Splashdown! Chiang Mai celebrates Songkran
Tourists flocked to Chiang Mai for the Songkran
New Year Festival.
Tourists flocked to Chiang Mai starting on the weekend before the
official Songkran holiday festival of April 13 – 15, 2014. Hotel bookings
saw at least 80% occupancy city-wide while a total of 250,000 tourists were
expected to visit the city. Of these 65% are foreign tourists, an expected
60,000 Chinese tourists were in the city. Thai visitors made up 35% of the
visitors, up from Songkran last year. Revenues are expected to reach 900
million baht for the holiday.
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo said that many different groups and companies
had organized festivities for the Thai New Year including the Lanna World
Musiq Fest, parties at local malls including Promenada, Central Festival,
Maya and the Harbour. Additionally, many people took part in traditional
Songkran activities such as bathing the Buddha, carrying sand into the
temple and pouring water over the hands of revered elders and asking for
As we went to print the nationwide Songkran death toll on Day 4 reached 204
lives (down 15 from last year) and 2,142 people injured in 2,027 road
accidents. Drunk driving remained the largest cause of accidents at 43%,
followed by speeding at 22 %. Motorcycles were involved in 78% of all
accidents. A full report will be compiled in the next issue of the Chiang
Chiang Mai honors
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo
presided over the Chakri Day ceremony at Chiang Mai University
Convention Center on April 6, 2014. He was joined by government
officials, members of the public and private sectors, students and
citizens in commemorating the establishment of the reigning Chakri
Dynasty and to offer flowers and pay respects to King Buddha Yodfa
Chulaloke the Great on his establishment of Bangkok and to all the
Public holidays in May
The month of May has three major public holidays; Labor Day on May 1,
Coronation Day on May 5 and Visakha Bucha Day on May 13. These are all
public holidays and as such government offices will be closed and some
businesses. Please note that Visakha Bucha Day is dry holiday and no alcohol
can be sold.
Villagers file complaint over condo construction in Faham
Villagers in Faham filed a complaint against the
Diamant Condo project alleging that pile driving at the site had damaged Wat
Langka and nearby homes.
Villagers met with Faham City Council members at Wat Langka in Faham
Sub-District in Muang Chiang Mai on April 10, 2014 to discuss the
construction of the Diamant Condominium in Faham. Villagers allege that the
construction project is causing damage to Wat Langka as well as to concrete
homes in the area.
Nearly 50 households met at the Wat to ask that the project stop pile
driving immediately as it was causing cracks in people’s homes and had
damaged pillars at the Wat. They asked to see its construction plan and to
inspect the company’s Building Construction License. They made an
appointment to meet with SAO officers and the operators of the construction
site to mediate on the issue.
Sakrapee Supha, acting as representative for the villagers said that the
condo is located next to Wat Langka. Pile driving at the construction site
made some Lai Kanok stucco attached around pillars in front of Viharn fall
off, the viharn and pagoda had cracks as well as houses nearby.
Diamant Condominium Project is operated by N.C. Housing Public Company
Limited located on Phaholyothin road, Lamlukka district in Pathumthani. This
company has several real estate building projects in many provinces. Somchao
Tanthatherdtham, the Managing Director of N.C. Housing Public Co., Ltd.
bought the land at 13 million baht per Rai, next to the Super Highway in
Faham to construct three 8-storey buildings on 4 rai.
Underpass construction on the Mae Rim road causing dust, traffic jams
Underpass construction on the Mae Rim road has
caused heavy traffic and jams as well as contributed to the dust in the air.
The construction of the Pack Squadron Underpass at the intersection of
Highway 107 and Highway 121 started on July 16, 2013 and has seen delays as
they waited for permission on using land for the road extension and more
delays are expected once the road itself is finished as they need to wait
for the placement of public utility poles. Recently, the Caretaker Deputy
Minister of Transport General Prin Suwannatat inspected the progress of
construction o the Mae Rim road.
