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Three districts account for 90 percent of poppy cultivation in Thailand

Om Koi in Chiang Mai in top three

Lt. Gen. Somsak Ninbanjerdkul chats with other officials on the cultivation of poppy in the North.

 The Commander of Army Region 3 Lt. Gen. Somsak Ninbanjerdkul reports that three districts, two in Tak and Om Koi in Chiang Mai, account for 90 percent of all poppy cultivation in Thailand.

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Third Regional Army Commander Lt. Gen. Somsak Ninbanjerdkul spoke at a meeting on poppy cultivation in the North noting that three Northern districts, including one in Chiang Mai, account for 90 per cent of all poppy grown in the North.

The seminar, which was held at the Green Lake Resort Hotel on September 22, 2016 was attended by Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, Maj. Gen. Kosol Prathumchart – Commander of 33rd Military Circle, Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Samboonyanon – Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, officials from the Royal Project and other organizations.

Lt. Gen. Somsak Ninbanjerdkul said that three districts were responsible for most of the poppy grown in Thailand; Pob Phra and Tah Song Yang District in Tak province and Om Koi District in Chiang Mai. He informed the group that Om Koi had 250 villages in an at-risk area and 180 villages which are in a crisis area or red area. Residents in the crisis area were still using poppy as their primary crop and source of income.

The Commander of Third Region Army defined a security plan to focus on Om Koi in Chiang Mai for five years during 2017-2021 by working with military, police, administration, agriculture, and the Royal Project. The military will be in charge with suppression, providing rehabilitation for addicts, and destroying planting areas. Police will take responsibility for investigation and arrest of offenders for legal prosecution, including small and large agents. Agriculture and the Royal Project will be responsible for vocational promotion to plant economic plants instead of opium and seek markets to supply the products. He concluded that the army believes the villagers have investors backing them up in growing the opium and plan on investigating and arresting these investors.


Community Enterprise members file complaint against Night Safari

Cancelled orders will harm the community

Dee Jantakaluk of the Animal Food Product Community Enterprise presented a complaint to Deputy Governor Mongkol Suksai in regards to cancelled orders from the Chiang Mai Night Safari.

The local organization providing meat and meat products to the Chiang Mai Night Safari filed a complaint with the Governor’s Office after the Night Safari cancelled orders from them citing lack of supplies and price.

Community Enterprise members produce food for animals in four sub-districts in Chiang Ma, leader Dee Jantakaluk, Chairman of the organization said, adding that the order cancellation will affect over 500 people. The members presented a complaint letter to Deputy Governor Mongkol Suksai, and said that they have contracted to provide food to the Night Safari for 11 years. However, the Night Safari put the meat purchases out to bid which was against their contract with Community Enterprise.

Dee Jantakaluk said that the Night Safari claimed that Community Enterprise could not provide the correct type of meat for animal food and also looked for cheaper food. He said that Community Enterprise can satisfy the requirements and that some bidders undercut their bids by offering non-standard foods including non-protein food products for animals. He added that the animals are not receiving complete nutrition from these products.

The Deputy Governor said that the Animal Food Product Community Enterprise should register in Mae Hia as well which is a public area. He said it was originally registered in private areas and by registering in a public area then the Community Enterprise could receive provincial assistance. He added that it was important to help agriculturalists in Chiang Mai and that the cancellation of orders would have a huge impact on local people’s lives.


Governor visits flood victims in Mae On

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart investigates damage to a bridge in Mae On District from last week’s flooding.

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Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart visited Mae On District in Chiang Mai on September 19 to inspect the damage from flooding in the district and distribute aid to flood victims.

The district suffered damage after heavy rains with two damaged bridges and many areas washed out. Temporary bridges were built and the team followed up checking water volumes in Mae Takai Reservoir. The Governor handed out aid bags to 59 families affected by the flooding.

Flood waters damaged two bridges in Mae On, Governor Pawin Chamniprasat inspects the damages and the new temporary bridges.

San Kamphaeng was also affected by flooding from the Mae On River but as the rains eased the river level lowered and flood waters drained. Residents were cleaning their homes after the flood waters had receded and the debris was removed from the river to make the water flow smoothly.

The Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office informed community leaders and Local Administration Organizations in Mae-On and San Kamphaeng to be ready and observe for 24 hours although there was no further rain.


Police seize over 200 million in property from drug traffickers in ten provinces

Police seized over 200 million baht in assets from drug traffickers in ten provinces as part of the government policy to create drug free communities.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Thirasawat, Commander of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayatch Boonri, deputy commander of Police Region 5, and Wichai Chaimongkol, Director at the Drug Suppression Center Region 5 led the raids on various properties in Chiang Mai to seize assets from drug traffickers.

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Police in ten provinces seized properties valued at more than 200 million baht after a joint operation between three Regional Police headquarters; Region 1, Region 2 and Region 5.

After the arrest of a drug trafficker led police to uncover a network in ten provinces including Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Chonburi, Samut Prakarn, Angthong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi and Nan. Over three hundred police officers took part in the raids.

The raids were announced on September 19, 2016 as part of the government policy to create a drug free community under orders given by Gen. Paiboon Khumchaya, the Minister of Justice and Pol. Gen Chakatip Chaijinda, commander of the National Thai Police. In Chiang Mai the raids were led by Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Thirasawat, Commander of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayatch Boonri, deputy commander of Police Region 5, and Wichai Chaimongkol, Director at the Drug Suppression Center Region 5.

Assets seized included 17 bank accounts with 4 million baht, 18 checks for cash valued at 1.5 million baht, 13 homes, land, businesses and apartments valued at over 100 million baht. Fourteen cars valued at 15 million baht were seized along with 16 trucks and excavators valued at 50 million baht and gold, guns and other items for a grand total of over 200 million baht.


Campaign against use of rhino horns and elephant tusks on September 24

Celebrities and organizers announce the March for Elephants and Rhinos on September 24 at Three Kings Monument at 9 a.m.

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A press conference was held announcing the upcoming March for Elephants and Rhinos to be held on September 24, 2016 to promote awareness of the plight of the animals and to condemn the ivory trade. Many famous actors and celebrities have joined the campaign.

The Love Elephant Foundation and the Environment Department Chiang Mai invites residents and tourists to join the campaign against elephant tusks and rhino horn trade on September 24, 2016 at Three Kings Monument to Tha Pae Gate from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Over five hundred people are expected to join the event said Suchet Yutthonglang, the organizer of the campaign against elephant and rhino horn trade along with Dr. Prasit Mochart, vice chairman of the Love Elephant Foundation. Well-known actors such as Ananda Everingham, Lous Scot, Bow Benjasiri, Nampueng Narika, Gay Cholada Mekratree, Natalie David, Hong Suchada, Nuey Ketrin and Off Thanop are planning on joining the March for Elephants and Rhinos.


2016 Cancer Care Charity Run By Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai on Saturday November 5

The Cancer Care Charity Run will be held on Saturday November 5 at Royal Park Rajapruek.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai Office, Royal Park Rajapruek and Chiang Mai Night Safari is inviting the public to join the “2016 Cancer Care Charity Bike Fun Run” on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 5:30 am.

This charity event marks some 20 years since Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai staged its first Terry Fox Charity Run. All those strides along so many kilometres have so far raised an amazing THB 40 million for cancer research projects in Thailand, so the concept of fun with a serious purpose seems to be working. The Haematological Cancer Research Centre and the Genetic Cancer Research Centre at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital under the auspices of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, President of the Thai Red Cross Society, will receive all proceeds from this charity event to further their vital work. The largest group running together will be awarded The Queen’s Trophy.

From the picturesque Royal Park Rajapruek through the lush greenery and beautiful landscape of Chiang Mai and back again, the route is beautifully scenic. The senses of camaraderie will be strong as hundreds of runners get on their marks, get set and go for a good cause together. A little friendly competition for the prestigious prospect of emerging a winner in one of the categories adds further spice to the mix.

A donation of 299 baht per person to join this annual event, and the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai team will kit you out with a complimentary official T-Shirt, snack box and souvenir medal. Plus you will have a chance to win some great prizes from Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and exclusive partners.

