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XI No.9 - Sunday October 7 - Saturday October 20, 2012


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IT& CMA 2012 welcomed a record number of delegates

By Reinhard Hohler
Celebrating its 20th year anniversary this very year, IT&CMA (Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia) welcomed a record number of 2,579 delegates at Bangkok Convention Center, Central World Bangkok, being the largest MICE and Corporate Travel Showcase with 325 exhibiting companies. A stunning 497 international and local buyers from 52 countries frequented the booths at the exhibition hall – an impressive ratio of 1.7 buyers to one exhibiting company. Furthermore, there were some 132 international and local media from 32 countries during the event on October 2-4, 2012.
Media briefings were given by the official airline THAI International, Global Business Travel Association (CBTA), Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Airports of Thailand (AOT), as well as the newly founded Asian Association of Conventions and Visitors Bureau (AACVB), Egyptian Tourism Office and InterContinental Hotels Group. On the last day of the event, there followed the media briefings by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Penang Global Tourism and Pullman Hotels & Resorts (Jakarta & Bali).
Browsing through the booths in the exhibition hall, the following companies offered the most outstanding MICE products (in alphabetical order):
Asian Overland Services Tours & Travels in Malaysia: One of the best and most experienced adventure and incentive travel suppliers in Mainland Malaysia. Contact by telephone: +60-3-42529100
Asian Trails in Bangkok & Indochina: As one of the leading destination management companies, old-hand CEO Luzi Matzig offers a competent MICE team and competitive handling of special tour groups. Go to: www.asiantrails.net
Borei Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap, Cambodia: One of the only 5-star resorts, which offers Cambodian cultural experiences with the best value for money. Go to: www.boreiangkor.com
Hilton Pattaya: Towering 34 levels above the city center, the hotel features spacious guestrooms, three restaurants and two bars with stunning ocean views. Contact by telephone: +66-38-253011
Le Meridien Chiang Mai: Located in the heart of the well-known night bazaar, the hotel offers 383 well-equipped and modern guestrooms. Go to: www.lemeridien.com
Marina Bay Sands in Singapore: The landmark hotel overlooking Marina Bay offers over 2,500 luxurious rooms and suites as well as Southeast Asia’s largest ballroom. Go to: www.marinabaysands.com
Moevenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Resort in Phuket: The hotel is one of the most sophisticated properties of the tropical island and should be discovered accordingly. Go to: www.moevenpick-phuket.com
Nikko Bali Resort & Spa in Indonesia: Sitting a-top a high cliff in Nusa Dua, the 5-star hotel offers 389 well-appointed rooms. Go to: www.nikkobali.com
Rembrandt Hotel & Towers Bangkok: Belonging to Warwick International Hotels, the very elegant Rembrandt offers 407 superior guestrooms and suites with panoramic views of the city’s skyline. GM Eric Hallin is all-present. Go to: www.rembrandtbkk.com
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit: One of the newest ACCOR properties in Asia that is located right at busy Sukhumvit-Road to be well-connected to the Sky Train and Underground. Just step in! Go to: www.sofitel.com
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila: Located in the heart of the city’s conventions district, the hotel offers 609 guest rooms and suites with breathtaking views. Go to: www.sofitelmanila.com
Thai Airways International: Founded in 1960 and active member of the world-wide Star Alliance network, the airline is proud to introduce its first AIRBUS A380-800 to redefine the history of flying. Go to: www.thaiairways.com
On the social side of the event, there was the opening evening live ceremony under the theme “Weaving Asia” hosted by TCEB on October 2, a sumptuous luncheon by Hong Kong - Asia’s World City - and the late-night function “Heavenly Bangkok” jointly hosted by TTG Travel Trade Publishing and the Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok on October 3, which were all highly praised by most of the delegates.
Last not least, there were offered four pre-show city tours in the afternoon of October 1, when I opted for an impressive Klong Tour in Thonburi including the performance of a special classical puppet show and visit of Wat Arun - the landmark of Greater Bangkok. For the event’s post-tours, there was the choice to experience Chiang Rai in Thailand’s North or Krabi in the South.
All in all, the event was an utmost successful one, so that most of the delegates are looking forward to the next IT&CMA at the same venue on October 1-3, 2013.
Reinhard Hohler is a GMS Media Travel Consultant based in Chiang Mai/Thailand and writing for online travel news services, such as e-Global Travel Media, ASEAN Affairs, ASEAN Today and Tourism-Insider in Berlin/Germany amongst others.


