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Boonlert Buranupakorn re-elected as President of the PAO

This file photo shows President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn campaigning for re-election.

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Former President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration (PAO) Boonlert Buranupakorn won his re-election handily, outstripping his closest opponent by more than 250,000 votes.

Elections for PAO President and Council were held in 25 districts in Chiang Mai Province on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

The number 1candidate and former incumbent President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn from Pheu Thai Kunnatham party took 400,584 votes while his closes rival number 2 candidate Dr. Thavorn Kiatchaiyakorn from Pheu Thai Chiang Mai Group won 148,613 votes. The number 3 candidate Kwanchai Sakulthong, an independent garnered 41,983 votes and number 3 Kingkarn Na Chiang Mai from Khon Chiang Mai Pattana Chiang Mai gained 95,368 votes.

More than 61,663 people revealed that it was a confusing election and they had difficulty distinguishing between the candidates and their affiliations. Boonrat Wongyai, the Chairman of the Election Commission Chiang Mai, said that only 65 percent of the 758,840 people registered to vote took part and that there had been a delay in announcing results as heavy rain in Om Koi and Hot Districts had delayed transportation of ballots. Other than those delays however, there were no major issues affect the election. The Election Commission has 30 days to issue yellow or red cards for any candidates which will then be sent to the Courts to administer.


Bee attack on monks at Wat Chedi Luang

23 monks were admitted to hospital after suffering allergic reactions to the bee stings received on Monday when a swarm of bees attacked a group of novice monks at Wat Chedi Luang.

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A swarm of bees attacked novice monks at Wat Chedi Luang on 3 p.m. on Monday, June 23, 2012 when the monks were cleaning up the temple grounds. The monks disturbed the nest of bees in a tree they were pruning near the temple. More than 100 people rushed to shelter as the swarm of bees emerged from the tree, stinging many people.

No tourists reported side effects or injuries in the incident but almost 50 novices suffered side effects from multiple stings with some of the young men vomiting and unconscious. 11 monks were admitted to Chang Puek Hospital and 12 more to Ruam Phad Hospital with low blood pressure from allergic reactions to the stings.


Disaster preparedness seminar held for Chiang Mai

Provincial and Army officials met to discuss disaster preparedness on June 25, 2012.

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On June 25 at the Chiang Mai Hill Hotel the Head of Chiang Mai Public Relation Office Chuchoke Thongtaluang presided over a seminar to prepare officials and organization for disaster situations in the province. He was joined by the head of the Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention Office Ruangrit Poldee, the Head of the Natural Resources and Environment Office Payad Ananpradit, Lt. Col. Supakorn Ruansati representing the 33 Miliary Circle and the Head of Chiang Mai Public Works and City Planning Wichai Kajonpreedanont.

Chuchoke Thongtaluan said disasters such as typhoons, floods, drought and other natural disasters can injure and cause death as well as damage property and that it was critical for the Province to prepare for such events so as to minimize the disaster.  He noted that the government has given priority to prevention and relief and added that rescue and rehabilitation measures need to be put in place immediately so as to build confidence and improve morale in the public.

Wichai Kajonpreedanont said that building inspections were ongoing in the case of seismic events that may occur. The authorities have issued a check every year and every five years and building owners will be notified to improve stability. This year inspections held at shopping malls, hotels and large buildings as well as 96 government buildings and the buildings were found to be strong “The building owners asked the engineers to check every year. If there is any risk due to an earthquake the issue must be resolved for the safety of the public.”

Ruangrit Poldee from Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention Office said the office has been prepared at all times to assist in the coordination in the event of a disaster. They have provided training to support officials in dealing with the ongoing floods in the top North Provinces. This year it is predicted to have no more than 2 large storms but they continue to monitor the situation closely. They have been getting prepared to mitigate any issues from flooding this year.


HRH Princess Srirasmi visits infants and mother health project

HRH Princess Srirasmi, Royal Consort to HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn visited the Mother and Infant Health Project under Royal Patronage at the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital this month where she presented gift bags to all mothers of premature babies resident in the hospital. Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun, President of Chiang Mai University Dr. Pongsak Angkasith and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at CMU Prof. Dr. Nivaj Nanthajit met with her at the hospital. The program provides education and help for women needing prenatal care as well as taking care of premature babies and providing information on breast feeding.

