CMU grads receive diplomas from HRH Princess Sirindhorn
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
visited Chiang Mai on Thursday, January 23 to hand out diplomas to Chiang
Mai University graduates. The ceremonies were held at Chiang Mai University
Convention Center on Nimmanhaemin Road. A total of 5,589 students graduated
with a Bachelor’s degree while 1,700 students graduated from the Master’s
program, 156 students received their doctorate degrees on Thursday. A total
of 7,445 students graduated from CMU at the ceremony.
HRH Princess Ubolratana presides over “To Be Number One”
HRH Princess Ubolratana was on hand for the
awards for outstanding performance for the To Be Number One Club.
HRH Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya was in Chiang Mai to preside over the
opening ceremony for the Northern Division’s project “To Be Number One”
at the Empress Chiang Mai Hotel on January 9, 2014. She was welcomed by
Deputy Interior Minister Visarn Techateerawat for the event which saw
“To Be Number One” clubs and provinces recognized for outstanding
The project is aimed at improving the quality of life of Thai youth by
teaching them ways to avoid drugs, grow strong minds and healthy
emotional lives, improve confidence and self-esteem.
The Ministry of Interior organized a contest in the project “To Be
Number One” by the order of HRH Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya
Sirivadhana Barnavadi, the President of the project. The contest offers
opportunities to youth to publish their works and exchange with others
in a bid to fight drug use.
Chiang Mai’s To Be Number One Club was awarded for outstanding
performance in the Northern Division, this year there are 94 clubs with
representatives in the Northern Division.
Water in good supply for dry season
Regional Irrigation Office reports on water situation
Mae Ngat Dam has enough capacity to assist
farmers and maintain the ecosystem of the area according to Apiwat
Poomthaisong, Director of Operation and Maintenance Division, Regional
Irrigation Office 1.
The Regional Irrigation Office 1 (Chiang Mai) reported that the
water situation in Chiang Mai remains good as accumulated rainfall during
2013 was at 1,113.40 mm, 4.09% above average. The water levels in the area’s
dams as of January 14, 2014 remains above normal; Mae Ngat Dam has254.39
million cubic meters; Mae Kuang Dam has 130.42 million cubic meters. The
total volume of water in the 2 large dams is 384.80 million cubic meters or
72.88%, higher than 2013 which had only 96.62 million cubic meters. Total
amounts of water in 12 other medium sized dams have reached 44.04 million
Apiwat Poomthaisong, Director of Operation and Maintenance Division,
Regional Irrigation Office 1 noted that levels in the Ping River at Station
P.1- Nawarat Bridge from January to December 2013 were at 919.79 million
cubic meters on average, 44.70% less than the normal average.
The Director said that the current amount of water in 12 dams in Chiang Mai
is 482.85 million cubic meters (69.77% of capacity) enough for farmland in
the area for irrigation, consumption, and to also maintain the ecosystem in
the Ping River during the dry season in 2014. For the Water Allocation Plan
for Agriculture 2014, the office set target areas for 192,923 rai to be
supported by water allocation to various plant areas include perennial crops
96,352 rai, out-of-season rice 69,117 rai and vegetables 24,422 rai. They
plan to drain 180 million cubic meters of water from Mae Ngat Dam for use in
Maefak for 4 days, and to draw water from the Ping River for 3 days.The
office also prepared to provide 66 water pumps and 6 6,000 liter water
trucks to help 34,561 rai of farmland totaling 263 households.
Jazz in the City Festival draws big crowds and lots of fans
The 3rd annual Chiang Mai Jazz in the City Festival was held from January 18
to 19, 2014 and saw large audiences attending every night for the shows.
Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri opened the event which saw performances
from such favorites as Jazz Bacanus, Delistmo, Koh Mr. Saxman, Ben Chalatit,
Handism Blues Bands, Hug Jazz, Deep O Sea and Two Popetorn. The festival
raised funds to build a cafeteria at Kamon Riam Su Koson School in Mae Ai
district, Chiang Mai and donate to social activities of the Nim volunteer
club that gives Chiang Mai residents the opportunity to work for their
CMU United for the Nation
50th anniversary celebrations
The President of Chiang Mai University Assoc.
