Chiang Mai officials celebrate HM the Queen’s Birthday
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul offers flowers to
the portrait of HM the Queen in honor and respect of her birthday.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
In an annual event a birthday party was
held by the Provincial Government at the Empress Hotel to celebrate and
honor HM the Queen on her birthday. HM Queen Sirikit celebrated her 80th
birthday on Sunday August 12 and the party was held on Tuesday August 14 to
give officials a chance to return from the long weekend.
Governor ML Panadda Diskul spoke
briefly in English about HM the Queen and her good works and her great
efforts to help the people of Thailand, and those efforts could be seen in
the varied dresses of the many ladies in attendance. As Raya Luelai pointed
out her traditional woven handbag from Southern Thailand, “Her Majesty found
this traditional handicraft in the South and promoted it in the rest of
Thailand, now it is very popular to wear with the traditional Thai dresses.”
The evening was attended by the
diplomatic corps as well with the new Chinese Consul General joining with
the American Consul General and Indian Consul to pay their respects to HM
the Queen. (Photos by Ronnakit Norkham).
turned out in blue, the color of the day of the birth of HM the Queen and
traditionally worn on her birthday.
Panadda Diskul leads a toast to HM the Queen.
Foster, the U.S. Consul General, Shana Kongmun of the Chiang Mai Mail, and
Chang Wei Cai, the new Chinese Consul General and his wife at the party held
at the Empress Hotel.
Flood control and sandbags
The Chiang Mai Municipality has already placed
thousands of sandbags at key points along the Ping River to try and prevent
and recurrence of flooding this year, including at Police Region 5 and along
low points along the river. Sandbags are available to the general public as
well and can be picked up at Kawila Army Camp, Police Region 5 buildings,
the area near the Chiang Mai-Lamphun bus stop and many other areas around
town. The Mayor feels that as this year has seen a much decreased amount of
rain compared to last year and the fact that heavy dredging has taken place
along the Ping and tributaries Chiang Mai should be safe barring any
unforeseen major disasters since the weather is very unpredictable. (Photo
courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)
Happy 80th Birthday to HM the Queen
The Chiang Mai Mail joins the Kingdom in wishing
HM Queen Sirikit a very happy 80th birthday on August 12, 2012. (Photo
courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)
The Chiang Mai Mail joins the Kingdom
of Thailand to present our loyalty and devotion to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
on the occasion of her 80th birthday, on Sunday August 12, 2012, and our
best wishes for a most Happy Birthday and a long life. We’d also like to say
Happy Mother’s Day to one and all.
HM Queen Sirikit was born on August, 12, 1932, daughter of the then Thai
Ambassador to France, Mom Chao Nakhatmongol and his consort Mom Luang Bua
Sanitwongse. She attended school in Paris after the end of World War II and
met her soon to be husband, the future King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej,
in Paris, while both were studying in Europe. The new King and Queen of
Thailand were married by HM Queen Sawang Vadhana, the paternal grand-mother
of His Majesty at the Sra Pathum Palace in Bangkok, on 28 April, 1950. HM
Queen Sirikit was officially instated as Queen Somdej Phranang Chao by His
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, when he acceded to the Throne as the Ninth
Monarch of the Rama Dynasty, on the fifth of May, 1950.
HM the Queen has been active in helping women advance themselves with her
SUPPORT Foundation, Established 21 July 1976 SUPPORT Foundation, or the
Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques was formally established to
further the activities started by the Queen, who, using her own funds,
helped to establish cottage industries for village and farm women. Her
Majesty supplied weaving looms and materials to make fabrics, clothing and
soft goods, as well as providing equipment to produce other marketable
Her support of the renewal and
teachings of traditional techniques has brought about the revival and fame
of the Thai silk industry.
HM Queen Sirikit’s birthday has always been celebrated as Mother’s Day in
Thailand, which is appropriate for HM the Queen who is regarded by each and
every Thai as the “Loving Mother of the Thai Nation”.
Perseid showers peak this weekend
from the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) shows
the best locations to view the showers should the skies clear enough.
Hopefully the skies will clear enough for the next three days to see a
glimpse of what is expected to be quite a spectacular meteor shower this
year as more than 60-100 meteors are expected per hour. The Perseid showers
recur yearly, usually beginning around July 22 and ending a month later,
however they are expected to peak this weekend.
