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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 held annually.

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 of service!

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 2010.

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 Safari?

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 Tigers.

-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 Krathong season?

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 and culture.

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 community groups.

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 social development.

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 learning.

“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

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.

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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 international standards.

He said that some suggestions have been also made and added on for the working group of Thai authorities and WHO representatives regarding the deaths.

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 Mai.

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 remaining samples.

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 non-Thai nationals.

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 February.

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 cluster.

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 ( 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 their candidacies.

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 supporters.

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 reporters

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 Myanmar.

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 pregnancy.

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.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

World No Tobacco Day

Inthakin honored in annual ceremony

Chiang Mai Mail SPOTLIGHT

Chiang Mai to apply for UNESCO Creative City designation

Police dead in suicide/murder after domestic dispute

Phuea Thai’s party list number 1 Yingluck campaigns in Chiang Mai

Former Mayor to run for MP under Dems

Investigation into tourist deaths continues

Politicians hit the campaign trail around the North

Burmese drug trafficker shot at Mae Hong Son border