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Nimmanhaemin one way plans change again

Delayed to February 1

Members of the Nimmanhaemin road residents group address their concerns regarding the one way sois and other traffic issues on Nimmanhaemin at a meeting held with Pol. Col. Sittichai Thananchai, head of the Traffic Police, recently.

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At a recent meeting held at Khun Chern restaurant on Nimmanhaemin road with the Chief of Traffic Police Pol. Col. Sittichai Thananchai another change in plans was announced. The one way sois will now begin at Soi 5 instead of soi 3 and end at Soi 15 instead of Soi 17. Soi 3 and Soi 17 will remain two way. The center soi that is parallel to Nimmanhaemin will run one way, North, for the duration of the test period. Soi 5 will be one way from Sirimangkalarn west towards Nimmanhaemin Road while Soi 7 will be one way from Nimmanhaemin to Sirimangkalajarn, with each soi alternating until Soi 15.
The launch of the one way system has now been delayed until February 1 and will run for the month of February after which police will evaluate the system.
Parking on side sois will remain restricted to alternate days and the enforcement of no right turns onto Nimmanhaemin will be in force for 7 hours a day during peak traffic.


A short history of the old British Consulate of Chiang Mai

This photo was taken during a flood in 1953. The building at rear is the consul, and the consul's residence was on the second floor. The building at front was known as the media building (Photo courtesy of Mr. Boonserm Satrabhaya).

The construction of the British Consulate building in 1915 was one of the first tasks undertaken by the then-newly appointed Consul General in Chiang Mai, William Alfred Rae Wood.
Chiang Mai in the years when W. A. R. Wood arrived was a community with a fluctuating number of British, the majority of them working for British companies in the teak trade. The primary duties of the British consuls were to ensure justice for the Queen’s citizens in Chiang Mai and to protect the interests of the teak companies in northern Thailand.
One D. F. McFie who worked as a forest assistant for the Borneo Company kept a monthly record of events between 1893 and 1919, giving us a taste of life in Chiang Mai at the turn of the century. McFie’s notes mention happenings such as the flooding of the River Ping in 1893, the capture of a revered white elephant a year later, and a memorial statue of Queen Victoria raised in 1903.
Two years after W. A. R. Wood’s appointment, construction began on the building that is now the Restaurant and Bar at the Chedi Chiang Mai. Seven rai (1.12 hectares) of land already owned by the British Government along the banks of the River Ping was set aside for the new building, which would replace an older consulate dating from 1884.
Carried out under the supervision of architect W. Osborn Keats, plans for the building included a residence for the consul’s family, a courtroom, offices, servants’ quarters, and stables for four elephants.
The consulate was modelled on Britain’s standard foreign office design for tropical countries. Spacious verandahs were installed on the upper and lower floors to catch the river breeze, and the dining room was cooled by a punkah – a wooden board with a fabric fringe suspended from the ceiling that rotated by pulling a rope.
The first floor was elevated on a metre-high rectangular base in case of floods. In an edition of the Chiang Mai Newsletter, one Alberto Cosi notes the unusual length of the structure at 22 yards -- the exact length of a cricket pitch.
When it opened, the new consulate became a centre for sport and society, with a constant stream of visitors. British citizens in Chiang Mai came to pay their respects, register their presence, or seek help and advice. The consulate’s parties for the British King’s or Queen’s birthdays were the highlight of the year. Many a drink was shared or a meal served in the consulate’s dining room; many a game of croquet played on its lawn.
A British Consulate Chiengmai Visitor’s Book from November 1947 to April 1953 has been preserved, showing a cross-section of the figures who came to the consulate. Entries for 1949 show the signatures of a clutch of distinguished Thais, members of the Royal Air Force, former consul W. A. R. Wood and his daughter Amala, and the Governor of Chiang Mai.
The building remained a focal point for society in Chiang Mai, only closing for three years during WW2 and again for two years from 1970, before it was officially shut in 1978 and sold.
In the mid 2000s, GHM signed a deal to rehabilitate the old consulate building, and place this structure at the centre of contemporary Asian resort. The second floor was re-imagined as a casual Terrace Bar and Cigar Lounge, and the first floor is now an international restaurant, specialising in Indian and Thai dishes and featuring panoramic views of Chiang Mai’s tranquil river.
Stefan Noll, the General Manager of the Chedi Chiang Mai said, “It is a great pleasure to have such a unique piece of history as a part of the hotel. We appreciate the building and the connections we can build through it. Personally, I love the VIP room on the second floor, which I use whenever I entertain a small group of guests.”
He added that most guests are amazed and love to learn the history of this beautiful building.
When asked about the ghost stories Stefan added, “Most old consulate buildings have ghost stories and ours is no exception. I personally have not seen any of the spirits who other people have spoken to me about, but I respect those stories and find them fascinating.”

