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Vol. X No.15 - September 1 - September 30, 2011


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Chiang Mai floods

Two boys die in Fang flash floods, 4 in Mae Taeng, one still missing

The water levels rise to flood levels as the marker next to Nawarat Bridge
showed at noon, September 28, 2011.

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Heavy overnight rains in Chiang Mai have seen the river level rise to critical flood levels and many areas along the river are inundated. San Sai and San Kamphaeng are reported to be under water and desperate business owners along the river continue to sandbag. One owner, when questioned, said, he wasn’t sure if the river hit 4.5 m if his place of business would flood but has walled off the doors and sandbagged the front in case of flooding.

Heavy rains this year have inundated the soil causing flash floods and landslides in Chiang Mai where 2 boys were swept away in Fang on September 23 and a family of five went missing on September 28, 2011. Four of the missing have been found dead and searchers continue to look for the fifth missing family member although heavy rains hamper the search.

City employees and members of the public work frantically to repair the breach in the wall along the river near Mahidol Road.

Chiang Mai Governor Panadda Diskul and officials inspected the damage and directed help to victims of the forest runoff and mudslides in Ban Piang Kok and Pong Nam Ron in Fang district which occurred on the night of Friday, September 23, 2011 and killed two boys, a two year old and an 8 month old baby boy. More than 30 houses were destroyed in the flash flood and over 100 households have been affected.

On September 28, flash floods swept through Mae Taeng’s Mueang Kai subdistrict sweeping away houses, roads and crops. 5 people were swept away in the deluge, and although searchers have found 4 bodies of missing family members, the search continues for the remaining missing person.

Train services to Bangkok have been halted until further notice as the train tracks are inundated in several areas.

Schools along the river have sent their students home and traffic along the river remains backed up. Water crested over the wall along the river near the Dukes and has flooded gardens of businesses located along the river. Area businesses are sandbagging and sandbagging stations have been set up staffed by government staff, soldiers, and members of the public. One such station is located on the Old Chiang Mai- Lamphun Road.

Water rises nearly up to the level of Nawarat Bridge at noon, on September 28, 2011. The river roads are clogged with heavy traffic.

The river road is heavily backed up from traffic out to Mahidol Road, police directing traffic along the bridge at Mahidol encouraged drivers to avoid the areas.

San Sai and San Kamphaeng are reported to be flooded and the Municipality has set up a tent in front of the Municipal building where flood warnings are being issued and people can go to apply for flood aid.

The Thai Meteorological Department warns of scattered heavy rains for the rest of the week as tropical depression “Haitang” weakens over Laos and moves into Northeastern Thailand. Authorities warn of flash floods along rivers and hillsides and warn residents to beware of landslides.

River levels can be checked here: http://hydro-1.com/index.php?id=61&rivercode=0602

Soldiers join members of the public in filling sandbags to stem the rising water at a sandbagging station on the Old Chiang Mai Lamphun Road.

Water breaches the walls and spills into the road along the river between the Iron Bridge and Nawarat Bridge on the Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road.

City officials monitor the situation and post printed updates on
the river map near Nawarat Bridge.


Anti-corruption campaign from Chamber of Commerce

Chiang Mai Governor Panadda Diskul joins with Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce members, members of the Royal Thai Police, government officials and members of the public in pledging to fight corruption. (Photo courtesy of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce)

By Shana Kongmun

The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce joined Chambers nationwide in staging an anti-corruption rally on Sunday morning, September 25, 2011. Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul joined the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Chamber members at the rally where he spoke on the need for transparency and called for members of the Chamber, business people, government officials and members of the public to help combat corruption and pledge to respect the laws and regulations of society, to act with honesty and integrity, to work to create an ethical society, to work against all forms of corruption and to lead the country to sustainable prosperity.

Thailand’s ranking in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index improved from a previous ranking of 84 to the current 78 but the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce pointed out that it was still ranked equally with countries such as Colombia, Peru, the People’s Republic of China, Serbia, Lesotho, and Greece and noted the need for improvement.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was joined by opposition leader Democrat Abhisit Vejajiva at a rally held at the same time in Lumpini Park in Bangkok. Participants observed a minute of silence to pay their respects to Dusit Nonthanakorn, the former President of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand, who led a group of businesses to announce their intention to fight corruption, who passed away on September 6, 2011.


