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Vol. X No.16 - October 1 - October 31, 2011


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Sala Daeng residents receive permission to stay

The Chiang Mai Municipality granted permission to stay on publicly owned land to 57 residents of the Sala Daeng community off of Mahidol Road on 26 October, 2011. Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn was joined by Municipality at the ceremony that saw residents receive their grants to remain.


Cabinet approves holiday for 21 provinces

The Cabinet today declared Thursday through Monday Oct 27-31 as extra holidays in 21 provinces including Bangkok to allow residents in areas, affected by floods to handle the flood situation during the weekend high tide period as flood water from northern run-off is now flowing into northern Bangkok.

The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Don Mueang Airport where the Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC) is situated.

The extra holidays are aimed at allowing residents in Bangkok and other 20 provinces to respond to the flood emergency during the high tide period, which could worsen flood problems in the capital.

Latest reports indicate that floodwaters now extend from Rangsit, north of Bangkok, along Phaholyothin Road to Don Mueang Royal Thai Air Force Base and Yingcharoen Market.

The water level has reached 30cm and is overflowing on sidewalks. The left traffic lane is impassable for small vehicles. Traffic became congested Tuesday morning, the first workday of the week after Monday’s public holiday.

In the northwestern Bangkok district of Bangphlat, Charansanitwong Road from Bangphlat intersection to the Rama VII Bridge is rising after the flood barrier in Soi Charansanitwong 80 at the Chao Phraya River was breached on Monday and floodwater from adjacent Nonthaburi’s Bang Kruai district overflowed to Charansanitwong Road.

The highest water level was 1.50 metres at the junction of Soi Charansanitwong 84 with the main road, so that small vehicles cannot pass. Local residents were to be evacuated by military trucks. (MCOT online news)


Quirky pics from here and around Thailand

A night out at a Chiang Mai had one of our Thai readers wondering why they translated this page as woman to woman and what these foods had to do with women!

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.

A welcoming restaurant for both carnivores and vegetarians on Tha Pae.


Royal Flora Ratchaphruek postponed

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul joined with organizers of the upcoming International Exposition; Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 at the Furama Hotel on October 25, 2011 to announce the postponement of the horticultural event due to the widespread flooding in Thailand. The event, which features the gardens of 13 different nations in honor of HM the King’s 84th birthday, will now be held from December 15 20111 to March 14, 2012. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)


Japanese officials visit Chiang Mai

Chiba City Council members and administrators paid a visit to Chiang Mai last week on Friday, October 21, 2011 to engage in meetings discussing economic exchanges and tourism development between the two cities. Additionally, the officials came to discuss plans on long term Japanese residents, mainly retirees, that have moved to Chiang Mai. The meeting included Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and city officials from various departments.


New bus station opens

The new Chiang Mai bus station had its grand opening on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)

The grand opening for Chiang Mai’s new bus station was held on October 25, 2011. The new passenger terminal building is across from the old Arcade Station and is a two story building air conditioned throughout. The construction was initiated with a budget from the Ministry of Transportation and will be managed under the aegis of the Chiang Mai Municipality as part of a governmental policy set in place several years ago to decentralize many public services and place them under the control of local governments.

The new bus station is very modern and government officials added that it was open in time to prepare for the upcoming visitors to the Royal Flora Exhibition that will open December 14, 2011 and will run through March 14, 2012.

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn attended the opening of the new bus depot with President of the Provincial Administrative Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn.


Cold weather hits the North

The Meteorological Department of Thailand has predicted cool temperatures seeing drops of 1-2 degrees Celsius and morning fog on the mountaintops. Residents of the mountains are warned to stock up on warm clothing as the North enters the cold season, lows are expected to reach 10-16 degrees Celsius this week and 19 degrees in the lower elevations.

A moderate high pressure system out of China is expected to bring the cool temperatures and foggy mornings, it may also bring light showers.