Mr. Stringer, who was British Consul (white-suited man at center), had this photo taken with his staff and some workers in front of the first British Consulate (Photo courtesy of Mr. Boonserm Satrabhaya).


30th Annual Bor Sang Umbrella Festival

January 18-20, 2013

The 30th Annual Bor Sang Umbrella Festival will be held from January 18-20 in Bor Sang in San Kamphaeng District.

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The 30th annual Bor Sang Umbrella Festival will features shades of yellow, blue and pink to honor the birthdays of Their Majesties the King and Queen and HRH the Crown Prince this year. Held from January 18-20 in Bor Sang village in San Kamphaeng, the annual festival is highly popular with the famous parade of beautiful ladies on bicycles with parasols as well as traditional music and dance performances and the Miss Bor Sang Umbrella contest.
On January 8, Wimol Mongkolcharoen, Permanent Secretary of Muang Ton Pao Municipality, which is organizing the event in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization, the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises and the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced that in addition shopowners and will take part in a store front decoration contest and that carts will be provided for visitors so they can park their cars and view the decorations and visit the festival more easily.
 


Chiang Mai tops the nation in number of accidents over New Year

The “7 Dangerous Days of New Year” saw Chiang Mai have the highest number of accidents and third highest number of fatalities in the nation.

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Chiang Mai topped the nation in number of accidents and injuries during the “7 dangerous days of New Year” December 27, 2012- January 2, 2013 and third in number of deaths, with 14 killed in road accidents, Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun announced at City Hall on January 3, 2013.
Nationwide, there were 3,176 accidents with 3,329 people injured, and 365 traffic fatalities, last year there were 336 killed. Chiang Mai had 141 accidents and 147 people injured. 14 people were killed in Chiang Mai, while Nakhon Pathom had the highest death toll with 18 and Nakhon Ratchasima second with 15 fatalities.
Nakhon Sawan tied with Chiang Mai in number of fatalities with 14 dead, while 13 people were killed in accidents in Bangkok. Six provinces reported no fatalities; Uttaradit, Phang Nga, Ranong, Nakhon Nayok, Nong Khai and Trat which was also the only province to record no accidents.
Komsan Suwanampha, Chief of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chiang Mai Provincial Office said that Chiang Mai saw a 54.94% increase in number of accidents and 45.54% increase in accidents. Last year there were 107 road accidents in Chiang Mai with 10 deaths.
Most of the accidents involved motorcycles and involved drunk driving and not wearing a helmet. All of the fatalities were residents of Chiang Mai province.


Japan donates Cherry trees to Royal Rajapruek Park

Japanese Consul-General Kazuo Shibata and members of the Japan Cherry Blossom Association delivered 10 cherry blossom trees to Dr. Siripong Hangsaphruek, the Director of the Highland Development Institute and Tassanaee Srimonkol, the Director of the Royal Rajapruek Park on December 30, 2012. The ten trees were planted in the park at the Japan Garden, a very popular garden at the park. Asst. Prof. Benjang Jaisai, Deputy Dean for Research and International Affairs for the Faculty of Humanities at Chiang Mai University coordinated the donation.


Prime Minister meets with Provincial Governors

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra chaired a provincial governors meeting at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel on December 27, 2012

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra traveled to Chiang Mai late last month to attend a meeting with Provincial Governors from throughout Thailand. The meeting was held at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel on December 27, 2012 to deliver government policy to the governors where the governors were told to provide information about the proposed Constitutional referendum to people in their provinces.
The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Interior along with key members of the Interior Ministry, Governors, and Executive Agencies attended the meeting where the Prime Minister discussed policy and development of the region. She noted that the meeting was to discuss the dynamics of the government’s strategic plan to prepare for entry into the ASEAN community and to develop the country’s agenda with input from each provincial governor.


