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Happy 60th birthday to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

The Chiang Mai Mail joins the nation in wishing HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday on April 2, 2015.

The Chiang Mai Mail joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday on April 2. We join in with our most humble wishes for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for a long, healthy and happy life.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on April 2, 1955, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University, a first class honor, and a gold medal in History in 1976. She earned an M.A. in Oriental Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Cambodian) from Silpakorn University in 1978, and an M.A. in Pali and Sanskrit from Chulalongkorn University in 1980 and a doctoral degree in Developmental Education in 1987.

HRH the Princess has developed special interests in agricultural extension to improve school children’s nutritional conditions; supports education from pre-school to tertiary levels; and mother and child care. She has also concentrated on helping the handicapped, especially in using information technology (IT) to develop independent living and learning skills.

HRH the Princess has been Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross Society since 1977; Executive Chairman of the Chaipattana Foundation (in charge of His Majesty’s development and environmental preservation projects), Ananda Mahidol Foundation (to promote higher education), the King Rama II Foundation (to conserve and promote Thai Culture); President of the Sai Jai Thai Foundation (to support disabled veterans), Prince Mahidol Award Foundation (to award prizes annually to members of the international community for outstanding performances in the fields of medicine and public health); and Adviser of the Committee of Thai Junior Encyclopedia Project by Royal Command of H.M. the King.


Happy Birthday to Princess Ubolratana

The Chiang Mai Mail] joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya a most happy birthday on April 5.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Phannavadi was born on April 5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest child of Their Majesties the King and Queen.

HRH Princess Ubolratana is a very devoted leader of young people in the campaign against drugs, and as such has instituted and keenly watches over the To Be Number One project, encouraging family values, music and sport as alternatives to drug use. She has also set up the Khun Poom project to assist autistic children in Thailand.

In 2008, HRH Princess Ubolratana played the main role in the Thai film Where The Miracle Happens and also had a role in the 2010 film My Best Bodyguard. She has been an active supporter of the Thai film industry for many years promoting Thailand as a destination for filming, production and post-production. After her son, Bhumi Jensen, was killed in the 2004 tsunami established the Khun Poom Foundation in his memory. The foundation helps children with autism and other learning disabilities.


Chakri Day is April 6

Chakri Memorial Day falls on Monday, April 6 this year and is a public holiday. Government offices and some businesses will be closed. Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke in 1782.


UK Visas and Immigration launch 24 hour super priority service in Thailand

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The U.K. Visas and Immigration services have launched a new 14 hour Super Priority Visa Service for those seeking to facilitate urgent travel needs and is available to all visitor visa applicants and some work visa categories.

The optional program will supplement regular and Five day Priority Visa services.

More than 67,500 Thai nationals were granted a UK visa in 2014, 13% more than just two years ago. This strong growth underscores the continued popularity of the UK as a destination for tourism, business and study and the strong ties between both countries.

British Ambassador to Thailand, Mark Kent said, “I am delighted to see the Super Priority Visa service being launched in Thailand. This underlines our strong commitment to make an already excellent visa service even better. We expect this new service to be particularly useful for business where opportunities can arise at very short notice. We want entrepreneurs and businessmen to be able to seize these.”

Other upcoming changes to the visa service include; the simplification of visit visa categories, from 15 different routes to just 4, and the visit visa guidance, to make it easier for visa customers to understand which visa is best for them. The new standard visit visa will allow those travelling on business to use the same visa to visit the UK as a tourist. This change will come into effect from April 24.

The new Select Business Scheme will be re-launched next month to include reducing the number of documents business visitors will have to provide with their visa application if they are travelling on business for a company endorsed by UK Trade and Investment.

Standard service for all visit and non-settlement customers takes up to 15 working days.

Priority Visa Service for all visit and non-settlement customers is a 3 to 5 working day service for an additional 100 (THB 5200).

Super Priority Visa Service for all visit customers and some work categories is a 24 hour service for an additional 600 (THB 31,200)

Passport Passback Service – enables customers to retain their passport whilst their visa is being processed for an additional 40 (THB 2,080)

Prime Time Service – gives customers the flexibility of an appointment in our visa application centre outside of usual working hours for an additional 50 (THB 2,600).


TCEB drives Chiang Mai as upper northern mice hub with public-private partnership

 

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) signed agreements with Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization), the Tourism Council of Chiang Mai, the Thai Hotels Association (North of Thailand), and the Faculty of Economics, Chiang Mai University to develop an integrated MICE intelligence service.

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB Is accelerating Chiang Mai’s leadership position as a premiere MICE destination in the region, through public-private partnerships with four leading-edge organisations in an MOU to develop an integrated MICE Intelligence Centre in northern Thailand.

Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB revealed that, “Highlighting the government policy to stimulate domestic meetings and seminars, as well as public-private partnerships, this year, TCEB will focus on four major strategies to develop the Chiang Mai MICE industry. These include (1) introduction of the Meeting in Thailand campaign to generate more MICE activities in Chiang Mai and enhance the network of high potential cities in the north to accommodate MICE activities; (2) Tapping into the Special Economic Zones (SEZ), and neighbouring CLMV countries such as Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam using Chiang Mai as a centre in the north of Thailand for the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC); (3) Promotion of experiential incentives activities at Royal Initiatives Projects and Royal Thai Military Tourist Destinations such as The Royal Projects at Doi Angkhang, and Doi Inthanon; and (4) Upgrade local exhibitions to become regional domestic exhibitions, such as the Lanna Expo 2015, with more than 50,000 visitors.”

