
Prakan, Roi Et, Phetburi and Pathum Thani. The home’s goal is to provide a
peaceful place for the disabled to live securely and to provide them with
occupational training so that they can further support themselves.
HRH Princess Srirasmi observed some of the
creating handicrafts during her visit to the Siri Wattana Cheshire
Foundation home at Baan Thongyoo in San Phi Suea.
Deadly intersection sees
two shootings in one week
The motorbike belonging to the German shooting
Josef Schuller at the intersection on the Chiang Mai - Phrao road.
Supoj Thiamyoj & Nopniwat Krailerg
The Likit Cheewan intersection on the Chiang Mai – Phrao Road in San
Sai has been the scene of two deadly shootings in the past week. The first
was that of German national Thomas Schuller. Pricha Rattanahongthong, 39,
was arrested on January 13 and charged with the shooting death of Thomas
Josef Schuller, 43. The incident took place at the Likit Cheewan
intersection on the Chiang Mai – Phrao Road on January 11 at 7 pm.
According to witnesses at the scene, the German man had been weaving through
traffic on his motorcycle which resulted in the suspect honking at the
victim and chasing him. Witnesses reported that the German had raised his
middle finger to the suspect. When Mr. Schuller stopped for the traffic
light, witnesses report that the suspect got out of his car, knocked the
German man off his motorcycle and shot him twice in the back. He then got
back in his car and drove away. Witnesses took down his license plate number
and reported it to the police when they arrived.
Mr. Pricha denied all involvement in the murder when arrested by police but
the police state that the case is solid and there are many witnesses to the
Three days later, Asaba Saesao, 37, a hill tribe resident of Chaiprakarn,
was shot 5 times by the pillion rider on a motorcycle while stopped at the
very same intersection on January 14. According to his girlfriend, Kanchana
Saechu, 26, they were returning to Chiang Mai city from Mae Jo in his pickup
truck when they stopped at the red light at the intersection. Two men, one
wearing a green shirt and one wearing a black jacket pulled alongside the
truck. The pillion rider pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Asaba in the chest 5
times, killing him instantly. Police are searching for the suspects but so
far have not apprehended them. Police will investigate the deceased’s
background as there is a suspicion from the style of the murder that could
indicate an involvement in drugs.
Chiang Mai residents get a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse
National Astronomical Research Institute
Pairote Saengphuwong, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai joined Wittaya
Sathitkhanitkul, Director of Ratchapruek Park, and Assoc Prof Dr. Bonnraksa
Suthorntham, the director of National Astronomical Research Institute of
Thailand (Narit) (Public Organization) in welcoming Chiang Mai residents to
view the annular partial solar eclipse that took place on January 15.
view of the annular eclipse captured in Chiang Mai on January 15.
A large number of teachers brought their students to the park to observe the
eclipse using 15 telescopes and solar scopes brought to the park just for
Chiang Mai saw just 73.6% of the eclipse which started around 2 pm and
peaked around 3:30, while a narrow band through Africa and Asia saw the
entire ring of the annular eclipse. It was the longest solar eclipse in a
millennium with the full eclipse lasting 11 minutes and 8 seconds. NASA said
such a sight won’t be seen again until the year 3043.
Modern Japanese Design
showcased in new exhibit
The Japanese Consul General in Chiang Mai Junko
Yokota (5th from the left)
and guests presided over the opening ceremony “Japanese Design Today 100”
exhibition on January 8 at Chiang Mai University Art Centre.
The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with Chiang Mai University Art
Centre and CNX Art Connex, opened the contemporary design exhibition from
Japan titled “Japanese Design Today 100” presided over by the Japanese
Consul General in Chiang Mai Junko Yokota on January 8 at Chiang Mai
University Art Centre.
The exhibition features the finest of modern Japanese design in household
products; from furniture, tableware, and electrical appliances to robots,
musical instruments and vehicles. All fine examples of Japanese design which
showcase characteristic Japanese skill, precision craftsmanship and
inventiveness in creating new combinations of form. New trends involving
greater interaction between modernist designs and the traditional Japanese,
as well as items showing the roots of contemporary design from postwar Japan
were on display.
