Coronation Day Sunday, May 5
Kingdom celebrates Wan Chatramongkhol (Coronation Day) May 5
The Chiang Mai Mail joins with the Kingdom of
Thailand in joyously celebrating Wan Chatramongkhol, His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s Coronation Day on Sunday, May 5. Long Live
the King! Since the day is celebrated as a national holiday substitution day
will be held on Monday, May 6 and all government offices and commercial
banks will close for the day. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal
Sunday, May 5 marks the 63rd anniversary of the Coronation
of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. The day is celebrated as a
national holiday; since this year it falls on a Sunday, it will be observed
on Monday May 6, and as such all government offices and commercial banks
will close for the day. ATMs and most currency exchange booths, however,
will remain open.
courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)
Whist being crowned King of Thailand, His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great took a sacred oath to rule with Righteousness,
for the Benefit and Happiness of the Thai people, which He has done
magnificently, garnering tremendous respect from His people. HM King
Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great is the longest reigning monarch in the world.
Long Live the King!
Each year on the 5th of May, the Kingdom of Thailand commemorates the day
when, in 1950, the Coronation Ceremony was held for His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the 9th in the Chakri Dynasty (Rama IX).
HM the King, after studying in Europe, returned to Thailand and was crowned
King during an elaborate and highly intricate ceremony that out lavished all
previous coronations in Thailand.
A week prior to His being crowned King, on April 28, 1950, HM King Bhumibol
and Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitayakara were married. Following the
Coronation, HM the King returned to Switzerland to continue studying.
The Coronation Ceremony reinforces the stature of the Kings of Thailand. The
first such elaborate ceremony was performed when Pho Khun Phamuang succeeded
Pho Khun Bangklangthao as the ruling King of Muang Sukhothai. Phaya Lithai,
a former leader in Sukhothai, left a historical record in stone describing
the coronation ceremony in Sukhothai at Wat Srikhum.
In the beginning of the Ratanakosin era, the first King in the Chakri
Dynasty (HM King Buddhayodfa the Great) took the title of Rama I and moved
the capital of Siam from Thonburi to the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya
River, and constructed Krung Ratanakosin (Bangkok). In the process of
building the Royal Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
the first King in the House of Chakri refined the coronation ceremony,
establishing important protocol that has lasted to this day. All Kings to
follow not undergoing the coronation ceremony would be unable to assume the
term “Phrabat” in front of the King’s title of “Somdej Phrachaoyuhua”, and
more significantly, the symbol of the nine-tiered umbrella would also not be
permissible or officially recognized.
The elaborate coronation ceremony of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the
Great included all the ancient rituals required for assuming the full title
and the nine-tiered umbrella. HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej then bestowed the
honor posthumously on His brother HM King Ananda Mahidol. HM King Bhumibol
Adulyadej’s benevolent act raised HM King Ananda Mahidol’s regal status from
seven to a nine-tiered umbrella.
During the reign of HM King Mongkut (Rama IV), Buddhist monks and Brahmin
priests were incorporated into the coronation ceremony to conduct rituals to
sanctify the auspicious occasion. Previously the ceremony was arranged and
conducted by the Royal Palace staff and members of the Royal Household.
The annual coronation ceremony is currently a three-day affair, starting
with a ritual “tham boon” ceremony on May 3 to honor the King’s ancestors.
Later on the first day, another ceremony is performed, whereby flags of
honor are issued to distinguish various military units.
The following day, Buddhist ceremonies continue with chanting rituals,
prayers and Brahman priests announcing the auspicious occasion forthcoming
the next day (May 5).
On the 5th of May, His Majesty conducts a merit making ceremony, presenting
offerings to Buddhist monks, and leads a “Wien Thien” ceremony, walking
three times around sacred grounds at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
In the evening the King conducts another sacred ceremony: changing the
yellow cloth on the Emerald Buddha, the guardian symbol protecting the Thai
people, which was transferred from Thonburi to Wat Phra Kaew by Rama I.
Many rooms in the Royal Palace are opened for public viewing on Coronation
Day. Auspicious ceremonies are performed and displays depicting Royal
achievements are exhibited to reconfirm the King’s stature.
Pattaya Mail Media Group joins with the Kingdom of Thailand in joyously
celebrating Wan Chatramongkhol, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the
Great’s Coronation Day on Sunday, May 5. Long Live the King!