Thailand’s first giant anteater at Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai Zoo welcomed the nation’s first giant anteater recently; Tyco, a 3 year old giant anteater was the first giant anteater born in Thailand. With the cooperation of the Zoological Park Organization and the Khao Keaw Open Zoo, Tyco will be in a special exhibit mimicking her natural home for three months. The Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) is a large insectivorous mammal native to Central and South America tropical and deciduous forests. While their main diet is ants, they also eat small insects and small fruits. An adult anteater can reach as big as 217 cm long and they have a long nose and tongue to eat ants. Their tail acts like a fifth hand to help bend branches. The anteater has a sense of smell 40 times more sensitive than that of a human and a body temperature much lower than most mammals; 33 degrees Celsius.


Region 5 police volunteer to work in the Deep South

Region 5 police volunteer to serve 2 years in the three Southern provinces.

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22 Region 5 police submitted their names to a draw to volunteer in three Southern provinces on January 2, 2013, Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Dejraksa, Commander of Police Region 5 announced. The Board Committee asked for lots to be drawn from 377 qualified police officers to pick 17 police to work in the South. However, 22 men submitted their names as volunteers so no draw was needed.
The Royal Thai Police have asked for qualified officers to work in the South, asking for a total of 150 officers from around the country.
“These police will assist the government in the provinces for 2 years without any additional privileges. They will receive the usual allowances in accordance with the regulations of the Bureau of the Budget. It is a good sign to have such a number of police officers volunteer to sacrifice the comforts of their homes and family to serve in the three Southern provinces. There are many other officers who have filed complaints against Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung. The police will serve in the South from January 7, 2013 until January 7, 2015.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep added that most police officers work to serve and that the 17 officers who will perform their duties well and show the public a more caring side. He thanked the families of the volunteers for sacrificing their personal happiness for the nation.


Nimmanhaemin one way correction

Despite a personal interview with the Chief of Traffic Police in the last issue stating that Nimmanhaemin Road would be one way, it seems that a correction is necessary as the police have now come out with another statement that the traffic will be running one way on the sois. Each soi will alternate with Soi 3 one way away from Nimmanhaemin and towards Sirimangkalajarn Road, Soi 5 will be one way towards Nimmanhaemin, Soi 7 away, etc until Soi 17. This will begin January 20 as a one month trial and will operate 24 hours a day.


Northern Provinces Group 1 discuss master plan for cosmetic industry

Northern cosmetic companies met with academia to formulate a master plan for the industry in the North at the Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel.

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The Northern Provinces Group 1 met at the Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel recently at seminar to discuss the strategies and objectives of the growing cosmetics industry. Narong Kongprasert, President of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce led the seminar that focused in building networking, improving performance and focusing on sustainable eco friendly and organic products.
The study focused on herbal resources available in the region and potential production, promoting innovation and strengthening ties with research labs at leading universities in the region such as Chiang Mai University and Maejo University.
A brainstorming session was held with academics and experts in the private sector to propose a master plan for the cosmetics industry in the North; they hope to receive comments and suggestions from all sectors involved including on long term logistics issues, product development and research.


UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: Todd Tongdee

New music festival coming to Chiang Mai

Todd is seen here on a visit to Chiang Mai last year.

