Campaign to restore the old city
of the Old Chiang Mai City map was introduced at a press conference that
also saw the organization of a new group composed of 6 different groups of
concerned Chiang Mai citizens looking to see the charm and authenticity of
the old city to be preserved and restored. Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn joined the press conference to ask that the people of Chiang
Mai consider wearing traditional clothing once a week to honor the heritage
and traditions of Chiang Mai. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)
Elderly receive care at mobile health services unit
Municipality is offering health checks for local residents for free through
their mobile health services units.
As part of the ongoing Municipality
program to offer health care and check ups for free to the elderly and
indigent residents of Chiang Mai, a mobile health services unit has been
visiting various communities around the city. On weekends the units provide
additional rabies vaccines for pets and other services.
The mobile unit visited four different communities on August 24 providing
eye exams and free glasses to elderly residents. In addition, blood pressure
and blood tests as well as other health checks were on offer for the elderly
residents. (Photo by Chiang Mai Muncipality).
800 million trees to be planted
in honor of HM the Queen
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra plants the
first tree of 800 million to be planted in the next five years in honor of
HM the Queen’s 80th birthday this year.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra planted the first tree in Mae Taeng as
part of the opening ceremony of a 5 year project to plant 800 million
saplings in honor HM Queen Sirikit’s 80th birthday this year.
The Prime Minister was joined by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the
Interior Yongyuth Wichaidit, the Minister of the Office of the Prime
Minister, and the Ministers of Commerce, Natural Resources and the
Environment, and Science and Technology at the tree planting ceremony held
in Bang Nong Phung in Mae Taeng District.
The project plans to plant 20 million saplings in 2012, focusing on
watersheds in 10 provinces including 8,000 teak saplings.
The Prime Minister then presided over the opening ceremony at Royal
Rajapruek Park on “The Quality of Life and Local Wisdom in Asean” which
showcases Northern products and will offer displays of local products
including apparel, décor and food from August 6 to November 8.
£10,000 reward offered in 12 year old Kirsty
Jones murder case
Mother Sue Jones appeals
to the public for help
wipes away tears as she appeals to the public to come forward with
information leading to the arrest of her daughter’s killer.
Twelve years on, the infamous Kirsty Jones murder remains unsolved, much to
her mother continued grief. There were tears in her eyes as she talked about
the death of her23 year old daughter, Kirsty Sarah Jones, who was found dead
on August 10, 2000 in a Chiang Mai guesthouse. Sue Jones was accompanied by
Dyfed Powys Police from Wales and Pol. Col. Songsak Raksaksakul, Director of
the Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Transnational Crime in the Department of
Special Investigation when she announced a £10,000 reward (approximately
Pol. Col. Songsak, said on August 10, 2000 the body of Kirsty Jones was
found in the Aree Guesthouse on Moon Muang Rd. Soi 6. She had been raped and
murdered sometime during the night. The Royal Thai Police initially
suspected the owner of the guesthouse, Andrew Gill but DNA test results
showed that there was no match with the DNA collected at the crime scene.
On June 3, 2005 the DSI accepted the murder case of Kristy Jones as a
special case and have been jointly investigating with the United Kingdom
authorities to find the offender and bring him to justice. Both the DSI and
United Kingdom authorities believe that the DNA evidence can restart the
case. However, the DNA of 22 men who were resident at the crime scene and
relatives of the suspects did not match the DNA which was collected at the
“The DSI has been working to the fullest extent to solve this case. Besides
relying on the DNA tests of the men at the crime scene, the DSI have
conducted the DNA tests of inmates who are incarcerated for sexual offences
at Chiang Mai Correctional Institution both those that are incarcerated and
those that were released. In addition, the DNA collected at the crime scene
was compared with 80,000 DNA samples in the database of the Central
Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) which is DNA samples taken from inmates
nationwide, there are about 30,000 samples as well as the DNA of the
suspects in unrest in 3 southern Thailand provinces and the DNA of those who
died from the tsunami as well as their relatives. However, the DNA tests
conducted on the different groups do not match the DNA which was collected
at the crime scene”.
Detective Superintendent Andrew John said the Dyfed Powys Police issued the
offer of a reward of £10,000 or approximately 491,100 Baht to any person who
can provide information and leads useful for the investigation. The reward
will be paid upon information leading to the identification and arrest of
the person responsible for the murder. The DSI’s investigation team is
responsible for examining and verifying all incoming information and fully
hope to receive cooperation from the people of Chiang Mai. The DSI has
produced the posters which will be posted around Chiang Mai at the police
station, District Offices, and tourist sites.
