ASEAN members plan to tackle drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle
Sirinya Sittichai, secretary-general of the Narcotics Control Board is joined by representatives from ASEAN to tackle drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle.
Representatives from the ten member states of ASEAN joined together at a
meeting held at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai to hammer out plans to tackle
drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle region.
The Golden Triangle region is
considered a red zone and affects all ASEAN nations as well as
surrounding countries. The 5th ASEAN meeting on drug issues took place
in Singapore in October 2016 where Thailand proposed that the ASEAN
countries bordering the Mekong River and the Golden Triangle work
together to tackle the drug trafficking problem. The proposal was
approved and plans laid out in the ten year plan.
The primary objective is for ASEAN
countries to support six areas; tight security and the prevention of
movements by drug traffickers, drug suppression in the Golden Triangle
area, develop drug suppression skills for organizations involved around
the Golden Triangle, coordinate and report any suspicious activities,
install policies and work with residents in the area. Thailand is also
reinforcing the AAITF project that already exists as well as the ASITF.
secretary-general of the Narcotics Control Board said that this meeting
was set to follow up on the process after the recent meeting in October
and all details will be shared with the ASEAN countries concerned.
Thailand will be supporting other countries as well and more details
will be revealed in a future meeting.
New Australian Honorary Consul appointed for Chiang Mai
Ron Elliott has been named the new Honorary Consul for Australia in Chiang Mai, replacing Michael Walther who retired after serving for over ten years as Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai.
The Australian Government has appointed Mr. Ronald Elliott as its new
Honorary Consul resident in Chiang Mai with jurisdiction throughout the
provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son,
Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai and Tak.
Mr. Elliott is a dual
Australian/Canadian citizen who has lived in Chiang Mai since 2014.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Elliott was a senior executive
with 45 years of experience in policing, critical infrastructure
protection and airport security. He has extensive experience working
with government organisations in Australia and Canada.
Nearly nine hundred thousand
Australians visit Thailand every year and there are a large number of
Australians resident in northern Thailand. Mr. Elliott’s appointment
will help the Australian Government to continue delivering high quality
consular services to Australians in Chiang Mai and neighbouring
Australia and Thailand have a
strong relationship based on shared interests and strong
people-to-people links. The two countries work closely together in
regional and international forums, and on a range of important issues
including defence, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, and combatting
people smuggling and human trafficking. Thailand is our eighth largest
trading partner and Australia’s fifth largest source of international
Mr. Elliott replaces Mr. Michael
Walther, who has provided outstanding service to Australia and its
people during his tenure as Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai since 2004.
Contact details for the new
Australian Consulate in Chiang Mai are as follows:
Hours: Monday to Thursday 9am- 12pm
(by prior appointment only) Call 091 857 6996 for an appointment or
LINE aushoncon FAX: 053 336 958
Popular Chiang Mai Photographic Group Exhibit opens January 28 at Maya
Bye Bye by Kenneth Decker is one of many photos that will be on display at the CMPG Exhibition at Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center.
The Chiang Mai Photographic Group will be holding their 9th annual
exhibition at Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre in January and invite you
to enjoy a remarkably diverse collection of work by 35 photographers
from half a dozen countries.
This compilation of arresting
images is our ninth exhibition and the subjects range from intimate
portraits and abstract compositions to startling architecture and
stunning landscapes. Previous events have met with much critical
acclaim and this year’s show features more black and white photographs
and an even greater selection of unusual and sometimes challenging
Maya has once again kindly given us
a great location on the 3rd Floor next to the glass elevators and the
show opens daily from Saturday, 28th January to Sunday, February 12th.
Martin Venzky-Stalling, founder of Creative Chiang Mai, will be
presiding over the Grand Opening at 4:00pm on Saturday Jan 28th and we
hope you will join us for a glass of wine and meet the CMPG members
whose photographs are on display.
The CMPG is a non-profit
organisation which aims to further all aspects of the picture taking
abilities of its members through the sharing of skills and mutual
support in an informal and inclusive atmosphere. For more information
Thanks go to our generous sponsors:
Canon, Photo Bug, River Market, MAYA and Chez Charlotte without whom we
could not mount this exhibition.
U.K. Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai awarded for his charity work
The U.K. Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai Ben Svasti Thomson has been named as a Points of Light award winner for his charitable work.
A British born charity creator in
Chiang Mai has been named as a Point of Light by Prime Minister Theresa
May for working with vulnerable groups in Thailand.
Ben Svasti Thomson is dedicated to
improving the lives of those in need in Northern Thailand. He has set up
a number of successful charitable organisations including ‘Women Against
AIDS’ to educate and empower women, ‘the Mother and Child Concern
Foundation’ for families affected by HIV/AIDS, ‘Grassroots’ which
supports former sex workers into alternative livelihoods and ‘the
Anti-Trafficking Coordination Unit’ working with Thai government
agencies and civil society groups to fight trafficking and support its
As the U.K. Honorary Consul in
Chiang Mai, he has spent the last six years supporting others to give
back. His dynamic network of volunteers help care for expats from all
nations who cannot travel to access assistance when in trouble.
Ben is the latest recipient of a
Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual
volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and
inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is
selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable
In a personal letter to Ben, Prime
Minister Theresa May said:
Your voluntary work in Northern
Thailand has improved the lives of countless people in need – from
educating and empowering women in the fight against AIDS, to working
with the Thai authorities to combat trafficking. As the U.K. Honorary
Consul in Chiang Mai you are also supporting others to volunteer too.
Across the world British
volunteers like you are helping to build a better world for everyone.
The Point of Light award is a small thank you on behalf of the whole
country, in recognition of your exceptional service.
British Honorary Consul in Chiang
Mai, Mr Ben Svasti Thomson said:
Indeed I am most honoured to
receive this award, although it is totally unexpected and had never been
on my radar! Of course no one works alone and I must, in turn, thank all
those who have provided their support in my charity networks and in the
British Embassy Bangkok.
I started volunteering almost
40 years ago, during my year off after university, and have worked for
charities ever since. I have worked with refugees, abused women and
children, people living with HIV/AIDS, victims of human trafficking and,
most recently, British nationals in distress.
My work as a volunteer has
given me the most meaningful and rewarding experiences of my life. At
times it has been challenging, but it’s an amazing experience to
discover the compassion which lies inside us all through working to help
those in suffering. It enables one to transcend one’s own petty world
and strengthen one’s character by immersing oneself in service to those
who are in far greater need.
Whether you have just finished
your education, are in between jobs or at a similar crossroads in your
life, then time spent volunteering in the community will often be the
most valuable time in your life in terms of discovering yourself while
Too many people nowadays are
glued to a virtual world rotating around social media. I urge you to get
into the real world, surround oneself for a while with real people who
are struggling to exist in the face of terrible hardship and give your
time and energy to partner with them in making their world a better
place for themselves and their families.
HM Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Brian
Ben has made an enormous
contribution to the local community in Northern Thailand. I am also
immensely grateful for the work he does for this Embassy in supporting
expats from the UK, both personally and through the networks he has
created. But I am even more proud of his dedication to making a
difference to the lives of ordinary people across Thailand - through the
charities he has established and his collaboration with government and
civil society. He is a shining example of the kind of partnerships that
exist at all levels between the UK and Thailand.
