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Vol. X No.18 - December 1 - December 31, 2011


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Chiang Mai Deputy Governor promoted to Governor of Mae Hong Son

New Mae Hong Son Governor Naruemol Plawat spoke to the gathered officials at the Thank You party held at City Hall on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, expressing her gratitude for all their support.

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Governor of Chiang Mai ML Panadda Diskul bid a grateful farewell to his former Deputy Governor Naruemol Plawat at a Thank You Staff party held at the City Hall on Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Ms. Naruemol has been promoted to Governor of Mae Hong Son province making her just one of two female Governors in Thailand’s 76 provinces currently. She expressed her gratitude to the people of Chiang Mai for offering such a beautiful and welcoming home to her over the past years and added that she is looking forward to remaining in the North with her new position in Mae Hong Son. Governor Naruemol has been very active in Chiang Mai, taking part in many events and activities ranging from the Peace Walk, the Chiang Mai Fest, the ASEAN University Games and many more.


New park offers residents a healthy place to exercise

The new Health Park opened by Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn on December 28, 2011 is the newest effort by the Municipality in bringing green spaces back to Chiang Mai. The park is located on the Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road near the Electric Office and the Foreign Cemetery. The new Health Park is set up for local residents to enjoy the outdoors and to exercise in a clean, safe place. The Municipality has requested no dogs allowed to keep the park clean. The park will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.


Countdown to New Year

The Chiang Mai Municipality announced the countdown to New Year 2012, the Chiang Mai Happy Festival will be held December 30 and 31 at Tha Pae Gate featuring concerts from popular Thai singers and performers will be on stage. A fireworks display will go off at midnight in the alcohol free zone in a municipality bid to reduce drunk driving accidents over the New Year. President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn is joined by head of the TAT Chalermsak Suranant (far right) and Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn (2nd right) in announcing the New Year festivities.


Free train rides for the New Year

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

The State Railway of Thailand will be offering 26 free trains over the New Year holiday to make it easier for people to return home for the New Year. 20 of the trains will be non-air-conditioned while 6 of the trains will have airconditioning. In addition to free trains between Chiang Mai and Bangkok from December 30 to January 3, other destinations offering the free service include Surat Thani in the South and Ubon Ratchathani in the North East. The SRT Governor, Yutthana Thapcharoen, added that the SRT will increase security during the holiday period.


Prime Minister’s mobile cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai next month

President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn seen here in a recent photo.

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

The President of the Provincial Administration Organization, Boonlert Buranupakorn plans to present traffic alleviation plans to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at the mobile Cabinet meeting scheduled for Chiang Mai in January.

Projects to be proposed include plans to link the 3 ring roads more comprehensively to increase traffic flow, introducing a mass transit system in the city in addition to flood alleviation projects. President Boonlert added that the growing outer communities in Chiang Mai have contributed to the traffic jams seen inside the city and he hopes that projects can be approved that will reduce the congestion.


Police warn about pickpockets over the New Year

Police have received reports from people who have had their bags cut open and valuables stolen recently, with reports coming from several areas around the city. Muang Chiang Mai police station chief Pol Col Phitsanu Oonhaseri asked visitors to beware their valuables as the victims had not even noticed the bags being cut open. He added that extremely crowded venues, such as the Walking Street Market, would attract thieves. Police recently arrested a Hong Kong nativefound with 3,600 Baht in cash, mobile phones and belongings reported as missing.

A Pakistani man and woman were arrested on charges of theft after they entered a currency exchange shop and proceeded to defraud the owners of cash with bait and switch techniques. Police were able to track their rental car from CCTV footage from the store. 76,000 Baht in cash was found in the rental car.


QUIRKY PICS

A t-shirt seen in a Pai boutique

Life in Chiang Mai and Thailand is often peppered with amusing signs written in funny “Engrish”. Most enjoy seeing signs and trying to figure out what was meant, and it is always taken with good humor by both the reader and the writer. If you find yourself out and about and see one of these signs, feel free to send it in, even a camera phone snap will work, [email protected]

Ron sends this one from near Wat Lok Malee, best to keep it in the family!


Flu vaccines around the city

As part of a community outreach program the Chiang Mai Municipality has been providing influenza vaccinations to at risk people in low income neighborhoods this week. Deputy Mayor Soonthorn Yamsiri receives a flu vaccination at one of the centers. Influenza is particularly risky for the very young, the elderly and those with breathing conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Vaccines for type B and A (H3N2), or Swine Flu, were given at community centers.


School bus overturns in fog related accident

A school bus carrying students overturned in an accident that injured 11 students,  some with serious injuries. Poor visibility due to the heavy fog was the cause of the accident that happened in Fang District on Thursday, December 22 at 7:30 a.m. as the shuttle was taking students to school on the winding roads.

Cool temperatures continue across the North and are forecast to stay low until after the New Year. 17 Northern, Northeastern and Central provinces have been declared cold spell disaster zones by the government. Northern provinces include Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Phrae, Nan, Phayao and Lampang.


