Best English newspaper in Chiang Mai
It was with great honor that we at the Chiang
Mai Mail accepted the award for Best English Language Newspaper at the Thai
Reporter’s Day 2013 awards dinner held at Win Place Hotel on March 4, 2013.
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen offered his congratulations on the win
to Managing Editor Shana Kongmun and Editor Nopniwat Krailerg. Kritkamol
Sirichokpisarn, President of The Reporters Association of Chiang Mai and the
Executive Committee held the annual Thai Reporter’s Day 2013 dinner where
awards were given to media professionals by their peers in recognition of
Nimman one way soi system prolonged to March 31
The one way system along Nimmanhaemin Road sois
has been extended until March 31, 2013.
Chiang Mai Traffic police have decided to extend period of time the one way
system on Nimmanhaemin sois will be in force until the end of March, Pol.
Col. Suthichai Thananchai reported. The original plan was a one month trial
period of making Nimmanhaemin Road sois one way beginning from Soi 5 and
ending at Soi 15 with the one way direction alternating.
A meeting was held recently with concerned citizens and businesspeople and a
decision was reached to continue the one way system until March 31, 2013.
The police said intend to continue enforcing parking regulations concerning
odd and even parking. One local businesswoman on soi 15 said she felt the
one way system was working well and hoped that it would continue past the
“Before this system was implemented, you would have people parking on both
sides of the street, making it essentially a single lane.
Then cars would come from opposite directions and someone would have to back
up the road so that the other could pass. It led to a lot of traffic jams on
the sois. I think it’s a good idea and I hope they continue it,” she said.
The head of the Chiang Mai Traffic police noted that the many bars and
restaurants on Nimmanhaemin sois have caused a lot of traffic problems. He
added that the majority of people seem satisfied with the one way system as
it allows vehicles to transit more easily. He said that after the trial
period was over they will meet with residents and business owners.
City begins dredging the moat
Songkran preparations begin
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined
by Deputy Mayors as the city begins dredging the moat in preparation for
The Chiang Mai Municipality has started moat dredging operations to remove
soil and sediment from the moat in a bid to ensure clean water for the
Songkran Festival on April 13.
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn said the the city needed to dredge
the moat beginning from the Hua Lin corner which is the first point to
accept water released from the irrigation canals into the moat. He noted
that the area there had become quite shallow with a buildup of sediment and
soil that had flowed into the moat from the canals. The city will dredge the
area and then sprinkle limestone to clean the soil. In preparation for the
large number of people who will swim in the moat, the city will also
chlorinate the water to kill bacteria.
The city will continue to test the water until Songkran to ensure that the
water remains clean and safe for the thousands of visitors that flock to the
moat and use moat water during Songkran.
The Plaza reborn
Chang Klan road is the site of the latest
shopping center as The Plaza is transformed into a department store offering
women’s, men’s and children’s clothing as well as sporting goods and
luggage.Managed by major property company, TCC Group, the department store
will celebrate its grand opening on March 13 -15 and will offer a member
card as well as one lucky winner driving away in a brand new bright green
Honda Brio. Additionally there will be a mini-concert on the 14th and many
chances to meet and greet with famous Thai singers and celebrities. Other
prizes include mobile phones and more. Located in front of the Dusit d2
Hotel, The Plaza has more than 30 shops and parking for 300 cars.
ASEAN correctional facility architects & planners visit Chiang Mai
Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of
Justice Charnchao Chaiyanukij (2nd right) joins delegates before the welcome
ASEAN visitors were joined by officials from the Ministry of Justice in
Thailand for the 2nd annual ACCFA convention held at the Rati Lanna
Riverside Resort from February 25 to March 2, 2013. Deputy Permanent
Secretary for the Ministry of Justice Charnchao Chaiyanukij welcomed
delegates from as far as South Korea and Japan as well as ASEAN members Lao
PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, and Cambodia.
The ACCFA or Asian Conference of Correctional Facilities, Architects and
Planners held their welcome dinner at the Rati Lanna on February 25, with a
grand show and release of Khom Loy for the visitors. Participants ranged
from Ministry of Justice officials from various nations to representatives
of the International Red Cross including Alfred Grimm, the Deputy Head of
the Regional Delegation in Thailand for the ICRC.
