Long Live Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
Caring Mother of the Thai Nation
August 12 is a very special day throughout the Thai Kingdom, as it is the
day the entire nation celebrates the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty
Queen Sirikit’s Birthday. The day is also celebrated throughout the Kingdom
as Mother’s Day. The management and staff of the Chiang Mai Mail join the
Thai people and the many others from around the world to present our loyalty
and devotion to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and best wishes for a most Happy
Birthday and a long life on the occasion of her 82nd birthday Tuesday,
August 12. Today’s edition of the Chiang Mai Mail incorporates, with our
profound love and respect, a special supplement courtesy of the Bureau of
the Royal Household, showing a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s
remarkable life. (Photo courtesy Bureau of Royal Household)
Long Live Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
Songthaew drivers meet with
Army over new system
New red truck routes began August 1
Red truck drivers met with the Army to choose
their preferred routes on July 30. Service began on August 1, 2014.
The Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle met with over 1,600 red
songthaew drivers on July 30, 2014 at the Chiang Mai International
Convention Center to register drivers for their preferred routes with the
Nakhon Lanna Co-operative. Col. Kosol Pratoomchat, Deputy Commissioner of
the 33rd Military Circle explained that the new routes were necessary to
ease the growing traffic jams and provide better transportation to the
people of Chiang Mai.
Chanchai Keelapang, Chief of Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office
said that there will be 12 pilot routes, 11 routes are operated by 550 Red
Songthaews from the Nakhon Lanna co-op from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., departing
every 20 minutes and charged 20 baht. , from 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., depart
every 20 minute, fare is 20 baht throughout the route. The 11 routes of the
red trucks are; CMU- Sam Yaek Market; HuayKaew Road- Chiang Mai Bus
Terminal; Chang Puak Bus Station-ThaPae-Chiang Mai International Airport;
Chang Puak Bus Station-Nimmanhaemin- Chiang Mai International Airport; Chang
Puak Bus Station-Central Festival; Chang Puak Bus Station-Warorot Market-
Nong Kwai Municipality[ Chang Puak Bus Station- Yupparaj -Sam Yaek Market;
Chang Puak Bus Station-PhaNgae; Chang Puak Bus Station- Saraphi District
Office; Chang Puak Bus Station-Ban Buak Khrok; and Chang Puak Bus
Station-Yupparaj, Montfort College Primary Section.
The Chiang Mai Municipality buses will operate two routes from 4 a.m. to 8
p.m. for 15 baht, departing every 20 minutes. The first route will travel
from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal-Chiang Mai International Airport
(counterclockwise), pass Central Festival, Khuang Singh, Rincome,
Nimmanhaemin, Ton Payom, Maehia Market, Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport,
Chiang Mai International Airport, Montfort College, Big C Don Chan,
NongPrateep and return to Chiang Mai Bus Terminal. The second bus route will
travel from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal- Chiang Mai International Airport
(clockwise), pass Big C Extra, Makro, Big C Don Chan, 5th Regional Police
Office, Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport, Wattnothaipayap School, Chiang Mai
Ram Hospital, Rincome, Wat Chet Yod, Khuang Singh, Lanna Hospital, Central
Festival and return Chiang Mai Bus Terminal.
Chanchai added more that in Phase 2 will add routes linking the major points
such as Chiang Mai Night Safari, Royal Park Rajapruek, CMICE, and 700 Years
New One Stop Center for citizen complaints opens at City Hall
The new One Stop Center for citizens to obtain legal advice as well as file
complaints in regards to corruption and other complaints against the police,
land department and other governmental offices was opened by Chiang Mai
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya on the 1st floor of the City Hall on July 30,
2014. The new Center was set up following a command from the NCPO to improve
the effectiveness of the government in serving the citizenry. The new Center
will provide legal advice on laws, allow citizens to pay their car and
motorcycle registration, report corruption and file complaints against
government officials not fulfilling their duties. All complaints filed with
the new center will go directly to the Governor for review.
Chiang Mai honors the Crown Prince on his 62nd birthday
Many celebrations were held around Chiang Mai including the ceremony held by
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya at the CMU Convention Center, a bicycle
rally, Buddhist ceremonies and the candlelight ceremony held at the Royal
Park Ratchaphruek. The ceremony was held in front of the Ho Kham Luang Royal
Pavilion at 7 p.m. on July 28, 2014 and overseen by Deputy Governor Navin
Sintusa-ard and saw government officials, military, police, consuls, members
of the Royal Lanna family and recipients of scholarships from Crown Prince
Maha Vajiralongkorn participate in the candle light ceremony and watch
fireworks over the park.