 


PM monitors flood prevention in Chiang Mai

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra views the Ping River from the Police Region 5 Headquarters which has regular flooding problems.

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visited Chiang Mai this month to track the progress of flood prevention projects including dredging in rivers in Chiang Mai and Lamphun as well as watershed areas in Chiang Mai. She met with officials at the Police Region 5 Conference room where Chiang Mai Governor M.L Panadda Diskul reported on the effects of last year’s storms with severe flooding, flash floods and landslides in the mountainous areas and the progress on work being done to improve the situation quickly.

The project to dredge the Ping River has been fully completed as has upstream in San Patong to Mae Taeng, a total of 111 km was dredged at a budget of 408,307,500 Baht. The Kuang River in Doi Saket was dredged to the Muang District in Lamphun for 61 km and a budget of 126,700,000 Baht. A landslide warning system has been put in place in 243 villages in 22 districts in Chiang Mai at a budget of 12,150,000 Baht and a flood monitoring program set in place in 25 districts for 28,585,000 Baht.

The Marine Department reported that the Ping River in Chiang Mai city has been widened to 90 meters and was dredged for 20km around the city. The river was deepened an additional 2 meters for a portion of the channel.

Additionally there is a program to enhance the Mengrai Bridge with water gates as well as construction of a reservoir with a pipe under Mahidol Road and dredging of the Mae Kha Canal. Further funds have been budgeted in Chiang Mai to improve drainage of city streets, and unblock water drainage pipes.

The Highway Department has 9 projects; Highway 107 in front of Lanna Golf Club, in front of City Hal, Highway 121 in front of the pipe across the Mae Kha Cana, Ton Payom Market and construction by the Department of Irrigation to protect the embankment dam floodgate at Thawangtan Dam.

The Prime Minister’s government approved a total budget for flood prevention and control of 482 billion Baht and charged that they be completed in time for the next rainy season.

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn oversees construction of flood walls as part of the city’s flood prevention program as ordered by the Prime Minister’s government. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)


Blessings for longevity of Chiang Mai

The life prolonging ceremony, or “Seub Chata Muang” was held by the Municipality and was attended by government officials and the President of the Culture Council, Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality).

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The Chiang Mai Municipality held the annual “Seub Chata Muang” ceremony for Chiang Mai to bring prosperity and longevity to the city and its people. The traditional Northern ceremony is held in the 9th Northern month and is held to prolong the life of the city, the ceremony can also be held to prolong the life of a man, and it is becoming more common to hold it to prolong the life of a river or forest as well. The most famous “Seub Chata Muang” is held in Chiang Mai.

A tripod arrangement of wooden stakes or “Mai Kham” the forked wooden stakes used to support the branches of the Bodi tree in temples, symbolically support and sustain the life of the city. There are also various offerings of money, betel nut, and Northern Thai snacks the represent life, abundance and prosperity.

The ceremony saw alms giving to monks as well as ceremonies held at 3 Kings Monument, the five gates; Tha Pae Gate, Chiang Mai Gate, Suan Prung Gate, Suan Dok Gate, and Chang Puek Gate as well as a the four corners of the moat; Koo Huang, Hua Rin, Sri Phum, and Kha Tam Corners to make merit for the past rulers of Chiang Mai.

There are three kinds of “Sueb Chata” ceremonies; “Sueb Chata Kon” to lengthen a person’s life, such as someone who is ill, Sueb Chata Ban” to prolong the life of the village and “Sueb Chata Muang” to prolong the life of the city.


Emergency drills held at Chiang Mai Airport

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul (center seated) met with the heads of various departments and organizations involved in the training drills to discuss the Airport’s emergency plans.

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The Chiang Mai International Airport was the scene of a training session for airport personnel on June 13, 2012. The Airports of Thailand (AoT) issued an order for the airport to hold training sessions in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines. The simulation was held to prepare personnel to handle such potential crises as hijackers, terrorists, hostage situations, or other emergencies. Personnel from the Air Traffic Control Center, the Disaster Prevention Office, the Public Health Office and the Airport took part in the exercises. Military personnel from Military Circle 33 and Wing 41 also joined in as did police from Phu Ping Palace Station.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) issued guidelines for the simulation the main point of which was to reduce the potential loss of life and property to as little as conceivably possible. Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul visited the airport during the drill and noted that they would not only prepare personnel for emergencies but instill confidence in locals and tourists in the security system at Chiang Mai International Airport.

