World No Tobacco Day
TOBACCO: World No Tobacco Day
was honored on May 31, 2011 as youngsters joined in in a bid to reduce
smoking at Tha Pae Gate.
Chiang Mai’s Deputy Governor and businesspeople to honor
World No Tobacco Day on May 31. World No Tobacco Day was established by the
World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987 to promote abstinence from tobacco.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected "The WHO Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control" as the theme of World No-Tobacco Day 2011. In
force since 2005, the framework is already one of the most rapidly and
widely embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations, with more
than 170 countries joining as parties. An evidence-based treaty, it
reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health and
provides new legal dimensions for cooperation in tobacco control.
Public Health Minister Julin Laksanawisit said that Thailand had made much
progress in its efforts to reduce tobacco use. It has enforced two major
anti-smoking laws. One is the 1992 Tobacco Products Control Act, which bans
the sale of cigarettes to people under 18 and cigarettes advertisements. A
warning of health hazards from smoking is also required on every packet of
cigarettes. The other is the 1992 Non-Smokers Health Protection Act, which
requires public places to arrange smoking-free zones.
Those who smoke in restaurants, pubs, bars, and markets that are
air-conditioned or not air-conditioned will face a fine of up to 2,000 baht.
The owners of these places who allow smoking in the designated no-smoking
areas will also face a fine of up to 2,000 baht. Under an announcement of
the Ministry of Public Health Ministry, since 28 June 2010, smoking has been
prohibited at health-related venues, primary and secondary schools, public
transport outlets, and religious centers. At Suvarnabhumi Airport, smoking
areas are allowed at only the International Passenger Building.
The Government has mapped out a five-year national tobacco control plan for
2010 to 2014, aimed at reducing the number of smokers. Thailand now has a
population of about 65 million. The number of smokers in the country dropped
from 12.3 million in 1991 to 10.9 million in 2009.
Tobacco users are at much higher risk of falling ill and dying prematurely
of cancer, heart attacks, respiratory diseases, and other ailments. The
tighter tobacco control regulations aim to protect people, especially
youngsters, from the dangers of smoking.
Public Health Minister Julin Laksanawisit is among the winners of World
No-Tobacco Day Awards 2011 who are recognized for their outstanding
contributions in the area of tobacco control. Thailand actively joins hands
with the World Health Organization in anti-smoking efforts to mark World
No-Tobacco Day each year. (PRD)
Inthakin honored in annual ceremony
Chiang Mai Governor
ML Panadda Diskul pays his respects to the Inthakin in an ancient ceremony
Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul was joined by the
Deputy Mayor and City Administrator as well as other local dignitaries and
residents in honoring the city pillar, or the Inthakin at Wat Chedi Luang
Worawihan on May 26, 2011.
This annual ceremony is held to honor the Inthakin, or City Pillar on the
13th day of the waning moon in the eighth Northern lunar moon and continue
until the second day of the waxing moon of the ninth month.
The Inthakin was believed to be erected long ago when a hermit advised the
residents of the area (not yet Chiang Mai) to erect the pillar to ward off
demons and bring good fortune. Nowadays, Buddhist ceremonies are integrated
with the ceremony. An associated ceremony, pithee suab jata muang, is
performed at the four city corners, the five city gates and at the Three
Kings Monument, to ensure the continued long life of Chiang Mai. (Photos
courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)
Local residents join in the ceremony at Wat Chedi Luang.
Festivities continue for a week.
Chiang Mai Mail SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Sarawut Srisakune, CEO of
the Chiang Mai Night Safari
Dr. Sarawut Srisakune
In this new column Chiang Mai Mail wants to introduce interesting people
around Chiang Mai and put them in the SPOTLIGHT.
Chiang Mai Mail Spotlight will give an overview of the life and / or work of
people of the management world, high society, politics, showbiz, star, arts
and culture scene.
If you have suggestions about somebody you want to see in our new SPOTLIGHT
column, please email us at [email protected] We try our best to be
The first person in our Chiang Mai Mail SPOTLIGHT is Dr. Sarawut Srisakune,
CEO of the Chiang Mai Night Safari. Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon interviewed
Dr. Sarawut with the assistance of Bobby Khotbuntao.