For more information or purchase a ticket, please contact +66 53 298 181 or E-mail [email protected]


Chiang Mai readies to host the 2nd World Irrigation Forum in November

Chatchai Boonlue, secretary of the Irrigation Department reports that Thailand was chosen to host The 2nd World Irrigation Forum in Chiang Mai on November 7 and 8, 2016.

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Chiang Mai will be hosting the 67th International Executive Council Meeting on the topic, ‘The 2nd World Irrigation Forum’ in Chiang Mai from November 1-12, 2016 at the International Convention Center with over 1,600 people in 25 countries expected to attend.

On September 20, 2016, Chatchai Boonlue, secretary of the Irrigation Department revealed that Thailand was chosen to host The 2nd World Irrigation Forum in Chiang Mai under the concept of Water Management in the Changing World; the Role of Irrigation for Sustainable Food Production on November 7 and 8, 2016.

Ministers from many countries are expected to attend along with ambassadors and academics from around the world.  At the moment, 14 countries have confirmed attendance including China, South Korea, India, Egypt, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Iraq, Russia, Sudan, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Bhutan. Furthermore, the convention is expected to attract representatives from 10 more countries.

The objective of the convention is to gather Irrigation Departments from all over the world to join and share experiences in water management and to share ideas and solutions for agriculture and other water management issues.s. The amount of fresh water around the world had reduced gradually due to global climate change and the weather has changed dramatically as well, which takes a big toll on all countries, Chatchai pointed out. The idea is to share innovation and come up with solutions, methods and strategies of how to manage water for the benefit of the world. Conserving forestry and protecting the environment will also be topics of discussion.

There will be a display of the Water Management project by H.M. the King. For those who are interested, the doors will be open to the public as well on November 7-8, 2016 where OTOP products and others will be on offer throughout the grounds.


Chinese tourists thank Tourist Police for apprehending thief who stole their bags

Two Chinese tourists thank the police for arresting the thief and retrieving their belongings at the Tourist Police station on September 16, 2016.

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Two Chinese tourists who were robbed by a snatch and grab thief on a motorbike were relieved to get their belongings back and thanked the Chiang Mai Tourist Police for their efforts in apprehending the thief.

Two women from China reported to police that a man on a motorbike had grabbed their bag, inside was an iPhone 6, wallet and 9,800 baht in cash while they were walking down Rachadamnoen Soi 7. The total value of the stolen items was 72,300 baht.

The women reported the theft to the police who managed to track down the thief using CCTV footage. They arrested Viritchaipol Salungkanon, age 25 of Doi Saket, the same day at the Fitness Center at the Big C Extra on September 15, 2016.

The suspect confessed to the robbery and the police retrieved the victims’ belongings and returned them to the two tourists at the police station.


Chinese gang busted for online porn business

Five nationals of the People’s Republic of China were arrested for allegedly conducting an online pornography business at a luxury home in Faham sub-district.

Police raided this luxury home in Faham after suspicious behavior alerted authorities. Five men were arrested on charges in violation of the Computer Related Crimes Act B.E. 2550.

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Region 5 Police raided a home in Faham sub-district on September 13 where they uncovered a gang of Chinese men conducting an online pornography business. The police were tipped off by people who said this group of Chinese men had rented a luxury home in Faham for 50,000 baht but never left the home. Food was delivered to the house and there was a high speed Internet connection installed in the house with many sets of computers.

Police raided the house on suspicion that the group was running an illegal call center but found instead ten computers uploading porn clips to a website with an online fee.

Police charged the men, 29-year-old Li Ming Xi, 28-year-old Mi Ao Xin, 27-year-old Lin Zhang Bin, 36-year-old Xu Liang Te, and 30-year-old Wang Bo with working illegally and committing an offense under the Computer Related Crimes Act B.E. 2550.


Finnish man falls to his death in Wat Ket area

Police suspect suicide

Chiang Mai police investigated the death of a Finnish man who fell to his death from his 6th floor hotel room on September 13, 2016.

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Police were called to the Arcade Inn on Kaew Nawarat Road at 5:15 p.m. on September 13, 2016 to investigate the death of a Finnish man staying at the hotel.

 Police and forensics were called to the scene to find the body of Mr. Pelka Laine in front of the hotel. Reception said he had checked in to a room on the 6th floor a few hours earlier and said that he had been acting strangely.