It was noted that the construction of the underpass contributed much dust in
the air and may have been a contributing factor to the high PM10 numbers
that the province saw in March and early April. Additionally construction
work causes daily massive traffic jams on the road during rush hour. People
are forced to use the small narrow roads on either side of the construction
site, forcing traffic into one lane each direction. Travel on the road in
the dark is dangerous for those unfamiliar with the road as there are no
street lights or warning signs. Those who want to turn right on to the
Irrigation Canal Road coming from Mae Rim are forced to drive down to the
U-turn in front of the Land Development Department on Chotana Road as there
is no access to the road from the Chiang Mai bound lane. The number of cars
making this U-turn have slowed traffic flow down considerably as well.
The underpass construction was allocated a budget of 598,645,269.54 baht in
2013 and the project was granted to Serm Sanguan Construction Co., Ltd. and
Buriram Thongchai Construction Co., Ltd. Construction began on July 16, 2013
and is scheduled to be finished on July 5, 2015. The new underpass will
allow traffic to flow easier on the road to Mae Rim, Samoeng and Fang as
well as on to Pai and Mae Hong Son.
Chiang Rai bears the brunt of storm damage
Chiang Rai was hit hardest by the storms that
hit Thailand from April 2 – 7, 2014, with over 16,000 homes damaged or
Widespread thunderstorms across the North caused heavy damage to
many homes and businesses. The storms, which came during the week of April 2
-7, 2014 hit many provinces of Thailand but the 10 Northern provinces of
Chiang Rai, Pichit, Sukhothai, Phayao, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang,
Phitsanulok, Phrae and Uttardit saw much of the damage with Chiang Rai
bearing the brunt of the storms.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported that a total
of 16,104 homes were damaged in the North out of a total of 20,925 homes
Chiang Rai saw the worst of the storms with 11,876 homes damaged in the
storms that saw strong winds and rain. Pichit had 734 homes damaged while
650 homes were damaged in Sukhothai. Next came Phayao with 643 homes damaged
or destroyed then Tak with 600 followed by Kamphaeng Phet with 524. Lampang
had 480 homes damaged, Phitsanulok 424, Phrae 100 and Uttardit 73.
Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister checks forest fire situation
Suggests to burn for mushrooms earlier in the year
Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop
Suraswadi visited Mae On District and suggested that if villagers must burn
for mushrooms they do it before the low pressure weather systems cover the
North every year and that this would help reduce the smoke issue.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Plodprasop Suraswadi traveled to
Mae On District to check on the forest fire and smoke situation on April 5,
2014. He visited On-Klang sub district and Baan Sahakorn sub district in Mae
On where he was welcomed by Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul and
government section chiefs. Mae On had many more hot spots than compared to
other areas but still a lower number of hot spots than in 2013, he was told.
The caretaker Deputy Prime Minister said that villagers should stop burning
forest and if they must burn for mushrooms should do it before the low
pressure areas cover the North annually. This will reduce the amount of
smoke blanketing the province he said. He will assign relevant government
agencies to collect data on the income that villagers actually gain from
wild products that come from burning. He said he believed such data would
help find solutions for the smoke problem..
Government discusses traffic systems in Chiang Mai
Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat presided over the meeting of
the Subcommittee for the Management of Land Traffic Chiang Mai recently to
discuss several projects for the province including the proposed high speed
train, traffic engineering and management of traffic in the Nimmanhaemin
The high speed train project is still being studied for the phase one
Bangkok – Phitsanulok route but the Subcommittee said, in case the project
gets taken off the shelf, they should be ready with plans for the
Phitsanulok – Chiang Mai phase of the project. The Subcommittee was studying
the project to determine not only its environmental impact but economic
The Subcommittee proposed more “count down traffic lights” which has shown
success in reducing accidents, also implementing more systems of control of
traffic lights by computers and footpaths. The Rincome Intersection at Huay
Kaew and Nimmanhaemin is notorious for its traffic jams and the
Sub-committee considered the legal left hand turn on a red light at all four
corners. The intersection at Nong Hoi will be altered to allow forward
moving traffic and right hand turning vehicles to go at the same time,
allowing for speedier movement through the intersection and reducing traffic
The Chiang Mai Sustainable Transportation Project was implemented recently
to push for non-motorized transportation in the city with cycling. The
Municipality wants to increase the efficiency of public transportation
systems in Chiang Mai to maintain Chiang Mai’s identity.
