Cycle and Walk!
More bicycle routes for the city
The Municipality is launching a program to
encourage non-motorized transport in the city and will be adding more
bicycle routes to encourage people to make the switch from their cars to
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Municipality launched a project to open new bicycle routes
and to promote walking and cycling and other non-motorized means of
transportation including trishaws on March 23, 2014 at Three Kings Monument.
The project will open more public areas, add bicycle routes and promote
non-motorized means of transportation around the city as part of a project
in cooperation with the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning,
World Bank and the Global Environment Facility to promote Sustainable
Transport in Muang Chiang Mai.
The project, which received grant assistance from the Global Environment
Facility is receiving technical assistance in planning transport and traffic
management as well as land use planning and the design of non – motorized
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn thanked the World Bank, the Office of Transport
and Traffic Policy and Planning in realizing the importance of the
initiative and support non-motorized transport in the city. He said that it
was important to promote traffic patterns that are not only environmentally
friendly but also protect the historic beauties of the city. The Mayor
expressed hopes that in the future non-motorized transportation will be the
norm in the city and that the city will have alternative mass transport so
that people will be encouraged to cycle and walk.
Royal Rainmaking works to combat smog and drought
Royal Rainmaking planes have been taking to the
skies when weather conditions are good for rainmaking. (Photo by Alec
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The planes of the Northern Royal Rainmaking Center took to the
skies starting on March 1 as part of the annual plan to seed clouds and
increase moisture to fight smog created by smoke and burning and to
combat drought conditions in the North.
The Northern Royal Rainmaking Operation Center is scheduling six flights
a day for royal rainmaking operations due to appropriate humidity in the
air, overly dry conditions earlier in the month meant difficulties in
cloud seeding. From March 1-9 2014 they operated a total of 18 flights,
using 13.1 tons of chemicals and 6.7 tons of water but they were unable
to produce rain in the area due to the very dry conditions. From March
10-16 there were a total of 33 flights using 22 tons of chemicals and
10.20 tons of water resulting in some small amount of rain mainly
falling in Phitsanulok, Nan and Uttaradit. The Royal Thai Air Force
meanwhile used aircraft to spray water to add moisture to the air as
The PM10 levels or Particulate Matter up to 10 microns in size rose and
fell the the week before publication. PM10 particles are coarse in
nature and usually come from smoke and dust from farming, factories and
roads. From March 26 the 24 hour average of PM10 levels at SriPhum went
from 117 PM10 on the 26th to 165 on the 27th, falling to 154 on the 28th
and 137 on the 29th. Rising again to unhealthy levels of 166 on the 30th
and falling to 114 on March 31. On April 1 the PM10 average was 142.
Anything over 101 is considered unhealthy.
Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son and Nan also hadPM10 values that exceed the
Rain fell on April 2 and 3 in the North with a relative humidity of 30%
which is suitable for Royal Rainmaking operations.
Chakri Memorial Day is a public holiday that falls on April 6 every year,
this year April 6 is a Sunday so substitution day is April 7. This is a
public holiday and government offices and some businesses will be closed.
The government has declared April 12 – April 16, 2014 as a public holiday
for Songkran. Government offices and many businesses will be closed during
Governor concerned that media reports will drive tourists away
Asks media to be careful
on publishing information on smog
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo expressed concern
that media reports would cause panic and asked members of the media to use
caution when publishing news on the smog situation.
At the weekly meeting of government agency heads on the smog and smoke
situation at Chiang Mai City Hall on March 28, 2014 Chiang Mai Governor
Wichien Puthiwinyoo received a report from agencies on the forest fire
situation as well as PM10 numbers and the smog problem in the province from
Prayad Ananpradit, acting chief of the Natural Resources and Environment,
Chiang Mai office.
The Governor, who had just returned from a trip abroad, interrupted the
report to remind media that news such as this could cause panic and drive
tourists away from Chiang Mai. He noted that Chiang Mai was not the major
source of the problem but that it came from elsewhere and that all agencies
were addressing the issue fully. He said that there was not a problem with
the general conditions of the city and that the Public Health Office had
reported to him that there were no health problems.
He also said that he had arrived today but there was nothing, weather is
good. Media must be careful when publishing about the situation. From now
on, he added, media must use information from him only and then begged the
media to present information that the province is working to resolve
problems with different approaches.
