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Cancelled Flights Leave Mae Hong Son Tourists in the Lurch

THAI Airways Uses Conference to Promote Chiang Mai for International Conferences and Tourism

The 4th OSHTAK Air Show Will Fly By on December 9-10

CMU is 71st out of International Universities

Japan donates Bt3.5 million to build dorm for students in Baan Na Luang

New Tesco Lotus in town - Tak Merchants up in arms6

Northern province governors meet on investment, trade, and security

Rarely Seen Pictures of HM the King in Chiang Mai on display

Total business registration capital reaches 2 billion baht

Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office Establishes Electronic Driving License Exam

High Technology Bomb and Drug Detectors Demonstrated for Provincial Police Bureau Region 5

Police Officers at the International Horticultural Expo still waiting for pay

Koala Exhibition opened at the Chiang Mai Zoo

Residents Unworried about the Effect of Martial Law on Chiang Mai’s Economy and Tourism

Animal Protection Law Sent to the Legislative Assembly

Authorities Successful in Obstructing Drug Smuggling in Chiang Mai

Precautions taken against possible cross-border crime networks

Ex-KNU soldiers riot at shelter camp

Winners at the 4th World Vision Foundation Cup

Cancelled Flights Leave Mae Hong Son Tourists in the Lurch

THAI airplane parked on the runway

Saksit Meesubkwang
Chotti Naramonthon, head of the Lanna Tourism Network in Mae Hong Son, reports that tourism in Mae Hong Son is struggling due to poor service on Thai Airways (THAI), which provides flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.
On November 22, the scheduled flight on THAI was not fully operational and could not fly to Mae Hong Son Airport, forcing many tourists to return to Chiang Mai by car. Although THAI compensated the tourists for their travel expenses, the image of THAI continually worsens due to uncertain air transportation that causes tourists to change their destination to provinces other than Mae Hong Son.
Chotti added that 90 percent of tourism in Mae Hong Son depends on air transportation. When THAI airplanes are not operational, there are no other alternatives. November – February is the high season for tourism in Mae Hong Son, so THAI should see the importance of quality service now more than ever. Moreover, THAI has increased the ticket price from 1,270 to 1,970 baht without advance notice.
1st Lieutenant Apinan Sumanaseni, Managing Director of THAI, said that the Mae Hong Son Chamber of Commerce had sent a file to THAI to ask for improvements on the Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son flight. THAI replied that the company always thinks about passengers in order to provide continuous and adequate service to serve the public’s needs. The company has only one plane for this flight. If this plane cannot provide service or has scheduled maintenance, the company has to ask for cooperation from Nok Air to provide air transportation instead of THAI under the code-share agreement of both companies.
Mae Hong Son Governor Direk Konkleeb said that many tourism business owners have complained about the THAI situation and want a long-term solution. In response to their concerns, he will meet with Gen. Surayuth Julanont, Thailand’s Prime Minister, to find a solution to help the Mae Hong Son tourism industry.


THAI Airways Uses Conference to Promote Chiang Mai for International Conferences and Tourism

Saksit Meesubkwang
Phoonsak Boonchuay, the Sales, Cargo, Commercial, and Postal Manager of Thai Airways International Airlines (THAI), disclosed that THAI would be hosting the 34th Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) conference in Chiang Mai. In cooperation with Air Cargo Association Agents of India, they will invite 400 representatives of air-cargo deliverers to join this conference in order to share information and promote Chiang Mai as a primary destination for international conferences.At the conference, they worked to solve problems and obstacles with cargo delivery between Thailand and India, in order to expand cooperation in the future.
Phoonsak added that THAI flies to 8 locations in India, including Calcutta, New Delhi, Mumbai (former Bombay), Chennai, and Bangalore. On November 30, the company added 3 additional routes; Hyderabad, Buddha Gaya, and Varanasi. THAI currently provides 36 flights to India each week.
Serm Phenchart, tourism manager of THAI, said that the company had invited agents from ACAAI to join the conference in Chiang Mai because they believe that Chiang Mai has great potential, with outstanding attributes in accommodation, tourist attractions, and other facilities. The company believes that this conference will help Chiang Mai to become a center for international conferencing, and the center of international cargo delivery. They also hope to raise awareness of Indian tourists about Chiang Mai.


The 4th OSHTAK Air Show Will Fly By on December 9-10

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Royal Thai Army, in association with the Department of Aviation, Chiang Mai Flying Club, and Sport Flying Association (Thailand), is to arrange the OSHRAK Air Show in celebration of H.M. the King’s 79th birthday, 60 years of King’s accession to the throne, and 40 years of the Royal Artificial Rain Department at Tak Airport and Ping River bank.
The 4th OSHTAK Air Show will be held on December 9-10, 2006. It will begin at Tak Airport on the 9th, and at Ping River bank on the 10th. Featured attractions include a small aircraft show from nearly 60 clubs (both home and overseas), para-motor competition, motorcycle and aircraft racing, radio-controlled air show, balloon show, royal artificial rain air show, ultra-light show, flying show of Wings 41 Chiang Mai, kiting show, and many more. All of these activities are free to the public. In addition, for just the cost of the fuel, attendees can fly with a professional pilot. Additional information is available at the Chiang Mai Flying Club, by calling 053-285-218, 05-9700-1267, or log on to www.cmflyingclub.com


CMU is 71st out of International Universities

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pongsak Angkasith, President of CMU (middle), with vice presidents and executives

Saksit Meesubkwang
On December 1, at a press conference at the President Meeting Hall of Chiang Mai University (CMU), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pongsak Angkasith, President of CMU, said that CMU is one of the best universities in the northern region.
CMU provides 20 faculties, and offers everything from bachelor degrees to PhD’s. CMU received an award for its outstanding teaching methods and research in 2006. CMU has also won many awards for its academic standards from countries around the world. In the future, intensive curriculum will be provided for new technologies. They will aim to focus on the economy, society, and culture, which will help CMU to maintain their status alongside other famous universities.
CMU plans to conduct research to locate new researchers from each faculty to express their works to society and the public in twice-yearly academic and administrative press conferences. CMU will also develop an international intensive course to support foreign students who want to study in Thailand. At this time, the university enrolls many foreign students spread throughout each faculty.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pongsak added that the curriculum provided by the university provides career curriculum according to the self-sufficient economy initiated by HM the King. The concept of this curriculum is to acknowledge the real meaning of a self-sufficient economy, avoid waste, and use resources efficiently.


Japan donates Bt3.5 million to build dorm for students in Baan Na Luang

(From left) Manus Panya; president of the Chiang Mai Press Association, Chalermchat Nakarangkul; MD of Denchai Trading Co., Ltd., Monchai Thesaphat; editor of Thainews Newspaper, Phongphan Chongyodying; chairman of exhibition organizer and secretary of the organizer.

Preeyanoot Jittawong
The Japanese government agreed to donate 3,594,100 baht to build a dormitory for students of Baan Na Luang School in Song district, Phrae province as part of their Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP).
On November 21, Japan’s Consul General Kasuhiro Shinohara signed a contract to support the project of dormitory construction for Ban Na Luang School with Thawin Soparat, president of the school. The signing was witnessed by Phrae’s governor, Artikorn Suwanawong.
Baan Na Luang was built to educate children living in this remote area, where 4 villages are located 8-32 km from the school. There are only primary schools in that area, so students have to walk almost 2 hours to Baan Na Luang School, the only middle school. Walking to school is difficult for the students, so they sometimes stay with teachers and officers of the sanitarium. However, their residences are old and in need of repair. Upon receiving their request, the Japanese government decided to set up a dormitory at Baan Na Luang School.
Two buildings are to be established, one for boys and one for girls. There will also be a reading room, a kitchen, and a supply store. It is hoped this project will ease the student’s difficulty traveling to school, and they can study in a better environment.


New Tesco Lotus in town - Tak Merchants up in arms

Saksit Meesubkwang
Amphon Chatchaiyaruek, president of the Tak Chamber of Commerce, together with large shop owners and representatives of merchants, presented a petition protesting international retail store Tesco Lotus. The petition, which was given to Tak Mayor Somchat Phetprasert, contained 253 signatures requesting the mayor and Tak’s administrators to stop the store from opening a branch in the Muang Tak Municipality area.
Amphon disclosed that the Ministry of Commerce had also requested a limit on international stores, so as not to compete with retail shops in each community. The government has requested several regulations, but they are only requests at this time.
Merchants in central Tak believe that if the transnational store would be set up at least 15 km away from the city, it would be acceptable. Otherwise, local merchants would be greatly affected. Even smaller outlets inside the city limits would have a negative effect on local business owners.
The mayor said that he disagreed with Tesco Lotus plan to open a branch in the central area of Tak, even it was an issue of free trade. However, it depended on whether local people would allow the store to rent their land for construction. Tesco Lotus first requested to open a store in Tak 3-5 years ago, the mayor said.


Northern province governors meet on investment, trade, and security

Saksit Meesubkwang
Chiang Mai’s governor, Wichai Srikwan presided over a governor’s conference to devise a strategy for the upper north region on trade and investment. Wichai added that it was important for province leaders to consult with each other to maximize trade and investment with neighboring countries.
The governor claimed that a major problem was the finance situation, specifically the amount of budget allocated to each province. From now on, each province will be receiving 10 million baht. Therefore, the management and administration needed participation and assistance from all members of the province group. The important plans involve economics, social, and security. The next step is to check if Chiang Mai citizens agree with the plans.
Wichai added that implementing the strategy was not only the government’s duty, but residents and other sectors as well. Even though the CEO budget was eliminated, the governor believed it would not cause any problem because all sectors could help each other to develop Chiang Mai. He said even if a special budget was not provided they would be able to use the general budget as usual.
Having consulted with government officers and the private sector in Chiang Mai, the governor asked to adjust new working structures for clarity. The new working structures were identified as four ministries - economic, social, security, and management. There would be deputy governors closely observing each ministry.


Rarely Seen Pictures of HM the King in Chiang Mai on display

Paksit Meesubkwang
300 rarely seen photographs taken when HM the King visited Chiang Mai are to be on display from December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2007.
A press conference for this exhibition was held on November 22, at Denchai Trading Co., Ltd., organized by the Chiang Mai Press Association. Manus Panya, president of CMPA, said that in honor of the 60-year anniversary of HM the King’s accession to the throne and 80th birthday in 2007, the association is providing the exhibition.
The photos, which show the King working in Chiang Mai, will remind residents of HM the King’s virtues. The exhibition is to be held on the 2nd floor exhibition zone of Denchai Trading building.
Chalermchat Nakarangkul, MD of Denchai Trading Co., Ltd. said that Denchai Trading was pleased that the Chiang Mai Press Association selected to organize the exhibition at their building. The company was ready and willing to support this activity. This kind of exhibition has been held once before in the building.
As a special guest, Epson Company would be invited to give knowledge about photography on December 16. Topics to be discussed include photography and efficiency picture producing. This will be advantageous for those who interested in photography, especially for the press.
Monchai Thesaphat, editor of Thainews Newspaper, added that there would also be an essay writing contest entitled “The Father of the Land” and a “Phirab Noi” (little dove) photo contest for youngsters to join. More information is available at the public relations counter of Chiang Mai News and Thainews newspapers, or by calling 053-412517, 053-412838, and 053-234999, ext. 219, 206, or 240.


Total business registration capital reaches 2 billion baht

Saksit Meesubkwang
AThe Business Development Office of Chiang Mai reports that 543 new companies, 69 partnerships, and 6 personal ordinary partnerships have been registered so far this year. The head officer, Pussadee Wattanapanich, disclosed that the total capital at registration has reached Bt2.27 billion. The company with the most starting capital is Lanna Culture Co. Ltd., a hotel business, with 100 million baht.
There were 476 companies withdrawing registration, including 179 limited companies, 294 partnerships, and 3 personal ordinary partnerships with Bt1.39 billion of capital. The most expensive withdrawal was Thanasapt Quality Co. Ltd., while Phao & Pee property business partnership withdrew registering capital by 3 million baht.
The most common type of businesses who canceled their registering capital were detail product business, product distribution, food and drink businesses, and property service businesses offering machine and supply rental.
Both new registration and withdrawn registration were less than last year. However, the number of personal registration this month increased from last month by 8.74 percent. This is because the new government has a clearer policy and the interest rate is still the same, so business owners are sure to invest more.
However, the registering capital this month decreased from the previous month because most of the businesses registered were detail product businesses that spend less money.


Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office Establishes Electronic Driving License Exam

Staff Reporter
The Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office established an electronic driving license exam (E-exam) on November 13 to improve driving standards.
Charnchai Keelapaeng, of the Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office, disclosed that they are now conducting electronic driving license exams to improve the standard of the test. It is also used to facilitate and clarify the exam. The test-takers are able to learn traffic regulations, signals, and driving rules via the audio and visual system. Also, they take a computerized exam before taking the real driving test via an E-learning system. For those who are unable to read, the audio system suggests how to take the exam. Tests can be taken in 5 languages - Thai, English, Chinese, Japanese, and Pattani Malay.
Different versions of the exams are randomly selected from the database, so individuals don’t receive the same exam as others. Upon completion, the exam can be checked immediately. The Office of Land Transport added that they have acquired 53 computers for use in the program. 32 are at the Office of Land Transport in the Mae Hia district, 10 at the Office of Land Transport - Fang district, 7 at the Office of Land Transport - Mae Taeng district, and 4 at the Office of Land Transport -Chom Thong district. If there are more test-takers than there are computers, the E-exam system will select some of testers to take the exam, and then take the driving test later. Since its implementation, the E-exam has worked well, with no problems or obstacles for the test-takers.


High Technology Bomb and Drug Detectors Demonstrated for Provincial Police Bureau Region 5

Saksit Meesubkwang
On November 29, Pol. Lt. Gen. Kittithat Ruanthip, Commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, and narcotic suppression police officers of the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), welcomed the World Market Thailand Co., Ltd. to learn about new-innovation bomb and drug detectors.

“ADE-100” the new-innovation bomb and narcotic detector

Malee Wanasuk, managing director of World Market Thailand Co., Ltd. said that the company has been importing narcotic detectors from the U.S. for 1 year. They are now the official distributor in many countries in Asia; such as China, North Korea, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Although new to Asia, this equipment has been used in Europe and America for some time. In Thailand, border-patrol police in 3 southern-border provinces have already purchased their equipment and found that their bomb-detection operations are more efficient. The company wants police, military officers, and ONCB officers to use this equipment in their operations, so that bomb and narcotic detection operations will be more effective than just using K-9 dogs.
“Because the company introduced this equipment to Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, we decided to call officers from that area who conduct narcotic suppression operations to join the lecture. We still have not made a final decision to purchase this technology because we have to consider the effectiveness of using this equipment on our operations. Also, this equipment is very expensive,” Pol. Lt. Gen. Kittithat said.
This new-innovation bomb and narcotic detector is called “ADE-100.” It costs 640,000 baht for each unit, and comes with a 2-year warranty. It can detect a narcotic substance within 300 meters. However, officers must first pass a 2-week training program from the company’s experts.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Kittithat Ruanthip closely monitored the situation as officers tested the bomb and narcotic detectors. Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 officers stopped 3 cars and found 50 ya ba pills hidden in them.


Police Officers at the International Horticultural Expo still waiting for pay

Staff Reporter
Nearly 7 million baht is owed to police officers who are working the International Horticultural Expo. After one month, very little money has gone out to the police. Should this continue throughout the Expo, this figure would rise to 20 million baht.
Pol. Col. Wirat Soomnaphan, head of the Traffic and Transportation Security Center at the International Horticultural Exposition, asserted that the security team has done well in the month of November. Official complaints show that the biggest problem has been lost property. The losses were not from theft, however, but because the owners left the property in restrooms, or on tables and benches. Out of 40 persons with lost items, 32 had their property returned. In other security issues, 15 people were slightly wounded - 2 from accidents.
In order to pay for the additional security needs, 2 million baht was transferred from the Department of Agriculture to be paid for training, and purchasing and renting equipment involved in the Expo. However, it is insufficient to pay for wages, accommodations, and fuel bills for police officers.
Pol. Col. Wirat added that about 600 police officers who provide security in the Expo are still unpaid from related agencies. The money for the wages has to be taken from reserved funds from each agency that sent officers, but they are still insufficient. Each officer is supposed to be paid 380 baht a day. If officers work throughout the 90 days of the Expo, it will cost 20 million baht. A cause of the late payment is believed to be the withdrawing process. However, police officers have everyday expenses, especially those who come from remote districts and have to pay for accommodations. Commanders brought reserved funds to pay, but came with an inadequate amount. Involved agencies must work to resolve this quickly before large problems arise.