The receptionist said that the man had been unable to communicate properly so they had called the Tourist Police to assist but the man refused any help and walked up to his room. It was moments later when he fell to his death. Police say there were no signs of foul play, letters or documents of the man. The body has been taken to Maharaj Chiang Mai Hospital for an autopsy.


Fire burns main hall at Wat Buak Krok Noi

Half a million baht in damage

Firefighters too about 20 minutes to put out the fire in the main hall of Wat Buak Krok Noi in Nong Pha Khrang sub-district.

Damages from the fire are estimated at 500,000 baht, investigators suspect an electrical short started the fire.

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Police and fire fighters were called to Wat Buak Krok Noi in Nong Pha Khrang sub-district of Chiang Mai at 1:20 a.m. on September 13, 2016 after the Abbot of the temple called for help.

Municipal fire trucks were on the scene and managed to put out the fire but not before the main altar and wall paintings were damaged as well as part of the roof. It took firefighters about twenty minutes to put out the fire. Phra Kritsada Prapatsaro said that the after the evening chant he put out the candles and incense before going to bed. He was woken by people shouting “Fire, fire!” and called the police immediately. Fire investigators suspect the cause of the fire is a short circuit but will investigate thoroughly to identify how the fire was started.


100 year old tree falls on Wat Doi Suthep stairs

Tropical Depression Rai brings heavy rains to Northern Thailand

A one hundred year old tree fell onto the serpent stair railings at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, authorities said the tree was weakened and fell after the ground was too saturated from heavy rains.

The serpent stair railing at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is believed to be around 450 years old and was damaged from the falling tree.

Northern Thailand experienced heavy rains and flooding in some areas after Tropical Depression Rai. Authorities closed several waterfalls after torrential rains and several districts experienced flooding during the storms.

The storms also brought heavy winds, knocking down several 100-year old trees at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, including one that fell onto the serpent staircase railing damaging the tiles and structure of the historical landmark.

No one was injured and it took authorities several hours to clean up the old tree and remove it.

Wat Doi Phra That Suthep is currently discussing a budget to repair the damages, especially the very old structure of the serpent stair railing that was said to have been constructed 450 years ago. They also claimed that it will take some time to create something similar to the old one.

Doi Inthanon also suffered damage during the rain, with landslides and there was some flooding in Mae Chaem, Chom Thong and Mae On. More heavy rains are predicted from September 19 – 22, 2016.


Grand Canyon attraction closed after drowning

Government authorities announced the temporary closure of the Grand Canyon attraction after a tourist from Lampang was killed in an accident there.

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The popular Grand Canyon attraction was closed down by the Chiang Mai Ministry of Tourism and Sports after a 25 year old man from Lampang drowned in the quarry while swimming with friends.

Located in Hang Dong District, the quarry is a popular area for swimmers to jump off the cliff into the water. The young man died after his friend jumped too soon and landed on him in the water. The attraction was criticized for not having appropriate safety measures in place.

Governor Pawin Chamniprasart assigned the Hang Dong District Chief Officer, Chiang Mai Public Works and Town & City Planning office, Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office, and Office of Chiang Mai Tourism and Sports in cooperation with Provincial Police Region 5 to inspect the area and meet with the business owner to investigate the incident and the facility.

A commission has also been assigned to follow up on the area and to determine if the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon attraction can re-open. The Governor assured that the government will be cooperating with the Tourist Police to investigate adventure tourist attractions for safety to prevent further accidents.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports encouraged the Offices of Tourism and Sports in every province that the offices should push all businesses to register with the Office of Tourism Business and Guides. After registration business owners will have insurance to protect tourists using the service. In case of accident, sufferers will receive 50,000 baht compensation, and 1,000,000 baht compensation for death. This will help tourists, relatives, and entrepreneurs and create confidence among tourists visiting Chiang Mai


20,000 people join Freshy Walk up Doi Suthep

Around 20,000 people, mostly freshmen students, joined the annual Freshy Walk by Chiang Mai University students on September 10, 2016.

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Around 20,000 people, mostly freshmen students at Chiang Mai University, joined the “Freshy Walk” up Doi Suthep on September 10, 2016. The walk up to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is an annual tradition for incoming new students at the school. 