Prof. Niwes Nantachit is joined by CMU Vice-Presidents to announce the start
of the celebrations for CMU’s 50th anniversary.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai University is celebrating its 50th anniversary by
organizing various events under the theme “5 decades, CMU United for the
Nation”. The project was announced on January 15, 2014 at CMU by Assoc.
Prof. Niwes Nantachit, President of Chiang Mai University; Asst. Prof.
Supachai Chuaratanaphong, Vice President for the University Council Affairs;
Prof. Pongruk Sribanditmongkol, Vice President for Planning and Development;
Assoc. Prof. Rome Chiranukrom, Vice President for International Relations
and Alumni Relations and Assoc. Prof. Theera Visitpanich, President of
Chiang Mai University Alumni Association.
The celebrations will be held for 13 months from January 22, 2014 to January
24, 2015. The project includes various events such as nationally and
internationally recognized academic seminars throughout the year, the “Yang
Phra Bath Thi Yatra” exhibition this month, and the Regional Research Expo
2014 in March as well as other activities. They plan to sell souvenirs to
bring revenue to the “50 years CMU” fund include 1,500 books of “5 Decades
CMU United for the Nation”, stamps and commemorative coins.
in the North grew in 2013
148 projects applied for BOI promotion
Director of the Regional Investment and Economic
Center 1 Sakchai Luangsathikul announced BOI results for 2013.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Regional Investment and Economic Center 1, the Board of Investment
(BOI), Ministry of Industry Thailand announced the results of economic
investment in the 17 Northern provinces for the year 2013 at a press
conference on January 17, 2014. Director of the Regional Investment and
Economic Center 1 Sakchai Luangsathikul announced that 148 projects, mainly
small to medium enterprises, had applied for Board of Investment (BOI)
promotion during the year.
Small to medium enterprises with investment value less than 200 million baht
started projects ranging from forestry, software, solar energy, gems and
jewelry, metalwork, and others. Seventy – eight percent of promotions were
in the SME category. Japanese investment in 13 projects had been approved
for promotion by the BOI in the Upper North mainly in the manufacture of
electronic components and metal manufacturing.
Thai projects increased to 56% year on year in 2012 while foreign projects
increased from 28% to 30% while shareholder equity decreased from 17% to
Thai Architects hold Northern Show
The Architect Council of Thailand (ACT) held the
opening ceremony for the “Northern Show-Off 2014” that was held from January
17 - 19 2014. The opening ceremony was presided over by HSH Prince Bhisatej
Rajani, the President of the Royal Project Foundation on January 17 2014 at
Chiang Mai Hall in Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport.
White shirts light candles
to support elections
Chiang Mai City Community Network For Cultural Heritage Conservation
Around 200 pro election people gathered at Tha
Pae Gate to light candles to show their support for the voting process.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A group of nearly 200 white clad members of the Chiang Mai City
Community Network For Cultural Heritage Conservation met at Tha Pae Gate on
Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. to light candles to show their support
for the elections scheduled for February 2.
The group arranged “Phang Prateep” or small candles in little clay saucers
into words such as “We Vote” and “Election” to show their support for the
elections that have brought out large demonstrations of the opposition in
Bangkok. The group invited people to vote on February 2. They were joined by
Pheu Thai Party former Member of Parliament Tassanee Buranupakorn.
Rukpong Khamsaw of the Creative Youth Network Chiang Mai said that people
who attended the event are resident in the old city area, students as well
as foreigners that want to invite Chiang Mai people to vote in the election.
Sakura season fills
the hills with color
Tourists cause social media controversy
The beautiful blooms of the flowering Wild
Himalayan Cherry tree lined the roads of Chang Khian drawing a lot of
tourists and traffic to the mountains.
The hills around Chiang Mai filled with the color of the blooming
Wild Himalayan Cherry trees, also known popularly in Thailand by the
Japanese word for flowering cherry trees; sakura.
Since January 10, 2014 the roadsides in Khun Chang Khian on Doi Suthep – Pui
have been filled not only with blossoms but crowds of tourists and locals
come to view the annual cool season spectacle after visiting Wat Phrathat
Doi Suthep. In addition to Chang Khian, which is known for its narrow
winding roads, the blossoms can be viewed at Khun Wang Royal Project,
Inthanon Royal Project, Doi Khun Mae Ya, Doi Ang Khang, Huay Nam Dung, and
Doi Pha Hom Pok.