The ICAO requires that every airport have a contingency plan in place and must conduct full drills every two years.


Baby clouded leopards can be viewed at the Zoo

Three of the 2 month old baby clouded leopards at the Chiang Mai Zoo.

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Chiang Mai Zoo Assistant Director Nipon Vichairat revealed that the clouded leopards born at the Chiang Mai Zoo on April 7, 2012 were now ready to be seen by the public as they had now been weaned from their mother. Two female and one male cubs were born at the Zoo and will be named in a contest to be held by the Zoo. as one male and two females in the Chiang Mai Zoo.

Clouded leopards are a protected species in Thailand; they can be seen at Khao Keaw Open Zoo, Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo, Chiang Mai Zoo and Songkhla Zoo. The Clouded Leopard has a range from the Himalayas into China and South East Asia; they have been classified as vulnerable with less than 10,000 mature adults suspected to be in existence in their range.

Clouded leopards like to climb and are very agile; they are a dark grey color with black blotches with irregularly curved stripes and dark spots on the head. They have exceptionally long canine teeth and eat small animals such as monkeys and lemurs but will also hunt larger animals at times.


Emergency evacuation drills held for students

Students from Sridonchai School watched with interest as firefighters from the Municipal Fire Department demonstrated the use of firefighting equipment.

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The Chiang Mai Municipality held an emergency drill for students at the Sridonchai School near the Night Bazaar this month as part of a program to prepare students, teachers and staff at schools in case of earthquake or fire.

Deputy Mayor Soonthorn Yamsiri presided over the opening ceremony to the training program where he noted that earthquakes and fires cannot be predicted so everyone, from administrators to the youngest students, need to be prepared for any eventuality.

The Municipality organized a training plan in conjunction with the Chiang Mai Municipal Fire Department, hospital staff and emergency personnel. Firefighters demonstrated for the students as well as offered instruction in what to do in the event of an emergency.

The project will hold such drills at ten other schools in the Municipality District to prepare administrators, staff, teachers, students and emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.


Under the spotlight

Lee of Akha Ama Coffee

By Shana Kongmun
Tucked away in a little corner of the Santhitham area is a little coffee shop called Akha Ama Coffee, and while you may not cast a second look in its direction you would be wise to not only look, but stop, go in, have a cup of delicious coffee and a chat with the very personable owner; a young man named Lee Ayu Chuepa.

Lee is very knowledgeable about coffee and is more than happy to explain to you the differences in coffees and the terms coffee aficionados use when drinking coffee. Photo by Martin Vanderklooster.

Akha Ama Coffee is a rare find in Chiang Mai, one of the winners of the World Cup Testers competition, two years running. In fact, last year, the first year Lee submitted the village’s coffee, they were one of 21 to win out of over 2000 submissions. But it almost didn’t happen. The competition requires a 350 Euro submission fee, which of course, a tiny little Akha mountain village is unlikely to be able to raise, much less send off to Europe. Lee negotiated with the committee and, grasping the idea that if they wanted everyone represented, including the small growers, they would need to consider how to help. Committee members found friends who pitched in and paid the fee for the villagers.

The gamble paid off for both the donors and the villagers as Akha Ama coffee gained international renown. Robust with a good balance of bitter and sour, the coffee is also very good as espresso as well as just a regular cup of coffee. The prices are extremely reasonable considering the effort these mountaintop villagers take to grow and harvest the coffee.

Akha Ama Coffee proprietor and all around go to man is a young man named Lee, who hails from a small Akha village in the Mae Suai District in Chiang Rai and who started his coffee journey in a rather unusual way; first going to a temple school, then as the first person in his village to go to university and finally doing social work for hilltribe children with a charity called Child’s Dream Association which focuses on education for underprivileged children.

But it was a return trip to his home village that made him start wondering what he could do a bit closer to home. With only 32 households in his tiny village, he knew that whatever he did could have an impact, so he looked around to see what the options were. Villagers were already growing coffee trees obtained from the Highland Research and Development Institute and he realized that the high quality beans they were producing could help the villagers out. The problem however, was that they had no processing abilities and were forced to sell their beans at a low price to middlemen. So, Lee, as the only English speaking person in his village as well, started studying various processing methods from around the region and around the world.