The Chiang Mai Mail had a chance to hold a short interview with Todd Lavelle or Todd Tongdee as he is more widely known in Thailand. He recently started a TV show featuring Lanna culture in the North on Thai television and is currently organizing a concert to be held in February.
The Festival, “Lanna World”aims to celebrate the heritage, music, and culture of Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, and Mae Hong Son along with peoplefrom throughout Thailand and 4 continents.
Todd said, “We are working with the Province of Chiang Mai, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism (Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son offices) as well as the Provincial Administrative Organization of Chiang Mai. Private supporters include the Singha Corporation, the Government Bank, PTT and the Northern Hotels Association.”
The festival will be held February 14th-17th, 2013 at Kad Cherng Doi (Prasert Land) just off Canal Road. The festival is free and features both national and international performers with big shows coming from India, the USA, West Africa and the Middle East.
Todd noted that he and the organizers chose to hold the concert in Chiang Mai for several reasons.
“Chiang Mai is now home to a myriad of Lanna, Tai and Thai as well as international cultures. We’d like to create a music festival that celebrates these colors as well as the cultures of the 4 provinces in the UPN1 group-Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, and Mae Hong Son.
Secondly, last year’s World Colors Festival in Chiang Mai was a phenomenal success. The then Governor of Chiang Rai, Tanin, a Chiang Mai native is now the Governor of Chiang Mai. We talked about what we could do to celebrate Chiang Mai as a world-class “cradle of creativity”. This festival is one such effort.
Finally, there is a great wealth of talent in the youth of Chiang Mai. Bands and performers here have won numerous national awards-most recently the band who won Singha’s Master Band contest. We’d like to show them off in this festival and create the opportunity for them to share the stage with World Musiq groups from around the world.”
Todd discussed his television show which features Lanna culture on national television and has proven to be very popular.
“The latest show (we have several) is called “Lanna: Miracles and More” and is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, UPN1 and schools, groups and people from throughout Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son. The show is a reality-variety show aimed at promoting “creative tourism”-i.e. using the wealth of cultural, natural and human resources here to create NEW poetry, songs, paintings, and ideas. The show brings together celebrity artists like Eed Bonglang Sa-On, Tik Shiro, Lanna Commins, Andrew Biggs and takes them to villages, rivers, caves, temples with blind, autistic, deaf kids to kinda bust the walls of ideas open. It’s fun and we’ve created some great stuff together.”
Finally, Todd has held a special place in his heart for Chiang Mai and he tells the Chiang Mai Mail why that is.
“I fell in love with the North while studying herbal medicine at Chulalongkorn University. Lanna Culture is a unique, colorful and vibrant entity in and of itself. There is a quiet strength to the people and their culture-800 years of it-1500 if you go to Lamphun!
I then was given another Fulbright grant to study minority cultures at Chiang Mai University and traveled throughout Lanna and Eastern Burma to write the stories of the ethnic peoples fighting against the military regime in Rangoon. Their stories were (and are) inspiring. As we look around the world Chiang Mai is a stunning example of a clear local culture (Lanna) taking in the colors of a national government (Thai), local ethnic colors and even international colors of culture in a mesh of fun that seems to work.
Over the last 3 years I have been afforded the honor and opportunity ( by the Thai government, UPN1 and local people of Lanna) to create and produce TV shows, songs, festivals celebrating these colors. It’s ridiculously fun and much bigger than I had imagined.”
Todd moved to Thailand 25 years ago on a Fulbright scholarship having grown up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA. However, he said that he came from a background of entertainment.
“I am a child of life, dancing on this planet in peace and joy. I grew up in a phenomenal family of foster kids, traveling minstrels and books.”
Todd wears many hats; writer, singer, performer, TV personality, producer of his own songs, books and festivals which grew way beyond what he ever invisaged.
“I have brought seeds of creativity. Thailand as a nation has watered and fostered these seeds into the “works” before me-300 published songs, 15 original books, 10 original CD’s, over 500 TV shows, movies and 40+ World Musiq Festivals around the country as well as in 15 other nations. That is why I use the names “Todd (tongdee) Lavelle and Thailand” on almost all of my works.”
For more details on the festival visit www.lannaworld1.com or visit toddeastwest. com for more information on Todd.


Chiang Mai hotel spas continue to gain recognition

Agoda.com, the widely used hotel booking site, recently released its list of top ten Asian hotel spas as chosen by their users and Chiang Mai’s Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort reached the top ten along with other notable Thailand spas such as the Banyan Tree in Koh Samui, the Phulay Bay Ritz Carlton in Krabi, the Wora Bura Resort & Spa in Hua Hin and the Banyan Tree Spa Sancturay in Phuket.
In fact, out of the top ten Thailand garnered the most with 5 spas reaching the top ten. Malaysia had two spa resorts and the Phillipines, Dubai and Indonesia had one each.
130,000 members responded to the poll on the site which focuses on the Asia Pacific region.