Neighborhood visits

Officials from Chiang Mai Municipality, including Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, recently visited the Wat Gate and Kawila neighborhoods to assess residents’ needs. This is part of the city’s ongoing project to visit each neighborhood and get first-hand information from residents as to the issues the neighborhood faces. Municipal officials paid an afternoon visit and met with people on October 11, 2012.


TIME 2012 will be held during colorful Krakatau Festival

Reinhard Hohler
The date of the annual Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) 2012 was auspiciously chosen to be held during October 9-12 in Bandar Lampung/Sumatra. During the same period there is the colorful Krakatau Festival – actually on October 6-13 – which the invited international buyers and media delegates can enjoy.
The Krakatau Festival is named after the famous volcano which erupted in 1883, spewing ashes that spread halfway across the world. Originally, there were altogether three islands located within the Sunda-Street between Java and Sumatra. After the enormous eruption, a new island appeared which the locals respectfully call Anak Krakatau or Child of the Krakatau. Today this lonely island is a very important landmark within the Ring of Fire, a seismic zone stretching from the Indian Ocean across Indonesia into the Pacific World.
Activities during the Krakatau Festival include visits to the remnants of the ancient Krakatau volcano, traditional art and cultural displays, as well as a culinary bazaar.
Furthermore, the Governor of Lampang will preside over the opening ceremony of TIME 2012 in the evening of October 9, while the Minister of Tourism & and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia will give a press conference the following day. On the last day of the mart, Garuda Indonesia will give a special media briefing.
For the post-mart tour program during October 12-15, an inspection trip to the western part of Sumatra will be organized. Visited will be the town of Padang, which is world- famous for its outstanding food, as well as Bukit Tinggi located in the centre of the matrilineal Minangkabau culture, where rice fields and houses belong to the women.
Interesting to note is that the annual travel mart will be held at another location in 2013 and 2014 and it will be announced accordingly, where this will be. So far, the mart was already held in Yogyakarta (Central Java), Makassar (South Sulawesi), and Lombok. Thus, somewhere in Kalimantan would be a good guess for the next two events.


Drunk driving crackdown in force

Police are breathalyzing drivers at checkpoints around the city in a bid to reduce the number of accidents and deaths caused by drunk driving. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)

Shana Kongmun

The Provincial Police, Chiang Mai Muang Police and Municipality have announced that checkpoints will be in place around the city starting from 8 p.m. to crack down on the growing problem of drunk driving.

According to the Ministry of Interior, a driver would be considered as drunk if he/she has a blood alcohol content of .05%. The drunk driving laws were recently tightened and drinking in a vehicle by any occupant is now illegal. Penalties will also be imposed on drinkers in vehicles parked on sidewalks or shoulders of public roads, including sois, regardless of whether or not the vehicles are moving.

The fine for drinking in a vehicle is 60,000 Baht and/or 6 months in prison. Additionally drunk drivers face fines up to 50,000 Baht and/or up to one year in prison. Driving licenses would be suspended for no less than 6 months or permanently revoked.

Chiang Mai recently ranked 3rd in the nation for number of road accident deaths behind Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the nation with most of the deaths due to not wearing a helmet and drunk driving.
 


New Chiang Mai Governor appointed

Former Governor of Chiang Rai Tanin Supasaen

Phrae native and former Governor of Chiang Rai has been appointed by the Cabinet as the new Governor of Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Rai Governor Tanin Supasaen was appointed as the new Governor of Chiang Mai at a Cabinet meeting held on October 2, 2012 after former Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul was transferred to the post of Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior on October 1, 2012.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra chaired the meeting where the nomination of Governor Tanin was approved. Governor Tanin is a 57 year old Phrae native. He graduated with a Bachelor of Political Science from Chiang Mai University and a Masters of Politics also from CMU. He was appointed as the District Chief Officer or Nai Amphur at Saraphi and then for the Muang District in Chiang Mai.

