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Vol. XIII No.21 - Sunday October 19, 2014 - Saturday November 1, 2014


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Thursday, October 23 is Chulalongkorn Day

The Chiang Mai Mail joins Chiang Mai and the people of Thailand in honoring the life of King Chulalongkorn the Great. The day is a public holiday and government offices and banks will be closed.
 


Red songthaew drivers unhappy with new route system

Passengers want improved courtesy and fair prices

The majority of red songthaew drivers feel that the new routes have reduced their income while passengers believe the costs are unfair.

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A recent by the Economics Research and Agricultural Forecasting Centre (Maejo Poll) of users of the red truck services and of drivers as to the efficacy and efficiency of the new routes implemented by the NPCO in August found that 78.62% of red truck drivers were facing economic difficulties.
The aim of the implementation of the new routes was to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and tackle the increasing traffic jams. The poll of 500 passengers and 145 drivers was conducted from October 6 -9, 2014 and found that 78.72% of the drivers were dissatisfied with the new system citing a drop in income due to reduced passenger numbers..
A majority of drivers, 74.4%, wanted to set income compensation in a realistic manner, while 42.07% wanted increased route coverage. Finally 36.55% wanted increased parking spots. The drivers thought that increasing routes and areas to cover will help increase customer to increase the revenue of the drivers.
After the one month trial around 57.72 felt that it was effective and 59.7% felt it had reduced traffic jams caused by parking and 47.49% felt that it had resolved the issue of shortages of trucks on some routes.
However, passenger response found that 56.1% believed that costs were unfair and 54.31% felt that there were problems with the quality of service and driving safety. Nearly half, 45.69% felt it was inconvenient to take many different buses to reach the destination. Nearly 39% felt that the bus routes that had been implemented did not meet the needs of the passengers, and 36% reported that drivers were not following the rules.
Passengers felt that it was necessary to improve the quality of service, etiquette and ethics of the drivers, increased concern for passenger safety and improve the costs of services appropriate to each route.


Kad Luang merchants and drivers call for return of songthaew stops

Reinstate parking for out of city songthaews

Waroros Market merchants and out of city songthaew merchants call on the government to reinstate parking for songthaews at the market.

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Business owners and market stall operators joined drivers of out of city songthaew routes to call on the government to reinstate parking at Waroros Market as moving the stop to Chang Puak Bus Station has reduced trade and increased costs for local merchants.
A group of Waroros Market businesspeople and songthaew drivers gathered at the Kuan Yu Shrine on October 2, 2014 at Kuan Yu Shrine beside Waroros Market, Chiang Mai to write a message and post it in Lao Jow Alley saying that they want the songthaews from outside the Muang District to be allowed to park at the market again. The group said that the market has seen sluggish sales and reduced revenue for the two months since the songthaews had been moved to Chang Puak Bus Station. The group pointed out that people from different districts faced difficulties in travel both in bringing products to sell at the market and buying products from the market because they must transfer buses and pay more for the travel and transport goods.
Somchart Lorsrimek, a representative of the Chiang Mai-Mae Rim route bus pointed out that the old parking spots were set at Waroros Market for more than 40 years.
Navin Battra, a representative of the group added that stores have to pay more to transport goods and that affected the whole system. The demand was signed by more than 1,000 suffered people to submit to the NPCO and involved agencies to solve the problem.
Later, the 33rd Military Circle invited 100 representatives of the group to meet atat Kawila Camp to find a solution.


Villagers in San Pong call for better water supply

San Pong villagers call on the government to help them with water supply problems.

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Villagers from San Pong Municipality held a second protest at the San Pong Municipality in Mae Rim District on October 10, 2014 calling on the government once again to implement water supply and quality standards for residents in the area. The first protest took place on October 8 as residents complained of a lack of water and insufficient supplies.
The villagers had paid the municipality to purchase water from a private company, PPS Energy and Marine Co. Ltd. but later, after problems occurred and some villagers did not pay the monthly bill for water. The company stopped distribution of water to villagers on October 1 as the Municipality had not renewed the contract.
When the villagers asked about the matter from the municipality, the officer said the municipality had to cancel the contract as some households did not pay their water bill. The Municipality was required to obtain water from the Water Resources Department leaving villagers who used water from the private company with insufficient water.
Pol. Maj. Supawat Suphan, San Pong Mayor invited village representatives to discuss to find a solution together. He said that they must follow the law and the reason for the delay is that documents were sent to the provincial government and that now the head of the village must make a document to receive the complaint and send it to the municipality to follow procedure and make sure everything is implemented according to the law.