The cool season is a popular time of year for Thai tourists as they flock to the North to enjoy the cool temperatures rare in the rest of the country.


Don Mueang Airport halts all flight services Tuesday

Don Mueang Airport, Thailand’s main domestic airport which also houses  the government's flood crisis centre, suspended all flight operations Tuesday, October 25, 2011 for the safety of passengers, according to Group Captain Kanputt Mungklasiri, director of Don Mueang Airport.

The airport director denied reports that the runway has been flooded, saying the flight suspension is a precautionary and preventative measure done for safety reasons. Normally, 160 daily flights operate from the former main international airport by Nok Air and Orient Thai Airlines.

Thailand’s budget carrier Nok Air announced suspension of all flight services as water has flowed into the northern tier of the airport and has now nearly reached the areas where the airport’s electronic control system is housed.

Nok Air halted flight operations since noon on Tuesday with flights diverted to Suvarnabhumi Airport, according to Patee Sarasin, Nok Air chief executive officer.

Mr Patee said the airline expected to resume operating flights on Nov 1, explaining that the company was uncertain whether Suvarnabhumi Airport will be flooded. The airline has opted to wait and see what the situation will be at both Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports.

Owing to the suspension, Mr Patee said, Nok Air passengers could reschedule their tickets.

Orient Thai Airlines began diverting all domestic flights from Don Mueang Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport at 3pm on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, national flag carrier Thai Airways (THAI) is still operating normally at Suvarnabhumi airport but is closely monitoring the flood situation, according to Samat Poom-on, director of THAI’s Crisis Management & Operations Centre (CMOC).

Initially, the company has prepared six optional airports and two emergency airports for further consideration if the situation worsens.

Previously, the airline moved some additional equipment for on-ground services to U-Tapao Airport in the eastern province of Chon Buri. (MCOT online news)


Chulalongkorn Day falls on Sunday, October 23

October 23 commemorates the day King Chulalongkorn the Great passed away. A great reformer for Thailand his works extended to the education system, military affairs, the Slave Liberation Act, the State Railways, and national communications.

Also known as Phra Chula Chomklao Chaoyuhua, and the eldest son of King Rama IV, King Chulalongkorn was born in Bangkok on September 20, 1853 and was crowned King of Siam on October 1, 1868, following the death of his father. The first few years of his reign were under a regency. King Chulalongkorn is perhaps the most revered of all the Chakri Kings. During his long reign of 42 years 23 days great advances were achieved for the country.

The King actively pursued a policy of modernizing the country and had a number of Europeans in his service to oversee such projects as the building of the first railway in Thailand. He himself made two visits to Europe, one in 1897 and another in 1907, during which he became acquainted with most of the rulers of Europe. He successfully managed to cultivate the idea of Siam as a buffer state between the colonial possessions of the European powers in South East Asia. The price he paid for losing certain border territories was amply rewarded, for Siam was never colonized - the only country in the region to maintain its sovereignty throughout the period of colonial expansionism. He died on October 23, 1910.

A national holiday in Thailand, Monday is the replacement day and schools and government offices will be closed to commemorate this revered King.


Bua Tong blooms in Mae Hong Son

Fields of Bua Tong or Giant Wild Mexican Sunflowers fill fields with gold and orange during the cool season in Mae Hong Son.

Doi Mae U-Kho will turn golden in the coming month as the Bua Tong, the Giant Wild Mexican Sunflower as it is more commonly known and Tithonia Diversifolia as it’s known to gardeners, blooms.

The cool temperatures draw tourists from around Thailand and the gorgeous fields covered in gold make for fantastic scenery with the mountains as a backdrop. Camping is allowed but its best to reserve your spot, or come during the weekday, as it is a hugely popular destination with Thai tourists.

The Bua Tong Festival will open on November 16 at Doi Mae U-Kho with the Miss Bua Tong contest on November 19. The festival will feature flowers, food, music and games.