Sue Jones said, “I felt like it only happened yesterday. Even over 12 years
later, I still feel the great loss of Kristy in our lives, a beloved
daughter and sister. She loved to travel and she loved Thailand.” She
offered her thanks to DSI for continuing their work to find the person
responsible and to the Dyfed Powys Police for their continued support of the
Recent reports from the United Kingdom indicate that the Dyfed Powys Police
have returned to Thailand to meet with DSI investigators to match the DNA to
a Thai suspect.
“Not a day goes by when I don’t think of what she would look like, what she
would be doing, where would she be.”
John, Detective Superintendent of Dyfed Powys Police and Pol. Col. Songsak
Raksaksakul Director of the Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Transnational
Crime, DSI show off the poster offering a reward of £10,000 for information
leading to the identification and arrest of the person responsible for the
Khum Khantoke takes the Princess Cup
Khantoke received the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup for their
traditional Lanna performance.
Local team of Lanna dance and drums from the Khum Khantoke took
first prize with their Northern cultural performance at CMU in a show that
was broadcast on Channel 9’s show “Khun Phra Chuay” (Oh My God) on July 21,
2012. The team received the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup.
Khum Khantoke sent a team of performers from the restaurant to participate
in the contest which saw over 20 teams competing.
Somkiat Ngam-Panich, the General Manager of Khum Khantoke, said the cultural
performances shown in the restaurant are intended to not only preserve local
culture but to also disseminate information about Lanna culture to visitors.
The restaurant has the Northern style architecture, food and performances
which many visitors enjoy watching as they sit on the floor to eat in a
BoT reports expanding
economy for the North
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Supawadee Punsri, the Senior Vice President for the Bank of Thailand
(BoT) Northern Region Office issued the BoT’s latest report on economic
growth in the North for the second quarter.
The public and private investment has seen growth which has also been
supported by government support measures such as the first car discount
offered to new car buyers that has seen a growth of eco car sales. The price
of rise is high offering farmers incentive to increase production as the
water and weather situation have been more favorable.
Although the tourist season was slower than last year the conditions of
employment remain strong. Private investment is quite robust and the launch
of new property developments has shown steady growth with 23 new condominium
projects, as well as community projects valued at more than 15,000 million
Baht with new community malls.
Export with border markets remains good and with the changing policies of
Myanmar there has been a increase in demand for consumer goods from Thailand
there. Although some luxury items will be affected by the economic crisis in
Europe the major markets of the region are not directly affected. Economic
stability is satisfactory and inflation has been slowed down by food and
energy prices. The unemployment rate is low.
The trend in growth is expected to continue with the support of public
spending, the expansion of policy to increase income and reduce the costs
for the public through governmental programs. The rise of the base minimum
wage and the wage hikes for government officials has increased the
purchasing power of consumers.
“The Northern Region must be prepared to cope with the uncertainty of the
global economy, economic conditions in Europe, extreme weather and natural
disasters as well as increased product costs and domestic political risk.
Policy and government spending still have a vital role in economic growth in
the next phase “said Supawadee.
a road to Chiang Mai
Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai, in
close co-operation with the Chiang Mai Highway Department and Department of
Highways in Bangkok, has invested 13 million Baht in the construction of a
new road system comprising three lanes and an adjacent sidewalk, to help
traffic through-flow and reduce unsafe situations on the 1317 Highway in
Chiang Mai. The new road layout will provide enhanced access and greater
carrying capacity to roads servicing new residential areas and a growing
number of Thai and expat middle-class families in Chiang Mai. It will also
serve Promenada Resort Mall customers by offering rapid and easy access to
the new regional destination shopping mall and its unique range of retail
and leisure activities.
Mr. Tjeert Kwant, President & CEO and shareholder of ECC Real Estate, said,
“We are very pleased to be able to work closely with the Highways Department
in both Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and the result is a new development to the
current 1317 highway in Chiang Mai. This new road section will function as
an important through-fare for a large number of motorists, commuters, and in
the future, customers of Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai. We are also very
satisfied to be working with a local Chiang Mai contractor for this project
in partnership with the Chiang Mai Highway Department, ensuring excellent
communication, strong cooperation and a superior quality of work.”