Chiang Mai high season saw 20% growth

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The tourism market in Chiang Mai grew 20% in the high season that began in October from the previous period last year, Wisoot Buachoom, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai Office recently revealed.

Director of the Chiang Mai Tourism Authority of Thailand office Wisoot Buachoom reports on the latest tourism figures for Chiang Mai.

He said that the holidays brought more than 5million people to Chiang Mai. Of those, 3 million were domestic tourists and 2 million foreign tourists. Currently over 70% of the foreign tourists are from Europe, and 30% from the Middle East and China but it is believed that the Chinese market will boom in the next 2-3 years, eventually accounting for 40% of all tourists to Chiang Mai.
Between the start of the high season in October through December more than 200 million Baht a day was injected into the local economy, about 17 billion Baht for the three month period.
Sarawuth Saeteao, President of the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association added that Chiang Mai is very livable city with many cultural and natural attractions. He reminded business owners to treat visitors to Chiang Mai with great hospitality and provide good services and not take advantage of tourists during the high season to maintain a good image among visitors to Chiang Mai.


Chiang Mai Jazz in the City Festival

The Chiang Mai Jazz in the City Festival will be held on January 19, 20 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Nim City Daily at the Airport intersection.

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The 2013 edition of Chiang Mai Jazz in the City Festival is coming to Nim City Daily near Central Airport Plaza on January 19 and 20 it was recently announced at a press conference. Sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai, Nim City Daily, the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association, AIA (Thailand), Diamond Brand Stainless Steel Water Tanks, Green Tree Septic tanks, Krung Thai Bank, Rimping Supermarket and Singha Corporation, the event will be held over two days for free.
The concerts begin at 6 p.m. and run through midnight. Donations raised will be used to purchase water and septic tanks for schools in remote locations around Chiang Mai.
Featuring Jazz and pop artists from around Thailand and overseas, such noted musicians as Mr. Koh Sax Man, Naree Krajang Kanthamas, Pom Auto Bahn, Off Pongsak, Be Peraphat, Pop Pongkul, Boonsri and Aom Rattanang, Aod Pubrock and the Chang Saton Band will perform for the audience. Also featured is a dance performance from Dance Zone.


Pha Muang in gun battle with Lahu Home Guard

4 killed in shootout

The Pha Muang Task Force engaged in a gun battle with the Lahu Home Guard where they uncovered 230,000 Yaba pills after killing four men.

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The Pha Muang Task Force were sent to patrol the mountain ridge on the Thailand-Burma border, Baan E-Kor armae Thedthai sub district Mae Fah Luang district Chiang Rai after they had been informed by military intelligence that a large caravan of traffickers was expected. The intelligence said at least 10 people carrying over 1 million methamphetamine tablets were expected in the area.
On January 6, 2013, the patrol encountered a group who opened fire when called upon to surrender. The gun battle lasted for more than 20 Minutes and when the firing stopped two men were found dead. The patrol followed a trail of blood where they found two more men dead from gunshot wounds and 5 backpacks that held a total of 230,000 methamphetamine tablets and 2 AK-47s
The dead men were wearing camouflage uniforms bearing the insignia the Lahu Home Gueard led by Lt. Col. Yee Sae. Yee Sae is the leader of the splinter group the Lahu Home Guard in Myanmar and is wanted by Thai police who are offering a reward of 2 million Baht for information leading to his arrest.


German man arrested on pedophilia charges

Lived in Chiang Mai for over 20 years

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Region 5 police, working together with German police and Immigration Police, uncovered a man who hired a tuk tuk driver to lure underage street children back to his employer’s house for sexual abuse.
Region 5 Police obtained a search warrant and raided the home of Klaus Michael Hicker, age 53, from Munich in Germany and arrested him on charges of sexual abuse of minors. They also arrested Thip Yahong, age 21 of Thaton Fang District in Chiang Mai, on charges of sexual abuse of minors and human trafficking.
Police allege that Thip Yahong would lure street children of 12-15 years old to the house where they would be sexually abused and paid 500 Baht. They confiscated two computers, sexual enhancement pills, and condoms in the raid.
Mr. Hicker told police that he had lived in Chiang Mai for 20 years, can speak Thai and was working from the internet at home and studied Thai plants and herbs. The defendant has been requested bail which has been denied.