Ben is the 655th winner of the
Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the
hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first
established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of
Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and
President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with
Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across
Regardless of whether it’s a doctor
restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young
people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people,
the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across
Chiang Mai second for accidents nationwide in 7 Dangerous Days of New Year
Sanpatong highest death rate in the province
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Phuthipong Sirimat met with police and public health officials to review Chiang Mai’s accident and death rate during the 7 Dangerous Days of New Year.
Chiang Mai province came in second
nationwide in number of accidents and sixth nationwide in number of
fatalities caused by accidents. Chiang Mai had 152 accidents with 164
injuries and eleven deaths. Most of the accidents occurred on December
31 and January 1 and most of the accidents involved local people.
The numbers were reported by Deputy
Governor Phuthipong Sirimat at a press conference last week where the
Deputy Governor said that preparations should begin now for Songkran in
April by increasing the number of breathalyzers, and cracking down
harder on unregistered vehicles, vehicles with no insurance, speeding
and other violations.
A working committee was set up to
handle all operations and to ready for Songkran. The Public Health
Department Chiang Mai will be in charge of most plans and operations
with the Chiang Mai Police seconding on security and safety. Volunteer
police and Scouts will be involved as well.
The Deputy Governor expressed
appreciation to Chomthong and Sarapee for their efforts in reducing
Eleven people died in Chiang Mai,
six men and five women, in Sanpatong District. Thirty-three accidents,
the most in one period, occurred on December 31, 2016 and January 1,
2017. Drunk driving was the leading cause of accidents followed by
speeding, careless driving, getting cut off, obstacles, falling asleep
at the wheel, overtaking and overloaded vehicles in terms of reasons.
Most accidents took place on main
roads and highways with the period from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. seeing the
highest followed by 12 noon to 4 p.m. and midnight to 4 a.m. The age of
road victims varied from 50 years old and up, 30-39 and 15-19 years of
age. Most of the injured and casualties were people local to the
province. A total of 75,650 vehicles were inspected and there were
21,133 arrested for violating traffic rules and others. The only
district with no accidents was Galyani Vadhana.
Local girl wins Miss Chiang Mai 2017 crown
Chiang Mai Rajabhat University student
Miss Chiang Mai 2017 Supaporn Ritthipruk and her court with first runner up and runners up Prapasiri Intarungsri, Walulee Duangwana, Pijika Kongsatan, and Chayanith Tor Charoen.
A native Chiang Mai resident and
student at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University took home the Miss Chiang Mai
2017 crown last week and was named the 64th Miss Chiang
Mai in the popular event.
Supaporn Ritthipruk “Nong Bow” is
taking a Thai major at the Faculty of Education at Chiang Mai Rajabhat
University; she also took home Miss Personality as well as Miss Central
Festival, Miss Smile By Muang Thai Life Insurance, Miss Bangkok Clinic
2017, and Miss Air Asia 2017.
The winner received a diamond crown
and 100,000 baht in the contest. First runner up went to 18 year-old
Prapasiri Intarungsri, studying English at the Faculty of Humanities and
Social Sciences at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University. She also won the
Miss Popularity Contest and took home 50,000 baht. Runners up took home
25,000 baht and included Walulee Duangwana, also winner of Miss
Photogenic, Pijika Kongsatan, and Chayanith Tor Charoen who also won
Miss Lifestyle by M Boutique Resort.
The contest began with 20
contestants and ended with the final five. Miss Chiang Mai 2016 Atcharee
Buakiew made her final farewell walk on stage before the announcement of
Supaporn Ritthipruk as the new Miss Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai girl Supaporn Ritthipruk took home the Miss Chiang Mai 2017 crown recently.
Lanna Historic City Forum welcomed experts from around the world
Chiang Mai University welcomed experts from around Asia and the world to the Lanna Historical City Forum.
Chiang Mai University and Chiang
Mai province hosted the Lanna Historic City Forum and welcomed experts
from many countries including the United Kingdom, China, India, the
United States and Myanmar.
The opening ceremony was chaired by
Weera Rojpojanarath, Minister of Culture at University Hostel Services
Centre, Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai Governor Pawin
Chamniprasart delivered the welcome speech.
Attendees visited important
historical sites in Chiang Mai including Wiang Khum Kam, Wat Suan Dok,
Wat Prathat Doi Suthet, Wat Jed Yod, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and
the moat and walls around the city.
The forum covered environmental
settings with Prof. Dong Wei School of Architecture, Southeast
University, Prof. Dilip K. Medhi, Department of Archaeology at Guwahati
University Guwahati, Assam, India, and Prof. Suparp Tajai Lampang,
Rajabhat University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences speaking.
The forum also had experts discussing Archaeological and Historical
Precedents headed by Dr. Ruthjaya Apakorn, Director of SEAMEO SPAFA
Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts of SEAMEO-SPAFA. They also
discussed Ideological Belief & Intangible Expressions with experts and
Ajarn Withi Panitchphan, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University as
moderator. They covered Architectural Components with international
experts and Asst. Prof. Dr. Chanarong Srisuwan, Dean of Faculty of
Architecture, Chiang Mai University as moderator. They finished the
forum by covering the important topic “Safeguarding and Conservation
Management of Lanna Authenticity” with Khun Sawittri Suwansatid, Advisor
to the Minister of Culture and Former Secretary General of Thai National
Commission for UNESCO as moderator.
Suspect re-enacts murder of step-father in Mae Taeng
The suspect in a stabbing murder re-enacts the crime for the police, showing police how he stabbed and beat his stepfather to death.
Police brought the suspect in a
brutal stabbing murder in Mae Taeng to re-enact the crime at the home
where the man stabbed his stepfather to death.
Pol. Col. Piyaphan Pattarapongsin,
Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Pol. Col. Atapol
Meesieng, Superintendent of Mae Tang Police Station, and police brought
21-year-old Wittaya Jacha of Mae Taeng to re-enact the crime at the
scene. Many local people came to watch the re-enactment of the brutal
murder that stunned the community.
Wittaya confessed to police that he
had argued with his stepfather, Mr. Yoha and ended up fighting with him
in the kitchen. He told police he grabbed a knife and a wooden cutting
board and stabbed and beat his stepfather to death. He then ran away to
the road near the village where he was caught. He told police that he
was angry with his stepfather and they always argued.
Kachin locals protest
against Myanmar military actions
members of the local Kachin community protested in front of the Myanmar
Consulate General on January 5, 2017 calling on the government to stop
attacking the people of Kachin and Shan states.
Members of the local Kachin ethnic
community held a protest outside the Myanmar Consulate – General on
January 5, 2017 to protest attacks by the Myanmar Army against Kachin
and Shan States in Myanmar in the past months.
The group also called on the
Myanmar government to investigate the disappearance of two pastors in
Mong Ko in Kachin State. Nawng Latt and Gam Seng disappeared on
Christmas Eve after leaving to meet with army officials at the base to
assist in facilitating the release of local people who had been
detained. The two men have not been seen since leaving for the
appointment. They had been helping journalists report on the situation
in Mong Ko where there has been heavy fighting between the Myanmar Army
and ethnic armed groups.
Protestors held signs asking for the investigation into the
disappearance of two religious leaders who had been helping journalists
report on the attacks in Mong Ko.
