Cars banned from Doi Suthep over New Year
Red trucks to provide shuttle service
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul was joined by
Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police Pol. Maj. Gen. Krit Kitilue and
Pol. Col. Sittichai Thananchai, head of Chiang Mai Traffic Police announce a
ban on cars, pickup trucks and passenger buses on Doi Suthep during the New
Year. (Photo by Kittipong Khunnen Wikimedia)
In a bid to avoid the gridlock that overtakes Huay Kaew Road and the
surrounding areas every New Year as tourists drive up Doi Suthep to visit
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and Bhubhing Palace police have instituted a ban on
all passenger cars and trucks, as well as passenger buses driving up Doi
Visitors are requested to park their cars at the International Convention
Center and purchase tickets to take red trucks or vans. The tickets enable
people to visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Bhubing Palace, and Doi Pui Mhong
village. Fares will be cheaper than usual; service will run from 6 a.m. to 6
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul was joined by Commander of Chiang Mai
Provincial Police Pol. Maj. Gen. Krit Kitilue and Pol. Col. Sittichai
Thananchai, head of Chiang Mai Traffic Police in announcing the new
measures. The Police said a survey revealed that between 50,000 – 100,000
tourists visit Doi Suthep a day during the high season but limited parking
and space in major holidays the roads become completely gridlocked.
City readies for 7 dangerous days of New Year
Safety campaign to reduce road accidents
Chiang Mai readies for the 7 dangerous days of
New Year from December 27 to January 2, hoping to cut the toll from last
year which saw Chiang Mai number one in accidents and injuries and third in
deaths in road accidents.
Chiang Mai has put into a safe driving campaign in an attempt to
reduce the numbers of accidents and deaths during the 7 dangerous days of
New Year that began December 27, 2013 and end January 2, 2014.
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo ordered that the police to enforce laws
strictly, especially motorcycles and public transport. Drunk driving
checkpoints will be put in place and laws will be enforced strictly as to
Maharaj Nakorn Hospital is readying for the influx of injuries and deaths by
adding more staff in the Emergency Rooms and Operating theaters. ssistant
Professor Narain Chotirosniramit, Deputy Director of the hospital said they
are confident they can handle the higher numbers of patients but stressed
that people should not drink and drive, they should wear helmets, drive
safely, wear seat belts and stay within the speed limits.
Last year Chiang Mai topped the nation in number of accidents and injuries
and came in third in deaths during the “7 dangerous days of New Year” with
141 accidents, a total of 147 people were injured and 14 killed in road
Anti-government demonstrators rally at CMU Art Center
Over 400 anti-government protesters showed up at
CMU Art Center on December 22, 2013 to show their support for the rallies in
Bangkok that saw hundreds of thousands of people participate.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A large crowd of people rallied at Chiang Mai University Art Center
on Sunday, December 22, 2013 with calls for reform before elections and
asking Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down and for a neutral
acting Prime Minister to be installed. Different people took the stage to
call on the government to reform, with one speaker saying, “Chiang Mai
people do not be afraid to show your opposition to this government.” She
also noted that Chiang Mai people need to show the rest of the country that
they are not for corruption and want transparency in government.
One protestor said, “I am here for Thailand’s tomorrow, we need change,”
while another noted that the foreign media seemed to only understand only a
very little of the reasons behind the mass rallies held against the
government. The demonstrator said, “Yes Thaksin helped the North East when
no one else paid attention to them but that does not make his corruption
right.” He added, “We need to change the system before the elections, we
want to get rid of the party list, it should be that the only people elected
are the ones that people actually voted for.”
Another protestor said that he was there because he is against Thaksin and
the Shinawatras. He added, “I am from Chiang Mai as are my friends. Many
were afraid to come, they were afraid that the Red Shirts would turn
violent.” One man said, “The populist policies of this government may have
bought them support from some but it is damaging the country, we were once
the largest exporter of rice in the world and now because of the rice scheme
we no longer have that.”
The rally was held in support of a much larger protest held in Bangkok that
saw several hundred thousand take part. A contingent of about 20 red shirt
supporters drove past the CMU Art Center earlier in the day and stopped
outside the fence shouting their support for the government through
loudspeakers, waving red flags and threatening to throw stones.. A
contingent of police outside keeping an eye on things asked the Red Shirt
group to disperse. The group then drove down Nimmanhaemin and to Huay Kaew
Road continuing to broadcast through a loudspeaker on their truck.
