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Vol. XIII No.11 - Sunday June 1, 2014 - Saturday June 14, 2014


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Emu chicks hatch at the Night Safari

Four new emu chicks were hatched at the Chiang Mai Night Safari in May.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai Night Safari welcomed four new baby emu chicks on May 15, 2014. The female emu laid eggs that were incubated by the male as is the norm for this Australian species of flightless bird.
The Chiang Mai Night Safari already has 12 emus in addition to the new baby chicks, four males and eight females. As with other Australian bird, infidelity is the norm for the female emu and she may mate with more than one male emu once the first male takes over incubating the eggs. Emus are the second largest flightless bird and can reach 1.50 meters weighing between 30 -50 kilograms. The females are bigger than the male with rough and hard brown-gray feathers along their torso, their beak, legs and feet are dark brown or black. Emus have three toes and they can run up to 60 km an hour and can swim if necessary.
The Night Safari vets are taking care of the emu chicks and have not yet been able to identify their sex. The emu chicks will be cared for until they are old enough and strong enough to be released into the Savannah Safari Zone with their flock. The emus are tame animals and visitors can feed them in that zone.


Thailand’s Economic Future under the AEC

The Chief Inspector General of the Ministry of Commerce Thawatchai Sophastienphong (7th left) presided over the opening ceremony of the seminar “Thailand’s Economic Future Under the AEC” that was held at Chiang Mai Hall at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on May 16, 2014. The opening speech was given by Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard (8th left) who was joined by Weerachote Thirawayamakul (11th left), Branch Marketing Manager of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport and head of government agencies before the discussion.


Surin Farm top in Thailand

For several years Surin Farm has been ranked as the number 1 Thailand Government Contract farm in the north of Thailand. This year Surin Farm was selected as the number one Thailand Government Contract Swine Farm in all of Thailand. Award ceremonies were held in Bangkok on May 5, 2014 with Dr. Tissadee Chaosaunchareon presenting an engraved plaque to Surin Farm.


Plans laid to promote tourism in the “Green Season”

Plan and Policy Analyst Chakrapong Sithihloe from the Provincial Ministry of Tourism and Sports explains the projects that the Ministry has in store for the “Green Season.”

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai Provincial Ministry of Tourism and Sports has set measures to promote tourism in what they are calling the “Green Season” or the low season from April to September. Those measures include encouraging Northern tourism based businesses in attending the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2014 at Muang Thong Thani from June 4 -9, 2014. The popular Travel Mart is one strategy by the Plan and Policy Analyst, Chakrapong Sithihloe to promote tourism in the North. The organization is planning a Lanna Expo Caravan to promote domestic tourism in June and July to Chonburi in Eastern Thailand, Songkhla in the South and Udon Thani in the North East. The Caravan will promote Northern handicrafts, health and wellness programs.
They are also organizing the “Amazing Chiang Mai International Adventure’ which will be held will be held in June to September and target adventure activities such as running to Mon Cham, cycling and bamboo rafting in Mae Taeng. The Ministry will hold a workshop on sustainable local tourism network development and a roadshow targeting community networks in Chiang Mai in June, and a three day Chiang Mai Community Tourism Festival in July.
Chakrapong also said that there will be other interesting activities like a family tourism program which selects 30 couples in Chiang Mai to travel to 7 different tourist attractions in 2 days and 1 night during June and July, and the last program which offers a host promotion program targeting youth with a lecture and a 3-day field trip arranged to develop tourism in the province and act as welcome hosts in June.


Promenada offers a “Taste of Japan”

Visitors enjoy the calligraphy classes at the Taste of Japan @ Prom.

Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai hosted the “Taste of Japan” trade fair which featured Japanese arts, culture, handicrafts, fashion, workshops and, of course, Japanese food.
The event, which runs through June 14, 2014 in both buildings at Promenada, offers calligraphy workshops, tea ceremonies, sushi workshops, origami making, as well as merchandise and food for sale. Visitors will have the chance to win a 6 day trip to Tokyo for two people for every 1,000 baht spent.
There is also a Kendo demonstration and a recreation of the famous Tokyo Bay in umi at the riverside zone. There will be Japanese beer and sake as well as Japanese music and art shows as well as free movies every Friday night.

A tea pouring ceremony was one of the many Japanese cultural shows on offer.

