Immigration clarifies new regulations for foreigners in Chiang Mai
Visa runs, overstay, and extensions of stay discussed
Members of the Chiang Mai diplomatic corps from
Japan, the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, South
Korea, and Peru met with officers from Chiang Mai Immigration to discuss the
Chiang Mai Immigration officials laid out the new regulations
regarding overstay, in/out border trips, and extensions as well as cleared
up many questions held by foreign residents at a meeting held organized by
the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel on
Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
Chiang Mai Immigration authorities met with members of the diplomatic corps,
media and interested parties and went over, point by point, the new
regulations. The event, which was opened by ranking diplomat Japanese Consul
General Akihiko Fujii, was held in English and in Thai and clarified the
many new changes in effect as well as offered explanations for some of the
changes that all foreigners would like to see.
Members of the local community also attended and
asked questions regarding such as issues as hospital stays and 90 day
The Superintendent of Chiang Mai Immigration, Pol Col. Rutphong Sanwanangkum
was joined by fellow Immigration officers Thawatchai Changoern and
Pol.Sen.Sgt.Maj. Suranuch Srilapetch in opening the meeting where they
started off by discussing the current changes announced in Act number
327/2557. The first was in regards to teaching personnel. Previously, only
teachers with teaching certification could get a one year extension on their
visas but now non-teaching education personnel, such as a librarian or
technical support person for the school, are also eligible for the one year
extension under section 2.6.
Another major change affects the students in non-formal educational
institutes such as language or cooking schools, religious studies etc. in
that they must renew their extension every 90 days and after one year must
leave the country and obtain a new visa. However, this regulation does not
apply to private schools, for example Montfort College but only those
offering non-formal education.
The dependents of those entering the country on a non-OA (retirement) or
non-IA (missionary) visa are now able to get their one year dependent
extension in Chiang Mai in one day. The extension will extend to expire on
the same day as the visa of their spouse. However, they must show proof of
the relationship, such as a marriage certificate. The regulation on
dependent children has now been expanded to include age exceptions for
handicapped or disabled children. Previously all children under the age of
20 were eligible for a dependent child extension and once they were over the
age of 20 would need to get their own visa. However, an exception has now
been instituted for handicapped or disabled children over the age of 20;
they will still be eligible for the dependent child extension with a letter
from a doctor at a government hospital.
After the recent surrogate parent issues the Immigration Office now requires
that if the parents of a foreign child born in Thailand wish to take the
child out of the country they must have a passport from their home country
(obtained in Thailand) and the child must travel with the parents and the
parents must show both the birth certificate and passport.
French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude (center)
joins Canadian Honorary Consul Jakkarin Wongwivat (left) and Kanokvan from
the Canadian Honorary Consulate chat before the meeting.
Another issue facing local residents has been the volunteer visa, previously
those applying for the extension needed to obtain a letter from the Ministry
of Social Development and Welfare as well the organization meeting the
normal requirements. The documents would then be sent off to Bangkok and
returned within 30 days. Now, those volunteers who have the letter can
extend for one year in Chiang Mai and get one year in the same day. However,
those with no letter can extend every 90 days for a maximum of one year.
A major change involves those requiring medical extensions as now
Immigration requires a letter on the letterhead of a government hospital to
obtain the medical extension. The patient does not need to be treated at the
government hospital but the letter requesting the medical extension must be
on the hospital’s letterhead from a doctor that also practices at that
hospital. For those entering the country on a 30 day visa exemption, it is
possible to extend the stay for a maximum of 90 days per request.
Professional athletes have now been given their own category and may apply
for a one year extension to play sports in Thailand but will need to show a
contract with a minimum salary of 40,000 baht a month and a letter from the
Sports Authority, the employing company will still need to show 2 million
baht in registered capital per person.
The issue of overstay came up and they reiterated that that those who
overstay will be restricted from entering the country. An overstay of more
than 90 days and they will be forbidden from entering Thailand for 1 year,
an overstay of more than a year but less than 3 years will see a 3 year
restriction, an overstay of more than 3 years but less than 5 years a 5 year
restriction. Those on an overstay of more than 5 years will be forbidden
from entering for 10 years and an overstay of more than 10 years will extend
the entry ban for life.