A unique collection of design items from Japan will be showcased at the
“Japanese Design Today 100” exhibition at Chiang Mai University’s Art
Centre, Nimmarnhaemin Rd. from January until 21, closes on Monday, open 9
a.m.to 5 p.m.
Kasem Parameesilkhajorn, Member of Chiang Mai Municipal Council
The recent winner of the lucky number 9999 license plate at the Land
Transport auction bid 1.8 million baht to win. He went on to pay a further
480,000 for the 5555 license plate. Kasem Parameesilkhajorn, Member of
Chiang Mai Municipal Council, said that he had bid that high in order to
raise money for a worthy cause, helping victims of accidents.
Parameesilkhajorn, Member of Chiang Mai Municipal Council won the lucky 9999
license plate at the recent auction for charity.
“I bid that much money to raise money for the Drive Safety Foundation and in
honor of the King. I bid on the lucky number 9 because HM the King is the
9th King of Thailand. HM the King’s good works inspired me to make a good
bid. I wanted the nation to see how much Chiang Mai people love their king,”
Mr. Kasem, a native of Suphan Buri, moved to Chiang Mai when he was 22 years
old and fell in love with not only the traditions art and culture of the
city but married his wife here. He started a construction company as well as
businesses in San Sai Market, at the inspiration of Member of Municipal
Council Dr. Krai Dabthum; he went back to school and earned a degree from
Chiang Mai University. Wanting to help his community he was encouraged by
his friends to run for local office, only recently taking his seat as a
representative of Chiang Mai Municipal Council. He hopes that he will be
able to succeed in helping Chiang Mai on a national level, saying that he
hopes people will be able to say he had done well as a politician.
He was concerned that the local political situation was too divisive with
Administrative officials needing to be chosen based on performance and not
on party politics.
“For Thai politics, I think they can have difference of ideas but we
shouldn’t separate to some color or any one side. We should unite together
to follow the Royal words,” he concluded.
Nok Mini opens new
Chiang Mai – Udon Thani route
Nok Mini Air has expanded its wings, launching the Chiang
Mai-Undo Thani route, with SAAB 340B- 33 seaters.
Dr Jain Charnnarong, the President of Nok Mini told Chiang Mai on
January 12 at the Kantary Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai that Chiang Mai City
will be the new hub for Nok Mini Air links, under the name of SGA that
will be celebrating its 3rd year anniversary in February 2010 for its
SGV operations in Chiang Mai.
Thepthong, left, editor of Chiang Mai Mail won the lucky draw for a
round trip ticket from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani from TAT Director
“Nok Mini is growing up with Chiang Mai city, and it will operate more
new routes, now with Chiang Mai-Udon Thani, under the concept “Air Links
to Charming Places” he said, having launched the new service to Udon
Thani on Sunday, January 17.
President Jain added that Nok Air, under the wing of Thai Airways
International, used to operate this air route linking the North and
Northeast region, but was forced to close the route. But this time, Nok
Mini, under the SGA, is using two aircraft with 33 seats for this latest
route. The daily flight will depart Chiang Mai at 3.20 p.m. and arrive
in Udon Thani at 4.40 p.m., and depart Udon Thani at 5.00 and arrive in
Chiang Mai at 6.20 p.m.
“This will give tourists, business people and government officials from
Chiang Mai and nearby provinces and countries a choice for a traveling
to the Northeast without undergoing a connecting flight in Bangkok” he
President Jain expects that about 6,000 travelers per week will be
traveling by Nok Mini Air on this route, it takes about 1 hour and 10
minutes for each flight.” After launching this Chiang Mai -Udon Thani
route, we plan to launch Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai with Sibxuangbanna in
Southern China” he added.
Dr Jian said “Nok Mini is planning to increase routes to other cities by
using this hub for convenience and time saving. Nok Mini will facilitate
business traffic between the North and Northeast.”