There was some controversy on social media as a photo of two Thai female
tourists was posted with them posing for a photo with cut sprays of
flowering cherry trees. However, the two claimed they had borrowed the
flowers from a vegetable seller in the area and that the blossoms from a
tree in her own yard.
The Wild Himalayan Cherry is called Sakura in Thai but its blooming period
varies from that of the tree that is more widely known as Japanese Cherry
which carries the name Sakura in Japan. The Wild Himalayan Cherry blooms
from December to February while the traditional Japanese Sakura normally
blooms in spring in Japan, from March to April. It is believed that the two
trees evolved from a common ancestor in the South of China.
Suan Dok Hospital staff condemn violence against anti-government protesters
Staff from Suan Dok Hospital issued a statement
condemning the violence in Bangkok and supporting the stand of the Permanent
Secretary of Public Health.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A group of staff from the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital read
out a statement condemning all violence against demonstrators in Bangkok in
front of the statue HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkhla at the Sjinno Building.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Satawat Thongsawat, head of Department of Internal
Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University led the group reading
out the 5th such statement by the group, condemning all people involved in
the violent incidents that have occurred in Bangkok including the January
17, 2014 attack where a grenade thrown into the crowd at Bantadthong Road
caused one death. The group said they mourned for Prakong Chuchan, the
protester who was killed in the attack. The group added their support for
the stand made by the Ministry of Public Health and the Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Public Health.
Friends of Public Health for Democracy declare their support for elections
Dr. Peesdech Sammanan called on hospitals to
avoid using their names in expressing political opinions.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A group calling themselves Friends of Public Health for Democracy
declared their support for elections on January 10, 2014 before the shutdown
protests in Bangkok. The group of doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and
public health personnel, led by Dr. Peesdech Sammanan of Nakornping
Hospital, issued a statement calling for compromise and negotiations,
respect for the law and the Constitution.
The group called for all sides to use patience and avoid confrontation and
violence in all forms. They asked that election officials perform their
duties to organize the election and to follow the laws. They also said that
hospitals should avoid allowing their names to be used in expressing
political opinions, and called on them to show neutrality. They group said
that people should adhere to the basic principles of democracy, liberty and
equality and support the election process so that all people in society can
Chiang Mai zoo welcomes new members
Paca and sero
A male and female paca,
natives of the Americas, are visiting Chiang Mai Zoo for three months.
The Chiang Mai Zoo welcomed the birth of the newest member to the Zoo family
with the birth of a serow born on December 23, 2013. The parents are
Puekpon, aged 3 years and 5 months and Leangpha, aged 2 years. Although the
baby was healthy Zoo staff had to feed him as he was rejected by his mother.
Serows are goat or antelope like mammals from Central and Eastern Asia.
Also welcomed to the Zoo are a pair of paca that are visiting from the Dusit
Zoo for three months. The 4 year old male, named Nadech arrived recently
with a 1 year and 5 month old female. The paca are from South and North
America and are large rodents with dots and stripes on their sides, short
ears, and barely visible tails. They have a snouted appearance like a wild
This nocturnal animal is endangered in its natural
habitat due to overhunting and predation. Typically the paca is found in the
tropical forests of the United States, central Eastern Mexico and Northern
Argentina. Pacas are usually between 50 -77 cm in length and weigh between 6
to 14 kilograms.
Jive Garden 8 draws over 10,000 to Pai
Jive Garden 8 drew nearly 10,000 people to
the sleepy town of Pai, Mae Hong Son.
The quiet town of Pai, in Mae Hong Son, came alive on the night of
Saturday January 18, 2014 when nearly 10,000 people descended on the
Bura Lumpai Resort for the Jive Garden 8 Music Festival.
Despite the temperatures reaching 8 degrees Celsius and the resort
reaching capacity people pitched tents and slept outside. The festival
offered many fun activities on four different stages as well as music
from live bands and famous DJs of Thailand. Acts such as Singto
Numchoke, ETC, BoomBoom Cash and more kept the huge gathering
The organizer offered 40 blankets to the Pai Police Station and 100,000
baht to the Pai Hospital to purchase medical equipment.