In addition, TCEB is driving Chiang Mai’s leadership position as a mega event destination, by bidding for and supporting more major events such as the Thailand International Balloon Festival. Moreover, TCEB is developing an integrated MICE Intelligence Centre by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization), the Tourism Council of Chiang Mai, the Thai Hotels Association (North of Thailand), and the Faculty of Economics, Chiang Mai University. Underpinning Chiang Mai’s MICE strategies, TCEB is also revving up the region’s MICE capabilities, industry standards, and services to prepare the MICE City of the North for the AEC.

Chiang Mai Governor Mr Suriya Prasatbuntitya said that, “During the 2015 fiscal year, Chiang Mai has allocated a total budget of Bt5,253,200 for the Chiang Mai MICE City project as part of a provincial development plan. To drive this sector and engage all stakeholders, last year we announced the Chiang Mai MICE Industry Promotion Committee, with the governor as president.

“This year, we have identified initiatives including Chiang Mai’s strategic direction towards the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and BIMSTEC as well as Chiang Mai Sister Cities. The regional cooperative frameworks will complement Chiang Mai’s position as a premiere destination for major MICE events. In the next few years, Chiang Mai will focus on penetrating neighbouring countries, and the ASEAN region.

“Chiang Mai Province will play a key role in supporting the MICE sector in three key ways, including (1) regarding MICE City as a high priority policy and key strategy for provincial development, in line with the government, (2) mobilising policy and coordinating with relevant stakeholders to drive Chiang Mai MICE City’s leadership position, (3) redefining clear mutual targets and stakeholder commitments, especially among management level executives and policymakers.”


3,000 cyclists join 60th birthday celebrations for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Over 3,000 people cycled from the International Convention Center to the Night Safari to show their love and respect for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of her 60th birthday.

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Over three thousand cyclists joined with officials from the Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization) the 33rd Army Circle and the Department of Health on March 29, 2015 to honor HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on her upcoming 60th birthday the International Convention Center.

The birthday of Her Royal Highness falls on April 2, 2015 and gives the people of Chiang Mai a great opportunity to show their loyalty and pay homage to all the good works of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, organizers said. The event contributes to strengthening the participation of the people in their communities, creates harmony and builds relationships.

The event started from the International Convention Center and saw over 3,000 people cycle to e Chiang Mai Night Safari and back to the Convention Center, about 30 kilometers in total

Maj. Gen. Sarayudh Rangsri, Commissioner of 33rd Army Circle, Dr. Pornthep Siriwanarangsanm Director General of the Department of Health, Pol. Maj. Pracha Rattaphan, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Acting Director of Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization) joined with the more than 3,000 cyclists to cycle the distance.


Royal Park Rajapruek to hold traditional Songkran Festival

A Romantic Touch of Orchids

Royal Park Rajapruek will offer visitors the chance to experience a kinder, gentler Songkran with traditional activities such as bathing the Buddha image.

The Royal Park Rajapruek will be organizing a special traditional ceremony for Songkran Festival from April 11 to 18, 2015 to preserve the cultural traditions and offer visitors a view of amazing Thai orchids.
Dr. Arnada Nirantaraikul, Director of Royal Park Rajapruek Chiang Mai noted that it will enable visitors to not only view rare orchid species but also experience traditional Thai Lanna culture. The park has been decorated in Lanna style and they will offer traditional bathing of the Buddha image for prosperity and good luck, sand pagodas, and and local Lanna market offering local foods, and crafts along with craft demonstrations such as lantern making along with traditional music.
Royal Park Rajapruek will be open every day from 8 am to 6 p.m.


Seven killed in train crossing accident

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Seven passengers in a pick-up truck were killed and two other passengers injured when the truck they were riding in attempted to cross a railway crossing at Soi Local Road near the Sarapee Hospital at 5:30 pm. on March 24, 2015. Witnesses said that the truck may not have seen the train coming as there were no guard rails or crossing signals and the rain was very heavy. Five men and two women were killed instantly when the train struck the vehicle. Two other seriously injured passengers in the vehicle were taken to Sarapee Hospital.

Police said the passengers in the pickup truck were working on construction at a nearby temple and they carried no identification. Police were unable to verify their identities or nationalities.

The Nakhon Ping Express Train was delayed for thirty minutes before it could travel on to Bangkok.
 


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Happy 60th birthday to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Happy Birthday to Princess Ubolratana

Chakri Day is April 6

UK Visas and Immigration launch 24 hour super priority service in Thailand

TCEB drives Chiang Mai as upper northern mice hub with public-private partnership

3,000 cyclists join 60th birthday celebrations for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Royal Park Rajapruek to hold traditional Songkran Festival

Seven killed in train crossing accident


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