He was then appointed the Permanent Secretary for Lampang before being promoted to the position of Deputy Governor of Lamphun, he was then transferred to the post of Deputy Governor of Mae Hong Son before being appointed as the Governor of Chiang Rai in 2011.


Panda channel canceled

Lin Ping celebrates her birthday

Lin Ping enjoys a 5 color ice cake for her 3 year 4 month birthday celebrations.

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TrueVisions canceled the Panda channel as it plans on introducing new channels and programming, much to the dismay of the legions of fans of Lin Ping, Thailand’s first panda cub. However fans can still watch the live feed from the panda enclosure via the internet according to Prasertsak Buntragulpoontawee, the director of the Chiang Mai Zoo’s panda program.

Fans celebrated with Lin Ping on the occasion of her 3 years and 4 months birthday. Lin Ping enjoyed a 5 color ice cake as visitors celebrated her birthday and then munched on bamboo.

Zoo Director Thanapat Pongpamorn reported that the Director of the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand Sanchai Julamon has set a working group to negotiate with the Chinese government this month to keep Lin Ping for another three years and her parents for another ten years. The panda family is scheduled to be returned to China next year.


Safety Foods Festival launched by Deputy Minister of Public Health

Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr. Surawit Konsomboon (center right) and Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun opened the Safety Foods Festival at JJ Market.

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The Safety Foods Festival was launched at JJ Market on September 27, 2012 with Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr. Surawit Konsomboon presiding over the opening ceremony.

The festival was held from September 27-29 and featured the best and safest foods in Thailand. There were cooking demonstrations, along with pesticide free vegetables, fruits, rice and more. Additionally, local hotels, restaurants and food suppliers showcased their food and wares at the event.

Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun joined the Deputy Minister at the event where the Deputy Minister said this fair falls in with the government’s new safe food policy, the fair will push Chiang Mai to become a safe food province in 2016 and encourage Chiang Mai people to eat clean and safe food without chemicals or bacteria.


Ministry of Transport infrastructure investment plan

Supports economic growth in the region

Fhe Minister of Transport Jarupong Ruangsuwan came to Chiang Mai to attend a seminar to gauge public opinion on the development of transport infrastructure.

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The Minister of Transport Jarupong Ruangsuwan traveled to Chiang Mai to attend a seminar on public transport in Chiang Mai and to see the development of the railway infrastructure.

The seminar titled “The Project to promote awareness and to hear from the public on the transport infrastructure investment plan 2013 - 2020” was held on September 24 at Chiang Mai University Convention Hall. Over 500 people attended the seminar including both officials from the government and members of the private sector to survey relevant stakeholders in all sectors on the governments investment plan for Chiang Mai transport infrastructure. The government will prepare a report on the survey of public opinion on necessary investments in the transport infrastructure and consider those opinions when drafting the Infrastructure Investment Act.

The Ministry is pushing for the construction of a high speed rail line from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and signed an MoU with the People’s Republic of China to begin construction of the line in 2013.

The Minister said that Chiang Mai Province is key to the economy of the northern provinces and the that the government needs to accelerate the implementation of transport infrastructure. He added that there is a focus on rail operations and interconnecting the high speed train from Bangkok to Nong Khai and Vientiane. They have studied high speed rail lines in China and Japan.

The bid for the construction of continued lines is expected to start in 2014 and eventually will link Laos and China to Malaysia through Thailand as part of the linkage of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. The construction of a fourth bridge over the Mekong River and the development of the Chaing Saen port will work to the development of logistics and transportation systems on the road, water and in the air.


CMU holds seminar on the rise of China

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China has the ability and the means to develop together with other countries, to work in cooperation with the international community to develop a harmonious world, according to Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai.

Chinese Consul General Zhang Weicai spoke at a seminar on the rise of China in the global community in the 21st century.

Privy Councilor and Professor Emeritus Kasem Wattanachai and Chinese Consul General chaired a seminar held at the Chiang Mai University Language Institute on September 28, 2012 on “The Rise of China in the 21st Century; Opportunities and Challenges.”

Academics and experts from Yunnan Normal University, the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University, Huachew Chalermprakiat University and The China Business Council participated in the seminar.
Consul General Zhang noted that some have questioned the ability of China to expand and develop peacefully but he said that China’s ancient culture and heritage needed to be taken into consideration as well as its great size and population.