Although the Bua Tong is native to Mexico and Central America, it has been widely introduced across the globe and Mae Hong Son has named it the official flower of the province. Viewing is expected to start November 1 until mid December. When the flowers fade, the seeds are collected and made into insecticide.


Chiang Mai residents send flood aid to Central Thailand

Chiang Mai residents and officials gathered together to take donated goods including food, water, clothing and more to flooded people in Central Thailand including Nakhon Sawan and Ayutthaya on Monday, October 17. Chiang Mai’s Member of Parliament Tassanee Buranupakorn and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn joined government officials, and local residents in seeing off the caravan that consisted of private cars and trucks loaded with goods. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality).


Temperatures drop on Doi Inthanon

Cool season temperatures are already arriving on Doi Inthanon where villagers are already finding the cold weather hard to manage with the high price of charcoal due to flooding. The villagers have said they must pay 20 baht more per sack than usual and generally have to travel to the city to find it. Elderly villagers suffer from respiratory illnesses during the cold season and donations of warm sweaters, jackets and blankets are needed. Temperatures are forecast to hover around 12 degrees at night.


Royal flora fair rescheduled to December

The organizing committee of the International Horticultural Exposition Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 has decided to postpone the fair by another month due to the ongoing flood crisis.

The event, previously due to begin on November 9, has been rescheduled to December 16.

According to Agriculture Department Director-General Jirakorn Kosaisewee, the fair had to be delayed as the flood situation remains worrying. Several transport routes have been heavily damaged by floods, spoiling the public mood for traveling.

The rescheduled flora fair will take place between December 16, 2011 and March 14, 2012. Thirty-one countries have agreed to participate in the event. (NNT)


Their Majesties donate to Chiang Mai flood victims

Chiang Mai sends aid

The Japanese government airlifted tents, water purifiers and other supplies for flood victims to Thailand (Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Japan).

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Their Majesties the King and Queen have very graciouslydonated 100,000 Baht in personal funds to victims of the flooding in Chiang Mai on Friday, October 14, 2011. Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul received the funds and the head of the Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Khomsan Suwanampa will distribute them to needy local residents who have had their homes and livelihoods destroyed in the flooding.

Japan has airlifted aid to flood victims in Thailand including tents and water purifiers through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica). The donations are valued at around 12 million Baht. The People’s Republic of China is also airlifting flood aid to Thailand including 120 boats, 60 water purification units and water tanks along with 30 million Baht.

Although the government has not appealed for international aid, they are accepting donations. Donation centers have been set up at Central Aiport Plaza, Nim City Daily, the Chiang Mai Municipality and there are donation boxes around the city.

The Chiang Mai Municipality has organized a caravan of goods to deliver to people devastated by flooding in Central Thailand that is due to leave on Monday, October 16. The caravan will carry 3,000 sets of supply bags, three mobile toilets, ten boats and other equipment to help those ravaged by the flooding in Ayutthaya.

Flood damage on the Central Plains alone has reached 190 billion Baht with millions of households affected by the floods.

The Chiang Mai Municipality is working to fend off any future flooding and is currently installing a flood wall barrier that includes a 1.5 m wall and sandbags. Officials have urged residents to not take sandbags from along the river wall.


Tak Bat Devo at 3 Kings Monument

The end of the Buddhist rains retreat, or Buddhist Lent is marked by Tak Bat Devo, which falls on the day after Auk Phansa, and sees monks emerging from their temples to receive offerings from laypeople. Chiang Mai celebrated Tak Bat Devo on Thursday, October 13 at the 3 Kings Monument where city officials and local people turned out to make merit by offering monks food and alms. Tak Bat Devo is based on the word “Devorohana” which means “the Buddha coming down from the heavenly world” and celebrates the return of the Lord Buddha to earth after he had gone to the heavenly world to preach to his mother for the 3 month rains retreat. On the last day, the first day of the waning moon of the 11th month, he returned and thousands of people presented him and his followers with offerings of food. And so, Tak Bat Devo recreates that moment with lay people offering monks who have emerged from the 3 months rains retreat with offerings of food. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)