However, the Pollution Control Department reported on the pollution levels
in Chiang Mai at 9.00 a.m. on that day, March 28, that the PM10 levels
(Particulate Matter) at Yupparaj Wittayalai School hit 214 µg/m3 and Chiang
Mai City Hall hit 216 µg/m3. For the average 24 hours in northern, PCD
reported that air quality would have an impact on health. PM10 number in
Muang district in Lampang, Sri Phum sub district and Changpuak sub district
in Chiang Mai and Muang Mae Hong Son greatly exceeded standards set by the
City tackles Chinese tourist problem with guidebook
The Chiang Mai Municipality met with local
business groups to discuss handling the poor image of Chinese tourists among
locals and to promote a handbook of behavior to be distributed to Chinese
The Chiang Mai Municipality held a meeting with tourism operators and
organizations to discuss ways in handling the issues that have arisen with
the influx of Chinese tourists to the city on March 19, 2014. They announced
they have created a guidebook in Chinese for tourists to be distributed to
hotels around the city explaining important cultural behaviors in Thailand.
The meeting was held to also build an understanding of the Chinese tourists
and to remind others that Chiang Mai should be proud to be so popular and,
as Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Burnupakorn pointed out, that it is better to
have tourists in the area and advise them on good behavior than to have no
tourists at all.
He pointed out that the Chinese have given a considerable boost to the local
economy and with that in mind the city has produced a guidebook “Living in
Chiang Mai with Happiness” in both Chinese and English that offers important
do’s and don’ts specific to Chiang Mai. The booklet has been distributed
around the city for tourists.
Phunat Thanalaopanich, President of Thai Hotels Association Northern Chapter
(Upper part) noted that in the past few weeks there had been several issues
involving Chinese tourists such as dressing as CMU students and a photo of
someone reported to be a Chinese tourist defecating in the moat. He said
that in his opinion, making the guide book was a good but slow in the making
because many agencies had tried before. He said that many of the problems
came from Chinese backpacker groups that travel by themselves and stay in
serviced apartments, but tourists who come with a tour company have fewer
problems because they are easier to control. He said that publicity on good
behavior must start at Immigration. Since the hit Chinese movie “Lost in
Thailand” came out in 2013 Chinese tourists now make up 40% of all tourists
and will rise to 45% for the Songkran Festival, a clear indicator that the
Chinese tourist is a major market for local tourism operators.
Government sprays water in a bid to reduce haze in the city
Chiang Mai City has been spraying water in a bid
to keep dust and haze down in the city.
Chiang Mai city officials joined with various other organizations in a bid
to reduce the haze that has been gripping the city since March 10 by
spraying water into the air to reduce dust and increase moisture in the air.
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo was joined by President of the
Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and Mayor
Tussanai Buranupakorn as well as various officials from Wing 41, Military
Circle 33, and the Royal Forest Department for the launch of the program on
March 19, 2014.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul said that the Ad Hoc Headquarters set up to
monitor and prevent the forest fire and smoke problems had found that the
Air Quality Index monitoring stations first started reporting growing PM10
numbers (Particulate matter) on March 10 with numbers reaching dangerous
levels on the 19th. The government is concerned for public health and the
damage to tourism, he noted, adding that tourism adds more than 1 billion
baht to Chiang Mai every year.
Governor Wichien confirmed that all sectors are fully dedicated to resolving
the problem and said that compared to this time last year, this year has
seen less days over the 120 mark. There are also very high amounts of dust
due to the dry weather and heat. The Governor said that there is a 5,000
baht reward for anyone reporting to the authorities on people who burn. He
added that most of the fires so far have been caused by nature.
Emergency training session at the Airport
Chiang Mai International Airport personnel took part in a full
emergency training session on March 26, 2104 at 1 a.m. The training was held
in conjunction with the Chiang Mai Air Traffic Control Centre, Wing 41,
Airline companies, and government units related to the Chiang Mai
International Airport, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chiang Mai
Provincial office, Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health office, Medical staff
and Chiang Mai Volunteer Rescue personnel. The rehearsal of emergency
procedures included practical steps, command and communication in the
simulation of an aircraft that had skidded off the runway causing an engine
fire and simulation of injured and dead passengers.