Students pay respects to the Buddha image at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep after the walk.

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart joined President of Chiang Mai University Dr. Nivet Nanthajit in welcoming the students at the Kruba Srivichai Monument at 6 a.m. before they began their 12 kilometer walk up the mountain in celebration of the 720th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai.

Many alumni, including former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, joined the walk that culminates in students and others paying their respects at the Buddha image at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.

Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was one of the many alumni who joined the students to walk up Doi Suthep.


Eight Vietnamese potbellied piglets born at Chiang Mai Zoo

One of the Chiang Mai Zoo staff shows off the baby Potbellied piglets recently born at the Zoo.

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The Director of Chiang Mai Zoo Nipon Wichairat announced the birth of eight Vietnamese potbellied piglets at the Zoo recently. The piglets were at rest and feeding from mother Ping Ping.

Mother Ping Ping feeds her newborn piglets.

The Zoo has the Vietnamese potbelly pigs to demonstrate natural deep bed pig farming techniques promoted by His Majesty the King for people to raise pigs in a healthy and natural environment.

The Zoo now has 18 of the popular pig breed that first became famous in the 1980s as pets due to their small size, intelligence and cute appearance making them ideal for apartment living. The Vietnamese potbellied pig has a pattern on its body and gets no larger than 60kg and around 2 feet long. The newborn piglets are ready to be viewed by children visiting the zoo’s special section.


Man arrested in Nonthaburi for two year old fraud case in Chiang Mai

Thatpol Thongtodtan was arrested by police in Nonthaburi for a fraud case from 2014.

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Police arrested a man wanted for fraud after he claimed to be selling license plates with custom numbers to customers in Chiang Mai in 2014. Police said Thatpol Thongtodtan was wanted after he allegedly presented himself at a Land Transportation Department auction of special license plates as a businessman interested in selling plates. He then took photos of the plates and then sold the numbered plates to clients even though he did not have the plates in his possession.

Customers filed complaints of fraud against Thatpol, police say he bilked people out of more than 10 million baht. Police Region 5 traced him to Nonthaburi where they cooperated with Police Region 1 police to arrest the suspect in an apartment in Nonthaburi. The suspect was brought to Mae Ping Police station for prosecution and property was seized for prosecution in five other cases.


Police investigate luxury home open as hotel

 

Police investigate claims that a luxury home in Doi Saket was being used as an illegal hotel for Chinese tourists after neighbors filed complaints about the noise.

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Tourist police examined a large luxury home in a housing development in Doi Saket that neighbors had reported was operating as an unlicensed hotel for Chinese tourists.

Neighbors complained to police that the hotel guests were very noisy and held parties, disturbing the neighborhood.

Police question the home owner, Bangorn So and her lawyer who insisted the visitors were family relatives visiting from China.

Pol. Lt. Col. Narongpol Pimolsiri, Deputy Superintendent of the Chiang Mai Tourist Police led a team with Tourist Police and San Pu Loei Municipal officers to investigate the complaints after the neighbor posted photos on social media.

The home is owned by Bangorn So whose husband is from Hong Kong. She and her lawyer insisted no modifications were made to the home and that they had been hosting relatives from China but admitted the relatives were very loud.

She accepted the fine from the municipality for the noise violations but is now selling the house to avoid problems with the neighbors.


Half a million methamphetamine pills seized in drug bust in Mae Sai

Drugs to be smuggled to Malaysia

 

Police seized half a million Yaba tablets, 60 kg of Ya Ice and 7 kg of heroin in a recent bust in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai.

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Four members of what police believe is a larger drug trafficking gang were arrested in Mae Sai on September 7 with half a million methamphetamine pills or Yaba, 60 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine or Ya Ice and 7 kilograms of heroin after smuggling it across the border into Thailand.

Mae Sai Investigation Police, Chiang Rai, in cooperation with M. 3 Company, M. 2 Task Force, and Pha Muang Task Force arrested 20-year-old Mr. Arsor Yoabao from Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai, 21-year-old Mr. Arjor, of Myanmar, 32-year-old Mr. Abdullao Buanae from Narathiwat, and Miss Kawinthip Thongsuk from Mae Rim, Chiang Mai with the drugs in Baan Huay Kai in Mae Sai District of Chiang Rai.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Teerasawat, Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 and Pol. Maj. Gen.Prayad Boonsri, Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 said that investigation found that the drugs came from the Black Lahu Gang led by the infamous Lt. Col. Yee Sae, the intended destination was Malaysia.