The first Jive Garden music festival began 7 years ago as a party for
the hard work of the DJs of Warm Up and Lounge who invited DJs to visit
Pai. It was first held at Baan Pittalew and then later at the BeeBob in
Pai. It has been held at the Bura Lumpai Resort since its fourth year.
Initially the festival had just a few people to grow to the nearly
10,000 this year. It has now been added to the Tourism Authority of
Thailand’s calendar of events for Mae Hong Son. In addition to attending
the festival tourists can visit the beautiful natural attractions in Pai
and relax in the area hotels and resorts.
Drug arrests yield 28 kg of Ya Ice and 880,000 Yaba tablets in 10 days
Police shoot out tires of drug smugglers on 2nd ring road
Police uncovered half a million Yaba pills
and 3kg of Ya Ice after shooting out the tires of a speeding pickup
truck in Chiang Mai on the 2nd ring road.
A sting by police in Phayao Province on January 8, 2014 resulted in the
arrest of a drug dealing network, with three men arrested Phayao
Provincial Police. Ronnachai “Jack” Wechsuwan was arrested after police
set up a drug buy for 10 methamphetamine or Yaba tablets. They uncovered
a further 110 pills at his house and seized his pickup truck as proceeds
from drug sales. After arresting Jack the police uncovered Thanakorn
Triumtra age 38 and Rungnapa Nantawong age 23 who were wholesalers of
the drug. Police raided their house where they found 121 methamphetamine
pills and 11.54 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine or Ya Ice as it’s
known in Thailand.
Police seized land and goods valued at over 150 million baht in Phayao
and Chiang Rai from the arrests, the pair confessed that they would buy
the pills in Chiang Rai for 100 baht each and sell them for 300 baht
each. They told police they would smuggle the drugs in their car but
would swap out the license plate each time.
Police tracking a pickup truck carrying drugs attempted to intercept the
vehicle on the 2nd Ring Road Ban Si Bua Ngoen, Tha Sala Sub District in
Muang Chiang Mai, about 200m from the Buak-krok Siwilai underpass at the
San Kamphaeng Road (Highway 1006) on January 15, 2014.
The police fired at the vehicle, shooting out the tires, however the
driver leapt out of the truck and ran away. Police found half a million
methamphetamine tables and 3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in the
truck. They believe the truck was headed for Chiang Mai International
Airport as the drugs were covered in foil to avoid detection by the
x-ray machine and were in 3 boxes marked as liquor. The value of the
drugs was estimated at 150 million baht.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5
revealed that the methamphetamine pills have a pink color which is a new
type pill believed to come from the gang of Lt. Col. Yi Se. The police
believe the pills are coming from Chiang Rai and would be transported to
Bangkok by plane.
Border Patrol Police arrested a 47 year old Lisu man from Fang, Chiang
Mai in a drug sting on January 16. The police set up the undercover buy
after receiving information that the man was a known drug dealer. They
arrested Fahching Saelee on the side of the road in Mae Soon
sub-district when he delivered 42,000 Yaba pills.
Rangers in Mae Hong Son received a report that a drug trafficking gang
would be smuggling drugs through Ban Huai Phueng Mai in Mae La Noi
District on January 16. Five soldiers were sent to intercept them but
the smugglers were warned and escaped into the darkness. They left
behind 4 bags filled with 384,000 Yaba tablets and 20 kg of crystal
A Lisu man from Mae Fah Luang in Chiang Rai was arrested in connection
with smuggling 4 kg of crystal methamphetamine valued at 20 million baht
on January 18, 2014. The police tracked down the man when police
uncovered a plan to send a package of Ya Ice to Khon Kaen by a private
transport company. Police arrested the man who had been hired to send
the drugs and then tracked down the receiver in Khon Kaen who told
police that he had been hired by the network of notorious drug kingpin
Li U to receive the drugs, he was paid 30,000 baht to pick up the
package and it would be picked up from him later in Khon Kaen.
Police arrested Sonkiat Wiboonsantisuk with 4kg of crystal
methamphetamine and seized his property valued at 30 million baht under
the law that allows police to seize property gained from the sales of
drugs or other illicit activities.
