Thursday, October 23 is Chulalongkorn Day
The Chiang Mai Mail joins Chiang Mai and the
people of Thailand in honoring the life of King Chulalongkorn the Great. The
day is a public holiday and government offices and banks will be closed.
Red songthaew drivers unhappy with new route system
Passengers want improved courtesy and fair prices
The majority of red songthaew drivers feel that
the new routes have reduced their income while passengers believe the costs
A recent by the Economics Research and Agricultural Forecasting
Centre (Maejo Poll) of users of the red truck services and of drivers as to
the efficacy and efficiency of the new routes implemented by the NPCO in
August found that 78.62% of red truck drivers were facing economic
The aim of the implementation of the new routes was to reduce the number of
vehicles on the road and tackle the increasing traffic jams. The poll of 500
passengers and 145 drivers was conducted from October 6 -9, 2014 and found
that 78.72% of the drivers were dissatisfied with the new system citing a
drop in income due to reduced passenger numbers..
A majority of drivers, 74.4%, wanted to set income compensation in a
realistic manner, while 42.07% wanted increased route coverage. Finally
36.55% wanted increased parking spots. The drivers thought that increasing
routes and areas to cover will help increase customer to increase the
revenue of the drivers.
After the one month trial around 57.72 felt that it was effective and 59.7%
felt it had reduced traffic jams caused by parking and 47.49% felt that it
had resolved the issue of shortages of trucks on some routes.
However, passenger response found that 56.1% believed that costs were unfair
and 54.31% felt that there were problems with the quality of service and
driving safety. Nearly half, 45.69% felt it was inconvenient to take many
different buses to reach the destination. Nearly 39% felt that the bus
routes that had been implemented did not meet the needs of the passengers,
and 36% reported that drivers were not following the rules.
Passengers felt that it was necessary to improve the quality of service,
etiquette and ethics of the drivers, increased concern for passenger safety
and improve the costs of services appropriate to each route.
Kad Luang merchants and drivers call for return of songthaew stops
Reinstate parking for out of city songthaews
Waroros Market merchants and out of city
songthaew merchants call on the government to reinstate parking for
songthaews at the market.
Business owners and market stall operators joined drivers of out of
city songthaew routes to call on the government to reinstate parking at
Waroros Market as moving the stop to Chang Puak Bus Station has reduced
trade and increased costs for local merchants.
A group of Waroros Market businesspeople and songthaew drivers gathered at
the Kuan Yu Shrine on October 2, 2014 at Kuan Yu Shrine beside Waroros
Market, Chiang Mai to write a message and post it in Lao Jow Alley saying
that they want the songthaews from outside the Muang District to be allowed
to park at the market again. The group said that the market has seen
sluggish sales and reduced revenue for the two months since the songthaews
had been moved to Chang Puak Bus Station. The group pointed out that people
from different districts faced difficulties in travel both in bringing
products to sell at the market and buying products from the market because
they must transfer buses and pay more for the travel and transport goods.
Somchart Lorsrimek, a representative of the Chiang Mai-Mae Rim route bus
pointed out that the old parking spots were set at Waroros Market for more
than 40 years.
Navin Battra, a representative of the group added that stores have to pay
more to transport goods and that affected the whole system. The demand was
signed by more than 1,000 suffered people to submit to the NPCO and involved
agencies to solve the problem.
Later, the 33rd Military Circle invited 100 representatives of the group to
meet atat Kawila Camp to find a solution.
Villagers in San Pong call for better water supply
San Pong villagers call on the government to
help them with water supply problems.
Villagers from San Pong Municipality held a second protest at the
San Pong Municipality in Mae Rim District on October 10, 2014 calling on the
government once again to implement water supply and quality standards for
residents in the area. The first protest took place on October 8 as
residents complained of a lack of water and insufficient supplies.
The villagers had paid the municipality to purchase water from a private
company, PPS Energy and Marine Co. Ltd. but later, after problems occurred
and some villagers did not pay the monthly bill for water. The company
stopped distribution of water to villagers on October 1 as the Municipality
had not renewed the contract.
