Happy Birthday to HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn
The Chiang Mai Mail would like to join the nation in wishing His Royal
Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn a very happy 62nd birthday. HRH
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on July 28, 1952, in the Ambara
Villa of the Royal Dusit Palace in Bangkok, the second of four children, and
the only son of Their Majesties King
Adulyadej the Great and Queen Sirikit.
The Crown Prince attended the King’s School, Paramatta, Sydney, and in 1976,
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military Studies at the University
of New South Wales. The Crown Prince also attended the Royal Thai Army
Command and General Staff College, graduating in 1978, and later received a
Bachelor of Law degree from Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok in
1987. In 1990, He successfully attended the Royal College of Defense Studies
in the United Kingdom.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred his son with the title of
‘Somdech Phra Borama Orasadhiraj Chao Fah Maha Vajiralongkorn Sayam
Makutrajakuman’ on December 28, 1972, making him the Crown Prince and Heir
to the throne.
The Crown Prince has continued the Royal Family’s assistance programs in
underdeveloped areas around the country and visited depressed urban areas
around Bangkok distributing food and necessities to people in need. Another
impressive undertaking was His participation in a fertilizer preparation
project in Suphan Buri Province using natural ingredients to enrich the land
in support of the country’s great agricultural pursuits. Farming is
considered to be a highly significant and noble profession in Thailand and
the Royal Family takes an active role in advancing the vital industry of
HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Mom Srirasmi Mahidol are the proud
parents of HRH Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, born on April 29 at 6:35 p.m. at
Sriraj Hospital in Bangkok; the couple’s first child.
HRH the Crown Prince opens the ceremonial
curtain, to reveal the RVYC signboard inaugurating the new clubhouse in
2005. (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)
Bus routes beginning August 1
All buses/songthaews from all districts except the Muang
district must park at Chang Puak Bus Station. From the bus
station 12 routes of songthaews will depart from 5 a.m. to 8
p.m. beginning August 1, with rides costing 20 baht.
Route 1: behind CMU-Three Kings Monument - Warorot Market -
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 - Sam Yaek Market
Route 2: Kruba Srivichai Monument - Kad Suan Kaew - Chang Puak
Bus Station - Warorot Market - Chiang Mai Railway Station -
Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2
Route 3: Chang Puak Bus Station -Tha Pae Gate - Chiang Mai
Route 4: Chang Puak Bus Station – Nimmanhaemin - Suan Dok -
Chiang Mai International Airport
Route 5: Chang Puak Bus Station - Central Festival – Promenada -
Chiang Mai International Airport
Route 6: Chang Puak Bus Station - Warorot Market - Suan Dok -
Central Plaza Airport - Samoeng intersection
Route 7: Chang Puak Bus Station - Three Kings Monument - Warorot
Market - Sam Yaek Market
Route 8: Chang Puak Bus Station - Pha Ngae - Three Kings
Monument - Warorot Market
Route 9: Chang Puak Bus Station - Warorot Market - Nong Hoi -
Saraphi District Office
Route 10: Chang Puak Bus Station - Warorot Market - Chiang Mai
Railway Station - Ban Buak Khrok
Route 11: Chang Puak Bus Station -Various schools in Muang area
Route 12 (air con bus, 15 baht per person), Promenada - Chiang
Mai International Airport - Hua Rin Corner – Maya Lifestyle
As before the songthaews that are not red go to other districts;
yellow songthaew go to Mae Rim, Doi Saket or San Patong Chom
Thong, white songthaews go to Mae Tang, and Chiang Mai - San
Kampaeng. Green songthaews go to Mae Jo, orange songthaews to
Fang passing Chiang Dao, Chai Prakan. Blue songthaews go to
Lamphun via Sarapee.