He returned to his village and helped set up a small processing plant so that the villagers could produce their own parchment coffee, which is wet processed coffee and then dried with the dry parchment skin still attached.

After being turned down by the SME Bank and commercial banks for a loan because he couldn’t guarantee repayment he turned to private donations to help obtain the equipment the village needed to start processing their coffee beans. However, within 6 months, they were making enough to cover their expenses so he has high hopes that as they sell more coffee, the villagers will be able to add more equipment.

Drop in for a visit with this informative, personable and knowledgeable young man and you will find out about coffee, Akha village life, and may end up spending the afternoon chatting, like I did! Akha Ama Coffeeshop is at Mata Apartments, Hussadhisewee Soi 3.

Akha Ama coffee is available at Rimping Supermarket, Kasem Store and many smaller coffee shops around Chiang Mai. Lee is also offering ‘coffee journeys’ to interested parties; a visit to his village to meet the farmers and see the coffee as it starts out from fruit on the tree, to processed and finally the finished product. Interested people can contact Lee at [email protected] or www.akhaama.com.


Chiang Mai Night Safari sees Middle Eastern tourist market grow

Visoot Buachum, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand office in Dubai is joined by CEO of the Night Safari Sarawut Srisakun and around 20 leading Middle Eastern tour operators.

The Chiang Mai Night Safari together with the Tourism Authority of Thailand Office in Dubai led a group of 20 tourist operators from the Middle East and Iran to visit the Night Safari to learn more about Chiang Mai and promote its attractions.

Visoot Buachum, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand office in Dubai and the Middle East, said that leading travel companies in Iran and the Middle East were invited to Chiang Mai, he noted that Middle Eastern tourists tend to travel in large family groups, he noted that the Night Safari was a good family destination for tourists and was expected to be a magnet for Middle Eastern tourists wishing to visit the region.

Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, the CEO of the Chiang Mai Night Safari said that the Night Safari plans to increase its exposure in the Middle East markets. In the past he has joined the “Arabian Travel Market” in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He noted that that the leading travel companies have signed an agreement to do business with the Chiang Mai Night Safari. Additionally, Dr. Sarawut has scheduled a road show for the Night Safari in China in a bid to attract the increasing numbers of Chinese tourists to Chiang Mai and the Night Safari. He added that they hope to make the Chiang Mai Night Safari well-known throughout the world as a tourism destination in Thailand. (PR)


Tourist booths for upcoming National Games

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Chiang Mai was chosen to host the 2012 National Games from December 9-19 and the games for disabled people, called the “Vieng Ping Games” which will be held from January 15-19, 2013 at the 700 Years Stadium, the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium and the Competitive Sports Field. More than 30,000 people are expected to compete or attend the events.

The Tourism and Sports Office head, Churairat Prawprai, said that the Office and the TAT have organized booths to be set up at the 700 Year Stadium and in the Institute of Physical Education at the Municipal Stadium. The booths will offer information not only about Chiang Mai for athletes and visitors to the Games but also provide information from the Chiang Mai Night Safari, the Chiang Mai Zoo, Royal Rajapruek Park, Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens and many other attractions in Chiang Mai.

There will also be a shuttle bus service for athletes taking part in the Games for sight seeing around Chiang Mai. There will be 3 different routes with a morning service including the Night Safari, the Zoo and the Royal Rajapruek Park. The trip will begin at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium and tour along to moat to the Zoo. An afternoon trip will depart from the Municipal Stadium and travel to Bor Sang, the umbrella village, Royal Rajapruek Park, Baan Tawai to end at Wiang Kum Kam. The night time shuttle will also depart from the Municipal Stadium and go to the Night Safari. The Thailand Sports Authority is supplying the budget to provide these services for visiting athletes and support personnel.


Amazing Thailand Grand Sale from June 15

“The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012” will add to Thailand’s reputation as a world-renowned shoppers’ paradise, with discounts of 10 to 80% at more than 15,000 participating stores and services in popular tourist destinations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Koh Samui.

During the sale, which takes place from June 15 until August 15, great deals are available at department stores, shopping malls, King Power Duty Free, jewelry shops, golf courses, restaurants, stores selling Thai products, as well as on beauty, health, and medical services. Discounts and other special privileges are also on offer at lifestyle attractions including walking and dining streets. Visitors travelling to Thailand for the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 can even enjoy specially-priced travel packages from leading airlines and travel agencies.