A group of about 30 people led by
Tortor Norkam and Hongtong protested in front of the Consulate building
and held signs in English and left a letter for the Consul General
asking the military to stop their attacks on Kachin people and to
investigate the disappearance of the two pastors.
The letter called on the government
to stop oppressing ethnic groups and to stop the attacks on people in
the state. On September 16, 2016 the army attacked Keeton in Kachin
State and Lai Pong on September 27, 2016 using artillery and aircraft to
bomb the areas. Thousands of refugees fled but China refused entry and
many are now sleeping on the road with no guarantee of safety.
The leaders said the Kachin
community condemns the Myanmar Government and Army and called on the to
stop attacking and oppressing people in Kachin State and north of Shan
State and investigate the disappearance of Religious Teachers and
chaplains in Mong Ko. They called on the Chinese Government to allow
Kachin refugees to escape into China and have humanity toward Kachin
The letter also stated that Kachins
have known that the Myanmar Army receives support from the Russian Army
to attack Kachin State and called on the Russian Government to
investigate the group of people providing help to the Myanmar army in
The protest lasted about 30 minutes
and disbanded peacefully among a heavy police and military presence.
The Kachin community protested for about 30 minutes before disbanding
Royal Thai Police Assistant Commander hands over vehicles, winter clothing for officers in remote areas
Assistant Commissioner-General of Royal Thai Police Pol. Lt. Gen. Decha
Boodnampetch hands over winter clothing for police officers and families
in remote areas to Acting Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5
Pol. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsak.
Commissioner-General of Royal Thai Police Pol. Lt. Gen. Decha
Boodnampetch visited the Provincial Police Region 5 headquarters on
December 26, 2017 to meet officers and to hand over 57 vehicles and 48
motorcycles for use in police stations. He also gave winter clothing for
police officers and families who are on duty in rural and remote areas
from the Police Officers and Family Welfare Foundation.
The Assistant Commissioner –
General was welcomed by Pol. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsak, Acting
Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 and officers at the Region 5
headquarters on his visit. He said that the vehicles were for use in
substations around Region 5 and he also delivered winter clothing
purchased by the Police Officers and Family Welfare Foundation which
donated 1,506 sets of winter clothing.
Provincial Police Region 5 received 57 new vehicles and 48 motorcycles
for use in substations around the region.
Police announce arrests in five drug cases since December 21
At 11 a.m.
on 26 December 2016, Pol. Lt. Gen. Decha Bootnampetch, Acting Assistant
Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police accompanied by Pol. Maj. Gen.
Poonsub Prasertsak, Acting Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5,
Maj.Gen.Kaseamsuk Takam, Commander of the 33rd Military Circle, Mr.Prajuab
Kanthiya, Chiang Mai Deputy Governor, ONCB Region 5 announce the arrests
of ten suspects in five drug cases in the period from December 21 – 27,
Commissioner-General Pol. Lt. Gen. Decha Bootnampetch was joined by Acting
Commissioner of Police Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsak in
announcing the resolution of five drug trafficking cases in the North since
December 21, 2016. Ten suspects were arrested and 1.61 million amphetamine
tablet and 8.6 kg of crystal methamphetamine were seized in the arrests in
Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai and Lampang.
Police seized 1.61 million amphetamine tablet and 8.6 kg of heroin in
separate cases from December 21 – 27, 2016.
The first arrest occurred in
Pai, Mae Hong Son at 6 p.m. on December 21 when police arrested 50 year old
Yee Laoyeepa with 10,000 methamphetamine or Yaba pills while the second case
occurred on the same day at 10 p.m. in Chiang Rai when police arrested 43
year old Ker Mor and Suksan Choksansiri of Tak with 394,000 Yaba pills and
8.6 kg of Ya Ice or crystal methamphetamine.
The third arrest occurred on
December 22 in Chiang Dao when police arrested 39-year-old Mongkolsiri Yalo
with 40,000 methamphetamine tablets. Officers stopped the man at the
checkpoint as he was behaving suspiciously but found nothing illegal,
however when he was released he turned into a garbage dump about 500 meters
from the checkpoint and came back with a black plastic bag. Police followed
him and he droped the bag on the side of the road and attempted to flee.
Police found the drugs in the bag and arrested the man.
On the same day police in
Wieng Kan in Chiang Rai found 56,000 methamphetamine tablets after reports
of a suspicious truck were received, the truck drove away before the police
arrived but they found the drugs on the side of the road.
In Lampang police arrested
three suspects; 52-year-old Charoen Aobam from Chiang Mai, 42-year-old
Kanchitpol Puthong from Bangkok, and Phutthipoong Kusolpayungkit from Chiang
Mai with 1,116,285
Yaba tablets after stopping a tour bus headed to Central Thailand.
Police uncovered drugs
hidden in luggage in the lower part of the bus and then arrested three
additional suspects with a further amount of Yaba pills in Hang Chat.
Region 5 police said that
from the period from October 1 – December 24, 2017 they had arrested 5,446
suspects and seized a total of 8,393,264
43.39 kg of crystal methamphetamine,
35.75 kg of heroin, 18.17
kg of poppy plants , and 18.78
kg of marijuana. They also seized property with a total value of
8,697,498 baht from drug suspects. Provincial Police Region 5 will
continue with stringent checkpoints as drugs are expected to flow south
during the busy New Year period.
Police will increase drunk driving checkpoints for the 7 Deadly Days of New Year
topped the list for most accidents and injuries over last year’s New Year’s
holiday period. The Government is setting up extra checkpoints and
introducing neighborhood watches to reduce the number of drunk drivers and
accidents. (File photo)
The Chiang Mai Disaster Protection and
Mitigation Office is preparing for the “7 Deadly Days of New Year” by
increasing drunk driving checkpoints with a focus on the areas that had the
highest number of accidents and arrests last year. Last year Chiang Mai was
first in the number of accidents and injuries over the seven day period and
16th with seven people killed in accidents.
The government will focus on setting up
more checkpoints in communities that have shown high numbers of accidents
last year. Additionally they will be increasing checkpoints around the
province and will strictly enforce speeding, drink driving, and helmets.
Two hundred and ten local
administration organizations will set up safety check points, and check
points will be set up on every sub-district for drunk drivers. Tourist areas
will see strict enforcement including Doi Inthanon, Doi Angkang, Doi Suthep,
Doi Kham and Doi Mon Chaem. Extra officers will be assigned to care for
tourists and manage traffic. Those found in violation of laws regarding
driving could have their license impounded for seven days.
This year the Chiang Mai Governor wants
all districts and temples to set up a night neighborhood watch service to
watch out for and care for those people too drunk to drive and to set up car
sharing to reduce the use of vehicles on New Year’s Eve as the Governor is
determined to reduce Chiang Mai’s traffic accident toll during the seven
deadly days of New Year.
Speed cameras installed on Doi Saket Road
Highway 118 has large number of accidents and deaths
cameras have been set up on a stretch of Highway 118 to Doi Saket in a bid
to cut down on the number of accidents caused by speeding, tickets will be
mailed to the owner of the vehicle.
Speed cameras were set up on Highway
118 to Doi Saket on December 21, 2016 on the stretch from Doi Ngang Kaew to
Doi Saket in five different places to reduce accidents on the mountain.