Kingdom of Thailand celebrates Their Majesties
sixty-third royal wedding anniversary
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great
and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit celebrate Their 63rd wedding anniversary on
Sunday, April 28. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)
The Royal Couple were married at the Sra Pathum
Palace in Bangkok on April 28, 1950.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Mom Rajawongse
Sirikit Kitayakara were married by Her Majesty Queen Sawang Vadhana, the
paternal grandmother of His Majesty, at the Sra Pathum Palace in Bangkok on
April 28, 1950. This year they are celebrating their 63rd wedding
Mom Rajawongse Sirikit, the daughter of the Thai Ambassador to France Mom
Chao Nakkhatmongkol Kitayakara and Mom Luang Bua Sanitwongse met the
soon-to-be-King at the Thai Embassy in Paris in 1948. They were engaged to
be married at the Windsor Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 19, 1949.
They returned to Thailand during the government of Prime Minister Field
Marshal Pibul Songkhram and a stunningly beautiful marriage ceremony was
held while the Thai military forces formed to honor and salute the Royal
Following the Royal marriage, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great
ascended the throne, becoming the ninth King of Thailand in the Chakri
Dynasty with all the pomp and pageantry befitting a Royal coronation on May
Their Majesties have four children, HRH Princess Ubolratana, HRH Crown
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and HRH
Long live His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Her Majesty
Drought strikes 21 districts
Government allocates 23 million baht
Water supplies have been drying up around the
province as high temperatures and a long period of drought have hit the
province. (file photo)
Twenty one districts in Chiang Mai have been hit hard by drought
over the past months and the government allocated funds towards assisting
those hit by the drought and have been building temporary dams and repairing
village water supplies around the province.
Wassana Wapinnanont, head of Strategy and Management for the Chiang Mai
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, revealed that drought conditions
began in early December and continue today. Districts hit by the drought are
Om Koi, Chom Thong, Samoeng, Mae Cham, San Patong, Hod, Galyani Vadhani ,
Chai Prakan, Hang Dong, San Kamphaeng, Doi Lor, Mae On, Mae Rim, Wiang
Heang, Phrao, Doi Tao, Doi Saket, Sarapee, San Sai, Chiang Dao and Mae
Taeng. Nearly 1 million households have been affected by the drought.
Chiang Mai province is assisting victims of the drought, so far a total of
23,444,940 Baht has been spent in 14 Districts; dredging waterways,
repairing water supplies, and building temporary dams. The support was
scheduled to end April 30.
8 dead in 7 dangerous days
Chiang Mai highest number of accidents
Chiang Mai ranked highest for number of accidents over the 7
dangerous days of Songkran but ranked 9th for number of deaths a report from
the Chiang Mai Operations Center to Prevent and Reduce Road Accidents
In the period of April 11- 17 Chiang Mai had 104 accidents; the majority of
which were men; 85 men and 25 women were injured. Chiang Mai ranked 9th in
number of deaths with a total of 8; 7 men and 1 woman. Last year Chiang Mai
had 9 deaths from road accidents during this period. Chiang Mai also ranked
first in number of accidents for the 2012-2013 New Year period.
Four districts in Chiang Mai reported no injuries or deaths during the
period; Mae Cham, Mae Taeng, Mae On and Galyani Vadhana District.
Nationwide, 321 people were killed with Prachuap Khiri Khan the highest at
12, Kanchanaburi and Roi Et tied at 11 deaths overall. The most common cause
was drunk driving and the highest number of accidents involved motorcycles
followed by pickup trucks.
New Minister of Tourism & Sports
Career politician and former provincial governor Mr. Somsak Pureesrisak has
been appointed Minister of Tourism and Sports, effective April 9. He
replaces the late Mr. Chumpol Silpa-archa, who passed away last January
new Minister of Tourism & Sports Somsak Pureesrisak appointed last month.
Born 15 November 1951, Mr. Somsak is an electrical engineer by training and
also holds a Master’s degree in Development Administration. He began his
professional life in 1993 in the Department of Town and Country Planning,
and has risen up the ranks since then. He twice served as Governor of Suphan
Buri Province in Central Thailand, the last time between 2006 and 2012.. Mr.
Somsak is also a member of the Chart Pattana Party, which is part of the
coalition government currently in power under Prime Minister Yingluck
Mr. Somsak visited the Ministry of Tourism and Sports on 5 April 2013 after
his appointment was confirmed by His Majesty the King. After familiarising
himself with the ongoing ministry activities, Mr. Somsak indicated that he
would make visitor safety and security a primary focus of attention.
The policy emphasis was welcomed by TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni.
“Safety and security for visitors is becoming an over-arching area of
importance all through the global travel & tourism industry. We constantly
get questions about this matter at international trade shows, and are very
pleased that the minister has taken up this issue as a matter of priority.
“The TAT looks forward to implementing initiatives from the minister in
further advancing the role of travel and tourism as the country’s largest
service industry and contributor to national socio-economic development.”