CMM: Dr. Sarawut, when did you start your duty as CEO in the Night Safari?
DSS: Tomorrow it is exactly one year I started my duty the first of June
CMM: How long can we expect you to be CEO in the Night Safari?
DSS: If everything works as planned I have a contract until 2014.
CMM: Can you tell us a little about your ideas and your duties?
DSS: See my most important point is that I want the people from Chiang Mai
and the stuff of the Chiang Mai Night Safari itself, to see this zoo as a
family place, a home, something special. I want the people to love this
place, to fight for it, not to gossip. We need the help of the people in
Chiang Mai, not important if they are Thai, Expatriates or Tourists.
CMM: Can you tell us about your visitors?
DSS: 45 percent of our visitors are people who are connected to local Chiang
Mai residents. That means word of mouth. 10 percent of our visitors come via
travel agencies. Another 10 percent come to the Night Safari through
advertisements. 35 percent are connected to tourism.
CMM: What was your first impression when you started your duty at the Night
DSS: When I started my duty – let me describe it with a metaphor – I found a
beautiful woman (the Night Safari) but the woman was not charming. That
means you see that woman one time you don’t want to see that woman again.
You are satisfied.
CMM: So you wanted to change this, correct?
DSS: Yes, I started to change this immediately. Already after being 3 weeks
in charge, I started the conception, the idea to connect people and animals
through allowing the visitors to feed our animals. A relation between
visitor and animal was built. A communication between the wild boar, zebra,
giraffe, deer, kangaroo and our visitors was suddenly possible.
CMM: So what is your target?
DSS: Well coming back to my metaphor I spoke about, I want the Chiang Mai
Night Safari, compared with a woman, to be the most charming lady, you want
to be with again and again and again. You cannot not get enough.
CMM: And how do you want to reach this target?
DSS: Oh we come forward! We have our laser and water show at our lake. We
have daily artistic, dance and comedy shows in front of the place at the
lake. We offer at the lake bicycle boats, you can drive with a friend or
beloved person for a small fee. You can feed swans and fish from the boats.
We have a special section where you can also feed very rare giant fresh
water fish which have a size of over 150 cm. We offer (in case of good
weather) the option of walking around the lake, which is romantic at sunset.
You can sit in our newly built coffee corner. Enjoy watching the beautiful
landscape, the lake and the animals on our lake island. You can ride our
elephants, children can ride dwarf horses. Already at the entrance we offer
bird feeding and deer feeding. We change the activity program daily. You can
even feed monkeys and take pictures with them, and one of our highlights is
for sure to take pictures with our tiger babies feeding them milk!
And our two guided train tours through our theme parks are thrilling as
feeding Giraffes, Kangaroos, Zebras, Wild Boars and Deer is especially
amazing for children.
CMM: That is truly impressive! So what are the next steps coming up?
DSS: We have actually 3 projects, we all want to finish surround the time
when Loy Krathong 2011will start.
-The first project is called the Tiger World. There you will be able to come
in close contact with our in the Zoo born tigers.
-The second project is called Savanna Restaurant. In our Restaurant you will
find transparent windows for our visitors. On the one side people will be
able to see Giraffes and Zebras; on the other side we will show Lions and
-And finally our 3rd project will be a childrens world. We got a lot of
suggestions that parents want to relax in the area of our lake watching the
scenario and shows, while their kids can play in our children world.
CMM: What has been so far the best experience for you in the Night Safari in
the last 12 month?
DSS: I can mention 2 experiences – First the visit of our Deputy Prime
Minister Major General Sanan Kachonprasat, who is also the responsible
politician in Thailand for the Chiang Mai Night Safari.
And then the visit of Her Highness Princess Maja von Hohenzollern from
Germany, who gave our newborn, white Tiger babies the names Maja and Shiva.
She further awarded me as CEO of the year 2011 in her duty as representative
of the Phuenthai German International Organization which has been one of the
greatest honors in my entire life.
CMM: The final questions – what is your dream, what do you want to do if you
get the budget for it? And what are special offers coming up for the Loy
DSS: If I get the budget for it, I want to offer our visitors a Night Safari
Resort. Not like a huge chain 5 star resort, something like a boutique
resort, for people with special expectations. And I want to create something
like a Tree ride. We have lots of Giant Trees in our place. We want to
connect them with huge steel ropes so that you can ride from tree to tree.