The Perseids are named such because they appear to radiate from the Perseus
Constellation, the meteors rip through the atmosphere at a very high rate of
speed, around 60 km an hour, one of the fastest moving showers the Earth
The Perseid Showers have been observed for about 2000 years with the first
reports coming from Asia. The Perseid meteor showers are caused by the
Earth's passage through a steam of debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle
To make it extra special, Jupiter, Venus and the crescent moon are lining up
right in the middle of the display. If the skies are clear enough the
Perseid showers can be seen in the pre-dawn hours. The best display is
expected after midnight on the 12th and into the early hours of the 13th of
Policeman stabbed to death in a drug bust
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
In a sting operation gone horribly wrong, San Patong police were
called to the scene on August 7, 2012 to find Pol. Lt. Pitak Chaiwong
stabbed by an alleged drug dealer, although he was alive at the scene the
wound to the right side of his chest was fatal and he died later at the
The alleged attacker was also injured in the melee where Jatae
Jamornjarudetch (26), of Omkoi district, was found hiding in a drainage
ditch with three bullet wounds. Jatae was sent to Maharaj Nakorn Hospital
and survived his wounds. Police found 400 methamphetamine or Yaba tablets on
American man found dead in his home
Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
American resident of Chiang Mai Lawrence “Larry” J. Wheeler was
found dead in his Sansai home on July 16 by a friend from what police are
labeling a suicide as he was found with a plastic bag and a can of helium in
a method of suicide that is called an “exit bag”. The method of suicide
causes the person to pass out before dying. The report was only recently
released by the police.
The 67 year old man had been resident in Chiang Mai since 1985 and had
previously worked as a teacher although he had been having serious health
issues over the past several years including a couple of strokes, diabetes
and heart disease. He had posted on his website blog that he planned to kill
himself as he was tired of all his health problems.
Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak
in Chiang Mai
of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn announces coordination efforts with the
Office of Public Health to fight the outbreak of hand, foot and mouth
disease in Chiang Mai Province.
The Chiang Mai Administration Organization (PAO) and Chiang Mai Public
Health Office have started a campaign to fight the outbreak of hand, foot
and mouth disease that has seen more than 400 patients in Chiang Mai
The President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn and Deputy Chief of the
Chiang Mai Public Health Office Dr. Surasing Wisarutrat announced prevention
projects for combatting hand, foot and mouth and hemorrhagic dengue fever in
Chiang Mai Province.
The Bureau of Epidemiology, Disease Control Department, Ministry of Health
reported 17,656 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, or 27.79 per one
hundred thousand people and 1 death from January 1- July 15, 2012. Chiang
Mai has the highest rate of infections reported with a rate of 40.89 per one
hundred thousand, more than 400 cases.
The rainy season has also brought dengue fever with it, with the Bureau
reporting 23,213 cases from January 1-July 17, 2012. The nationwide rate was
30.8 per one hundred thousand, and 37 deaths.
Dr.Surasing said the country sees a hand, foot mouth disease outbreak every
year, especially in the rainy season when the outbreak is at its height. Two
child care centers have been closed in the province to sterilize the
schools. Children are encouraged to wash their hands on a regular basis and
parents are told to watch for high fever and rashes on the hands. He noted
that children under 5 are most at risk.
He added that dengue fever is expected to peak in August and September with
numbers currently hitting 150 reported cases per month.
President Boonlert said that the PAO network and 42 council members need to
synchronize their efforts with local governments in the area and to require
child care centers and schools to report to the PAO while they will
coordinate with the Public Health Office to provide assistance in a timely
Night Safari staff protest merger with the Zoo
200 staff and students protested the proposed merger of the Chiang Mai Night
Safari with the Zoo at City Hall on July 27, 2012.
Staff of Chiang Mai Night Safari were joined by students to submit a
letter with Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul to protest the proposed
merger of the Chiang Mai Night Safari with the Zoological Park Organization
of Thailand on July 27, 2012.
The Office of the Public Sector Development Commission sent a letter to the
Cabinet government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to approve the
merger that was proposed at a meeting on June 25, 2012. The Deputy CEO of
Chiang Mai Night Safari Dr. Chumphon Musikanont filed the letter of protest
backed up by over 200 staff and students from Baan Fon School in Hang Dong.
He said that there is a concern that there is a lack of integration of
organizational activities, that business management of the Night Safari will
suffer and that the marketing, budget and personnel regulations of the
government are not conducive to business administration of the Night Safari.