“We always emphasize China’s large population and poor infrastructure development. Although China has developed greatly there are still many problems to be faced in economic and social development.

China is still considered a developing country; the total domestic production per person is only half of the world average. However China will continue to work to improve people’s standard of living and the environment. In the future, China will see a strengthened economy. However,” Consul Zhang noted, “Peace is a necessary condition in developing countries. We need a peaceful way to respond to global trends.”


Nakornping Hospital opens Chang Puak branch

Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr. Surawit Konsomboon unveils the sign of the new Nakornping Hospital branch.

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Nakornping Hospital, a government hospital located in Mae Rim District opened its first branch outpatient clinic in Chang Puak. The branch was added to help alleviate the overcrowding experienced at many city government hospitals by patients seeking basic care. Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr. Surawit Konsomboon unveiled the sign of the new hospital clinic on September 27, 2012.

Dr. Surawit Konsomboon said that with a population of around 1.7 million and with migrant workers pushing that number to over 2 million as well as the millions of tourists that visit Chiang Mai yearly have stretched the government hospitals resources. The new branch will serve around 1000 people in the area and will cover such health issues as diabetes, vaccinations, blood pressure, child and elderly care and dental services. The branch will be outpatient only with those patients with severe symptoms being sent to nearby hospitals.

To alleviate overcrowding in government hospitals the Ministry plans to build a 90 - 120 bed hospital in the Muang district to be completed in 2016.


Chiang Mai’s New TAT Director

Wisoot Buachoom talks tourism

There is a new Director for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Chiang Mai office and he is here just in time for the upcoming high season. K. Wisoot recently spoke on tourism in Chiang Mai and the need to grow awareness of Chiang Mai to both domestic and international tourists.

TAT Chiang Mai’s new Director Wisoot Buachoom wants to raise awareness of Chiang Mai.

The new Director noted that tourism provides the main income for Chiang Mai, the Province relies heavily on tourism accounting for over 30 percent of the Gross Provincial Product, followed by agro-industry in food processing and agriculture.

Chiang Mai sees more than 5 million visitors a year, both Thai and foreign, who bring around 40 billion Baht in income to the Province. The challenge that the TAT faces, said Director Wisoot, is to coordinate with all sectors and to work in cooperation with both the local and provincial governments, and private sector tourism operators.

The Director is looking to boost tourist numbers and increase revenue to Chiang Mai by creating awareness and interest in tourist attractions in Chiang Mai. The TAT has begun producing a guide book to promote new tourist attractions that will be distributed around the city and overseas. This guidebook focuses on the new off the beaten track attractions that most people may not have heard of. By offering new and varied sites of interest, it is hoped that people will extend their average length of stay.

He added that the city needs to focus on the positive aspects rather than on temporary problems such as the flooding of last year when talking about the future of the city.

Additionally, he hopes to boost more direct flights to Chiang Mai, both from cities in Thailand and also overseas. The new Convention Center that will open next year is expected to increase the numbers of tourists who come to the city.

“However, one of the negatives we have to face is Europe’s continuing economic problems. We must focus on other markets, especially Asia where the distances are not so far. It has been found that the numbers of Asian tourists to Chiang Mai continue to increase.”

He noted that while Thailand and Chiang Mai still remain a popular destination for Europeans and Americans, of the five million tourists a year, only one and a half to two million of those coming to Chiang Mai are foreign.


Chiang Mai Motor Expo 2012 features “Best Cars for the Best World”

The Chiang Mai Motor Expo 2012 will feature environmentally friendly innovative cars as well as the latest models for sale at Central Plaza’s Central Hall until October 14, 2012.

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The Chiang Mai Motor Expo 2012 opened this weekend at Central Airport Plaza’s Central Hall and will run until October 14 featuring the most innovative vehicles for people and the environment under the theme “Best Cars for the Best World”.

The Expo will not only offer innovative demonstration cars but a panoply of new cars on show including some of the hottest cars on the market. The first car tax rebate of 100,000 Baht will be available for new car buyers as well.

The pretty motor show girls will certainly draw attention too as they show off the features of the cars on display. The grand opening was on Friday, October 5 and the show runs until the 14th.


