City prepares for Tropical Storm Gaemi
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn is joined by city officials in checking on the progress of
cleaning out storm drains in preparation for heavy rains from Gaemi. (Photo
courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Thai Meteorological Department is warning residents of the lower North,
North East and Central Thailand to watch out for strong rains and winds from
Tropical Storm Gaemi that is forecast to make landfall in Vietnam later
today. The storm is expected to weaken after it makes landfall and lose some
of its strength as it passes over Cambodia and on to Thailand.
The Chiang Mai Municipality prepared for the storm on Friday by clearing out
the waste water lines and storm drains so as to drain water from the streets
faster in case heavy rains also strike Chiang Mai.
Kad Luang flooded by broken water pipe
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Kad Luang or Waroros Market is seeing fast flowing water along the
streets, flooding some low lying shops as a water mains has broken and has
sent water surging into the streets. Wichayanon has seen the heaviest
flooding and traffic is slowed to a crawl. Shopowners along the side of the
road have had to set up sandbags in front of low lying doorways to stop
water from flowing into their stores.
As of noon, the Water Authority had not yet started repairs, so the road is
expected to be slow and difficult for some time. The main break appears in
the road just before the turn off into Waroros Market.
Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes as traffic is expected to
back up even further once repairs are undertaken.
Chiang Mai works to solve annual smog
saw thick, choking haze blanket the city as fires burned out of control in
rural areas in Chiang Mai and around the North. The government hopes to
reduce this problem with a concerted education program aimed at farmers.
After last year’s choking smog and haze the Chiang Mai Provincial
Government met to assess the situation and to meet with CMU researchers and
authorities from relevant agencies to find solutions for the haze problem
that plagues Chiang Mai nearly every year. The government plans to offer
cash prizes to “Green Communities” that reduce the burning n their village.
Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng chaired the meeting to work on fire
prevention programs with local governments and the public in the 25
districts of Chiang Mai. About 150 people attended the meeting to discuss
fire prevention and to hear Chiang Mai University researchers present their
CMU researchers have found that the largest source of the haze is fires
within Thailand in rural areas. Farmers continue to burn their fields as it
is a low cost way to clear the fields, noting that most farmers will not
plough due to the much higher costs.
They added that it has been difficult to get farmers to change their ways
and that change will come but slowly as they learn to use green crop manures
and organic fertilizers instead of burning and pesticides. They added that
it is vital that the Provincial government work with local governments to
find the right approach and implement a focused campaign to change farmers’
behavior and stop the burning.
Thai-Muslims protest against movie that is making waves worldwide
Chiang Mai’s Thai-Muslim community protested at the U.S. Consulate General
and called on the U.S. to denounce the movie “The Innocence of Muslims”.
Around 30 local Thai-Muslim residents rallied at the U.S. Consulate on
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 denouncing the controversial Youtube movie
“The Innocence of Muslims”. Additionally Chiang Mai Islamic Committee
adviser Mustafa Hassan, who led the group, read out a statement denouncing
the movie and calling on the U.S. to remove it was submitted in a letter to
be presented to U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney who visited Chiang Mai that
Then again on Friday, September 21 around 150 members of the Brethren
Thai-Muslim neighborhood groups from Chang Klan Road led by Jirachai
Srichandon aka Mohammad Kobtop rallied on over 30 motorcycles from Chang
Klan Mosque to the U.S. Consulate where they held up signs protesting the
movie and calling on the U.S. to stop insulting the Prophet Mohammed. They
then burned the U.S. flag and shouted America and Israel shall perish. No
violence occurred but around 200 police were on hand lining the streets and
at the Consulate.
The group wants to show the United States that the movie is a serious insult
to Islam and for them to find a solution. The U.S. Consulate closed access
to services for both incidents.
U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney was in Chiang Mai on Wednesday when she spoke
to the press saying that the U.S. and Thailand have very close ties and that
Americans are very lucky to live in Thailand and receive their friendship
Ambassador Kenney noted that peaceful expression had to be respected,
however the U.S. government does not support the film or the use of
“I would like to extend my admiration to Thailand for respecting the liberty
of all religions,” she said.
Lucky license plate numbers net 26.8 million Baht
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul presides
over the launch of the “Super Number” license plate auction held September
15 and 16, 2012.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Department auctioned off
301 lucky number license plates at the Empress Hotel on September 15 and 16
netting a total of 26,834,610 Baht for the Road Safety Fund that assists
victims of road accidents.