And watch the life of the animals from the bird perspective without
disturbing them, without big noise.
For the Loy Krathong season, we will offer Hot Air Balloons, romantic
dinners, special shows and we offer the Krathong floating from our pier.
But, our Krathongs will be made from bread. So they are healthy for the
environment, and to the same time an attractive meal for our natural living
lake animals: The birds, the amphibians and the fish.
CMM: Thank you very much for the interview.
DSS: Your welcome, hope to see you all again, when you visit this place with
family and friends.
Chiang Mai to apply for UNESCO Creative City designation
Chiang Mai Governor ML
Panadda Diskul (3rd left) is joined by U.S. Consul General Susan N.
Stevenson (4th left) and members of the Chiang Mai Creative Committee at a
panel discussion on the upcoming UNESCO Creative City Network application
By Phitsanu Thepthong
Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn
recently submitted a letter of intent to join the UNESCO Creative City
Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Arts with a strong emphasis on design
Governor Panadda said, “If the proposal is approved, then we will go full
steam ahead on the Chiang Mai Creative Project.”
He said in the letter that they were in the process of setting up an
Application Development Committee consisting of representatives from local
government, the education sector, private industry as well as local
The Application Development Committee will work very closely with the Chiang
Mai Creative City Development Committee that was set up last year to develop
Chiang Mai’s creative industries and also apply creativity to urban and
Chiang Mai is described as the second largest city of Thailand and was the
capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna, which traces its history back to
over 700 years ago. Chiang Mai is also a national and regional centre for
education, administration, tourism, food, and agriculture, handicrafts, and
design related activities.
“Because of Chiang Mai’s distinct Lanna culture, and rich cultural heritage,
the city is consistently voted as a popular location, for tourism, living
and retirement,” he said.
He noted Chiang Mai’s vibrant creative handicraft industries (jewelry,
silverware, wood based crafts, decorative items, mulberry paper, celadon and
other ceramics) functional design, architecture, software, and digital
content. He added that Chiang Mai has many arts, crafts and design
communities and spaces providing opportunities for collaboration and
“We understand that normally a city is expected to select the category it
wishes to apply for at this stage. We have narrowed it down to two options
that we feel reflect Chiang Mai’s culture heritage, present strengths, and
future aspiration. These are the Design category and the Crafts and Folk
Arts category. We are planning to use the first phase of our proposal
development process to review which option is appropriate and would also
welcome discussions and guidance from you on this issue if this is
possible,” a letter statement iterated.
The letter continued, “In many ways Chiang Mai is already doing the vital
work of a UNESCO Creative City, but we are very keen to work with the other
cities the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This would give rise to a
multitude of connections, projects, exchanges and conversations that would
help to shape the future of the creative industries in our world.”
“We look forward to working with UNESCO during the application process and
intend to submit our final application before the end of 2011,” he said in
the letter to Mr Francessco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General for Culture
and also Mr Georges Poussin, Chief of the Section of Creative Industries for
Development, Culture Sector, UNESCO Headquarters, and Paris, France.
Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda said that “this creative city will be a very
wonderful thing for Chiang Mai” at the panel discussion held on Chiang Mai
Creative City (CMCC) on May 26, 2011.
A cocktail reception with the Governor, US Consul General, and other VIPs
was held after the panel discussion at dusitD2 hotel in Chiang Mai and was
attended by local business and academic leaders.
The Governor added that the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Culture had
also given fully support to the Chiang Mai Creative City project. Noting
that the gracious culture and peacefulness of Chiang Mai makes it stand
apart from other cities in Thailand.
He added that the Chinese authorities had approved a plan to allow Lhin Ping
to remain in Chiang Mai for another two years, noting the good news would be
beneficial to the city.
For more information on the Chiang Mai Creative City project please go to
Police dead in suicide/murder after domestic dispute
The scene of the murder at the Buddha Raksa wreath shop on Ratchavithi Road on
May 23. (Photo courtesy of CM108.com)
By Chiang Mai Mail online reporters
An investigative policeman from the Provincial Police Headquarters in Chiang
Mai shot his Traffic Police wife dead after a domestic dispute and then
turned the gun on himself at a relative’s shop on Ratchavithi Road on May 23
at 8 p.m.