Government tackles songthaew routes
The Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office
has reorganized public transport in the city in an attempt to reduce traffic
The Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Department has come to an agreement
with songthaews and buses that serve the outer areas that they will no
longer stop inside the city but will only start and stop at the Chang Puak
Bus Station or at the Arcade Station depending on their license. Red
songthaews, which number about 2,000, will be the only songthaews allowed to
make stops within the city starting August 1, 2014.
Chanchai Keelapaeng, the Chief of the Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport
Office said that the NCPO has given priority to tackle the issue of public
transportation in the country. He noted that although in the past the
yellow, white, green and blue songthaews that service the outer areas had
been allowed to stop in downtown Chiang Mai they will now only be allowed to
start and stop at the assigned stations.
The red songthaews will also be organized with some running their songthaews
on set routes and others roaming the city. The Land Transport Department
will also require the drivers to adhere to dress regulations. The Chiang Mai
Land Transport Office and the Chiang Mai Municipality will ensure that there
are enough parking spaces for the songthaews by the start date.
Chanchai Keelapaeng noted that Chiang Mai had the highest number of
registered cars outside of Bangkok with cars and motorbikes numbering over a
million causing traffic jams and obstructions in the inner city. The opening
ceremony will be held on August 12, HM the Queen’s birthday.
Flood control project includes expanding width of Ping River
Widened in key locations
The government is proposing to take back
portions of the riverside that were filled in and taken over for
construction in a bid to reduce flooding in Chiang Mai.
The Chiang Mai Flood Control and Protection Project, which has been
organized by various government agencies, met recently to discuss the plan
to widen the Ping River to its original width in strategic locations along a
90 kilometer stretch. The key areas include from Pa Tan Bridge to
Rattanakosin Bridge, Rattanakosin Bridge to Nakhon Ping Bridge, Nakhon Ping
Bridge to Pet Ngam Hotel, Pet Ngam Hotel to Wat Chai Mongkon, Wat Chai
Mongkon to Montfort College Primary Section, Montfort College Primary
Section to Nong Phueng weir and Nong Phueng weir to Wat Chedi Liam. In these
areas of the river it was only 50 meters wide and unable to handle the
volume of water passing through. The government will widen it up to 10
meters in some important areas.
The Office of Royal Development Projects will do both a ground and aerial
survey of the Ping River to determine which areas needed to be returned to
the original width of the Ping River. They will ask the people living on the
land to return it to the government but if they do not do so willingly the
government may be forced to use eminent domain to obtain the land. The
project is highly controversial as many people have been built on the
reclaimed land and the process to return the area to the river will be
Train station fills with
CMU freshmen students
Annual Railway Freshmen Welcome
CMU freshmen filled Chiang Mai Train Station on
the morning of July 22, 2014 where they took part in the traditional Railway
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai’s train station filled with hundreds of arriving Chiang
Mai University freshmen on July 22, 2014 in a welcome ceremony that dates
back 50 years to the opening of the university. Led by the President of the
24th Chiang Mai University Alumni Association of the Faculty of the
Humanities Yaowaluck Sutti the new students were welcomed before being sent
on to CMU campus.
Many of the students started from Hualumphong Station in Bangkok on Juy 21,
2014 for the trip, during the journey students took part in activities
organized by the CMU Student Association and associations from each faculty.
As the train progressed North, they picked up new students at stations in
Lopburi, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok and Lampang.
The students were greeted by President of the CMU Alumuni Association Nirut
Hattapasu and other members of the association as they start their college
careers in Chiang Mai.
High speed train project continued
The high-speed train project has been continued with the Bangkok-Chiang Mai
route expected to begin service in 2026. Three-hour trips between the two
provinces are expected to cost around 1,000 baht/person.
The working committee of the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed train project
phase 2 said the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had given the
green light to the project to move forward. High-speed trains from Bangkok
to Phitsanulok is set to operate in 2024 and from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in
2026. The project’s budget for construction and expropriation are estimated
at 380 billion baht.
The fare of a three-hour Bangkok-Chiang Mai trip is estimated at 1,074 baht.