Chiang Mai Airport director Wing Commander Lakchai Chaloeyprach said that
the training offers real-life practice for all parties involved, not only
according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which
determines the state of readiness of all airports and requires that training
be held at least once a year. Most aircraft accident occurs when an airplane
is taking off or landing. The training session ensures that rescue staff
reacts in a speedy and timely fashion for the safety of the passengers. He
concluded that the training is important and necessary because it will help
build confidence in the system of assistance and safety of the passengers
Worship ceremony for Lanna Kings preserves local traditions
Set for April 17 at Wat Suan Dok
Portraits of family members and Kings of the
Lanna royalty are set up for the announcement of the worship ceremony that
will take place on April 17, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The ancient Lanna Kings and Royal families will be honored in an
annual worship ceremony at their cemetery at Wat Suan Dok on April 17, 2104
Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat announced at the meeting held to
The ceremony, held in coordination with the Lanna Royal Family Foundation,
Lanna Royal Family groups and the Chiang Mai Cultural Council along with
private and public organizations, is organized to remember the virtues and
accomplishments of past Lanna rules and to continue local traditions. This
year the ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. on April 17 at Wat Suan Dok.
The ceremony will include a parade of offerings of the Lanna Royal Family,
government agencies, enterprises, and the public, all in traditional Lanna
dress. The parade will start at Chiang Mai University Art Museum move to the
cemetery of the Lanna Kings and Royal family members in Wat Suan Dok to
perform the ceremony following ancient traditions. There will be dance
performances from various schools as a royal tribute and a performance
honoring the past Lanna kings and royal family members by the Chiang Mai
College of Dramatic Arts. The event is open to the public and everyone is
invited to wear traditional Lanna garb.
A Compassionate Connection;
Rotary donates to Mae Tao Clinic
Chiang Mai International Rotary members Jerry
Nelson and Joe Evans carried donated medical equipment to the Mae Tao Clinic
By Jerry Nelson
Some of the early stereo types will lead one to the wrong conclusion
that Rotary is all about businessmen networking. It’s absolutely true that
Rotarians are attracted to one another when doing business, when socializing
and when doing service in the community. The same is true for service
opportunities be they huge international projects, national, regional, club
A gentleman by the name of Bill Feetham recently passed away here in Chiang
Mai. His widow Fran Decoster contacted Roger Lindley, the president of
Chiang Mail International Rotary Club. She had several pieces of expensive
hospital equipment including a hospital bed, a machine that generates
oxygen, an aspirator and much more. She wanted to donate this equipment to
the Mae Tao Clinic. Roger called me. I called the Mae Tao Clinic and then
fellow Rotarian Joe Evans. My next call was to Fran Decoster.
A couple of days later, on Friday March 21st, Joe and I picked up the
equipment and the next morning we delivered it to Mae Tao clinic where it
will all be put to good use. This was no big service but it was an
opportunity to be of service provided by a compassionate connection. How did
we fare against the Four-Way test? 2. Was it fair to all concerned? -
Absolutely! Did it build good will and better friendships? Absolutely! Did
it benefit all concerned? Bill Feetham – Though he has made his transition a
bit of his legacy is at work helping the people who need the equipment. Fran
Decoster - Yes, she has the knowledge that the equipment is in good use, and
we were able to accommodate her time table. Roger Lindley and all of the
Chiang Mai International Rotary Club – Yes, a small service has been
accomplished. Jerry Nelson – Any time I can help the Mae Tao clinic even in
a small coordinating role, I win. Joe Evans – Was delighted to help and the
use of his truck made it all possible.
The Mae Tao clinic provides free medical service to Burmese immigrants and
displaced persons along the Thai / Myanmar border in Tak province. They see
between 300 and 400 patients a day. Many big donors have re-directed their
giving to within Myanmar, leaving Dr. Cynthia Maung and her team with
funding shortfalls. You may be assured that Fran Decoster’s generous
donation was of great benefit to the Mae Tao Clinic and their patients.
Give prisoners a second chance
Northern Correctional Institutes Products Fair at Khamtieng
Prisoners are given the chance to learn new
skills to start their lives outside prison, their products are on sale at
the Northern Correctional Institutes Products Fair at Khamtieng through
April 7, 2014.