Students of the Japanese martial art Kendo perform at the Taste of Japan @ Prom.


Mae Hong Son: the Land of Three Mists

Monks receive alms from villagers as they stand on the 500 meter long bamboo bridge that connects the villages of Kung mai Sak and Suan Tham Phusama.

By Wipanee Intapan
The Public Relations Office Region 3 hosted a trip to Mae Hong Son to observe the local folk wisdom and Tai cultural tourism from May 12 -14, 2014, giving the press of Chiang Mai the opportunity to learn more about the natural and cultural beauties of Mae Hong Son.
Led by Thanthip Thongngamkam, Executive Director of the Public Relation Office Region 3 the group first visited Pai, a popular Mae Hong Son destination known for its mountainous terrain and beauty. Pai was an important city in the Lanna Kingdom since the Mengrai dynasty in 1296. The town was deserted after political conflict late in the dynasty but was restored and developed to a district in 1775. Pai has a variety of ethnic minority groups such as Tai – Yuan, Tai, Karen and other hilltribes.

Wat Chong Kham is home to a large Buddha image done in the Shan style.

The most famous landmark in Pai is the World War II era Memorial Bridge which was built by the Japanese Army to transport troops and weapons from Chiang Mai to Burma.
Wat Nam Hu houses the famed Phra Un Mueang, a sacred Buddha image in the Lanna style. The Buddha image’s top knot can be opened and hold lustral water. Mae Hong Son is well-known for adventure tourism including Tham Lot or Nam Lot Cave which located in Pang Mapha district, a district between Pai and Muang Mae Hong Son. The cave is a large limestone cave with stalagmites and has three smaller sub caves; Stone Column Cave, Doll Cave and Coffin Cave. The total length of the cave is 1600m. Tourists must take a bamboo raft through a stream to travel the cave and visit each cave by walking with a kerosene lamp; some parts of the cave must be reached by ladder.

One of the exciting trips in Mae Hong Son takes place in Pai where visitors can take a bamboo raft through the Tham Lot Cave in Pai District.

After traveling along the famed 1,864 curves of the Chiang Mai – Pai – Mae Hong Son route the group reached the small town of Mae Hong Son, also known as the City of Three Mists as the city has fog for much of the year. Sixty three percent of the population of Mae Hong Son is hill tribe groups like the Hmong, Yao, Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Karen. The Shan or Tai Yai are one of the larger groups in Mae Hong Son, known for preserving their cultural ways. The group celebrated Visakha Bucha Day with Onsri Sriamporn, Head of Public Relations Officer Provincial Public Relations Office, Mae Hong Son and Sansanee Pukkanont, Head of Culture Office of Mae Hong Son, where the group joined villagers on the Zu Tong Pae Bridge, the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand, it is 500 meters long and 2 meters wide, to offer food to monks.. The bridge was built by novices and the faithful of the Kung Mai Sak village to link Kung Mai Sak Village and Suan Tham Phusama across rice fields and a small river for monks. The bridge is used by monks to travel between the villages to receive alms. Zu Tong Pae means success in the Shan language and villagers believe that if a person stands in the middle of the bridge and wishes for something, it will become true.
Muang Mae Hong Son has a hilltop temple named Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu; it has a view of the city and surrounding mountains and valleys. A trek up the mountain to make merit at the temple is one of the must do’s for those visiting Mae Hong Son. The group visited Wat Chong Kham on the evening of Visakha Bucha Day where they were joined by Mae Hong Son Governor Surapon Panas-Ampon. Wat Chong Kham was built in 1827 by Shan artisans and houses a large Buddha statue.
The Long Necked Karen village in Ban Nam Phiang Din can be reached by crossing the Pai River in a long tailed boat. Next to the village is the Ban Nam Phiang Din checkpoint. The Long Neck Karen (Padaung) people in the village migrated from Myanmar. Although only few of them still wear their traditional dress, they retain their traditional simple lifestyle. Men search forage or fish while the women make crafts and weave cotton textiles to sell to tourists.
The Land of the Three Mists is a peaceful area with people who have ensured that the city has retained much of its original charm and traditional lifestyles.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Emu chicks hatch at the Night Safari

Thailand’s Economic Future under the AEC

Surin Farm top in Thailand

Plans laid to promote tourism in the “Green Season”

Promenada offers a “Taste of Japan”

Mae Hong Son: the Land of Three Mists

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