The cameras were installed as part of a
project that saw cooperation between the Chiang Mai Provincial Police,
Department of Highways, local Administration Organizations, Office of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and
the Civil Engineering of Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University which
studied the stretch of road and determined that the major cause of accidents
was due to high speed on the steep hills and winding road.
That section of Highway 118 is
considered very dangerous and had 56 accidents with six dead in 2014, 73
accidents in 2015 with seven dead and in 2016 so far 66 accidents with five
The cameras were set up between the
15.5 km mark and the 51 km mark and the speed limit is set at 80 km/hour;
the 1st point is at Km. 50+400 around Ban Nam Du, the 2nd
point is at 43+050 around Doi Saket Highway Police Service Center, and the 3rd
point is at 35+800 around Ma Bok Rak Coffee Shop. The 4th point
is at 21+700 around Ban Dok Dang Shrine and the 5th spot is at Km
15+600 around Doi Saket T-Junction with speed limit at 90 km/hour. The
system will record vehicles’ speed for 24 hours and inspect for over speed
limit. Then it will transfer data from the camera to a computer; after a
registration check of the database of the Department of Land Transportation
a ticket will be issued and will be mailed to car’s owner to pay the fine.
Police will also be setting up checkpoints to fine on the spot, if the fine
is not paid in the specified time a warrant will be issued for the owner of
Light rain predicted over Christmas
Temperatures expected to drop over New Year
Mahayodsanan, Director of Northern Meteorological Center explains the
predicted weather patterns for the short and long-term in Chiang Mai,
predicting light rain over Christmas and colder weather over the New
The Northern Meteorlogical Center
has predicted light rain over December 25 – 25, 2016 with temperatures
dropping around the New Year.
Metee Mahayodsanan, Director of
Northern Meteorological Center said that light rain is predicted due to
moist air flowing from the South East while this winter is expected to
be longer than previous years. The temperatures are expected to drop at
the end of the year and after January 2, 2017 should drop even further.
This coming year the Northern
Meteorological Center expects an average of 10 – 20 mm of rain until
April, 2017 before entering the rainy season which will make it less dry
than the drought of 2016. However, there is still a chance of smoke and
smog caused by wildfires but it is hoped that the increased moisture
will reduce the chance of fires.
However, he pointed out that
burning when the air is moist still causes smog. “This year it is
expected that the PM 10 levels in Chiang Mai will be lower than last
year. Upon analysis of the smog problem, about 70-80% of cause of
problem was from burning in the lower area in Uttaradit and
Phitsanulok.” He added, “If agricultural areas are burned it will have a
negative impact on the Upper North and in Chiang Mai because the south
wind will bring smog to the region, especially in Chiang Rai resulting
in increasing PM 10 levels.”
Royal Project Fair 2016 opens at CMU Convention Center
for the Royal Project Fair is always beautifully decorated and filled with
fruits, vegetables and flowers decorated to honor His Majesty King Rama IX.
The Royal Project Fair opened on
December 22, 2016 with a great variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as
cut flowers, plants and hilltribe crafts along with many beauty products.
The Fair, held annually at Chiang Mai University (CMU) Convention Center on
Nimmanhaemin Road runs through December 25, 2016 and is open daily.
One of the highlights are the fabulous
flower and vegetable arrangements and this year a small wooden train replica
hauling vegetables that offers a wonderful photo opportunity for visitors.
The Food Court is always popular with a variety of food on offer to eat
there or take home and in the garden are fabulous flower and vegetable
sculptures one can take in while enjoying a cup of Royal Project coffee.
This popular event is always very busy
and there is parking out front be aware of traffic and consider attending at
non-peak times to avoid the crush of eager consumers looking for bargains on
fresh fruit and vegetables.
The Royal Project Fair runs from
December 22 to December 25, 2016 at the Chiang Mai University Convention
Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
plants are on sale at the Royal Project Fair including tulips and decorative
kale and cabbage.
and vegetable section is the most popular area for shoppers featuring
products from Royal Project farmers. There are also fresh cut flowers,
beauty products and handicrafts on sale at the Fair at CMU Convention
train with carts filled with fruits and vegetables is a popular backdrop for
Court is outside the building and filled with food and drink for sale,
popular at lunch time, the court is open all day.
outside is filled with decorative flowers and vegetables including this
beautiful sculpture made from vegetables. The area is a popular place to
enjoy a Royal Project coffee and look at the scenery.
HRH Princess Sirindhorn concerned about opium poppy planting in Chiang Mai
Wihaj Siribanprot, 3rd Army Area Commander / Commander of Special Unit of
Narcotics Prevention and Suppression Center reports on opium poppy field
destruction and the expansion of opium poppy plantations, a major concern of
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn expressed concersn to the Third Army Commander recently about the
rise of opium poppy planting in rural communities especially in Mae Chaem
and Om Koi Districts.
Lt.Gen. Wihaj Siribanprot, 3rd
Army Area Commander / Commander of Special Unit of Narcotics Prevention and
Suppression Center, the Third Army Area Command, said that H.R.H. Princess
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn had mentioned her concerns to him in a recent
meeting. Her Royal Highness has many projects in Mae Chaem including
expansion of the Mae Chaem Hospital.
According to the latest information
from the Institute of Survey and Monitoring Narcotic Plants, Office of
Narcotics Control Board, there were 15 flights surveying poppy planting and
3 land surveys during August to November 2016 to survey planting areas since
the rainy season. The surveys saw a total of 887.5 rai in Chiang Mai and
1537 lots of 1179.26 rai surveyed by the Institute of Survey and Monitoring
Narcotic Plants. In Om Koi the survey found areas growing opium a total of
984 lots of 727.27 rai and 35 lots of 24.04 rai in Mae Chaem District. All
plantation areas were in remote rural and mountainous areas.
The Special Unit of Narcotics
Prevention and Suppression Center, Third Army Area Command in Chiang Mai has
been destroying opium poppy plantations since November 15, 2016. The Special
Unit destroyed opium totaling 322 lots of 343.33 rai in in Ban Paper-Nakien,
Om Koi and area of 81 lots of 103.50 rai inTha Song Yang-Pitukee, Ta Song
Flight of the Gibbons issues statement on accident and closure
Flight of the Gibbons issued the
following statement: As widely reported in the domestic and
international media, an accident occurred last week on the Flight of the
Gibbon course in Chiang Mai. In brief, a customer (with a child) had
just completed a Zipline crossing and landed on the platform. In turn,
the next customer began crossing. The first customer fell backwards from
the platform, resulting in a collision with the second customer. The
customers remained attached to a cable at all times, which prevented
falling to the ground.
Flight of the Gibbon’s staff acted
quickly to get all three customers to safety and accompanied them to
hospital. The child was promptly discharged. The two adult customers are
in the hospital for the time being, but are expected to fully recover.
After millions of safe zip line
crossings, Flight of the Gibbon has earned a reputation for being among
the most responsible and safest operators, and so when an event like
this happens, the entire team takes it very seriously. In addition to
regular daily inspections, this course had already undergone a complete
engineering inspection for 2016, which was successfully passed. The
Zipline operator maintains a copy of this license in its office and is
in full compliance with all business and safety laws and regulations.