Rames Prachongjit, 45, the owner of the Buddha Raksa wreath shop and a
relative of policewoman Sgt. Sasithorn Srichan, said the couple had been
separated for about 5 or 6 months when her husband, Pol. Sgt. Maj. Ekaratch
Ratchadeepiew met her at the shop where they argued. He pulled his 9mm
weapon on her and shot her 4 times in front of their 8 year old son. He then
turned the gun on himself where he shot himself twice. He was pronounced
dead on the way to Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital.
Pol. Col. Anu Nernhad, the Superintendent of the Chiang Mai Traffic Police
commented that the couple had been separated for some time as Sasithorn’s
husband, Pol. Sgt. Maj Ekaratch was known to regularly assault his wife.
Phuea Thai’s party list number 1 Yingluck campaigns in Chiang Mai
Phuea Thai party list candidate
Yingluck Shinawatra speaks at 700 Year stadium to a crowd of around 20,000
supporters on May 21, 2011.
Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and
the Phuea Thai Party’s party list number one candidate stopped in Chiang Mai
on May 21, 2011 at the 700 Year Stadium as part of her campaign in the
upcoming general election. Yingluck said she is ready to be the next Prime
Minister and the first woman PM of Thailand.
She was joined by Party Leader Yongyuth Wichaidith and other key Phuea Thai
leaders Pol. Cap. Chalerm Yoobamrung, Natthawut, Saikua, Prompong Nopparit,
Yuranant Pamornmontri, and Payap Shinawatra, the MP candidate running for
Chiang Mai, to meet with party supporters from Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Mae
Hong Son. Estimates put the crowd at 20,000 people.
The Party’s core leaders took turns on stage, speaking against Prime
Minister Abhisit Vejajiva, saying he had failed to effectively administrate
the country. They also announced that all MPS are expected to be elected
from all 10 Constituency in Chiang Mai from the General Election set for
July 3, 2011.
Yingluck, in tears, promised that she would do her best for the country. She
added that as a successful business woman, who has learned more about the
problems of farmers and others that now was her time to help her country.
She also stressed on her Party’s policy which vows to help the famers and
poor people with social programs.
Former Mayor to run for MP under Dems
Chiang Mai Mail online reporters
Aprirak Kosayothin, Deputy Head of the Democrat Party visited Chiang Mai to
help Democrat candidates including Capt. Duentemduang na Chiengmai, the
former Mayor of Chiang Mai and the Democratic candidate in the upcoming
general election to be held on July 3, 2011.
Apirak and Capt. Duentemdueng, who is running in the Constituency Zone 7,
Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim and Mae Taeng districts, went to Mae Rim market to
distribute leaflets, greeted vendors and shoppers at the fresh markets and
introduce themselves and the party policy and candidates.
The Democrat candidates also spoke on stage in front of the Mae Rim Police
Station, to explain party policy to the people gathered there.
Apirak said for the Democrat candidates in Chiang Mai and the North will
need to work hard as most of the people in the North belonged to rival
political parties. However, he asked people to give them a chance, to listen
to what they say and vote for them so that the government can continue their
work in solving the country’s problems.
He said that the Democrat party has high expectations in the lower North, as
well as central part of the North, such as Tak, Sukhothai, Nakhon Sawan,
Phetchabun, Kampaeng Phet, and Phitsanulok.
He stressed that the Democrat Party would launch more political and the
Party has planned more public speeches in Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, and in
lower Northeast provinces as the main target.
Capt. Duentemduang na Chiengmai was elected as the Mayor of Chiang Mai as an
independent in June of 2007 but was later disqualified as a candidate by the
Chiang Mai election committee as a non-resident of Chiang Mai, a decision
endorsed by the Supreme Administrative Court in 2009.