Municipal officials inspect damaged areas

Chiang Mai Municipal officials joined Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn in visiting local residents affected by the flooding and to assess their needs. Additionally they inspected flood barriers being erected to aid in the prevention of future flooding. A 1.5 meter wall as well as many more sandbags are being put into place along the Ping River. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)


Further flood prevention measures to be introduced

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul chaired a meeting where flood prevention measures were discussed on October 7, 2011.

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul chaired a meeting with Chiang Mai Member of Parliament Tassannee Buranupakorn, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and various agencies including the Forestry Department and discussed ways to alleviate potential flooding in the future on October 7, 2011.

The construction of a 14.88 km long flood protection wall along the Ping River was put forward as well as other options such as a water diversion tunnel along with measures that can be put into place including forest rehabilitation, measures to reduce the amount of water flowing into the Ping River, methods to accelerate drainage and dealing with encroachment into areas on the Ping River.

In addition, further sandbags have been added to replace the ones lost in the flooding, and to rebuild the walls that were damaged or destroyed during the floods.


Briton arrested on bank robbery charges

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Chiang Mai police used CCTV footage to track down and arrest 64 year old British citizen Michael Ludwig Wynn. Reportedly a former policeman in the United Kingdom, Mr. Wynn is alleged to have entered a Siam Commercial Bank on Ratwithi Road on October 5, 2011 dressed in black and wearing a black tinted full face helmet and and escaped with over half a million Baht in cash.

The police allege that the suspect, after holding the bank up at gun and knife point fled on a Honda Click. CCTV footage allowed the police to trace the suspect and arrest him at his accommodation in Chang Phuak. Witnesses had reported seeing the suspect drive by several times before entering the bank to allegedly hold it up. Police were able to trace the rented motorbike to the owner who gave them the name of the suspect. Police entered the suspect’s quarters with a search warrant where they found over 400,000 Baht in cash still wrapped in Bank of Thailand paper.

The police say the suspect has been living in Thailand for two years and had overstayed his visa. They report he suffers from prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment at the hospital.


Walking Street Donations for flood victims

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul greets a visitor the Sunday Walking Street Market on October 7, 2011.

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn visited the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market on October 9, 2011 where donation boxes have been distributed to gather funds for flood victims. Tourists and residents alike have so far donated 112,439.75 Baht to aid victims of the flooding from Walking Street donation boxes that have been set up from Tha Pae Gate to the 3 Kings Monument.

Additionally, Chiang Mai Member of Parliament Tassanee Buranupakorn presented over 170,000 Baht to Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul collected from donations boxes set up by the Municipality around the city.

Chiang Mai MP Tassanee Buranupakorn presents the Governor with a check for 170,530.75 Baht that has been recently collected from donation boxes set up around the city.


Mekong River hijack leaves 12 Chinese nationals confirmed dead

China suspends shipping on the Mekong

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

The hijacking of two Chinese cargo ships on the Mekong River last week left 13 Chinese nationals dead including the woman cook and a teenager. One body was recovered on one of the boats while another 11 were found in the river, another body found yesterday is suspected to be the missing crew member. Thai police recovered nearly 930,000 Yabaa tablets on the ships as well.

Thai authorities believe that Myanmar drug lord Nor Kham is behind the attacks, police believe that the gang hijacked the boats and attempted to force the crew to carry drugs when a shootout may have broken out. With no surviving crewmembers and no witnesses, police are attempting to reconstruct the crime.

Thai military regularly hear gunfire along the Northern borders of the river and on the day the ships were discovered, and when they went to investigate discovered the two ships with one body on board.