Yaowapha Wongsawat wins 3rd District seat in by-election
Prime Minister’s older sister
Yaowapha Wongsawat was elected to the 3rd
Electorate District in a landslide but 5 complaints have already been filed
with the Election Commission.
Yaowapha Wongawat was elected to take the seat in Parliament as the member
representing the 3rd District in Chiang Mai province in by-elections held on
April 21, 2013. The 3rd Electorate District covers San Kamphaeng, Doi Saket
and Mae On.
Yaowapha of the Pheu Thai party took 67,101 votes from 309 polling stations.
Kingkarn na Chiang Mai from the Democrat Party took second with 21,327 votes
and Taweesak Phupa from the Thai Rubber Party came a distant third with
2,456 votes. Taweep Yodseranee garnered 977 votes.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung paid a congratulatory visit to
Yaowapha on her victory at San Kamphaeng.
Yaowapa Wongsawat is the sister of the current Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra, sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and wife of
former Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat. Her daughter was elected as the
Member of Parliament for the district in an earlier election but the
election was overturned after it was found that Chinnicha Wongsawat had
falsely declared her assets and she was banned from politics for 5 years.
Kasem Nimmolrat from Pheu Thai Party won in by-elections but resigned to
work in local politics as the Deputy President of the Chiang Mai Provincial
Administration Organization. Many believe he resigned to make way for
Yaowapha and strengthen the Yingluck government.
More than 10 million baht was spent to hold the elections and turnout
reached 74.53% and 8,556 no votes. Election results will be certified within
30 days, 5 complaints have already been filed with the Office of Election
New President of Yupparaj
Alumni Association elected
Schoolmate of Prime Minister
Mahawan Kawang (Right) won the trust of the
alumni in a unanimous vote for president of Yupparaj College Alumni
A classmate of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Chairman
of their class, Mahawan Kawang, was elected as President of the Alumni
Association of Yupparaj College at the Annual Meeting of the Association
held on April 20, 2013.
Mahawan will serve as President for two years after the unanimous vote. He
graduated from grade 6 in 1984 or alumni “24-27”, the same class as Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. He is expected to enter into national politics
in the future. Now he is a DJ on a local radio station.
The Alumni Association held a traditional “Rod Nam Dam Hua” ceremony or the
water blessing ceremony, to honor senior alumni and teachers followed by
Yupparaj College was the first school in the Northern Region and was
established more than 107 years ago by HM King Rama VI.
39,000 new car owners
under government scheme
Chiang Mai highest in the North
39,749 Chiang Mai residents have filed with the government under the
first time car buyer rebate scheme, the highest number out of the Northern
provinces, Veena Srisomboon from the Chiang Mai Revenu Office revealed
To date, 4,715 people have received a total of 339,824,473 baht in the
scheme. So far, 70 people have been declared ineligible due to missing
documentation and 89 people were terminated from the program completely.
The government rebate project ended on December 31, 2012. Chiang Mai came in
second in the nation after Bangkok for first time car buyers applying for
the scheme which requires that the buyers own the car for 5 years. If they
sell the car before the 5 years they will be required to return the money to
the Revenue Department.
Tourists trapped in Zoo
monorail after accident
Monorail services halted pending inspection
12 tourists had to be rescued by the Suthep
Municipal Fire Department after an accident on the monorail at Chiang Mai
Twelve people, including children, were trapped on the Chiang Mai
Zoo monorail after two cars hit each other at 10 a.m. on April 27, 2013.
Rescue personnel from the Suthep Municipal Fire Department and police from
the Phu Ping Police station rushed to the scene to assist the passengers in
getting off the mid –air tracks using a cherry picker to get passengers out
one by one. Rescue operations took about half an hour.
Nipon Wichairat, Deputy Director of Chiang Mai Zoo, reported that the
Director has ordered that the 4 monorail cars be removed from service as
they have had too many accidents and are a danger to tourists who come to
the Zoo to relax and be safe. The Zoo wants implementation of technical
solutions that are satisfactory and safe; the Thai Monorail Co. Ltd has a
20-year concession and started operations in 2006.
Thailand Travel Mart
to be held in June
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is ready to organize another travel
extravaganza to restate Thailand’s stance as the regional hub for holiday
TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni revealed that the tourism authority will
hold “Thailand Travel Mart Plus The Greater Mekong Subregion” or TTM+2013
during June 5-7 at Impact Muang Thong Thani, in suburban Bangkok.
Mr. Suraphon said the upcoming travel promotion event is aimed at promoting
Thai travel destinations and tourist service in the international market
through business deals and negotiations between Thai and foreign business
He added that the TAT hopes the event will help open more doors for small-
and medium-sized businesses to meet markets outside Thailand.