“We are extremely distressed by
what happened on Friday and have a manager on hand at the hospital with
the guest. We expect them to have a full recovery from this accident. Of
course, we will do our utmost to take care of them and cover all their
personal and medical expenses. Our customers are of paramount importance
to Flight of the Gibbon,” explains Kriangkrai Srihaampai, Operations
Manager at Flight of the Gibbon.
The management team’s preliminary
review of this accident indicates that there were no equipment failures
of any type, but that this accident was caused purely by human error.
Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, operation of this course
has been temporarily suspended, pending another complete engineering
inspection. Flight of the Gibbon apologizes to customers who are
inconvenienced by the suspension of operations at this location.
Customer safety is the company’s number one priority. Operations will
resume again as soon as possible.
Flight of the Gibbon holds itself
to the highest safety standards, and their goal is zero accidents. It is
the only Zipline course operator in Thailand with an inspection
certificate certifying compliance with the International Standards of
Adventure tourism operator closed after accident on zipline
General Pittaya Sirirak, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Provincial Police
Region 5 and Mae On District Chief Pattaporn Laijud visit Flight of the
Gibbons zipline facility after three Israeli tourists were injured after
colliding on the zipline.
Region 5 Police shut down
well-known adventure tourism operator Flight of the Gibbon on December 17
after a family of three was injured at their zipline venue in Ban Mae
Kampong in Mae On on December 16, 2017.
Pol. Maj. General Pittaya
Sirirak, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Provincial Police Region 5 was
joined by Mae On District Chief Pattaporn Laijud and other officers to
inspect the facilities and the scene of the accident at the Flight of the
Gibbon on December 17.
Three Israeli tourists were
injured when they collided on the zipline at 2 p.m. on December 16, 2016.
The tourists, identified as Ms. Orit Rov, 40, Mr. Sahar Meir, 42, and Liam
Boborow, 7, were taken to the hospital where Ms. Orit was found to have a
broken rib and injured hip, while the man and the boy were treated and
Authorities closed the facility
temporarily to investigate the safety of the venue. Last year a Chinese
tourist was killed when she fell to her death on October from a zipline at
Flying Squirrels in Mae Rim.
Community radio station shut down for operating without a license
Army and police confiscated equipment from a
community radio station they believed was operating without a license.
community radio station in Haiya was shut down by military, police and
officers from the Office of the National Telecommunications Commission after
it was found to be operating illegally and unlicensed on December 15, 2016.
Vihol Radio Community Station at 89MHz is owned by Terdsak Jiemkitwattana,
the former leader of a local yellow shirt group in Chiang Mai. Police found
only Eakachai Wilaiwan, a 40 year old employee and a 50 meter high radio
tower. The station had no license to broadcast so the authorities seized all
broadcasting equipment transmission lines, computers and other items used at
the radio station for inspection.
A community radio station was shut down in Haiya after a raid by police and
army, the owner claims he has a license and will be presenting it to
the seizure the owner, Terdsak Jiemkitwattana, posted on social media that
the station had been open and operating for the past three years and that
this was the fifth inspection by authorities but the first time his
equipment had been confiscated. He claimed he had a license and would be
bringing it in for the authorities to inspect. In the past the station had
supported the political movement of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD)
and People's Democratic Reform Committee. He said he believes that his
equipment was seized this time because recently he had criticized the
government’s working on Youtube and Vihok News.
Rice Market to be held at Maya on the weekends
Market opened on Saturday December 17, 2016 and will open every weekend
in front of Maya Lifestyle Mall to give farmers a chance to sell their
rice to the public.
Organized by Samoeng District Office, the Department of Internal Trade,
Ministry of Commerce and Maya Lifestyle Mall, the Rice Market was opened
and their families are selling rice, vegetables and other products from
Samoeng at the Rice Market every weekend in front of Maya Lifestyle
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Maya Lifestyle Mall is hosting Samoeng farmers on
the weekends to give them an opportunity to sell rice and other
products. Organized by the Samoeng District Office, Maya Lifestyle Mall
and the Department of Internal Trade at the Ministry of Commerce, the
rice market will be held every weekend to give local farmers a chance to
sell their rice to the public.
Rice farmers have been struggling to sell their
rice as prices continue to fall and the government sector has been
working to find ways to help farmers connect directly with the public.
The Rice Market was opened by district officials and the Maya head as a
food truck was also on hand to offer free food to visitors.
The Rice Market will be in front of Maya Lifestyle
Mall every weekend from December 17, 2016 during the day.
Lanna MICE Mart welcomes visitors from ASEAN countries
neighboring ASEAN countries attended the Lanna MICE Travel Mart and wore
traditional garb for the opening ceremony.
The Lanna MICE Mart was held at the
Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center from December 13 –
16, 2016 and saw buyers from ten ASEAN countries take part in learning about
tourism businesses in the four provinces of the Upper North at the MICE
(meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) Mart.
MICE Mart was opened by traditional Lanna performances.
Businesspeople from Chiang Mai,
Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son took part in the event to offer booths on
landmarks, arts and culture, nature and more in the Upper North. Chiang Mai
Deputy Governor Prachuab Kanthiya and Suthon Wichairath, Director of Chiang
Mai Tourism and Sports Office welcomed participants to the Lanna MICE Mart
2016, with many participants wearing national costume at th opening party.
The Lanna Mice Mart 2016 was held
during 13-16 December 2016 by Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, and Mae Hong Son
Provinces in the Upper North Cluster Region 1 in cooperation with the Chiang
Mai Tourism and Sports Office. These provinces are able to support MICE
events in tourism and to create inspiration for travelers. Sixty buyers in
the tourism industry in ASEAN and 60 businesspeople in the tourism industry
in the Upper North Cluster 1 were invited to participate in the event.
Suthon Wichairath, Director of Chiang
Mai Tourism and Sports Office, said that this event aimed to promote tourism
in the Upper North by inviting capable entrepreneurs and purchasers from ten
ASEAN countries to join the event and use Chiang Mai as the center of the
event to link to other provinces in Upper North Cluster 1.
The Deputy Governor said, “Buyers will
see our readiness, especially the Convention and International Exhibition
Center, that Chiang Mai is ready to serve these entrepreneurs. This event
also links to other attractions in four provinces in Upper North Cluster 1.”
He noted that businesspeople joining this event were screened by tourism
associations, chambers of commerce, and hotel business entrepreneurs for
their capabilities to present MICE events, quality tourist attractions,
cultures, traditions, and adventure attractions. He concluded that the event
gives visiting buyers close contacts with local business people and allow
them to travel around Chiang Mai and see all the Upper North has to offer in
New Year’s Eve services to honor HM the King expected to attract millions around the country
Chiang Mai will have service at every temple in the province
New Year’s Eve
will see mourning ceremonies around the city, the province and the country as
the nation pays their respects to His Majesty King Rama IX.
Chiang Mai residents will take part in
services that will be held at temples across the province and around the country
to mourn His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on New Year’s Eve. Ceremonies will
be held at all Royal temples and all major temples as well as at temples around
the city and the province; around 1,000 temples in Chiang Mai are expected to
The Sangha Supreme Council has asked
temples across the country to take part in the services. Around 1 million people
are expected to join in Chiang Mai province and up to 20 million nationwide
Siriya Boonsiripreak, Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Culture Office said.
