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Vol. XIII No.21 - Sunday October 19, 2014 - Saturday November 1, 2014


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Queen of the Flowers at the Flora Festival

The Chiang Mai Flora Festival 2014 at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport from October 31 – November 2, 2014 will feature the theme “Rose, Queen of the Flowers.” On display at the event will be seven brand new Bhubing rose species that reach international standards for rose species including fragrance, flower size, color and resistance to disease and insects. There will also be a display of roses such as the Baby Rose, giant rose sculptures, workshops on roses, makeup demonstrations by famous makeup artists, and a fashion show led by Apitsada “Ice” Kruakongka. The event is held in cooperation with the Thai Life Insurance Public Co. Ltd., Bhubing Palace, Royal Project, The Botanical Garden Organization, Royal Park Rajapruek, the TAT and others.


Oktoberfest returns to the Holiday Inn

Stella Jacob and staff are ready for the Oktoberfest dinner event to be held at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai on October 24, 2014.

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After the success of last year’s very popular Oktoberfest event at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Stella Jacobs, General Manager of the hotel, announced recently that the event would return this year, back by popular acclaim.
The 2nd Oktoberfest by the River at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai is being held with sponsorship from Horeca Chiang Mai and Bangkok Airways. Stella encouraged people to join the popular event which is set up Munich beer hall style with long tables, beer, food and music. The event will be held on Friday, October 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and will feature authentic German food such as pork knuckle, Wiener Schnitzel and sausages along with a wide range of Thai dishes and a selection of German beers.
The evening highlight is live music and typical Oktoberfest fun activities and the Lucky prize winner stands a chance to win a Bangkok Airways roundtrip ticket to Phuket with 2 nights stay in Deluxe Garden View room at Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach inclusive of breakfast for two persons.
Tickets are available now at 599 baht per ticket for German& International Buffet (food only) at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai favorite Beers start at 250 baht net per glass.


3 Zoos and a Park for 999 baht in its 5th year

The popular campaign of 3 Zoos and a Park for 999 baht Package has been joined by Bangkok Airways to include a round trip ticket Chiang Mai – Bangkok for 4,499 baht. TAT Chiang Mai director Wisut Buachum announced the re-launch of the package with Kanchai Sanwong, Chiang Mai Zoo Director and representatives of Chiang Mai Night Safari, Royal Park Ratchaphruek, Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium and Bangkok Airways. Highlight activities this year are taking photo with lamps at Chiang Mai Zoo, taking photo with frames at Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium and an exclusive trip for a new theory at Royal Park Ratchaphruek. Sales of the package have increased steadily with more than 1,200 sold in 2014 so far.


Mae Hong Son, City of Three Mists

Shopping & cultural festival in Mae Hong Son every Saturday

Mae Hong Son Governor Sansanee Pukkanont and Sobthana Anprasert, Director of the TAT Mae Hong Son Office are joined by Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii to announce the upcoming events in Mae Hong Son including the Cultural Route of the City of Three Mists and the Bua Tong Festival.

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Mae Hong Son launched its newest tourist attraction at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on October 13, 2014 with Mae Hong Son Governor Sansanee Pukkanont and Sobthana Anprasert, Director of the TAT Mae Hong Son Office.
The Cultural Route of the City of Three Mists is a sightseeing, tasting and shopping festival highlighting the diverse ethnic background of Mae Hong Son and will be held every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Phuak Bridge Yard in the Muang District. The event will take place every Saturday from November 1 to December 16, 2014.
Governor Surapon Panasampon said that the Office of Strategy Management Upper Northern Provincial Cluster 1 approved the project to enhance and personalize identity, to create tourism, trade and investment by involvement of the community. Mae Hong Son has a variety of ethnic groups such as Shan, Red Karen, Lahu, Lisu, Chinese Yunnan, Hmong, and Lua which all have different cultures, traditions, lifestyle and food. This gives travelers from around the world the chance to see each distinctive identity including a demonstration of wisdom of art and cultures, dance shows, as well as products made by hand on sale. There is also a model of the ancient bazaar of Shan named “Gad Peed”, and scenes of important places in Mae Hong Son with costumes of all ethnicities for taking photo. The opening ceremony will be held on Nov 1, at 6.00 p.m., with a light and sound show.
The governor also invites tourist to visit Buatong Festival that will be held during Nov 12-15 at the old airport in Khunyuam Sub-district. Mae Hong Son is famous for its Bua Tong, or Mexican Sunflower, fields that carpet the hills in gold every cool season. There are many activities including a Miss Buatong contest.