The new road is expected to take around four months to build, and will
officially be donated to the City of Chiang Mai by Promenada Resort Mall
Chiang Mai at a handover ceremony in late 2012. (PR)
165th branch at Star Avenue
opened its 8th branch in the North, six in Chiang Mai, the others in Chiang
Rai and Phitsanulok and its 165th branch in Thailand at the beginning of
August at the Star Avenue Lifestyle Mall on the Superhighway. Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn presided over the opening ceremony with McThai’s CEO Hester
Chew. The new McDonald’s has 119 seats and will be offer a 24 hour drive
SME assistance in Chiang Mai
Kasikorn Bank has launched a special
promotion for Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) in the North with a fixed
interest rate of 7% on a credit line.
Pitpawat Pataranavic Assistant General Manager of Kasikorn Bank, said the
Bank has envisioned the potential of Chiang Mai as an important economic
area of the North. Noting that it with its infrastructure and strategic
location for Myanmar it is positioned to see growth.
Kasikorn Bank defines SMEs as enterprises with annual sales less than 50
million baht. The new line of credit will see the lessor able to choose the
amount and timing of payments, additionally the period of repayment is up to
seven years with interest rates of 7% for first 3 months and a credit
overdraft (O / D) or the amount of promissory notes (P / N) by the
applicant. He added that this new line of credit will enable local
businesses to reach their full potential in time for the Asean Economic
Integration in 3 years. (PR)
Outgoing British Ambassador speaks on his time in Thailand
Expats, crime, pensions and more
By Shana Kongmun
The outgoing British Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Asif Ahmad spent what
turned out to be a working holiday in Chiang Mai recently and took time out
to meet with local media in a frank and open conversation of his time spent
in Thailand and his vision for its future.
The Ambassador will be heading to London for a year and then back to an
ASEAN country, he wouldn’t be specific as it has not yet been confirmed but
said that he enjoyed the region.
Asif Ahmad engaged in a frank and open discussion about expats, Burma,
Thailand and its future.
He acknowledged the issues that face many Chiang Mai residents, the long
term often elderly settlers whose circumstances can change after they move
here. He noted that they are working with the Royal British Legion as well
as marrying the capabilities of the Embassy with volunteer networks such as
Lanna Care Net to try and aid people. He added that it is limited as to what
the British government can and cannot do.
Other issues of concern to the British government include drug and people
trafficking, the Ambassador noted that there has been a rise in heroin
trafficking again, in addition to the flow of precursor drugs across the
border into Myanmar and their return in methamphetamine and crystal
They are talking to the police and providing exchanges of information in
regards to the way female victims of crime are treated and the need to
protect crime scenes in order to collect as much evidence as possible. The
Thai police are learning British techniques in dealing with cold cases and
appreciate that we may be able to help in some instances. Thai police have
travelled to the U.K. to study the use of CCTV and are implementing it in
“As a government we cannot investigate a crime in another country, we can
work in an advisory capacity only.”
He added that the Kirsty Jones case, the young British backpacker raped and
murdered in her guesthouse twelve years ago, is still an active case. The
government is urging that there be another push to reinvestigate the case,
“the family,” he added, “wants closure.”
The Ambassador then went on to discuss the growing prevalence of British
criminals fleeing to Thailand, adding that the heat has been on them in
Spain and they are now looking for new places to hide. The Thai police have
been very cooperative in finding and deporting wanted British citizens.
He was frank in saying that the Thai government needs to be encouraged to
attract the kinds of tourists they want. He added that they are reluctant to
put people on the blacklist and that even chronic overstayers are not
blacklisted. “They could be a little more discerning in the people they let
back in. It’s ironic that bona fide expats have difficulties,” he finished
saying, “Thailand’s hospitality and generosity needs to be targeted to the
people they want.”
The British Behaviour Abroad report that was recently released showed that
Thailand was the second most likely country for British citizens to require
consular assistance and the third most likely country to be detained in.
Additionally, the second most common cause of death (after natural deaths
due to old age and illness) was road accidents. He added that it was largely
young British citizens who died in road accidents.
“It is a simple fact that the British death tolls high number is due to
people not wearing helmets. We do our best to warn travelers. Many do not
realize that travel insurance will not cover motorbikes. We are talking to
the Thais about stronger enforcement but the police don’t want to be too
draconian, they are worried that enforcement of too high of fines will be a
hardship for Thai people.”