According to the committee, officials and the private sector in Chiang Mai
expressed concerns over the expropriation and asked the committee to
carefully study the matter to prevent future problems. They also called on
the committee to connect high-speed train stations with other transportation
Opponents of Cable Car project call on Governor to cancel
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Opposition to the oft- proposed and long postponed plan to build a
cable car system from the Chiang Mai Night Safari to Doi Pui submitted a
petition to Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya calling on him to reject the
Anuchat Thananchai, a lecturer from the Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai
University,, representing the group, said that for over 30 years the project
has been proposed and it has seen strong local opposition that has postponed
any decision. He pointed out to the Governor that the group fears the
project will lead to deforestation in an area that has undergone massive
reforestation efforts. He also pointed out that soil stabilization at Wat
Phrathat Doi Suthep is a major issue and that the subsidence of the pagoda
there has seen the Fine Arts Department there to repair the problem. Such
subsidence must be a major concern for any proposed construction.
The group called on the Governor to reconsider any consideration of
approving the project. The Governor said that there has not been a decision
made on the project and that there was a need to study for further possible
One way traffic for area around
Starting July 21, 2014 the Chiang Mai
Municipality and the Traffic Police implemented a test of a one way system
for traffic in the area around the Tessaban. Wang Sing Kham Road along the
river will be one way traveling towards the White Chedi and the U.S.
Consulate. Muang Samut Road will be one way going from Wichayanon Road to
the PTT station on the corner of Wang Sing Kham Soi 1.
Rainy season continues as strong
monsoon expected in August
Flash floods damage homes in Chai Prakan
The rainy season is in full force as villagers
in Chai Prakan are hit hard by flash floods. The Thai Meteorological
Department expects more rainfall in the next month as the monsoon has not
Pensiri Trisat, a meteorologist with the Northern Meteorological
Center said that the mid-way point of the rainy season, July and August, is
expected to see a monsoon trough blow across the northern region again and
the Southwest monsoon will be stronger resulting in more rain over northern
Thailand and heavy rainfall in some areas.
Rainfall in July has been close to the average with low temperatures between
15- 23 Celsius and highs of 32-34 Celsius at the maximum, which is a bit
higher than the average temperature.
The rainy season has already brought disaster to Chai Prakan villagers who
saw flash flooding on July 12, 2014 causing damage in 10 villages in Sri Don
Yen, Pong Tam and Nong Bua Sub-districts. Baan Wiang Pat Tha Na in Sri Dong
Yen was hit particularly hard where the flooding has destroyed 3 bridges,
flooded agriculture land and affected 822 people in the area. In other areas
1,909 families were also affected by the flooding and the areas were also
announced as a disaster area.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chiang Mai Provincial office in
worked with other agencies to survey the areas and rescue victims. The
Chiang Mai Highway District repaired Chai Prakan – Phrao road and other
destroyed roads. The Army, Provincial government and local governments sent
their officer to help the victims with aid packages sent to the area.
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya sent 300 packages while the Chiang Mai PAO
President sent 500 aid packages and 300 from the Chai Prakan local
Police on bikes patrol city streets
The Muang District Police Station are sending
out police to patrol on bicycles to patrol busy tourist areas.
In addition to the usual police trucks and motorcycles patrolling
Chiang Mai streets the Muang Chiang Mai Police have also sent out bicycle
patrols for areas that have a high number of tourists such as Loi Kroh, Moon
Muang Road and the Night Bazaar.
Pol. Lt. Col. Kritsada Pongsuwan, Inspector of Muang Chiang Mai Police
Station said, “The officers will patrol on bicycle every day in two shifts
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 12 midnight. The day shift police will
watch over the areas and the routes along the moat while the night shift
police keep an eye on the area along Moon Muang Road, Loi Kroh Road, and the
Night Bazaar where the tourists regularly flock.”