Peace walk to commemorate Saffron Revolution

Buddhist monks led the candlelit vigil as it proceeded from 3
Kings Monument to Tha Pae Gate.

The Burma Free Library joined together with other Burmese groups to coordinate a Peace Walk on Tuesday, September 28, to call for peace in Burma and to commemorate the Saffron uprising that saw Burmese Buddhist monks take to the streets to protest the regime in 2007. The protests began in August of 2007 and culminated with a bloody crackdown against the movement that saw Buddhist monks at the forefront. While the official death toll is listed as 13 most news sources agree that the number was considerably higher.

Students, activists and monks joined the candlelit vigil that started from 3 Kings Monument and proceeded to Tha Pae Gate led by chanting Buddhist monks. Many protestors wore masks with the faces of the disappeared and dead, while others carried banners and placards calling for peace and freedom in Burma.

The Burma Free Library helped to coordinate the Peace Walk with
local Burmese activists.

People of all nations joined in the Walk calling for peace and freedom in Burma.


Donations for flood victims

The Chiang Mai Municipality is accepting donations of food, goods, clothes and other necessary items at the Municipal Building for distribution to victims of the recent flooding. Canned food, drinking water, over the counter medicine for fever and headache, non-perishable food items and more are welcome. For more information call 053-259148.


UNESCO Creative City application moves forward

On the 23rd of September, H.E. Mrs. Sukumol Kunplome, the Minister of Culture chaired the first meeting of the UNESCO Creative City Application Project Team and stakeholders at the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai. The meeting was attended by Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and members of the Chiang Mai Creative City Committee where the application was discussed.


Elephant released into Elephant Sanctuary

The lastest elephant has been released to live a more natural life at the Elephant Sanctuary near Lampang. The event was sponsored by Robinson Department Store, Arrow and Budget Cars.

The latest elephant news only confirms the need for further sanctuary after a bull elephant working in a camp in Phuket went on a rampage against another elephant in musthe and the legs of a tourist riding the elephant were broken. Another elephant was severely injured when he stepped on a landmine logging in Myanmar.

Celebrities flew in from Bangkok to join Sanctuary volunteers and workers in witnessing the release. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)


A few more quirkies from around Chiang Mai

Martin couldn’t help but slow down to take a photo of this banner offering an interesting new service in Chiang Mai!

Every once in a while we see a sign or a sight that makes us smile, if you see something that makes you smile don’t hesitate to pull out your camera or even camera phone and snap a pic. Send it to [email protected] and be sure to let us know where you saw it.

I must admit, I do love to eat outdoors, so can understand
the gist of this sign for an outdoor restaurant.


Princess Maja makes merit in Chiang Mai

Lays wreath for dogs killed in dog meat trade

One of the English speaking monks of Wat Rampoeng praised Princess Maja and Care for Dogs for their work in helping dogs, adding that the Lord Buddha not only restricted the eating of dog, but also said, “When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.”

By Shana Kongmun

Princess Maja von Hohenzollern of Germany visited Chiang Mai sponsoring a 7 day project for sterilizations of dogs. As part of this visit, she visited Wat Rampoeng where she laid a wreath in memory of the many dogs that have lost their lives to the inhumane dog meat trade and participated in a merit making ceremony with the monks at the temple.

Princess Maja von Hohenzollern visited the Care for Dogs facility earlier in the day as part of a 7 day sponsored program for the sterilization of dogs. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

Princess Maja is both a Buddhist and vegetarian and, as the owner of 11 rescued dogs herself, an avid opponent of cruelty to animals. As she pointed out, the recent dog rescue showed the inhumane way the dogs are treated and the utter cruelty of their torturous deaths.

As the English speaking monk pointed out during his sermon, the Buddha said that we should not kill, that we should not engage in cruelty. He noted that the Lord Buddha said that dog is one of the forbidden animals to eat. “They have a soul and intelligence,” he said, adding that “we must respect their life as we are taught by Buddhism to care for all living creatures.”

Karin Hawelka of Care For Dogs joined Princess Maja, helping to organize the merit making and wreath laying ceremony at Wat Rampoeng.