The Chinese government has suspended cargo and passenger traffic along the river and Chinese Consul General in Chiang Mai Zhu Wei Min told the Chiang Mai Mail that the Chinese government hopes the Thai government can conclude the investigation quickly.


Quirky pics from here and around Thailand

Stefan did just that in Kanchanaburi, where he saw this intriguing sign that had changed within a day as the owner made changes to the sign after the spelling errors were pointed out.

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.

Ron questions who would be a security guard at this building? Sounds ominous!


Flood costs could reach 4 billion Baht

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul and Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn survey flood damaged areas and asses possible solutions for flood control. (Photo courtesy of the Chiang Mai Municipality)

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn said, after a meeting with the Governor on flood damage that the costs in both damage and lost income could reach as high as 4 billion Baht. He expressed concern that flood could also impact the upcoming tourist season could push those figures higher.

The death toll from the heavy rains that began with the storm Nock Ten in August of 2011 have reached 252 nationwide with 3 people listed as missing. More than half a million people are suffering from flood related diseases and the numbers increase by 20,000 daily. Floods still affect many provinces and more than 2.5 million people are affected.

Chiang Mai has returned to normal, with the Night Bazaar back in business and most businesses cleaning up and re-opening. More than 10,000 homes were affected across Chiang Mai Province by the floods. The government plans to help villagers whose homes were damaged in landslides and floods.

In addition to the pumping stations already in place, the Municipality proposes to add more pumps on the East side of the river. Other additional measures are being considered and are under discussion with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment.
 


Bank heist nets robber 700,000 Baht haul

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

A lone knife and gun wielding robber held up the Siam Commercial Bank on Ratwithi Road on Wednesday, October 5, making off with 700,000 Baht in cash.

Wearing a black crash helmet and black clothing, the man entered the bank and forced the 4 staff members in the bank at the time to hand over cash at gun and knife point before fleeing on a motorcycle parked outside. The bank’s security guards were away at lunch at the time of the robbery.

The police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who robbed the bank.


Drug trafficker killed after gun battle on the river in Chiang Rai

900,000 Yabaa pills seized

A drug trafficking suspect was killed on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in a gunfight between uniformed government forces led by Marine Police and drug trafficking suspects on the Mekong River in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, with the authorities confiscating 900,000 methamphetamine pills found on two Chinese-owned river boats, according to authorities.

The body of an unidentified man, believed to be part of the syndicate, was found on a river cargo carrier after the shooting between government forces and an estimated 10 men on two Chinese-owned cargo ships in Chiang Saen district.

The Thai government personnel were on river patrol when they saw the two Chinese cargo boats heading to Chiang Saen port from the Golden Triangle. Marine Police signalled the two vessels to stop to be searched, but the boats did not stop, and an estimated 10 men on board the vessels opened fire on the authorities.

After the 10-minute gunfight, one man was found dead and the government personnel confiscated 900,000 methamphetamine pills in five sacks. However, the men on board the two vessels, presumed to be related to the drug syndicate, fled the scene.

The combined forces included Thai Navy sailors, Chiang Rai provincial security personnel, Chiang Saen-based Marine Police and Army Rangers. (MCOT online news)


U.S. government supports anti-trafficking NGO in Northern Thailand with grant for $260,000

As part of global efforts to combat human trafficking, the U.S. Government is committed to working with the Royal Thai Government and the people of Thailand to prevent trafficking activity in Thailand, to prosecute perpetrators, and to assist victims. Toward that end, on October 5, Acting U.S. Consul General Todd M. Bate-Poxon presented a grant of USD 260,000 to TRAFCORD, a non-governmental coordination unit for anti-human trafficking operations in northern Thailand.

This grant from the U.S. Department of State will allow TRAFCORD to continue to coordinate governmental and non-governmental activities to combat human trafficking in the nine provinces of the upper northern region of Thailand and their associated Burmese and Lao border regions. The project will raise community awareness of human trafficking, provide direct assistance to trafficking victims, and support police and prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of this crime.