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul was joined by Chiang Mai Member of
Parliament Surapon Kiatchaiyakorn, Somchai Sirichokewattana, Director
General of the Department of Land Transport and Chanchai Keelapaeng, Chief
of the Chiang Mai Land Transport Office to open the auction on September 15,
The last auction in May earned 23 million Baht in total, while in January
the lucky license plate number 9999 sold under auction for 1,810,000 Baht.
Somchai Sirichokewattana noted that Chiang Mai leads the country for sales
of lucky license plate numbers and earns the highest revenue from license
sales. The revenue from the auctions goes to the Road Safety fund which has,
in the past, used the money to purchase speed sensors, CCTV cameras and
driving instruction projects as well as purchase equipment to help with road
Nationwide the auctions have earned more than 6 billion Baht since 2003
while the nation has seen a downward trend in accidents since 2004. He noted
that while 2012 is still relatively high in the number of accidents it is
lower than the same point in time from 2011.
Governor checks out
composting program at San Sai
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul wheels a
barrow of compost from the project to encourage the use of organic
fertilizer and reduce burning of agricultural waste in San Sai
Chiang Mai Governor shoveled the first spade of compost at an
organic fertilizer project from Sannameng Tambun Administrative Organization
(TAO) in San Sai and the Department of Agriculture at Mae Jo University.
The project which was implemented at the District Agricultural Technology
Transfer and Service Center San Na Meng San Sai on April 23, 2012 through
the work of HM the King, promotes the use of organic fertilizers to reuse
agricultural waste instead of burning as part of the education program to
reduce burning and the resultant smog.
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul said that he was glad that the local government
and people of San Na Meng could see the problems of smoke and haze that was
caused by the burning of agricultural waste and were working for a
sustainable and environmentally friendly way to cope with the waste. He
encouraged farmers to follow the model and hoped that the government could
implement this program in all 25 districts of Chiang Mai.
Wat Phranon Khonmuang
suffers 5 million baht
in damages from fire
Fire trucks from Chiang Mai
Municipality joined local forces and soldiers from the 7th battalion in
fighting the blaze at Wat Phranon Khonmuang.
Mae Rim Police and fire were called to put out a fire inside Wat Phranon
Khonmuang on September 20, 2012 at 11:40 a.m. The fire at the temple in Don
Kaew broke out in a second floor office; officials believe the wiring in the
33 year old building caused a short circuit which started the fire.
The fire, which burned for 40 minutes, saw fire trucks from the Chiang Mai
Municipality and 100 soldiers from the nearby 7th Battalion come to fight
the flames. Villagers and monks helped to clear out the Abbots rooms below
the fire. Abbot Phra Kru Sunthorn Pattanasit said that the fire started
while the monks were eating lunch, they smelled smoke and then saw flames
shoot out the windows on the second floor.
Damage to the building and loss of office equipment is estimated at around 5
Japanese residents establish Health Support Foundation
Kazuo Shibata, the Japanese
Consul General and Mr. Toshio Higuchi, President of JT/ASH Thailand are
joined by members of the Japanese community.
The Japan-Thai Association Health Support Foundation (JT/ASH) was set up to
help improve the health and welfare of the Japanese population in Chiang
Mai. Mr. Kazuo Shibata, the Japanese Consul General presided over the
opening ceremony for the establishment on September 13, 2012 at the Chiang
Mai Orchid Hotel.
Mr. Toshio Higuchi, the President of JT/ASH Thailand said that many Japanese
have been living in Thailand working as volunteers to help improve the
health and welfare Thai people under the Foundation which was officially
established in June. The many Japanese residents wish to contribute to
society but additionally the aging long stay Japanese living in Chiang Mai.