Rotary Club Chiang Mai Airport organizing King Naresuan 5 movie night
Fundraising activity to purchase water tanks
The Rotary Club of Chiang Mai Airport is organizing a special movie night
screening the popular King Naresuan 5 at the SF Cineman at Promenada Resort
Mall Chiang Mai on May 29, 2014. Tickets will sell for 360 baht, including
snack and drink ,and the funds raised will go towards purchasing 6 water
tanks for the Baan Nokkamin Foundation in Mae Rim, Imjai House in Doi Saket,
San Sai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and other remote areas of Chiang
The movie night is part of an ongoing project by the Rotary Club of Chiang
Mai Airport to purchase quality water tanks with assistance from the
Patraudon Co., Ltd., manufacturer and supplier of Diamond stainless water
tanks and Green Tree plastic water tanks of the North who provide the tanks
at a discounted price for the club.
SF Cinema City, Promenada Chiang Mai has provided the Club with a special
rate for the evening so that more funds can be used towards the purchase of
the tanks and Chiang Mai Printing supported the design and printed the cards
without charge. The Rotary Club Chiang Mai Airport does community service
projects around Chiang Mai as part of Rotary Internationals policy of
“Service Above Self”. The project is part of the Matching Grant Project from
Rotary Club International so that Rotary Clubs locally can work towards
improving the lives of those in their community.
Call for more information: PP. Chokchai Sakdatorn 081-881-8106, PP.
Thitiphan Lannaphan 081-716-9695 and PP. Chidwong Thanormthin.
Lanna World Musiq Festival draws Songkran crowds for concerts
The Lanna World Musiq Festival was held from
April 13 – 15, 2014 at Suan Buak Haad Park in a bid to add live music and
concerts for tourists and locals. The event, organized by Todd Thongdee and
Singha Corporation Co. Ltd. saw concerts from Thai performers as well as
musicians from over 20 countries including local favorite Lanna Commins,
T-Bone and more. Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo said that besides the fun of
throwing water that visitors will enjoy a quality music festival offered
during the Songkran holidays and expressed his hopes that the festival would
become an annual event.
OTOP product champion awarded to Mae Wang silver shop
OTOP Champion Products 2014 rewarded creative
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai has become nationally and internationally recognized for the
quality and variety of its handicrafts and so the Chiang Mai OTOP Product
Championship was organized to initially provide training in standards of
development for producers.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul presided over the opening ceremony for the
event held for OTOP entrepreneurs at the Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel on April
4, 2014. Associate Professor Pairat Trakansirinon, Dean of the Faculty of
Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University organizer
of the Chiang Mai OTOP Product Champion, said that training to achieve
quality in development standards for producers is just one activity being
held for the OTOP producers. The organizers hope to encourage OTOP producers
to use their potential and knowledge to create value for their products.
Additionally they are working to provide trainees with the tools to learn
new ideas about creating products for the ASEAN market.
Somkuan Chormalee, Chief of the Chiang Mai Community Development said that
the Chiang Mai OTOP Product Champion 2014 is a project of the OTOP products
sales and distribution center in Chiang Mai.