Investigation into tourist deaths continues
Chiang Mai Mail online reporters
Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul said WHO officials had commented that
the investigative process into the deaths of tourists in Chiang Mai in
January and February this year was following regulations and met
He said that some suggestions have been also made and added on for the
working group of Thai authorities and WHO representatives regarding the
The Chiang Mai Governor called for a meeting of the Committee on Tourism
Promotion of Chiang Mai Province and businesses at City Hall to implement
and stress measures to ensure the safety and health of visitors to Chiang
The Ministry of Public Health issued a statement that Thai public health
authorities have enlisted the assistance of international toxicology experts
this month to determine whether toxins or chemical agents might be involved
in the deaths of five foreign tourists and a Thai guide and the associated
illnesses of three other individuals in Chiang Mai earlier this year.
The Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and the
Chiang Mai provincial authorities, enlisted the help of these expert
toxicologists as part of the on-going investigation into the deaths that
occurred between January and February this year. The toxicologists are from
Australia, India, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, the United States, the
World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (US CDC).
The toxicology experts have reviewed the available evidence and discussed
several possible causes involving toxins and chemical agents as a cause of
death. The toxicologists also discussed the suggestion made by the New
Zealand TV3 ‘60 Minutes’ programme that chlorpyrifos (used as an
insecticide) was responsible for the death of one woman from New Zealand and
the illness of her two traveling companions.
While a cause has not been clearly identified to date, experts recognized
that chlorpyrifos generally emits a strong odor which was not noted by the
two surviving women. They also noted that chlorpyrifos is not well absorbed
by the skin nor would it cause rapid illness or death in a healthy adult
unless it was ingested or inhaled in very high quantities. Furthermore, the
details of the clinical and laboratory investigation do not support
chlorpyrifos as a cause.
The toxicologists are also considering the possibility that other chemical
agents including those found in pest control products might cause signs,
symptoms and laboratory findings consistent with the features seen. Experts
are also currently working to identify the most suitable laboratories to
carry out specific tests for selected pest control ingredients in the
Concurrently, environmental and toxicology assessment involving experts and
laboratories from the Ministry of Agriculture; the Department of Health,
MOPH; Ramathibodi Poison Center; the Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai
University is underway at the hotel where four persons died. The initial
assessment of overnight room ventilation in April found adequate air
ventilation with normal levels of nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide; and
no evidence of carbon monoxide accumulation. A parallel investigation has
also been undertaken by local police.
While Thai authorities and international partners are actively pursuing the
hypothesis that these six deaths might be linked to a similar cause, the
investigation so far reveals few common traits except that all deaths
occurred in Chiang Mai between 11 January and 19 February, six of the nine
reported people affected lodged at one hotel (three were at two different
hotels) and the first six people identified are young (aged 23-29) female
The people who died and fell ill are being examined in three groups based on
the hotels they stayed in with one American woman (age 33) who died on 11
January and her Canadian colleague (age 29) who fell ill, one French woman
(age 25) who died on 19 January and one Thai woman (age 47) who died on 3
One New Zealand woman (age 23) who died 6 February and her two traveling
companions (both age 23) who both fell ill, a couple from the United Kingdom
– one man (78) and woman (74) who both died on February 19.
Based on findings currently available, there is insufficient evidence to
link the illnesses and deaths among these three groups. The American,
Canadian and French woman had no activities in connection with other hotels
and other cases. The French women also began to fall ill a few days before
her arrival in Chiang Mai.
There have been reports that a Canadian man who died in January may have
used the swimming pool of the hotel where the Thai woman, the New Zealand
women and the United Kingdom couple stayed. However it has not been possible
to confirm these reports or even to establish the day when this visit was
supposed to have occurred. In addition, the available evidence from medical
records and autopsy by forensic expert do not currently support linkage with
other deaths. Therefore the death of this man has not been included in the
It was also initially believed on the basis of clinical findings that
myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) was a common factor in a
number of deaths. However, although it is clear that heart muscle damage
occurred in these cases, further investigation of clinical, laboratory and
histopathology records, has only established clear evidence of myocarditis
in the case of the French woman. It is partly this evidence that has
resulted in the scope of the investigation being widened to look for other
causes of cardiac damage (that can mimic the clinical appearance of
myocarditis), including toxins and chemical agents.
A final explanation of the most likely cause of the event(s), including
exact cause of illnesses and deaths, and any important related factors, will
be made based upon the synthesis of evidence from clinical, epidemiologic,
laboratory, environmental and forensic investigations.