Planned visits included the Chiang Mai Juvenile Provincial Office, the
Vocational Training Center at the Chiang Mai Women’s prison and visits to
area prisons. For many of the conference goers this was their first visit to
Chiang Mai although most of their time would be spent attending meetings
many hoped to see some of the sights before they left town.
Delegates from Brunei Darussalam (from left)
Nordin Hamidon, Musa Bagol, and MD Salleh enjoyed the traditional Lanna show
put on during dinner.
One Day for Peace; Rotary clubs organize locally
Anurak Napawan, Governor of District 3360 Rotary
International, presided over the opening ceremony and spoke on the project
to gathered Rotarians.
District 3360 Rotary International together with the Rotary Club of Chiang
Mai South, the Suthep Sub District Municipality, Chiang Mai Provincial
Public Health Office, Phu Ping Police and the Office of Narcotics Control
Board held the event “One Day for Peace” on February 23, 2013 in the village
of Pong Noi.
Anurak Napawan, Governor of District 3360 Rotary International, opened the
event that was held to promote cooperation in the professional community to
work closely with local communities to enhance the quality of life of the
residents. Health checks were provided by medical personnel from the Chiang
Mai Provincial Public Health Office, while Rotarians joined in fun and games
with the local kids as well as provided professional coaching and advice.
Additionally a medicine chest filled with common household medicines was
presented as part of the project in honor of HM the King’s 85th birthday to
present such supplies to residents of remote areas.
The event was held as a continuing effort by Rotarians to implement their
ideal of “Peace Through Service” the motto of Sakuji Tanaka Rotary
International President 2012-2013. (Photos courtesy of PP. Yosawat
This Pong Noi student had a great time at the
enjoying the fun and games.
Rotarians from several clubs in District 3360 RI
meet with Rotary clubs in Chiang Mai.
Bangkok Airways celebrates 45 years
Gala event at Centara Grand
Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, CEO and founder of
Bangkok Airways welcomed guests from onstage.
Bangkok Airways, led by Mr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, CEO, and Capt.
Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways, hosted their 45th
anniversary celebration with the theme “Circus of the Angels Night” at the
Centara Grand Hotel at Central World.
The evening started with a welcome video from the President followed by a
show by 5 of Thailand’s top models dressed as angels. There was then a show
called Wings of Imagination form Hun, Grand and Kangsom, the star and KPN’s
winners, Sun, Bomb and Petch. Then the magic show Wings of Glamour by Taya
Rogers and Kathreeya English. Famed singer Billy Ogan then entertained the
crowd followed by singer Burin Buoonsivut. The night ended with a mini
concert by Ben Chalatit. There were game booths offering opportunities for
guests to win air tickets and hotel vouchers and more.
President of Bangkok Airways Capt. Puttipong
Prasarttong-Osoth joined in the fun onstage, greeting guests to the party.
Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth said, “This year marks a very special
occasion for Bangkok Airways to celebrate the 45th anniversary and is the
reason why we organized this event as a give-back to all our customers and
partners for their long time support.”
He added that the theme portrays Bangkok Airways as wings that take
everybody to the different destinations that the company flies to.
Bangkok Airways was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air when it was initially
operating air-taxi services, then in 1986 it started scheduled services,
becoming Thailand’s first privately owned domestic airline, the company was
re-named Bangkok Airways in 1989. (Photos by Nopniwat Krailerg).
Thailand’s top models started the evening
walking the stage dressed as angels.
The evening was filled with music and magic.
New director of
Convention Center named
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, General Manager
of Chiang Mai Night Safari
Chiang Mai Night Safari general manager Dr. Sarawut
Srisakun has been named Ping Nakhon Development Bureau director to supervise
the Chiang Mai Convention Centre, he was appointed on February 19, 2013 by
Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasob Suratsawadee.
Sarawut Srisakun has been appointed as the new director of the Ping Nakhon
Development Bureau and will oversee the Convention Centre, the Night Safari
and Royal Park Rajapruek.
Mr Sarawut said: “The appointment will help to gear up the convention
center’s readiness to organize the Asia Pacific Water Forum,14 to 20 May,
which would attract 3,000 delegates and circulate Bt10,000 million in
revenue.” He added, “I am not worried in this new position, I can work for
the benefit of Chiang Mai and Thailand. The merger of the Night Safari,
Royal Park Rajapruek and the Convention Center is good for the city and will
help increase global visitors.”