Ivory merchants warned to register

Efforts to avoid CITES boycott

Piroj Kullawanich, the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai announced that businesses dealing in ivory must register their business within 30 days as Thailand could face a CITES trade ban for the illegal trade and smuggling of ivory.

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Chiang Mai’s Office of Commercial Affairs warned that merchants trading in ivory must register with the Commercial Affairs Office, municipalities orsubdistrict administrative organizations in area where the store is located within 30 days.
Piroj Kullawanich, the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai said that the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Commerce assigned the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai to campaign for ivory traders to register in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wind Fauna and Flora: CITES, which is the international treaty signed by Thailand and 179 other parties to control the trade, import export, border crossing and transport of wild animals and plants states that if a member wishes to have domestic ivory trade there must be an effective control measure in order to prevent illegal international ivory trade. If the parties do not conform, there could be a trade ban. Thailand is the 80th member since 1975 and the elephant is listed in CITES Appendix I.
The Department of Business Development and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has prepared measures to control the ivory trade in the country by requiring commercial operators, desalination plants, carving and craft of ivory, wholesale and retail of ivory and ivory products, must apply for commercial registration.
Piroj Kullawanich said that registration was vital as Thailand has been placed on a list of eight countries that require special surveillance on the illegal trade and smuggling of ivory.


Meeting on Mae Kha Canal to coordinate solutions

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Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul presided over a meeting with the Land Office and officials from other government offices involved in solving the Mae Kha Canal problems recently. The main issue discussed at the meeting was to set up coordination with the Chiang Mai Land Office to explicitly define land boundaries by coordinating with the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) for satellite images to search for areas that have been encroached before the survey by the Land Office.
The release of clean water to flush out the canal will be more difficult in the dry season, however, there will have to be controls on the discharge of wastewater into the canal by households and other residents. The Chiang Mai Municipality are testing the water quality on a weekly basis and if there are abnormalities then the water supply would be topped to fix the problem. Another meeting will be held by the working group at the end of the month to discuss the progress on Mae Kha Canal.


Eco-village concept to be implemented for Chiang Mai

Governor Navin Sintusa-ard chaired a meeting on adding the Muang District of Chiang Mai to the Master Plan as an eco-village.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai city will see its districts included to be developed as eco-villages as part of the Master Plan for Chiang Mai Eco Village Development 2014 according to Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard at a recent meeting at Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens in Mae Rim.
The Eleventh National Economic and Social Development Plan, which was enacted in 2012 focuses on human development and raising the standard of living for all Thai people by improving health care, education and the environment as well as promoting sustainable economic growth and increasing productivity.
As part of this plan to improve livability with a better environment 25 sub-districts in 25 different districts have been selected for eco-village development. Pilot communities are being set up in Ban Om Long in Samoeng and Ban Muang Kham in Mae Rim and plans for eco-village development include more green spaces, community gardens using organic methods, and composting.
Chiang Mai city will face environmental problems as it grows and expands and so the Muang District was added to the Master Plan for eco-villages and is publicizing the plan to the public and increase support and information on green practices and environmental issues.


Get well wishes for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya was joined by Deputy Governors, heads of agencies and citizens in signing a book offering HM the King wishes to get well soon on October 6, 2014. People across the province were given the opportunity to sign books at District Offices as well after the Bureau of the Royal Household announced that HM the King had been submitted to Siriraj Hospital. HM the King underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder on October 5, 2014. Doctors report his health is improving.


New Walking Street Market at Baan Tawai

Kad Mua every Friday

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joins Narong Leksomboon, of the Chiang Mai Culture Office, along with Wasan Dechakan, President of Baan Tawai Handicrafts Entrepreneurs Association to announce the new Baan Tawai Walking Street Market to be held every Friday.