Plans to tackle growing number of tourist arrivals at Chiang Mai Airport
The AOT is proposing changes to Chiang Mai
International Airport (Photo y calflier001 via Wikimedia Commons)
Chiang Mai International Airport has seen arrivals jump from 4.4
million in 2012 to 5.4 million in 2013 and those numbers are expected to
continue to climb as projected numbers for 2014 are 5.9 million passengers
and 2015 could reach over 6.7 million.
In a bid to tackle the increasing number of flights and passengers the AOT
is proposing a three phase plan to expand the terminal, increase the number
of arrival bays and parking and finally to expand the runways.
The Airports of Thailand (AOT) recently held a public meeting at the Shangri
La Hotel Chiang Mai where they met with government agencies, state
enterprises, private organizations, community leaders, media and members of
the public to put forth the proposals and to receive feedback on the plans.
Lukchai Chaleoyprach, Director of Chiang Mai International Airport; Supachai
Tangsriwong, the project manager; and Rames Tantikowit, the project vice
manager explained about the increasing number of passengers using the
airport, pointing out that Chiang Mai is the first choice for the North and
is rapidly expanding as the gateway to the North for people to connect to
Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, and Lampang.
Currently, Chiang Mai International Airport has 1,650 rai of total area and
is the third-largest of all regional airports. It can currently support for
5.4 million passengers per year. The runways can accommodate 19 flights per
hour and there are 8 taxiways. The airport has 19 bays; six attached and 13
remote bays. The terminals have a total area of 35,000 sqm and can
accommodate 24,000 passengers per day or 8 million people per year. The
airport has 800 parking spaces.
The proposed first phase would see the terminal expanded to accommodate 13.2
million passengers a year as that is the projected number by 2034, 20 years
away. The expansion would include adding a parking structure for cars,
improve the area for passenger delivery and extend the capacity of
The second phase, expected to be implemented in 2025 would increase the
number of bays and parking spaces for aircraft The third phase, expected
around 2034 would increase the runways to support up to 34 flights per hour,
add five more bays to accommodate 20 million passengers a year, develop the
road network linking the airport to handle rush hours and expand warehouses
to cope with the expected increased capacity.
A third public meeting will be held in November to hear more input on the
Northern Peasants Federation calls on government for land reform
Over 200 members of the Northern Peasants
Federation protested at City Hall on July 28, 2014 to call on the government
to implement land reform.
Over 200 members of the Northern Peasants Federation held a peaceful
protest at Chiang Mai City Hall on July 28, 2014 calling on the government
to request reconsideration of orders 64/2557 which is entitled Suppression
and Prohibit Encroachment and Destruction of Forest Resources and order
66/2557 “Addition of Government Agencies For Suppression and Stop the
Encroachment and Destruction of Forest Resources and Interim Policies on
Practices in the Current Situation.”
The Federation says that these policies will affect people who are poverty
stricken and have urged the NCPO to resolve the land issue that many poor
rural people face.
The federation has gathered 479 member villages of the network and made an
appointment for the assembly in 9 provinces in the northern region to urge
the NCPO to resolve land, housing and natural resources management issues.
Members of the Federation also sent mail to the NCPO to urge the Prime
Minister’s Office to resolve the land and housing issue, the promotion of
experts in the Board of Directors of the Land Bank Administration Institute
and the approval for the 167 million baht support budget of the institute.
They also called on the government to distribute land ownership via the
fair-rate land taxation measure and to make use of taxes in establishing a
land bank so that the poor and small-scale farmers can fairly afford land
and finally to push forward a law that support the rights of communities in
managing natural resources.
Motorcycle accidents leading cause of serious injury on the roads
Helmet usage to be promoted heavily
The Road Safety Work Group and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation
held a meeting at the Chiang Mai Grand View Hotel on July 24, 2014 to find
ways to build cooperation and create networks and leaders to help prevent
traffic accidents in the North. Over 200 members from 17 Northern provinces
met at the hotel as Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat
presided over the meeting.