The bicycle patrols are expected to help keep eyes on the ground and limit
crimes against tourists such as bag theft and others.
NCPO opens platform
for public opinion on reform
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya
announced the latest step in the reform process by the NCPO; a platform for
people to submit their own reform ideas.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
As part of the national policy towards reconciliation and reform the
National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has mandated that provinces set
up a platform for citizens to submit their suggestions for reform. Governor
Suriya Prasatbuntitya presided over the opening ceremony of the reformist
stage at Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel on July 8, 2014 where 500 people from 25
Chokdee Amronwat, Chiang Mai Permanent Secretary gave the opening speech
saying that the purpose of the new project was to give every citizen the
chance to present their own ideas on reform and that the local Center for
Reconciliation and Reform (CCR) will collect the suggestions and present
appropriate ones to the NCPO who will turn these ideas in to a plan to
develop and reform the country.
Suggestions will be taken on reform in politics, standardizing the morality
of government officers’ morality, reform in the justice system, reform in
country management, educational reform, economic reform, media reform,
reforming inequality in politics, society and the economy, corruption
reform, natural management reform and others. The 500 participants came from
backgrounds as diverse as private citizens, government officials, political
activists, private business, civil society and others.
The Governor said that the NCPO and the provincial government believed that
they will get great and useful ideas from Chiang Mai citizens and he asked
every citizen to present their ideas to the reformist stage to help the NCPO
develop the country.
New study needed for proposed Chiang Mai – Lamphun highway
A Chiang Mai – Lamphun highway was proposed in 2007 by the
Department of Highways as part of the plan to improve and develop the
highway system in Chiang Mai and Lamphun. The company hired to prepare the
Environmental Impact Study reported that the proposed highway did not cut
across any conservation areas that belonged to the government, state
enterprise or private sector.
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya announced that the DOH had received a report
from the Ministry of Science and Technology that new guidelines for
construction must include that the proposed highway not come closer than 2
kilometers to archeological or historic sites according to the law on
archeological sites, antiques, artifacts, and national museums.
The proposed highway comes within two kilometers of Wiang Kum Kam, which was
registered as an archaeological site in 1935. This necessitates the
preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and TEAM Consulting
Engineering and Management was hired to study the impact on the environment,
and how to yield the most benefits for the users of the highway and still
have the least amount of impact on the site.
The area under study is 19.4 km long and encompasses two provinces, four
districts, and ten sub-districts. Within Chiangmai the highway will pass
Muang district (Pa Daed), Hang Dong (San Pak Wan, Sob Mae Kha, Ban Waen,
Koon Kong), and Sarapi (Kua Mung, San Sai Mahawong). In Lamphun, it passes
Muang district (Nai Muang, Pratoo Pa, Muang Nga).
Religion for Peace calls for an end to the violence in Gaza
Multi-faith organization protest for peace
The multi-faith organization Chiang Mai Religion
for Peace Network protested against the violence in Gaza on Friday, July 18,
Over 300 Buddhists, Muslims and Christian members of the multi-faith
organization Chiang Mai Religion for Peace Network met at Attaqwa Mosque in
Wat Gate at 2 p.m. on July 18, 2014 to call for a cessation of violence in
Gaza. Under the watchful gaze of police and army from Kawila Army Camp, the
protest went off peacefully as the group, led by Assistant Professor Suchart
Setthamalinee, director of the Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace at
Payap University and a member of the Central Islamic Council of Thailand was
joined by Buddhist monks and Christian groups, held signs and photos.
Slogans such as End Israel’s attacks on Gaza, Their Innocent Tears are
Crying and Should be Free, Stop Killing Innocent Children and We Are Not
Terrorists, were just some of the banners in both English and Thai.
A large white banner was hung up and protesters were encouraged to write
messages advocating for peace on the banner.