The annual Northern Correctional Institutes Products Fair opened at
Khamtieng Market on March 28 and this popular fair runs through April 7,
2014. Pol. Col. Suchart Wongananchai, Director General of the Corrections
Department presided over the opening ceremony of the 27th annual fair.
Featuring goods produced as part of training and rehabilitation of prisoners
from 21 prisons in Area 5 and 6.
Products included furniture including knockdown wooden Thai houses in many
sizes as well as many other high quality goods produced by highly trained
craftsmen. The prisoners are given skills training to improve their ability
to find work and earn an income when they return to society.
Pol. Col. Suchart Wongananchai said that prison goods are quality products.
The product has developed to be modern style and durability, but moderately
priced. Prisoners will get an income while they in prison and the prisons
get a circulating fund. These are not only decrease government expenses, but
also encourage prisoners to have training, improving skill and knowledge and
CMU doctor conducts first transplant
of human cartilage in the North
CMU physician Dr. Prasit Wongtriratanachai at
the Department of Orthopedics cultured the first cartilage transplant cells
and surgery in Northern Thailand.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A team of physicians in the Department of Orthopedics, Chiang Mai
University, has been working on research on culturing and transplanting
human cartilage cells and was the first group to achieve this in the North.
Dr. Prasit Wongtriratanachai, lecturer at the Department of Orthopedics
explained that the first patient who received the treatment at Maharaj
Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital was injured in an accident 1 year ago. At that
time the doctors diagnosed tendon damage and put his leg in a splint so he
could walk but he continued to have chronic pain. The doctor did a computer
x-ray and found that an articular surface was affected from the accident and
was the cause of the pain.
Although the doctors prescribed anti-inflammatories and physical therapy the
intense pain the patient felt kept him from using his leg. The patient
received the first cell transplant at the articular surface in the North.
The cost is high and uses advanced technology with few places in that can
perform the transplant and only a handful that can culture the cells
necessary. The doctor decided to culture the necessary cartilage cells in
Chiang Mai and spent a year working on the procedures and preparing the
Dr. Prasit Wongtriratanachai said “In the future, this research will be
developed further; this will be effective in treatment because we want the
patient to have cartilage cells as similar to earlier cells as much as we
can. For this case, we are very satisfied with the results and we have
checked the patient every 6 months after the operation. His pain has
decreased and now he is completely cured and he can work normally.”
Northern Auto Show 2014
features innovative vehicles
The annual Northern Auto Show 2014 was held at Chiang Mai
Hall at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on March 28, 2014 and featured
innovative eco-cars such as the Nissan LEAF. Here Chiang Mai Deputy Governor
Chana Pangpibul (4th left) is joined by Chanchai Keelapang (3rd left) Chief
of Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office, Piroj Kullawanich (3rd
right) the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai and Wiwat
Kittipornpanich (4th left) Managing Director V-Sign Media presided over the
opening ceremony of “Northern Auto Show 2014” on March 28, 2014. The show
runs through April 6, 2014.
Four injured in grenade
attacks in Chiang Mai
Three separate attacks in one night
Four people were injured at the PTT station
when an unknown assailant threw a grenade into the station.
Mae Ping Police rushed to the PTT Gas Station in Nong Hoi on the
Chiang Mai – Sarapee Road on Monday, March 21, 2014 after receving
reports that someone had thrown a grenade at the gas station at 9:35
p.m. Four people were injured in the attack; three gas station employees
and 27 year old Rossarin Jiumpironsak who was a customer at the station.
No one saw the person who threw the grenade at the gas station.
The second area to be attacked was in the parking lot of Andaman Seafood
on Mahidol Roa nearly 3 km away from the scene of the first attack. Upon
investigation police found wires tied to the left front tire of a white
Nissan Tida belonging to Suriya Thongsuk and then connected 2 meters of
wire tied to the right front tire of a Honda Civic belonging to Sergeant
Nikul Udkhong, the grenade’s safety pin was connected to the end of the
wire. When Sgt. Nikul returned to his car around 10:20 p.m. after dinner
he reversed it about 2 meters and the grenade exploded.
