set by Municipality
Tassanai Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai
left, Boonlert Buranupakorn,
the Chiang Mai PAO President, 5th
left, Chalermsak Suranant, Director of TAT Chiang Mai Office, 6th left
announce the Songkran festivities at Tha Pae Gate.
Chiang Mai will host another hugely popular Songkran Thai
New Year festival beginning next week, with organizers setting plans into
place for many fun activities for residents and tourists alike.
With a campaign to have fun, eat good food, and get in
touch with Northern culture without drunk driving, the Chiang Mai Provincial
Administrative Organization (PAO) hopes to make the upcoming Songkran an
enjoyable holiday for all revelers.
Chiang Mai PAO president Boonlert Buranupakorn, said this
year’s Songkran will still maintain Lanna charm, featuring local art and
culture and the Northern way of life.
Events scheduled for the Songkran period of April 12-15
will focus on Tha Phae gate, the Chiang Mai – Lamphun road, Yang Nerng in
Saraphi, and in the Nong Hoy community.
On the morning of April 13 there will be a merit making
ceremony with alms giving to Buddhist monks at Tha Phae gate. A parade of
beautiful girls carrying traditional Lanna umbrellas and dressed in local
costume will then start from the TAT office on the Chiang Mai – Lamphun road
and end at Tha Phae gate.
Other events during the Songkran festival will be the
Miss Songkran beauty contest at Tha page gate, cultural events at the gate,
rafts in the middle of the Ping River and “Songkran through history”, with
the four corners of the city moat walls to host music and shows of Lanna
The Chiang Mai Songkran Family Fun Park will open at the
parking lot near Kad Suan Kaew shopping center on Huay Kaew road.
In the afternoon of April 13, there will be a procession
carrying the revered image of the Phra Buddha Sihing followed with
sprinkling holy water on the Buddha Sihing image as well as other most
important Buddha images, in traditional Songkran ceremonies.
Finally, on the 13th, there will be
a parade of the Khun Sangkhan carriage accompanied by the Miss Songkran
beauty contestants from Sanpakoi to Wat Phra Sing temple.
April 14 will see a procession carrying sand and salee
wood to the temples, starting from the TAT office to temples located on Tha
April 15 will have a procession carrying the “rod nam dam
hua” offerings to pay respects to Chiang Mai Governor Amornphan Nimanant and
other senior officials from Three King Monument to the Governor’s residence
on Tha Pae road.
For more information about Songkran celebration in Chiang Mai visit the
website of the Chiang Mai Municipality at www.cmcity.go.th.
Last year’s winners of the mae ying kee rod theep kang jong beauty
contest join in the announcement for Songkran fesitivities.
Explosions at three different locations in less than a week
Two cars damaged in explosion behind Central Memorial Hospital
The damaged phone booths
near Wat Sri Moon Muang.
The 4th bomb in a week and the 8th
bomb in the past few weeks exploded behind the Central Memorial Hospital on
Chang Klan Road at 2:00 a.m. on April 3rd.
A 7 inch wide and 1 inch deep crater was made by the
explosion with the blast damaging two cars, one belonging to the hospital.
Police and military investigators believe the bomb was homemade with a
possible intent to damage hospital vehicles.
However, police will continue their investigation to find
the culprit and determine the motive behind the early morning blast.
With three bombs in Chiang Mai in less than a week Chiang
Mai Governor Amornphan Nimanant expressed concern that these incidents would
seriously damage tourism in Chiang Mai. He said police and concerned
authorities are investigating the latest three incidents; a grenade thrown
at the Administrative Court in Chang Phuak, the second was a homemade bomb
near Wat Sri Moon Muang, and the third an M79 grenade was launched at the
Provincial Transportation Department in Mae Hia. All three resulted in
damaging explosions but no injuries.
Police Col. Sombat Suphapha, Deputy Commander of the
Chiang Mai Provincial Police Division,joins forensic police in an
investigation of the bomb damage at the Administrative Court on March 28.