When the villagers asked about the matter from the municipality, the officer
said the municipality had to cancel the contract as some households did not
pay their water bill. The Municipality was required to obtain water from the
Water Resources Department leaving villagers who used water from the private
company with insufficient water.
Pol. Maj. Supawat Suphan, San Pong Mayor invited village representatives to
discuss to find a solution together. He said that they must follow the law
and the reason for the delay is that documents were sent to the provincial
government and that now the head of the village must make a document to
receive the complaint and send it to the municipality to follow procedure
and make sure everything is implemented according to the law.
Ivory merchants warned
Efforts to avoid CITES boycott
Piroj Kullawanich, the head of the Office of
Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai announced that businesses dealing in ivory
must register their business within 30 days as Thailand could face a CITES
trade ban for the illegal trade and smuggling of ivory.
Chiang Mai’s Office of Commercial Affairs warned that merchants
trading in ivory must register with the Commercial Affairs Office,
municipalities orsubdistrict administrative organizations in area where the
store is located within 30 days.
Piroj Kullawanich, the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai
said that the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Commerce assigned the
Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai to campaign for ivory traders to
register in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wind Fauna and Flora: CITES, which is the international treaty
signed by Thailand and 179 other parties to control the trade, import
export, border crossing and transport of wild animals and plants states that
if a member wishes to have domestic ivory trade there must be an effective
control measure in order to prevent illegal international ivory trade. If
the parties do not conform, there could be a trade ban. Thailand is the 80th
member since 1975 and the elephant is listed in CITES Appendix I.
The Department of Business Development and the Ministry of Natural Resources
and Environment has prepared measures to control the ivory trade in the
country by requiring commercial operators, desalination plants, carving and
craft of ivory, wholesale and retail of ivory and ivory products, must apply
for commercial registration.
Piroj Kullawanich said that registration was vital as Thailand has been
placed on a list of eight countries that require special surveillance on the
illegal trade and smuggling of ivory.
Meeting on Mae Kha Canal
to coordinate solutions
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul presided over a meeting
with the Land Office and officials from other government offices involved in
solving the Mae Kha Canal problems recently. The main issue discussed at the
meeting was to set up coordination with the Chiang Mai Land Office to
explicitly define land boundaries by coordinating with the Geo-Informatics
and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) for satellite
images to search for areas that have been encroached before the survey by
the Land Office.
The release of clean water to flush out the canal will be more difficult in
the dry season, however, there will have to be controls on the discharge of
wastewater into the canal by households and other residents. The Chiang Mai
Municipality are testing the water quality on a weekly basis and if there
are abnormalities then the water supply would be topped to fix the problem.
Another meeting will be held by the working group at the end of the month to
discuss the progress on Mae Kha Canal.
Eco-village concept to be
implemented for Chiang Mai
Governor Navin Sintusa-ard chaired a meeting on
adding the Muang District of Chiang Mai to the Master Plan as an
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai city will see its districts included to be developed as
eco-villages as part of the Master Plan for Chiang Mai Eco Village
Development 2014 according to Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard at a recent
meeting at Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens in Mae Rim.
The Eleventh National Economic and Social Development Plan, which was
enacted in 2012 focuses on human development and raising the standard of
living for all Thai people by improving health care, education and the
environment as well as promoting sustainable economic growth and increasing
As part of this plan to improve livability with a better environment 25
sub-districts in 25 different districts have been selected for eco-village
development. Pilot communities are being set up in Ban Om Long in Samoeng
and Ban Muang Kham in Mae Rim and plans for eco-village development include
more green spaces, community gardens using organic methods, and composting.
Chiang Mai city will face environmental problems as it grows and expands and
so the Muang District was added to the Master Plan for eco-villages and is
publicizing the plan to the public and increase support and information on
green practices and environmental issues.
Get well wishes for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya was joined by Deputy Governors,
heads of agencies and citizens in signing a book offering HM the King wishes
to get well soon on October 6, 2014. People across the province were given
the opportunity to sign books at District Offices as well after the Bureau
of the Royal Household announced that HM the King had been submitted to
Siriraj Hospital. HM the King underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder on
October 5, 2014. Doctors report his health is improving.