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The Chiang Mai Baan Tawai Cultural Street Walking Street Market was launched on October 17, 2014 and will be held every Friday offering a unique old Lanna style Kad Mua market with local foods, cultural performances and of course, the handicrafts that have made Baan Tawai a landmark.
On 7th October, 2014, Narong Leksomboon, of the Chiang Mai Culture Office, along with Wasan Dechakan, President of Baan Tawai Handicrafts Entrepreneurs Association announced the new Walking Street Market at Baan Tawai noting that the area had been famous for its handicrafts and that it was part of the office’s efforts to promote local cultural activities and promote distinctive identities for sustainable tourism.
The Kad Mua or 100 Years Market will offer a unique market for locals and visitors every Friday in Baan Tawai.


Chiang Mai Design Week to feature creative space for local designers

December 6 – 14, 2014

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joined TCDC Chiang Mai Director Apisit Laistrooglai and Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn in announcing the upcoming Chiang Mai Design Week from December 6 – 14, 2014.

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Chiang Mai Design Week, scheduled to be held from December 6 -14, 2014 at various locations around the city will highlight the city’s creativity, giving local designers a platform for their works as well as work with internationally renowned designers in various fields it was announced at a press conference held by the Director of TCDC (Thailand Creative & Design Center), Chiang Mai Apisit Laistrooglai on October 7, 2014.
Joined by Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn at the press conference, Mr. Apisit noted that the Design Week is being held under the concept of “Born Creative”. The event is being organized to bridge the potential of the designer and creator with the international design market and will collect more than 100 local brands, 56 exhibits, 26 workshops and 25 lectures in one event.
Chiang Mai Design Week will provide local designers the opportunity to work international designers, studios and marketers as well as provide a Creative Space Workshop, city installations and tour, business programs and creative dialogue.
The event will help the city drive its brand image and combine with creativity in a way that will help drive the city’s development following the guidelines of a creative city. More information on the event online including programs and tours. http://www.chiangmai designweek.com/


Fire engines for Mae Win sub-district in Mae Wang from the Japanese government

Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii and Ms. Kagesarin Tunkaew, Chief Executive of Mae Win Sub-District Administration Organization signed the agreement to provide funding for the purchase of a fire engine on October 10, 2014.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 2,860,000 baht for “the Project for the Procurement of a Fire Engine in Mae Win Sub-District Administration Organization in Mae Wang District, Chiang Mai Province”. On 10 October, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Ms. Kagesarin Tunkaew, Chief Executive of Mae Win Sub-District Administration Organization, jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
Mae Win Sub-District is located in the southwestern part of Mae Wang District, and it is only one hour by car from Chiang Mai city but most of the Sub-District is a mountainous area. The Sub-District has a population of 11,905 and most of the residents are ethnic minorities such as Karen and Hmong who are engaged in agriculture. In recent years, eco-tourism making use of the rich natural beauty of this area has been introduced and become popular. Approximately 50,000 tourists from within the country and abroad visit this area in each year and the amount of homestay style accommodation is also increasing. However haze from mountain and forest fires has a bad effect on the tourism industry in this area because many inhabitants are still engaged in slash-and-burn agriculture.
Mae Win Sub-District Administration Organization, which has responsibility for disaster prevention, has only one fire engine with poor equipment, which is actually a modified pickup truck. This machine has almost no effect in fighting forest fires due to its limited capacity.
In response to a request from Mae Win Sub-District Administration Organization, the Government of Japan will bear the costs of purchasing a medium size fire engine with a water tank and crane. It is expected that this support will contribute to ensuring the security of the residents in Mae Win Sub-District and the nearby area as well as mitigating smoke haze and aiding conservation of the natural environment in the north of Thailand. (GGP)


Former PEA official arrested with 292,000 Yaba pills

Fugitive drug trafficker caught at Doi Chang checkpoint

Former PEA government official Chan Wattalo arrested smuggling drugs for the Ago Sermue gang.