Klaus Hicker, age 53, was arrested on charges of indecent sexual assault of children under the age of 15 and human trafficking on January 7, 2012.


Bangkok man arrested for selling illegal supplements and cosmetics

Police raided a home in Hang Dong after a complaint was filed that Bangkok native Chakrist Pinkanchanaroj was storing illegal food supplements and cosmetics there.

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Acting on a complaint that a house was being used to store illegal goods, police and Public Health Officials raided the home of Chakrist Pinkanchanaroj, age 31 of Bangkok, where they uncovered illegally imported cosmetics and supplements.
He was charged with offenses under the Certified Food and Drug Administration’s 1967 Medicines Act, Food Act of 1979 and the Cosmetics Act of 1992. The products seized in the arrest were illegally imported food supplements and cosmetics mostly imported from China and containing unknown ingredients. Police said that such products could cause serious harm to anyone who bought it and tried it as there was no testing and no guarantee as to the real content of the products.


65 year old woman arrested for smuggling Yaba

65 year old Orn Wannasri of Fang pled guilty to drug smuggling after being caught with 10,000 methamphetamine tablets on the bus from Thaton.

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Chai Prakan Police and the Pha Muang Task Force arrested a 65 year old woman from Fang with 10,000 methamphetamine pills hidden inside her clothing and taped together.
Police set up a checkpoint at Baan Pha Hong Chai Prakan District on January 2, 2013 and boarded an orange bus on the Chiang Mai- Thaton route to check the passengers. They discovered 65 year old Orn Wannasri of Fang with the methamphetamine tablets strapped in packages to her body.
She confessed to police that she had been hired to carry drugs to Ayutthaya and had taken the bus to Chiang Mai and then caught the train to Ayutthaya to deliver drugs to a woman named Anne. She told police that she was paid 30,000 Baht for each trip.


Police launch pinpoint raids on drugs in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

Half a million methamphetamine tablets seized

Police display some of the half a million methamphetamine tablets seized in recent raids.

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On December 25, 2012, Royal Thai Police Chief Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkaew presided over the launch of planned raids in areas in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The raids took part with a combined task force of Region 5 Police, Office of Narcotics Control Board police, Immigration Police, the Pha Muang Task Force and the Border Patrol Police, more than 1,600 officers targeted 107 different areas.
106 people were caught up in the net and over 500,000 methamphetamine tablets were seized. 8 kilograms of opium seeds, 20 kilograms of raw opium and 104 kg of substrate that could have been used to produce more than 50 million methamphetamine tablets were uncovered. Police confiscated 7 million baht in cash and 2 AK-47s along with a hand gun and a grenade.
The National Police Chief said that the operation was focusing on specific targeted areas in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in areas along the border known to be the source of a large influx of drugs from neighboring countries. Since October 2012, police have seized more than 22 million Yaba tablets.
The next target will be various prisons known to be havens of drug use and trafficking.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Nimmanhaemin one way plans change again

A short history of the old British Consulate of Chiang Mai

30th Annual Bor Sang Umbrella Festival

Chiang Mai tops the nation in number of accidents over New Year

Japan donates Cherry trees to Royal Rajapruek Park

Prime Minister meets with Provincial Governors

Thailand’s first giant anteater at Chiang Mai Zoo

Region 5 police volunteer to work in the Deep South

Nimmanhaemin one way correction

Northern Provinces Group 1 discuss master plan for cosmetic industry

UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: Todd Tongdee

Chiang Mai hotel spas continue to gain recognition

Chiang Mai high season saw 20% growth

Chiang Mai Jazz in the City Festival

Pha Muang in gun battle with Lahu Home Guard

German man arrested on pedophilia charges

Bangkok man arrested for selling illegal supplements and cosmetics

65 year old woman arrested for smuggling Yaba

Police launch pinpoint raids on drugs in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai