Make Chiangmai Mail | your Homepage | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

 
 
NEWS
 

Pilot and passengers alive in amazing mountain rescue

Rescue helicopter missing for 10 days in Myanmar mountains

After ten days missing in the mountains of Kachin State the Thai pilot and Burmese passengers of the missing rescue helicopter owned by Advanced Aviation walked out of the jungle. Captain Chathwal suffered a spinal injury and was transported to Yangon for treatment. (Photo by: Htoo Foundation)

Nopniwat Krailerg
The pilot and passengers of the helicopter ferrying supplies to rescue personnel that went missing in the high mountainous area of Kachin State was discovered alive on October 7, 2014 when they walked out of the forest to ask villagers for help at 7 p.m.
The Chiang Mai Mail reported on September 27, 2014 that a helicopter belonging to Advance Aviation Company based in Chiang Mai had gone missing 20 minutes after takeoff from Putao Airport in Kachin State, Myanmar. The helicopter was being used to ferry supplies to rescue people based on the Hkakabo Razi in Kachin to search for missing Burmese climbers.
A rescue operation was launched to find the helicopter but the three people; Captain Chathawal Thanthong who was piloting the aircraft, a Burmese pilot and a personal secretary of the founder of Htoo which was coordinating the rescue operation, walked out of the forest near Lansar village, over 16 miles away from Nwanmun village where the helicopter was last seen.
Captain Chathawal was sent to Yangon for treatment of a spinal injury. The family has flown to Myanmar to meet him at the hospital. There is no information on the whereabouts of the missing helicopter.


Helicopter on rescue mission missing in high mountains of Myanmar

On September 16 the Advance Aviation Co helicopter took off from Chiang Mai to ferry supplies in a search and rescue mission in the Kachin state of Myanmar.

Nopniwat Krailerg
A Chiang Mai based helicopter went missing on September 27 on a rescue mission for missing climbers on Hkakabo Razi, the highest mountain South East Asia. Speaking with the Chiang Mai Mail, a representative from Advance Aviation said that they had not received any beacon signals from the helicopter’s Emergency Location Transmitter since it went missing.
The helicopter, belonging to Advance Aviation Company left its base in Chiang Mai on September 16 to head for the Kachin State of Myanmar to look for the climbers. Ground control lost contact with the helicopter twenty minutes after it took from Putao Airport in Kachin State on September 27, 2014, Myanmar authorities reported.
The helicopter, an EC-130, normally used for charter flights, was piloted by Captain Chatchawal Thanthong and Captain Somkriet Kraithip. The helicopter was ferrying supplies for search and rescue teams on the mountain. Two Myanmar climbers went missing on August 31.
Chatchawal is an experienced former police pilot and Somkriet a flight instructor, both pilots have experience in conducting rescue missions in the high mountains of Kachin State having previously rescued Myanmar billionaire U Tay Za, the owner of Air Bagan and the Htoo group in February 2011.
Sources told the Chiang Mai Mail that the helicopter was carrying three people; the Thai pilot Captain Chatchawal Thanthong, a Myanmar pilot and a personal secretary to the founder of the Htoo Group which is leading the search.
Punnisa Jaisong of Advance Aviation told the Chiang Mai Mail on September 30 that the pilots had reported unfavorable weather on their arrival but later could fly as the weather improved. The helicopter took off at 2.40 p.m. and base lost contact at 3.00 p.m. Both air and ground search teams have been searching continuously from morning till evening in 3 target locations, especially latest information from witnesses who were villagers who saw the helicopter attempting to land.
The helicopter has a notification system the ELT: Emergency Locator Transmitter, which if the helicopter lands with impact the system will send a signal to the Bangkok Base within the first 48 hours but no notification was received within the 48 hour period so the company is hopeful.
A group of eight climbers initially climbed the 5,881 meter mountain last month but only two climbers reached the peak, the others remained at base camp. The two climbers radioed to the others that the battery of their radio was low during the climb down but that they should be arriving at the camp. They never arrived and a rescue mission was launched on both the Myanmar and Chinese sides of the mountain..
 


Flash flood in Fang sweeps 3 people away

Four month old baby among the dead

Villagers wade through overflowing waters of the Mae Jai river in Wiang Sub-district.

Nopniwat Krailerg
A flash flood swept through the forest in Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, killing three people trapped in a hut including a four month old baby girl, at 2 p.m. on September 29, 2014.
Witnesses reported that before the heavy rains hit a group of villagers from Pong Nam Ron Sub-district had been searching the forest for forest products and took refuge in a hut. As the waters rose most people managed to escape except 27 year old Natae Janae, 16 year old Naja Janae and Natae’s four month old daughter Nautae. Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officers and rescue personnel helped villagers in Moo 8 and Moo 19 in Wiang Sub-district after over 2 hours heavy rain and storm caused large trees to break and block the road. The Mae Jai River overflowed, flooding villages. Officials used a backhoe to open water ways to decrease water in the river.


Governor pushes bicycle lanes on provincial agenda

Public opinion meeting held

Chief of Chiang Mai’s Traffic Police Pol. Col. Sittichai Thananchai believes that pushing the use of bicycles, enforcing laws regarding parking in bike lanes and regular maintenance of bike lanes can help reduce Chiang Mai’s traffic congestion within a few years.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya is pushing bicycle lanes to the top of the provincial agenda and had Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul chair a meeting at the Holiday Garden Hotel & Resort with city officials, traffic police and community representatives. The meeting was held on September 18, 2014 for people to share opinions on management of implementing bicycle lanes in the city.
Attended by Chief of Chiang Mai Traffic Police Pol. Col. Sittichai Thananchai and Paisarn Surathamwit, the Secretary for the Chiang Mai Mayor, the group met with 150 heads of various communities in Chiang Mai to consider problems and find solutions before the project is implemented.
Pattanita Sadudee, Head of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Provincial Chiang Mai Office said that Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya had assigned the office to work in cooperation with a bicycle lane committee to organize the meeting. The Governor wants to push the use of bicycles in the city by managing and promoting bicycle lanes and is working with the Office to prevent and reduce road accidents that may occur with bicycles.
The meeting collected information and data on accidents and will be presented to the next meeting to be held at the Provincial level.
The Deputy Governor noted that the number of people, including tourists, using bicycles in Chiang Mai had increased but that the heavy urban traffic involving cars, trucks and motorbikes had seen an increase in accidents for people cycling. Many tourists come to Chiang Mai and rent bicycles to cycle around the city and the province needed to act to institute measures to prevent and reduce accidents for bike riders in the city.
The Secretary for the Mayor noted that the Chiang Mai Municipality had previously worked in cooperation with the Global Environment Facility, World Bank and Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning to implement four bike lanes as part of the project “Chiang Mai Sustainable Urban Transport Project” for the convenience of tourists who use the bike to travel inside the city moat. However, despite explicitly denoting bike lanes on the left side of the road there have been problems of motorcycles and cars parking in bike lanes forcing the bikes out into the roads.
The Chief of Traffic Police noted that the numbers of people using bicycles was on the rise, divided into different sectors; tourists, environmental conservation, short distance travel and for exercise. However, Pol. Col Sittichai added that in the inner city morning and evening traffic is very heavy. He added that there are laws that enforce road safety but they had not been rigorously enforced. He said there was a need for the study of traffic management in the major cities of Taiwan and Europe where they have been able to manage traffic more sustainably. He believes that if the city can maintain the bike paths, if laws are strictly enforced regarding parking, and safe cycling routes implemented that within three to five years the use of bicycles will help to reduce Chiang Mai’s traffic.


Over 1,000 cyclists join CarFree Day

Over 1,000 cyclists took part in World CarFree Day 2014 on September 22, 2014.

Nopniwat Krailerg
World CarFree Day, which is held on September 22 every year, began Chiang Mai in front of Central Festival Chiang Mai with over 1,000 cyclists taking part. Joined by Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and his wife Mananya as well as Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle with his wife, along with representatives of other organizations, the green clad cyclists started their 9km ride early in the morning to ride to the International Convention Center.
World CarFree Day is held simultaneously all over the country with 27 events in Bangkok and nearly all provinces in the country. The international campaign was started in New York City, USA in 1958 and has grown to include countries around the world as millions take to the streets on bicycles.
People are encouraged to reduce the use of private vehicles and to use public transport and bicycles to reduce the number of cars on the road, reduce air pollution and improve air quality. The campaign is held on every Sunday through September and on September 22, but organizers encourage people to use bicycles every day.


Army tackles encroachment in Huai Nam Dang National Park

Reclaiming 1,200 rai of forest land

Twelve hundred rai in the Huai Nam Dang National Park have seen serious encroachment and the army and National Park officers are working to reclaim the land.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
National Park officers were joined by the Army in reclaiming 1200 rai of land in the Huai Nam Dang National Park in Mae Taeng District. Kamolchai Kotcha, Director of Protected Areas Regional Office 16 along with Colonel Akarawatra Wutthidejchotiphokin, Head of the Operation Group on Security of the Chiang Mai Internal Security Operations Command and Satit Pinkul, Head of Huai Nam Dang National Park held a ceremony to release Park officers, soldiers, government officials, and police on September 23, 2014.
The group will inspect twelve hundred rai of forest land that has been encroached on and work with villagers in 5 villages to return to their regular lands and not encroach on national forest. Chiang Mai province has seen considerable deforestation and aerial photographs from 2002 compared to new ones, show that at least 1,200 rai have seen serious encroachment. The officers will prosecute in the case where 500 rai was invaded for commercial exploitation and in the case of 700 rai invaded by villagers for crops the government is working with the locals to reclaim and reforest the area. Chiang Mai has seen increasing flash floods and landslides due to loss of forest cover.


Damrongdhama Center hotline receives about 10 calls each day

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Damrongdhama Center, which was set up by the Provincial Government at the request of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to offer one stop services and receive complaints about officials set up a hotline recently and reported that they have received an average of about ten complaints a day since its implementation. Members of the public complained about public services of various government organizations in the main. The hotline number is 1567.
Sa-nga Buaradok, Head of Provincial Strategy Development of Chiang Mai Governor’s Office said that since the Center’s launch on July 30, 2014 at the Provincial Hall they had 148 users until September 19, most paying water bills, followed by insurance consultation, and paying electric bills.
The government has received 512 complaints since January 1, most complaints are for forest encroachment at 108 complaints. The government said 201 of the complaints have been resolved and they are currently working on solutions for the remaining issues.


Japanese government donates fire engines to Mae Chaem

Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai and Mr. At Somyot, Mayor of Mae Chaem Sub-District Municipality signed the funding contract at the Japanese Consulate General on September 24, 2014.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 2,962,000 baht for “the Project for Procurement of a Fire Engine in Mae Chaem Sub-District Municipality in Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province”. On 24 September, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. At Somyot, Mayor of Mae Chaem Sub-District Municipality, jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
In Mae Chaem District, some 80 percent of the total land area is covered by forest, much of which is designated as national forest or national parkland. Every dry-season, forest fires break out and result in serious problems such as health damage from haze and loss of forest acreage. Under such circumstances, in order to minimize forest fires and the damage they cause, Mae Chaem Sub-District Municipality has engaged in the activities of fire fighting, disaster prevention and rescue through volunteer fire corps recruited from among local residents. The scope of their activities covers the entire area of Mae Chaem District because the fire engine the Municipality possesses is the only one in the whole District while the other sub-district administration organizations only possess individual water tank trucks. When fires break out, the Municipality’s fire engine and water tank trucks of the relevant sub-districts need to co-operate to tackle the fire. However, the fire engine is so decrepit after 32 years of service that it is of limited use in helping the fire corps conduct expeditious and effective operations.
In response to a request from Mae Chaem Municipality, the Government of Japan will bear the costs of purchasing a large fire engine that has a water tank. It is expected that this support will contribute to ensuring the security of the residents all over Mae Chaem District as well as mitigating smoke haze and aiding conservation of the natural environment in the north of Thailand.


Rotary International and Makro work to provide unleaded pots for noodle sellers

DG.Dr.Anusorn Kananusorn District Governor 3360 RI was joined by Makro and Zebra Thailand executives in collecting old pots and giving noodle sellers new, healthier pots.

Nopniwat Krailerg
As part of the annual drive to replace the old pots used by noodle sellers around Chiang Mai Rotary International District 3360 has been working together with Makro. Past President Adisorn Seksonwiriya from the the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai West, as project Chairman, and executives from Makro and Zebra Thailand met at the Makro near the Poy Luang Intersection on September 20, 2014 to coordinate their efforts.
The drive, in its second year, has seen members of Rotary Clubs from around Chiang Mai to seek out noodle sellers and offer them replacement pots valued at 3,500 baht from Zebra Thailand. This year 345 pots were collected and replaced. The old pots were flattened and will be recycled.


Community based tourism focus of development

The Pinkanakorn Agency will join hands with local community based tourism networks to find ways to promote and expand community based tourism projects.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Pinkanakorn Development Agency, represented by Thrissadee Chutiwongsa, Deputy Director of Pinkanakorn Development Agency, held a seminar on the direction of development of community based tourism in Chiang Mai and invited tourism operators and members of local communities to the meeting held at the International Convention Center on September 22, 2014.
The seminar which was joined by members of community based tourism networks, academics and government officials saw the group collaborating with representatives of local communities to find ways to develop local community based tourism projects. The group came to a consensus on the importance of community based tourism in developing local economies and in increasing education and knowledge locally to develop projects. Communities expressed a desire for greater governmental support in developing projects locally and using their resources sustainably.
The Community Based Tourism Institute (CBTI) had been receiving academic support and information to develop community tourism projects and it was determined at the seminar that the Pinkanakorn Development Agency would also have a role in developing community based tourism in Chiang Mai. People want the agency to support the implementation of the CBTI to give greater opportunities to develop the tourism potential of communities.
Community based tourism takes into account sustainable tourism that considers the environment, society and culture and whose direction is managed by the community. Visitors are invited to local communities to stay and the local residents earn income as land managers, entrepreneurs, service and produce providers, and employees. At least part of the tourist income is set aside for projects which benefit the community as a whole. Visitors can experience the local traditions and learn more about the community and its culture and develop a sense of the daily life of the community. a learning exchange between people in the community and tourists and a sense of community in daily lifestyles.


CMU Medical students in foreign exchange programs

Six countries and 20 universities

The Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University is promoting foreign exchanges for its students; currently students will be able to attend exchange programs in six countries.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University is currently arranging foreign exchange programs for students with twenty universities from six countries chosen. Students will submit applications to attend exchange programs in the United States, Japan, China, Austria, Singapore, and South Korea, according to Assistant Professor Chanthima Auertrongjit, Assistant Dean of Faculty of Medicine Chiang Mai University.
Students must pass both a written and oral exam before being accepted. Fourth year students will be accepted for programs in Asia while 6th year students will be sent to the United States and Europe. Exchanges will not last more than 12 weeks with most on the average of about a month. Foreign Exchange Students who come to CMU will study such fields as Thai Traditional Medicine, Community medicine and other fields which are not traditional in other countries.
Chiang Mai University has a program with the Nippon Medical School in Japan and through alumni has increased its network of exchange programs in the United States. The school hopes that by increasing foreign exchanges students will be better able to create friends and forge networks between the Faculty and other universities.


Man arrested for burgling more than 50 apartments

Police arrested a man for burgling over 50 apartments since 2012.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Police announced the arrest of 34 year old Napat Thanasan on charges of burglary on September 24, 2014 after investigation of an apartment burglary uncovered the suspect still holding a stolen tablet and mobile phone.
Police were called to Phieng Kamon Apartments in Mae Hia on September 18 after the resident reported that a burglary had occurred. Police investigating the case found the suspect near Wat Mae Khao with the stolen phone and tablet. The suspect confessed to police that he had stolen the property and had been breaking into rooms since 2012 without being caught.
The suspect told police that he had broken into at least 50 properties in Muang, San Sai, Hang Dong and San Kamphaeng and that the biggest haul had been 40 baht worth of gold he had stolen from Ketch Kewalin House. Police uncovered more stolen property at the suspect’s house.


Gang of fake police arrested in kidnapping in Chiang Rai

One man is arrested in the alleged kidnapping and robbery of a Chiang Rai man. Police continue to search for the gang that held the man for ransom, claiming to be police and army.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Region 5 Police announced the arrest of a Chiang Rai man suspected to be involved in a gang of fake police and army that were involved in the home invasion, kidnapping of a man in Chiang Rai. Sapat, or Bunsue Inban, age 49, was arrested on charges of robbery and kidnap for ransom issued by the Chiang Rai Provincial Court.
According to the victim a gang of ten men arrived at his home on September 14, 2014 claiming to be police and army officers and ransacked the home stealing 30,900 baht in cash, a gold ring and an iPhone 5s. The victim told police tht the criminals then pretended to arrest the man claiming they would take him in for questioning. The victim was blindfolded and handcuffed before being taken to an abandoned house in Mae Korn Sub-district in Muang Chiang Rai.
The victim said the gang demanded a 2 million baht ransom, threatening him with death, but the victim’s relatives negotiated the ransom to 300,000 baht. The gang brought the victim into Chiang Rai and he managed to remove the blindfold and see the face of some of the gang.
The victim’s relatives transferred 210,000 baht to a bank account and the gang released the victim near the old airport, threatening to kill the victim’s family if they did not bring the rest of the money before noon on September 15. However, the victim immediately reported the crime to the police who investigated the bank account, arrested the suspect Bunsue Inban. Bunsue denies all charges. The police continue to collect evidence to uncover the other members of the gang especially the head who claims to be named Master Sgt. 1st Class Sing Jaiyai.


Police discover 200,000 Yaba pills hidden in spare tires

460,000 Yaba pills and 24.2 kg of Ya Ice in 9 days of arrests

Police uncovered 200,000 methamphetamine tablets and 1kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden in spare tires in a truck and a car in Chiang Rai.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Police seized over 464,000 methamphetamine pills and 24.2 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in a series of arrests in nine days from September 18 in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Lampang.
Lampang police uncovered 172,000 methamphetamine pills and 1kg of crystal methamphetamines hidden in a specially adapted fuel tank in a car driven by Chalermphon Banlerngsanor age 42 of Rayong on September 18, 2014. Police stopped the man at a checkpoint in Mae Prik and after finding the man behaving suspiciously searched his car and found the drugs. The man confessed that he had been paid 50,000 baht to drive the car from Chiang Rai to Bangkok but did not know there were drugs in the car.
Chiang Mai police arrested two men with 4,000 yaba pills and 21.7 kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden in their car on September 20, 2014. The two men, who were stopped at the Mae Malai police box, confessed to police that they had been hired to smuggle the drugs into the city.
Police arrested a retail drug seller in a sting operation near Nimmanhaemin road after receiving information that Songchai Sritula, age 20 of San Patong, was selling drugs. He met the police with six Yaba tablets, after the arrest he told police he had more drugs in his room. They found a further 122 pills in his room.
A San Sai man was arrested in Phrao with 88,000 Yaba pills and 500 grams of Ya Ice on September 24, 2014 after police stopped his car at a checkpoint. Police uncovered 60,000 pills in the car and a further 28,000 in his house along with the Ya Ice.
On September 27 police found two Chiang Rai men with 200,000 methamphetamine pills and 1 kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden in spare tires in the back of a pickup truck and a car. Police stopped the vehicles at Nong Hiang Village and Pong Pu Fueng Checkpoints in Chiang Rai where they arrested the two men.