Food Festival at Prasertland from October 24 – November 1

11th annual Haeman Nakornping & Food Festival

The 11thHaeman Nakornping & Food Festival will be held at Prasertland from October 24 to November 1, 2014.

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11thHaeman Nakornping & Food Festival starts on the 24th of October to the first of November at Prasertland and features a variety of food from restaurants along with performances and beauty competitions, Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul announced at a press conference held at Kantary Hills Hotel Chiang Mai on October 3, 2014.
The President of the Organizing Committee Udornphan Chantarawiroj, President of Singha Pattana Chiangmai Co. Ltd. said that the organizing committee had so far donated 50,000 baht to the Chiang Mai government to be used in emergency situations such as floods, drought, as well as combatting crime and drugs. The event is held in early winter every year to promote local artists with country folk singing, dancing contests and others. There are many food stalls and concerts from Maleehuana, Poo Pongsit, Yinglee, Wit Hyper, and Kala.


Six local construction companies raided for illegal software

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Economic Crime Division Police raided six companies in Chiang Mai for use of unlicensed Autodesk – a software product mostly used for design and construction. This operation has found illegal software widespread throughout the country. Property and real estate are among business sectors using illegal software.
All six companies in Chiang Mai are one hundred percent owned by Thai shareholders and were found using copies of unlicensed Autodesk software on 2 to 16 computers which worth over 11 million baht. These companies provide architectural design, engineering and consultancy, as well as construction services for many local projects. Similar to others in the business, they are delivering services to meet the rising demands in property and real estate markets in the north.
ECD Police also announced to accelerate enforcement action to cover all regions in Thailand. Spokesperson Chainarong Charoenchainao said: “Software violation is a serious problem that helped to put Thailand on the PWL. To remove Thailand from this list, we have to firmly establish good corporate governance and ethical business practices in our business community. This can’t occur if software copyright violations remain.”
In addition to six companies in Chiang Mai, Police also raided nine companies in Bangkok, Nonthaburi Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan. The biggest company being raided was a steel pipe and cold-forming steel producer in Bangkok. The company has annual revenue of 2 billion baht and was recorded for use of unlicensed Autodesk software worth 800,000 baht. The highest infringement value of 9.9 million baht goes to a Thai-Japanese manufacturing company in Nonthaburi that violated the copyright owned by Siemens PLM Software.
Police closed the month with 15 enforcement raids for use of unlicensed software in business, finding a total of 112 PCs loaded with illegal software from Autodesk, Siemens PLM Software, ThaiSoftware, and Microsoft. The total infringement value was over 38 million baht.
Those who report the use of illegal and unlicensed software by calling the Software Piracy Hotline at 02-714-1010 or by reporting it online are eligible to receive an award of up to 250,000 Thai Baht. The identity of the caller is protected. More information is available online at www.stop.in.th