“Thailand is widely recognized as a shoppers’ paradise, and the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 means even greater value for visitors on everything from local products to the world’s leading brands. This year, the deals are even better, and the sale is a perfect opportunity for visitors to Thailand to check out famous Thai brands and Thai designer products,” said Mr Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of the TAT.

In addition to the amazing shopping, international travelers who visit Thailand during the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 have a chance to win a dream holiday – a fully expense-paid vacation worth up to 3,500,000 Baht, called “Miracle 30 Days in Thailand.” The winner will receive a custom-tailored travel package for two to enjoy a month in Thailand including business-class round-trip tickets from home, economy-class air travel within Thailand, accommodations and meals at designated restaurants, ground transportation, and entrance fees for any attractions such as museums and performances. The winners will have the assistance of a private local guide throughout their travel program, as well as experience Thai culture up close through courses such as Thai cooking, Thai dance, Muay Thai, or crafts including pottery and batik painting.

Every transaction at a participating airline or hotel or every travel package booking for travel or stay between June 15 and August 15, 2012, as well as every 500 Baht spent at participating merchants during the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 qualifies for one entry to win the incredible all-inclusive Thai holiday. Payments made using a Visa Card get double the chances to win. For more information, please visit http://thailandgrandsale .tourismthailand.org/ (TAT)


World Anti-Drugs Day on June 26

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul is joined by Deputy Commissioner of Region 5 Police Maj. Gen. Chamnan Rwadrew and Wichai Chaimonkol, the Director of Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) Region 5 to announce the World Anti-Drugs Day events in Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai will join the world in honoring the UN’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Anti-Drugs Day on June 26, 2012. The Province will host activities for students and young people to mark the day.

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul was joined by the Deputy Commissioner of Region 5 Police Maj. Gen. Chamnan Rwadrew and Wichai Chaimonkol, the Director of Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) Region 5 to announce the events to be held in Chiang Mai on the 26th of June in honor of HM the Queen on the occasion of her 80th birthday this year.

There will be four main events including a ceremony held to honor the heroic men who have fought drug trafficking in Chiang Mai at the Narcotics Control Police Memorial at Region 5 Headquarters on Mahidol Road. There will also be an auction of property seized from drug offenders at the 700 Years Stadium, with more than 200 items on offer.

A football competition will be held for teams of 5 players competing for a cup as well as concerts from popular musicians, Thai folk dancing, drawing contests and the contest “To Be Number One’. The ONCB and Police will set up booths as will community groups that fight drug abuse to offer educational materials.

World Anti-Drugs Day was established by the United Nations in 1987 to fight the mushrooming drug problem that countries around the world faced. The General Assembly appointed the day to recognize that despite continued and increased efforts by the international community to fight drug abuse, the world drug problem posed a serious threat to public health, the safety and well-being of everyone, in particular young people.
More than 10,000 people are estimated to attend the events that will take place on June 26, 2012 at 700 years stadium.


Governor focuses on entertainment venue issues

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Chiang Mai Governor M.L Panadda Diskul held a meeting to discuss issues caused by entertainment venues around Chiang Mai including noise complaints from local residents, drugs and ‘after hours’ clubs. He said that any complaints by local residents would be expedited by the relevant agencies and that authorities would be required to strict in carrying out the law equally and without omission.

Chiang Mai Governor M.L Panadda Diskul focuses on neighborhood complaints about entertainment venues.

Provincial officials and police will visit nightclubs and restaurants that have received complaints from the public and will deal with those who violate the laws; including allowing in underage children, noise violations, drug use and other complaints.

The Governor made it clear that any officer that fails to address neighborhood complaints may be charged with dereliction of duty and that issues will be reported directly to the Prime Minister.

The Governor noted that in cases of repeat issues provincial officials will meet with the owners of the buildings who rent out to businesses in violation of the law to work with them on forcing cooperation from the venues to follow the laws.


Minister of Transportation emphasizes importance of logistics in AEC

The Minister of Transport Jarupong Ruangsuwan spoke at the “Transform Thailand Project” at Grand View Hotel, Chiang Mai.

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The Minister of Transportation Jarupong Ruangsuwan spoke on the importance of freight logistics in the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. The “Transform Thailand Project” was held at Grand View Hotel Chiang Mai on June 15 ,2012 where the Minister spoke out on the importance of quick and modern communications, and freight logistics to keep Thailand competitive and make Chiang Mai the center of trade and investment for the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and the AEC.