New Walking Street Market at Baan Tawai
Kad Mua every Friday
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joins Narong
Leksomboon, of the Chiang Mai Culture Office, along with Wasan Dechakan,
President of Baan Tawai Handicrafts Entrepreneurs Association to announce
the new Baan Tawai Walking Street Market to be held every Friday.
The Chiang Mai Baan Tawai Cultural Street Walking Street Market was
launched on October 17, 2014 and will be held every Friday offering a unique
old Lanna style Kad Mua market with local foods, cultural performances and
of course, the handicrafts that have made Baan Tawai a landmark.
On 7th October, 2014, Narong Leksomboon, of the Chiang Mai Culture Office,
along with Wasan Dechakan, President of Baan Tawai Handicrafts Entrepreneurs
Association announced the new Walking Street Market at Baan Tawai noting
that the area had been famous for its handicrafts and that it was part of
the office’s efforts to promote local cultural activities and promote
distinctive identities for sustainable tourism.
The Kad Mua or 100 Years Market will offer a unique market for locals and
visitors every Friday in Baan Tawai.
Chiang Mai Design Week to feature creative space for local designers
December 6 – 14, 2014
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joined TCDC
Chiang Mai Director Apisit Laistrooglai and Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn in announcing the upcoming Chiang Mai Design Week from December
6 – 14, 2014.
Chiang Mai Design Week, scheduled to be held from December 6 -14,
2014 at various locations around the city will highlight the city’s
creativity, giving local designers a platform for their works as well as
work with internationally renowned designers in various fields it was
announced at a press conference held by the Director of TCDC (Thailand
Creative & Design Center), Chiang Mai Apisit Laistrooglai on October 7,
Joined by Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Chiang Mai Mayor
Tussanai Buranupakorn at the press conference, Mr. Apisit noted that the
Design Week is being held under the concept of “Born Creative”. The event is
being organized to bridge the potential of the designer and creator with the
international design market and will collect more than 100 local brands, 56
exhibits, 26 workshops and 25 lectures in one event.
Chiang Mai Design Week will provide local designers the opportunity to work
international designers, studios and marketers as well as provide a Creative
Space Workshop, city installations and tour, business programs and creative
The event will help the city drive its brand image and combine with
creativity in a way that will help drive the city’s development following
the guidelines of a creative city. More information on the event online
including programs and tours. http://www.chiangmai designweek.com/
Fire engines for Mae Win sub-district
in Mae Wang from the Japanese government
Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii and Ms.
Kagesarin Tunkaew, Chief Executive of Mae Win Sub-District Administration
Organization signed the agreement to provide funding for the purchase of a
fire engine on October 10, 2014.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 2,860,000
baht for “the Project for the Procurement of a Fire Engine in Mae Win
Sub-District Administration Organization in Mae Wang District, Chiang Mai
Province”. On 10 October, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan
in Chiang Mai, and Ms. Kagesarin Tunkaew, Chief Executive of Mae Win
Sub-District Administration Organization, jointly signed the funding
contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
Mae Win Sub-District is located in the southwestern part of Mae Wang
District, and it is only one hour by car from Chiang Mai city but most of
the Sub-District is a mountainous area. The Sub-District has a population of
11,905 and most of the residents are ethnic minorities such as Karen and
Hmong who are engaged in agriculture. In recent years, eco-tourism making
use of the rich natural beauty of this area has been introduced and become
popular. Approximately 50,000 tourists from within the country and abroad
visit this area in each year and the amount of homestay style accommodation
is also increasing. However haze from mountain and forest fires has a bad
effect on the tourism industry in this area because many inhabitants are
still engaged in slash-and-burn agriculture.
Mae Win Sub-District Administration Organization, which has responsibility
for disaster prevention, has only one fire engine with poor equipment, which
is actually a modified pickup truck. This machine has almost no effect in
fighting forest fires due to its limited capacity.
In response to a request from Mae Win Sub-District Administration
Organization, the Government of Japan will bear the costs of purchasing a
medium size fire engine with a water tank and crane. It is expected that
this support will contribute to ensuring the security of the residents in
Mae Win Sub-District and the nearby area as well as mitigating smoke haze
and aiding conservation of the natural environment in the north of Thailand.