Koala Exhibition opened at the Chiang Mai Zoo

Staff Reporter
The Chiang Mai Zoo has announced that the 4 koala bears from Australia are rapidly adapting to their new environment. Visitors can now visit the koala. Koala behavior research (including food consumption) will also be conducted.
The Australian government sent 4 koalas from the Taronga Zoo and Western Plan Zoo to be monitored at the Chiang Mai Zoo. All of them arrived by November 22. Since that time, the bears have been in the exhibition zone of the Chiang Mai Zoo, but tourists have not been able to see them because koalas must first adapt to their new environment.
Somchai Choti-apisittikul, a veterinarian who takes care of the koalas, said that since they had been delivered, officers have closely monitored them 24 hours a day. All 4 Koalas are adapting very well, eating and defecating as usual. If this continues, visitors can view the koala bears starting December 4. Somchai also advised that people should refrain from shouting, using flash cameras, and knocking on the glass during the exhibition. These acts may cause the koalas to panic and become so tense that they could die.
Koalas generally spend approximately 20 hours a day sleeping, so visitors to the zoo will have to be lucky to catch them in their 4 hours of activity. They mainly eat eucalyptus leaves, which are abundant in Thailand.
Somchai said that the research project would definitely go forward because the Chiang Mai Zoo must create a monthly report for Australia. Ken De la Mot, an Australian koala expert who will help take care of the bears, said that he is satisfied with the exhibition at the Chiang Mai Zoo. The environment is at a world-class standard. Thus, it is assured that all 4 koalas will have a good life at the Chiang Mai Zoo.


Residents Unworried about the Effect of Martial Law on Chiang Mai’s Economy and Tourism

Saksit Meesubkwang
Udomrat Akkarachinores, vice-president of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, said that the government still enforces martial law in Chiang Mai. It is believed that this does not affect the economy in Chiang Mai, except for those who are directly involved in politics. Businesses in Chiang Mai still run smoothly with no changes, and foreigners still do business with Thailand. Economically, the government’s new policy matters most, especially how it affects local business. If there were tanks and soldiers patrolling the streets, it would definitely affect overall business. However, there is no such activity, and people still live their lives as usual.
Songvit Ittipattanakul, the president of the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association, is of the opinion that martial law has had no effect on tourism in Chiang Mai. Foreign tourists do not worry about this matter and still visit Chiang Mai.
However, seminar’s organized by local administration organizations, such as the Provincial or Tambon Administration Organization (PAO or TAO) may be affected if people are concerned about this political matter.


Animal Protection Law Sent to the Legislative Assembly

Saksit Meesubkwang
Sanya Sukrasorn, law consultant for the Thai Animal Guardians Association, and Marry Ann Williams, of animal protection agency Baan Rak Sat in the Mae Rim district of Chiang Mai, disclosed that the association had drafted a law to prevent animal cruelty. The law, which was drafted a year ago, provides protection against animals being treated in irresponsible ways. If the law is enforced, it will help all animals, especially the ones being mistreated.
The law consultant added that last year Pierre Cardin, the well-known designer, presented a symbol ESPOIR, a symbol of hope. The design shows a man raising his right hand and spreading flowers, meaning that living things should help one another. Therefore, he has contacted companies producing animal food, asking them to display the symbol and donate a percentage of their revenue to support animals, especially the many homeless animals that have become a burden on society.