Attendees learned that motorcycles were the leading cause of serious injury
in road accidents at both holiday times and during the rest of the year.
Songkran and New Year’s numbers climbed to as high as 77% but even in the
non-holiday seasons, motorcycles were still the most dangerous vehicle on
A 2011 survey of helmet wearing behavior found that only 54% of motorcycle
drivers wore helmets and just 24% of passengers while a survey a year later
found that the numbers fell to 52% of drivers and only 20% of passengers.
Bangkok had the highest rate of helmet wearing in 2010- 2012 and Narathiwat
the lowest. The Road Safety Work Group has set its target as 100% of drivers
and passengers wearing helmets to reduce the number of serious injuries in
Longan farmers petition for price supports after early harvest yields small fruits
Office of Foreign Trade working to expand overseas sales
After meeting with one of the biggest fresh longan exporters, Mata Fruit, in
Chiang Mai on July 24, 2014, Deputy Commissioner of 33rd Military Circle,
Col. Kosol Pratoomchat, and Chatree Bunnag, Director of Office of
Agricultural Extension and Development Region 6, Chiang Mai also inspected
local orchards and discussed ways to assist the company in exporting a large
number of longans to China and Indonesia after the company recently signed
agreements to export the fruit. However, the company is finding a shortage
of containers to ship the product and asked for assistance in expediting the
shipment as this year has seen a bumper longan harvest driving prices down.
On July 28, 2014 Boonma Somjai, Sud district Headman of Nong Faek sub
district and representatives from Saraphi, Hang Dong, Doi Loh, Mae Wang and
San Pa Tong filed a petition to Pisit Jongwattanafaisan, the representative
of Major General Sarayuth Rangsee, The Commissioner of the 33rd Military
Circle at 33rd Military circle to ask for price supports for longans.
This year farmers have harvested their longan crops early resulting in
smaller fruits, also they have seen bumper crops, driving the price to the
lowest level in three years. Size AA is only 18 baht per kilogram and size A
only 8 baht per kilogram. More fruit will be harvested in August which will
lower the price further. The orchardists have asked the NCPO to support them
by using only one standard size to sort longa, and keep the price of longan
size A higher than 18 baht per kilogram.
The Agriculture Ministry said that an early harvest by many farmers has seen
small longans in the market at cheap prices and have urged large longan
vendors to set their prices so as not to hurt farmers.
Making the city livable for everyone
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn plans for the future
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn shares his concerns
for the future of Chiang Mai and his plans to help alleviate the problems
that face the city.
I recently sat down with Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn who,
as he finds himself into his second term, hopes to be able to tackle more
issues that will make Chiang Mai a more livable city for everyone.
He pointed out “If you have money Chiang Mai is a really great place to
live, many people love to live here. But if you are poor then it is more
difficult. My goal is to make this city more livable for everyone, including
the poor people.”
There are many things that make a city more livable; green spaces,
educational facilities, access to health care, traffic management, security
and public health. To that end he said in his first term as Mayor he worked
hard to implement several major projects including three new museums that
locals can visit and that provide information and education about the local
culture and history to students and visitors. He said that adding or
improving public parks has been important, “Ten years ago we had one public
park that was usable, Suan Buak Haad, and one museum. Now we have three
museums and five public parks that are free for people to use.”
The city has also started annual free health checks for people who are
registered in the city. “Many people will not pay to go to the doctor to get
their health checked so we have set up free clinics that offer health checks
that rotate through various communities in the city for a couple of months
every year. This year we held them in May and June and in the past four
years have found that there is a great number of people with bone density
problems. Obesity is also becoming a problem especially among kids.”
He pointed out that one of the goals of the health checkup system is that
qualified medical people can see if there are serious problems, if so they
are referred to the hospital, if not then they provide counseling in
lifestyle changes to improve health such as nutritional counseling and
others. “We are an aging society and we need to learn to tackle the health
issues now before we get too old and they become serious,” Mayor Tussanai
Mayor Tussanai pointed out that by tackling a few projects at a time each
year, the projects actually get completed. Too many times promises are made
to fix everything and nothing gets fixed because there is no focus. This
year he intends to focus on security and safety and work on transportation
issues within the scope he is allowed by law.