After several recent deadly bus accidents, bus safety is a concern. He noted
that many travelers do not realize the differences between the regulated
government buses and those “illegal buses” that are much cheaper. He noted
that it is was difficult to come up with the correct wording as they don’t
want to say “don’t take buses” but they also want people to be aware that
they need to go with a regulated bus.
The pension freeze issue that is near and dear to the hearts of many
resident British citizens in Chiang Mai was mentioned to which the
Ambassador replied, “It is a clear concern to us in the FCO. The changes
were incremental and not one big bang, as it were it was a series of
individual decisions based on the reciprocity of the nations which is why
some nations have a pension freeze and others do not.”
Thailand is one of the nations where British expats have had their pensions
frozen, as do those in Canada and Australia.
He added that the response has not been good, that if the government wanted
to unfreeze pensions it would cost 65 million pounds a year and if they
backdated the payments it would end up costing the British government 5
billion pounds. “It’s simply a matter of cost.”
The opening up of Myanmar is of huge significance in the region, “Before I
arrived as Ambassador I was responsible for Burma policy.”
“We want to give the current President and team credit but they still need
to improve human rights. Commercial law needs to be updated; the banking
system needs to be modernized. There needs to be responsible investment. We
don’t want to deliver Burma from one oppressive regime into the hands of
He said that the General Elections of 2015 will be key, but he projects that
in another 20 years, Myanmar could give Thailand a run for its money. He
added that Burma has the fundamentals, but how long depends on many
circumstances, it takes time to educate people and there is the danger that
the Burmese factory workers could pull out of Thailand and back to Burma.
He said that Thailand has finally given a clear signal that they are willing
to engage in serious negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement with the EU,
noting that Thailand’s preferential tariffs will come to an end as the
economy matures and reaches middle ground.
As for Thailand’s political divisions, he noted that Europe has a long and
bloody history of civil unrest, Thailand is not unique in that. He said the
two main factions seem to have realized that neither side can win
completely; he believes that they realize a coup would mean further civil
unrest on a scale not seen before. He added that the divisions are forcing
each side to be more competent, adding, “I am not as pessimistic as others.
People will test the boundaries but are more cautious. They would prefer
less politicking and more delivery of policy. Thailand is unique,” he
pointed out, “in that many political enemies used to be friends. They all
know each other and have worked with each other in the past.”
Finally he said the main issues Thailand faces are energy security, they
need to learn to use energy more efficiently. There is an unhealthy reliance
on economic activitiy in Bangkok and the Eastern Seaboard that should be
spread out. “Parents working elsewhere from their children is detrimental to
society. They need to create more centers of economic activity.”
Corruption is, of course, an issue as there is a huge amount of public
acceptance. Salary levels of police and teachers need to rise. Environmental
problems were also on his list, as were the upcoming ASEAN Economic
integration which will force Thailand to adapt to a global view.
“In order for things to work, the whole system needs to function. The last
5-6 years has been bad for Thailand and its growth.”
And finally, when asked since he hadn’t really had much of a holiday in
Chiang Mai, where is his favorite place in Thailand, he laughed and said,
“Anywhere quiet that involves fish.”
Ocean Dream launches
The luxury cruise ship MV “Ocean Dream” recently kicked off its inaugural
4-day, 3-night cruise on the Gulf of Thailand. The 420-cabin luxury liner
departed from the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand’s Chonburi province,
stopping at Ko Samui, and then calling in at Sihanoukville, Cambodia before
returning to Laem Chabang on Monday, 6 August, 2012.
Thai company Eastime Shipping Limited has teamed up with Profit Summit
Deluxe Cruise Limited, a Chinese cruise ship operator, to run the service
twice weekly, departing from Laem Chabang on Mondays and Fridays at 6:00
TAT Governor Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni said, “The TAT is delighted that the MV
Ocean Dream offers a great new option for travellers to enjoy the tranquil
beauty of the Gulf of Thailand while offering a different perspective on Ko
Samui and an introduction to the joys of Cambodia. It also highlights
Thailand’s convenient location and marine transportation facilities in the
heart of the ASEAN region. Thailand’s readiness in terms of transportation
links and facilities, when combined with creative ideas in tourism,
certainly will benefits all countries in the region.”