Former PEA official arrested with 292,000 Yaba pills
Fugitive drug trafficker caught at Doi Chang checkpoint
Former PEA government official Chan Wattalo
arrested smuggling drugs for the Ago Sermue gang.
A former Provincial Electric Authority official was arrested in Phayao with
over 292,000 methamphetamine pills on October 7, 2014 in a series of arrests
that netted a wanted fugitive drug trafficker, and a further 540,000 pills
in Chiang Rai and Phrae in the first ten days of October, 2014.
On October 2, 2014 Mae Chan Police in Chiang Rai received a report of a drug
smuggling route in Mae Fah Luang they set up a checkpoint on the road
between Ban Chom Chan and Ban Kheelek where they stopped two men from Mae
Chan on a motorcycle. A pickup truck following the motorcycle attempted to
turn back when the two men were stopped but as police rushed to stop the
truck a sack was thrown out of the truck and the occupant of the truck fled
the vehicle into the bushes.
Police were unable to recover the driver but found 100,000 methamphetamine
pills in the sack on the side of the road plus a further 300,000 pills in
sacks in the truck. Somnuek Opia, age 23 and Wicha Lacherage age 20, told
police they had been hired by the pickup’s driver, Nantayos Chermue to ride
point on the motorcycle to avoid checkpoints for 30,000 baht, The drugs were
being smuggled to Pathum Thani.
The next day, on October 3, police officers at the Pu Kaeng Police Box in
Phan District, Chiang Rai, two Chiang Mai men were arrested with 20,000 baht
in methamphetamine pills. The two suspects confessed to police that they had
been paid 40,000 baht by someone named Pao to pick up the drugs in front of
the PTT gas station in Mae Lao and deliver it to someone in front of the
University of Phayao.
Chiang Dao police uncovered a Tak man who was wanted by police after jumping
bail for an arrest on a drug trafficking charge. Mathawin Namthang age 35 of
Tak, was arrested by police who found he had an outstanding warrant from
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Provincial Court, on December 23, 2013 in charge of
having type 1 illegal drugs in possession for distribution after he had been
caught in Chiang Dao with 460,000 methamphetamine pills. Police stopped the
man for behaving suspiciously at a Chiang Dao checkpoint and discovered the
A former Provincial Electricity Authority official was arrested on October
7, 2014 after police discovered 292,000 Yaba pills in his pickup truck at a
checkpoint in Mae Loi Lai in Chun District, Phayao.
Chan Wattalo, age 62 of Chiang Rai, confessed to police that he had been
hired to smuggle drugs from Chiang Rai to Chun in Phayao for 200,000 baht.
Police believe he was working for the Ago Sermue gang or Little Yi Sae in
Police say that the Little Yi Sae gang is a powerful gang based in Ban Pha
Khao in Myamar and linked with Doi Chang Moob in Chiang Rai to smuggle drugs
On October 10, 2014, police at Nang Fa Checkpoint in Song District in Phrae
arrested two father and son sets of drug traffickers when they uncovered
140,000 methamphetamine pills hidden in the spare tire of their pickup
truck. The first father and son pair confessed that they had been hired by a
man from Myanmar to smuggle drugs to Ayutthaya. Using their information
police also arrested the second father and son pair who were waiting to
receive the drugs along with a third man in Ayutthaya.
Bank robber a former
municipal council member
Daring daylight bank robberies at 3 different banks
The suspect re-enacts the crime at the
Bangkok Bank Big C Don Chan Branch with Pol. Maj. Gen. Tanitsak
Theerasawat, Acting Commissioner of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen.
Prachuab Wongsuk, Commander of Investigation Division Provincial Police
Region 5 and Lamphun police.
Region 5 Police announced the arrest of a man accused of three
daring daylight bank robberies in Chiang Mai and Lamphun on October 9,
2014. The accused, Pipitthon Fongkhruerkhan, age 44 is a former member
of the Nong Chang Khuen Municipal Council.
Three banks were robbed by a man who wrote a message to the teller
saying he had a bomb and a gun to give him money in a bag. He would have
a fake bomb to scare the staff into giving him the money.