Loy Krathong 2014 schedule

The city is decorated with lighted sculptures at the gates, the corners and Three Kings Monument drawing crowds of people for unique Yee Peng photos.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Loy Krathong, or Yee Peng as it is known in the North which are now celebrated together, is held for three days in November. The word Loy means to float and the word Krathong means a small circular shaped object, now often made out of banana trunks, decorated with flowers, incense and a candle. Buddhist faithful will clip a piece of fingernail and a small piece of hair and place it in the Krathong to float on the river or the moat. The belief is that you are symbolically floating away your bad luck and also honoring the goddess of the river Mae Ping.
In Chiang Mai people also send off a hot air ballon, or Khom Loy, writing your wishes for the coming year and then float the balloon off to the sky. However, many hapless tourists end up seeing their balloons getting stuck in trees, electric wires or not taking off at all so do not hesitate to ask for assistance before lighting the fire under a Khom Loy.
The Yee Peng Festival or Loy Krathong begins on November 5 in Chiang Mai with the opening ceremony held at Tha Pae Gate at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Lantern Parade that will start from Tha Pae Gate and end on Chang Klan Road at Panthip Plaza around 10 p.m.
That same evening there will be the Yee Peng Kids Contest at Tha Pae Gate from 7 – 10 p.m.
On November 6 there will be a lantern contest at the Chiang Mai Municipal Office from 9 a.m. to noon. Also at the Municipal Office will be a Krathong Making Contest.
The Small Krathong Parade will begin at 7 p.m. on November 6 from Tha Pae Gate to Praisanee Road ending in front of the Municipal Office. The Noppamas Queen Beauty Contest will begin at Tha Pae Gate at 7 p.m.
November 7 is the final day and the highlight will be the Grand Krathong Parade starting at 6 p.m. at Tha Pae Gate and ending in front of the Municipal Office. The parade is followed by a grand fireworks display in front of the Municipal Office.


Bangkok Airways in Initial Public Offering on Thai SET

Trading should begin on November 3

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Bangkok Airways offered shares in the initial price range of 23 27 baht per share in their IPO that launched October 14 with the final offering price announcement on October 24, 2014. The shares are expected to trade in the Stock Exchange of Thailand under the ticker symbol BA on November 3, 2014.
The company expects the IPO will potentially raise up to 14 billion baht ($429 million) to fund expansion. The company will be offering 520 million new shares, or a 24.8 percent stake in the boutique airline.
The proceeds will be used to increase Bangkok Airways’ fleet size and/or to replace existing aircraft, to purchase spare parts and provisions in relation to fleet adjustment in accordance with industrial standards, for construction of an aircraft hangar at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and for improvements at the Samui International Airport. The remainder will be used for working capital for the Company’s general business operations.
This is the second largest IPO on the SET this year, behind Impact Growth Real Estate Investment Trust, which raised $488 million last month before it started to trade on October 1.
Interested investors can subscribe to Bangkok Airways IPO shares at the headquarters and nationwide branches of the following selling agents: Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited (except micro branches), Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited, Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited, Kasikorn Bank Public Company Limited and CIMB Thai Bank Public Company Limited.


New boutique hotel slated to open on Nimmanhaemin next year

akyra Manor is the newest hotel to hit Chiang Mai and will open on chic Nimmanhaemin Soi 9 by first quarter 2015 according to the developers.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
akyra Manor Chiang Mai, slated to be finished first quarter of 2015, is a collaboration between AHMS - The Collection and Singapore’s maverick hot-shop Manor Studio, located in the heart of Nimmanhaemin on Soi 9. The hotel will be a five-star, 28-key all-suite luxury hotel, with 21 suites at 610 sq ft and seven larger suites at 1050 sq ft created around a courtyard-within-a-room concept.
akyra Manor Chiang Mai joins a collection which comprises existing sister resort akyra Chura Samui as well as AKARYN Samui, Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga and Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi, and which will see the addition of AKARYN Koh Krabeay Retreat & Spa later in 2015 - located on its own private island in Cambodia, and featuring 40 exquisite pool villas and a destination AYURAH Wellness Centre.
The hotel was designed by Chaw Chih Wen, Manor Studio’s Design Director, the former protégé of Cesar Pelli Architects in New York, he has had his work selected for exhibitions such as La Triennale di Milano (2007), the 6th International Conference in Tokyo, Japan (2006), and Tokyo Designers Week (2010). He is also the 2012 A’Design Award winner for Interior Space and Exhibition Design.
Mr. Chaw said a highlight of the design was the inspiration to build each suite around its own courtyard - a ‘room within a room’ concept designed to bring the outdoors inside while not sacrificing privacy, noting that the jacuzzi bathtub is outdoors, but covered by a roof with a cloud motif, and that becomes the centerpiece of each courtyard. The hotel’s façade will mimic the city’s old walls with a natural palette of grays and browns to fit into the charm of the city.