At nearly the same time, Sarapee police received the report of an
explosion at the Chiang Mai Beverage Company Limited on Chiang Mai –
Lampang Road in Sarapee district. An unknown suspect shot an M-79
grenade to the south of the building damaging the roof of the warehouse
and then a second grenade was shot near the warehouse causing about
50,000 baht worth of damage.
Police assumed that the 3 incidents were perpetrated by teenage gangs or
some group that wants to create chaos but have no indication if it is
about politics or not. Pol. Maj. Gen. Krit Kitilue, Commander of Chiang
Mai Provincial Police called all officers working on the 3 cases to meet
and coordinate information on the attacks to find the person or persons
who was behind the attacks.
Wooden house catches fire, spreads to neighbors
One house was completely destroyed in the
fire that broke out in the morning of March 31, 2014.
Fire and rescue rushed to the scene of a house fire on
Prapokklao Road, Soi 6 to find that the fire had spread to five
neighboring houses on March 31, 2014. The house, located near the
Charoen Motor Chiang Mai Co. Ltd, was located in the heart of the old
city, the narrow streets making access for the fire engines more
The two storey wooden house was severely burned and the fire had spread
to neighboring houses, it took firefighter more than 15 minutes to bring
the blaze under control. The house was completely destroyed in the fire
while the neighboring homes suffered some damage. Nobody was injured in
the blaze, estimates put the damage at around 1 million baht. Fire
officials are investigating the cause of the fire.
PEA worker severely burned in fall onto live wires
36 year old PEA worker Amnuay Nanya suffered
major burns over most of his body after falling from the pole onto live
high voltage lines.
A Provincial Electrical Authority lineman was severely burned
after falling from the ladder onto live wires, the accident caused a
blackout in the Suthep area and along Nimmanhaemin to Huay Kaew Road.
The accident, which occurred around 10 a.m. on March 26, 2014 saw Amnuay
Nanya, age 36 of Mae Chaem, draped across two power lines. At first the
victim was conscious, screaming for help but his co-workers were unable
to remove him until the high voltage lines were cut half an hour later.
The accident occurred in front of the Rehabilitation Medicine building,
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital and the PEA worker was finally
rescued when the PEA crane truck arrived to help bring him down. He was
sent to the hospital with severe burns across his body.
The victim’s colleagues revealed that they were ordered by their
supervisor to replace the high voltage power lines from bare wire to
insulated wires. They cut-off the current before the victim climbed up
to work at the top of the pole but high voltage reverse from the other
lines electrocuted the victim and caused the severe burns to his body.
Authorities check up on local businesses for violations
The 3rd meeting of the National Command Center for Drugs (NCCD)
Chiang Mai Office committee and the Center For Maintaining Peace and
Order Chiang Mai Committee of 2014 was held to follow up on anti-drug
and crime operations in the previous month and the committee received
reports on drug suppression and law enforcement in Chiang Mai.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul reported that the committee had
inspected 7 entertainment spots for vice and noise pollution. They found
five people without ID cards working at the nightspots and warned two
business operators to follow the laws. Officers from the Excise
Department investigated 14 pubs, restaurants and karaoke bars to find 13
of them had violated alcohol laws.
The authorities are checking into drug use and working to find treatment
for addicts to combat drug and the crime that goes with it. They also
worked to enforce no alcohol rules for the Senate election and are
repairing traffic signs and lights to ready for the increase of visitors
Prisoners caught smuggling drugs returning from Court
Officers of Lampang Central Prison discovered drugs hidden in the
anal cavities of five prisoners returning from Court at the Lampang
Provincial Court on March 31, 2014. The five prisoners had been attending
court at the Lampang Provincial Court in the morning but their suspicious
behavior upon returning to the Lampang Central Prison.
Officers searched the five men and found methamphet-amine pills and crystal
meth-amphetamine. Prachaya Techali had 996 methamphetamine pills while
Chatchawan Kadtasema had 20.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine ad 120 Yaba
pills, Premchai Thongrak had 350 meth pills and more than 4.85g of Ya Ice.
Sanit Somkerd had 390 methamphetamine pills and Chuchart Siyanan had 175
Yaba pills and more than 8,37g of Ya Ice hidden inside their bodies.Police
are investigating to see how the five men had managed to obtain drugs at the
2.4 million methamphetamine
tablets seized in two arrests
A Lamphun couple was arrested smuggling 1.74
million methamphetamine tablets and 12 kg of crystal methamphetamine
hidden in the truck lining of a Hino six wheel truck on March 21, 2014.