Police tracked him down after he robbed the Bankok Bank Big C Don Chan
Branch at the end of 2013, the Krung Thai Bank Big C Lamphun Branch
earlier this year and the BAAC Baan Tawai Branch on September 29, 2014.
Police brought Mr. Pipitthon to re-enact his crime at the Bangkok Bank
Big C Don Chan Branch first before taking him to the other branches to
re-enact the crimes.
The suspect confessed to police that he had been a member of the Nong
Chang Khuen Municipal Council and then tried to act as a used goods
trader but had lost several hundred thousand baht in a bet on football
and decided to rob banks to pay off his debts.
ONCB Region 5 auctions off
Buyers inspect seized properties prior to
the auction that raised 1.3 million baht for the government.
The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) Region 5 held its
4th auction of property seized in drug cases by order of the Secretary
of the Narcotics Control Board on October , 2014.
The auction was joined by more than 50 bidders and saw items including
cars, motorcycles and electrical appliances valued at 1.3 million baht.
In 2014, the office seized properties of drug cases for 299 items, worth
270.66 million baht. These properties were auctioned after the end of
the legal process. However in the fiscal year 2015, the office plans to
hold the auction on a monthly basis, at no less than 100 items per
Under Thai law people convicted of drug offenses have their property
seized by the government as illegally earned profits and the property is
then auctioned off.
Australian man found hanged in his guesthouse room
Police received a report of the death of a foreigner in a
guesthouse on Tha Phae Road at 10:30 a.m. on October 4, 2014. Upon
arrival at the scene with the forensic medical team from Maharaj Nakorn
Chiang Mai Hospital they found the body of a foreign man hanging from a
concrete beam in the room.
Due to the state of the body it was determined he had been dead more
than three days. Documents found in the room indicated the man was a 59
year old former language teacher named David Phillip Crooks
The owner of the guesthouse said Mr. Crooks had checked in about
midnight on September 27, 2014. However, a few days prior to finding his
body he had not been seen and had failed to come in and pay his daily
bill. The owner went to check and found the body hanging in the room.
Police believe he may have committed suicide as he had recently been
laid off by his employer, they found the termination documents in his
Glue sniffer burns down his grandmother’s house
Mae Ping Police and fire were called to the scene of a fire in
Nong Hoi at 8:40 a.m. on October 11, 2014 to find a two story wooden
house in flames. It took firefighters more than 30 minutes to extinguish
the blaze which caused over 100,000 baht in damages.
Police found the house’s owner 81 year old Thong Kawichai living with
her grandson Chanet Charoensuk, age 34, who, according to police
reports, was high from sniffing glue. Police also found a can of glue on
his person before detaining him.
The grandmother, who was not at home at the time of the fire, said her
grandson was known for shoplifting and was a drug addict and had been
arrested before. She told police that before the fire he sniffed a lot
of glue and then set the house on fire. The grandmother was not in the
house and that time and could not rescue any of her belongings.
New commander for Wing 41
Outgoing Commander of Wing 41 Group Captain
Kidkuan Sadub presided over the ceremony to transfer command of the Royal
Thai Air Force Base to Group Captain Chartnon Satanphathai as new Commander
of Wing 41 on October 21, 2014. Wing 41 is one of 11 Wings in the Royal Thai
Midnight offerings on Peng Pud Day
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya offers alms
to monks at midnight as part of Peng Pud Day.
Peng Pud Day is celebrated when the Full Moon falls on a
Wednesday and is marked by the Buddhist faithful in Chiang Mai lining up
to offer alms and food to monks at midnight.
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joined the faithful at Wat
Suan Dok at 12:30 a.m. on October 8 to offer alms and make merit. He was
joined by his wife and President of the Chiang Mai Red Cross Mananya
Prasatbuntitya and Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat along with
thousands of Buddhist faithful dressed in white to offer rice and dried
food and supplies for more than 300 monks and novices.
This year, the festival was set to start at 9.30 p.m. on October 7 and
many temples arranged ceremonies, sermons and alms offering beginning at
midnight on October 8, 2014.
