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Swiss man found brutally murdered in his home

Stabbed and tied to the railing

The body of 60 year old Swiss national Daniel Rudolf was found stabbed in the stomach, strangled and tied to a railing by his landlord. Police are urgently investigating this shocking murder.

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Police were called to a grisly discovery in Suan Dok Soi 6 on Muang Chiang Mai on August 16 after the landlord went to visit his tenant and found the body of the 60 year old Swiss man stabbed and tied to the stair railing.

Phuping Police reported that the body of Daniel Rudolf, age 60, had been found by his landlord who had not seen him for a few days and was concerned. He called out to the man but when there was no response went in and found his body; he had been stabbed and strangled with a cable then tied to the railing with the cable.

Police said that it appears he had been dead for no more than 24 hours before being found and that a Kawasaki D-Tracker motorcycle and some items were missing. Mr. Rudolf had been renting the house for about six years. Police said there were no signs of a struggle in the house so they will be investigating all potential suspects in the brutal murder. Police officials said that the case would be urgently investigated to find the killer.


Serial thief caught again after being released from jail

The suspect confessed to police to stealing two motorbikes and breaking into a shop to steal cash all in one night.

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A twenty year old Chiang Mai man was arrested with in a day after being released from prison for stealing two motorcycles and cash from a ceramic shop.

Muang Police used CCTV footage to track the thief after he stole a white Honda Scoopy from in front of a house in San Sai. He then drove the bike to Suan Dok Ceramics on the Chiang Mai – Hang Dong Road where he broke in and stole 3,000 baht in cash. He then escaped through the back of the shop and stole a black Honda Click.

However the owner of the shop had security cameras and police reviewed it and CCTV footage to trakc down Leeya Mayoh, age 20, nationality unknown, of Mae Sai, Chiang Rai. Police received information that the suspect was riding the stolen bike around the Panviman Place Resotel in Wat Ket. Police went to the area and found and arrested the suspect. He later confessed to police that he had been committed the thefts.


Treasury Department cancels plans for green space after community protest

Teachers students and residents near Regina Coeli College hold a banner calling for a hearing and protesting the planned housing construction. banner for thanks to hearing

A Google map of green area land close to Regina Coeli College

Large crowds of concerned residents, teachers and students protested the planned Treasury Department construction citing the destruction of one of the last large green spaces in the city.

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The Treasury Department capitulated on its plans to develop one of the last remaining green spaces near Regina Coeli College after the community erupted in protest on August 15, 2016.

A protest was attended by hundreds of local residents, Regina Coeli students and concerned Chiang Mai citizens who were angered over Treasury Department plans to raze the green space and construct buildings for officials.

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart issued the letter from The Treasury Department to the media cancelling the project. The letter stated that the Regina Coeli College had recently launched complaints against the Baan Tanyarak project and confirmed that the project had been canceled until further notice.

The Treasury Department had already suggested that other areas should be surveyed that won’t affect local residents or damage green spaces. This particular property had been slated for development for some time and residents were never happy with the projects concerned. The government suggested that public meetings be held first before planning construction projects.

Teachers and students of the nearby college hosted a meeting to discuss the potential harm that the project may do, although at that time the Treasury Department had already canceled the project.


Five killed in military helicopter crash

Crew had been on flood relief operations

Maj. Gen Nopporn Ruanchan, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division was killed in the helicopter crash on Doi Inthanon on August 14, 2016.

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Five men were killed when the helicopter they were in crashed on Doi Inthanon after taking off from Mae Hong Son after taking part in flood relief operations in the North on August 14, 2016.

Mourners gathered at Wat Phra Non Khon Muang in Mae Rim on August 16 for the funeral rites for the five men killed in the helicopter crash on Doi Inthanon on August 14, 2016.

Communications with the helicopter failed at 10:30 a.m. on August 14, 2016 and was last tracked by flight radar near Doi Inthanon. On board were Maj. Gen Nopporn Ruanchan, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, pilots Capt. Sutan Onmuang, Lt. Nowapat Maneechote, and flight engineers Master Sergeant 1st Class Chaisakda Taso, Master Sergeant 3rd Class Monkolchai Roo-gnan.