They then addressed the issues of what to do when your visa status changes,
for instance the spouse that holds a dependent extension on a foreigner in
Thailand on an OA visa will see their visa cancelled immediately if the
person holding the non-IMM OA visa dies. However, if the person is in
Thailand on a married to a Thai person extension, either husband or wife,
and the Thai spouse dies then the foreign partner’s extension will remain
valid until it expires but they will not be able to obtain a new extension
and must find another kind of visa.
If the person is in Thailand on a non-B associated with their work they no
longer have to leave the country if they change employers, however, they
must cancel their current visa and go to Immigration with the new employment
contract and they will be issued a new visa based on the new employer at
Immigration in Chiang Mai, according to K. Thawatchai.
The officers then discussed the issue of in/out stamps, noting that the 30
days on arrival at the airport, or 30 days at a land border for citizens of
G7 countries, is for tourists only. Those who do border runs for visas will
be restricted and the Immigration officer at the border can ask to see a
confirmed onward flight ticket. K. Thawatchai emphasized that it must be
confirmed, it cannot be an open ended ticket. He urged tourists who plan on
staying in Thailand longer to get a tourist visa, either in their home
countries or in neighboring countries such as Laos, Cambodia or Malaysia.
But again he noted, this is for tourists and that those wishing to stay long
term must get a long term visa.
He added that for offshore workers who work outside the country for several
months and then return regularly, but also leave and stay out for a period
of time, will have no issue leaving and re-entering the country. However, he
said that if they want to stay longer than a month they can get a tourist
visa or they can extend their stay by 7 days in the country. This also
applies to those who travel to Thailand regularly but also go home
regularly. He did confirm that those entering Thailand on a 30 day visa
exempt entry can only extend for 7 days in Thailand; a tourist visa can
extend for 30 days.
He noted that online work for overseas companies that pay overseas is not
prohibited but that the person will need to get a visa to stay longer,
currently there is no new visa for these kinds of people.
K. Thawatchai stressed, “We try to balance service and enforcement but we
must follow regulations. We have pressure from serving so many foreigners
each day but we try to do our best.” He noted that some officers end up
working to 8 p.m. to finish up their paperwork every day. He added that the
last ten years has seen a huge growth in the number of foreigners, last year
alone the number of foreigners serviced in Chiang Mai grew 4 times but the
number of officers and the budget did not grow so much. They have worked to
ease things by moving the offices dealing with migrant workers to the
offices opposite Promenada but noted that the Residence Letter must be
He added that for those foreign citizens who need to obtain a letter
confirming proof of life for their home country governments to obtain their
pension that their office cannot provide this and they must go to their
Consulate or Embassy, he added that some countries may allow a notarized
Pol Col. Rutphong Sanwanangkum told the Chiang Mai Mail that he has
submitted the request for approval of the budget to build a new building on
the site of the current one near the Airport, noting he has signed the
application and that they have the plans in place and are ready to go but
need budget approval. He added that if the budget for next year is approved
for the construction they hope to have a new building within two years.
There will be a temporary office nearby that will open for Immigration but
once the building is done it will have an underground car park and will be
able to accommodate the increased numbers more comfortably.
K. Thawatchai is hoping to streamline the 90 day check in process but must
have approval of the new system, he added that he would like to issue each
person with a long term extension with a card which they could just swipe at
the Immigration office but again, approval must come from Bangkok. Currently
you can report in person 15 days before or 7 days after, by mail or by
giving someone the power of attorney to report for you. He added that the
reason they stopped using the bar code system was that they had changed
computer systems and all information must be inputted in the new system. He
is hoping that the bar code system can be re-started once the new system is
up and running. He added that this is different than the notification made
by your landlord and that the notification by the landlord does not replace
the 90 day report.
The officers were very patient in taking the many questions covering these
issues of concern and noted that they would love to streamline the 90 day
report process too but must follow regulations coming from Bangkok.
British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson concluded the meeting by thanking
Finnish Honorary Consul and member of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce
Narong Kongprasert and the Chamber for organizing the event adding that he
hoped it would become a more regular occurrence.