Two separate arrests in Chiang Rai in two days saw police seize
2,448,000 methamphetamine pills or Yaba and 42 kilos of crystal
methamphetamine from drugs smugglers bringing the drugs over the border
through Chiang Rai with a plan to send them to Central Thailand.
The first arrest occurred on March 20 when 5 Hmong men were arrested
with 700,000 methamphetamine tablets and 30 kilograms of crystal
methamphetamine. Police arrested the gang on March 20 on Phaholyothin
Road in Muang Chiang Rai, they told police that they had smuggled the
drugs from the border by walking to avoid the Mae Chan checkpoint and
then would transfer the drugs to a pickup truck to send to a customer in
The second arrest occurred in Chiang Saen District of Chiang Rai on
March 21, 2014 when police uncovered 1,748,000 methamphetamine pills and
12 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the truck liner of a
white Hino six wheel truck at the Ban Saeo checkpoint. The couple,
Rueangsak Phochara age 40 and Anocha Maneethong age 41 of Pasang in
Lamphun, told police that they had been paid 49,000 baht to drive the
truck to Muang Mai Market in Chiang Mai to pick up vegetables and then
drive the drugs to Talad Thai in Pathum Thani.
Nan Hospital receives aid to treat remote villagers from Japanese government
Japanese Consul General Akihiko
Fujii and Naris Boonthanapat, Director of Thung Chang Hospital
inspect the medical equipment purchased for the hospital to use
for treating villagers in remote mountain areas.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for
Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided
funds amounting to 3,415,000 baht for “The Project for Improving
Medical Service for Residents in Remote Areas in Thung Chang
District, Nan Province”. On 6 March, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii,
Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Naris
Boonthanapat, Director of Thung Chang Hospital, were present at
the hand-over ceremony of an ambulance and medical equipment at
Thung Chang Hospital.
Thung Chang is a district located in the north of Nan Province,
bordering Laos. Half of the population lives in remote regions
surrounded by mountainous areas. Roads are mostly unpaved, which
disrupts transport and communication, thus the villagers have
faced difficulty in receiving adequate medical services.
Thung Chang Hospital, the only state hospital in the district,
conducts referral services for those who have no means of
transportation. However, until now, the hospital had no 4WD
ambulance capable of negotiating the winding mountain roads,
which forced it to use a vehicle without stretcher or life
support equipment. Therefore, many patients lost vital time in
receiving medical treatment. Besides, the medical equipment in
the hospital was outdated and unreliable, making it difficult to
provide adequate treatment.
In response to a request from Thung Chang Hospital, the
Government of Japan bore the costs of purchasing a 4WD ambulance
and updated medical equipment. This support enables the prompt
transfer of patients in remote mountainous areas and improves
the medical facilities of the hospital.
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects
which contribute to strengthen medical service through its Grant
Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme [email protected] (GGP).
Robots invade Central Plaza Airport
Robot Design Contest Northern round
Team Yang took first place in the
Northern Round of the Robot Design Contest on March 23, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Northern Round of the 7th Robot Design Contest was
held at Central Plaza Airport Chiang Mai on March 23, 2014 by
the Faculty of Engineering at Chiang Mai in conjunction with the
National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), National
Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), and the
Ministry of Science and Technology.
The Yang Team took first place with their robot creation,
members of the team include Jeerasak Noisapung of Rajamangala
University of Technology Lanna (Chiang Mai Campus), Supichaya
Ngernthongdaeng of Phayao University, Thanapol Wangchana of
Chiang Mai Technical College, Nattapong Patcharasatra of
Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Chiang Rai Campus)
and Supakorn Intoratat of Chiang Mai University. Second place
went to team “Nai”, the team’s members: Jatupol Unpho of
Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Chiang Mai Campus),
Paitoon Yatan and Ekarin Jarupakasanti of Phayao University,
Siriwan Kaewmaruen of Chiangmai Technical College and Saharat
Chuensuwan of Saraphi Technical College. The third place team
was “Chocolate”, the team’s members: Wanwisa Dejmak of
Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University, Chanin Sritong and Nattakarn
Salabualeoi of Phayao University, Wasin Suwan of Chiang Mai
University and Sattaya Tongnoon of Rajamangala University of
Technology Lanna (Chiang Mai Campus).