Chalermsak Suranant, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang
Mai Office said, “ Chiang Mai is now an outstanding and famous traveling
centre of the North, as well as the commercial and investment hub and as
shown by the increasing number of tourists every year, also a travel
“TAT offices plan to promote Chiang Mai tourism and restore confidence
in the region, this shows that Chiang Mai is prepared for the increasing
demand from travel and the economy,” Chalermsak noted.
SME’s are the focus of a recent seminar at Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chumporn
Saengmanee participated in a meeting to study and analyze the
status of SME’s: economic, social and cultural role in the North
at Chiang Mai University.
Youthasak Supasorn, Director of The Office of Small and Medium
Business Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP) and Chiang Mai University
recently held a seminar to study and analyze the status of SMEs
economic, social and cultural role in the North. The first
meeting of the seminar included small to medium business
enterprises as well as major businesses in the public and
private sector in 8 northern provinces, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,
Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Lampang, Nan, Phrae, and Phayao.
“SMEs are widespread in each region nationwide with an estimated
2.82 million enterprises or 99.7%, of which some groups play a
significant role in growing the economy while other businesses
play a significant role in changing society and others work in
defining their identity or culture in the area. Furthermore,
some groups might use cultural capital others create a new
culture. All of the SMEs are significant factors in propelling
Thai society and economy at present so, the results from this
study will help OSMEP have a database which will lead to
fundamental strategic planning in support of SMEs that matched
with potentiality and strong point of economy, society, and
culture in the North, : the director of OSMEP explained.
The analysis will focus on studying the status of SMEs in the
Northern provinces and their economic roles; such the structure
of the business, the capabilities in the business, the
environmental factors and the position of the business in the
value chain. In addition they will study the linking of SME
businesses in each group and with the major operators and their
role changing in social structure and as well as the link
between SMEs, the and community and the environment, the role of
SMEs business as an indicator of society. Further studies will
be of the cultural role SME’s play such as the structure and
position of the SMEs that use cultural capital to grow the
business, and how their unique culture in a business sense.
Two further meetings are scheduled, with the 2nd meeting held at
Tak covering the lower Northern region 1, and the 3rd meeting at
Nakhon Sawan covering the lower northern region 2.
The study also extends to other regions with the OSMEP working
with Silpakorn University to study the Central Provinces, the
Northeastern region with Mahasarakarm University, the South with
Songkla Rajabhat University and Bangkok with Thammasat
University. Results are expected to be published in March.
Training center for Hill Tribes
receives a helping hand from
the Japanese government in Phrao
Praseng Na Keeree, left, Director of
the Thai-Lafu Foundation (TLF) and Junko Yokota, Japanese Consul
General in Chiang Mai signed the funding agreement for the new
training center on January 12 at the Japanese Consul General in
Chiang Mai .
Japanese Consulate General in Chiang Mai
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for
Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing
funds amounting to 2,615,000 baht for the construction of a
training center for ethnic minorities in Phrao District in
Chiang Mai. Mrs. Junko Yokota, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang
Mai and Mr. Praseng Na Keeree, Director of the Thai-Lafu
Foundation (TLF), signed the contract at the Consulate-General
of Japan in Chiang Mai on January 10.
In Thailand there are about one million ethnic minority people,
many of whom live in remote, mountainous regions and lack
educational and medical facilities, are involved with drug
trafficking, prostitution, and are HIV/AIDS infected. Since
1994, the TLF has been promoted education and programs to
prevent the spread of HIV infection to ethnic minorities.
Because it is necessary to have a comprehensive approach to
solve HIV issues, , the TLF has focused on the economic
self-reliance of ethnic minorities by providing not only
education about health but also various training programs on
issues such as community development, environmental
conservation, and organic agriculture. Due to its’ successful
reception among ethnic minorities, the TLF’s network of
Self-reliance Support has expanded to 35 villages and 11,721
people with many people wishing to attend the training. However,
the TLF has only one conference room with a capacity for 20
trainees and no accommodation facilities for trainees from afar.