“I can see this type of meeting is very much needed and I hope that we see
this type of informal meeting happening again. As we go into the AEC next
year and we become a more international city these meetings will become even
more important,” Ben Svasti Thomason said. He concluded, “Thank you again to
Immigration and the Chiang Mai Chamber for organizing this meeting and I
hope we can see each other again.”
Nearly 3,500 traffic offenders caught in one month
Five main offenses in four intersections
Pol. Maj. Supachai Juntra, Traffic inspector of
Chiang Mai Provincial Police Station reports on the number of tickets issued
for traffic violations since July 17, 2014.
The Traffic Police have issued over 3,500 traffic violations since
the crackdown on driving at four major intersections began on July 17, 2014.
Police began targeting five major infractions including stopping over the
line at the red light, driving the wrong way, blocking intersections,
driving over the double yellow line, and using fake license plates and in
the last two weeks of July ticketed 1,656 drivers.
From August 1 – 15 they ticketed a further 1,782 people for a total of 3,480
people. A majority of the tickets, 2,581, were for those stopping over the
line at the red light.
Police have also been targeting illegally parked cars by locking the wheels
or clamping. The measures against illegal parking began in earnest on August
18 and on the first day only police clamped the wheels of 42 vehicles on
Nimmanhaemin, Huay Kaew, Suthep, Suan Dok and around the moat.
Longan farmers protest in Saraphi
Block the road to protest low prices
Longan farmers blocked the road in Saraphi on
August 17, 2014 calling on the government to institute price controls.
A group of around 200 longan growers blocked the road in Saraphi
District at 5 p.m. on August 17, 2014 to protest the low price of longan
fruit on the market. They used 8 longan trucks and a trailer to block
traffic on the Yang Nearng- Khua Mung Road in Nong Fak sub district to call
on the government to institute price controls for longan.
They called on factories to purchase longan for 17 baht for size AA fruit, 7
bhat for A and 3 baht for B. They said that the factories had not been
giving them the price as promised and called on the Army to rectify the
Pol. Col. Yuthana Kaenchan, Superintendent of Saraphi Police Station
commanded the patrol officer to keep the peace and a set a traffic team to
assist the traffic to help those who use the road. Later, Worrakitti
Sritipakorn, Saraphi District Chief Officer, Chief of Saraphi District
Agricultural Extension Office and soldiers invited the leaders of the
protest group to meet at Khua Mung Municipality. At the meeting they came to
the agreement that large factories must purchase the fruit at 17 baht for
AA, 7 baht for A and 4 baht for B, and small factories must purchase longan
for 17 baht for AA, 7 baht for A and 3 baht for B. There will be
compensation for growers who sold their fruit at the lower prices and
officers were set in place to monitor factories and prevent them from
reducing the prices. The protesters agreed to the deal and re-opened the
road at 11:25 p.m.
Chiang Mai could still see more storm activity
August is the wettest month of the year
August is the wettest month of the year,
September should be a little bit drier and temperatures start dropping.
The meteorologist at the Northern Meteorological Center, Pensiri
Trisat, reported on the monsoon conditions this rainy season noting that
August is expected to be the wettest month and that the rain will start
reducing in September as the monsoon moves into the Central and Eastern
regions of the country.
October is expected to be much drier and see temperatures begin to drop. She
also noted that a tropical storm was predicted to move into the region
sometime in August and then perhaps another one in November or December. She
noted that according to the statistics of the past 61 years there had been
only 14 storms that were either a typhoon or a tropical storm moving through
the Northern region. She believes that El Nino may not occur this year which
would see a lower chance of serious storms.
Rainfall through September 7 is expected to be heavy in some areas with
rainfall declining in the last week of August somewhat, and average
temperatures of 32 -34 degrees and lows of 24 -26 degrees Celsius.
In the first week of September rainfall is expected to be more widely
scattered and temperatures drop to 31 -33 in the day and 24 -26 at night.
August is the wettest month of the year, September should be a little bit
drier and temperatures start dropping.
Government holds conference to find ways to reduce road accidents
Injuries and death from road accidents has been
climbing in Chiang Mai in the past three years (file photo)
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office held a conference
with government and public health officials to find ways to prevent and
reduce road accidents in Chiang Mai and to introduce seven pilot projects in
Fang, Doi Saket, Muang Chiang Mai, Mae Rim, San Sai, Hang Dong and San Pa
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya chaired the meeting held at the
Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel on August 15, 2014, as the group looked into
innovative ways to reduce the number of road accidents in the province.