The first incident involved an M76 grenade thrown over
the fence into the Administrative Court parking lot around 10 p.m. on March
28, resulting in an explosion that flung debris around the parking lot and
caused 10 cm deep craters in the paved area. However, because the Court was
closed for the day, there were no injuries.
The second explosion occurred an hour later at 11 p.m. on
March 28 and involved what appeared to police to be a homemade bomb,
consisting of some kind of explosives in a can. Police were unsure what was
used to detonate the blast that damaged two phone booths and blew out the
rear windshield of a car belonging to Pol. Capt. Manop Khakhai, a Region 5
Police Officer, parked 20 meters from the phone booths.
Police inspect the damage caused by the grenade launched
at the Transportation Department office on March 31.
Mr. A-ja Maikam, a security guard for the Chiang Mai
Music School, located near the scene, was on duty when the explosion
occurred and said he saw some white smoke coming out of the phone booths. He
approached to investigate and saw a powder can emitting smoke. Realizing it
be a bomb, he ran away, escaping before the bomb detonated.
Initially, the police suspected that the explosive was
placed there by a prankster who wanted to create a sensation, but given the
other incidents, are now unsure and are running a thorough investigation to
find the culprit. CCTV footage is being viewed by the police to pinpoint the
Finally, on March 31, an M 79 grenade was launched at the
Provincial Transportation Department resulting in damage to three cars and a
nearby telephone booth.
Police believe that unknown parties are attempting to create political
turbulence and destabilize the area with fear of violence.
City accelerates CCTV installation
Chiang Mai Municipality plans to add more CCTVs to be
installed in high risk areas, authorities have reported. Sensitive areas,
such as the bus terminals, will be fast tracked for CCTV installation as
authorities fear these areas may be targeted for unrest and disruption in an
attempt to cause trouble during the upcoming Songkran festival.
Atsathai Rattanadilok na Phuket, the director of Chiang
Mai Provincial Land Transport Office, and Tassanai Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai
Mayor, accompanied with his deputy mayors inspected the Chiang Mai Arcade
Bus Terminal, where many people use during the Thai New Year celebrations
and determined that there were not enough CCTV cameras in the area due to
the recent bombs and bomb scares.
The Chiang Mai authorities asked for cooperation from the
general public, to report suspicious objects to authorities immediately.
In addition, the Municipality and Land Transport Office
also have asked for help from the police and military authorities to add
more officers and patrols, military inspectors, and rescue teams to help
increase security to ensure safety for visitors to Chiang Mai during the
festive season. (PRD)
Kantary Hills to open new shopping and hotel complex on Nimmanhaemin
Kantary Hills will open its new 80-million-baht
Kantary Terrace project in Chiang Mai in July this year, said Magarin
Promyothin, general manager of Kantary Hills Hotel and Serviced
Apartment, Chiang Mai.
Magarin Promyothin, General Manager of Kantary Hills
Hotel and Serviced Apartments announces the new shopping complex.
Kantary Terrace has been designed to offer its guests,
visitors and shoppers a relaxing location on Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 12.
With Erb Spa, PhuFah and a Tony & Guy Salon planned to join restaurants,
cafes, ice cream shops and other retail shops, the area will draw more
visitors to the popular Nimmanhaemin area.
Mr. Magarin said that the Terrace and shopping plaza
is nearing 50 per cent completion, and when it is finished, will be an
ideal place for Thai and foreign residents, senior visitors,
corporations, tourists and college and university lecturers due to its
proximity to Chiang Mai University.
“This is a part of the hotel and serviced apartment’s
expansion plan, the Kantary Terrace has been designed as a life style
center with full services, after two- year success of hotel and
apartment operations here in Chiang Mai,” said GM Magarin.
“When saw the bright outlook for the hotel we decided
to invest in a major expansion. The new Kantary Terrace has a modern and
unique design, especially among the 5 old houses in the gardens. In the
front of the Terrace, there will be shop houses blending in with the
gardens,” he added.
Kasikorn Bank and other commercial services are also
scheduled to open in the new complex and parking for shoppers will be
added behind the plaza.
GM Magarin added that the hotel and serviced
apartments also plans a major re-launch of its Kantary name soon.’