The 20,000 ton MV “Ocean Dream” offers passengers a full selection of luxury
cruise ship amenities on its nine decks, including choice restaurants, clubs
featuring a variety of entertainment, a swimming pool, a casino, a movie
theatre, a shopping gallery and Internet access. The ship’s 420 cabins
accommodate 1,060 passengers. The cost for the 4-day, 3-night Gulf of
Thailand cruise is 11,000 Baht per person.
For more information please contact “Ocean Dream” Pattaya Office, Eastime
Shipping Limited. 75/60-61 Moo 10 Sukhumvit Road, Tugsukla, Sriracha,
Chonburi, 10900. 66 (0) 3849 1099, (0) 3849 1100 (TAT)
SilkAir Names New
SilkAir will have a new Chief Executive
from 3 September, when Leslie Thng takes over from Marvin Tan, who will be
returning to parent company Singapore Airlines. Mr. Thng, 37, joined SilkAir
as a Board Director on 1 April 2012 and is currently SIA’s Vice President
Network Planning. He has been with SIA for more than 13 years, during which
time he has held positions in head office as well as overseas.
Before taking up his current post in Network Planning in December 2011, Mr
Thng had been based in Frankfurt as General Manager Germany since June 2009.
Prior to that he was based in Italy for one and a half years and before that
was in China for more than three years. He has also worked in the Company’s
Loyalty Marketing and Network Revenue Management departments.
Mr. Tan, 41, will be returning to SIA as Ag Senior Vice President Cabin
Crew. He has been Chief Executive of SilkAir since October 2010.
“Marvin has been leading SilkAir through an especially exciting time in the
airline’s history. During his watch SilkAir added eight new destinations to
its network and recently announced the largest aircraft order in its
history,” said SilkAir Chairman Mr. Mak Swee Wah.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Marvin and look forward to
working closely with Leslie as we further enhance SilkAir’s role as the
Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines.” (PR)
93 year old Australian charged with rape returned from Myanmar
Case postponed until August 20
Australian Karl Joseph Kraus, age 93 years, appeared at court recently after
having fled Thailand to Myanmar where he was arrested by the police on July
Joseph Kraus is being escorted by Police Region 5 officers at the
Thai-Myanmar border on August 3, 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Police Region 5)
Mr.Kraus was arrested in June of 2010 and charged with the rape of 4 girls
under the age of 15 in Tarn Ingdoi in Doi Saket. However, he jumped bail,
obtained funds and crossed the border into Myanmar at Mae Sot where he lived
in a rented house for about a month.
The suspect was taken to Chiang Mai Central Prison after being returned by
Myanmar authorities on August 3, 2012. He was scheduled to appear in Court
for the start of the trial of the rape on August 6, 2012 but defense
attorneys pled with the judge to put the trial off as the health of the
suspect was not strong. The case was postponed until August 20, 2012 at 9
Mr. Somyod, the father of the 4 Thai girls that accused the Australian of
rape spoke to the Chiang Mai Mail after the postponement. He said that their
house was only 100 meters away from that of the accused and that he often
gave candy to the children and allowed them to play at his house. He added
that his daughters were afraid to tell him but when the girls were afraid to
go outside he pushed them to tell him why. This is when he went to the
police. He added that before his escape to Burma Mr. Kraus’ health seemed
normal and that he had been drinking alcohol in front of villagers.
The Prosecution said that it was clear he intended to flee, that he was a
thread to society and that he had spent the past two years fighting the
case. He added that there is strong evidence, Police allege they seized more
than 100 photographs of naked children, including some with him posing with
them. The suspect has not confessed to the crime and claims innocence. If
found guilty at trial, the accused will see a sentence of 20 years in prison
although it is possible that due to his great age the court could reduce his
sentence by half.
Mae Taeng villagers continue protest against asphalt factory
villagers meet with Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul to request his
help in dealing with an asphalt factory in the village.
A group of around 60 villagers from Ban Rai in Tambon Keelek in Mae Taeng
District gathered in front of City Hall on August 6, 2012 to submit a
request with the Chiang Mai Governor that he help in their opposition of the
registration of ownership of machinery in a disputed asphalt factory in Ban
Huay Rai. This is their second attempt to get the factory shut down as they
say the factory that will affect the health of over 500 households in the
Villagers allege at that the Keelek Tambon Administration Organization (TAO)
approved the construction of the asphalt factory without a public hearing.