Peng Pud is an old Northern belief taken from the Burmese that is based
on the story that Pra Aupakut, a Buddhist monk living during the reign
of King Ashoka, would go out at midnight asking for offerings. Legend
has it that anyone who offered food to Pra Aupakut would have a life of
fortune and safety.
City Hall receives defibrillator from Suan Dok Hospital
for emergency care
Third public location to receive AED
Chiang Mai Maharaj Nakorn Hospital
has installed a defibrillator or AED in City Hall in a bid to
place AED units in public places in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Suan Dok Hospital, or Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital.
donated and installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
to City Hall on September 30, 2014. Deputy Governor Navin
Sintusa-ard was on hand to receive the equipment on behalf of
Assistant Professor Narain Chotirosniramit, Deputy Director of
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, said that the equipment can
be used in case of cardiac arrest noting that in the United
States alone there are 180,000 – 250,000 who suffer cardiac
arrest annually. Cardiac arrest can affect all ages and without
the AED the person can die within minutes. However, an AED can
help patients survive cardiac arrest by restarting the heart.
He noted that in developed countries AED units are installed in
public places including airports, train stations, community
centers etc. However, Thailand does not have AED installed in
public places so the installation of the AED in City Hall is a
good start to saving lives. This is the fourth public place that
Suan Dok Hospital has installed the AED unit other locations are
Chiang Mai International Airport, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai
Hospital and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Pang prateed to light up the city
35,000 clay saucers to decorate the city on November 4
Deputy Governor Chareonrit
Sa-nguansat and President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn light
pang pradeed at the press conference announcing the Pang Pradeed
The streets of Chiang Mai will be lit up on November 4
by thousands of the small clay pots called pang prateed lining
the streets and lighting the skies Deputy Governor Charoenrit
Sa-nguansat announced at a press conference on October 12, 2014.
Deputy Governor Charoenrit was joined by Boonlert Buranupakorn,
President of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization;
and Natchudej Viriyadiloktham, Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor in
announcing the event “Light 35,000 Pang Prateed, Shine to the
Sky, Maintain the City” in its third year this year.
Held in cooperation with the Rak Chiang Mai City Community
Network of 26 communities, temples, educational institutions,
Chiang Mai PAO, Chiang Mai Municipality, Fuen Baan Yan Viang
Chiang Mai Network, and the Health Promotion Network, the event
will see 35,000 pang prateed set around gates of the city.
The Governor will preside over the lighting ceremony of the
small traditional clay pots filled with beeswax or vegetable oil
in front of Three Kings Monument in the evening of November 4,
2014. He will offer alms to the King who built the city before
leading a parade of Maejo University students in a parade to
light pang prateed at the gates of the city moat.
The event is being held to promote the cultural traditions of
Lanna culture and work with community members to build pride in
Chiang Mai and its culture.
Lucky Chiang Mai residents
flock to view lunar eclipse
Clouds clear at the last minute
The moon tinged red as it became
visible once the clouds cleared. This stunning view is of the
moon in partial eclipse.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai residents waited patiently as the sun set and the
moon started to rise in full eclipse behind a layer of haze and
clouds at 6:03 p.m. on October 8, 2014. With the maximum eclipse
occurring as the moon was just below the horizon at 5:55 p.m.
residents and visitors waited on the roof of Maya Lifestyle Mall
hoping to see the clouds part in time to see the eclipse. That
wish was finally granted at 6:24 p.m. as the moon was still in
National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public
Organization) (NARIT), Ministry of Science and Technology said
that the red tinged moon, often called a “blood moon” was not
visible in all parts of Thailand due to rain and cloud cover.
NARIT set up 3 viewing points in Thailand; the rooftop of MAYA
Chiang Mai, the Observatory in Nakhon Ratchasima and
Benchamaratrangsarit School in Chachoengsao, which drew many
In Chiang Mai there were ten telescopes set up with a live
broadcast sent to a big screen for the many people who waited to
view the eclipse. People who missed viewing the Lunar Eclipse
this year can see at www. narit.or.th and Facebook of NARIT. The
next time there will be a partial lunar eclipse visible in
Chiang Mai will be on April 4, 2015. The next blood moon or full
lunar eclipse will be visible in Chiang Mai on January 31, 2018.