The Championship selected product by use criteria of KBO (Knowledge based
organizations) by a KBO committee and experts. The winner of the project is
Bankad Silverware Handicraft, Mae Wang with a prize of 20,000 baht and a
trophy, 2nd place went to Wualaisilpa Silverware (Pramual Thananchai) won
10,000 baht and a trophy, 3rd place went to Sai AuaSa Moonprai Chiang Mai
(Watcharapong Wanmai) of Doi Lor who won 8,000 baht and a trophy. Fourth
place went to Baan Celadon Chiang Mai (Tassanee Ya Jang) who won 6,000 baht
and the 5th place to Mango Wood Tray (Warunee Thipeng) of San Kamphaeng who
won 4,000 baht. Other prize winners include those of Knowledge-Based OTOP
for a creative economy with Nail-covered dance Nong hah handcraft, Sanpatong
winning 10,000 baht, 2nd place to Lanna Handicraft Wat Srisuphan (Kamonwan
Sutthi), Muang who won 5,000 baht and 3rd plae to Pratuang Lacquerware who
won 3,000 baht.
Shan ordination ceremony fills
Chiang Mai city streets with color
The Poi Sang Long festival sees Chiang Mai city
streets filled with the colorful process of Shan people.
By Shana Kongmun
Photo by Harm De Vries
The annual Poi Sang Long novice ordination was held as members of the Shan
ethnic group held their procession through Chiang Mai city streets to Wat Pa
Pao on April 5, 2014 in Chiang Mai city. It is believed that the festival is
based on the story of Prince Rahula, the son of the Buddha, who gave up his
worldly life to follow his father’s teachings.
The first day the boys’ heads are shaved and they are dressed in colorful
and ornate outfits, the following day sees the novices carried around the
Wat on the shoulders of their male relatives, and finally they are carried
to the temple where they will be ordained as monks for weeks or even months.
The boys are usually between the ages of 7 and 14 when they undergo this
centuries old ceremony. (All photos by Harm De Vries)
Women and men dress in their
finery and join the procession to Wat Pa Pao.
Moving Province Project sees
visit to Chiang Dao
Provincial government to provide services to outlying districts
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul launched the
new project to provide services and meet with residents of the outlying
districts in Chiang Mai.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul paid a visit to Chiang Dao
District on April 10, 2014 as part of the plan to pay visits to the
outlying districts of Chiang Mai to assess their needs and work with
local government officials.
Moving Province Project will see the Governor or Deputy Governors visit
the districts of Chiang Mai Province to meet people and work with
government officials. On this day, Deputy Governor Chana met with
officials from the district to assess the smoke problem and the issue of
drug trafficking on the border.
The project is being implemented to give people more channels to
approach public services more conveniently and to lighten to the load of
expense of travel and to allow Provincial authorities to learn about the
problems of people more thoroughly.
The project titled “Relieve suffering, Bring about happiness, Make
People Smile” is one of the Government’s policies aimed at providing
from government sectors, Non-Profit Organization and private agencies
for the people in distant areas. It is proactive services to make the
government sectors acknowledge the suffering problems and the real needs
of the people in the area and to resolve the problem in the best way
possible. Moreover, the people can access public services conveniently
and rapidly, reduce expenses of communicating with government agencies,
reduce the cost of living and build up good relationships between the
government and the people. Furthermore, it helps to disseminate
knowledge, create common understanding, adjust favorable values and
allows people to develop their local communities and apply HM King
Bhumibol’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy to improve the quality of
NARIT holds Astronomy camp for kids
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public
Organization) or NARIT organized the NARIT Astronomy Camp for
astronomical clubs from different schools to provide kids with real life
experience in astronomy and to inspire them to continue their interest
Dr. Saran Posayajinda, Deputy Director of the National Astronomical
Research Institute of Thailand revealed that NARIT Youth Camp is held
twice a year and usually gets good feedback. NARIT has seen the
importance of promoting a good environment for learning using
astronomical activities so started NARIT Astronomy Camp this year. The
camp’s activities included lectures on astronomy, observing the sky,
using astronomical equipment such as telescopes, binoculars etc, using
star charts and observing the sky by telescope at Doi Inthanon peak as
well as group activities including a visit to the Thai National
Observatory for studying the organization and telescope whose 2.4m
diameter is the biggest in Southeast Asia.