He added that the aims of the Night Safari is quite different from that of
the Zoo, that it was established to be a natural habitat theme park for wild
animals rather than animals in cages. He added that many employees will be
hurt by lower salaries as they will have to be based on the salary structure
of the Zoo, job insecurity and the Night Safari will be subordinate to the
Dr. Chumphon said that this is the third time the merger has been proposed
and that each time the community has protested against the merger. He added
that the acquisition is not likely to benefit the nation.
He added that the social, economic and environmental dimensions of the
enterprises which cannot be streamlined. In past evaluations of the Chiang
Mai Night Safari gave it four out of 5 in the ratings. Additionally income
has risen each year and saw 50 million Baht in 2011 and already 78 million
Baht in 2012.
“We believe in the fairness of the Prime Minister. The Chiang Mai Night
Safari was established by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who
wished it to be a magnet for visitors to Chiang Mai. There are several
solutions. We need to restore and sustain the spirit of the founder. I hope
and trust in the fairness and the idea of the government on this issue,
“said Dr. Chumphon.
One Stop Service at City Hall for the public
Deputy Governor Worakran Yokying held the opening ceremony for the One Stop
Service together with Government Section Chief. Here interested visitors
throng to the various departments to handle their government business.
More than 30 public and private agencies in the province took part in a One
Stop Service at City Hall on July 25 and 26, 2012. Chiang Mai Governor M.L.
Panadda Diskul proposed the idea, seeking to integrate public services and
to seek cooperation among the parties involved. The One Stop Service reduces
the time spent for members of the public in having deal with various
The Governor has proposed that the government investigate providing one stop
services to the public that will reduce the cost of access to services,
shorten the time for the public and provide greater satisfaction with the
government to the general public.
Chiang Mai ranks 3rd in the
nation for road accident deaths
Due to the high number of tourists and
residents who are injured and die in Chiang Mai from road accidents the
Committee for Accident Prevention and Road Traffic Management and the Thai
Health Promotion Foundation Office called upon the government and relevant
agencies to find a solution for the problem.
Dr. Teerawuth Komutbutr, a representative from the Committee noted that a
large number of deaths were due to drunk driving and driving without a
helmet. He added that the police said Chiang Mai ranks third behind Bangkok
and Nakhon Ratchasima. He said approximately 3,903 people per one hundred
thousand are injured in accidents every year while around 43 per 100,000 are
killed annually making it the fifth leading cause of death in the nation.
The average age of victims of both injury and death are between the ages of
15-34 years old and include students, laborers, farmers, business people and
The doctor urged the government to declare road safety a national agenda,
noting that the entire world is paying attention to the road accident death
rate in Thailand as it now ranks 6th in the world and worst in the world for
motorbike and two-wheeler deaths with more than 11,000 motorbike drivers or
passengers dying annually. Motorbike accidents account for 70% of the
country’s road fatalities. Dr. Teerawuth said that a key factor is
enforcement of helmet laws, noting that mortality rates for those not
wearing a helmet and in an accident are 80% higher than those who are
He added that Chiang Mai has great potential to develop with its many
attractions and leading institutions of higher education however, he
concluded, it is crucial that the government provide education and
enforcement of laws to prevent road accidents. “We need to make changes
now,” Dr. Teerawuth concluded.
Japanese government provides
funds for fire engines in Mae Wang
Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata (2nd right) signs the funding
agreement with Udom Noomsri, Chief Executive of Bankart Sub-District
Administration Organization (center).
The Government of Japan, under its
Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), will
provide funds amounting to 2,825,000 baht to purchase a fire engine for
Bankart Subdistrict in Mae Wang. On 26 July, 2012, Mr. Kazuo Shibata,
Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Udom Noomsri, Chief Executive
of Bankart Sub-District Administration Organization, signed the funding
contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
In Bankart there is a growing threat to the lives of the residents as well
as farms and homes due to fire spreading from wildfires in hill areas during
the dry season. The fires, attributed to the mishandling of burning fields
and foraging in forests, are the cause of haze, which affects the health of
residents and the environement.
The Bankart Sub-District Administration Organization, has enlisted
volunteers to fight fires but their one fire engine is more than 40 years
old and breaks down constantly rendering it ineffective in fighting fires.
Additionally, they do not have any equipment to remove debris and trees or
repairing electric wires and poles damaged by severe rain storms.