First, he plans to have CCTV cameras installed around the old city within a
year, he hopes to have the entire city covered within four years. CCTV
cameras will be used not just for traffic violations he pointed out, but are
key in assisting the police in catching criminals such as the bag snatchers
that often attack tourists in parts of the old city.
He also plans on replacing the Tessaban’s old buses with new, smaller,
cleaner and more fuel efficient buses. Currently the Land Transport
Department only allows Tessaban buses to run outside the city as licenses to
operate within the city are issued only by the Land Transport Department and
those to songthaews and tuk tuks. He hopes to negotiate with the Land
Transport Department over the Tessaban buses to allow them a wider scope but
pointed out that with over 2,000 songthaews in the city they wouldn’t be
able to hire them all as bus drivers.
Other traffic management issues have been worked out with the Traffic
Police, the recent one way system around Muang Mai Market along the river,
“Could not have been done without the cooperation of the Traffic Police.
Colonel Sitthaichai Thananchai has been key in getting that implemented.” He
added that he thought the Traffic Police’s plan last year to make the
Nimmahaemin sois one way could have been quite effective with public support
and hopes to implement other management systems in the narrow roads of the
“We can’t make the roads bigger,” the Mayor pointed out, “It is difficult to
build new roads so we need to rearrange the traffic systems in some places.
It is inconvenient to adjust at first but we must accept a temporary
inconvenience if we are going to find permanent solutions.”
He also plans on implementing more bicycle lanes and hopes to provide
bicycle stations in several areas around Chiang Mai, such as Tha Pae gate,
Suan Dok etc for visitors to use. However, as he pointed out, enforcement of
the law in regards to the bicycle lanes will be necessary to make them
The city has been trying to tackle locally produced pollution by sending out
Tessaban officers to construction sites and asking them to cover their
construction materials such as dirt and cement to keep the wind from blowing
them into the air. Removing the old Tessaban buses will help but the
enforcement of emissions standards is set by the Land Transport Department
and they have been requested to ensure that all vehicles meet standards.
Finally, he addressed the heavy construction that has been seen going on
around the city, he said that the laws on building heights have been set in
Bangkok and while there are areas around the old city are limited to a few
stories and some areas to only 12 stories, other parts of the city have
limits as high as 24 floors and some, even no limits. He is concerned as the
laws for developers set by the Land Department in regards to parking and
space have not kept pace with the changes in society and is worried that the
larger developments, still legal under Land Department laws, will cause a
severe burden on the city.
“I hope to improve the lives of everyone living in the city with my programs
to improve public health and safety. In the end, I have to ask myself, ‘What
have I done for my city?’, the Mayor concluded.”
Roadmap set in place to reduce
deforestation in Chiang Mai
Deforestation and rice paddies in the Mae Chaem
area, taken in 2010. (Photo by [email protected] Commons)
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
As part of the NCPO’s command to the Ministry of Interior and other
related agencies to solve the deforestation problem facing the North Chiang
Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya chaired a meeting with Deputy Governor
Chana Pangpibul, the Director of the Provincial Office for Natural Resources
and Environment Jongklai Worapongsathorn and other agency heads to set out a
roadmap to tackle the deforestation issue.
The committee came up with three different strategies to tackle the issue in
the short term, the medium term and the long term. Initially they plan on
sending out officers to be stationed in 73 at risk and non-risk points while
in the medium term 32 agencies will join in surveying 40,000 rai each agency
and draw up a solution for their area. Each agency will work to provide a
long term solution for forest management and conservation in their assigned
area which will then be reviewed and implemented.
Local businesses learn about consumer rights
The Office of Consumer Protection Board (ONCB) held a seminar at the Empress
Convention Center on July 23, 2014 to educate local businesses on consumer
rights and consumer protection. Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard opened the
meeting which saw ONCB officials talk about the Consumer Protection Act.
Officials also visited three superstores to meet with employees to cover
important aspects of the law, these stores were Big C Supercenter Hang Dong
branch, Top Market Central Chotana, and Tesco Lotus Kamthieng branch. Amphon
Wongsiri, secretary of the OCPB said that the office will make sure that
consumers receive reliable and accessible protection. They plan on building
a smartphone application to for people to send complaints to the OCPB office
in each province. The project is a result of the NCPO’s command that
consumers receive full information and protection of their rights.