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A former Provincial Electric Authority official was arrested in Phayao with over 292,000 methamphetamine pills on October 7, 2014 in a series of arrests that netted a wanted fugitive drug trafficker, and a further 540,000 pills in Chiang Rai and Phrae in the first ten days of October, 2014.
On October 2, 2014 Mae Chan Police in Chiang Rai received a report of a drug smuggling route in Mae Fah Luang they set up a checkpoint on the road between Ban Chom Chan and Ban Kheelek where they stopped two men from Mae Chan on a motorcycle. A pickup truck following the motorcycle attempted to turn back when the two men were stopped but as police rushed to stop the truck a sack was thrown out of the truck and the occupant of the truck fled the vehicle into the bushes.
Police were unable to recover the driver but found 100,000 methamphetamine pills in the sack on the side of the road plus a further 300,000 pills in sacks in the truck. Somnuek Opia, age 23 and Wicha Lacherage age 20, told police they had been hired by the pickup’s driver, Nantayos Chermue to ride point on the motorcycle to avoid checkpoints for 30,000 baht, The drugs were being smuggled to Pathum Thani.
The next day, on October 3, police officers at the Pu Kaeng Police Box in Phan District, Chiang Rai, two Chiang Mai men were arrested with 20,000 baht in methamphetamine pills. The two suspects confessed to police that they had been paid 40,000 baht by someone named Pao to pick up the drugs in front of the PTT gas station in Mae Lao and deliver it to someone in front of the University of Phayao.
Chiang Dao police uncovered a Tak man who was wanted by police after jumping bail for an arrest on a drug trafficking charge. Mathawin Namthang age 35 of Tak, was arrested by police who found he had an outstanding warrant from Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Provincial Court, on December 23, 2013 in charge of having type 1 illegal drugs in possession for distribution after he had been caught in Chiang Dao with 460,000 methamphetamine pills. Police stopped the man for behaving suspiciously at a Chiang Dao checkpoint and discovered the outstanding warrant.
A former Provincial Electricity Authority official was arrested on October 7, 2014 after police discovered 292,000 Yaba pills in his pickup truck at a checkpoint in Mae Loi Lai in Chun District, Phayao.
Chan Wattalo, age 62 of Chiang Rai, confessed to police that he had been hired to smuggle drugs from Chiang Rai to Chun in Phayao for 200,000 baht. Police believe he was working for the Ago Sermue gang or Little Yi Sae in Myanmar.
Police say that the Little Yi Sae gang is a powerful gang based in Ban Pha Khao in Myamar and linked with Doi Chang Moob in Chiang Rai to smuggle drugs into Thailand.
On October 10, 2014, police at Nang Fa Checkpoint in Song District in Phrae arrested two father and son sets of drug traffickers when they uncovered 140,000 methamphetamine pills hidden in the spare tire of their pickup truck. The first father and son pair confessed that they had been hired by a man from Myanmar to smuggle drugs to Ayutthaya. Using their information police also arrested the second father and son pair who were waiting to receive the drugs along with a third man in Ayutthaya.


Bank robber a former municipal council member

Daring daylight bank robberies at 3 different banks

The suspect re-enacts the crime at the Bangkok Bank Big C Don Chan Branch with Pol. Maj. Gen. Tanitsak Theerasawat, Acting Commissioner of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prachuab Wongsuk, Commander of Investigation Division Provincial Police Region 5 and Lamphun police.

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Region 5 Police announced the arrest of a man accused of three daring daylight bank robberies in Chiang Mai and Lamphun on October 9, 2014. The accused, Pipitthon Fongkhruerkhan, age 44 is a former member of the Nong Chang Khuen Municipal Council.
Three banks were robbed by a man who wrote a message to the teller saying he had a bomb and a gun to give him money in a bag. He would have a fake bomb to scare the staff into giving him the money.
Police tracked him down after he robbed the Bankok Bank Big C Don Chan Branch at the end of 2013, the Krung Thai Bank Big C Lamphun Branch earlier this year and the BAAC Baan Tawai Branch on September 29, 2014.
Police brought Mr. Pipitthon to re-enact his crime at the Bangkok Bank Big C Don Chan Branch first before taking him to the other branches to re-enact the crimes.
The suspect confessed to police that he had been a member of the Nong Chang Khuen Municipal Council and then tried to act as a used goods trader but had lost several hundred thousand baht in a bet on football and decided to rob banks to pay off his debts.