The TAT Governor stated that this year’s event will be organized under the
theme “Customize Your Experience” and will see the participation of at least
400 local businesses, ranging from travel agencies to hotels and resorts,
airlines, golf courses and spa services.
Mr. Suraphon said that 413 buyers from 62 countries already confirmed their
presence at the event.
He also noted that TTM+2013 will also be an opportunity for tourism
businesses in the Greater Mekong Subregion to join and help highlight
Thailand’s position as the travel hub of this region. (TAT)
Police seize 75 million baht in assets from suspect
A total of 650 million baht in assets has been
seized from suspected drug trafficker Nittaya Jirayanithhikul, owner of the
Jasmine Happy Park Home Village in San Sai.
Nittaya Jirayanithhikul, age 37 the owner of the Jasmine Happy Park Home
Village in San Sai, saw a further 75 million baht in assets seized by police
from the Office of Narcotics Control Board on April 18 to bring the total
value of assets seized to 650,694,000 Baht.
Nittaya was arrested on January 16, 2013 for the murder of her husband,
Somchai Theia after she allegedly hired hit men to kill him. She was also
charged with drug trafficking with her younger brother-in-law.
On April 18 Narong Rattananukul, Acting Secretary of Office of Narcotics
Control Board (ONCB) and Pol.Maj.Gen Chamnan Ruwdrew Deputy Commander of
Police Region 5 and more than 50 officers seized assets valued at 75,694,000
Baht including gold, computers, land and houses belonging to her mother and
sister in addition to the 575 million baht seized on April 11, 2013. The
seizure comes under a law which allows police to seize the assets obtained
from drug trafficking.
Man arrested for murdering
2 migrant workers
A Tai Yai man named Yod (last name unknown) age 40 after he
confessed to police that he had murdered two of his fellow migrant
workers after a drinking session.
Police found the bodies of two men in a grassy forested area near Tesco
Lotus Kamtieng on Assadathorn Road on April 18, 2013. Yao (last name
unknown) age 35 and Jumuang (last name unknown) age 45, members of the
Tai Yai ethnic minority group, were battered to death.
Police investigation led them to arrest Yod on April 24, 2013, who
confessed to police that he had killed the two men after Yao had made
fun of him during a drinking session. He told police that he and two
friends Toon and Zha joined the two men drinking together when Yao made
fun of him. The two men went to sleep in the forested area and he
followed them with his two friends, first mistakenly killing Jumuang by
battering him with a branch. After realizing his mistake he found Yao
and killed him while he slept.
Pol. Col. Supakorn Sripruek, Deputy Superintendent of Chang Puak Police
Station said that the police continue searching for the two accomplices,
Toon and Zha.
Man arrested for
snatching bag from tourists
Sanae Sujai was arrested by police after
they tracked down the phone stolen in a bag snatch from a Thai woman.
Police found many items suspected of having been stolen from tourists
from the house of the suspect.
Muang District Police arrested 23 year old Sanae Sujai after he snatched
the bag of a Thai woman on Rachapakinai Road on April 23, 2013; the bag
contained 3,000 baht in cash and a Samsung Galaxy SII mobile phone.
Police were able to track the phone and found someone using it in Hang
Dong. Police went to investigate and arrested the 23 year old man with
the phone. A check revealed he had a record for burglary.
Sanae confessed to the police that he regularly rode his motorbike
around the city looking for bags to steal. He told police that he had
stolen the bags of a Thai woman at Santitham Temple and another at
Rincome Intersection in February and in March he stole the bag of an
American woman in front of Wat Dok Euang on Ratchawithi Road and the bag
of a female Chinese tourist on Sriphoom Road. His spree continued into
April when he stole the bag of a Chinese woman at Prapokklao Road and
from a foreign female tourist at Chiang Mai Technical College.
Police searched the house of the accused and seized many items as
evidence in the case.
3 dead in Sarapee accident
Lucky escape in Mae Rim
Mae Taeng resident Banpol Keeri walked away
from this accident which saw the electric pole snapped in half by the
Police and rescue personnel rushed to the scene of a deadly
accident that occurred on April 21, 2013 at 6:35 p.m. at the Padaed –
Thawangtan Bridge in Sarapee District. Rescue personnel found a black
Toyota pickup had collided with a 6 wheel truck. Both vehicles were
severely damaged by the impact and three people in the pickup were found
dead trapped in the smashed remains of the truck while 6 other people
were transported to Sarapee hospital. Two adults and one child were
killed in the accident.