The Robot Design Contest was held to open opportunities for
youth in both higher education and vocational education to
participate in this project, provide talented students to
develop skills, knowledge, and ideas in a regional stage up to
international level. Students attending the competition can
apply experience and inspiration to improve skills and knowledge
to design robots for competition, leading to further develop the
educational prototype robot research and commercial projects for
the industrial sector and service.
Galyani Vadhana district’s new government center ready
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over opening
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
will preside over the opening ceremony of the Galyani Vadhana
District’s new government center.
Chiang Mai’s newest district, Galyani Vadhana, which was created
by a decree of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on December 26, 2009,
is preparing to welcome HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to
preside over the opening ceremony of the District’s new
Government Center on April 24, 2014.
The Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul presided over the meeting
for preparations for the opening ceremony. The country’s 878th
district was named in honor of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom
Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, HM the King’s beloved sister.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over 3
ceremonies in the district on April 24; the opening ceremony of
the Galyani Vadhana District Government Center, lifting the
gable apex at Wat Chan and laying the foundation stone at
Galyani Vadhana School.
Projects researched by the Pinkanakorn Development Agency include Water Park
Controversial cable car plan to be resubmitted
At the Annual General Meeting of the Chiang Mai
Chamber of Commerce held on March 29, 2014 at
the Chiang Mai Hill Hotel the proposed projects
of the Pinkanakorn Development Agency were put
forth to the assembly with Chiang Mai Deputy
Governor Chana Pangpibul presiding over the
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Director of the
Pingkanakorn Development Agency (Public
Organization) and Dr. Methee Payomyong, Plan and
Policy Analyst of the National Economic and
Social Development Board presented plans that
are hoped to be implemented in 2015. Dr. Sarawut
said that it is unlikely that most plans will be
able to be implemented in 2014.
He noted that the proposed cable car project
from the Night Safari to Doi Pui had been
opposed by people in Chiang Mai but noted that
the plan would not affect the songthaew drivers
nor destroy the environment of Doi Suthep as the
proposed route would encircle behind Doi Suthep
and Bhubing Palace. The plan will be open for
public commentary again and a research study may
or may not be implemented.
He added that the proposed Water Park project
was very interesting and would add interest to
the city as Chiang Mai has no sea. Another
project being considered is something like the
London Eye on the banks of the Ping River, and
Asiatique is considering building in Chiang Mai.
Another future project that could be considered
would be a large aquarium. He concluded that all
these projects are in the research phase to
determine their feasibility in Chiang Mai.
Sewing love lady by Wien helps breast cancer patients
Sirilak Pangpibul (2nd left) Vice President of
the Chiang Mai Red Cross along with Siriwan
Wilatsakdanont (1st left) Managing Director of
Wien International Co., Ltd presided over the
opening ceremony of “Good Lady & Sewing Love
Lady by Wien”, which makes bras and clothing
with implants for disadvantaged women with
breast cancer. They were welcomed by
Tanatchaporn Pongyen (3rd left) General Manager
of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport at the g
floor of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on
March 28, 2014.
A Romantic Touch
of Orchids for Songkran
Return to Lanna Songkran at Royal Park Rajapruek
The Return to Lanna
Songkran Festival will feature the beauty and
romance of Thai orchids.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A return to Lanna Songkran will be
featured at Royal Park Rajapruek with the
celebration “Songkran Festival; a Romantic Touch
of Orchids at Royal Park Rajapruek” Acting
Director of Royal Park Rajapruek Dr. Arnada
Nirantaraikul announced recently. The Return to
Lanna Songkran Festival will be held from April
11 – 16, 2014.
Dr. Arnada said that the beauty of this
tradition has been nearly forgotten and the Park
is working with other parties to restore the
traditional Lanna Songkran and give visitors a
chance to experience the atmosphere at the Royal
Park Rajapruek. In addition to traditional
ceremonies including bathing the Buddha image,
there will be a traditional Northern Thai
market, fog tunnel, and an Orchid Contest
organized by the Chiang Mai Orchid Group.