Aircraft and military immediately sent out search parties and found the strong smell of fuel at the 46km mark on Doi Inthanon, they were forced to call off the search at 1 a.m.

The search resumed on August 15 with over 400 police, military, forest officials and volunteers continuing the search. They found parts of the plane and finally at 3 p.m. found the helicopter wreckage. Four of the bodies found a short distance from the aircraft and the other inside the wreckage.

Their bodies were taken from the mountain to Kawila Army Camp and a cremation ceremony began August 16, 2016 at Wat Phra Non Khon Muang in Mae Rim.


Chansom Bridge opens 5 years after closure for flood damage

The Chansom footbridge re-opened five years after flood damage left it dangerous and unusable. The opening of the new bridge has been long awaited by residents in the area.

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The Chansom Footbridge, the original of which dates back 50 years, re-opened on August 14, 2016, five years after it was forced to close after flood damage in 2011.

Maj. Gen. Kosol Pathuchart, Commander of the Military Circle 33 and Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn joined the Kosalapirom family to open the Chansom Bridge after a five year closure. Present were members of the Indian Consul in Chiang Mai, residents and tourists.

The Chansom Anusorn Bridge is located between Charoenraj Road in front of Wat Khetkaram and the Waroros Market and had been there for over 50 years. The bridge was closed in 2011 after damage from the high river and flooding made it too dangerous to use. The re-construction of the bridge began in 2012 but was halted due to natural causes for a short term on the same year, and was later taken over by the Marine Department. The bridge is 3 meters wide, 110 meters long and was resurfaced with concrete and metal structures as well as new posts. The contractor was the Donchan Limited with a budget of 8,730,000 baht.

The first bridge was built from teak wood over 50 years ago and allowed people to cross from the temple to the market area. After a while it was damaged and authorities repaired it with bamboo giving it a second name, Kua Tae. It was only usable in the dry season as it was too dangerous to use in the rainy season when the river ran high. It was later re-built out of concrete in 1964 with the support of Mr. Montree Kosalapirom who funded the construction to honor his deceased wife. The bridge was frequently used to cross the Ping River but the closure forced people to use alternative methods to cross the river. The re-opening has been long awaited by residents in the area.


Security in Chiang Mai tightened up after bombings in Southern Thailand

Police and volunteers are patrolling public spaces including malls and other popular areas.

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After Southern Thailand was hit by a series of bombs on August 11 and 12 security in Chiang Mai was tightened up as well as at other major tourist destinations in Thailand.

Five locations in the middle Southern region were struck by bombs including the tourist areas of Hua Hin and Phuket along with Muang Surat Thani, Takua Pa in Phang Nga, Muang Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang. Four people were killed and many injured in the series of bombings.

The Director of Chiang Mai International Airport Cpt. Wisut Jantana announced increased security measures at the airport, with more searches of bags and vehicles. Empty vehicles are only allowed to park in the parking lot in front of the building and only public transport is allowed to park near the building. Checkpoints were set up and bomb specialists set on alert.

Governor Pawin Chamniprasart said that authorities have tightened up security in town, with police and volunteers stationed throughout tourist areas, shopping malls and other public places. Residents have been asked to keep an eye out for suspicious people or packages, a recent false alarm in the Nimmanhaemin area saw EOD specialists out to check a bag that turned out to carry only tools. Police will be keeping an eye on the CCTV or Police Eyes cameras to make sure that they reach any location if there’s any suspicion.

Furthermore, the EOD, Police and Military are coordinating in doing regular patrols to make sure the tourist attractions and highly populated areas are safe.


U.S. Consular section in Chiang Mai to be suspended September 12 – November 1

Except for U.S. citizen emergencies, consular services at the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai will be suspended from September 12, 2016 to November 1, 2016, due to necessary renovations to the Consular Section.

All nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants who intend to travel during this period should make appointments with the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok at http://photos.state.gov/libraries/thailand/591452/niv/how_to_apply_niv.pdf.

Applicants for all routine U.S. citizen services such as U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services required during this period should make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok at https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ .

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit will remain available by email and phone for emergency U.S. citizen services such as death and welfare/whereabouts cases; and we will continue to accept voter registration, absentee ballot requests, and absentee ballots.  Also, please note that the ACS Unit will conduct several U.S. citizen outreach events in and around Chiang Mai during this period to process requests for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services.  Information regarding these outreach events and other important updates will be posted on our website at https://th.usembassy.gov/news-events/ and sent out via email.


Pang Chang Resort Elephant Camp to pay for use of public watershedd

On August 4, 2016, at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Mae Rim district Chatuporn Burusphat, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Mongkol Sooksai, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai witnessed the signing ceremony for compensation to local villagers for maintenance of the Mae Sa watershed.

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The Pang Chang Resort Elephant Camp signed an agreement with Ban Mae Nai Pattana and representatives of operators of the Mae Saw Watershed, Mae Rim District and the Regional Waterworks Office Zone 9 to compensate for use of the water and to compensate them for taking care of the forest in the watershed.

On August 4, 2016, at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Mae Rim district Chatuporn Burusphat, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Mongkol Sooksai, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai were witnesses at  the signing ceremony.

This is part of a government plan for tourism operators to compensate villagers for their efforts in maintaining watersheds; the money will go to help build weirs along the Mae Saw River. This is one of four pilot river basin or watershed projects in Thailand. The others are the Sayby basin in Ubon Ratchathani, Nam Tha Cheen basin in Samut Sakhon, and Koh Pha-Ngan and watersheds in Surat Thani.

The program was developed with the Ministry of  Natural Resource and  Environment , United Nation Development Program  (UNDP) and the Global Environment Funds to promote management of forest resources and integrated watershed projects with the participation of the community.


Voter lists stolen from two voting stations in Chiang Mai

Polling stations in Mae Rim and San Patong districts

The Village Headman of Mae Ka in San Patong shows the voter lists on display – from now on until the referendum village headmen will be taking the voter lists down every evening and bringing them home for safe storage.

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Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Samboonnanon, Commissioner of Chiang Mai Provincial Police announced that he had received two reports from police that voter registration lists had been stolen from polling stations, one station is located in Mae Ka, San Patong and the other in Sanpong in Mae Rim District. Election officials reprinted the lists for the polling stations immediately upon receiving the report.

Pol. Col. Akarin Kasa, Superintendent of San Patong Police Station in charge of the 14th referendum unit, Ban Boa Kang, Moo 14, Mae Ka, San Patong reported to Headquarters that the list of registered voters had gone missing in the evening of July 30 and that officials didn’t uncover the theft until Monday, August 1, 2016. He said that there were no indications it had been lost or accidentally destroyed.

The list had been placed at the polling station during the day time so voters could check their names. This particular station had 222 registered voters. The other theft occurred in Ban Wang Mun, Moo 4, Sanpong, Mae Rim District.

Chiang Mai Permanent Secretary Prajuab Kanthiya said that the situation in general was normal now and that the Chiang Mai Governor had discussed establishing a Center in the province and each district to follow up on peace and order in the referendum.

Kiangkai Pandokmai, Director of Office of Chiang Mai Election Commission said that he had already received reports on the thefts and that new lists had been printed immediately. It was decided that village headmen would take the lists home with them every evening until after the referendum.


Police sweep Phayao for crime in two week crackdown

Over 910,000 Yaba pills seized

Police with the illegal items seized during the sweep in Phayao from July 18 – 31, 2016.

Some of the 436 people arrested during the sweep, six of the suspects were considered major criminals by the police.

Provincial Police Regaion 5 had criminal clearance in Payao Province and arrested 453 suspects.

Phayao Provincial Police were joined by Deputy Commissioner-General of Royal Thai Police Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat Sriworakan, Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 Pol. Lt. Gen.Tanitsak Teerasawat, Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayad Boonsri and 3rd Army officers and Phayao government officials to announce the results of a crackdown on criminals that occurred in the province from July 18 – 31, 2016.