Care for Dogs founder Karin Hawelka was on hand to add that the arrest of the two men in Nakhon Phanom was just the tip of the iceberg, over 360,000 dogs from Thailand are estimated to be killed in the dog meat trade yearly. An estimated 1,000 dogs are smuggled over the border nightly, starved, mistreated, and killed in an inhumane way.

A rally in support of stronger new legislation ending the dog meat trade as well as a call for enforcement of current laws was held on September 4 in Bangkok. More than 1,000 people showed up for the rally. Concerned citizens can sign the petition calling for stronger legislation here: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/dogmeattrade.


Chiang Mai Municipality announces registration for Yi Peng contests.

Floating Krathong – registration runs until October 10 at the Education Department. The drawing is on October 11 at 10.00 a.m. at the Education Department.

Little Krathong Mahachart Chadok – the registration runs until October 10 at the Education Department. The drawing is on October 11 at 1.30 p.m. at the Education Department.

Floating Banana leave Krathong – the registration runs until October 31 at the Education Department. The drawing is on November 1 at 10.00 a.m. at the Education Department.
Singing – the registration runs until November 2 at the Municipal Building. The drawing is on November 3 at 10.00 a.m. at the Municipal Building, meeting room number 3.

Sapao Krathong – registration runs until November 2 at the Education Department. The drawing is on November 3 at 1.30 p.m. at the Education Department.

Big Krathong – registration runs until November 3 at the Municipal Building. The drawing is on November 4 at 1.30 p.m. at Municipal Building, meeting room number 3.

Little Yi Peng kids – registration is between October 3 – 10 at Wat Sri Don Chai School.
Further information at the Chiang Mai Municipality, 053-259-141 – 3.


Creative SME D-Day at CMU Convention Center

Representatives from the four provinces were joined by Creative Lanna members, and Chamber of Commerce members in opening the Creative Lanna SME D-Day.

Chiang Mai Mail Online Reporters

The Creative SME D-Day was held Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Chiang Mai University Convention Center to focus on the creative industries from the four Northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun and Lampang.

Some of the award winning products are on display in the front hall.

Representatives from all four provinces attended the event which highlighted the Creative Lanna award winners, booths from universities, small businesses and creative technologies.

The Northern Chamber of Commerce and the Faculty of Arts, Media and Technology of Chiang Mai University sponsored the event. In the afternoon Tan Ichitan of Oishi spoke on his company’s success and his ideas on the development of successful business models in the Creative Economy and how to improve products in the Lanna Creative Economy methodology.


Deputy Mayor visits local communities

Deputy Mayor Sunthorn Yamsiri visited local communities around Chiang Mai on Thursday, September 15 to listen to locals’ suggestions, complaints and concerns. Of major concern to most of the residents were the condition of the roads and flooding issues.


Google comes to Chiang Mai

Two Google Street View cars after a day of photographing city streets.
(Photo by Ron Lister).

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Google street view cars have been spotted cruising the streets of Chiang Mai in the past week, photographing the city in a bid by internet giant Google and the Tourism Authority of Thailand to expand coverage of Google Street View to Thailand. This follows their opening their first office in Thailand, based in Bangkok.

It is expected it will take the Google Street View team 2-3 years to complete the task of surveying the country, which, Google’s new country manager Ariya Panomyong said that proportionally, no other country sends as my visitors to Google Street View maps as does Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has invited Thai residents to send in their favorite places to be surveyed by the Google team. Google Street View has caused some controversy over privacy issues. However, faces and license plates are blurred out according to their privacy policy and further blurring or removal will be available upon request.

Additionally, on September 24, Google will be holding a Google DevFest in Chiang Mai at Chiang Mai University. Registration for this free event is required but the all day seminar will allow developers to learn of the latest developments in Maps, Apps, Android, Cloud, Chrome and others. Web, mobile, and enterprise developers encouraged to attend. Registration can be found here: http://code.google.com/events/devfests/2011/seasia.html#chiangmai
 


More flash flood warnings

The National Disaster Warning Centre has issued a warning for flash floods that could possibly be triggered by further torrential rains on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Chiang Mai was included in the list with other Northern and Central provinces like Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Lampang, Lamphun, Uttaradit, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Authorities have issued warnings to residents living along foothills to watch out for landslides as well as flash flood warnings for those living near waterways. Thunder showers are forecast for the rest of the week with some chance of clearing predicted by Saturday.