The group then read out the following statement; “The Israeli attacks on
Gaza since the beginning of July has cost many children, women, elderly, and
citizen of Palestine their lives. Their dwellings were destroyed and many
became homeless even though they were not combatants. These acts are
considered mass murder that severely violated human rights and are
continuing in the present without interference of any superpowers. We
gathered here today because we realized that every life has value and
dignity and is created equal. Not a single life deserves to be ended by
fellow human beings. We feel the pain of this great loss but not as much as
our brothers and sisters in Palestine. We wish to send strength and good
wishes to them and pray that they quickly regain safety of their lives and
properties and that the violence will soon end. We ask the involved parties
to quickly solve the problems and restore peace. We condemn the Israeli
government’s inhumane violence that was inflicted upon innocent citizens.
Although this is a small gathering, it stands for a pure power that
encourages and sends our hearts to our brothers and sisters of all ages that
are suffering through this great ordeal. We wish them secure, safe, and
American singer killed crossing the Superhighway
Grieving friend sings for her
Mae Ping police were called to the scene of a fatal accident on Thursday
July 17, 2014 at 10:45 p.m. where they found the body of Nicole
Sangsuree Barrett, age 34, a Thai – American woman recently resident in
Sangsuree Barrett, a 34 year old Thai – American woman who was in Chiang
Mai taking a course in Buddhist Education was struck and killed by a car
on the Superhighway on the night of Thursday, July 17, 2014 (Photo from
A friend of the victom told police that they had left Central Festival
Chiang Mai Shopping Mall and were trying to cross the highway when a
speeding car came around the bend and struck Nicole, killing her
instantly. Her friend asked rescue personnel to sing Duan Pen, the song
by Carabao, for her lost friend.
Nicole Sangsuree Barrett of Portland, Oregon, had been attending a
course in Buddhist Education in Social Transformation and was a
musician, activist, artist and poet, advocating for LGBT rights and
The driver of the car that struck her, Ratanapol Bunraem, admitted to
police that he had been driving fast and did not see her as it was on a
curve. Police charged him with reckless driving that caused death. Her
body was taken to Chiang Mai Maharaj Nakorn Hospital to be autopsied.
Stash of war weapons
uncovered in Lamphun
Police and Army uncovered a metal box with
weapons and ammunition in the bushes on the side of the Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
After receiving reports from passersby of a large metal box in the
bushes off the Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road investigating police found it
filled with guns and ammunition.
Police Maj. Gen. Charan Worapattananun, Commander of Lamphun Provincial
Police, Col. Boonyuen Inkwang, Commander of Order Maintenance Unit, the
7th Infantry Division, Lamphun section, Lamphun Police and military
officials surveyed the bushes along Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road, near Muang
Nga junction in Lamphun on July 11, 2014 and found the box. They
coordinated with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit from the
Investigation Division Provincial Police Region 5 and found that inside
the box were a Tavor assault rifle, an AK-47, 594 rounds of Carbine
ammunition, 49 rounds of M-16 ammunition,155 rounds of AK ammunition,
nearly10 long and short magazines, almost 100 used .22 shells, and 100
boxes of compressor bearings.
The Army confiscated the weaponry and will investigate the origin of the
weapons as the Tavor Assault Rifle is commonly used in armed conflicts.
Officials hypothesize that the owner was afraid of being caught after
the Army called for all people to turn in their weapons and so left the
box on the side of the road.
Former Red Shirt leader
wounded in shooting
Niyom Luanengcharoen, or DJ Lae, founder of
the Daeng Isan Lanna Chiang Mai group and former member of the Rak
Chiang Mai 51 group was wounded in an attack on his house on July 19,
Niyom Luanengcharoen, or DJ Lae, founder of the Daeng Isan Lanna
Chiang Mai group was wounded in the arm and leg when unknown assailants
fired into his house in the evening of July 19, 2014.