He noted that the mobile Cabinet meeting held in Chiang Mai in January 2012 saw the proposal of budget of 373 billion Baht for 128 projects in the 8 Northern provinces, most of the in the area of the development of the transportation infrastructure. These included a project to develop the mass transit system in Chiang Mai and a high speed train route between Chiang Mai and Bangkok, increased trains and flights and a tunnel project from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son.

The Minister said now that the cost of transport in Thailand is 12.5% of the cost of production as a whole while in Singapore it is 7%, Europe 9% and the U.S. 10%. The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has set a 5 year target to reduce this amount by 2% in total. Four of the most popular transportation methods will be targeted; sea, rail, roads and air. He noted that oil prices continue to rise and if Thailand cannot resolve their transportation issue the country cannot compete with its neighbors. He said that the AEC will see 600 million people in 10 countries connect and noted that transportation will be a priority for Thailand to compete in the AEC.


Green Valley homeowners fight for protection of rights

More than 100 unhappy homeowners from Green Valley met at the District Office to discuss methods to protect their rights as homeowners.

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The Committee of the Homeowners Association of Chiang Mai Green Valley Village in Mae Rim met to discuss registering a legal entity to take over management of the upscale development from the Chiang Mai Green Valley Co. Ltd and Chiang Mai Green Valley Country Club Co. Ltd.

The committee was led by the former Ambassador of Thailand to Portugal and the Honorary Consul of Sweden Supajee Nilubol and attended by over 100 home owners at the Mae Rim District Office Conference Room on June 17, 2012.

Boontan Pirat-Vinichchai said that the land owners and homeowners plan to register a legal entity to manage the development as the owner of the village has failed to maintain the property. He cited lack of security, poor street lighting, public areas have been sold and many developers have bought plots and subdivided them, causing traffic congestion and overuse of facilities such as playgrounds and sports clubs. The lack of developed infrastructure, poor maintenance and security is driving property values down in a development where homes sell for up to 50 million Baht.

Green Valley Village is well known as being a home for the very wealthy, including homes belonging to former Prime Ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and Somchai Wongsawat.


Nan Police confiscate 800,000 Yabaa tablets

Nan police arrested a Chiang Rai man suspected of working with a gang that abandoned over 800,000 Yaba tablets in their truck.

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Police in Na Noi in Nan Province arrested a Hmong hill tribe man and confiscated 804,000 Yaba or methamphetamine tablets smuggled in from Chiang Rai at a police checkpoint on June 15, 2012 at 11:30 p.m.

Police set up a regular checkpoint in Pa Pao village and stopped a Toyota pickup driven by the suspect. When police asked for his details his suspicious behavior tipped police into searching his vehicle. As they were searching his vehicle another truck with three men drove through the checkpoint. Police went after the vehicle but the three men in it jumped out and escaped. Police found 6 bags of methamphetamines hidden in the truck.
Police arrested the first man, Suthep Harncharoenchaikul of Chiang Rai but he has denied all involvement in the three men who escaped although police believe he was involved in the gang.

The Commander of Police Region 5 Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Dejraksa and the Director of ONCB Region 5 Wichai Chaimongkol announced the arrest and Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep said that a lot of drugs are believed to come from Laos via Chiang Rai. He noted that it can verified by the mix of pseudoephedrine. He encouraged people to call a hotline to report drug dealers and traffickers at 1386.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Boonlert Buranupakorn re-elected as President of the PAO

Bee attack on monks at Wat Chedi Luang

Disaster preparedness seminar held for Chiang Mai

HRH Princess Srirasmi visits infants and mother health project

PM monitors flood prevention in Chiang Mai

Blessings for longevity of Chiang Mai

Emergency drills held at Chiang Mai Airport

Baby clouded leopards can be viewed at the Zoo

Emergency evacuation drills held for students

Under the spotlight

Chiang Mai Night Safari sees Middle Eastern tourist market grow

Tourist booths for upcoming National Games

Amazing Thailand Grand Sale from June 15

World Anti-Drugs Day on June 26

Governor focuses on entertainment venue issues

Minister of Transportation emphasizes importance of logistics in AEC

Green Valley homeowners fight for protection of rights

Nan Police confiscate 800,000 Yabaa tablets