NARIT Astronomical Camp was held on March 10 -14, 2014 at NARIT
Information Technology and Training Centre, Doi Inthanon National Park.
Three students and 1 adviser each from Kasetsart University
KamphaengSaen Campus, Bamnetnarong Wittayakom School Chaiyaphum, Singha
Buri School, Benchama Rat Rangsarit School Chachoengsao, Udomdarunee
School Sukhothai, Thepsirinromklao School Bankok, Hangar Rat Rung Sarit
School Chainat, Yasothonpittayakom School, Satit Buu Bumpen School
Burapha University Chonburi and Saiburi Chaengprachacarn School Pattanee
Burned body of Mae Hong Son man discovered behind the cemetery
The burned body of a man from Mae Hong Son
was found on this small road behind the Chinese cemetery in Suthep
The Phuping Police were called to the San Lom Joy Cemetery in Suthep
Sub-district at 7:30 a.m. on April 7, 2014 after villagers passing on
the road spotted a burned corpse in the grass on the side of the small
road behind the cemetery.
Phuping Police Chief Aksorn Wongyai met with forensic officers from the
police and forensic medical personnel from Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai
Hospital at the scene. They found the body of a short haired Thai man,
laying on the road, his body burned and with wounds on his face and head
as well as a wound between his eyebrows that could have been the initial
cause of death.
The officers found a small Buddha amulet on the body as well as a wallet
with the ID card of Soontorn Thaweekingpetch age 35 of Tham Lod sub
district, Pang Mapha district in Mae Hong Son. Police believe that he
was first killed and then burned and that the incident might have
happened the night before as the area was isolated and not visited
during the night. Police are investigating the case to find the murderer
of the Mr. Soontorn.
Fire destroys home of former Phayao Police Commander
The home of the former Provincial Police
Commander of Phayao was almost completely destroyed in a blaze on April
3, 2014 in Nong Hoi.
Mae Ping Police were called to a house near Wat Chedi Liam on
Koh Klang Road in Nong Hoi at 6:30 p.m. on April 3, 2014 to find a large
wooden 2 story home ablaze.
Firefighters from the area rushed to the scene but it took 45 minutes to
bring the fire under control due to the dry wood and high heat. The home
was almost completely damaged in the fire. Police found that the home
belongs to the former Provincial Police Commander of Phayao Province
Pol. Maj. Gen. Prasai Sangkhasap.
Initial investigation led forensic investigators to believe it may have
been caused by a short and exacerbated by the dry, hot weather but they
will fully investigate to determine the cause of the blaze which caused
around 3 million baht in damage.
Former Chiang Mai policeman arrested smuggling drugs
A former police officer and another man were
arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs hidden in the spare wheels of their
A tip off to police in Chai Prakan saw them arrest two men with
methamphetamine at the checkpoint in Pha Hong in Chai Prakan on April 3,
2014. The police knew that a drug trafficking gang planned on using Chai
Prakan to smuggle drugs so worked with the Pha Muang Task Force to set up
the checkpoint to stop cars.
Two alleged drug smugglers were arrested and while the men, 65 year old
former Pol. Sgt. Maj. Yoswaris Jithip of Chiang Mai and 45 year old Anan
Jaiwan claimed to not know each other both men were discovered with packages
of methamphetamine pills hidden in the spare wheels of their cars. Both men
were driving a Mistubishi Pajero and both men were arrested at the same
Police uncovered a total of 488,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in the
spare wheels. The police are investigating further and the two men face the
seizure of their properties as the proceeds of drug trafficking.
Chiang Rai Police seize AK-47s
Chiang Rai police received a report that traffickers planned on
smuggling drugs and firearms through the forest to Pang Khon village and
on April 8, 2014 they were joined by government officers and officers
from the Forest Protection Unit to set up an ambush in the target area.
The police intercepted two men, one carrying black bags and another
carrying a rifle. Police called on the two men to stop but they managed
to escape into the forest as the police were unfamiliar with the area.