Authorities Successful in Obstructing Drug Smuggling in Chiang Mai

Saksit Meesubkwang
Police successfully completed 2 drug busts on the same day, November 29. In the first, Pol. Col. Yuttachai Puaprasert, superintendent of Muang Chiang Mai Police Station, assigned Pol. Lt. Col. Thanet Wiboonkiart, suppression inspector, to arrest an opium dealing gang after he learned opium would be smuggled from the Thai-Burmese border to Chiang Mai.
Thanet led officers to apprehend the gang, and two offenders were arrested. Asong Simue, 34, was found with raw opium packed in five plastic lumps weighing 30 grams. Police also reported that Akoo Mayer, 34, was arrested for carrying 2 lumps of raw opium weighing 5 grams. Both are Chiang Rai province residents. They were found at a house on Kamphaeng Din Road, in Muang Chiang Mai. Police said that both confessed that the opium was purchased from Tinnakorn Mayer, a Lisu tribesman living in Chiang Rai. They said they intended to distribute the opium to foreign tourists.
In the second incident, officers of Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 were able to capture Chadchanong Pusuwanrong (also known as Toy Bangmod), 41, from Bangkok, along with Laksanawadee Kankaew, 37, from Surathanee province. Police said the suspects were in possession of 2,000 ya ba pills that they attempted to deliver to agents in Muang Chiang Mai.
Lt. Gen. Jiradech Khacharat, commander of the Third Army Region, said that drug smuggling in the north was common, especially along the border. However, good cooperation between soldiers and the police were effective in obstructing drugs from entering Thailand. Constant vigilance allowed them to remain in control of the situation.


Precautions taken against possible cross-border crime networks

Staff Reporters
Rumors about an undercurrent of illegal activities about to make trouble in Thailand can cause difficulty for the government’s administration and cause dissatisfaction in the society. The 3rd Army, who are in charge of security in the Northern region, have issued an order to the security division to provide security measures and follow-up on intelligence about any undercurrents.
On November 9, Col. Suthat Jarumanee, special force commander of 7th Infantry Regiment, welcomed administration agencies such as, provincial police, provincial defense, provincial registrars, commanders of police stations from every district, district registrars, and assistant district officers (including rangers and border patrol police) to a meeting on national security intelligence.
“Right now, the problem which jeopardizes national security is transnational crime. However, in Mae Hong Son, it is considered cross-border crime because those criminals infiltrate in many agencies to form their network. Then, they infiltrate the Tambon Administration Organization (TAO) to make residents believe they are the same group. This is very dangerous to the country. So, the army must instruct the security divisions in the area to trace any intelligence, and analyze the situation in order to intercept any undercurrents before any damage is caused.” Col. Suthat said.


Ex-KNU soldiers riot at shelter camp

Staff Reporters
According to intelligence delivered by the 3rd Army, on November 8 about 300 Karen immigrants blockaded the Ministry of the Interior office in Mae La Shelter Camp in Tak Province. During the blockade, they destroyed an official’s car. Border defense voluntary officers shot M-16 rifles in the air to warn the immigrants, but they were not afraid of the gunfire and did not disperse. Voluntary officers decided to coordinate with the Naresuan Task Force, who are in charge in Tak and Mae Hong Son, to send soldiers to bring the immigrants under control. The camp was then closed and nobody was allowed to enter the area. Electricity was also cut in order to investigate the cause of the riot and penalize perpetrators.
One of Karen’s tribesman said that, previously, the son of a Karen National Union’s soldier (KNU) was captured and hit. This caused dissatisfaction to influential KNU soldiers who resided in the camp. They rioted and tried to attack voluntary officers.
News sources also reported that, according to the intelligence, there are approximately 40,000 Burmese Karen immigrants in the Mae La Shelter Camp. Numerous ex-KNU soldiers live there with their families, and they have been arming themselves. Ex-KNU soldiers frequently cause problems and do not follow regulations.
After the situation is settled, Thai police, military officers, voluntary officers and administrative officers will inspect the camp to search for weapons and explosives, which they believe that KNU have hidden inside. Moreover, if any denizens do not follow the regulations, they will be punished.


Winners at the 4th World Vision Foundation Cup

Winning teams received royal cups

Saksit Meesubkwang
On November 29, the World Vision Foundation arranged the “4th World Vision Foundation Cup” sports competition for children less than 12 years old. Held at the 700th Year Anniversary Stadium, the competition was divided into 2 events - football and volleyball.
The winner of the football competition was Khunneing Project from Songkhla province. HRH Crown Prince presented the royal cup to the winner. The 1st runner-up was Sangkhom Project from Udon Thani province, and the 2nd runner-up was Pong Pattana Project from Phayao province.
In volleyball, Pha Chang Noi Project from Phayao province won the royal cup, presented by HRH Princess Sirindhorn. The 1st runner-up was Khun Tan Project from Lampang, and the 2nd runner-up was Cha-Uad Project from Nakhon Si Thammarat. The royal cups were also presented by Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Kritsadaporn Siampakdi.



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