Many of the Japanese have a relatively high age, around 60-70 and are
generally in very good health but in the next 5-10 years as they age this
The goal of the Foundation is to help people without imposing on local
society. Additionally helping residents contribute to society and promote a
good quality of life here. The Foundation will also help expand
opportunities to minorities, disadvantaged children and youth in the region
to gain a living. The goal is to not only provide support to Thailand but to
also to the lives of those who live here long term
The SUPPORT Foundation’s
Exhibition of Hand Embroidery
If you find yourself in Bangkok be sure and drop by the Queen’s Gallery at
101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road to view an outstanding collection of hand
The Exhibition showcases over 200 hand embroidered works, all side by side,
with their art templates. All of the works are inspired by ancient Thai
literature portraying lifestyles and natural habitats among people in rural
areas with the aim of educating and encouraging embroiderers who are farmers
and agriculturists from all over the country. They can then be proud of
their supplementary occupations that were supported by Her Majesty the Queen
to raise their income levels and elevate their families’ standard of living
over the longer term. During this same process they can be encouraged to
develop their artistic skills even further.
The SUPPORT Foundation’s Exhibition of Hand Embroidery is now open for the
public at the Queen’s Gallery until November 13, 2012, from 10.00 a.m. to 7
p.m. everyday, except on Wednesdays.
Uniquely Lamphun; the
Salak Yom procession
“Salak Yom” is an ancient merit making of Yong women who
live in Lamphun province is celebrated annually only in Lamphun in
September. This year, the first procession was held on Saturday-Sunday
September 29-30, 2012 at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Lamphun from 09.00 a.m.
– 10.00 p.m.
Salak Yom is only offered by women due to their beliefs. It is made by very
long bamboo poles, that are decorated with colorful paper, house ware,
cloth, food, fruits, and vegetables; the eight necessities of a Buddhist
monk. In the past, silverware, gold or diamond was included in the Salak
Other temples will have their own fabulous processions; Wat San Rim Ping on
October 13-14, Wat Aram Mai Pa Kham on October 27-28, and Wat Chang Mong Kon
(Wang Mui) on November 10-11, 2012. For further information please contact
TAT Chiang Mai at Tel. 66 (0) 5324 8604, 66 (0) 5324 8607 every day from
08.30-16.30 Hrs. (TAT)
Under the Spotlight
Martin Venzky-Stalling of CMCC
Beyond the billboards and ubiquitous stickers lies the
concept of developing Chiang Mai as a creative city; more than handicrafts
or traditional Lanna culture. Chiang Mai, feels Martin Venzky-Stalling, one
of the driving forces behind the Chiang Mai Creative City Initiative, has so
much more room to grow and develop.
Martin arrived in Chiang Mai three and a half years ago with his lovely wife
and two small boys to take over the position of consultant with the
Technology Development Center for Industry (TDCI) at Chiang Mai University;
a long and winding road from his hometown near Hamburg in Germany where he
attended school. He left Europe to go backpacking through Asia and ended up
studying Thai at AUA in Bangkok and sitting in on classes at Silapakorn and
Thammasat Universities. Bitten by the bug he returned to Hamburg to study
Thai and Economics, from there he went to London to the famed School of
Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. However the
Thai professor there pushed him into something different as his Thai was
already quite fluent. He studied, instead, Economics and Geography which
served him in good stead as an intern with the German-Tha Chamber of
Commerce in Bangkok as a junior economist.
He met his wife at SOAS where she was studying for a PhD in Literature and
Drama, he noted that at times they had a long distance relationship but they
both knew that they wanted to wait to settle down. He was offered a job with
Coopers & Lybrand (Now Price Waterhouse Coopers) in London where they ended
up living for 6 years. Once she finished her degree he said they both knew
they wanted to move to Thailand. “At the time, we were both very keen to
move to Thailand”.
She ended teaching at Thammasat University in Bangkok and Martin, using his
powers of persuasion, talked his employer into transferring him to Thailand.
A few years later he started his own consulting firm in Thailand and worked
with clients such as GIZ, Chiang Mai University, Major Cineplex, and TOT.
However, after becoming a father of twin boys, he decided to accept a job
offer with a firm in London and they moved back to London. “We love London
and it is like neutral ground,” Martin pointed out “it’s another country for
both of us.” After a few years in London he joined PCCW (Hong Kong Telecom)
as Senior Vice President of the International Operations. In 2009 he
received a call from a friend at Chiang Mai University to gauge his interest
in working as on advisor to CMU on their Science & Technology Park project.
One, he points out, that is now moving into its next phase with the recently
approval by the Thai Cabinet.
In early 2012, the US Consulate General in Chiang Mai and US Embassy in
Bangkok organized a Creative Economy Conference in Chiang Mai. It was then
that Martin with several stakeholders and Martin started talking about
developing the creative economy in Chiang Mai.