The Government of Japan will fund the purchase of a multi-purpose fire
engine with a feed tank, crane for lifting heavy debris and trees, and a
basket which will enable the corps to work in high positions.
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which
contribute to solving the urgent problem of air pollution and wildfires as
well as disaster prevention in the north of Thailand at grassroots level
through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).
Around the world in 80 days
Schmid with Swiss Honorary Consul Marc Dumur and his lovely wife Luxami
Utaipol who hosted him at the Frangipani Serviced Apartments on his second,
and last, night in Chiang Mai.
By Shana Kongmun
Just the other day my friend and I were discussing the seeming relentless
selfish pursuits of youth with their solitary lifestyle playing video games,
social interactions online and on the phone and then, out of the blue quite
literally dropped an inspirational young man into the Chiang Mai skies.
Carlo Schmid is an attractive 22 year old Swiss man who has had a dream of
flying around the world since he was 16 and obtained his pilot’s license. He
plans on setting the Guinness Book of World Records for youngest solo pilot
to fly around the world, breaking the record set in 2007 by then 23 year old
American Irving Barrington who circumnavigated the globe in a single engine
aircraft in 97 days. Carlo hopes to complete his journey in 80 days.
Carlo said his father used to take him on glider flights from the nearby
airport when he was young and one day all flights were grounded due to heavy
fog. He met a flying instructor who spent the day with him teaching him how
to fly a glider at the age of 11 and there a deep love for flying and the
seeds of a dream were planted. He obtained his pilot’s license at the age of
16, all paid for by money he had saved from gifts and odd jobs. Carlo noted
that part of the test was a solo 120km flight from which he landed dreaming
of flying around the world.
Carlo said he started planning the logistics of the trip at 16, talking to
pilots from around the world and asking for advice on how to prepare for it.
He began rigorous physical training for it as well as keeping on with
regular flying and planning. “After my mom died in 2010 I decided to
professionalize it, to dedicate to my mom and characterize it with her
personality. She was a giving person so I partnered with UNICEF to raise
funds for children.”
All net income raised during his flight will go to UNICEF Switzerland to
fund girls’ education in India.
It was at this point that a group of friends got together to help him
realize his goal, “the average age of the team is 24” Carlo said, adding
that they want to show that the young generation can use new technology to
help others. He said that the team obtained all their sponsors themselves,
private and corporate sponsors can donate money and have their name painted
on the plane as it makes its way around the world.
He started on his rented Cessna 210 from Zurich on July 11, 2012 and hopes
to land there on September 29 after stops in the Middle East, Asia, Canada
and the US and then on through Iceland and into Europe for a total of 40,000
km. He said he tries to average around 4-5 hours for each hop, flying from
Kolkata in India to Chiang Mai in 4 hours and 20 minutes. Carlo said arrival
in Chiang Mai was a nice change, that everyone at the airport was very
friendly and helpful and clearing customs and Immigration took only a short
while, unlike in India where it took hours. After Chiang Mai he flew to Udon
for one day then on to Nha Trangh in Vietnam and on to the tricky part; the
Philippines and Taiwan in typhoon season. In fact, Typhoon Vicente struck
Hong Kong as Carlo made his way to the Philippines.
Carlo’s enthusiasm in his journey is infectious, from pointing out that he
got special permission to have his call sign HB (for Switzerland) RTW,
“Normally r is reserved for restricted airplanes, the call sign usually
begins with the first letter of the maker of the aircraft. It took me two
months to get permission for this call sign!” To remembering his flight to
Saudi Arabia, “it was 47 degrees Celsius and the runway was black and
slippery from the tires touching down.”
He was equally enthralled by his visit the mosque of the Sultan of Oman when
he stopped there and amazed by the extremes of India.
You can sponsor a portion of his trip by going to www.rtw2012.com and
clicking on MySkyMiles, choose the portion of his route you wish to sponsor
there. We hope to keep an eye on this charming and enthusiastic young pilot
as he breaks the world record and were glad he could stop in Chiang Mai if
only for a short time. “I want to come back here to visit,” he said. “The
people have been so nice and friendly here.”