The protestors left CMU Art Center around 6:20 p.m. after singing the
National and Royal anthems. Over 1,000 people signed petitions at the rally
during the afternoon.
“Make A Wish” trains
volunteers in Chiang Mai
Worldwide organization makes children’s dreams come true
Make A Wish Foundation opens its first center
outside Bangkok, making sick children’s dreams come true.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The well-known international organization “Make A Wish” held a
training session for volunteers at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital on
December 11, 2013 as it plans to make the hospital a center in the North.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation Thailand is under the Make-A-Wish Foundation
International, a non-profit organization which has been approved by the
United Nations. The foundation was established in 1980 and its primary goal
is to deliver dreams to children with severe illness, to give those children
hope and to fight illness with courage and joy. The foundation has 52
offices in USA and 48 offices all over the world through 36 cooperating
organizations. The foundation has made 300,000 dreams come true. Make-A-Wish
Foundation Thailand started in Bangkok; Chiang Mai is just the second
location for Make A Wish in Thailand.
Natacha Kerdyod, Wish Coordinator, said that the foundation will try to make
the 1st wish of the children come true. If it is impossible, the foundation
will make the 2nd wish come true instead. The foundation will pay all
expenses to make the wish come true. All expenses are supported through
donations. The organization is looking for volunteers from a variety of
backgrounds who want to help make children’s dreams come true.
Fruits, flowers and veggies at the Royal Project Fair
December 26 – 29 at CMU Convention Center
The hugely popular Royal Project Fair is scheduled December 26 – 29 at the
Chiang Mai University Convention Center on Nimmanhaemin Road. Mom Chao
Bhisadej Rajani, President of the Royal Project Foundation announced the
event at a press conference and said the event is held to publicize the good
works of Their Majesties the King and Queen as well as the sustainable work
of the Highland Development Research Center.
Project strawberries are a huge hit at the Royal Project Fair every year
along with the many other fruit and produce on sale.
The Royal Project Fair gives growers and craftspeople the opportunity to
present their products to the city including cut flowers, crafts, and of
course fruit and vegetables as well as processed foods created by products
grown through the Royal Project Foundation.
This year there will be an exhibit of the Royal family working in the
highlands as well as new roses, cultured sturgeon producing black caviar,
micro-green alternative vegetables, seedlings, fancy tomatoes, herbal teas
and much more. Gift baskets for the New Year are a popular item that will be
on sale again this year as well. There will also be cooking contests, talent
shows and more.
Red shirts rally to oust Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai from Culture Council
Protest against interview calling for PM to step down
Rak Chiang Mai 51 members call for the ouster of
84 year old Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai for an interview she gave in Thai
Around 60 members of the red shirt Rak Chiang Mai 51 rallied at City
Hall calling for Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai to step down from her position
as President of the Chiang Mai Culture Council after she gave an interview
to Thai Rath newspaper on December 13, 2013 saying she felt Prime Minister
should step down on.
The red shirt group, led by Krissana Puengbuengram and Dang Songquae, a DJ
at a local radio station, paraded with motorcycles and red trucks to City
Hall before submitting a letter to Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul asking
that she be stripped of her duties.
The 84 year old doyenne of Thai society gave an interview on December 13
saying that she expressed her opinion that Yingluck Shinawatra and her
brother Thaksin are the cause of the conflict in Thailand and that she
should step down as Prime Minister.
The Red shirt group said that she should remain politically neutral and that
she should resign from her position as her statements made people uneasy.
They then stated if she did not resign they would take measures to force her
out and named Yingluck Shinawatra’s relative Yaowaret as a possible
After submitting the letter the caravan drove to the house of Chao Duangduan
na Chiang Mai on Chaban Road to put pressure on her to resign.
Ministry of Culture plans to develop Wiang Kum Kam
Goal to become a major tourist attraction
The Ministry of Culture has worked to renovate
and rehaibilitate Wiang Kum Kam into a permanent major tourist attraction.