Truck driver killed as big rig flips and burns on Mae Rim – Samoeng Road
The driver of an 18 wheel truck was killed
when the brakes on his truck failed on a curve on the Mae Rim – Samoeng
The 49 year old driver of an 18 wheel truck was killed in an accident
when the truck he was driving overshot a curve on the Mae Rim – Samoeng
Road near Mae Sa Waterfall on January 11, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Police, rescue and firefighters were called to the scene where they
found the 18 wheel truck registered in Nonthaburi overturned and on
fire. The fire fighters spent half an hour fighting the blaze. They
found the body of 49 year old Somphian Singhakhot of Kalasin Province
trapped in the cab of the truck.
After a preliminary investigation police believe the truck, which was
carrying 45 tons of mineral water from a factory in Mae Rim District,
had lost control on the curve when the brakes failed causing it to
overturn and catch fire
Russian dead after fall from 6th floor hotel room
Chang Puak police investigate the room
belonging to the Russian man who fell to his death on January 11, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chang Puak police were called to a hotel near Huay Kaew Road after
receiving reports that a guest had fallen from his 6th floor room at
10:30 a.m. on January 11, 2014.
At the scene police found the body of a 30 year old Russian man in the
parking lot of the hotel. He had close shaved hair and was wearing cream
shorts and a long sleeved white sweater.
Police said the man had been staying in the 6th floor room since
December 21, 2013. Staff said he kept to himself. Preliminary police
investigation could not determine if the death was suicide, accident or
murder. The police have coordinated with the Russian Embassy to contact
the man’s family.
Prankster caught on film causes social media stir
Apologizes for stunt filmed two years ago
The boy who was filmed provoking the rhino at
Chiang Mai Zoo has come forth and apologized for his behavior of two years
“Game” turned himself into police after a prank he pulled in 2012 and was
filmed on his Blackberry was spread throughout social media in January.
Game, who was 16 years old when he pulled of the foolish stunt, apologized
to Zoo officials for his actions at the time.
A video of the boy was released on social media sites and went viral,
showing the 16 year old provoking a rhinoceros and poking a baby crocodile
with a stick. Zoo staff worked with police to try and find the boy. He
turned himself in after the social media storm erupted.
He met with Chiang Mai Zoo Director Kanchai Sanwong and Nipon Wichairat, the
deputy director of Chiang Mai and two friends who were also involved in the
prank to apologize on January 17, 2014. He and his family regret the
incident and he said he no longer meets with those friends and no longer
pulls foolish stunts.
Chiang Mai Zoo Director Kanchai Sanwong said that if the Zoo sued the boy he
would be fined as well as imprisoned but the administrators of the Zoo have
decided to forgive him his actions due to his youth. He has also agreed to
show responsibility for his behavior by cleaning the stables for one month.
Red shirts protest against Bangkok shut down on January 13
Red shirt protesters from around the
province gathered in front of Three Kings Monument to protest against
the Bangkok Shut down demonstrations on January 13, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The first day of the Shut Down Bangkok protests by
anti-government demonstrators on January 13, 2104 saw groups of red
shirt proesters from many districts in Chiang Mai and Lamphun gather at
Kawila Army camp before marching to Tha Pae Gate and then on to 3 Kings
Monument. The group, on pickup trucks, motorcycles and cars carried red
flags as well as the national flag and posters supporting the election
and condemning the Bangkok shut down protests.
Led by Jatuporn Prompan, one of the core leaders of the National United
Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship the group then traveled from the
Three Kings Monument to the Chiang Mai Municipal stadium to condemn
Democrat Suthep Thaugsuban. They were joined by Pheu Thai candidates
Tassanee Buranupakorn and Bunsong Teriyapirom as they moved through
Prapokklao Road, to Chang Puak Gate and then the Municipal stadium.
Girl Guides hold 4th General Assembly in Chiang Mai
The Friends of Asia Pacific World
Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts held their 4th
General Assembly meeting at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel on
Friday January 17, 2014. Mr. Peter Schnyder, the General Manager
of the Imperial Mae Ping welcomed the group and their speaker
M.L. Panadda Diskul, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ministry
of the Interior.