The San Kamphaeng Police were called to his home after receiving reports
that DJ Lae had been shot in his home in Baan Lao. They arrived at the
scene to find Niyom had already been taken to the hospital for
This is the second time in three years that his house has seen gunshots,
the police believe that the shooters were not professional as they fired
nearly 20 rounds into the house and only hit Mr. Niyom twice. They were
shooting from a nearby longan orchard in the dark and damaged the house.
DJ Lae used to be a leader of the Rak Chiang Mai 51 group and had
recently had conflicts with other leaders of the group so broke off and
formed his own group. Police believe this is one of the possible motives
behind the shooting although they are questioning DJ Lae over other
conflicts he may have been involved with.
Mr. Niyom has not been involved with politics since the NCPO took over
Loansharking gang arrested after kidnapping debtors
A loansharking gang held a man and woman
prisoner until they paid off their debt.
Four members of a loansharking gang were arrested by police on July 16,
2014 after they kidnapped and forced a San Sai man named Thanasit and a
woman named Waranya to transfer money to the Siam Commercial Bank
account of their employer.
The gang, which included Theera Mahaprom, Thai Kawila, Somnuek
Boonchooying and Pongpan Jaemdorn, held the man and woman prisoner in
the Ai Rak Inn in San Sai on July 15. They accosted the couple, stealing
their iPhone and gold jewelry and then forced them to pay their debt by
transferring 5 million baht to the SCB account of Pongpan Jaemdorn.
The victims went to the police after they were released and police
managed to trace the gang via security camera videos.
Police find 250,000 Yaba pills hidden in car of arrested drug trafficker
A grilled pork seller who was arrested on July 7, 2014 for smuggling
156,000 methamphetamine tablets was found to have a further 250,000 tablets
hidden in the Carryboy of his pickup truck after police investigations
Police Colonel Weerawut Niamnoi, the Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai
Provincial Police, Komkrit Tritanapong, Chief of Phrao District Officer and
33th Military circle reported that they had found more drugs hidden in the
car after they noticed an unusual smell coming out of the top of the
Carryboy.. Chamlong Saenkiatikhun was arrested while driving the car which
carried 156,000 Yaba tablets on July 7, 2014.
Marijuana tea makers
arrested in Pa Daed
Dealing Yaba and marijuana
Police uncovered an operation making
“marijuana tea” in an apartment in Pa Daed, Muang District, Chiang Mai.
The makers of what is popularly known as “marijuana tea” or
cannabis tea was arrested by police on July 15, 2014 after police
received a tip off that someone selling methamphetamine or Yaba was
staying in Arunee Apartments in Pa Daed.
Police stopped Pongsakorn Saipreecha of Chonburi when he exited the room
and questioned him. He admitted to police that there were
methamphetamine tablets in the rooms. Police entered the room and found
Athiwat Katirat of Chiang Mai inside with 2 liters of marijuana tea,
equipment to make the tea and 500 Yaba tablets.
Both men were arrested and charged with production and distribution of
Ceremony honors Somdet Phra Narai Maharat
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya led the Lanna royal
family, members of the Consular corps, military, police,
government officials and others at a wreath laying ceremony for
Somdet Phra Narai Maharat or Somdet Phra Ramathibodi III at CMU
Convention Center on July 11, 2014. Somdet Phra Narai Maharat
was the 27th king of Ayutthaya who established Lopburi as the
second capital of Ayutthaya, a golden age he was the first
person who brought new innovations to the country including the
telescope, armament, fountain system and water supply systems.
Army Wives Association donates supplies for earthquake victims
The Army Wives Association donated
school uniforms, blankets, raincoats, dried food and many more
items to Phanphittayakom School in Phan District Chiang Rai to
help alleviate problems caused by the May 5 earthquake.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Army Wives Association of Thailand donated supplies
to the Phanphittayakom School in Phan District Chiang Rai after
the school suffered serious damage from the May 5 earthquake
that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale.