“It started out to be IT and software industry oriented but the creative
economy idea meshed with bringing creativity and innovation to other sectors
as well as the city itself. We wanted to maintain a strong link to
innovation, not just art and culture but also scientific creativity and
innovation.” Martin noted, adding “Creativity has many forms not only the
artistic and cultural but also economic and scientific creativity.”
Martin noted that while 10-12% of Thailand’s GDP can technically be called
“creative” he noted that if you removed the high value jewelry and gemstone
industry, it would drop to around 5% of GDP. He said the Chiang Mai Creative
City concept needs to appeal to a broader range than the cultural creative
industries in Chiang Mai, that it needs to push creativity and innovation in
all sectors, not just the cultural. He noted that the vision is to develop a
suitable approach for Chiang Mai that balances between sustainability and
the economy. He added that economic development and job creation is a focus
of CMCC as is providing a think tank and network platform for companies,
academia and the private sector. At the moment there is no entity, it is all
voluntary without direct funding,” Martin added.
He added that while Chiang Mai may be the second city of Thailand it is not
the largest and not the most economically advanced. The opportunities for
the next generation are limited. He recently came back from a visit to
several creative cities in the United States with other CMCC members learn
from the approaches there and identify opportunities for collaboration.
Austin in Texas he noted has, for example, has quite a lot in in common with
Chiang Mai due to its strong cultural identity and arts background Oklahoma
City was another city on the agenda as the group wanted to see a city that
was still in the process of developing its creative economy the Creative
Oklahoma initiative there started more recently whereas Austin is a decade
or two ahead.
Martin noted that Thailand’s strongly centralized system creates challenges.
He added that the problem with large central government investment often is
that they then get involved and bypass the local groups. CMCC is not a
government initiative though, it is a local bottom-up initiative led by the
business and education sectors. However, without local and central
government support it is difficult. Some key investments and policy
decisions need to be made if regional economic development is to happen “I
feel like Chiang Mai, and the regions in general, have been neglected. I
don’t think it’s self-inflicted” he noted, “I think Chiang Mai people have
aspirations and they have the creativity but we must rely on ourselves and
move forward. But serious government support would allow Chiang Mai to catch
and create an attractive city with the jobs and opportunities that the next
generation is hoping for.”
Headed south? Visit the Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Vegetarian Festival features a parade which includes not only traditional
Chinese dragons but men and women who have pierced their faces and bodies as
part of a purification ritual. (Photo by TAT. www.tatnews.org.)
The Phuket Vegetarian
Festival has its origin in Amphur Kathu around 180 years ago when a Chinese
opera company travelled to the area and got sick with a fever. They kept to
a vegetarian diet to honor the gods and the sickness disappeared. The locals
developed a strong faith in vegetarianism and the annual Vegetarian Festival
started up and still continues today. It is believed that by refraining from
meat consumption for 10 days during this event purifies mind and soul and
brings good luck.
Before the festival begins, Ko Tengpoles, bamboo with lanterns attached to
the branches, are erected at all the 18 shrines in Phuket to symbolize the
presence of the deities. When the poles are raised on the first day, it is
believed that the gods descend into the shrine at midnight signaling the
start of the festival.
On the 6th day of the festival, a religious procession takes place around
the city. Part of this procession involves acts of face- and body-piercing.
Throughout this period, many of the locals wear white clothes to represent
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes place from October 15-23, 2012. (TAT)
Flood prevention measures in place for the city
Flashflood damage reports from around Chiang Mai Province
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul received reports on the Chiang Mai’s
flood preparedness on September 17, 2012 from relevant government agencies
regarding the construction of floodgates on the Ping River as well as
reports on the Province’s dams.
The representative from the Royal Irrigation Department reported that Mae
Ngat dam currently has 150.62 million cubic meters of water, or 56.84
percent capacity. Mae Kuang Dam holds 111.48 million cubic meters of water
or 42.39 percent of capacity.