Thailand Tourism Receipts Up 30%
Thailand recorded a 31% increase in
tourism receipts in 2011 over 2010, according to Ministry of Tourism and
Sports figures. The total earnings of 776 billion baht (US$25.45 billion)
were also well above the original target of 716 billion baht (US$ 23
The figures show that Thailand has recorded clear increases in both quality
and quantity of visitor arrivals. The growth in total number of visitors is
being matched by increased average length of stay and average daily
expenditure, further underscoring the role of tourism as one of the most
important economic sectors and contributor to job creation and nationwide
According to the Ministry, Thailand recorded 19.23 million international
visitors in 2011, up by 20.67% over 2010. With an average length of stay of
9.64 days, and an average daily spend of 4,187.12 baht (US$137) per person,
the Thai tourism industry generated 776 billion baht in earnings.
By regions, the East Asia (+39.40%) recorded the largest increase in
receipts in 2011, followed by South Asia (+33.27%), Oceania (+32.84%),
Africa (+32.21%), Europe (+26.20%), the Americas (+20.36%) and Middle East
Europe holds the largest share of international tourism receipts in absolute
numbers (38.23%), reaching US$ 9,733 million in 2011, followed by East Asia
(37.33% or US$ 9,505 million), the Americas (7.10% or US$ 1,807 million),
Oceania (7.30% or US$ 1,858 million), South Asia (4.85% or US$ 1,235
million), the Middle East (4.29% ) earned US$ 1,093 million and Africa
(0.88%) US$ 224 million.
According to the per capita daily spending, the top 10 ranked tourism
spenders in 2011 were UAE (US$175.21), Saudi Arabia (US$166.92), South
Africa (US$164.10), India (US$161.78), Hong Kong (US$161.63), Singapore
(US$160.96), Kuwait (US$159.66), Australia (US$159.19), Brunei Darussalam
(US$155.30) and Korea (US$153.17).
Amongst Asian visitors, the lowest daily spend is by Laotians (US$101.99)
and amongst Europeans, the lowest daily spend is by Germans (US$115.46).
In terms of total expenditure by all visitors, the top five nationalities
were Russia, China, Australia, Malaysia, and United Kingdom.
Thanks to the increasing number of charter flights, Russia is now the top
generator of arrivals from Europe, up 63.45% to 1,052,361 in 2011. In 2011,
Russian tourists spent a total of US$1,970.84 million (60 billion baht),
based on an average length of stay of 13.29 days and an average daily spend
of US$140.92 per person.
In 2011, China was the second largest source of visitors after Malaysia,
with total arrivals of 1,704,800, up 50.57% over 2010. Based on an average
daily spend per person of US$146.63, and average length of stay of 7.61
days, Chinese visitors generated tourism revenue of US$1,902.32 million (58
billion baht). Australian visitors to Thailand totalled 835,719, up 18.89%
over 2010. Based on an average length of stay of 12.78 days and an average
daily spend of US$159.19 per person, Australians generated US$1,700.27
million (51.8 billion baht) of tourism income.
Malaysia is Thailand’s largest source of visitor arrivals with a total of
2,492,034 in 2011, up 21.73% over 2010. Based on an average length of stay
of 4.78 days and an average daily spend of US$137.10 per person, Malaysia
generated US$1,633.15 million (49.79 billion baht) in tourism receipts. The
United Kingdom is the second largest generator of arrivals from Europe with
a total of 771,466 visitors in 2011, up 1.48% over 2010. Based on an average
daily spend of US$121.84 per person and an average length of stay of 17.35
days, the UK generated US$1,630.80 million (49.72 billion baht) in tourism
Overall, the figures show that the recent strengthening of the baht against
the US$ is having little impact on expenditure patterns and Thailand remains
good value for money for visitors across the board. (TAT)
31st Lanna Flora Festival in honor of HM the Queen
Chiang Mai Municipality will be hosting the 31st annual Lanna Flora Festival
2012 at the Train Park from August 9-13, 2012 in honor of HM Queen Sirikit’s
80th birthday on August 12, 2012.
There will be orchids on display as well as
contests from growers at the Lanna Flora Fest to be held at the Train Park
from August 9-13, 2012.
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn said that the Festival, being held by
the Chiang Mai Municipality, the Chiang Mai Orchid Group and Chiang Mai
Bonsai Club, will celebrate and honor HM Queen Sirikit who has been
instrumental in preserving native species. The Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens
in Chiang Mai as well as Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok were named in her
The fair will promote agriculture, orchid cultivation and preservation of
native species. The fair will feature an orchid contest, as well as best of
in bonsai and other decorative plants. There will be sales of farm products
as well as flowering plants as well as music, food and live shows.