(Photo by by hdamm Wikimedia)
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Ministry of Culture plans on developing Wiang Kum Kam to become
a major historical and cultural tourist destination in Chiang Mai, according
to Baphit Wittayawirot, Chiang Mai Cultural Officer. He said that the
Ministry of Culture collaborated with the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of
Tourism and Sports, and other agencies to develop, rehabilitate, and
conserve the Wiang Kum Kam Ancient City to become a cultural and historical
tourism attraction unique to the area by a cabinet resolution. The
development is expected to improve the quality of life of people in the area
and provide people jobs working on maintenance of the historic sites.
The Ministry of Culture cooperated with the 8th Regional Office of Fine Arts
Department Chiang to improve the landscape around Wat I – Kang and Wat Nan
Chang. They will also provide horse carriages and trams services for
tourists visiting the ancient city, and also provide photo services. Wiang
Kum Kam information center is the horse carriage and trams stop, and also
the start point of the horse carriage and trams service. Wat Chediliem will
feature street culture. Wat Chang Kum will have a local Lanna market every
Saturday and Sunday, and also lunch at the Chang Kum market every Saturday
and Sunday. The Center of Culture and Arts at Wat I – Kang – Wat Nan Chang
will hold a local Lanna market every Friday – Saturday – Sunday. The
products of Saraphi district will be sold at the market; there will be
Khantoke and many cultural shows and performances as well.
Countdown to New Year
at Tha Pae Gate
Alcohol free zone for New Year
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, President of the
PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn, police and public health officials announce the
alcohol free zone at Tha Pae for New Year.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Municipality held a press conference on December 18
announcing the activities for the Countdown Festival for New Year at Tha Pae
Gate. Festivities began December 25 and will continue through January 1,
In addition to the fireworks show at midnight there will be student
performances, booths and concerts by Amp- Au, Tukta The Voice and Sunshine
band. Food and souvenirs will be on sale at Tha Pae as well as booths from
the Zoo, the Zoo Aquarium, the Night Safari and Royal Flora Ratchapruek.
The area surrounding the festival has been defined as an free alcohol zone.
The police and government asks cooperation from visitors to abstain from
drinking and selling alcohol.
Safe toys and paint for kids
Seminar held on the dangers of paint and toys
The TSI held a seminar on the dangers faced by
children from substandard toys and paint.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Thai Industrial Standards Institute held a seminar at the
Holiday Inn Chiang Mai on December 19, 2013 to warn people of the dangers of
substandard paint and toys that could prove harmful to the health of
The seminar involved around 300 agencies and was held to educate them on how
to choose not only lead free paint but toys and playground equipment that is
safe for children.
Urit Srinongkote, Secretary-General of Thai Industrial Standards Institute
(TISI) said that nowadays, children are at risk of poisoning of lead from
nonstandard toys. The risk is higher in the children development centers
from nonstandard oil color as interior paint. According to a random check of
oil based paints and illegal toys which sold in the market, it was found
that lead contamination exceeds criteria, which may be harmful to consumers.
Therefore, TISI has ordered that all of colored products and playground toys
must be standardized. Permission will be required prior to production and
Fireworks on the stage and in the sky for New Year’s Eve at Central Festival
Central Festival will host a huge fireworks show
on New Year’s Eve as part of their countdown festivities that will include
performances by famous artists and singer such as Gangsom The Star 8, ETC
Band, Bell Supol, Ben Chalatit, Palmy and ToomTam The Star 7 it was
announced on December 16, 2013. Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of the
Provincial Administration and the Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai
are supporting the event which will be the biggest New Year ’s Eve event in
Chiang Mai, according to Central executives.
Winter Fair to be “Bigger and better than ever”
December 30 to January 12
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo is
joined by President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn and Angkana
Puthiwinyoo, President of the Provincial Red Cross to announce the Winter
and OTOP Fair to be held from December 30, 2013 to January 12, 2014 behind
The Chiang Mai Winter and OTOP Fair will be bigger and better than
ever this year, according to Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo when he
announced the Fair at the Lanna Folklife Museum on December 15, 2013. He was
joined by President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert
Buranupakorn and President of the Provincial Red Cross Angkana Puthiwinyoo.