The sweep saw the police target major drug networks, influential people, gunmen and other criminals in cooperation with the Narcotics Control Office Region 5, the 3rd Army Area, Provincial Police Region 5, and Phayao Provincial Police.

Police arrested 436 people, six of which were considered major criminals. Police seized 910,511 tablets of amphetamine, 12.243 kg of crystal methamphetamine, 388.10 g. of heroin, 1,322 g. of poppy, 1.655 kg of marijuana, 64 guns, 437 bullets, and 9 chainsaws with a total value of around 1,225,000 baht.


The Bank of Thailand to launch commemorative banknote in honor of HM the Queen’s 7th Cycle Birthday

The front side is identical to the 16th series of 500 baht banknotes.

The reverse side of the banknote shows HM the Queen in traditional Thai costume.

The Bank of Thailand will launch a Commemorative Banknote in honor of the celebrations on the auspicious occasion of her Majesty the Queen's 7th cycle birthday anniversary on August 12, 2016

Mr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), unveiled a 500-Baht commemorative banknote to celebrate the Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty the Queen's 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary 12th August 2016. The BOT will issue 20 million commemorative banknotes to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

The color, size, and the image on the front side of this 500-Baht commemorative banknote are identical to the 16th series of 500-Baht banknote.

The main element on the reverse side depicts the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit in Thai Boromphiman costume. Other elements include the Royal family image, Her Majesty with the Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center products, the Royal Emblem, Khon performance, Lygodium products, and the flowers named after Her Majesty, which are Queen Sirikit Cattleya and Queen Sirikit Rose.

The special feature for this 500-Baht commemorative banknote is located on the reverse side. The radial pattern behind the portrait of Her Majesty and Queen Sirikit Rose will illuminate yellow when viewing under ultraviolet light.

The commemorative banknotes will be issued into circulation on 11th August 2016. The notes can be exchanged at any commercial banks, the Government Savings Bank, the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, the Government Housing Bank, the Islamic Bank of Thailand, and the designated ATMs at the bank branches selecting withdrawal amount of 500 Baht.


Australian Embassy to conduct a Consular outreach visit to Chiang Mai August 19

The Consular Section of the Australian Embassy in Bangkok will be undertaking a Consular outreach visit in Chiang Mai at Le Meriden Chiang Mai on Friday 19 August 2016 (Passage Room), between 9.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

During the outreach visits, they will provide the following services:

Passport applications (please ensure you bring all original documents and a photocopy of each document with you)

Notarial services

Statutory declarations for marriage, retirement visas and driving licence renewals

Witnessing documents

Certified true copies of documents (please ensure you bring the original and a photocopy of each document with you)

As fees are payable in cash only, please bring the right change with you. Please contact the Consular section on 02 344 6300 or email [email protected] prior to your visit if you require further details and/or to confirm fees payable.


Three teens arrested for assault on man at red traffic light

Three young men ages 20 and 19 were arrested for assault after an attack on a motorist at the Rin Kham intersection on July 30, 2016.

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Three teens were arrested after a video went viral on social media of an assault on a driver at the traffic light at the Rin Kham intersection at Huay Kaew and the Superhighway.

Police announced the arrest of a three teens including 19 year old Narongchai and Pakapol Pimnuan and 20 year old Natan Boonthong of Chiang Mai for assault on a motorist at the intersection late on the night of July 30, 2016.

Witnesses to the assault videod it and police used the Police Eyes network to identify the victim and obtain identify the group who fled towards Wat Jet Yod after the assault. .

After police tracked down the three assailants they confessed to the charges and will be held as charges are filed.


Police seize 400 million baht in assets from drug traffickers

Police arrested six suspects in drug trafficking and seized assets valued at over 400 million baht in Chiang Mai recently.

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Police seized over 400 million baht from drug traffickers recently and announced the results of the seizure at the Safe Mekong Coordination Center in Chiang Mai on July 30, 2016.