TAT launches domestic tourism campaign
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has
set a domestic tourism target of 107.4 million trips with revenue earnings
of 453 billion Baht (USD 14.36 billion) in 2013.
The domestic tourism campaigns planned for the rest of 2012 and into 2013
will seek to promote travel and tourism as a part of life for Thai people
and foreign residents of Thailand, not just a luxury or a recreational
activity but a necessity. The campaigns will also strive to reinforce a
strong sense of national identity among Thais, especially young travellers.
The key marketing slogan will be “New Thinking, New Perspectives -Travel in
Thailand Can Yield More Than You Think.”
It will also be designed to open new destinations and decongest the popular
ones. Domestic tourism has become an increasingly important component of the
overall tourism mix. The growing Thai middle-class has the time, means, and
the propensity to travel. It plays an important role socially, economically,
environmentally and culturally.
Its importance has become particularly acute especially in times of crisis,
when international travel tends to be affected, enhancing the role of
domestic travel as a means of economic survival.
Thai government offices and many large corporations, both Thai and foreign,
are also offering domestic trips as part of their incentive programs and
holding their corporate meetings, team-building events and training forums
within the country itself.
Also aiding and abetting the growing numbers of domestic travellers are the
vast improvements in the quality of Thailand’s road system, low-season
marketing campaigns by the hotels and the increasing number of low-cost
airlines operating in the country.
A number of domestic travel trade shows are organised annually, many of
which provide opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises to
attract new business. (TAT)
Protest against Airport parking fees
Governor M.L Panadda Diskul accepts the petition
from Dr. Chuanchom Boonrahong on behalf of 23 complainants.
A group of Chiang Mai citizens led by Dr. Chuanchom Boonrahong from Maejo
University submitted a letter of complaint signed by 23 car park users
including Maejo University, Payap University and Chiang Mai University
lecturers as well as members of a consumer protection group to Chiang Mai
Governor M.L. Panadda on July 23, 2012 at City Hall.
The protest letter stated that the 200 Baht a day fee for parking at Chiang
Mai International Airport was unfair as it was a public area. He added that
the original price of 50 Baht had doubled to 100 Baht and then doubled again
to the current price of 200 Baht.
Dr.Chuanchom Boonrahong said that the price was not correct based on the
local economy, especially when compared to the prices at Suvarnabhumi
Airport. He added that if this decision is the result of the private
subcontractor then the Airport can cancel it.
The Airport reasoned that it had increased the price as the number of
parking spaces was limited and they wanted to reduce the number of cars
parking in the airport. However Dr. Chuanchom said this was not the case and
added that it hurt the regular consumers who were not reimbursed for their
parking fees like government employees were.
They asked that the Governor arrange a meeting with Airport officials within
a month. The Governor accepted the petition and said they would work on a
solution to the pricing issue and work to arrange a meeting.
Red Shirts hold traditional Serb Chata ceremony
Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s birthday
Red Shirts from the Chiang Mai Tuk Tuk Cooperative led by Mahawan Kawang, a
DJ from FM 105.5 and an old school friend of Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra from her days at Yupparaj Wittayalai School gathered at Tha Pae
Gate on July 26, 2012 to celebrate Thaksin Shinawatra’s 63rd birthday.
Around 300 Red Shirts made their way from Tha Pae Gate to Wat Don Chan for
the ceremony which offers blessings for a long life for the former Prime
Minister. Candles were consecrated for the upcoming Khao Phansa or Buddhist
Phra Pracha Najmunee abbot of Don Chan temple led the “Maha Santing Luang”
blessing to get rid of evil spirits and to bring peace to the nation. Photos
of former PM. Thaksin were located within the triangle made up in the Lanna
Mahawan Kawang said they are proud that Chiang Mai native Thaksin Shinawatra
stepped into a leadership position among the mass of the country. He added
that people love and trust him most in the world and that they were there to
celebrate the birthday of the former prime minister.