Dr. Termchai Temyingyong, Deputy Head of Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health
Office noted that Chiang Mai has a large tourist population, both Thai and
foreign who like to drive to Chiang Mai in major festivals increasing the
number of cars on the road and causing more frequent accidents.
Statistics show that injury and death from road accidents has been climbing
in the past three years, in 2011 there were 1,830 injuries, 1,958 in 2012
and 2,399 injuries in 2013. In 2011there were 15.79 deaths, 17.26in 2012 and
20.11 in 2013. Such accidents happened due to several factors including road
conditions with high risk points in many districts, unsafe driving behavior
such as not wearing a helmet and not wearing seat belts, drinking alcohol
while driving and driving faster than the legal limit.
The Governor noted that while there is vast variety of driving conditions in
Chiang Mai province and many tourists that implementation of measures to
reduce accidents cannot be done by the government unilaterally but must
include a network of related public and private agencies. There must be
studies to find patterns in traffic and accidents and the development of a
better rescue system for injured people in Chiang Mai that must cover all
areas. The conference is one of many activities being held to find a
solution that will lead to the prevention and reduction of road accidents
NCPO increasing fines on illegal logging
More species of trees added to the list
Jongklai Worapongsathorn, the director of
Provincial Offices for Natural Resources and Environment Chiang Mai
announced the new list of prohibited trees and fines in a bid by the
government to control rampant logging of forests.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has increased the
fines for illegal logging and for the possession and processing of
prohibited timber as well as amended the law add 16 more different forbidden
trees. These trees include 16 types of Dalbergia spp. (rosewoods) species
including Teak, Rubber, Rosewood, Dalbergia oliveri Gamble, Dalbergia
Dongnaiensis Pierre, Dalbergiabariensis Pierre, Dalbergiacana Grah,
Dalbergia cochinchinensis, Dalbergia parvifloraBoxb, Siamese Rosewood and
Burma Black Wood according to Jongklai Worapongsathorn, the director of
Provincial Offices for Natural Resources and Environment Chiang Mai.
Additionally the NCPO has increased the fines for those in possession of the
prohibited wood with a prison sentence of not more than 5 years, a fine not
more than 50,000 baht or both. While those who are caught using the wood for
industry will see prison sentences of 2 -15 years and fines between 100,000
– 1.5 million baht, up from the previous 10,000 to 1 million baht.
Owners of chainsaws are required to register their machines; Chiang Mai
currently has 6,000 registered chainsaws.
The police and army will inspect many areas especially Doi Pha Daeng in
Chiang Dao that has seen many cases of illegal logging and possession of
Vending machine thief targets drinking water machines
Surachart Buasuk of Uttaradit confessed to
police that he broke into drinking water vending machines and stole the
coins over twenty times.
Chiang Mai Muang District Police arrested 30 year Uttaradit native Surachart
Buasuk on August 13, 2014 after using CCTV footage to investigate a series
of thefts from drinking water machines in the city.
Police tracked the suspect to Wat Sri Suphan in Haiya Sub-district after
using CCTV cameras to track down his vehicle, a blue Honda Wave motorcycle.
He confessed to police that he had broken into more than 20 drinking water
vending machines late at night and stealing the coins. He told police that
he would get between 400 to 2,000 baht per theft. He also confessed to
stealing 2,700 baht from the donation box at Wat Duang Dee.
Government prepares for 2015 smog season
Burning continues in Chiang Mai as the
government readies to combat next year’s smog season. (Photo courtesy of
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A conference was held on August 6, 2014 by the Provincial Government
at Chiang Mai Hill Hotel to formulate a sustainable plan to combat forest
fires and smog problems for next year. The meeting, chaired by Deputy
Governor Chana Pangpibul was organized by the Office of Natural Resources
and the Environment Chiang Mai and saw 100 officials from the district and
provincial level as well as members of the Natural Resources and
Environmental Protection Volunteer Network, community leaders and media
JongklaiWorapongsathorn, the Director of the Office of Natural Resources and
Environment Chiang Mai reported that the highest PM10 in Chiang Mai during
the smog season this year reached 282 micrograms / cubic meter, which
occurred on March 22, 2014. The average dust in the air exceeded standards
over 20 days, 942 instances of forest fires damaged 9,147 rai, and they
found 2,381 hotspots. The army and government held 80 days of surveillance
and control forest fire and smog in Chiang Mai from February 1 to April 21
2014 and worked to get all sectors of society involved in preventing and
solving problems. Government and senior management continued to focus on
troubleshooting and monitoring the situation continuously.