There will be an exhibit about the King and the Royal Family, as well as
exhibits from many state agencies and private agencies. 13 tribes from every
district in Chiang Mai will perform at the event as well as other
performances. There will be a singing contest, dog contest agricultural
contests and Miss Chiang Mai 2014 will be crowned. From here she will go to
the Miss Thailand contest and will win 300,000 baht in cash. The first round
will be on January 3 with Miss Thailand crowned on January 6, 2014.
The 81st annual Winter Fair will also see many lucky draw prizes, with the
Red Cross offering a raffle at 50 baht a ticket. The top prize is a Nissan
March and an Isuzu pickup truck. There are also 6 motorcycles, gold
necklaces, and more.
Night safari animals get
protection from the cold
The cold weather affects not only people as well, many people put
coats and shirts on their dogs and cats to protect them from the cold. Dr.
Sarawut Srisakun said that animals at the Night Safari will get heaters in
their quarters at night instead. Additional hay will be added for warmth and
insulation against the cold night time temperatures that have hit 10 C at
night. Many of the animals at the Night Safari are not equipped to deal with
cold weather and come from hot weather climates.
The Night Safari employees will work to make sure the animals get enough sun
to warm up in the day time and to make their quarters warm at night despite
the low temperatures and chill winds.
Night Safari animals will get extra hay and
heaters to make sure their quarters stay warm and cozy at night.
China Tries to Go Electric
China hopes to promote electric cars to
reduce smog in Beijing.
Mark Godfrey, Beijing, China
To combat chronic levels of pollution, China is trying to clear the air
by increasing the number of electric cars on its roads. The government
is offering subsidies to make electric cars more affordable, with a
discount of nearly US$10,000 on all-electric passenger cars. By 2015,
Beijing wants to have 50,000 electric or hybrid vehicles on its roads
but many are questioning the viability of the plan.
“An electric car is too costly,” says gym manager Lina Li, one of the
five million motorists using Beijing’s roads. Like most of the city’s
motorists her car runs on petrol and she’s never considered the electric
options. “If I choose electric, that’s more than twice the normal price
of my car now, though I know the government gives subsidies on the
price,” she says, “But I’d be very worried as I have never even seen a
place to charge these cars. I don’t want to be stuck without power on
Li isn’t alone. Driving through downtown Beijing it’s hard to see any
sign of a recharging station or a sign pointing to one. Energy analyst
Ray Wen Hao, who invests in motor fuel facilities around China, explains
the problem. “Beijing has built the world’s largest charging station for
electric vehicles. It can do 400 vehicles a day, but so far the number
of charging stations spread across the city is inadequate,” he says. Hao
also says that most of the gas stations in Beijing are operated by the
Chinese state fuel monopolies like PetroChina and they’re not keen to
incorporate electric charging docks in their stations.
Beijing’s mayor has even promised to fix the recharging problem by
building thousands of charging stations and smaller standalone recharge
posts across the city. He also pledged to continue subsidizing electric
cars by offering up to 50% of the price, but that may not be enough to
boost sales of electric vehicles, says energy analyst Ray Wen Hao.
“Beijing limits the number of cars allowed on the streets by charging
really high registration fees and handing out license plates in a
lottery system,” he explains, “Right now only one in seven applicants
get a license, but if they exempted electric vehicles from that then
everyone would buy one because you could get a license more easily.”
Others believe that electric cars aren’t the answer to clean up the
country’s air. Smog, which frequently blankets the city, has been blamed
partly on the huge growth in car numbers, but merely switching from
petrol to electricity may not solve the problem. Environmentalists here
believe electric cars are only partly a solution if the primary fuel for
producing electricity for these cars is coal. Continued use of coal
remains a big factor in Beijing’s pollution and Beijing needs to
re-embrace the bicycle, which once ruled this city’s streets.
With the license and fuel fees, running a car is an expensive business
in Beijing, but local drivers like Lina Li are unlikely to pay even more
for the option of going electric.
“I’d be happy to buy an electric car if the price is reasonable and I am
sure of where I can charge it, otherwise I’ll stick with a normal car,”
she says, “It should be convenient.”
This article was first broadcast on Asia Calling, a regional current
affairs radio program produced by Indonesia’s independent radio news
agency KBR68H and broadcast in local languages in 10 countries across
Asia. It is published in conjunction with the Faculty of Mass
Communications, Chiang Mai University. You can find more stories from
Asia Calling at www.portalkbr.com/asiacalling.