Bold bank robber makes off with 83,000 baht

BAAC in Hang Dong robbed in broad daylight

Tellers show police the camera footage of the bank robber at the BAAC in Hang Dong.

Nopniwat Krailerg
A bold daylight robbery at the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) in Hang Dong near Baan Tawai saw the alleged gunman make off with 83,000 baht in cash.
Bank tellers told police that the man, approximately 175 cm in height, wearing a green jacket, jeans and a brown cap walked into the bank with a brown paper bag and thrust a note at the teller stating that he had a gun and a bomb, and that if they reported to the police they would die.
The robber, speaking in Northern Thai dialect, told the teller to give him 1,000 baht notes. After receiving the money the robber left the brown paper bag on the counter and fled the bank, driving off on a motorcycle.
Pol. Col. Mondop Sangjamnong, Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police said it was clear that the robber had planned the crime around the bank’s police lunch hour. Police will investigate the CCTV and hunt down the robber.


Family arrested in fake alcohol business

Officers of the Excise Department arrested a family for producing fake alcohol and warn that the cheaper priced liquor may be harmful to the drinker.

Nopniwat Krailerg
A family renting a house in Chang Puak Sub-district in Chiang Mai city was arrested with equipment used to produce alcohol officers from the 5th Regional Excise Office announced on September 22, 2014.
Police uncovered 200 bottles of alcohol, mostly Thai brands, as well as used stamps and ingredients to make and flavor the alcohol. Police arrested the father, Thanarat Anthiwong, age 62 along with his two sons Assawin, age 34, and Jirawut age 30.
The three men allegedly produced the alcohol and sold it around the city for a much cheaper cost than the normal brands. Officers said they had heard of a family producing fake alcohol and upon investigation uncovered the equipment in Chang Puak. Officers stated that the fake liquor may be harmful to the drinker.


Governor informal monthly meeting with government heads

Coffee House Forum held at International Convention Center

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya met with Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii, police, local leaders and others at the coffee house forum held at the International Convention Center.

Nopniwat Krailerg
As part of Chiang Mai Governor’s efforts to receive more input from local government heads, police, district officers and local residents he held one in a series of monthly informal coffee house meetings, this month was hosted by Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Director of the Pinkanakorn Development Agency.
The forum is held every month and each month the location changes and gives local authorities a chance to exchange experiences and give input as well as smooth coordination between agencies.
The Damronghdhama Center of Chiang Mai Province was established to receive reports and provide services to local people and receives cooperation from various agencies to offer One Stop Service to people.
The Governor noted that there were expected to be many Chinese tourists in town with the long holiday in China and that everyone must be ready to welcome them to the city.
On the matter of the Mae Kha Canal the Governor said that the province is now implement a solution to wastewater being pumped into the canal and return clean water to the canal. The province is also working organizing entertainment venues and encroachment in public spaces. The Governor asked all agencies to work together to develop Chiang Mai sustainably.


Faculty of Medicine CMU celebrates Mahidol Day

The Faculty of Medicine Chiang Mai University in collaboration with of Health Sciences and Operations Committee held the ceremonies and activities to pay homage to HRH Prince Mahidol of Songkhla “The Father of Modern Medicine and Public Health of Thailand” in occasion of Mahidol Day on September 24, 2014. Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joined the President of Chiang Mai University Assoc. Prof. Dr. Niwet Nantajit and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wattana Navachoaroen, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at CMU to mark the passing of HRH Prince Mahidol by offering alms to 108 monks and laying wreaths a the monument to HRH Prince Mahidol. Somrat Charuluxananan head of Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, also spoke on “Thai Medicine and Public Health Under Royal Graciousness”.