Targeting 85 locations across the North police announced they had struck at the heart of a drug trafficking gang known as Muen Jada

The deputy police commander recently led a team of police and military in a raid on drug agents and networking criminals, targeting 85 locations in the North, East and Bangkok and seizing over 400 million baht worth of belongings and others

Pol. Gen. Chaloemkiet Sriworakhan, Deputy Police Commander, Pol. Lt. Gen. Rewat Klinkasorn, the NSB commissioner, Pol. Lt. Gen Thanitsak Teerasawat, Commander of Police Region 5, Pawin Chamniprasart, Governor of Chiang Mai and Pha Muang Task Force officers joined the press conference announcing the arrests.

The six arrested included Apichart Hataitat, Chatdanai Kiethiwong, Thawatchai Kaewchai, Sitichai Rodmak, Ms. Ying Saengnern and Chai Chaiso with a total of 6 guns, large amounts of ammunition, 220,000 methamphetamine tablets, and 10 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Police also seized property and asset that belonged to the drug traffickers in Chiang Mai, including a home and property, two apartments, a restaurant, a vehicle repair shop, two vehicle accessory shops, an orange farm with over 120 rai of land, 4 cars, 1 motorbike, 8 more guns, 189 bullets and 55,200 baht cash. The grand total of property and other possessions was valued at over 400 million baht.


Chiang Mai honors HRH the Crown Prince on his 64th birthday

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart pays homage to the Crown Prince’s photo at the birthday celebrations for HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 64th birthday at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center on July 28, 2016.

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Chiang Mai Governor presided over ceremonies honoring HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on his birthday on July 28, 2016 at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center. Joining Governor Pawin Chamniprasart were foreign diplomats, members of the Northern Royal Family, government officials, Army and Air Force officers, Police officials, and members of the local Administration Organizations as well as students and members of the public including businesspeople and members of associations and clubs.

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart leads the ceremony to honor HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of his 64th birthday on July 28, 2016.

Thailand celebrates HRH the Crown Prince’s birthday every year on July 28 and honors his good works and service to the people of Thailand. He has represented Their Majesties the King and Queen and the people of Thailand and supported many projects around the country. The Thai people showed their loyalty and gratitude for HRH boundless and gracious kindness.


Mae Chaem establishes Geographic Information Center to tackle forest fires

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart and President of the Chiang Mai Red Cross Molsuda Chamniprasart join Mae Chaem officials in a tree-planting exercise as part of the establishment of the Geographic Information Center to tackle forest fires and re-forest denuded mountain tops.

The group planted trees in Mae Chaem as part of community support to tackle forest fires and smog.

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The Mae Chaem Sub-District Administrative Organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding with several universities and businesses to create a Geographic Information Center to tackle the problems between forest and community that lead to forest fires and smog.

Pawin Chamniprasart, Chiang Mai Governor accompanied by Molsuda Chamniprasart - President of Chiang Mai Red Cross Association, Mae Chaem District Chief Officer, Officials of Mae Chaem Sub-district Administrative Organization, and Mae Chaem Municipality, Commission, the Joint Standing Committee of Chiang Mai Private Sector, Chiang Mai University, Mae Jo University, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiang Mai, Charoen Pokphand Group, Charoen Pokphand Produce Co., Ltd. and Social Section signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Geographic Information Center to manage natural resources and environment. The participation with Mae Chaem District will be the key mechanism to tackle the smog and wildfire problem.

Todsapol Peun-U-dom, Mae Chaem District Chief said that the project and MoU was a cooperation of every part of the community under the Mae Chaem Model Plus umbrella. Mae Chaem Model Plus is in accordance with the strategy of management of deteriorating highland forests according to the Cabinet’s Resolution on 7 July 2015 to protect and tackle smog problem and to stop forest invasion in Mae Chaem.