Police are investigating to determine the cause of the accident.
A 29 year old resident of Mae Taeng was luckier as he survived a high
impact crash with an electric pole on Chotana Road in Mae Rim on April
19 at 12:45 a.m. Rescuers found a Mitsubishi pickup truck with the
entire front half of the truck destroyed and part of the roof collapsed
from the weight of the electric pole that had snapped in half upon
impact and landed on the truck.
The driver, Banpol Keeri who was only slightly injured, told police that
he was returning home to Mae Taeng after having some alcoholic drinks.
He said that he was driving very fast and dozed off at the wheel. PEA
officials worked to restore power caused by the accident.
Court case of 94 year old Australian man postponed
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Karl Joseph Kraus was wheeled into Chiang Mai Provincial Court
on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 9 a.m. where he faced the latest of his
many court appearances on charges of sex offences against 4 young Doi
year old Australian Karl Joseph Klaus appeared in court on Monday, April
29, 2013. His case was postponed awaiting the doctor’s report. (Photo by
Karl Kraus, an Australian national now aged 94, plead not guilty to 4
offences allegedly committed against his neighbor’s daughters some 6
years ago. He was initially bailed by the court but fled across the
border to Myanmar, to be re-captured weeks later by Australian Federal
Police there and returned to Chiang Mai.
Since then he has been held in the hospital of Chiang Mai’s male prison.
Visits have to be conducted through a glass screen and via an internal
telephone. In the past few weeks he has become visibly weaker and his
hearing has deteriorated so that he cannot use the phone, and is no
longer in touch with his son in Australia. A source close to the case
says that he now suffers from double incontinence and has expressed a
wish to simply go back to Australia to die.
Each month he is taken for a medical checkup to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang
Mai Hospital, where regulations insist that he is accompanied by a
prison officer and kept in leg chains.
Although he has medical reports, the Judge said that he must question
the defendant’s doctor in court. Representatives of the Australian
Embassy in attendance succeeded in bringing the proposed date to June
Over 1 million Yaba tablets
seized in arrests in Chiang Rai
Pha Muang Task Force in shootout in Mae Chan
Members of the Pha Muang Task Force
uncovered 960,000 Yaba tablets hidden deep in the forest in Chiang Rai
on April 24, 2013.
Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
In two separate incidents in April, police seized over one
million baht in Yaba tablets from drug traffickers in Chiang Rai.
On April 22, Chiang Rai police were given a tip off by informants that
drugs were going to be transported from Baan Pang Mahan to customers in
Tambon Wawee in Mae Suai District in Chiang Rai. Police set up a
checkpoint, Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew Deputy Commander Police
Region 5 reported, and attempted to stop the three trucks. The three
vehicles sped away from the checkpoint and police followed in pursuit.
They discovered three bags filled with 120,000 methamphetamine tablets
on the side of the road near Ban Huai Nam Khun in Mae Fah Luang
District, Chiang Rai. Police suspect three men from Baan Pang Mahan and
have issued a warrant for their arrests.
At 20:50 pm. on April 23, the Pha Muang task force setup a checkpoint at
Baan Kiw Satai in Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai. Police said that a
pickup truck stopped around 100 meters short of the checkpoint and
around 12 men got out of the car and walked through the checkpoint.
Police spotted what appeared to be a weapon and shots were fired,
injuring one man. The rest of the men fled into the forest.
The next morning police found 960,000 methamphetamine tablets packed
into sacks and fertilizer bags about 2 km deep into the forest from the
checkpoint. Police believe that the gang was transporting drugs to
Chiang Rai to send to dealers.
Governor takes the stage as King Kawila
Governor Tanin played the role of King
Kawila, the King who fought off the Burmese and restored Chiang Mai to
glory as its King.
Chiang Mai officials and students took part in a ceremony held
annually to worship the ancestors at Wat Suan Dok on April 17, 2013. The
evening started with a parade led by Governor Tanin Subhasaen, Chao
Pongsak na Chiang Mai and other members of the Northern Royal families.
Chiang Mai government officials and students joined the parade that
started at the CMU Art Center and ended at Wat Suan Dok.
The Governor participated in the “Wai Kru Chao Luang” ceremony to honor
Chiang Mai’s past rulers that are interred at Wat Suan Dok including
Princess Dara Rasami, the Lanna wife of King Chulalongkorn. The ceremony
is held annually after Songkran to pay homage to the rulers of Chiang
Mai. The Governor paid his respects, saying that the Lanna Kings had
kept the North safe and peaceful.
Governor Tanin then played the part of King Kawila, the first ruler of
the Chao Jed Ton dynasty in an elaborate light and sound show.