ONCB Region 5 auctions off property confiscations

Buyers inspect seized properties prior to the auction that raised 1.3 million baht for the government.

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The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) Region 5 held its 4th auction of property seized in drug cases by order of the Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board on October , 2014.
The auction was joined by more than 50 bidders and saw items including cars, motorcycles and electrical appliances valued at 1.3 million baht.
In 2014, the office seized properties of drug cases for 299 items, worth 270.66 million baht. These properties were auctioned after the end of the legal process. However in the fiscal year 2015, the office plans to hold the auction on a monthly basis, at no less than 100 items per auction.
Under Thai law people convicted of drug offenses have their property seized by the government as illegally earned profits and the property is then auctioned off.


Australian man found hanged in his guesthouse room

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Police received a report of the death of a foreigner in a guesthouse on Tha Phae Road at 10:30 a.m. on October 4, 2014. Upon arrival at the scene with the forensic medical team from Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital they found the body of a foreign man hanging from a concrete beam in the room.
Due to the state of the body it was determined he had been dead more than three days. Documents found in the room indicated the man was a 59 year old former language teacher named David Phillip Crooks
The owner of the guesthouse said Mr. Crooks had checked in about midnight on September 27, 2014. However, a few days prior to finding his body he had not been seen and had failed to come in and pay his daily bill. The owner went to check and found the body hanging in the room.
Police believe he may have committed suicide as he had recently been laid off by his employer, they found the termination documents in his room.


Glue sniffer burns down his grandmother’s house

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Mae Ping Police and fire were called to the scene of a fire in Nong Hoi at 8:40 a.m. on October 11, 2014 to find a two story wooden house in flames. It took firefighters more than 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze which caused over 100,000 baht in damages.
Police found the house’s owner 81 year old Thong Kawichai living with her grandson Chanet Charoensuk, age 34, who, according to police reports, was high from sniffing glue. Police also found a can of glue on his person before detaining him.
The grandmother, who was not at home at the time of the fire, said her grandson was known for shoplifting and was a drug addict and had been arrested before. She told police that before the fire he sniffed a lot of glue and then set the house on fire. The grandmother was not in the house and that time and could not rescue any of her belongings.


New commander for Wing 41

Outgoing Commander of Wing 41 Group Captain Kidkuan Sadub presided over the ceremony to transfer command of the Royal Thai Air Force Base to Group Captain Chartnon Satanphathai as new Commander of Wing 41 on October 21, 2014. Wing 41 is one of 11 Wings in the Royal Thai Air Force.


Midnight offerings on Peng Pud Day

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya offers alms to monks at midnight as part of Peng Pud Day.

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Peng Pud Day is celebrated when the Full Moon falls on a Wednesday and is marked by the Buddhist faithful in Chiang Mai lining up to offer alms and food to monks at midnight.
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joined the faithful at Wat Suan Dok at 12:30 a.m. on October 8 to offer alms and make merit. He was joined by his wife and President of the Chiang Mai Red Cross Mananya Prasatbuntitya and Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat along with thousands of Buddhist faithful dressed in white to offer rice and dried food and supplies for more than 300 monks and novices.
This year, the festival was set to start at 9.30 p.m. on October 7 and many temples arranged ceremonies, sermons and alms offering beginning at midnight on October 8, 2014.
Peng Pud is an old Northern belief taken from the Burmese that is based on the story that Pra Aupakut, a Buddhist monk living during the reign of King Ashoka, would go out at midnight asking for offerings. Legend has it that anyone who offered food to Pra Aupakut would have a life of fortune and safety.


City Hall receives defibrillator from Suan Dok Hospital for emergency care

Third public location to receive AED

Chiang Mai Maharaj Nakorn Hospital has installed a defibrillator or AED in City Hall in a bid to place AED units in public places in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Suan Dok Hospital, or Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. donated and installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to City Hall on September 30, 2014. Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard was on hand to receive the equipment on behalf of the province.
Assistant Professor Narain Chotirosniramit, Deputy Director of Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, said that the equipment can be used in case of cardiac arrest noting that in the United States alone there are 180,000 – 250,000 who suffer cardiac arrest annually. Cardiac arrest can affect all ages and without the AED the person can die within minutes. However, an AED can help patients survive cardiac arrest by restarting the heart.
He noted that in developed countries AED units are installed in public places including airports, train stations, community centers etc. However, Thailand does not have AED installed in public places so the installation of the AED in City Hall is a good start to saving lives. This is the fourth public place that Suan Dok Hospital has installed the AED unit other locations are Chiang Mai International Airport, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.