Police meet with consuls, tourism operators to assure tourist safety

The Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Pol. Gen. Wuth Liptapanlop met with Consuls and tourism business operators to discuss tourist security in Chiang Mai

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Pol. Gen. Wuth Liptapanlop, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police met with members of the diplomatic corps and tourism business operators in Chiang Mai on August 29, 2016 to discuss measures for tourist safety in the province.

The meeting was held at Mae Taeng Elephant Camp where the Deputy Commissioner chaired the meeting on security maintenance of Chiang Mai’s tourist attractions where he was welcomed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Pacha Rattanaphan. Also attending were Wang Chiew Cheng, acting for the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Chiang Mai, Matthew Kupec – Chief of Security of the Consulate General of United States of America in Chiang Mai, and the British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson along with attendees from government organizations, members of the Chiang Mai Business and Tourism Association, and tourism entrepreneurs. More than 200 people attended the seminar to give their opinions on tourism problems and solutions.

The Deputy Commissioner of Royal Thai Police said that the government’s policy focused on sustainable economic growth in tourism and the economy and promoting a better atmosphere for tourists by increasing security. He noted that Chiang Mai is a top destination for both Thai and foreign tourists due to its natural beauty, adventure tourism, art and culture, delicious food, and health care.

He said that the Provincial Police Region 5 have improved the security standard of adventure tours, a new popular tourist activity in the province. He noted that there have been some incidents including the seizure of the passport of a Chinese tourist who did not comply with the car rental contract resulting in the tourist missing their flight. There have been bag snatch thefts and some road accidents from tourists driving in Chiang Mai and some accidents on adventure tours.

However, he said that Chiang Mai has a much lower rate of incidents than other cities including Pattaya and Phuket.

The group discussed solutions for issues and it is hoped that the seminar will improve tourist confidence in safety and security in Chiang Mai.

This year income from tourism is targeted to reach 2.3 trillion baht while tourist numbers are expected to reach 32 million visitors. Chiang Mai International Airport has around 18,599 passengers a day from 140 flights. From January there have been 1,562,837 passengers through the airport of which 121,541 were Thai and 1,441,022 foreigners. Chinese topped the list with 272,022 passengers, Malaysian a distant second with 28,342, 27651 passengers from Korea, 19,035 from Hong Kong and 15,419 American passengers.


Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 to be held December 3 – 11

 

Aphisit Laisattrukai, Director of Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), Noparat Methaweekulchai, Director of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Yuthisak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Krit Thanawanitch signed an MoU to hold the Chiang Mai Design Week from December 3 – 11, 2016.

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The Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 will be held from December 3 – 11, 2016 it was announced at a press conference held at the Eastin Tan Hotel Chiang Mai on August 29, 2016 by Aphisit Laisattrukai, Director of Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), Noparat Methaweekulchai, Director of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Yuthisak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Krit Thanawanitch.

The group signed a Memorandum of Understanding to hold the annual event which will see more cooperation from many sectors to promote creative arts and culture in the local way of life at various areas and venues around the city.

Important areas such as the TCDC Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai City Arts & Culture Center and Nimmanhaemin road will host creative designers from the North as well as international artists from Laos and Taiwan along with international cooperation from France, Netherland, USA, Japan, Finland, England, and Australia. The event is held annually to promote the creative aspect of Chiang Mai and to give new designers and artists an opportunity to display their works.


Two men arrested for theft after robbing many homes in 7 districts

Police seize hundreds of stolen objects

 

Police announced the arrest of two suspected serial burglars; 27year old Jetsada “Da” Jaikard and 29 year old Kitsana “Bank” Tainta, charged with robbing homes in seven different districts.

Some of the many hundreds of objects police seized from the suspects and the second hand shop where they sold the stolen items.