Oasis Spa takes the next step; a boutique spa hotel

The bathrooms are fabulous, ladies take note this is the luxury suite bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.

Shana Kongmun

Oasis Spa is an award winning luxury spa that started out in Chiang Mai and has moved into Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya with great success. Oasis Spa recently branched out into their own branded spa and health supplies such as soaps, shampoos, body washes, moisturizers, scrubs, massage oil, and essential oils called KIN.

Now they have taken the next step into hospitality opening the luxurious spa resort Oasis Baan Saen Doi in Ban Nai Fun 2, which features luxuriously appointed rooms each decorated in its own unique style with natural material. The main resort area is just across the street from the spa and has 11 rooms including a Presidential Suite just off the spa which has three bedrooms, a dining room, a full kitchen and a large open living area overlooking the lush garden.

The main hotel has ten rooms including two deluxe rooms, two corner suites, two luxury suites and a grand suite with kitchenette. The rooms are decorated in both modern and traditional materials, still offering the feel of Thailand but with a modern twist. Saen Kham Terrace nearby offers Thai fusion food in a charming atmosphere.

The Spa offers the same amazing treatments and massages by highly qualified staff as the Spa on Sirimangkalajarn or on Samlan Road inside the moat. A chat with the Spa manager revealed that most of the staff have worked there for many years and so are highly experienced in providing the ultimate spa experience.

Hotel booking can be done online and for those looking for a weekend getaway without going too far its certainly going to fill the bill for peaceful and relaxing. www. oasisluxury.net for rates. It is interesting to note that the website offers very competitive rates, a trend that more hotels should consider!

The bedrooms are bright and airy and beautifully appointed.

The Doi Luang Corner Suite is one of two corner suites that overlook lush gardens at Baan Saen Doi.


Assistant Village Headman charged with murder

The Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police Pol. Col. Weerawuth Neamnoi points to Nikom Taewin, age 35, who has been charged with the murder of his wife.

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Chiang Mai police were called to the home of Nikom Taewin, Assistant Village Headman for Baan Huay Som Suk in Saluang Mae Rim at 5 p.m. on October 1 to find the body of 44 year old Supaporn Taewin lying on the bed.

The 14 year old daughter of the accused told police that her father and his wife had begun arguing around 2:30 a.m. the previous night so she left the house to stay at a relative’s house nearby. From there she went to school and discovered the body of her step-mother when she returned home from school in the afternoon.

Police suspected the husband of committing the murder since his truck was missing from the house as well. A police search found Nikom in the truck driving along the Mae Saluang Road. When they stopped the truck he confessed to killing his wife.

He told police that he had been married to his second wife for about 4 years and that she went out gambling and drinking regularly. She had come home very late drunk and had woken him and his daughter up. She struck his daughter and he said that is when the argument broke out. Nikom told police that he pushed her hard and she fell down. In a rage he took a spade and hit her several times over the head. He then put her body on the bed and got in his truck and drove off, saying he needed to calm down.


Young Karen man falls to his death at Huay Kaew Waterfall

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The body of a 26 year old man was recovered from Huay Kaew Waterfall on September 24, 2012 after his friends reported to police that he had gone climbing up the waterfall and not returned.
The victim’s friends told police they had been drinking at the bottom of the falls when the victim decided to walk to the top of the falls even though he was drunk.
Later they heard someone shout that a person had fallen from the waterfall, a search by friends and rescue found the body of Bae (surname unknown) from Mae Hong Son who had fallen from the rocks. The doctor reported that he had broken his neck in the fall.


Terminally ill man hangs himself

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Muang District Police were called to the home of Surachan Poowan, age 47 of Doi Tao District after his wife and daughter found his body hanging in the chicken coop near their home on September 26, 2012.

His daughter told police that her parents lived nearby and that her father had become very ill earlier this year and was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. She said her father had been undergoing treatment for the cancer at the hospital and did not seem suicidal when she had seen him that morning. She came home in the afternoon to find her father’s body when she cut it down and put his body on the bed before calling police.

A preliminary autopsy did not find any signs of foul play and they believe he may have committed suicide in despair over his illness.