The police discovered that the two men had dropped the bags and
uncovered 3 AK 47s in the bag along with the rifle dropped by one of the
Assistant Village headman from Mae Ai killed in gun battle with police
Nearly 1.5 million Yaba tablets uncovered in 9 days before Songkran
Police were kept busy in the run up to Songkran as drug
traffickers in the North continued to smuggle drugs over the
Doi Saket police rushed to the scene of a gun battle between
Region 5 Investigators and a drug trafficking gang on the Chiang
Mai – Chiang Rai Road just near the entrance of the Royal
Project Huai Hong Krai in Doi Saket district on April 2, 2014 at
12:20 a.m. where they found two suspected drug traffickers shot
dead by the police.
The two men had been stopped by the police at a checkpoint but
attempted to flee, and when trapped, opened fire on the police.
Nimon Wongchaijaroen age 32 of Mae Ai and Inkaew Duangsaeng age
45, Assistant Village Headman of Malika sub district in Mae Ai
were found shot to death near their vehicle with two pistols on
the ground near their bodies. Police were forced to clear the
area as they also found a hand grenade near the bodies. They
also found four bags containing 400,000 methamphetamine pills
stamped 999 and with the symbol of clasped hands in the car.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy Commissioner of Police
Region 5 said that the drugs are from a Tai Yai group that have
999 symbols and from Lieutenant Colonel Yi Sae that have the
symbol of the clasped hands. The total value of the drugs is
estimated at 80 million baht.
The next day saw 5 men arrested with 50,000 methamphetamine
pills in front of the Big C Hang Dong on April 3, 2014. Saeng
Sasa age 66 of Narathiwat, Maya Sai age 51 of Bangkok, and 3 men
from Chiang Mai, Somchai Tami age 26, Somnuek Sakolwachara age
26 and Thanet Saehor age 33 were arrested with 50,000
methamphetamine pills. Police had information that a drug
trafficking gang from Southern Thailand was in Chiang Mai to
take delivery of drugs at the Big C Hang Dong and arrested the
five men after uncovering the drugs hidden in the spare wheel of
a pick up truck.
On April 4 a 33 year old woman from Mae Fah Luang in Chiang Rai
was arrested at the Nang Fa checkpoint in Phrae at 11:30 a.m.
after the bus she was riding in was stopped. Police found her
behaving suspiciously and had police woman check her body. They
found 3 packages of methamphetamines hidden in her body, one
with 1,123 pills hidden in her vagina, another two cubes with
500 pills and 510 pills each hidden in her anus. Misi Peawse
confessed that she had been hired to smuggle the drugs from the
On April 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. police investigating a suspected
drug trafficking route in the mountain pass at Doi Sam Sao Yai
in the area opposite of Mongyawng where the Wa influence is
strong. Soldiers patrolled the area and met with about ten
unknown armed men carrying backpacks. Police called on them to
stop but they opened fire. Police returned fire and after a ten
minute firefight found the bodies of two men with guns and a
grenade. They examined the backpacks of the two men and found
100,000 methamphetamine pills. The other men disappeared into
the forest during the firefight.
On April 10 Chiang Saen police in Chiang Rai acting on a tip off
that there would be a delivery of drugs at a fertilizer
warehouse in Baan Chom Kitti, staked out the location and
stopped Sumittra Silawong age 31 as she carried fertilizer into
the warehouse . Police investigated inside the warehouse found
1,800 methamphetamine pills in a glass bottle buried at the back
of toilet in the warehouse. Police further investigated and
arrest Sumittra’s boyfriend, Surachai Fuchareon age 37 with
80,000 methamphetamine pills and seized a new house in Ban Saew
sub district in Chiang Saen, a gold bar, gold necklace, gold
ring, watch and bank accounts worth 4 million baht.
In another arrest on April 11, Region 5 police arrested Supoj
Khongtharasaichon age 26 of Doi Luang with 248,000
methamphetamine pills while the suspect prepared to smuggle the
drugs from Therdthai sub district in Mae Fah Luang district to
Muang Chiang Rai. He was arrested in a police sting operation
set up by an informant.