The number of hotspots in 2014 was higher than in 2013 which saw 2,153
hotspots but the number of days the PM10 levels exceeded standards was 20 in
2014 and 25 in 2013.
The government also organized more education activities as well as a leaf
bank for farmers to deposit their agricultural detritus for composting.
Chai Prakan police officer arrested smuggling Yaba
Elected Council member from Chiang Dao
caught with 70,000 Yaba pills
Chai Prakan Police Deputy Superintendent Pol.
Lt. Col. Chamnan Phumpaichit was arrested with 800,000 methamphetamine pills
valued at 243 million baht in his car, he confessed to police that he had
been paid 6 million baht to smuggle the drugs to Bangkok.
A Deputy Superintendent of the Chai Prakan Police Station was arrested by
police in Mae Sai on August 18, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. and was allegedly
carrying 800,000 methamphetamine pills and 1kg of crystal methamphetamine.
Mae Sai police had received a tipoff that a bronze colored Toyota Fortuner
would be smuggling drugs in the area. Police stopped Pol. Lt. Col. Chamnan
Phumpaichit, Deputy Superintendent of the Chai Prakan Police Station at the
checkpoint. He told the police that he was in a hurry on was on his way to
work but police investigated and found the drugs stashed in the car. The
suspect confessed that he had been paid 6 million baht to smuggle drugs from
Mae Sai to Bangkok. He said he needed the money which is why he started
smuggling drugs. The drugs were valued at 243 million baht.
On the same day in Chiang Dao a Sub-district Municipal Councilor was
arrested with three other men with 70,000 methamphetamine pills. Tanabadee
Pamornpongpan age 30, a member of the Municipal Council of Thung Khao Phuang
Sub district in Chiang Dao; Chalermchai Pitimongkhonkul age 24; Siridech
Laolee age 32 and Singthong Phuwongsa age 29 were arrested with the drugs,
three of them were arrested at Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3 in Muang Chiang
Mai, while the fourth was arrested in his house in Tha Sala sub district in
Muang Chiang Mai.
Famed Thai actor in car
accident in Hang Dong
The Thai actor Waruth Woratham, most famously
known for the drama Koo Kam and many other films and TV series, was injured
in a car accident in Hang Dong. The actor makes his home in Chiang Mai.
The famous Lakorn actor Waruth Woratham, star of many movies and TV
shows over the years including the popular Pla Lai Pai Daeng and Haunting
Me, and the popular Koo Kam film set in World War II. Khun O as he is known
was driving his red Suzuki Swift on a narrow road in Nam Phrae Sub-district
when he collided with a pickup. He suffered four broken ribs, including a
punctured lung. He was admitted to the ICU of Lanna Hospital in Chiang Mai.
He remained in the hospital for four days to recover from the injuries.
Khun O told police that he had been returning from a fishing trip with
friends in the area and the accident occurred as he was driving back to his
house, the road was very narrow and dark and so he did not see the pickup
Chinese tourist arrested after stealing iPhone at the airport
Chinese tourist Xiu Ming was arrested by Thai
police after stealing an iPhone from the basket at the security x-ray
checkpoint at Chiang Mai International Airport.
A Spanish tourist reported to police that his iPhone went missing
after passing through the x-ray security checkpoint at Chiang Mai
International Airport on August 10, 2014.