Phongphan Chan-ocha, the President of Army Wives Association of
Thailand and members of Army Wives Association of Phitsanulok
and Phetchabun donated supplies that the Association had raised
to Phanphittayakom School, Phan district, Chiang Rai on July 9,
2014. Phan District Chief Officer, Samrit Sawamiphak, and
Phanphittaya School Director, Sanong Sucharit welcomed the group
to the school and expressed gratitude for their assistance.
The school director said that 5 buildings at the school were
damaged; the most severely damaged building was the main school
building. Twenty four classrooms were damaged and the school is
currently in the process of demolishing and rebuilding the
Phongphan Chan-ocha said that the provided aiding supplies were
the necessities, such as blankets, dried food, school uniforms,
socks, raincoats and sweaters, and many more. The items were
provided to 500 affected citizens and 2,309 students in the
students on call
with Ruamjai Rescue
A group of 20 Australian students
studying to be paramedics had hands on experience with accidents
in Chiang Mai as they went out on calls with the Ruamjai Chiang
Mai Rescue Foundation
A group of foreign paramedical students from Charles
Sturt University in Australia traveled to Chiang Mai to
experience hands on situations with the Ruamjai Chiang Mai
Rescue Foundation on July 7 and 8. The students, who were in
Thailand for three weeks, spent two days in Chiang Mai going out
on rescue calls, much to the surprise of many accident victims.
The 20 students were led by Nualnong Wongtongkam and Ms. Tania
Johnston on an overseas study trip to learn more about the Thai
health care system and to experience Thai culture. The two day
trip to Chiang Mai gave the students a chance to practice
patient care in an urban environment. Other study trips were
carried out in remote rural locations to give the students a
Local organizations join together to aid earthquake victims
Victims of the earthquake in Baan Pa
Kor Dam in Mae Lao District in Chiang Rai received assistance
from northern organizations including the Buddhist Association
of Chiang Rai and Zonta International Chiang Rai on July 16,
2014. The President of Buddhist Association of Chiang Rai
Pornsawan Siri-intaratorn accompanied by the committee,
President of the Excellent Mother Association of Chiang Rai
Udomsri SiriBoonma, members of Zonta International Chiang Rai
donated necessary things and money to elderly earthquake
victims; many associations in Chiang Rai collected money and
goods such as rice, household appliances, towels and much more
for the donation.
Lanna Care Net seminar on preparing
for end of life issues
It has long been the motto of the Boy Scouts to Be
Prepared! That sound approach can usefully cover most aspects of
life, and should also extend to making concrete preparations for
any accidents which may happen, and even for the end of life,
With more and more foreigners choosing to retire to Chiang Mai,
the seminar held by Lanna Care Net at River Market recently on
what needs to be done now to make that final journey easier
makes gathering information easier.
Nancy of Lanna Care Net [www.lannacarenet.org] and Carl of
Cancer Connect [www. cancerconnect-chiangmai. com] briefed
scores of expatriate foreigners on practical steps that we
should all take now to be ready in case an accident, or worse,
1. Keep a card with you at all times, giving the contact details
of your next-of-kin. Lanna Care Net provides blank cards for
2. Keep in a safe place copies of your passport and bank cards.
3. Take out accident insurance.
4. Keep at least THB 100,000 in a local bank account, as that
amount would likely be required quickly as the first part of the
medical costs needing to be covered in case a serious accident
5. Register with a local general practitioner or hospital, for
example by having a routine medical check-up, and keep their
contact card with you at all times.
6. Register with your Consulate as a long-terrm resident here,
7. Plan ahead about who can take decisions on your behalf about
medical procedures and financial matters, if you are rendered
unconscious or unable to communicate, following an accident or
8. Have a Thai will, and name an executor, to ensure that what
you have here in Thailand is distributed according to your
wishes, if and when the end comes.
