Happy 60th birthday to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
The Chiang Mai Mail joins the nation in wishing
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday on April 2, 2015.
The Chiang Mai Mail joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday on April 2.
We join in with our most humble wishes for HRH Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn for a long, healthy and happy life.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on April 2,
1955, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. She
earned a Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University, a first class
honor, and a gold medal in History in 1976. She earned an M.A. in Oriental
Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Cambodian) from Silpakorn University in 1978, and an
M.A. in Pali and Sanskrit from Chulalongkorn University in 1980 and a
doctoral degree in Developmental Education in 1987.
HRH the Princess has developed special interests in agricultural extension
to improve school children’s nutritional conditions; supports education from
pre-school to tertiary levels; and mother and child care. She has also
concentrated on helping the handicapped, especially in using information
technology (IT) to develop independent living and learning skills.
HRH the Princess has been Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross
Society since 1977; Executive Chairman of the Chaipattana Foundation (in
charge of His Majesty’s development and environmental preservation
projects), Ananda Mahidol Foundation (to promote higher education), the King
Rama II Foundation (to conserve and promote Thai Culture); President of the
Sai Jai Thai Foundation (to support disabled veterans), Prince Mahidol Award
Foundation (to award prizes annually to members of the international
community for outstanding performances in the fields of medicine and public
health); and Adviser of the Committee of Thai Junior Encyclopedia Project by
Royal Command of H.M. the King.
Happy Birthday to Princess Ubolratana
The Chiang Mai Mail] joins the Kingdom of Thailand in
wishing Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya a most happy birthday on April 5.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Phannavadi was
born on April 5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest child of
Their Majesties the King and Queen.
HRH Princess Ubolratana is a very devoted leader of young people in the
campaign against drugs, and as such has instituted and keenly watches over
the To Be Number One project, encouraging family values, music and sport as
alternatives to drug use. She has also set up the Khun Poom project to
assist autistic children in Thailand.
In 2008, HRH Princess Ubolratana played the main role in the Thai film Where
The Miracle Happens and also had a role in the 2010 film My Best Bodyguard.
She has been an active supporter of the Thai film industry for many years
promoting Thailand as a destination for filming, production and
post-production. After her son, Bhumi Jensen, was killed in the 2004 tsunami
established the Khun Poom Foundation in his memory. The foundation helps
children with autism and other learning disabilities.
Chakri Day is April 6
Chakri Memorial Day falls on Monday, April 6 this year and is a public
holiday. Government offices and some businesses will be closed. Chakri
Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the
founding of Bangkok by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke in 1782.
UK Visas and Immigration launch 24 hour super priority service in Thailand
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The U.K. Visas and Immigration services have launched a new 14
hour Super Priority Visa Service for those seeking to facilitate urgent
travel needs and is available to all visitor visa applicants and some
work visa categories.
The optional program will supplement regular and Five day Priority Visa
More than 67,500 Thai nationals were granted a UK visa in 2014, 13% more
than just two years ago. This strong growth underscores the continued
popularity of the UK as a destination for tourism, business and study
and the strong ties between both countries.
British Ambassador to Thailand, Mark Kent said, “I am delighted to see
the Super Priority Visa service being launched in Thailand. This
underlines our strong commitment to make an already excellent visa
service even better. We expect this new service to be particularly
useful for business where opportunities can arise at very short notice.
We want entrepreneurs and businessmen to be able to seize these.”
Other upcoming changes to the visa service include; the simplification
of visit visa categories, from 15 different routes to just 4, and the
visit visa guidance, to make it easier for visa customers to understand
which visa is best for them. The new standard visit visa will allow
those travelling on business to use the same visa to visit the UK as a
tourist. This change will come into effect from April 24.
The new Select Business Scheme will be re-launched next month to include
reducing the number of documents business visitors will have to provide
with their visa application if they are travelling on business for a
company endorsed by UK Trade and Investment.
Standard service for all visit and non-settlement customers takes up to
15 working days.
Priority Visa Service for all visit and non-settlement customers is a 3
to 5 working day service for an additional £100 (THB 5200).
Super Priority Visa Service for all visit customers and some work
categories is a 24 hour service for an additional £600 (THB 31,200)
Passport Passback Service – enables customers to retain their passport
whilst their visa is being processed for an additional £40 (THB 2,080)
Prime Time Service – gives customers the flexibility of an appointment
in our visa application centre outside of usual working hours for an
additional £50 (THB 2,600).
TCEB drives Chiang Mai as upper northern mice hub with public-private partnership
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition
Bureau (Public Organization) signed agreements with Pinkanakorn
Development Agency (Public Organization), the Tourism Council of Chiang
Mai, the Thai Hotels Association (North of Thailand), and the Faculty of
Economics, Chiang Mai University to develop an integrated MICE
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or
TCEB Is accelerating Chiang Mai’s leadership position as a premiere MICE
destination in the region, through public-private partnerships with four
leading-edge organisations in an MOU to develop an integrated MICE
Intelligence Centre in northern Thailand.
Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of the Thailand Convention and
Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB revealed that,
“Highlighting the government policy to stimulate domestic meetings and
seminars, as well as public-private partnerships, this year, TCEB will
focus on four major strategies to develop the Chiang Mai MICE industry.