Acting Consul General Bate-Poxon said, “The U.S. Mission in Thailand has a long history of cooperation with TRAFCORD. We admire the work they do on behalf of the victims and salute the Thai law enforcement agencies and centers for protection and recovery with which they cooperate. This grant reflects the continued importance that the United States places on stopping trafficking and our confidence in TRAFCORD’s operation.”


Clean up begins as Chiang Mai floods recede

Flood cost estimates from 1 billion Baht

Clean up began around the city on September 30 as the flood waters receded.

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

After some of the worst flooding to hit the city in decades recedes, the city begins cleaning up. The Night Bazaar area and Nong Hoi were both hit hard by flood waters and areas along the river were heavily inundated with flood waters.

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn apologized to Chiang Mai residents for the failure to keep the Ping River from flooding parts of Chiang Mai. Sandbags failed to hold back the flood waters, which reached higher than the 2005 floods. He said the city has initially estimated damages and lost revenue of at least one billion baht although Bangkok Bank experts put the costs much higher, at 3 billion baht.

The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce Secretary General Wittaya Krongsap estimates that flooding has cost local businesses more than 600 million Baht a day, with three days of flooding reaching 1.8 million Baht.

Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment flew in from Bangkok to assess the flood situation; here he visits flood stricken areas with Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of the Provincial Administration Organization (right) and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn (left).

As flood waters receded, businesses quickly turned towards cleaning up with many stalls re-opening on the Night Bazaar as soon as the waters had receded. Clean up around the city remains in force.

More than 20,000 people have been affected by flooding in Chiang Mai as areas in the province were also hit hard by the floods.

Further rains may be headed Chiang Mai’s way this evening as the remnants of Typhoon Nesat hit northern Thailand. The Thai Meteorological Department warns of possible flash floods and landslides especially for Chiang Rai, Nan, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom as the storm degrades into a low pressure cell slowly moving west-northwest.

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul took to the streets to inspect flood damage from the very first day, here he is seen wading through flood waters on September 28, 2011.

A bit of flood water didn’t slow these vendors down on September 29, 2011. (Photo by Nicky Scott)

Volunteers get aid packages ready for delivery to flood stricken residents.

Residents pitched together to help
fill sandbags as the river continued to rise.

The municipality began delivering food and water to flood victims within hours after the city was inundated.

Giving a helping hand quickly spread, as those more fortunate helped those in need. This man was given a lift through the flood waters in Nong Hoi (Photo courtesy of Miguel’s Restaurant in Nong Hoi).

Little boys seemed to like the day off school. (Photo by Ron Lister)

It’s difficult to keep the Thai smile down, even in times of disaster
(Photo by Nicky Scott).


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Sala Daeng residents receive permission to stay

Cabinet approves holiday for 21 provinces

Quirky pics from here and around Thailand

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek postponed

Japanese officials visit Chiang Mai

New bus station opens

Cold weather hits the North

Don Mueang Airport halts all flight services Tuesday

Chulalongkorn Day falls on Sunday, October 23

Bua Tong blooms in Mae Hong Son

Chiang Mai residents send flood aid to Central Thailand

Temperatures drop on Doi Inthanon

Royal flora fair rescheduled to December

Their Majesties donate to Chiang Mai flood victims

Tak Bat Devo at 3 Kings Monument

Municipal officials inspect damaged areas

Further flood prevention measures to be introduced

Briton arrested on bank robbery charges

Walking Street Donations for flood victims

Mekong River hijack leaves 12 Chinese nationals confirmed dead

Quirky pics from here and around Thailand

Flood costs could reach 4 billion Baht

Bank heist nets robber 700,000 Baht haul

Drug trafficker killed after gun battle on the river in Chiang Rai

U.S. government supports anti-trafficking NGO in Northern Thailand with grant for $260,000

Clean up begins as Chiang Mai floods recede
 

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