It is important to highlight that a complex investigation such as this which
also includes international laboratory analyses takes time. Any new
toxicology results are also likely to take time if specimens need to be
shipped to specialist laboratories. It is also possible that cases may not
all be linked, and may instead be due to different causes. Despite the best
efforts of Thai authorities and international partners, a complete
explanation for the cause of deaths may not be found for all cases.
The Thai Ministry of Public Health will provide information as it becomes
available to the families, the international community and the media, and
will provide regular updates on its Thai and English websites
(www.ddc.moph.go.th). Any persons who may have specific medical or public
heath concerns about this event are invited to report them or make queries
using email address: [email protected]
Politicians hit the campaign trail around the North
Mae Hong Son saw a colorful and
bustling first day of registration for candidacy as supporters turned out en
masse at the City Hall.
By CMM online reporters and Khajohn Boonpath
The first day of registration for the upcoming general election in Chiang Mai
saw 26 candidates from 7 parties submit their candidacy for Member of
Parliament. 10 from Phuea Thai Party for all 10 constituencies, 9 from Chart
Pattana Pueapaendin, 3 from Chart Thai Pattana, and one each from the Raksant ,
Democrat, Farmers’ Network, and Prachasanti parties.
The Phuea Thai candidates, led by Boonsong Teriyaphirom, paid their respects to
the Khruba Srivichai monument first, to bring good luck and success. Yingluck
Shinawatra, the Phuea Thai Party list No. 1 had paid respects to the revered
monument before. They all asked for all 10 constituency zones were elected the
Puea Thai candidates,
On the morning of May 24 at Chiang Mai City Hall, Phuea Thai Party candidates
registered for all 10 constituencies led by the red shirt core leaders from the
Rak Chiang Mai 51 group; Petchawat Wattanapongsiri, and Ms. Kanyapak Maneechak.
Only one Democrat registered on the first day; Noraphol Tantimontri, while the
rest of the Democrat candidates were expected to register on May 26.
Chart Thai Pattana’s Dr. Krai Darbtham and Siththan Boonman from Farmers'
Network of Thailand party, also registered with the fee of 5,000 baht each.
In Mae Hong Son most of the supporters were hilltribe people on the first day of
registration. Two main major party representatives were cheered by their
supporters to create a colorful first day of registration.
In the bustling and colorful atmosphere overseen by Mae Hong Son Governor
Kamthorn Thawornsathit, Chakrapong Chuenduang No 6 from Palangchon Party, and
Sombat Yasin, the former MP for Mae Hong Son from the Democratic Party filed
In the afternoon, Somboon Praiwan, the candidate no 16 from Bhumjai Thai Party,
a former MP and Senator for Mae Hong Son came in to register with more than 150
Burmese drug trafficker shot at Mae Hong Son border
Four hilltribe women caught smuggling at Chiang Mai airport
The ID card and haul of drugs
found on the smuggler from Myanmar.
Khajohn Boonpath and Chiang Mai Mail online
Soldiers from the 7th Infantry Regiment’s task force shot and killed a
Myanmar national at Ban Pang Moo in Mae Hong Son on May 24 as the man was
delivering 10,000 yabaa tablets.
He was discovered crossing the border with a backpack and when authorities
called to him to stop he turned and opened fire. The soldier returned fire
and the man was killed at the scene. He was identified as Ni Yinyah Jar of
Four Lisu women were charged with smuggling Yabaa after authorities found
23,400 yabaa pills on them as they attempted to board a THAI airplane to
Bangkok at Chiang Mai International Airport. The women were discovered with
the drugs hidden in their underwear. They confessed that they had been hired
to smuggle the drugs to Bangkok for 100,000 baht.
Three suspects are sisters from Chiang Dao while the other woman is from
Pong District in Phayao. Srinual Jalorbu of Ping Kong, Chiang Dao district
told police they had been hired by hilltribe men living in Myanmar to
deliver the drugs. Ms. Srinual added that she needed the money for her
The Drug Suppression Police said the authorities are now policing airports
as well as the drug smugglers have changed their transit routes from the
road to the air and are using women to carry the drugs in an attempt to
avoid searches by the authorities.
The four suspects were charged for possessing the drugs with intent to sell.