The victim, Spanish tourist MenÚndez Moreno Miguel age 39 reported to police
that he had put his phone through the x-ray at the security checkpoint and
left it in the basket, he reported the loss to police a few minutes later
when he realized the phone was gone, giving them the serial number and his
Police used CCTV camera footage of the security checkpoint to find a female
Chinese tourist had taken the phone and put it in her bag. She subsequently
left her bag at Left Luggage. Police waited at the Left Luggage for her to
return and found the iPhone in her bag. The suspect, Chinese national Xiu
Ming, age 23 of Sichuan Province, confessed to police that she saw the phone
in the basket at the X-ray and put it in her bag. She remains in Chiang Mai
awaiting her court appearance.
Drug trafficker arrested with 9.5 million baht in cash
Gold bars valued at 1.3 million baht seized
Four men were arrested in a sting operation in
Fang that netted 100,000 baht in methamphetamine pills.
In a series of arrests from August 6 to August 15 police seized over
180,000 Yaba pills, nearly a kilogram of Ya Ice and 9.5 million baht in cash
and 70 baht weight of gold bars valued at over 1.3 million baht.
The first arrest took place on August 6, 2014 when Region 5 police announced
the arrest of two men from Fang on drug trafficking. The two men were
stopped on the Chiang Mai – Fang road in Fang District by local police who
knew that they had been involved in the Lampang Central Prison drug network.
A search of the two Fang found the with 80,000 methamphetamine pills. The
two men confessed to police that they had been paid 30,000 baht to smuggle
the drugs from the Fang Bus Terminal.
On August 12, 2014 police arrested a 31 year old Chiang Mai woman,
Phayomthip Bangwan, with 174 methamphetamine pills. Police learned of her
dealing from drug addicts in the area and arrested her with 174
methamphetamine pills at her home in Muang District. She confessed to police
that she was selling the drugs to addicts but upon further investigation
police found that there were several outstanding warrants for her arrest by
the Chiang Mai Provincial Court.
Police arrested four men from Fang and one man from Chiang Dao after on
August 15, 2015 after police set up a sting operation in Fang to purchase
over 5 million baht in drugs. The undercover police set the appointment to
meet at the PTT Gas Station in Fang. There they arrested the men with
100,000 methamphetamine pills. The men confessed that they belonged to the
drug trafficking gang of a Chai Prakan man named Jaha Jaso.
On the same day police and army in the Muang District arrested 11 drug
addicts in a sweep of the area, sending them to camp for rehabilitation and
On August 16 a major Chiang Mai drug trafficker was arrested by police after
a search of his home in Nong Pa Krang Sub-district of Chiang Mai revealed
272 methamphetamine pills, 910 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 9.5 million
baht in cash, 70 gold bars valued at 1.3 million baht, 2 land titles and
five cars as well as weapons.
Police had been investigating Sorrawit or Arjong Kijpakdeepong, age 41,
after he came to their attention for being unusually rich and a member of a
major drugs trafficking network in the North.
Police had recently learned that he had been buying a lot of drugs and so
executed a search warrant to investigate his home as they expected to find
drugs; they found drugs, cash and weapons in this house as well as in two
other houses owned by the suspect.
Royal charity dinner for women prisoners in Chiang Rai
Female prisoners from Chiang Rai Central
Prison were treated to a dinner and ceremonies honor HM the Queen on
August 8, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Ministry of Interior Ladies Association of Chiang Rai joined
with the Chiang Rai Red Cross and the Business & Professional Women’s
Association of Thailand to organize a royal charity meal for female
prisoners at the Chiang Rai Central Prison in honor of Mother’s Day and
HM the Queen’s birthday on August 8, 2014.
Chiang Rai Governor Pongsak Wangsamer was joined by his wife Wichada
Wangsamer as the head of the Ministry of Interior Ladies Association of
Chiang Rai in holding the dinner. A ceremony was held to pay homage to
Queen Sirikit and jasmine flowers were offered as a blessing to HM the
Queen. The women joined in singing songs for HM the Queen in addition to
the ceremony and the meal.
Over 1,000 people
cycle for HM the Queen
Over 1,000 people cycled for HM the Queen to
celebrate her 82nd birthday. The group started at the International
Convention & Exhibition Center and cycled 30 km to the Chiang Mai Night
Safari on the morning of August 10, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Over 1,000 people cycled from the International Convention &
Exhibition Center to the Chiang Mai Night Safari on August 10, 2014 to
celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on August 12, 2014.