Pang prateed to light up the city

35,000 clay saucers to decorate the city on November 4

Deputy Governor Chareonrit Sa-nguansat and President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn light pang pradeed at the press conference announcing the Pang Pradeed lighting ceremony.

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The streets of Chiang Mai will be lit up on November 4 by thousands of the small clay pots called pang prateed lining the streets and lighting the skies Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat announced at a press conference on October 12, 2014.
Deputy Governor Charoenrit was joined by Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization; and Natchudej Viriyadiloktham, Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor in announcing the event “Light 35,000 Pang Prateed, Shine to the Sky, Maintain the City” in its third year this year.
Held in cooperation with the Rak Chiang Mai City Community Network of 26 communities, temples, educational institutions, Chiang Mai PAO, Chiang Mai Municipality, Fuen Baan Yan Viang Chiang Mai Network, and the Health Promotion Network, the event will see 35,000 pang prateed set around gates of the city.
The Governor will preside over the lighting ceremony of the small traditional clay pots filled with beeswax or vegetable oil in front of Three Kings Monument in the evening of November 4, 2014. He will offer alms to the King who built the city before leading a parade of Maejo University students in a parade to light pang prateed at the gates of the city moat.
The event is being held to promote the cultural traditions of Lanna culture and work with community members to build pride in Chiang Mai and its culture.


Lucky Chiang Mai residents flock to view lunar eclipse

Clouds clear at the last minute

The moon tinged red as it became visible once the clouds cleared. This stunning view is of the moon in partial eclipse.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai residents waited patiently as the sun set and the moon started to rise in full eclipse behind a layer of haze and clouds at 6:03 p.m. on October 8, 2014. With the maximum eclipse occurring as the moon was just below the horizon at 5:55 p.m. residents and visitors waited on the roof of Maya Lifestyle Mall hoping to see the clouds part in time to see the eclipse. That wish was finally granted at 6:24 p.m. as the moon was still in partial eclipse.
National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) (NARIT), Ministry of Science and Technology said that the red tinged moon, often called a “blood moon” was not visible in all parts of Thailand due to rain and cloud cover. NARIT set up 3 viewing points in Thailand; the rooftop of MAYA Chiang Mai, the Observatory in Nakhon Ratchasima and Benchamaratrangsarit School in Chachoengsao, which drew many interested people.
In Chiang Mai there were ten telescopes set up with a live broadcast sent to a big screen for the many people who waited to view the eclipse. People who missed viewing the Lunar Eclipse this year can see at www. narit.or.th and Facebook of NARIT. The next time there will be a partial lunar eclipse visible in Chiang Mai will be on April 4, 2015. The next blood moon or full lunar eclipse will be visible in Chiang Mai on January 31, 2018.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Thursday, October 23 is Chulalongkorn Day

Red songthaew drivers unhappy with new route system

Kad Luang merchants and drivers call for return of songthaew stops

Villagers in San Pong call for better water supply

Ivory merchants warned to register

Meeting on Mae Kha Canal to coordinate solutions

Eco-village concept to be implemented for Chiang Mai

Get well wishes for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

New Walking Street Market at Baan Tawai

Chiang Mai Design Week to feature creative space for local designers

Fire engines for Mae Win sub-district in Mae Wang from the Japanese government

Former PEA official arrested with 292,000 Yaba pills

Bank robber a former municipal council member

ONCB Region 5 auctions off property confiscations

Australian man found hanged in his guesthouse room

Glue sniffer burns down his grandmother’s house

New commander for Wing 41

Midnight offerings on Peng Pud Day

City Hall receives defibrillator from Suan Dok Hospital for emergency care

Pang prateed to light up the city

Lucky Chiang Mai residents flock to view lunar eclipse

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