Novice burglar arrested
stealing from local spa
Released from Youth Detention in April
A 17 year old novice monk was arrested by police
on August 4, 2014, after allegedly stealing 20,000 baht from the cash drawer
of a local spa.
A seventeen year old novice monk who joined a temple in Pasang, Lamphun
after being released from Youth Detention was re-arrested on August 4, 2014,
after stealing 20,000 baht from the cash drawer of a local spa.
The boy entered the spa in his robes pretending to be a customer coming to
purchase spa products and when the cashier was away allegedly stole 20,000
baht out of the drawer on July 30, 2014. The owner of the spa filed a
complaint with the police, they reviewed the CCTV footage and saw that the
suspected thief had been arrested on charges in March, 2013.
Police found that he had been released from the Youth Detention Center in
April, 2014 and joined a temple in Lamphun where, it is alleged, he stole
400,000 baht donated to the temple and 5,000 baht from the monk of another
temple. It is also alleged that in June he stole 300,000 baht from a
relative and a 1 baht weight gold necklace. Police believe he also used the
stolen credit cards of another victim in Mae Ping.
Police target loansharking
gangs in San Sai, Mae Taeng
Police arrested 6 men in two separate
incidents and charged them with loaning money at a rate of interest
higher than that allowed by the government.
Region 5 police arrested a loansharking gang in San Sai after a
joint police and army investigation let to their house in San Sai where
they uncovered the list of debtors as well as 10,100 baht in cash.
Police said the 3 men originated from Ubon Ratchathani and moved to
Chiang Mai loaning people money at rates far above the legal limit until
they could afford to purchase the house in San Sai. Police also found
1.2 million baht in bank accounts held by the men.
Mae Taeng police arrested three more accused men with 2 loan records,
3,450 baht in cash and a receipt for a 74,600 baht balance.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas, Deputy Commissioner of Police
Region 5 and Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, and Maj.
Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle said the
arrests were part of the policy by the NCPO and the Royal Thai Police
came up to suppress loan sharks who charge interest at a higher rate
than the regulated law. The campaign started May 28 and has led to 57
arrests 73 people charged with this crime.
Man arrested for July murder of 50 year old woman
Police arrested 27 year old Witchupan
Rustanarungsan for the murder of Supattra Suwarot in her apartment on
July 22, 2014.
After extensive investigation and interviews with witnesses in
the murder of 50 year old Supattra Suwarot at PJ Apartments in Chiang
Mai on July 22, 2014 police arrested a 27 year old man in his room near
Police said that the killer also attacked Supattra’s niece after killing
her aunt in the room but ran away, the niece saw the killer and was able
to provide the police with a clear description. Police believe that
Witchupan Rustanarungsan killed the woman while trying to burgle her
Police uncovered the alleged killer at a new rented room near Wat Umong,
inside the police found a mask, rubber gloves, knuckle-duster, and a 6
inch blade. Witchupan confessed to the crime and will be charged with
robbery and murder.
American falls to his death from guesthouse roof
Police were called to the scene of an accident on Loi Kroh Road
at 2:54 p.m. on July 27, 2014 after witnesses reported a man falling
from the roof of a guesthouse.
The police and Ruamjai Chiang Mai Rescue Foundation rushed to the scene
but found 54 year old American man James Christian dead at the front
entrance of the guesthouse. A witness told police that the man was
staying at the guesthouse and had gone up to the rooftop deck with his
camera. They believe he may have lost his footing trying to take a photo
from an unsafe part of the deck and fell.
The recue team brought the body to the Forensic Science Office at
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for autopsy and are coordinating with
the U.S. Embassy to contact the man’s family.
Father and son shot dead in Chiang Dao corn field
Two men had gone bird watching
A father and son were found shot dead in a Chiang Dao cornfield
on July 27 2014. Chiang Dao police were notified by the headman of Moo
15, Ping Kong sub-district that the bodies of two men had been found.
Police and border patrol officers examined the crime scene and found the
body of 53 year old Patae Pabu and his son, 23 year old Suttichai Pabu
shot several times. Police found ten shells from an assault rifle and
their motorcycle on the ground nearby.
The victims had told people that they were going bird watching and drove
off on their motorcycle around 10 p.m. on July 26, 2014. Upon reaching
the field about 3 km from their home the two men were ambushed by an
unknown number of assailants.