Kantary Hills proposed shopping and residential
Ken Hagerman Water Project, a boost for Mae Pun Deng
By Stefan Geiger
The Ken Hagerman water project for Mae Pun Deng was
finished in March, this project aimed to install sand filters to produce
clean water for villagers and was instituted in the memory of long time
Chiang Mai visitor Ken Hagerman. This month the last 80 BioSand Filters of
the 240 BioSand Filter project were installed. There were a few more people
living in Mae Pun Deng in need and for these people we built 10 more BioSand
Filters. Also there are 4 more BioSand Filters in Mae Pun Deng we haven’t
installed yet. Those filters are including the filter media and some spare
filters for new people moving to Mae Pun Deng in the future.
Villagers are presented a sign celebrating their new
water filters by a volunteer.
The kind of water filter installed in Mae Pun Deng needs
a starting phase of 21 days. The filter needs to be filled with water every
day at least once a day. After the 21 day starting phase pure, clean and
safe drinking water is the result. Before the period is up the water can be
used for cooking and cleaning but not for drinking.
To ensure the people use the filter properly and to
prevent mistakes and to answer questions, several follow up visits have been
It was a pleasure to see the very high acceptance from
the villagers. Out of the 125 filters installed just 2 are not in use. The
two filters aren’t being used because these families went out of the village
for harvesting their crops. But they told us they will use it after they
return to the village.
A very good response was received from the 123 families
using the BioSand Filter daily. The villagers made reports of fewer cases of
diarrhea, no need to buy water leaving extra cash for the children’s
education, the independence of being able to produce their own drinking
water, assurance that the water is clean, and the water tastes better and
less like plastic.
Lhin Ping moves into her new home
Lhin Ping is introduced to her new surroundings by Zoo
Lhin Ping celebrated her 10 month- birthday anniversary
on March 30 when Sophon Damnui, Director of the Zoological Park Organization
of Thailand, accompanied by Thanaphat Pong-amorn, Director of the Chiang Mia
Zoo, and zoo staff attended her new house warming party.
Her new house was built at a cost of 20 million baht with
a 300-square meter Panda display section area, 3 rooms, a nursery room ,
staff room , walkways, and tunnels linking each others to give her places to
play and wander around.
This new home can be visited all day. During the first
phase of her adaptation to her new home, Lhin Ping’s housing is scheduled
for 3 rounds of viewing daily; 9.00 -10.00 a.m., 12.00 p.m. -1.00 p.m., and
3.00 – 4.00 p.m.
In between viewings, Lhin Ping will stay home with her
mother Lhin Hui. It is expected that after a two weeks after settlingin
period both Lhin Ping and Lhin Hui will stay in the display zone all day.
Lhin Ping is now 10 months, weighs 30 kilograms, and is 1
meter long. She is in very good health and has captured the hearts of the
public in Thailand.
Summer storm brings hail and severe winds in the North
10 houses in San Kamphaeng were severely damaged in the sudden summer
storm that blew through on March 29. (Photo by Supoj Thiamyoj)
By Staff reporters
A strong summer storm hit Lampang and Chiang Mai with
damaging winds, strong and hail. Lampang saw trees uprooted and damage to a
fresh market while parts of Chiang Mai saw hail, damaging crops and houses.
In Lampang, the storm hit uprooting a tree near the
Lampang Hospital, the tree fell onto a parked car belonging to a local man
visiting a relative at the hospital. The buildings at the fresh market in
TonThong Chai were also damaged by strong winds in the March 30 storm. No
injuries were reported.
Chiang Mai saw hail damaging crops and houses in San
Patong, San Kamphaeng, Saraphi and Mae Rim. Thousands of trees in lamyai and
longan orchards across the area suffered severe damage, and more than 400
houses in the affected districts were damaged
The historic Wat Charoon Wattana in Chiang Dao reported
severe damage and more than 100 homes in Mae Rim were damaged by large hail.
Mae Rim also saw damage to soybean, orchids and other crops.