Quirky pics from around Chiang Mai

Reader Ron snapped this photo here in Chiang Mai and I must say, a good steak adds happiness to my life!

Every once in a while we see a sign or a sight that makes us smile, if you see something that makes you smile don’t hesitate to pull out your camera or even camera phone and snap a pic. Send it to [email protected] and be sure to let us know where you saw it.

Murray saw this sign in a Pattaya condo elevator and couldn’t resist taking a photo.


billion baht worth of drugs seized in Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

The Pha Muang Task Force and local officials seized 1 billion baht worth of yaba, ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) and heroin from a pickup truck that was used by two suspects who escaped from the police on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. The Task Force, acting on a tipoff, set up a road block in Mae Fah Luang in Chiang Rai. The driver of the pickup sped through the checkpoint and soldiers gave chase. They found the abandoned pickup truck with over 2.4 million methamphetamine pills, 95 kilograms of ya Ice and 3.4 kilograms of heroin. The police and army have the name of the owner of the vehicle and hope to track down the traffickers from the registration.

In Chiang Mai’s Chiang Dao District a man was shot dead by police after he resisted arrest at the Forestry Research Center. Police found 200,000 yaba pills on the body of the Muser hilltribe man. Two other suspects that were with the man at the time of the shooting escaped.

In Lamphun, a Lisu man was arrested by police in a sting operation in Ban Thi District. The Provincial Police Region 5 reported that he had 200,000 yaba pills on him at the time.

Researchers from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board have found that Ya Ice or crystal methamphetamine has grown in popularity with young people who believe it is safer to use than yaba or methamphetamine.

Naramon Chuangrungsi, Director of the Board’s Narcotics Control Strategy Bureau noted that 90% of the ya ice found in Thailandcomes across the Myanmar border through Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son.


U.K. Embassy looking for retired British nationals to complete survey

Retired British Nationals in Thailand: the British Embassy wants to hear your views.

The British Embassy Bangkok has recently launched a survey to learn more about the issues affecting retired British nationals living in Thailand. The anonymous survey can be completed online at ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk or paper copies are available from the British Embassy Bangkok, or the British Consulate in Chiang Mai. The survey runs from 9 September to 2 October 2011.

The results from the survey will be used by the Embassy to better understand the needs of retired British nationals in Thailand, to identify ways to improve consular services, to help people prepare for moving to Thailand, and to try and improve awareness of services provided by local organisations throughout Thailand.

The Embassy expects to publish a summary of the analysis of the survey’s results on the Embassy website in late October.

More information about the services provided by the British Embassy in Bangkok can be found at ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk  and information about retiring in Thailand can be found at http://ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-British-nationals/living-in-thailand/what-happens-when-you-retire

Approximately 50,000 British people are resident in Thailand or spend much of the year here.  Many of these people have retired to Thailand. Of the 347 deaths reported to the Embassy in the last year, over 75% were residents, and after natural causes, the most frequent cause of death in Thailand was road traffic accidents. Other causes of death included drowning, falls from balconies and suicide.

Residents make up a large proportion of the serious hospitalisation cases, many without adequate medical insurance. In 2010, a total of 217 hospitalisation cases were reported to the British Embassy.

This survey is part of an Embassy project aimed at helping them to better understand the issues affecting retired British nationals living in Thailand which will help to improve service and to signpost British nationals to help available locally.

www. ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk  or 02 305 8333 for the Embassy. The U.K. Honorary Consulate is located at 198 Bumrungraj Road. 053-263-015.


Flash floods kill one in Uttaradit

Ten reported missing

One villager was reported dead, at least ten were injured, and ten others are missing after their village was hit by early morning forest-runoff and a landslide in this northern Thai province.

The Uttaradit provincial disaster service office urgently mobilised rescue teams and military to reach Nam Pai sub-district in Nam Pad district after being alerted that the forest-runoff and landslide cut off some 300 households from the outside world at around 2am.

Initial reports said one person died in the incident but the victim has not yet been identified. Dozens are injured while ten others are still missing.

Surachai Thatchakawin of the disaster response office said the forest-runoff hit the three villages quickly while the villagers were sleeping. No early warning had been issued. One-storey houses were immediately swept away by torrential water and three roads leading to the villages were heavily damaged.