Royal Project Fair to be held December 22 - 25
University Professor Pongsak Angkasit, chairman and organizer and Professor
Danai Boonyakiat, director of Operations and Marketing announced the
upcoming Royal Project Fair which will be held from December 22 – 25, 2016.
The popular Royal Project Fair will be
held at the Chiang Mai University Convention Center beginning December 22 –
25, 2016 and offer products from many of His Majesty King Rama IX’s
signature Royal Projects. HRH Princess Soamsawali will be opening the event
on December 22.
Annual Royal Project Fair is a popular event in Chiang Mai where residents
flock to purchase Royal Project fruits and vegetables along with hill tribe
products, flowers and plants.
The 47th annual Royal
Project Fair was announced at the Royal Project Foundation on Suthep Road by
Chiang Mai University Professor Pongsak Angkasit, chairman and organizer and
Professor Danai Boonyakiat, director of Operations and Marketing. Before the
press conference was a special performance by various tribes who joined and
sang Chata Cheewit (Fate of Life) and the Impossible Dream for the occasion.
Professor Pongsak Angkasit said that
the Royal Project, which was started by the love and support of HM King
Bhumubol Adulyadej in1966, was the greatest gift to the people of Thailand
in history. The Royal Project was started to assist rural people,
specifically high areas in the mountains as well as conserving forestry and
Thai property. The project involved planting vegetables and fruits for
sufficient living, including bringing new crops to Thailand such as
strawberries and many other different fruits and vegetables.
Activities will remain similar to
previous years, however since Thai people are still mourning then a memorial
services will take place as well. The mission of the Royal Project will now
be under the reign of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn or King Rama X, who made a
royal appearance at the Royal Project Fair in 2015. Last year’s event raised
over 8 million baht and this year is expected to reach 9 million baht, which
will be returned to support the agricultur and residents.
Progress in agriculture will be
displayed as well as introductions to new species of plants, vegetables,
fruits; update on marketing, products and many more. There will be over 30
booths displaying the Royal Projects as well as crafts by tribe members. All
concerned are encouraged to dress appropriately in honor of HM the late King
for the occasion
Chiang Mai hosts three big events to honor HM King Bhumibol on his birthday
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart was joined by government officials, military
officers and many others in offering food to monks at Royal Park Rajapruek.
Three major events were held on
December 5, 2016 to mark His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birth; the
first took place at Royal Park Rajapruek at 7 a.m. where the Governor was
joined by many officials and officers, visitors and members of the public in
an offerings ceremony to present food to 199 monks.
Mai Governor digs in planting banana trees in honor of His Majesty King
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart then
chaired a banana tree planting ceremony in honor of King Rama IX at 9:30
a.m. at Huay Tung Tao reservoir in Mae Rim. The tree planting ceremony was
organized by Paradorn Homyam, Deputy Director of the Botanical Garden
Organization and attended by the Deputy Chief Justice, President of the
Chiang Mai Red Cross Monsuda Chamniprasart and officials. Ten different
species of banana were planted for a total of 389 trees over 3 rai. The
banana trees were planted to help retain soil and moisture and create a more
The final event took place at 700 Year
Stadium in the evening where thousands of Chiang Mai residents turned out to
honor His Majesty King Rama IX and mourn his passing. Everyone wore
traditional Lanna dress in black and white, traditional dance performances
were held and everyone joined in together to sing the royal anthem.
Chiang Mai Zoo joins Region 5 police to help farmers
Maj. Gen. Achawat Chotikasatiean, Acting Deputy Commissioner of
Provincial Police Region 5, chaired the opening ceremony of the rice
distribution center for Thai farmers under the “Provincial Police Region
5 helps Thai Farmers” Project with Nipon Wichairat, Director of Chiang
Mai Zoo and Advisors to Provincial Police Region 5 (Police Management
Inspection) and representatives of San Pa Tong Agricultural Cooperative,
Phrao Agricultural Cooperative, and Nikomphrao Agricultural Cooperative
joining the ceremony at the Sophon Damnui Building at the Chiang Mai
As part of efforts to assist
farmers hit hard by the low price of rice the Chiang mai Zoo is joining
the Region 5 Police in distributing rice from the Agricultural
From December 7, 2016 to September
30, 2017 people can buy good quality rice at a fair price directly from
farmers at the Sophon Damnui building in front of the Chiang Mai Zoo.
Region 5 Police started the project
to help farmers sell their rice directly and already offer markets at
the Region 5 Police headquarters and at various markets around town.
Residents petition for traffic island on Chotana Road
High number of accidents along stretch of road at Tung Hua Chang
of the San Pong area are petitioning the government to add a traffic island
to the very dangerous seven kilometer stretch of road on Chotana road; at
least five people a year are killed or injured in accidents along this one
stretch every year.
Residents of Mae Rim have petitioned
the Governor to have a traffic island built in the middle of the road in the
area starting from Tung Hua Chang to Muang Pha and Huai Nam Rim due to the
high number of accidents resulting in serious injury and death.
Residences of San Pong Sub-district,
Mae Rim District began the drive at Ban Pa Tiew with Manote Wongjeeno,
Assistant Sub-district Chief leading the villagers in petitioning. The
residents want the government to build an island in the middle of the road
on Highway 107 or Chotana Road.
Manote said that the seven kilometer
strip of road needed a traffic island as just the narrow yellow line had
resulted in many accidents as people cut across from one side to the other
and also posed a serious danger for pedestrians attempting to cross the
He said that they need at least 5,000
signatures for the island to be considered and urged people to join in
reminding everyone that at least 5 people are killed or injured on this
stretch of road each year.
The chief said that he and the former
San Pong Mayor had requested this from the Chiang Mai Rural Road Office
once, but there was no progress. Boonsong Teriyapirom, a former member of
House of Representative, had also proposed this traffic island to relevant
government sector for safety and properties in the area of people using this
Thailand Coffee and Bakery Expo 2016 to be held in Chiang Mai
Kamwang, Operating Director of Expolink Global Network Co., Ltd., Jiruth Na
Adyuthaya – Deputy Director of Management and Strategy Support, Thailand
Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Chef Jamnong Nirungsit - Honorary
Advisor of Thailand Chefs Association and representatives from relevant
organizations announced the upcoming expo at the recent press conference.
Chiang Mai will be hosting the Coffee
and Bakery Expo 2016 for the first time from December 15 – 18, 2016 at
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport it was announced at a press conference
recently. Expolink Global Network Co., Ltd. in cooperation with the Thailand
Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the Thailand Chefs Association, the Chiang
Mai Chamber of Commerce, the Chiang Mai Industry Council and the Chiang Mai
Chefs Club will be participating in the event that will run daily from 11
a.m. to 8 p.m.
ExpoLink is the Thailand representative
of the Cologne Messe Co. Ltd. from Germany and also holds the international
exhibition THAIFEX World of Food Asia. The organization has brought together
leading businesses in tea, coffee, baked goods, food technology and services
for the event in Chiang Mai.
Apart from selling goods and
business seminars the exhibition will include a cooking contest divided into Junior Chef Challenge and Senior Chef Challenge
for Thai, European and Chinese foods, fruit and vegetable carving contest,
workshop providing food knowledge, and others.