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Major General Sarayuth Rangsee, the
Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle presided over the opening
ceremony that started at the International Convention & Exhibition
Center early morning.
The large group of officers, officials and general public were led by
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Director of the Pinkanakorn Development Agency
which organized the event to honor HM the Queen on her 82nd birthday as
well as promote exercise and build harmony in the community.
continue in Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) reported that there
have been many small earthquakes in Chiang Rai the past month. Most of
the earthquakes are centered in Mae Suai, Mae Lao and Phan Districts in
Chiang Rai. Strengths vary with the strongest a 4.1 on the Richter scale
in Amphur Mae Suai on August 16 at 8:25 a.m. Most of the earthquakes are
in the 2.4 range and have cause no damage or injuries. There were 31
very small quakes all under 4.1 from August 4 to August 18 in Chiang
Rai. Most geologists agree these are minor aftershocks of the May 5,
2104 earthquake of 6.2 magnitude that killed one person and damaged or
destroyed many structures in Chiang Rai.
Governor meets the
people of Chai Prakan
Over 1,500 local people from Chai Prakan met
with Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and received bicycles, fertilizer
and other goods.
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya was joined by officers from
the Pinkanakorn Development Agency and Chiang Mai Province in a trip to
Chai Prakan at the very northern edge of Chiang Mai Province. Located
127 km from the city Chai Prakan was made a full District or Amphur in
1994 after it was split off from Fang District.
The Governor was joined by more than 45 heads of government agencies and
local government officials and saw more than 1,500 local people. They
distributed 250 survival kits, 20 bicycles for disadvantaged students,
200 consumer goods kits from the Chiang Mai Red Cross, eyeglass from the
Chiang Mai Night Safari, and fertilizer from the Chiang Mai Provincial
Livestock Office. In addition the Chiang Mai Provincial Fisheries Office
distributed 30,000 fry, or small young fish to heads of local
communities in the district.
Supermoon gives super show
this full moon
Narit issued this photo and description of the
supermoon that occurred August 10, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
In time for HM the Queen’s Birthday, Thailand was treated to a supermoon on
August 10, 2014. A supermoon happens when there is a full moon and the moon
also happens to be at the closest point on its approach to Earth. The Moon
has an elliptical orbit around the Earth meaning that at some times it is
closer to the Earth than others. This month the Moon was 356,896 km from
Although the early evening saw the sky clouded over and rain showers many
people stayed up late to get a glimpse of the moon around 1:04 a.m. Other
areas of Thailand had very clear skies and got a much better view. The next
supermoon this year will be on September 9, 2014. Supermoons occur roughly
every 14 moons.
Governor releases fish to honor HM the
Queen on her birthday
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya took part in
a merit making ceremony in honor of the 82nd birthday of HM Queen
Sirikit on August 6, 2014 at Wat Tha Luk on the Ping River. The
ceremony, organized in collaboration with the Chiang Mai Provincial
Fisheries office saw 50,000 fish of different native species released
into the river as part of HM the Queen’s idea to conserve natural
resources and assist people in need.
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital has new Ronald McDonald Room
Hospital needs toys, books for kids
Staff of the Children’s Ward of the
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital open the Ronald McDonald room
after renovations. They called on the public to donate toys,
books and coloring books for the young patients who use the
The Ronald McDonald House is well-known worldwide for providing
young patients with a comfortable place while they undergo
treatment and now the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital has
renovated the Pium Rak Ronald McDonald Room, offering kids
undergoing cancer and other treatments in the hospital a
recreation room. The room, which re-opened for children on
August 4, 2014, offers children a colorful and creative
atmosphere very different from that of the hospital and gives
them many activities to do. However, the hospital has a shortage
of toys for children and welcome donations of toys, books,
coloring books, etc at the Children’s Ward.
Assistant Professor Sitthicha Siriaree and Dr. Laddawan
Singhakhumfu, Deputy Directors of the hospital were on hand to
open the new room with Suwat Sinuan, Coordinator of Ronald
McDonald House Charities. Suwat said had worked to create
recreational areas for children in hospitals around the country
since 2001. The room at Chiang Mai was originally created in
2003 and was renovated in 2010; this is the second refurbishment
for the space with new paint, repair of damaged equipment and