The initial operation will immediately be in 15 villages. The Committee established the Geographic Information Center to manage natural resources and environment with participation of Mae Chaem District and support from Charoen Pokphand Group. The center will be a key mechanism for operation in accordance with the “Mae Jam Model Plus” by developing a database system and follow up to assess in Mae Chaem. It will help to prepare data and map precisely each lot of forest land to determine various types of lands, soil and water conservation forest, community forest, land for use, economic forest in the community, and people’s residences.


Chiang Mai TAT welcomes Chinese tourists to the province

Refutes rumored drop in tourist numbers

Government officials, hoteliers, the TAT and members of the police met to refute the rumors that the drop in Chinese tourist arrivals over the border by car had substantially affected tourist numbers, citing statistics that show 95 percent of all Chinese tourists arrive by air and noting that occupancy rates were normal for this time of year.

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After rumors about a silent ban on Thailand were spread online the Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai held a meeting at the Panda Club at the Chiang Mai Zoo. The meeting was held with the Chiang Mai Deputy Governor, the Deputy Commissioner of Region 5 Police, the Tourist Police and local business organizations to discuss the new rules at Chiang Khong Immigration Point in Chiang Rai that saw a reduction in arrivals of Chinese tourists in cars and address criticism of some Chinese tourists’ behavior that had been posted online.

Deputy Governor Mongkol Suksai, Pol.Col.Pitsanu Unhaseree, Deputy Commissioner of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Wisut Buachum – Director of TAT, Chiang Mai Office, Chanchai Keelapaeng – Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office, Pol. Maj. Pitsanu Tieumdee – Inspector of Tourist Police, Dr. Boonta Chailert – President of Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association, La-Iad Bungsrithong – President of Thai Hotel Association Northern Charter, and representatives of Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce and Chiang Mai Tourism Industrial Council attended the event.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Mongkol Suksai said that Chiang Mai province has many tourist attractions and all sectors are ready to welcome all tourists. With 40,000 hotels and complete security system tourists can travel to Chiang Mai conveniently via both car and airplane from around the world.  He noted that about 800,000 Chinese tourists visited Chiang Mai last year because of several direct flights and connections to China.

In regards to the restrictions on private cars entering via Chiang Kong Check Point, tourism entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai sent the issue to Department of Land Transport to review the current rules and consider the strictness of those rules. They also displayed stickers in Chinese with a panda hand in hand with a Thai elephant and the phrase “You are greatly welcome our Chinese friends” that will be distributes to area businesses.

Director of the Chiang Mai TAT Wisut Buachum said that there are many tourists traveling to the North, of those 70% are Thai, and 30% foreign tourists. The number of Chinese tourists in the past four years has grown and the numbers have continued to climb so that now about 40 percent of all foreign tourists are Chinese. The number of Chinese tourists in the North has not dropped substantially, Wisut said, and the Thai Hotel Association Northern Chapter reported that occupancy rates remained at 70 – 75 percent in the green season.

The drop in visitors by car has not had a substantial effect on tourist numbers since 95 percent of all Chinese tourists fly into Thailand and only 5 percent enter by car, Wisut concluded.

 


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Swiss man found brutally murdered in his home

Serial thief caught again after being released from jail


Treasury Department cancels plans for green space after community protest

Five killed in military helicopter crash

Chansom Bridge opens 5 years after closure for flood damage

Security in Chiang Mai tightened up after bombings in Southern Thailand


U.S. Consular section in Chiang Mai to be suspended September 12 – November 1


Pang Chang Resort Elephant Camp to pay for use of public watershed


Voter lists stolen from two voting stations in Chiang Mai

Police sweep Phayao for crime in two week crackdown


The Bank of Thailand to launch commemorative banknote in honor of HM the Queen’s 7th Cycle Birthday

Australian Embassy to conduct a Consular outreach visit to Chiang Mai August 19

Three teens arrested for assault on man at red traffic light

Police seize 400 million baht in assets from drug traffickers


Chiang Mai honors HRH the Crown Prince on his 64th birthday

Mae Chaem establishes Geographic Information Center to tackle forest fires

Chiang Mai TAT welcomes Chinese tourists to the province


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