The suspect confessed that he had been hired to distribute the
drugs to a dealer in Chiang Rai for 300,000 baht if he done. The
drugs were delivered to him by Yor, a Lahu man who live in
Myanmar. He said this was the first time he had smuggled drugs
because he needed money for his children and to renovate his
house. Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Dejraksa said that these drugs come
from the leader of a gang, a woman named Ching Ching.
Previously, members of the group were arrested in Muang Chiang
Rai. The value of the drugs is about 74 million baht on the
Also on April 11 Pha Muang Task Force officers patrolling in Mae
Salong Nai in Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai ran into 8 – 10 men
suspected of trafficking drugs at the junction by Ban Eko and
Ban Lao Sip. The gang opened fire on them after officers
identified themselves. The ensuing 20 minute gun battle ended in
the deaths of 7 men with 600,000 methamphetamine pills, 7
kilograms of heroin, weapons and a grenade. The remaining men
had escaped into the forest.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Dejraksa said that the drug problem should
decrease once the AEC opens up and Myanmar has new elections
that see all minorities participating in the administration of
Fashion Revolution Day asks “who made your clothes”
The global fashion industry is coming together to highlight the
challenges of the fashion supply chain, from exploitation to
pollution, with the inaugural Fashion Revolution Day on the 24th
April 2014, when a series of global events and initiatives will
highlight the fashion industry’s most pressing issues and engage
local communities to demand greater transparency throughout.
On April 24th last year, 1133 people were killed when the Rana
Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Many more
The textile industry is widely regarded as a major contributor
to global pollution but, according to research by Deloitte, 2 in
3 fashion companies are not focused on engaging consumers with
regard to sustainability. According to the Australian Fashion
Report in 2013, 61% of companies surveyed didn’t know where
their garments were made.
With one simple question: ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ we’re asking
everyone who’s taking part in Fashion Revolution Day to be
curious, find out, do something about it, by wearing an item of
clothing inside out, photographing it and then sharing it with
the hashtag #insideout on all social networks.
Fashion Revolution Thailand will hold an event at Thapae Gate on
the 24th April, volunteers will show up with their clothes on
inside out and ask the question Who made your clothes? The
clothes themselves will answer the question. The volunteers will
be asked to research who made their favorite piece of clothing
and then attach a cut out speech bubble which would tell you
where this piece of clothing came from. This is the first
awareness campaign of its kind in Chiang-Mai, over 50 countries
around the world will be holding their own event in support.
Find out more at http://www.fashionrevolution.org/. Like Fashion
Revolution on Facebook at facebook.com/fashionrevolution.org and
follow @Fash_Rev on Twitter. (PR)
Outstanding Community Product Fair offers local arts & crafts
The 2nd annual Outstanding Community
Product Fair was held at the G Floor of Central Plaza Chiang Mai
Airport on April 5, 2014. The event, which was opened by
President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert
Buranupakorn, features outstanding locally made arts and
handicrafts. The President was joined by Noppawong Ratpathai
(4th left), President of OTOP Chiang Mai and Tanatchaporn
Pongyen (7th Left), General Manager of Central Plaza Chiang Mai
Music & Cultural Festival;
Moving towards ASEAN
The first annual
Music and Cultural Festival; Moving towards
ASEAN was held at Promenada Resort Mall Chiang
Mai from April 9 - 11, 2014. Chiang Mai Governor
Wichien Puthiwinyoo presided over the opening
ceremony of the event that was held in
cooperation with the Chiang Mai Journalists
Association, the Public Relations Department
Region 3, the Chiang Mai Employment Office and
the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce.
Cosplay takes center stage
at Comic Party
Cosplayers went all
out at Central Plaza Airport Chiang Mai to win
the chance of representing Chiang Mai in the
next Cosplay contest in Bangkok.