Those points could usefully be followed by people of any age
living here. Fatal road accidents are unfortunately far from
rare here, and sadly many-a young person’s final journey on this
Earth starts when he or she mounts a scooter or motorbike.
For the older crowd a range of concrete steps was recommended to
make progress towards our final days easier including lists of
local hospitals and nursing care/rehabilitation centres in
Chiang Mai. With a lot of elderly foreign residents intending to
end their days here in Chiang Mai, the unpalatable but
undeniable fact is that these probably will be needed, one day.
It was explained at this seminar that, though most of us might
prefer to pass away peacefully in our sleep at home when our
time comes, the less-peaceful reality is that we’re more likely
to be hooked up to various machines in a hospital intensive care
unit during our last moments.
The tasks falling to our next-of-kin in handling such matters
would also be eased if these pieces of advice were to be
1. Does your next-of-kin know where to get hold of your medical
records quickly, if needed?
2. Is your next-of-kin pre-authorised to handle your financial
and legal affrairs, and known to your local bank manager?
3. Have you briefed your next-of-kin on whom else to contact in
case you become seriously ill or pass away?
4. Has somebody else been given – just in case – your email and
online banking account user names and passwords, etc?
5. Does your next-of-kin hold your ‘’living will?’’ (see below)
6. When the end does come, do you want your earthly remains to
be cremated, buried or donated to medical research?
7. Has someone been fully briefed on what type of memorial
gathering, religious or otherwise, you’d like them to arrange
for you, if any?
8. Do you have a separate will covering, in the local legal
format, each country in which you own things?
An important part of this seminar was a thorough briefing about
the benefits of arranging a ‘’living will,’’ meaning
pre-thought-out points about what steps you would want taken if
you are close to death.
Lanna Care net has worked up an Advance Directive, in which you
can give now your clear decisions on end of life decisions
including do not resuscitate or end of life support so that your
next-of-kin and doctors will know how to proceed. The lack of
holding a living will mean simply that others will likely take
these decisions for you, if needs be.
It is not intended that this article includes legal advice;
which should instead be obtained from a qualified lawyer.
Free Day at the Chiang Mai Zoo brings over 20,000 visitors
The Chiang Mai Zoo declared Friday,
July 11, 2014 a free day at the Zoo and over 20,000 people took
advantage of the offer of free admission to visit the Zoo
causing heavy traffic and jams as people traveled to the Zoo.
The commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle Maj. Gen. Sarayuth
Rangsee and Director of the Zoological Park Organization
Thanarat Wadeesirisak opened the event which featured activities
for visitors including music from the soldiers, cultural
performances and northern Thai curry with noodles or rice. Maj.
Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee said that this was a good opportunity to
get feedback for further activities to resolve the past
situation and foster peace. If the event did really work out,
the military section would initiate more events in the near
Traffic police to focus crackdown on 3 main intersections
Traffic violators to be fined
Police are cracking down on illegal
driving that causes traffic issues at three main intersections
in Chiang Mai; San Dek, Rin Kham and Airport.
Chiang Mai traffic police have plans to crack down on
traffic violations at three main intersections; the San Dek
Intersection, the Rin Kham (Rincome) Intersection and the
Airport Intersection. The police planned to initially publicize
the enforcement of laws at these three intersections said Pol.
Col. Sittichai Thananachai, Chief of the Chiang Mai Traffic
Police. After the first week traffic violators will be stopped
The traffic police will go after people who run red lights,
drive on the other side of the double yellow line, block traffic
in the intersection, cross the stop line at the intersection,
reverse down the road and use fake license plates.
According to Land Traffic Act - B.E. 2522, those who cross the
double yellow line and park past the stop line can see fines not
exceeding 1,000 baht, blocking traffic and reversing traffic
lanes will lead to a fine not exceeding 500 baht, and using fake
license plates, will lead to a fine not exceeding 2,000 baht. On
the first day of the operation, traffic police reported that
drivers cooperated well with the laws.