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Two men from Sarapee were arrested by police after robbing many homes and stealing hundreds of items over a lengthy period of time the Commissioner of Police Region 5 Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Teerasawat announced on August 30, 2016.

The two men were caught after police tracked them down through the second hand shop where they sold stolen items. A search warrant was issued after two houses in Mae Hia were robbed on August 20, 2016 and the second hand shop was required to release their names.

The two suspects, 27year old Jetsada “Da” Jaikard and 29 year old Kitsana “Bank” Tainta sold motorcycles, cameras, notebooks, CD players, phones, guitars, watches, amulets, and were found in possession of such items as passports and ATM and credit cards.

Both suspects confessed that they had been robbing houses in seven districts during the day when the owners were not at home. The confessed to robbing houses in Muang, Hang Dong, Sanpatong, Sarapee, San Sai, San Kamphaeng and Doi Saket Districts.


U.S. Consular Outreach in Chiang Mai on September 22 at CMU Library

The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai will be providing limited U.S. citizen services during their  temporary closure (Sep. 12-Oct. 31, 2016) in Chiang Mai on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM at: The American Corner, Chiang Mai University Library (1st floor).

Services will be provided by appointment only.  Appointments can be made at:  https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=CHN&appcode=1.  

The following consular services will be available during the outreach visit:

1.  PASSPORT SERVICES:  Please complete and print your passport application online here: https://pptform.state.gov/. Also, please make a copy of your passport photo and signature pages in advance to avoid paying extra at the university for a copy.

 Renewal of adult passports ($110 / 3,850 THB – exact change required)

Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports ($105 / 3,675 THB – exact change required) – IMPORTANT: The child and both parents must appear in person.

Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports ($135 / 4,725 THB – exact change required)

Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports ($105 / 3,675 THB – exact change required) – IMPORTANT: The child and both parents must appear in person.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport photo and supplementary documents requested with the application. These copies will not be returned to you.

IMPORTANT: They will email you the date, time, and location to pick up your new passport when it is ready..

2.  NOTARIAL SERVICES: ($50 / 1,750 THB – exact change required)

     Income Affidavits (PDF 24 KB)

     Marriage Affidavits (PDF 42 KB)

     Thai Driver’s License Affidavit (PDF 73 KB)

     Vehicle Registration (PDF 73 KB)

More forms for most common notary services can be found online here:  https://th.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulate/chiang-mai/u-s-citizenship-services/notary-services-cm/

3.  SOCIAL SECURITY, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND OTHER FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTIONS WILL BE NOTED AND FORWARDED TO THE APPROPRIATE AGENCY.

NOTE:  CONSULAR REPORTS OF BIRTH ABROAD CANNOT BE PROCESSED AT CONSULAR OUTREACH EVENTS.  If you need to report the birth of a child abroad before November 1, 2016 please schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.


Two men arrested in murder over debt collection

Four more of gang being sought

 Two 19 year old Burmese nationals have been arrested in the brutal murder of a 28 year old man who owed money for a phone.

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Two men out of six suspects allegedly belonging to a gang have been arrested in the murder of a 28-year-old man who was brutally beaten and stabbed to death in his room over non-payment of a loan to buy a phone.

Chiang Mai police arrested 19-year-old Jammin and Won, last names unknown and both Burmese nationals, in the beating death of Sai Nyar Lgin in his rooms in Wat Ket.

Sai Nyar Lgin’s body was found in his room, brutally beaten and stabbed, police reported signs of fighting in the room so it appears Mr. Sai fought for his life against his attackers.

Police viewed CCTV in the area nearby and found photos of a gang of four motorcycles headed to the room where the murder took place. Police believe the men broke into the room and beat Mr. Sai and stabbed him until dead. There are six total suspects seen in the CCTV footage. Two have been arrested and police are searching for the other four men believed to be members of the Tai Yai Kua Lek gang.

Police say that Sai borrowed money from the gang to purchase a Samsung Galaxy J7 and was unable to pay back the money in a timely fashion which led the gang to his home to collect and to his murder.


Police arrest two men for snatching purse of Chinese tourist

Two men were arrested after snatching the bag of a Chinese tourist out of the basket of her bicycle on August 26, 2016.

CCTV footage enabled the police to track down the thieves from their registration number.