Late last year, the Cabinet approved the public organization Ping Nakhon
Development Bureau, which will oversee the Ciang Mai International
Convention and Exhibition Centre, Royal Flora Rajapruek and Chiang Mai Night
Safari. The permanent secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office will chair
the new bureau and the Chiang Mai governor will be included in the bureau’s
Re-launch of Skål Pattaya
New President of Skål Pattaya Tony Malhotra
opens the inaugural meeting of Skål Pattaya.
Skål International Thailand announced that it celebrated the relaunch of the
Pattaya and East Thailand club at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya on Thursday
28 February 2013.
The new club President Tony Malhotra, Deputy Managing Director of Pattaya
Mail Publishing Co Ltd, presided at the inaugural event amongst Pattaya’s
leading travel and tourism luminaries.
Asked why it is important to have a Skål Club in Pattaya, new president Tony
Malhotra said, “Pattaya is expanding rapidly and there are many new tourism
“Add to that a wide and diverse number of new Pattaya tourism executives
stationed in Pattaya; a projected 3 million visitors annually and a record
22 million international visitors to Thailand. They all add up to the need
for a professional association that is able to communicate and share
knowledge to ensure that Pattaya and East Thailand maintains its firm
foothold on the stage of world tourism. A destination with a Skål Club sends
out a message to all stakeholders and suppliers that we are serious about
the business of tourism. “
Skal International today has 18,000 members in 450 clubs in 85 countries and
is the only association that links all branches of the travel and tourism
industry, meeting at local, regional and international levels.
Municipality to launch new tourist information desk
The Chiang Mai Municipality is readying a new
tourist information center on the west side of the Nawarat Bridge
intersection. Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn visited the center as workers
prepared the building for opening in March. “Chiang Mai Municipality is now
95% ready to launch the service,” the Mayor reported. “This service is very
important for travelers, the office will be adequately staffed and the
Tourist Police will also man the office to help visitors with security and
safety. There will be a rotating exhibit of OTOP products which should help
stimulate the economy as tourists are exposed to the many good handicrafts
in Chiang Mai.”
Drug sweep in Pai
21 people were arrested in a drug and crime
sweep in Pai, Mae Hong Son in a bid to suppress drug addiction and crime.
Police Region 5 police joined a task force of police and border patrol
officers in a drug sweep in Pai that Deputy Commander of Police Region 5
Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew said was a response to growing concerns over
rising rate of drug addiction and the associated crimes that go with
addicts. He noted that the sweep netted 21 people with methamphetamine,
heroin, marijuana, opium and 15 weapons. Additionally 4 people were arrested
on outstanding warrants. 108 methamphetamine tablets were seized as were
3.34 grams of heroin, and 35 grams of raw opium stems.
Over 682 police officers were involved in the sweep that saw Mae Hong Son
Governor Narumol Palawat take part in the opening ceremony alongside the
Deputy Commander. The Deputy Commander noted that the suppression efforts in
Pai would continue as the valley had become a route for drug traffickers and
that had resulted in the spread of drug use among locals and tourists.
Over 5 million Yaba pills uncovered over holiday weekend
145 kg of crystal meth seized
Rai police uncovered 4 million methamphetamine tablets over the 3 day
holiday weekend for Makha Bucha Day.
Drug smugglers took advantage of the long holiday weekend over
Makha Bucha Day to attempt to smuggle in over 5 million methamphetamine
tables and 145 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (Ya Ice) in five
On February 22, 2013, police were tipped off that drugs would be
smuggled from Mae Sai to Central Thailand but that the drug traffickers
would not pass through the Mae Chan checkpoint. Instead police uncovered
2,120,000 Yaba tablets and 136 kg of Ya Ice packed in a green backpack
and hidden under banana trees that were floating in Baan Mae Fuang canal
in Mae Chan. The police were unable to discover who had hidden the drugs
in the banana trees.