Afterwards they provided lunch for 750 underprivileged children at Don Chan
School. After the parade tuk-tuks and the red shirts consecrated candles at
8 temples located within the city: Wat Muen Ngeng Kong, Wat Dub Phai, Wat
Chai Prakiat, Wat Muen Lan, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Duang Dee, Wat Loi Kroh and
Wat Chai Mongkol.
leaders and members of the Tuktuk Cooperative held a Lanna blessing ceremony
on the occasion of the 63rd birthday of former Prime Minister Thaksin
Man falls to his death
from Nimman area condo
Phuping Police were called to Bussaya Apartments on Nimmanhaemin soi 15 at
1:30 a.m. on July 25 after a man was reported to have fallen from the
The police found the body of Theparit Thamdej, age 20 of Mae Taeng in the
parking lot. Witnesses told police that the man had friends who were living
in the building and that he had planned on staying with them in their room
on the 8th floor. The deceased had come back late and knocked on the door
and tried phoning but his friend did not wake up.
He tried to rouse his friend for about half an hour and finally decided to
climb to the balcony and enter the room that way, but he slipped and fell 8
floors to the parking lot. Police report that he hit a balcony on a lower
floor as he went down as they found blood on the railing. They believe that
impact crushed his skull and he was dead before he hit the ground.
His body was transported to Majaraj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for an
autopsy to confirm cause of death.
Drugs valued at more than
35 million Baht seized in the city
Manori of Sanpatong is seen here with the confiscated heroin and Yaba.
A Sanpatong native was arrested inside Chiang Mai city on July 22, 2012 when
the accused drove his truck into a ditch on Padaed Road. Police came to the
scene of the accident and uncovered more than 88,000 methamphetamine tablets
or Yaba and 7 kilograms of heroin hidden in a box in the truck belong to
Chalerm Manori, age 33.
Police announced the arrest and seizure of the drugs with a street value of
more than 35 million Baht at Region 5 Police Headquarters on July 23, 2012.
Region 5 Commander Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Dejraksa said the police was part of
a major smuggling ring across the border in Chiang Dao and had done the trip
several times. The drugs were destined to be sold to an agent in Bangkok.
“Most Wanted” British murder suspect arrested in Lamphun
Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
Interpol in cooperation with the Thai Crime Suppression Division and Lamphun
police arrested Robert Dominic Bernard, age 29 and a citizen of the United
Kingdom to extradite him back to the U.K. for a murder committed on July 4,
Mr. Bernard was found working as an IT expert at a local electronics
manufacturer in the Muang District of Lamphun. The United Kingdom issued an
extradition order; the Thai police cooperated with the arrest although the
suspect maintained his silence upon arrest.
Mr. Bernard was accused of shooting Tomlin Duane in a taxi in Anfield on
July 4, 2007. He escaped to Thailand with an Ivory Coast passport under the
name of Kouaolio Christophe Brou. Police believe the murder was drug
related. Scotland Yard listed him on the London Most Wanted website
He is currently being detained in Bangkok pending deportation to the United
Land mines remain a risk
in border regions
Mine Action Center (TMAC) of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters put
some of the recovered landmines and bombs on display.
The Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC) of the Royal Thai Armed Forces
Headquarters reported that border regions with Myanmar remain at risk and
urged the general public and especially children to be aware of their
Chief of the TMAC Lt. Gen. Chatree Changrean said that they have reduced 439
dangerous spots in the North to 33 remaining areas and cleared a total of
12,671,248 sqm. Petchabun, Uttaradit Nan and Phitsanulok provinces all had
areas declared to be totally safe. Many mines had been laid in the past
during the Thai Governments conflict with Communist insurgents
from1965-1981, especially in the northern region. The mines were mainly laid
in deeply forested areas where insurgents hid themselves in provinces such
as Petchabun, Chiang Rai, Nan, and others in the northeastern part of the
However, in the North, most of the landmines can be found along the border
areas with Myanmar. He said there was about 536 square kilometers, affecting
161 villages along the Thai - Burmese in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Tak,
Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Petchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Areas bordering Cambodia are still affected by land mines remaining from the
Khmer Rouge regime; Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi, Trat, Buri Ram, Surin ,Si Sa Ket
and Ubon Ratchatani. Additionally provinces bordering Laos also have some
mines remaining and include Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Phayao,
Phitsanulok and Phetchabun.
There are 27,530 villages in 84 districts in what are considered risky
areas, with more than half a million people affected. The Center plans to
bring modern technology to reduce the the number of mines and to fall in
line with the Ottawa Convention on Mines by 2018.
Thailand signed the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling,
Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines (also known as the Mine Ban
Treaty) on 3 December 3, 1997 and ratified in on November 27, 1998, making
it the first South East Asian nation to do so. The TMAC was formed in 2000
to operate under the convention.