New e-commerce site launched by Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna

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The Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna worked together with the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai and the Triple K Innovation Agent and Supply Co. to develop an e-commerce site to give Chiang Mai traders a larger market.

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Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna has been working with the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai and the Triple K Innovation Agent and Supply Co. to start development of an e-commerce site featuring Chiang Mai products.
Piroj Kullawanich, the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai revealed that Chiang Mai currently has 1,181 OTOP merchants, 3,296 products and 184 Chiang Mai brand merchants. Agencies involved in community development, agriculture and Department of Commerce work together to develop and market products locally and to others provinces and abroad. Chiang Mai products bring several hundred million baht into the provincial economy.
Dr. Passawat Watcharadumrongsak, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer of RMUTL said that the University has prepared a database system of entrepreneurs and are working to implement them on the site as well as work on coordination of marketing channels for entrepreneurs to both domestic and international markets.
Kan Konkleeb, Managing Director of Triple K Innovation Agent and Supply Company said that the site will provide traders both big and small to enter the market and c compete with large companies, and also offer consumers the convenience of buying goods and services through the site. www. shoppingchiangmai.com


Popular Blue Flag Fair returns to Chiang Mai

The popular Blue Flag Fair, offering consumer goods at lower prices, was held from October 6- 10, 2014 with more than 300 booths offering goods at lower than market value. Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya presided over the opening of the fair on October 6, 2014 where he was joined by Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard and heads of several agencies in the province. Niyada Muenanan Department of Internal Trade of Thailand (DIT) Chiang Mai said that the fair offered products at lower prices including special prices for eggs, vegetable oil, sugar and other items.


TOA Paint looks to the future as it celebrates its 50th year

Pongcherd Jamikornkul, MD of TOA Paint (Thailand) Co., Ltd. visited Chiang Mai recently as part of the company’s recent campaign for its 50th anniversary.

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TOA Paint (Thailand) Co. Ltd. celebrated its 50th anniversary with a roadshow that visited Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani and Bangkok to offer lectures in marketing and strategy and support local education with donations.
Pongcherd Jamikornkul, MD of TOA Paint (Thailand) Co., Ltd. attended the event held at the Empress Hotel on October 11, 2014 where lectures were given by special guests Nittaya Tangmitpracha, Vice Chairman of Ubonwatsadu Co., Ltd. and Anuwat Chalermchai, President of Marketing Association of Thailand on master material retailers.
The company also showed its support for education at Ban Ton Pueng School in Mae Rim by painting all the buildings and improving the landscape.
TOA is the leading provider of building paint in Thailand and has a 48 percent market share in the business. The company has built a strong dealer network across the country and is looking increase its lead as the top paint business in ASEAN. Currently TOA has investment and trade in seven countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia and has manufacturing plants in five countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. The company’s market value in ASEAN in the last year reached more than 20,000 million baht and continues to grow.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Queen of the Flowers at the Flora Festival

Oktoberfest returns to the Holiday Inn

3 Zoos and a Park for 999 baht in its 5th year

Mae Hong Son, City of Three Mists

Food Festival at Prasertland from October 24 – November 1

Six local construction companies raided for illegal software

Loy Krathong 2014 schedule

Bangkok Airways in Initial Public Offering on Thai SET

New boutique hotel slated to open on Nimmanhaemin next year

New e-commerce site launched by Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna

Popular Blue Flag Fair returns to Chiang Mai

TOA Paint looks to the future as it celebrates its 50th year

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