Chiang Mai Food Festival could bring in 20 million baht in revenue

Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard announced the upcoming Chiang Mai Food Festival that is expected to draw 30,000 visitors.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai Food Festival is scheduled for October 10 -17, 2014 and will be held at Central Plaza Airport Chiang Mai by the Restaurant Club. The annual fair is a popular event as it showcases food from Chiang Mai and around Thailand along with concerts, dance performances and contests. Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard presided over the press conference announcing the event on September 22, 2014.
This year the festival is expected to bring 20 million baht in revenues for the city, Chawalit Choncharoen the festival organizer said. He noted that the festival coincides with the end of Buddhist Lent and that more than 30,000 visitors are expected to visit the Festival.
In addition to food stalls, cooking demonstrations and performances Janet Khew, Aof Pongsak, Mocha Garden, Maew Chirasak, King and Tangmo as well as the Leo Show Talent Contest.


Immigration raid Pun Space Work Space

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Immigration Police visited Pun Space Work Space on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 11 on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 and brought eighteen foreigners from the co-working space back to the Immigration Office near the Airport. Foreigners at the coffee shop/work space who had their passports with them were released while those who could not produce their passports were questioned.
Once Immigration had checked all passports and valid visas all foreigners were released according to a source at the Immigration office. Those without passports were checked on the computer. The Immigration Office source told the Chiang Mai Mail that they were simply checking that all foreigners were in Thailand legally with valid passports and visas.


Chiang Mai to survey Kiw Pa Wok Border Trade

 

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat presided over a workshop held at Anurothai School in Chiang Dao on September 10, 2014 to discuss the Kiw Pha Wok border and trade at the border checkpoint. Currently only open to Thai and Myanmar nationals the province hopes to upgrade it to an international border pointe eventually following the results of the survey. The Deputy Governor also discussed promoting sister city relationships and the ongoing work to sign an MOU with Kengtung, Myanmar.


CAMT researchers win Thailand Digi Challenge 2014

Digital content for commercial applications

Two teams of researchers from CAMT at Chiang Mai University won awards in New Media and Animation in the Thailand Digi Challenge 2014.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Researchers from the Smart Lab CAMT Project at the College of Arts, Media and Technology at Chiang Mai University took home two awards for digital content at the Thailand Digi Challenge 2014 at the Software Expo Asia 2014. Organized by the Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) the competition involves digital content that meets the needs of an industry and can be expanded commercially easily.
The categories were Animation, Gaming, E-Learning and New Media. CAMT’s teams took awards in New Media for their work on Phuket town titled Sino – Portugese; The Ancestral City; Back to the past 100 years of Phuket Old Town by Nicha Wanyaad and Krissada Mahakojpisarn. The pair received a 20,000 baht cash prize and a grant of 450,000 baht for further work that models Phuket in the reign of King Rama V allowing viewers to see various cultures. Additionally the application includes areas of interest with GPS locations in the form of a virtual 3d world.
The team of Apichaya Kanhasut and Phakorn Mingsiripreedain took the New Media award for the North for their Android application that promotes tourism in Chiang Mai in the form of a Scorpion tailed boat exploring the Ping River and simulating the architecture and atmosphere of the days when people used the river for transport, They also received 20,000 baht in prize money.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Pilot and passengers alive in amazing mountain rescue

Helicopter on rescue mission missing in high mountains of Myanmar

Flash flood in Fang sweeps 3 people away

Governor pushes bicycle lanes on provincial agenda

Over 1,000 cyclists join CarFree Day

Army tackles encroachment in Huai Nam Dang National Park

Damrongdhama Center hotline receives about 10 calls each day

Japanese government donates fire engines to Mae Chaem

Rotary International and Makro work to provide unleaded pots for noodle sellers

Community based tourism focus of development

CMU Medical students in foreign exchange programs

Man arrested for burgling more than 50 apartments

Gang of fake police arrested in kidnapping in Chiang Rai

Police discover 200,000 Yaba pills hidden in spare tires

Bold bank robber makes off with 83,000 baht

Family arrested in fake alcohol business

Governor informal monthly meeting with government heads

Faculty of Medicine CMU celebrates Mahidol Day

Chiang Mai Food Festival could bring in 20 million baht in revenue

Immigration raid Pun Space Work Space

Chiang Mai to survey Kiw Pa Wok Border Trade

CAMT researchers win Thailand Digi Challenge 2014