Damage and losses have been estimated in the millions and
8 Tambons in Mae Rim have received government assistance.
Strong winds, rain and hail fell on Mae Rim and the Four
Chiang Mai (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Resort, Chiang
Mae Hong Son refugee camp razed in accidental fire
300 Karen refugees left homeless
Residents of the Pang
Moo holding center in Mae Hong Son are left homeless after an accidental
fire razed the camp.
The refugee holding center in Pang Moo, Mae Hong Son, was
damaged by fire on March 23 and more than 300 Karen refugees were left
homeless. Mae Hong Son provincial authorities and UNHCR have pledged to
rebuild houses and install a new water supply system after the fire.
Thaweesak Wattanathamraks, Deputy Mae Hong Son Governor,
accompanied by Col Boonyuen Inkwang, Deputy Commander of the Special Task
Force of Infantry Regiment, Pol. Col. Suriyong Wuthi, the superintendent of
Mae Hong Son police station, Prasert O-Sataphan, Mae Hong Son district
officer, and Watchira Chotirosseranee, the permanent secretary who manages
the holding inspected the destroyed areas of the refugee camp.
Watchira said that the fire started because one of the
residents had lit a candle and then left to visit a friend’s house. Strong
winds knocked the candle over. Made of bamboo and grass roofs, the fire
caught quickly and spread across the camp rapidly.
He added that this refugee camp was often attacked across
the border so many of the residents panicked at the fire, worried it was
Summer storm hits hard
An electric pole
knocked over by the uprooted tree
fell on top of a motorcycle, severely damaging the bike.
A sudden, fast moving summer storm uprooted a century old
giant Phothi tree which knocked over electric poles, blacking out the
neighborhood, damaging four motorcycles and injuring a bystander.
Chiang Mai police were contacted at 4 p.m. on March 30
that a large tree had knocked over electric poles, blocking the road near
Wat Chang Kien in Chang Phuak.
The Public Relief Unit, Chang Phuak Municipality and
volunteers from the Ruamjai Foundation rescue team rushed to the location to
find Mrs Ruang Kruapaeng, 54 injured by a falling electric cable.
Mrs. Ruang said that while she was driving her motorcycle
past the temple carrying her 6 year old nephew, the severe storm struck
suddenly, uprooting the tree and knocking over the poles. The cable hit her
and then fell on the ground taking her nephew and the motorcycle down with
it. Fortunately, her young nephew escaped injury and she suffered from minor
injuries to her shoulder and was treated at the scene.
Tha Sala fire damages warehouse
A warehouse in Tha Sala is damaged in a fire on March 26.
A fire on March 26 at 4 p.m. burned down the warehouse of
Chiang Mai CD Supply Company, owned by Thaweewat Ratiromporn, regarded as
the largest distributors of alcohol in the North.
Police and 10 fire engines rushed to the scene on the
second ring road after the fire was reported, arriving to find the thick
smoke billowing from the building. It took the firemen 20 minutes to bring
the blaze under control.
Sparks from welding on the nearby construction of the
owner’s flew onto the warehouse roof, igniting the building and resulting in
the fire, according to witnesses. Police will investigate further. Damage is
estimated around 50,000 baht.
3 dead, 100,000 yabaa pills
in latest Chiang Rai clash
The Pha Muang Task Force clashed with a group of drug
traffickers in Mae Fah Luang district, Chiang Rai, killing 3 suspects and
confiscating 100, 00 yabaa pills.
Acting on a tip-off from a special intelligence operation
unit that members of a Wa group would be smuggling drugs from the Muang Yawn
area inside Myanmar to Mae Fah Luang district in Chiang Rai Maj Gen Prakarn
Chonlayuth, the commander of Pha Muang Task Fore ordered the 2nd
Calvary Regiment, as a Special Task force, under the 3106th Military Rangers
Division, to block the route. On March 28, the force found 5 men carrying
backpacks and armed with weapons.
Despite being asked to surrender the men opened fire and
after exchanging fire found three men dead and two backpacks containing
100,000 yabaa pills, a rifle, pistol and grenade.
None of the members of the Special Task Force were
injured in the gun battle.