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Helicopter rides give a bird’s eye view of spectacular Chiang Mai

Dok Bua Tong Festival opens

Surin Elephant Round up this month

 

Helicopter rides give a bird’s eye view of spectacular Chiang Mai

The view of Doi Saket from the helicopter
 is spectacular but not for the faint of heart.

The reservoir looks beautiful in the clear weather of the cool season.

Dr. Dirk found the helicopter ride exhiliarating!

Chiang Mai Mail reporters

Chiang Mai has a new attraction.The AA Division Helicopter Service is now offering a helicopter charter service.

The terminal and head office is located about 2 km from the Big C supermarket in the Hang Dong area and lucky Chiang Mai residents took the virgin flight of the service on November 9. Wuttipong Arayatumsopon, Ongkarn “JOJO” Chaiongkarn, Rapeepun Suonsomjit, Mom Luang Preyapun Sridhavat the Honorary Consul of Peru, Thai News Journalist Khun Joe and Dr. Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon. Dr. Dirk, who invited the guests and sponsored the flight with his Podology Center Clinics Bangkok – Chiang Mai, told the Chiang Mai Mail that he has been fascinated by helicopters since he flew first with a helicopter this year in Las Vegas, USA.

When he read about the new service, he said he was sure that he wanted to make the very ever first flight with good friends. ”Not all of my friends have the nerve to make a helicopter flight.” So he chose a small group of good friends – and all had great fun.

Reaching 5000 feet, the group first flew towards San Khampaeng - San Sai. After that they headed to Doi Saket and the reservoir. The next destinations were the mountains and forests of Chiang Mai. Before the sunset, the final destination was Mae Rim’s Four Season Hotel where the landing took place the group left the helicopter to a fabulous sunset dinner.

The helicopters of AA Division have a maximum speed of 140 Air Knots which is about 245 km per hour. The range of the helicopter is about 800 km and they have space for 4 people in the rear and 2 passengers in the front plus the pilot.

A one hour trip is costly, at 95,000 baht and not for those afraid of heights as it’s quite exhilarating, Dr. Dirk reported, but, he added, “well worth it!” (Photos by Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon)

 

Dok Bua Tong Festival opens

Mae Hong Son Governor Kamthorn Thawornsathit presided over the opening ceremony of the Dok Bua Tong ( Mexican sunflowers ) Festival, at Doi Mae U-kor in Khun Yuam district, about 90 kilometers south of this northern provincial town on November 6. Until December the golden and yellow Dok Bua Tong flowers cover the hilltops surrounding Khun Yuam located about 1,600 meter above sea level Members of the Thai Yai, and Karen and Hmong hill tribes performed dances to honor His Majesty the King during the ceremony. (Photo and caption by Saksit Meesubkwang)


Surin Elephant Round up this month

The world renowned Surin Elephant Roundup takes place in, of course, Surin this month on the third weekend of November, the 19th, 20th and 21st. So, if Krathongs and Lanterns are not your thing, you can travel to Surin to see elephants march through town carrying dignitaries and mahouts dressed in traditional war costumes to the famous Elephant breakfast on Friday morning. The following days see re-enactments of battles past as well as games and other entertainment. The Festival was started in 1960 after declining work for Surin mahouts led them to entertainment in order to take care of their elephants. (Photo by Dr.A.Hugentobler)