Police intercepted a 6 wheel Hino truck in Lampang on February 23 with
970,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in the body of the truck. Police
received a tip off that members of a Chinese Haw community in Chai
Prakarn were smuggling drugs from Chiang Rai to Bangkok and intercepted
the truck in Lampang. They arrested four men; Sompoch Keawcha-aum age
31, Pongpan Winyusingkorn age 42 of Mae Suay Chiang Rai, Tanakorn
Trongtaitrong age 41, and Nikorn Saelee age 49 from Chai Prakarn, Chiang
Then on the 24th police in Chiang Rai arrested 29 year old Anan Saelee
from Chiang Khong with 1,948,000 methamphetamine tablets at Mae Chan in
Chiang Rai, he confessed to police that he had been hired to transport
drugs from an Akha tribe near the border with Mae Fah Luang to deliver
Also on the 24th police uncovered three men smuggling 200,000 Yaba
tablets on the bus at a checkpoint in Lampang. Police received a tip off
that drugs were going to be on one of the Chiang Mai – Bangkok buses.
They stopped the bus at the checkpoint in Sop Prap District, Lampang and
uncovered a black bag hidden near the toilet. Police touched the bag and
discovered what felt like bricks hidden in the bag. Upon opening the bag
they uncovered 200,000 Yaba pills. Police arrested Sai Htun age 29, Sai
Maung Nyunt age 30 from Myanmar and Somnuek Jongdee age 28 from Fang.
The men confessed they had been hired to carry the drugs from Chai
Prakarn District in Chiang Mai to Bangkok for 40,000 Baht each.
The next day, a black pickup truck broke through the police checkpoint
but crashed on the roadside. The driver managed to flee but officers
found 680,000 methamphetamine tablets and 9 kg of crystal
methamphetamine hidden in the truck. Police have issued an arrest
warrant as they have identified the suspect.
72 year old man arrested for
sexual assault of stepdaughter
72 year old Kueh Saesong was arrested for
repeatedly raping his stepdaughter over a course of 9 years.
Region 5 Police Deputy Commander Chamnan Ruwdrew announced the arrest of
a 72 year old Hmong man for repeatedly raping his own stepdaughter over
a course of 9 years. Police allege that the man began raping his
stepdaughter when she was 9 years old and continued the sexual abuse for
9 years until the girl escaped to the New Life Foundation which
contacted the police.
On February 27, 2013, the police issued an arrest warrant for Kueh
Saesong of Khun Chang Kian on Doi Suthep for the rape of a child under
the age of 15. Police worked with coordinators from the New Life
Foundation in making the arrest. The girl reported that the sexual
assault began when she was 9 years old and that her stepfather would
take her out into the garden and rape her when her mother was not at
home. The girl, whose name has been concealed for her own protection,
said he would then give her 20 baht and would threaten her if she told
Kueh Saesong confessed to police that he had married the girl’s mother
so he could have access to the child ten years ago.
Wooden home catches fire behind CMU
Damages at 1 million baht
The two story wooden house behind CMU was
nearly totally destroyed after a fire spread rapidly in the heat and
High summer temperatures and hot winds fuelled a blaze at a wooden two
story house behind Chiang Mai University on March 2, 2013. Phu Ping
Police and firefighters from the Suthep Sub-District Municipality rushed
to the scene at 10 a.m. when they received a report of a house fire.
The old wooden home burned quickly after the dry weather and high heat.
62 year old owner Chanchai Chaichana told the police that he and his
wife were downstairs watching TV when he smelled smoke coming from the
second floor. Investigators report that the fire started near the shelf
with the Buddha on it and quickly spread through the house. They believe
that the fire was caused by a short circuit as the home was 48 years old
and the wiring may have been old and defective.
Damages to the home are estimated at around 1 million baht.
Thief tracked through stolen iPhone
Police use technology to trace the phone
Accused thief Surapong Kam-Ai with the many
items recovered from his house in Saraphi.
Police used modern technology to track down a stolen iPhone to a
house in Saraphi where they arrested 24 year old Surapong Kam-Ai. They
found the accused with the phone as well as many other stolen items such
as mobile phones, laptops and 17 methamphetamine tablets on February 23,
At the beginning of February a man reported to police that he had fallen
asleep in his car on Canal road as he was drunk and didn’t want to drive
home. He left the window partially open to get some air and while he was
asleep someone unlocked the door and stole his property. Police were
able to track down the iPhone even though the thief sim card had been
Surapong told the police that on more than 15 different occasions he had
broken into people’s cars this way. He confessed to police that he would
drive his motorcycle around town late at night looking for people asleep
in their cars with the windows opened. He said that he would use the
money from the stolen items to purchase Yaba.