Assoc. Prof. Choochoke Ayurapong, Head of Natural Disaster Research at the
Faculty of Engineering CMU said that the government needs ensure that the
public has full access to information at times when there is potential for
flooding. Additionally an evacuation plan has been put into place and the
government has mapped flood risk areas of the city so as to faster implement
a response plan and to be able to warn at risk communities. There is already
a pillar in the water showing water levels as well as the board at Nawarat
Bridge and an online gauge updated hourly. They have installed CCTV cameras
in the high risk flood areas of the city, as well as installed four flood
warning systems that will warn people in the area should it appear flooding
The Chief of the Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office
reported earlier that Chiang Mai Province has seen flooding in 19 districts
with 348 villages declared disaster areas affecting 74, 236 people since
August 1, 2012. Chief of the Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
Office Komsan Suwanampha reported that the 19 districts are Samoeng ,Phrao
,Om Koi, Galyani Vadhana, Fang, Chiang Dao, Mae Ai ,Mae On, Mae Jam, Sansai,
Mae Taeng, Chai Prakan, Doi Saket, Mae Rim, Wiang Haeng, Mae Wang, Hang
Dong, Chom Thong and Doi Lor.
During the first 9 days of September flash floods and landslides in 13
districts affected 134 villages. Most of the flash flooding took place in
Fang hitting 30 villages, followed by Wiang Haeng, Mae Rim and Doi Saket.
21,773 people were affected by the flooding from September 1-9. 4,441 rai of
farmland was damaged and one man died after falling into mudslide in Chiang
The situation is better but we still have until the end of the month. Two
storms may be coming,” Komsan said. He noted that while the dams remain at
safe levels and can hold the water, the risk of landslide remains. He added
that after the dredging of the Ping and Kuang rivers he believes that Chiang
Mai city will not see another flood this year.
Prostheses Foundation helped more than 30,000 people
The Prostheses Foundation of HRH the Princess Mother has helped more
than 30,000 people in need of artificial limbs for the past 20 years Dr.
M.L. Puttipong Devakula, the Assistant Secretary of the Prostheses
Foundation. Of HRH the Princess Mother recently reported. He said that they
have supplied prostheses to patients around Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and
other countries. He noted that they usually treat around 15-20 people per
Prostheses Foundation collects aluminum to make low cost prosthetics for
“We see a growing number of new cases from accidents and people with
diabetes and embolisms. We find that we have more patients that need
prosthetic legs,” Dr. M.L. Puttipong said.
He said that patients can often get service the same day without needing to
pre-book as the Foundation strives to help the disabled. He noted that while
a below the knee prosthetic can often be fitted in one day a prosthetic that
starts above the knee will take 2-3 days. Once the prosthetic is fitted then
they will check the harness. Several medical checks will be done before the
patient will be sent home with their new prosthetic.
For those interested in obtaining prostheses or in donating please call
053-112271 or check their website for donation information www.
New Zealand man arrested
on filing a false police report
Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
Muang District Police arrested New Zealand native Ricki Hurst, age
24 on Monday, September 10, after he filed a police report earlier in the
day stating that many of his belongings had been stolen after he brought a
Thai girl he had met back to his room. He told police that he had fallen
asleep and the girl stole his belongings overnight.
Police went to the Jinda Guesthouse on Ratchawithi Road to investigate the
crime and upon viewing CCTV saw that the he had actually returned to his
room alone the previous night. The questioned staff who said they had not
seen any girls. Mr. Hurst finally confessed to police that he had made up
the story to claim on his insurance.
The police uncovered the items he had reported as stolen after examining his
room at the guesthouse. Police have filed charges against him for filing a
Drug arrests around the North net over 1 million Yaba tablets
Sanluang age 47, Pongsapak Laoyeepa age 41, and Nopporn Panasirisomboon age
22 were arrested in Mae Taeng with 600,000 methamphetamine tablets. Here
they are Chiang Mai Airport with Chief of Police Pol. Col. Prewpan Damapong
who flew to Chiang Mai to transport them back to Bangkok.
Police arrested 10 people in 3 different arrests around the North this past
two weeks, netting 1,026,000 Yaba tablets destined to be smuggled to
The first arrest took place on September 9, 2012 in Mae Ai when a car driven
by two hilltribe men broke through a police checkpoint. Police gave chase as
the car headed towards Phrao. Police caught up with the vehicle in Phrao and
arrested two brothers from Mae Jam. There was nothing hidden in the car but
police questioned Pak and Paruhat Laoyang and found four boxes containing
376,000 Yaba pills hidden on the side of the road
The second arrest occurred on September 11, 2012 in Mae Sai when a
checkpoint search yielded 50,000 Yaba tablets. The two men confessed to
police and led them to a drug smuggling ring where the police arrested a
further 3 men from Lampang. The two Hmong men from Chiang Rai told police
that they had been paid 200,000 Baht to smuggle the drugs. The police
believe the men from Lampang were the ringleaders of the gang that was
involved in smuggling drugs into Chiang Rai prison.