Donations for Red
Cross Day at City Hall
Fundraiser for disaster victims
Governor Wichien Putthiwinyoo and Angkana
Puthiwinyoo, President of Chiang Mai Provincial Red Cross Chapter
present some of the lucky draw prizes that will be available at the
Winter Fair including lucky license plates and motorbikes.
The recent cold snap has seen 6 districts declared disaster zones and
the Chiang Mai Provincial Red Cross wants to use the 81st annual Red
Cross Winter Fair held behind Chiang Mai City Hall from December 30,
2013 – January 12, 2014 as a chance to raise funds for people hit hard
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo presided over the opening day
for Donations to the Red Cross. The Red Cross has called upon members of
the public and business communities to donate goods and cash to be used
for lucky draws at the Winter Fair.
Funds raised will also help disabled and disadvantaged people.
The Chiang Mai Governor expressed his thanks to people who had donated,
noting that it is the kindness of people who want to help others by
expressing their support of the Red Cross. Angkana Puthiwinyoo,
President of Chiang Mai Provincial Red Cross Chapter called on everyone
in Chiang Mai and nearby provinces to visit the Winter Fair and Chiang
Mai OTOP Fair 2014 that will be held from December 30, 2013 to January
12, 2014 in the area behind Chiang Mai City Hall.
A day of prayer and merit making on the New Year
The National Office of Buddhism has
organized with members of the Sangha, government officials and the
private sector to hold prayers nationwide on January 1, 2014. The
prayers and merit making will be held at 6 main temples; Wat Phra That
Doi Suthep, Wat Phrasing, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Phra That
Si Chom Thong and Wat Thaton. The day will include prayers, meditation,
and merit making ceremonies to bring prosperity and good luck for the
New Year. (Photo by Alpha, Wikimedia commons).
Police target illegal migrant workers before holidays
Police targeted illegal workers on
Assadathorn Road on December 17, 7 illegal migrants were arrested while
legal workers were encouraged to register with the Employment Office.
A police sweep of Assadathorn road on December 17, 2013 at 6
a.m., an area well-known where day laborers wait for work, targeted
illegal migrant workers as well as worked to organize legal day
Police, administration and municipal authorities worked with Chiang Mai
Employment officers to block Assadathorn Road in Chang Moi as well as
the Sri Mongkol community in Pa Thon. Atthacha Kampanadsaenyakorn,
Senior Assistant District Chief Officer of Muang district Chiang Mai
said that although police found 90% of the laborers were tribal Thai
citizens with I.D. cards, seven illegal migrants were arrested.
Police also searched out houses encroaching into drainage ditches; they
found 60 houses that were over the line.
Police set up tents last year to register legal workers and to educate
workers on how to avoid abuse, overwork and other employer issues. The
Chiang Mai Employment Office plans on setting up another session to
register and educate workers. They hope that by registering all legal
workers with the Employment Office employers can come to the office to
find workers, the workers will be better protected and they will no
longer need to stand on the side of the road hoping for employment.
Serial bag snatcher caught targeting Chinese tourists
Over 100 stolen items recovered
Bag snatcher Buncha Ritthaisong had over 100
stolen items in his home when he was arrested.
Police arrested a serial bag snatcher who confessed to stealing bags
from tourists in the Phra Singh and Sriphum areas it was announced at a
press conference by Chiang Mai police and Chinese Consular officials.
On December 9, 2013 at 11 p.m. a Chinese tourist named Luyi Fan reported to
police that he had been mugged and his bag stolen. It contained a new iPhone
and other valuables. Police investigated the crime and uncovered the name of
Buncha Ritthaisong, age 30 of Chiang Mai.
The police went to his house and waited for him, Buncha returned home on his
motorbike and attempted to flee but police caught him and charged him with
theft after a search of his home yielded around 100 stolen items in his
He confessed to police that he had stolen bags more than ten times and
targeted Chinese tourists. He said that he always snatched bags late at
night and in the Sri Phum and Phra Singh areas as they were tourist heavy
areas. He added that he started stealing bags at the end of September.