In response to a request from the TLF, the Government of Japan
will bear the construction costs of a training center with
accommodation facilities. The expanded facilities will provide
more effective and widespread training for self reliance which
should lead to stabilizing the means of village incomes as well
as sustainable community development. For more information
contact Mr.Sato, Consul, or Ms. Hoshii and Mr. Tsuda,
Coordinators for GGP. Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai,
Airport Business Park, 90 Mahidol Road, T. Haiya, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50100. Phone: 053-203-367. Fax: 053-203-373.
Local performers featured in
Lanna Performing Art 2010 show
Local dancers and musicians were showcased in the Lanna
Performing Arts 2010 show sponsored by the Thai Art Department
of Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Municipality, the Greater
Mekong Sub-region Art Center and Chiang Mai Rajabhat
University’s Music and Drama Department on January 10.
Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor Sunthorn
Yamsiri presided over the opening of the Lanna Performing Art
2010 show on January 10.
The well attended three hour show featured traditional Lanna
arts like sword dancing, musical performances, a sa budcha drum
show and the folk dance of the elephants. The event was
organized to promote the uniquely historical Lanna music and
dance performances for residents and tourists to enjoy and to
give local performers a chance to display their skills.
Saran Suwannachot, a student of the
Thai Art Department at Chiang Mai University performed the Lanna
fighting arts dance, Forn Joeng.
Asst. Professor. Manop Manasam, a
lecturer at the Faculty
of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University performed the traditional
Lanna folk dance, dance of the elephants.
Swine Flu update; San Sai has highest number of cases, Chiang Mai
sees new swine flu death
By Staff reporters & TNA/MCOT
In a recent press conference to update the public on the
swine flu situation, Dr. Surasingha Witsarutrat, the Deputy of
the Provincial Public Health Office in Chiang Mai, said that
while swine flu in Chiang Mai is not too serious, it needs to be
monitored until the end of the cool season as there is still an
average of 10 patients a week. He continued that at its peak
there had been 200 cases a week. Chiang Mai Public Health Office
also plans to investigate the hospitals to determine if patients
are going undiagnosed.
Records from the Public Health Office show that from April 28,
2009 to the present reveal that there have been more than3, 800
influenza patients with 2,300 confirmed H1N1or swine flu cases.
4 people have died from the flu while San Sai saw the largest
number of patients with the Muang district, Saraphi and Hang
Dong following. 71% of all confirmed patients were students.
The Ministry of Public Health has 5 policies in place to try and
reduce the transmission of the swine flu in Chiang Mai, through
public education regarding prevention, diagnosis and treatment,
helping high risk groups like the elderly and students to
maintain a healthy immune system through preventative measures,
encouraging behavior that reduces the risk of transmission, such
as hand washing, wearing masks and covering ones nose and mouth
when coughing and sneezing, and encouraging the infected people
to stay home and away from crowds.
In a weekly report on the A(H1N1) flu situation from January
3-9, Permanent Secretary for Public Health Dr Paichit Varachit
confirmed four new fatalities.
The dead were identified as a 24-year-old man living in
Chaiyaphum, a 30-year-old woman in Roi Et, a four-year-old boy
in Nakhon Ratchasima and a six-year-old boy in Chiang Mai.
All had suffered from asthma and obesity.
Counting from May 2009-January 9, the country’s cumulative
A(H1N1) death toll stands at 30,805. Chiang Mai, Trat, Chiang
Ra, Phayao and Songkhla were the first five provinces reporting
the highest cumulative number of deaths.
During the past week, a number of persons with flu-like symptoms
who received medical treatment at hospitals have increased from
nine per cent to 10 per cent. For more information or
cooperation about A (H1N1) please calls 053-216592.
Truck totaled in drunk driving accident
Driver walks away with minor injuries
The totaled truck belonging to
an official of the Mae Hong Son Agriculture Office.