Anti-drinking organizations petition governor to crack down on bars near schools
Representatives from Chiang Mai Stop Drinking Coordinating Center,
Love Chiang Mai Community Network and the Institution Education Network met
with Deputy Governor Prachuab Kanthiya and presented him a letter to crack
down on venues selling alcohol close to schools after the Malin Sky Pub
Several anti-alcohol organizations
joined together to present a letter to the Chiang Mai Governor to strictly
enforce laws regarding bars and entertainment venues close to schools in
Chiang Mai. The group, which consisted of representatives from Chiang Mai
Stop Drinking Coordinating Center, Love Chiang Mai Community Network and the
Institution Education Network met with Deputy Governor Prachuab Kanthiya and
asked him to pass it on to the Prime Minister.
In the letter the organizations asked
the Governor to be strict in regards to entertainment venues, bars, pubs,
karaoke clubs and alcohol sales close to schools, universities and temples.
They also asked for clear zoning rules after the incident at Malin Sky Pub
became a nationwide scandal.
The bar was only ten meters from the
University and although there was an order for its closing it was still in
the courts, the group pointed out that there are many similar bars and
restaurants near the university even though there are zoning regulations.
They pointed out that many venues allow people under the age of 20 while
others are not closing on time. They asked the government to strictly
enforce the laws and zoning regulations on these venues. They pointed out
that although the bars and clubs have licenses they are not seriously
inspected and laws are not being enforced. Additionally, their proximity to
temples, schools and local communities has an effect on the residents from
noise pollution, drunks and fights. The law states that shops and venues
selling alcohol can be no more than 300 meters from schools.
The Deputy Governor said the government
has been inspecting the venues in the area weekly and that zoning
regulations and licenses can be found at the Provincial Excise Office. He
added that all of the shops currently operating had received their licenses
before the NCPO’s order in 2015 and can continue business but new ones are
not allowed. However, if a shop breaks one of the five rules they must be
closed. Those rules include allowing people under the age of 20 to use the
venue, selling alcohol to people under 20, opening past regulated hours, the
possession of weapons or drugs.
Police arrest man suspected of serial theft
Suspect released from prison in September
Supayor was released from prison in September and arrested after committing
multiple robbers on December 6, 2016.
Chiang Mai Police arrested a Muang
District man suspected of ten different theft cases in Chiang Mai over the
past weeks on December 7, 2016. Rachan Suyapor was arrested in a gaming shop
in Santhitham area and found with electronics, mobile phones and equipment
to break into houses.
Police received a report about a theft
at a dorm room in Haiya on November 23 and CCTV footage led to them to the
suspect. He eventually confessed that he had stolen ten times over the past
weeks. He told police that he had been in prison for theft and released
September 16, 2016. He said he was unable to find a job so went back to
stealing. One of his victims turned out to be the nephew of the Chief of the
Land Transportation Department.
Man arrested in series of burglaries in housing estates
Suspect wanted by Saraburi for theft
Kaewhao was arrested and charged with theft after a series of home break ins
in the suburbs and housing estates. Police are tracking down his accomplice.
Police announced the arrest of one
of the suspects in a series of break ins in homes in housing estates on
December 7, 2016 adding that the man had an arrest warrant issued from
Saraburi Courts for theft as well.
Thongsuk Kaewhao of Nakhom Pathom
was arrested by Phuping Police and Police Region 5 after a series of 11
breakins in different housing estates was reported. Police investigated
and found that Thongsuk had been seen driving a bronze colored Toyota
Wish in the areas that had been robbed. They investigated Thongsuk and
found that he had an outstanding warrant from Saraburi as well as having
had warrants in Bangkok in 2003, Nakhon Rachasima in 2013 and Nakhon
Pathom in January 2015 as well as the one from Saraburi from November
Police arrested the suspect at a
rental home in Mae Hia and found a screwdriver, gloves and stolen items
such as amulets and rings. The suspect confessed that he had been
working with another man to break into houses during the day when the
owners were at work. He told police that he and the other man would use
two cars; target a home, climb the fence and break a door or window.
They normally stole things that were easily carried such as gold and
cash and then split the proceeds.
Police will be using the
information gained from the Thongsuk to track down the other suspect.
Many victims of the robberies came to see their property at Region 5
Police headquarters, at least 11 cases so far have been confirmed in
Muang District, Phuping, Mae Ping and San Sai.
Call for donations for annual Red Cross Winter Fair
President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Red Cross Monsuda Chamniprasart
calls for donations for the upcoming Chiang Mai Red Cross Winter Fair.
The annual Red Cross Winter Fair
will be held from December 28, 2016 to January 8, 2017 at the field
behind City Hall. The popular fair sees large donations from the
community to be raffled off and given as prizes in booths.
The President of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Red Cross Monsuda Chamniprasart called on the community for
donations to the event. “Unity Day to Help the Red Cross” will be held
on December 8, 2016 at the Volunteer Defense Corps, Chiang Mai 1 from 9
a.m. to 12 noon to receive donated items such as motorcycles, bicycles,
electric equipment, and clothes for the Chiang Mai Red Cross
Donors can also contact the Office
of the Chiang Mai Red Cross Association at 053-212638, or the Chiang Mai
Local Administration Organization at 053-112613 or 053-112617, or Mrs.
Sirikul Pongladda, Chief of the Chiang Mai Finance and Accounting Group
Monsuda urged everyone to donate to
help those less fortunate. The Mucha Kachad Shop in this year’s Winter
Fair will sell 9,000 charity Red Cross Lottery tickets at 80 baht each.
Revenue is expected to reach 7.2 million baht. First prize is a sports
car, second prize a pick-up truck, third prizes will be three 110CC
motorcycles, fourth runner up prizes will be five half baht gold
necklaces, 10 refrigerators as the sixth runner up, 10 televisions as
seventh and 20 bicycles as eighth. There will be 180 prizes given out to
those who have the last three digits of not more than 1,000 baht. The
shop will also sell 200,000 Red Cross Fish at 20 baht each. The
Provincial Red Cross hopes to raise 4 million baht at the event this
Gift Fair open until December 11
handwoven textiles from around the region are on sale at the Gift Fair 2016.
other accessories are also on sale at the fair.
was filled with wonderful vintage photos of HM King Rama IX, HM Queen Mother
Sirikit and their family.
A fair wouldn’t be a fair
in Thailand without a lot of food, from khao soy noodles, to southern Thai
food, the food aisle has it all.
The annual Gift Fair opened on December
2, 2016 at the Industrial Promotion Center on Thung Hotel Road. The popular
event will be open through December 11, 2016 and features a wide variety of
unique and handmade products such as bags made from teak leaves, handwoven
phasin, jewelry, basketry, clothing, toys, health and beauty products and
The Gift Fair is a long running
tradition for Chiang Mai shoppers and always very popular with locals and
visitors. The event is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and entrance is
Suspected cop killer shot dead resisting arrest
suspect in the killing of a police officer was shot resisting arrest
in Mae Taeng.
Police shot dead the man
suspected of killing a Chiang Mai police officer last week at his
mountain hideaway in Pha Pae, Mae Taeng District on December 2,
Police traced Prasert Laolee,
suspected of killing a 23 year old Police Lance Corporal during a
drug sting to the mountainous region near Baan Buak Meed in Pha Pae,
Mae Taeng and traveled to the remote area to arrest the suspect. The
suspect opened fire on the police; they returned fire killing the
suspect at the scene.