Police did a background check on the two men and found that the father
was wanted by Chai Prakan police on a drug warrant and that his other
son had been convicted for murder. Police believe the reason for the
murder were personal conflicts in illegal business activities and will
be investigating further.
Land under opium cultivation rose by 355 rai in the past year
Army and police have found 355 more rai under
cultivation in the growing season this year than in the previous year.
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya presided over a conference of the
Board of the Command Centre for Drugs Elimination and the Chiang Mai Peace
Maintaining Board that reported the results of the investigation and
destruction of opium fields in the growing season of 2556/2557. The Board
reported that 99.34% of all fields uncovered had been destroyed and that the
number of land under opium cultivation had grown by 355 rai from the
previous year to a total of 2,104.77 rai. Police and Army will be assigned
to arrest opium farmers in forests in Om Koi and Chiang Dao districts.
Police also issued results of drug arrests that there have been 819 more
drug arrests from October 2013 to June 2014 than in the same period the
previous year, most cases for drug use, possession and possession with the
intent to sell.
Most arrests involved methamphetamine, or Yaba followed by heroin and then
marijuana. Most smugglers have been caught using the bus and via boats from
One such arrest occurred at a Chiang Dao checkpoint on July 23 when police
received a tip off that a silver Toyotal pickup truck would be smuggling
methamphetamines. Police saw such a car approach the checkpoint in Mae Na
but the driver attempted to escape, as he veered off the road the car got
stuck on the shoulder. The passenger escaped but police arrested the driver,
Chako Praiertchutima of Chiang Dao who had a photocopy of the ID card of
Somwang Kamma of the Chiang Dao District Office. Police are investigating
Somwang’s involvement in the case. Police found two bags containing a total
of 90,000 methamphetamine tables. Chako said he had been hired to smuggle
the drugs into the city.
On July 30, 2014, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prachuab Wongsuk, Commander of
Investigation Division Provincial Police Region 5 along with Region 5
Narcotic Suppression police officers arrested three men involved in a major
drug trafficking network in Lamphun, Chiang Mai and Lampangwith 4 Yaba
Officers investigated them and arrested 5 more men; Rachan Khamphong age 33
of Lamphun with 150 Yaba pills and 2.7g crystal methamphetamine, Wilailak
Osima age 36 with 50 Yaba pills, Kritsawan Intakok age 30 with 400 Yaba
pills, Apirak Soimano age 27 with 19,604 Yaba pills, and B (alias) age 16
who is a lady-boy agent for prostitution in Lamphun.
Pol. Col. Woraphong Khamlue, Superintendent of Investigation Sub-Division,
Provincial Police Region 5 said that the arrest uncovered a major drug
network run by a prisoner in Lampang Central Prison.
Longan, lamyai, a fruit by any other name would taste just as sweet
Longan or lamyai as it is known in Thai is in season now and the annual
Chiang Mai Longan Festival was held at Tha Pae Gate from July 31 –
August 2 to celebrate this tasty fruit and give orchardists a chance to
sell their wares to the general public. Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Navin
Sintusa-ard presided over the opening ceremony that was held Chiang Mai
Agriculture, in coordination with Chiang Mai Provincial Administration
Organization, Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Office, Military
Circle 33, Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Chiang Mai
and others. There were longan contests, exhibitions and a 20 truck
caravan of trucks carrying longans was sent off to deliver to provinces
Royal Thai Air Force repairs
damaged schools in Chiang Rai
Air Chief Marshall Thongchai
Chalaemkate presided over the handover ceremony in Chiang Rai
after the Royal Thai Air Force repaired two schools and two
temples damaged in the May 2014 earthquake.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Disaster Mitigation Center of the Royal Thai Air
Force restored four schools and temples in Chiang Rai and handed
the restored structures back over on July 25, 2014. Air Chief
Marshall Thongchai Chalaemkate, Assistant to the Air Commander
and Vice Commander of the Mitigation Center presided over the
handover ceremony at Municipal 4 School in Muang, Chiang Rai.
Chiang Rai Mayor Wanchai Chongsuttanamanee welcomed the Air
Chief and thanked the Air Force for the restoration works. Wat
Doi Phra Bat and Wat Nong Kien had structures repaired and the
Buddha image at Wat Nong Kien was repaired and repainted. San Pa
Gor and Samakkiwittayakom Schools had cracks in walls repaired,
pillars strengthened and buildings repainted.