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport played
host to a cast of characters on April 5 – 6,
with comic book and anime characters coming to
life and strolling around the mall. The event,
which featured Japanese comics and anime
souvenirs for sale at a Flea Market, saw many
local and Japanese fans come together dressed
like their favorite cartoons or game characters.
The climax of this event was the “Cosplay
Contest” in which competitors prepared
performances and costumes to run for the first
place in both singing and performing divisions.
In the Singing division, first place went to
Nakaksorn Niamlapnueng, cosplaying as Hatsune
Miku of Vocaloid with the song Senbonzakura.
First place in the Performance division went to
Mingmada Akkarakeuakun, cosplaying as Len of
Vocaloid and Sittirat Boonyai, cosplaying as
Kaito of Vocaloid singing the song “Delusion
Tax”. These 3 winners will represent Chiang Mai
in the next Cosplay contest in Bangkok.
Charity art auction supports Lamphun school for orphans
the owner and Managing Director of Siripanna
Villa Resort and Spa cuts the ribbon with the
artists and former Mae Hong Son Governor
Wipanee Inthapan and Chiang Mai Mail
Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa Chiang
Mai, in cooperation with the Lanna Artist group,
organized the 4th Charity art auction from April
4 - 6, 2014. The auction was held to raise funds
for the Chalermprakiet 48 Pansa School, Lamphun.
The school was established by Caring Hearts for
Aids Foundation to support the education for
children whose parents died from AIDS, abandoned
children and sexually abused children. Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
graciously bestowed the name “Chalermprakiet 48
Pansa School” on the occasion of the 48th
birthday of Her Royal Highness. The school is a
boarding school where the students don’t have to
pay for expenses.
This auction was held by Siripanna Villa Resort
and Spa Chiang Mai in cooperation with the Lanna
Artist group led by Pornchai Chaima, the artist
awarded Silpathorn prize, Field of Visual Art
2005. There were many masterpieces from famous
artists in many areas including Lanna artists,
regional artists and national artists. Supamit
Kitjapipat, the owner and Managing Director of
Siripanna Villa Resort and Spa, Chiang Mai
donated his painting collection for this auction
and ensured that all proceeds from the auction
will go to the school covering all expenses from
Chiang Mai welcomes South African connections
Thai Ambassador visits Chiang Mai with media
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo
welcomed the Thai Ambassador to South Africa, H.
E. Woradej Weerawekin, to Chiang Mai at City
Hall earlier this month. The Ambassador traveled
to Thailand with South African media and
government officials to introduce them to the
many beauties of Thailand in target areas
including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Bangkok.
The Ambassador said that many people in South
Africa often now ask about the interesting and
amazing places in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
whereas before they were more interested in
Southern beaches such as Phuket and Samui. The
Ambassador brought 9 people on the weeklong trip
to meet with the Governor of Chiang Mai and see
Governor Wichien said that most tourists are
very impressed with the ancient Lanna culture so
prevalent in Chiang Mai as well as the 13
different hill tribe ethnic minorities with
their own separate identities. The Governor
noted the friendly and welcoming nature of the
Chiang Mai people and also the interesting OTOP
products for sale here including carved wood,
silver products, handicrafts and more. Also,
Governor Wichien said that there are many
cultural places of interest including Wat
Phrathat Doi Suthep, the Chiang Mai Zoo, the
Chiang Mai Night Safari and the many beautiful
temples in the city. Chiang Mai is also rich in
nature with the Royal Park Rajapruek with its
beautiful gardens and flowers.
The Governor noted that transportation is
convenient in Chiang Mai, with easy access by
plane, with more than 200 flights per day and 18
direct flights from foreign countries. He added
that Chiang Mai’s charming people, beautiful
places, fresh air and low cost of living have
attracted many foreigners to retire here,
including Europeans, Japanese and Koreans. The
political turmoil has had almost no effect in
Chiang Mai, he concluded, saying that tourists
can travel comfortably to Chiang Mai and be
welcomed by the friendly Chiang Mai people.