The final and biggest arrest saw 600,000 Yaba tablets seized in Mae Taeng on
September 14, 2012. Acting on a tip off police set up a checkpoint in Baan
Khun Jae. They searched two pickup trucks, the first one had nothing but the
second one traveling with the first truck had the Yaba hidden inside in a
backpack. 5 men from the same village were arrested and police believe they
are involved in heavy drug trafficking that occurs in Pa Pae in Mae Taeng.
The men have been charged with drug trafficking.
4-car accident leaves one dead in Mae Rim
of the RID truck was injured after rear-ending a car in front that had
braked suddenly on rain wet roads.
Mae Rim Police and Rescue authorities were called to a four car
accident in front of the Pa Tiew School in Sanpong on Chotana Road that left
one person dead on September 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Police found the accident at a sharp curve where two large orange trucks
from the Royal Irrigation Department had collided with the back end of a car
after the driver braked suddenly. Police had to cut the car open to retrieve
the driver of the car, Thong-In Kontrong, age 50, who was dead at the scene.
The drivers of the two RID trucks were also injured in the accident and
taken to the hospital. Police believe the accident was caused by poor
visibility on rain slickened roads.
Son of Police Superintendent arrested for theft
The son of a Police Superintendent stationed in the South of
Thailand was arrested on charges of theft after exhibitors at the IT
Exhibition at CMU Convention Center on July 4, 2012 had filed complaints
with police that someone had stolen phones and laptop computers.
The exhibitors reported the loss of mobile phones, laptop computers and
Apple iPhone 4S, with a total value of 448,550 baht. Some of the stolen
items turned up for sale at MBK Shopping Center in Bangkok. Police checked
the CCTV camera at MBK and matched it up with a suspect from the CCTV camera
at the Convention Center.
Police arrested Pattana Poonsathaporn and his girlfriend Angkana Tharin on
September 11, 2012 near Maejo University. They confessed to police that they
had stolen equipment from the IT Exhibition as well as from parked cars,
schools and from shoplifting then would take it to a shop to sell. Police
intend to prosecute the pair to the full extent of the law.
Fake police arrested after nationwide crime spree
Police Region 5 Commander Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruadrew announced the
arrest of a couple accused of robbery and posing as police in part of a
national crime spree that saw two other couples also involved in the scam
arrested in Padaed on September 15.
Wasan Thamserbsak, age 28 and his wife Kanchana Tunsiri, age 25 were
arrested on September 22 in conjunction with the arrests of Charoen Sopana,
age 26 and his wife Jeeranant Sopana. The two couples worked together posing
as drug buyers and as fake police. They would set up a drug buy, then the
two posing as fake police would break in and steal the drugs and belongings
of the dealers.
Police say the gang had run the scam in Suphan Buri, Bangkok and Chiang Mai
before being arrested by police in Chiang Mai. The police believe there are
two more men involved in the gang, both armed but they managed to flee
before the police could catch them. Police said one of the men had been
former police informant so was aware of police procedures.
Siam Cat Show this weekend
Korat Cat belongs to the Sri-Sawasdee Cattery of Issariya Rattanaweerawong.
A non-pedigreed cat in Thailand can go for 20,000 Baht while a pedigreed cat
is around 1500-2000 Euro.
The Siam Cat Show is on at Central Airport Plaza and features breeds
as diverse as Maine Coon Cats, Abyssinians, Persians, Korats and of course a
few Siamese. The Korat Cat is the featured cat of the show and the highlight
is the winner of the Queen’s Cup at Phimai belonging to Issariya
Rattanaweerawong. Judges were flown in from the United States, and Russia
while exhibitors hail from Thailand, Malaysia, China, Ukraine, Russia and
Belgium. Mr. Richard Kallmeyer of the Cat Fanciers Association opened the
ceremony. Judging continues through today and tomorrow, September 30. There
are also many cat products on sale from premium cat food to cat trees, toys,
cages and carriers.
line up with their cats at the opening.