In addition to the repairs the Air Forces’ Friends of the People
Unit provided free medical and dental checks, barber services,
scholarships to students, education and sports equipment for
students and also performed music concerts and provided a small
Chiang Dao area village
receives new health clinics
Acting Consul General Amir Masliyah
(3rd right), representing the U.S. government, attended the
opening of two new medical clinics in Ban Na Wai in Chiang Dao
district along with members of the Royal Thai Army and the
Provincial Health Department on July 24, 2014.
Acting Consul General and Management Officer of the U.S.
Consulate Genera in Chiang Mai Amir Masliyah attended the
official opening of two medical clinics in Baan Na Wai, Chiang
Dao. He was joined by Maj. Gen. Chaiyapruk Aiyapak, director of
the 3rd Regional Development Office, Armed Forces Development
Command, and Col. Yuttachai Chantarawipak, commander of the 32nd
Mobile Development Unit at the opening ceremony of the two new
JUSMAG-THAI (Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group Thailand)
provided funding for both clinics which will offer have a 3-bed
patient room, general clinic, massage and herbal steam room.
More than 3,000 people in the surrounding community will be able
to get preliminary treatment at the new clinics.
Research on revitalizing Baan Tawai in joint US – Thai university project
Wiwat Sethachuay, Advisor to the
Rector of North Chiang Mai University reported that students
surveyed villagers and tourists as well as learned more about
the history of the area in a bid to help revitalize the craft
Baan Tawai, the well-known craft village in Hang Dong,
saw students and researchers from North Chiang Mai University
and Purdue University in Indiana, U.S.A. visit to research the
village’s history, survey craftspeople and tourists to determine
what issues need addressing.
The project was started by Prof. Dr. Chad Allred from Purdue
University who taught English at North Chiang Mai University
during a visit to Chiang Mai. At that time he had a chance to
visit Baan Tawai Village and truly wanted to help restore Lanna
Tradition and culture. Upon his return to the U.S. he introduced
the Baan Tawai Project” to his students, there were a number of
his students interested. Former Chiang Mai Governor Wichien
Puthiwinyoo was a strong supporter of this long-term project
that began on October 8, 2013.
Wiwat Sethachuay, Advisor to the Rector of North Chiang Mai
University said that the American professor along with 15 of his
own students and a group of North Chiang Mai University
lecturers and students met with villagers and surveyed the area
from May 19 –June 26, 2014. The Purdue University students have
created a modern website that will introduce Baan Tawai to the
world and allow villagers to maintain their craft sustainably.
Japanese Government assists Youth HIV/AIDS education
Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of
Japan in Chiang Mai, and Ms. Jeeranun Mongkondee, Regional
Director for Thailand, PH-Japan, signed the funding agreement at
the Japanese Consulate for the HIV/AIDS education program run by
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Japanese
NGO Projects, is providing funds for “The Project for Youth
HIV/AIDS Education in Chiang Mai” conducted by a Japanese NGO,
PH-Japan. On July 30, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of
Japan in Chiang Mai, and Ms. Jeeranun Mongkondee, Regional
Director for Thailand, PH-Japan, jointly signed the funding
contract for the Project at the Consulate-General of Japan in
Thailand has been effective in preventing the transmission of
HIV on a national scale. However teenagers now in Thailand are
among the most likely generation to be affected by HIV
infection. It is suggested that the major reasons for HIV
infection today include declining HIV/AID knowledge,
inconsistent condom use and increase in multiple partners. The
youths have confused views on how to protect themselves from
PH-Japan has conducted a project for HIV/AIDS prevention for
university students since 2002. Based on this experience,
PH-Japan will start a Project targeting youths in Chiang Mai
Province with preventative HIV/AIDS education in cooperation
with the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office and School
In response to a request from PH-Japan, the Government of Japan
has decided to provide funds amounting to 4,525,500 baht for the
second phase of the Project. The funds will be used to procure
educational equipment, to arrange learning for youths, and to
arrange seminars for youths and school officials on HIV/AIDS
prevention. It is expected that youth HIV/AIDS prevention
education will provide clear and accurate information regarding
HIV/AIDS that is relevant and meaningful to youths, and more
youths will obtain knowledge about HIV/AIDS properly in order to
reduce their HIV infection risks. (CGJ)