In the early hours of the morning on January 15 police were called
to the scene of an accident in the Muang district of Mae Hong Son in front
of the Thailand-Myanmar Border Coordinating Center. Badin Siriwong, an
official of the Mae Hong Son Agriculture Office was found in his wrecked
Isuzu D-Max pickup truck. He told police that he had a few drinks at the
farewell party of the Director of the Mae Hong Son Agricultural Office that
evening. After leaving the party, while driving through the Muang district,
he lost control of his truck. The truck jumped the footpath and hit a tree.
He was taken to the hospital but suffered only minor head injuries.
Mae Hong Son border shoot out yields 40,000 yabaa pills
Chiang Rai arrest uncovers 14,000 yabaa pills.
Khajohn Boonpath & Supoj Thiamyoj
Acting on a tip off on the plans of a drug smuggling
ring to move quantities of yabaa into Thailand a special unit of
the 7th Infantry, in a joint effort with the Special Task Force
encountered 3 armed men near the village of Ban Hua Lang in Mae
Hong Son during a patrol on January 10.The men opened fire on
the task force when encountered and fled into the jungle,
abandoning their backpack which contained 40,000 yabaa pills.
Hong Son Governor Kamthon Thawonsathit and military personnel
inspect the haul of 40, 000 yabaa pills discovered after a shoot
out between drug traffickers and Army personnel.
It is believed that the uniformed men were members of the UWSA
or the United Wa State Army. It was believed that at least one
of the men was injured but that they crossed back over the
border into Myanmar. The UWSA is a well equipped military force
and widely believed to be the biggest single drug producing and
trafficking group in South East Asia. While the UWSA stated last
year to have taken a harder line on drug trafficking, large
numbers of drugs are still found crossing the border. Last
November the Task Force arrested 3 men carrying 300,000 yabaa
tablets over the border from Myanmar.
Mae Hong Son Governor Kamthon Thawonsathit revealed that they
have information that a major drug trafficker in Myanmar plans
to send a large influx of drugs into Thailand so blockades and
patrols have been stepped up in the border area and a raid by
rangers is planned in an effort to combat the increased
In Chiang Rai, The Pa Muang Task Force and Wiang Kaen police
uncovered 14,000 yabaa pills hidden in a recycling truck after
receiving a tip off. The truck was discovered travelling from
Wiang Kaen to Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai on January 14. One man
and three women were taken into custody and taken to Wiang Kaen
Police station for further questioning.
Rong Wong-Savun “The Eagle
King of the Literary Garden”
An exhibition of the literary works, photographs and
portraits of national artist Rong Wong-Savun had its grand
opening at the Chiang Mai University Art and Culture Centre on
January 9, the event runs through January 30. There are music
performances and seminar s every Saturday at noon Also showings
of the biographical film “In The Memory Of Rong Wong-Savun”.
fan of National Artist Rong Wong-Savun appreciates his many
photos and literary works at the exhibition of his works.
Rong Wong-Savun was born on May 20, 1914 in Chai Nat province,
his father was an engineer of Royal Irrigation Department and
his mother from a family of farmers. He studied at Amnuay Silpa
School and Udomsuksa School in Bangkok but he was asked to leave
the school for fighting with a teacher.
Rong lived a exciting and diverse life, working as a steersman,
forestry camp manager in the North, a model and an actor with an
enduring interest in photography and writing . He worked for the
Thai language newspaper Siamrath and was a foreign correspondent
in the United States. He earned a Master’s degree in
Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley during
With more than 50 years in book society, Rong is considered one
of the greatest writers of Thailand and received the nickname
“The Eagle King of the Literary Garden”. An author of
documentaries, articles, short stories, novels and more, he
produced more than 100 books many of which were made into plays
and movies. He was designated a National Artist in 1995.
Rong Wong-Savun died of Chronic Renal Failure March 15, 2009 at
the age of 77 years old. H.R.H.Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
presided over the cremation ceremony at San Ku Lek Cemetery in
Chiang Mai on January 18.