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Police arrested two men after using CCTV footage to track them down after they allegedly stole the purse of a Chinese tourist from the basket of her bicycle.

Chen Yi, age 35, told police that she was riding a bicycle on Rachadamnoen Soi 6 with her bag in the front basket of the bicycle when two men on a motorbike rode by and grabbed the bag out of the basket before speeding off. In the bag were 3,700 baht, 3,000 yuan, three credit cards and her passport.

Police examined CCTV and found the registration number of the motorbike and tracked down the thieves that day. The two Chiang Mai men, 33-year-old Mr. Ataphol Pompeng and 32-year-old Mr. Nantawuth Cimtim confessed to the crime, saying it was the first time they had done it and stole the money because they were unemployed and needed money.


City implements measures to combat potential flooding

Tawan Dongdang, Chief of Maintenance and Repair of Drainage System Section, Chiang Mai reported on flood prevention measures in the city.

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The Chiang Mai Municipality began implementing measures to combat potential floods two weeks ago in addition to measures that have been prepared since the beginning of this year Tawan Dongdang, Chief of Maintenance and Repair of Drainage System Section, Chiang Mai recently reported.

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn has held meetings with relevant organizations since the beginning of the year in light of increasing extreme weather, from droughts to floods and the change from an El Nino to a La Nina which brings increased rains to South East Asia.

Past problems can be divided into three cases; heavy rains lead to flooding in low lying areas that were built over 30 – 40 years ago and poor drainage due to clogging of drains from garbage and natural conditions. The second was heavy rains in the Doi Suthep – Doi Pui area which sees high volumes of water flow toward the city via the Sai Huk creeks including Huay Mae Yuak, Huay Chang Kien, and Huay Kaew. This causes a lot of water to come into the city. The municipality solved problem by clearing public canals, especially main drainage canals in the city including Mae Kha canal with 11 km length across the city. The Mae Kha canal has been regularly cleared to get rid of garbage and weeds allowing for fast drainage. Many small canals have also been cleared and dredged along with pipes in the city. The municipality defined spots to place portable pumps, community’s pumping stations, and drainage gates to solve drainage problems. The municipality also used sewage pumping stations to drain water out of the city with the cooperation of Local Administration Organizations nearby to avoid problems happening in other areas.

Also, high water in the Ping River which results in overflow is another concern for flooding after it overflowed its banks in 2011. The municipality already constructed soil ridges on both sides of the Ping River and reinforced sand bags at high-risk spots. With the onset of a heavy rainy season the authorities are monitoring and maintaining all flood prevention measures.


Chiang Mai Mayor signs MoU with GHB to build houses for the poor in Tasatoy Community

Chiang Mai, Tussanai Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor, Pongsakorn Tulanon – Regional Manager of Government Housing Bank (GH Bank) Area 1, Chiang Mai Municipality, and Kannika Jaiwong, Chairman of Tasatoy Community sign the MoU at the at Baan Den Health Park

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Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tasatoy Community and the Government Housing Bank to construct and repair housing for the less fortunate living in the community. A total of 42 homes will be built or repaired under the agreement that falls under the bank’s CSR program. The budget will not exceed 2,098,581 baht and the Municipality will support the construction by overseeing the construction and repair using local labor for the building. The project is expected to be completed by November 30, 2016.

Chiang Mai Municipality signed MOU of improvement of less fortunate’s quality of live in community regarding living place

On August 23, 2016 at 10.30 signed MOU according to Improvement of Less Fortunate ‘s quality of life in community regarding living place project between GH Bank, Chiang Mai Municipality, and Tasatoy Community as agreement of cooperation to operate improvement of less fortunate ‘s quality of life for less fortunate in place of living in accordance with Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy of GH Bank. The project aimed to construct, repair, and expand living places in Tasatoy Community for free of charge totaling 42 houses by using budget of GH Bank which was not over 2,098,581 baht. In addition, Chiang Mai Municipality supported and was in charge of construction, repair, and expansion of houses in cooperation with the community commission and people in the community with turn-key contract with consideration of local labor use from today until 30 November 2016. Members of the Tasatoy community have been living in dilapidated housing and have low incomes to the CSR project will bring much needed relief..

 


 
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