They said the TAO claimed that the Board had approved the construction of a
warehouse but not a factory however; villagers say that equipment has been
moved into the building. The villagers state that despite protests the TAO
has not answered.
They asked the government to suspend the license for registration of the
ownership of the machinery in a bid to stop work at the factory. Chiang Mai
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul received their request and said he will work
with the Ministry of Industry to resolve this problem quickly.
Muang KaewJum, a 66 year old resident in the area, said he has a longan
garden about 50 meters away and that when he and his wife go to work in the
garden they can hear the machinery starting at the factory. His wife has
fallen ill after that and has been hospitalized 2-3 times with chest pain
Border Patrol officer
arrested in drug bust
Patrol Officer Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Wasan Wisarutawessaphu confessed to
smuggling drugs from Chiang Dao after 22,000 Yaba tablets were found hidden
in his truck.
A Border Patrol Police officer was arrested Yaba hidden in his Toyota pickup
truck at a police checkpoint in Kangpantao, Chiang Dao.
Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Wasan Wisarutawessaphu, age 45, of the Border Patrol
Police Division 33, was arrested with 22,000 methamphetamine pills on August
11 said Pol Maj Gen Chamnan Ruadrew, a Deputy Commissioner of the Provincial
Police Region 5.
They then searched his house where they found a further 2,000
methamphetamine tablets. The Sgt. Major has seen land and other property
valued at more than 3 million Baht seized in the raid.
Officers from the Office of Narcotics Control Board received a tipoff that a
government official was smuggling drugs from Chiang Dao to Chiang Mai in a
Toyota pickup. After stopping the vehicle and finding the drugs, the accused
confessed that he been hired by a dealer in Chiang Dao to deliver to
customers in the city.
on Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul met with government agencies
after receiving complaints from the Paramotor Club of Chiang Mai of
encroachment on Doi Suthep - Pui National Park, especially behind Huay Tung
From a survey done by the Office of Conservation Area 16 Chiang Mai it
appears that over 600 land plots in Tambon Khun Chang Kian have been found
while in the total area over the Park covers four districts, there are about
4,000 land plots that have been uncovered.
The Governor called on urgent action by the Office of Conservation Area 16
to tackle the invasion by encroachers as quickly as possible. The Office
will investigate the matter and the Governor would like the process
completed within one month and urged them to deal with all encroachers
equally under the law.
16 year old arrested in stabbing of woman in Pantip Plaza toilet
A woman reported to the police on August 1, 2012 that she had been
assaulted in the toilets of Pantip Plaza on Chang Klan Road. Witnesses at
the scene said that Jintana Kamlet, age 36, had walked into the restrooms on
the 3rd floor of Pantip Plaza and shortly after they heard her call for
She reported that a young man had climbed into the stall she was using and
assaulted her with the knife, stabbing her and then robbing her of her
purse. However, her outcry brought help and the boy left behind a bag and
the knife. Inside the bag they found a receipt from Tesco Lotus Charoenmuang
Road Branch, police checked the date and time stamp and then checked images
from the CCTV at the Tesco Lotus as well as at Pantip Plaza.
Police investigation led them to 16 year old Arthit Kampuang who has been
charged with robbery and assault, they found Arthit at his mother’s home in
Protesters over airport parking fees meet with officials
An organization of academics and citizens that filed a protest with
the Chiang Mai Governor on July 23 over the doubling of prices to use the
parking lots at Chiang Mai Airport met with government officials and the
Chiang Mai Consumer Protection Office on August 10, 2012 to discuss the
progress of lowering the prices.
The Director of the Chiang Mai International Airport Visoot Chantana joined
the meeting to talk to the complainants with Chiang Mai Provincial Office
Chief Viroon Pandhevi acting as mediator.
The leader of the group, Dr. Chuanchim Boonrahong said that the airport
parking lot concessionaire Palang Ruam had doubled the prices on June 1,
making it a hardship for those who wished to use the parking lot but didn’t
have corporate reimbursement. He said that the charge was unfair as the
concessionaire had a monopoly on the parking as there was no other place to
The group proposed that the company cancel the doubled charge for parking
until September 15, 2012 and then they would meet to determine the direction
Visoot Chantana explained that in terms of pricing, the parking charges are
set according to market rules and to reduce the amount of cars as the lot
was over capacity. The bids for the next contract would be announced in the
news and that the lot would be audited on a yearly basis.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Office will continue to mediate the dispute and
work to come to an agreement.