Prasert Laolee was a suspect in
the shooting of Police Lance Corporal Sirayuth Noiarun during a drug
buy at Mae Taeng on November 29, 2016. He escaped with Suthasinee
Sae Nor from Prachinburi to the mountains. Police found Mrs
Suthasinee at the same location and arrested her to face charges.
Father’s Day ceremonies announced for December 5
Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart announces the ceremonies to be held on
King Rama IX’s birthday on December 5, 2016.
Chiang Mai residents are invited to
attend ceremonies for King Rama IX on the occasion of his birthday on
December 5, 2016. The day will start at 6:45 a.m. with a merit making
ceremony offering food to monks at Three Kings Monument followed by the
ceremony at Chiang Mai University Convention Center at 9 a.m. followed
by a candlelight ceremony at City Hall at 7 p.m.
In addition, there will be food
offerings for 199 monks to dedicate to HM the late King at Hor Kam
Luang, Royal Park Rajapruek, Chiang Mai at 6 a.m. and commemoration
ceremony at the 700 Year Stadium from 4
p.m. There will be cultural performances including traditional candle
dancing by 1,999 dancers, tributes and singing the Royal Anthem. Please
wear black traditional dress to mourn King Rama IX. It is expected to be
a large event with thousands of people attending.
To prepare for the event the Chiang
Mai Traffic police will be in place from 2 p.m. on and no vehicles will
be allowed inside. Police expect 20,000 people and have warned of
traffic jams. Three parking areas will be opened at the Convention
Center, at the Farm Outlet and the parking lot of the Provincial
Government Center or City Hall. There will be free shuttles will be
offered from the three locations to the 700 Year stadium
Police expect heavy traffic jams on
Canal Road and linking roads. Traffic police and volunteers will help to
organize the parking and direct traffic.
Police officer killed in clash with drug traffickers in Mae Taeng
Corporal Sirayuth Noiarun was killed in a shoot-out with drug traffickers in Mae
Taeng, the 23 year old was a native of Chiang Mai.
A Police Lance Corporal was shot and killed
during a shoot-out with drug traffickers in Mae Taeng on November 29, 2016 at
around 10 p.m. in Keelek in Mae Taeng.
Police had set up a sting with Kanawith
Nithikomporn to purchase 2,000 methamphetamine tablets. Kanawith then contacted
two people to obtain the drugs, Prasert Laolee, age 35 and Suthasinee Sae Nor of
Prachinburi to deliver the drugs at a bypass road in Keelek, Mae Taeng.
investigate the scene of the shooting in Keelek, Mae Taeng.
The couple drove to the meeting point where
they were ambushed by police, Prasert fired at the police with a shot gun who
returned fire. Pol. Lance Corporal Sirayuth Noiarun was shot and died at the
hospital. The two suspects fled into the forest where police found a blood
trail. Police found the car belonging to Suthasinee in San Sai.
Police have charged Kanawuth and continue
the search for the missing couple for the death of the Police Lance Corporal.
Police Lance Corporal Sirayuth Noiarun was
23 years old and a native Muslim of Chiang Mai. He was a Police Non-Commissioned
Officer Student from Region Police Training Center 5, the 2nd Company
of 2013. He graduated in October 2014 and began duty as a Squad Leader
(Suppression) at Galyanivadhana Police Station. He was then assigned for
temporary duty for drug suppression with the Chiang Mai Provincial Police. He
was posthumously promoted five ranks to Police Sub-Lieutenant. His body was sent
to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. At 11am on November 30,2016, Pol. Maj.
Gen. Poonsub Prasrtsak, Acting for Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5
visited his mother and gave her funds to help with the hospital bills. The
funeral was held at Chang Klan Cemetery on the same day.
Nakhon Pathom man killed in accident at Ruamchoke tunnel
year old Nakhon Pathom man was killed in a high speed one car crash late at
night at the Ruamchoke Tunnel.
Police and rescue were called to the scene
of an accident at the Ruamchoke Tunnel around midnight on November 29, 2016.
They found a gray Honda Accord that had hit the guardrail with so much impact it
had gone under the guardrail slicing off the roof and crumpling the front end.
Inside police found the body of 35 year old
Teerasak Chungchant whose body was wedged so tightly into the car that it took
the rescue team over 20 minutes to cu he body out of the car.
Police believe the driver was going at a
very high speed when he lost control and hit the guard rail. Police found a
bottle of alcohol in the car. The body was taken to Maharaj Nakorn Hospital
Chiang Mai Hospital for his relatives to claim the deceased.
CMU Engineering student beaten in seemingly random attack
Paveekorn Samphanwiwat reported to police after he was assaulted by a
man in front of the CMU Engineering Gate, he suffered a broken arm and
said he didn’t know the man who attacked him.
A twenty-two year old Chiang Mai
University engineering student was beaten and suffered a broken arm in a
seemingly random attack on November 24, but waited to report until
Paveekorn Samphanwiwat reported to
the Bhuping Police Station that he had been attacked and left with a
broken arm in front of the Kiang Mor Condominium, he told police he
waited to recover enough to report the crime.
He told police that he had left the
Damnernsaduk Coffee Shop next to the condominium to go home when he was
accosted by 22 year old Wutthikorn Donpan and his friends. Wutthikorn,
an economics student at Payap University, claimed that Paveekorn had
looked at him wrong. Paveekorn explained he didn’t know him and was
sorry if there was any misunderstanding or bad feeling but told police
that Wutthikorn still attacked him and slammed in between two cars,
breaking his arm and injuring his face.
Paveekorn said he and his friends
tried to end the problem and leave but that Wutthikorn tried to continue
beating him with a baseball bat. The man’s friends stopped him from
continuing the assault the victim alleged. The mother of the victim
insisted to police that they prosecute the other man for the assault.
Paveekorn is the nephew of Rear Admiral Dr. Mayuree Samphanwiwat.
Fallout from Malin Sky Pub brawl continues as hotel is shut down
The Core Hotel
Chiang Mai was shut down by government officials after it was found to be
operating without a hotel license. The hotel is the site of the Malin Sky Pub
where the son of a general was assaulted by bodyguards for celebrity customers.
After the well-publicized attack on the son of a Major
General in the Royal Thai Army at the Malin Sky Pub by bodyguard hired to guard
celebrities, officials visited the Malin Sky Pub and Core Chiang Mai Hotel owned
by Ball Kritsana.
Deputy Governor Prajuab Kanthiya explained that Malin Sky Pub was allowed to be
open so near to Chiang Mai University because it had received a license before
the implementation of the NCPO order forbidding bars near schools.
Authorities found that the hotel was not
licensed and was closed immediately. The owner surrendered to authorities the
next day. The Deputy Governor announced that in addition to being unlicensed the
bar was too close to the school and in violation of the laws it had been opened
before the NCPO order 22/2015 was put in place and so need to be closed before
midnight and could only sell cigarettes and alcohol as per the license that had
been issued before the order.
However, the hotel was opened illegally and
the government had ordered a crackdown on illegal hotels operating without a
On November 25 bodyguards assaulted the 23
year old Payap student Isaranuwat Wankawisan, son of Maj. Gen. Wittaya
Wankawisan, Commanding General, the 38 Military Circle – Suriyapong Camp, Nan
province. The bodyguards turned themselves into the police.