Mahout killed by elephant in musth

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Sombat Salangam was killed after the 17 year old bull elephant that he had worked with for years broke out in a rage during musth or heat at the Baan Chang Pang Mai Paradise Resort on September 27, 2012.
Mae Taeng police rushed to the scene of the accident to find Mr. Sombat dead, stabbed by his own hook, also known as an ankus. According to other mahouts, he knew the elephant, Boonnam, was in musth for about a day and so separated him from the rest of the elephants and chained him in a separate corral. They said he was bringing food to the elephant and also carried his hook with him as he knew the elephant was excitable.
Mahouts said that the elephant turned on Mr. Sombat, they believe he had
prodded him with the ankus, knocking him down with his
trunk and hitting him. When they found the man, he was dead, disemboweled by his own hook.


Swedish tourist found dead in downtown guest house

Ruamjai Rescue Foundation workers, forensic police and doctors from Maharaj Nakorn Hospital investigate the death of Swedish national Oman Reiner.

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Muang District Police were called to the Joker Guesthouse on Ratchawithi Road on September 27, 2012 by the owner of the guesthouse after he found one his guests dead in his room.
Officers found the body of 30 year old Swedish citizen Oman Reiner face down on his pillow in his room on the second floor of the guesthouse. The doctor said he had been dead for several hours and could not determine a cause of death at the initial investigation. The body of the man was taken to Maharaj Nakorn Hospital for autopsy.
Yutthachai Jiamjitrat, the owner of the guesthouse, told police that his guest had been staying there for 7 months and that he believed he visited Suan Prung Hospital for treatment.
Doctors will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death since there was nothing at the scene to indicate the cause.


Green Bus crash kills one in Doi Saket

A white Toyota pickup slammed into a Green Bus as it attempted to overtake a car on the hill at Tambon Pa Miang in Doi Saket.

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Doi Saket Police and Rescue were called to the scene of an accident between a Green Bus and a pickup truck in Tambon Pa Miang in Doi Saket at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday September 25, 2012.
At the scene, officers found the Green Bus had collided with a white Toyota pickup truck delivering goods for Kor Wattanasilp Co. Ltd. The front of the pickup was completely smashed in and the driver, 25 year old Supoj Yala of Lamphun, died on impact.
15 passengers on the bus were injured in the collision and taken to Doi Saket and Nakronping Hospitals for treatment.
Witnesses said that the driver was coming from the other direction overtaking a car coming up the hill and slammed into the bus. This is the second fatal accident at this spot this year, on August 15, 2012 3 students from Phichit province were killed in a bus accident.


Students hit with food poisoning at Wat Don Chan School

Students at Wat Don Chan were admitted to hospital after a food poisoning outbreak from donated food.

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Doctors and rescue personnel rushed to the primary school at Wat Don Chan in Tha Sala on September 27 at 10:30 a.m. after receiving reports that a large number of students had taken ill after eating breakfast at the school from donated food.
Severely ill students were immediately transported to the hospital. Dr. Surasing Wisarutrat, Deputy Director of the Chiang Mai Public Health Office announced that the children had been suddenly struck with severe vomiting and diarrhea. 23 students were struck severely by the food poisoning while another 22 students were found to have dengue fever, with high fevers and low blood pressure; these children were immediately admitted to hospitals around the city. Other students who had mild symptoms were treated at the school and later sent home to recuperate.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

IT& CMA 2012 welcomed a record number of delegates

Neighborhood visits

TIME 2012 will be held during colorful Krakatau Festival

Drunk driving crackdown in force

New Chiang Mai Governor appointed

Panda channel canceled

Safety Foods Festival launched by Deputy Minister of Public Health

Ministry of Transport infrastructure investment plan

CMU holds seminar on the rise of China

Nakornping Hospital opens Chang Puak branch

Chiang Mai’s New TAT Director

Chiang Mai Motor Expo 2012 features “Best Cars for the Best World”

Oasis Spa takes the next step; a boutique spa hotel

Assistant Village Headman charged with murder

Young Karen man falls to his death at Huay Kaew Waterfall

Terminally ill man hangs himself

Mahout killed by elephant in musth

Swedish tourist found dead in downtown guest house

Green Bus crash kills one in Doi Saket

Students hit with food poisoning at Wat Don Chan School

 

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