These include (1) introduction of the Meeting in Thailand campaign to
generate more MICE activities in Chiang Mai and enhance the network of
high potential cities in the north to accommodate MICE activities; (2)
Tapping into the Special Economic Zones (SEZ), and neighbouring CLMV
countries such as Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam using Chiang Mai as a
centre in the north of Thailand for the forthcoming ASEAN Economic
Community (AEC); (3) Promotion of experiential incentives activities at
Royal Initiatives Projects and Royal Thai Military Tourist Destinations
such as The Royal Projects at Doi Angkhang, and Doi Inthanon; and (4)
Upgrade local exhibitions to become regional domestic exhibitions, such
as the Lanna Expo 2015, with more than 50,000 visitors.”
In addition, TCEB is driving Chiang Mai’s leadership position as a mega
event destination, by bidding for and supporting more major events such
as the Thailand International Balloon Festival. Moreover, TCEB is
developing an integrated MICE Intelligence Centre by signing a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pinkanakorn Development
Agency (Public Organization), the Tourism Council of Chiang Mai, the
Thai Hotels Association (North of Thailand), and the Faculty of
Economics, Chiang Mai University. Underpinning Chiang Mai’s MICE
strategies, TCEB is also revving up the region’s MICE capabilities,
industry standards, and services to prepare the MICE City of the North
for the AEC.
Chiang Mai Governor Mr Suriya Prasatbuntitya said that, “During the 2015
fiscal year, Chiang Mai has allocated a total budget of Bt5,253,200 for
the Chiang Mai MICE City project as part of a provincial development
plan. To drive this sector and engage all stakeholders, last year we
announced the Chiang Mai MICE Industry Promotion Committee, with the
governor as president.
“This year, we have identified initiatives including Chiang Mai’s
strategic direction towards the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and
BIMSTEC as well as Chiang Mai Sister Cities. The regional cooperative
frameworks will complement Chiang Mai’s position as a premiere
destination for major MICE events. In the next few years, Chiang Mai
will focus on penetrating neighbouring countries, and the ASEAN region.
“Chiang Mai Province will play a key role in supporting the MICE sector
in three key ways, including (1) regarding MICE City as a high priority
policy and key strategy for provincial development, in line with the
government, (2) mobilising policy and coordinating with relevant
stakeholders to drive Chiang Mai MICE City’s leadership position, (3)
redefining clear mutual targets and stakeholder commitments, especially
among management level executives and policymakers.”
3,000 cyclists join 60th birthday celebrations for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Over 3,000 people cycled from the International
Convention Center to the Night Safari to show their love and respect for HRH
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of her 60th birthday.
Over three thousand cyclists joined with officials from the
Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization) the 33rd Army Circle
and the Department of Health on March 29, 2015 to honor HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn on her upcoming 60th birthday the International Convention
The birthday of Her Royal Highness falls on April 2, 2015 and gives the
people of Chiang Mai a great opportunity to show their loyalty and pay
homage to all the good works of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn,
organizers said. The event contributes to strengthening the participation of
the people in their communities, creates harmony and builds relationships.
The event started from the International Convention Center and saw over
3,000 people cycle to e Chiang Mai Night Safari and back to the Convention
Center, about 30 kilometers in total
Maj. Gen. Sarayudh Rangsri, Commissioner of 33rd Army Circle, Dr. Pornthep
Siriwanarangsanm Director General of the Department of Health, Pol. Maj.
Pracha Rattaphan, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Dr. Sarawut
Srisakun, Acting Director of Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public
Organization) joined with the more than 3,000 cyclists to cycle the
Royal Park Rajapruek to hold traditional Songkran Festival
A Romantic Touch of Orchids
Royal Park Rajapruek will offer visitors the
chance to experience a kinder, gentler Songkran with traditional
activities such as bathing the Buddha image.
The Royal Park Rajapruek will be organizing a special traditional
ceremony for Songkran Festival from April 11 to 18, 2015 to preserve the
cultural traditions and offer visitors a view of amazing Thai orchids.
Dr. Arnada Nirantaraikul, Director of Royal Park Rajapruek Chiang Mai
noted that it will enable visitors to not only view rare orchid species
but also experience traditional Thai Lanna culture. The park has been
decorated in Lanna style and they will offer traditional bathing of the
Buddha image for prosperity and good luck, sand pagodas, and and local
Lanna market offering local foods, and crafts along with craft
demonstrations such as lantern making along with traditional music.
Royal Park Rajapruek will be open every day from 8 am to 6 p.m.
Seven killed in train crossing accident
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Seven passengers in a pick-up truck were killed and two
other passengers injured when the truck they were riding in
attempted to cross a railway crossing at Soi Local Road near the
Sarapee Hospital at 5:30 pm. on March 24, 2015. Witnesses said
that the truck may not have seen the train coming as there were
no guard rails or crossing signals and the rain was very heavy.
Five men and two women were killed instantly when the train
struck the vehicle. Two other seriously injured passengers in
the vehicle were taken to Sarapee Hospital.
Police said the passengers in the pickup truck were working on
construction at a nearby temple and they carried no
identification. Police were unable to verify their identities or
The Nakhon Ping Express Train was delayed for thirty minutes
before it could travel on to Bangkok.