He said that more than 300 households were left without electricity. The village headman has contacted authorities via cellphone, the only available communication channel.

Urgent rescue operations are under way with portable steel bridge units being brought in to reach the stranded villagers, the official said.

The Department of Meteorological on Friday warned of abundant rain over upper Thailand and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in the Northeast and the East due to the moderate monsoon Sept 9 to12.

Residents of at-risk areas along foothills across the country should beware of flash floods, including Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Roi Et, Yasothon, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Chanthaburi and Trat. People in lowlands and riversides in the Central and Eastern regions are urged to be alert to the possibility of flooding during the period. (MCOT)


Flood survey

President of the Provincial Administration Boonlert Buranupakorn joined Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, Deputy Mayor Chatree Chuamanocharn and city officials on September 6, 2011 to survey the Ping River and check areas at higher risk of flooding. The city has implemented pumping stations around the city as well as cleared canals and the river to facilitate the faster flow of water through the river in a bid to reduce flooding during the rainy season.


5,000 baht compensation for flood victims

The Cabinet has agreed to compensate flood victims at the rate of 5,000 THB per family while ordering related ministers and MPs to pay a visit to affected areas as part of the rehabilitation effort.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced that the Cabinet had approved the measure to assist people who had been affected by floods for longer than seven days through a compensation of 5,000 THB per household. She assured that concerned ministers were coordinating with provincial governors on distributing the money as soon as possible.

As for the assistance for agriculturalists, the premier said damages on their farmland would be assessed within 90 days after the water receded. In certain areas where damages are evident, the inspection process could be shortened to no more than 60 days or even be completed by the end of this month.

Asked how she would prevent corruption practices in the flood relief effort, Ms Yingluck replied that related ministries and agencies as well as provincial administrations would join hands in investigating the issue. Besides local MPs, she said several ministers, especially the Ministers of Agriculture and Cooperatives and Natural Resources and Environment, had also been assigned to visit flood-affected residents and contribute to the rehabilitation effort. (NNT)


Anti-drugs seminar held in Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Municipality held a seminar on drug prevention for at-risk members of the community, including youths, hill tribe members and drug users in Nong Hoy on Sunday, September 4th, 2011. Drug use among disadvantaged and the youth remains a continuing problem and the program was instituted to help members of the community considered to be at risk and their families learn more about the dangers of drug use and drug prevention in their communities.


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease concerns in Chiang Mai

Schoolchildren at the Child Learning Development Center in Nong Hoi get instruction in thorough hand washing from Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and city officials on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

After a recent announcement by Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, Deputy Director-General of the Disease Control Department revealed that there have been more than 7000 cases and 2 deaths due to hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) in 2011, the Chiang Mai Municipality instituted checks and education on avoiding HFMD at Municipal schools and learning centers.

The strain of HFMD that is currently in Thailand is the enterovirus 71 (EV71) which has more severe symptoms than the coxsackie virus that usually occurs. Nationwide a total of 8405 cases and 2 deaths were reported between 1 Jan 2011 and 22 Aug 2011 with about 13 people per 100,000 becoming infected. Chaiyahum and Nakhon Ratchasima each reported a death while Chiang Rai was the second highest rate in the country with 31.3 reported cases per 100,000 people.

HFMD is a viral disease that usually causes fever, sores in the mouth and a rash with blisters, It is moderately contagious and usually affects children under 10 but any age can become infected. Good hygiene, especially washing hands often and cleaning surfaces, is the best way to avoid this virus.


Chiang Mai Creative City signs agreement with TCDC

The Thailand Creative and Design Center is a business that networks the design community in Thailand, working to better improve design, and open pathways of business opportunities to designers and the design community. As part of the Chiang Mai Creative City movement, the CMCC committee signed a cooperation agreement with TCDC at the Kantary Hills Hotel on Friday, August 30, 2011. Ekkachai Maha-aek of TCDC joined with Dr. Nat Vorayos of CMCC and other members onstage after the signing.


Under the spotlight

Lee of Akha Ama Coffee

By Shana Kongmun

Tucked away in a little corner of the Santhitham area is a little coffee shop called Akha Ama Coffee, and while you may not cast a second look in its direction you would be wise to not only look, but stop, go in, have a cup of delicious coffee and a chat with the very personable owner; a young man named Lee Ayu Chuepa.