Daring daylight bank robbery only 100 meters from police station
Police investigate the daring daylight bank
robbery of a Kasikorn branch at 89 Plaza on December 17, 2013
Police arrested a man in the daring daylight bank robbery of a
Kasikorn Bank in Chiang Mai 89 Plaza in Nong Hoi, just 100 meters from
the police station there.
The cashier at the bank said a man came to the bank in the morning of
December 17 and filled out the withdrawal slip. When he came to her
counter she asked what transaction he needed. He pointed a gun and said
he wanted one million baht and threw his backpack on to the counter. The
cashier said she just grabbed cash out of the drawer and stuffed it into
the bag. The bank robber then fled with 406,000 baht.
Police checked the CCTV camera footage where they saw the robber drive
off in a silver Toyota Yaris. They tracked the car to the robber’s
girlfriend who told police he had borrowed her car and driven off on a
Kawasaki big bike when he returned the car.
They tracked the robber to Chom Thong district where Wahatrangsi
Poptornnarai, age 22, was found at the entrance to Doi Inthanon.
The suspect confessed to police that he had attempted to rob the Mae Rim
Kasikorn Bank in August but was foiled in his attempt. He told police
that he robbed the bank because he needed money.
The robber confessed that he need money and he was robbed Kasikorn Bank
Mae Rim branch by knife and get cash 400,000 baht in last August but
could frustrate the arrest.
Nearly 700 people ill
from cold weather
Six districts declared disaster areas
Nearly 700 cases of illness related to current cold weather have
been reported in Chiang Mai, of which six of its districts have
been declared cold-weather disaster areas.
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health physician, Dr. Phaisan
Thanyawinitkun, has issued a public warning of illnesses related
to the cold weather in the province after the Chiang Mai
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office declared six of the
districts cold-weather disaster areas. These districts included
Omkoi, Fang, Galyani Vadhana, Mae Chaem, Mae Ai, and Chom Thong.
336,000 people in 25 districts currently have so far affected by
the cold weather, with groups facing high risk from the weather
being those suffering from influenza and pneumonia.
In the past three months, around 650 cases of pneumonia have
been reported, with the largest number found in Muang District.
Meanwhile, influenza patients have also been found, mostly in
city limit areas, which include Muang, Doi Saket, Sansai, Hang
Dong, and Saraphi districts.
Dr. Phaisan has urged people to take care of their health and
the health of their families, especially individuals with
allergies, asthma, and chronic lung disease. Local residents
have been advised to keep themselves warm throughout the cold
Appeals Court upholds verdict in 17 year old Night Bazaar extortion case
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The convictions of five men who were found guilty
extorting protection money from Night Bazaar and Waroros Market
vendors 17 years ago were upheld by the Appeals Court on
December 17, 2013.
Two men were acquitted in the case; retired Army officer
Intharat Yordbantoei and Suthin Srimuengluang. They were first
accused of being part of the gang and were acquitted by the
courts on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The case against
another suspect was dropped as the accused had died.
Notorious convicted murderer Chalermchai Matchaklam, the former
Army officer who was convicted of killing a provincial governor
in 2001 and is currently serving a life term for that crime, has
been given an additional 6 years for his role in the extortion
gang. Four other defendants were ordered by the Courts in April
of 2011 to return the money they extorted as “protection money”
from 128 street vendors in Waroros and the Night Bazaar. In
addition, one man was sentenced to 9 years and the other three
to 6 years each, the Court ruled that they had abused their
authority as Municipal law enforcers.
330 rai of poppy fields
destroyed in a month
Soldiers destroy opium poppy fields,
the plots are often small and scattered.
The 3rd Region Army and Pha Muang Task Force reported on the
results of opium poppy field destruction in Mae Taeng on
December 18, 2013. Lt. Gen Satit Pittarat, 3rd Corps commander,
heard a report on opium cultivation in Chiang Mai, especially
the border regions where it continues to prove a problem from
the Pha Muang Task Force and the 7th Infantry Division.
The 7th Infantry Division uncovered over 230 rai of land in
separate incidents since November 16, 2013. They have managed to
fully destroy over 200 rai of those fields as they are in all
separate plots, many of them very small.
The Pha Muang task force and the Coordination Centre for the
Prevention and Suppression of Drugs in the Northern Border
continue to work to destroy poppy cultivation in the border
regions. A report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and
Crime that said poppy cultivation in Myanmar grew by 13 percent