Lee is very knowledgeable about coffee and is more than happy to explain to you the differences in coffees and the terms coffee aficionados use when drinking coffee. Photo by Martin Vanderklooster.

Akha Ama Coffee is a rare find in Chiang Mai, one of the winners of the World Cup Testers competition, two years running. In fact, last year, the first year Lee submitted the village’s coffee, they were one of 21 to win out of over 2000 submissions. But it almost didn’t happen. The competition requires a 350 Euro submission fee, which of course, a tiny little Akha mountain village is unlikely to be able to raise, much less send off to Europe. Lee negotiated with the committee and grasping the idea that if they wanted everyone represented, including the small growers, they would need to consider how to help. Committee members found friends who pitched in and paid the fee for the villagers.

The gamble paid off for both the donors and the villagers as Akha Ama coffee gained international renown. Robust with a good balance of bitter and sour, the coffee is also very good as espresso as well as just a regular cup of coffee. The prices are extremely reasonable considering the effort these mountaintop villagers take to grow and harvest the coffee.

Akha Ama Coffee proprietor and all around go to man is a young man named Lee, who hails from a small Akha village in the Mae Suai District in Chiang Rai and who started his coffee journey in a rather unusual way; first going to a temple school, then as the first person in his village to go to university and finally doing social work for hilltribe children with a charity called Child’s Dream Association which focuses on education for underprivileged children.

But it was a return trip to his home village that made him start wondering what he could do a bit closer to home. With only 32 households in his tiny village, he knew that whatever he did could have an impact, so he looked around to see what the options were. Villagers were already growing coffee trees obtained from the Highland Research and Development Institute and he realized that the high quality beans they were producing could help the villagers out. The problem however, was that they had no processing abilities and were forced to sell their beans at a low price to middlemen. So, Lee, as the only English speaking person in his village as well, started studying various processing methods from around the region and around the world.

He returned to his village and helped set up a small processing plant so that the villagers could produce their own parchment coffee, which is wet processed coffee and then dried with the dry parchment skin still attached.

After being turned down by the SME Bank and commercial banks for a loan because he couldn’t guarantee repayment he turned to private donations to help obtain the equipment the village needed to start processing their coffee beans. However, within 6 months, they were making enough to cover their expenses so he has high hopes that as they sell more coffee, the villagers will be able to add more equipment.

Drop in for a visit with this informative, personable and knowledgeable young man and you will find out about coffee, Akha village life, and may end up spending the afternoon chatting, like I did!

Akha Ama coffee is available at Rimping Supermarket, Kasem Store and many smaller coffee shops around Chiang Mai. Lee is also offering ‘coffee journeys’ to interested parties; a visit to his village to meet the farmers and see the coffee as it starts out from fruit on the tree, to processed and finally the finished product. Interested people can contact Lee at [email protected] or www.akhaama.com.


QUIRKY PICS

Our reader Rhodie sent in this rather cryptic message seen south of Hua Hin. Many think this sign would be very apt around Chiang Mai as well, when the burning season kicks in!

Regular Ron sends in this one, using one of my favorite words; stuff!

It is common to come across funny signs around Thailand and Chiang Mai is no exception. One reader reported seeing a One Way Do Not Enter sign and underneath it a shop had put an arrow to enter to come to their store! Our readers are sending in their funny photos, engrish and more so if you see something that tickles your funny bone, whip out the camera phone and send it in! [email protected]
 


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chiang Mai floods

Anti-corruption campaign from Chamber of Commerce

Peace walk to commemorate Saffron Revolution

Donations for flood victims

UNESCO Creative City application moves forward

Elephant released into Elephant Sanctuary

A few more quirkies from around Chiang Mai

Princess Maja makes merit in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Municipality announces registration for Yi Peng contests.

Creative SME D-Day at CMU Convention Center

Deputy Mayor visits local communities

Google comes to Chiang Mai

More flash flood warnings

Quirky pics from around Chiang Mai

billion baht worth of drugs seized in Chiang Rai

U.K. Embassy looking for retired British nationals to complete survey

Flash floods kill one in Uttaradit

Flood survey

5,000 baht compensation for flood victims

Anti-drugs seminar held in Chiang Mai

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease concerns in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Creative City signs agreement with TCDC

Under the spotlight

QUIRKY PICS
 

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