Municipality surveys community needs

As an ongoing effort to meet with members of local communities around the city, Municipal officials, including Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, met with local residents of Dowadung and Ban Pa Phrao Nok during the week. The Municipality is surveying local residents for comments and suggestions for improvement. Here the Mayor meets with elderly residents and families to find out what services they need.


Frost on Doi Inthanon

Mountaintop temperatures have dropped below freezing, with Doi Inthanon seeing 3 straight days of temperatures below zero. Frost has appeared on the plants and grass with heavy fog early in the morning.

2 more districts in Chiang Mai have been declared disaster zones, Doi Tao and Mae Chaem, by Governor ML Panadda Diskul. More than 400,000 people are affected by the cold weather in Chiang Mai province.

18 Districts in Chiang Rai have been declared disaster areas due to the cold temperatures that have reached lows of 1 degree in places. By declaring the districts disaster areas, the government can apply for 50 million Baht in government aid to purchase blankets and warm clothing for affected villagers.

Cold weather has been forecast by the Thai Meteorological Department through Christmas with frost expected at least until December 26, 2011.


Ministry of Science announces successful development of first dengue vaccine

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary mosquito that is responsible for the transmission of dengue fever. (Photo courtesy of Muhammad Mahdi Karim)

Biotech NSTDA, Chiang Mai University and Mahidol University together announced the successful development of a dengue vaccine, the first of this kind in the world. Following the achievement, they signed an authorization for Bionedd-Asia to develop a dengue vaccine in the near future.

On February 21st 2011, Dr. Weerachai Weerametheekul, the minister of Science and Technology, with Dr. Thaweesak Koanathakul, of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the presidents of Chiang Mai and Mahidol universities, announced publicly this important breakthrough and the agreement to develop and produce a dengue vaccine to protect the people of the world.

The project to develop a dengue vaccine was initiated in 2000 by Assoc. Professor Dr. Nopporn Sitthisombat, and Dr. Poonsuk Keelapang of Chiang Mai University and the Network Technology of Biomedical Sciences Research Unit, Department of Genetic Engineering and Technology, and research teams of Mahidol University led by Assoc. Professor Dr. Suthee Yoksan . Together, they have successfully created and tested four serotypes of the dengue vaccine Chemeric Live - attenceated.

Dengue has been a major killer, and after more than 30 years of rigorous development of a dengue vaccine to combat the four strains to prevent being subjected to recurring infections Thus, this new vaccine will be an important medication to prevent epidemics from occurring. (TAT)


QUIRKY PICS

Martin saw this unique sign in Mae Salong, Chinese style dry-cleaning perhaps?

Life in Chiang Mai and Thailand is often peppered with amusing signs written in funny “Engrish”. Most enjoy seeing signs and trying to figure out what was meant, and it is always taken with good humor by both the reader and the writer. If you find yourself out and about and see one of these signs, feel free to send it in, even a camera phone snap will work, [email protected]

Ron sent this in, saying he would like to launch a lunch set too!


Prime Minister airs weekly TV show from Chiang Mai

Prime Minister Yingluck pays a visit to her hometown, Chiang Mai, where she visited local sites including the Chiang Mai Night Safari, here, and aired her weekly TV show from Warorot Market (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Night Safari)

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday said she believed that foreign investors still have confidence in Thailand's economy and that many companies would not move their production bases out of Thailand.

In her weekly programme, "Yingluck Government meets the People," broadcast live on television for the first time this week from Waroros Market in Chiang Mai, the premier appeared live on air on the programme in which Mr Suranand Vejjajiva, a former minister to the prime minister's office, served as the moderator.

Ms Yingluck, in her first visit to her home town in Chiang Mai since taking office in August, said that foreign investors still have confidence in maintaining their plants in Thailand and have studied measures for a long-term flood prevention plan.

She said that in January, the Strategic Committee for Water Resources Management would come up with plans to assure and build confidence among foreign businessmen about flood prevention measures.

She said the overall flood situation was gradually improving but some areas were still under standing water including in Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom provinces.

Provincial governors were instructed to rush pumping of water to dry the areas as soon as possible as a New Year gift for flood victims, she said.

The premier said she wanted to see December as a month for rehabilitation, particularly to tackle the garbage problem, so that people could return to their normal lives in January.

Deputy Prime Minister/Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit was assigned to look after the short and long term rehabilitation planning.

Ms Yingluck admitted that during recent months, the government could not achieve promised goals as planned because of the flood crisis, and only some projects had been successfully initiated, such as rice mortgage scheme, tax cut for first-home buyers, and tax cut for first-car buyers.

However, she said the government is still determined to further carry out the policies that were announced during the election campaign.

The premier said the government would continue promoting the tourism industry and invited the public to visit the International Horticultural Exposition Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 in Chiang Mai. (MCOT online news)


Community survey

Chiang Mai’s Member of Parliament Tussanee Buranupakorn and Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn met with members of the community on December 16, 2011, including community leaders, officials and locals to survey their concerns, issues and needs for the coming year.


Santa’s sleigh arrives in town

Delighted children attending the festive Christmas brunch at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club ran along Santa’s sleigh on Sunday, December 11, 2011. The annual Christmas brunch also saw a magician perform, carols, and games as well as the much awaited arrival of Santa Claus handing out presents to the children.


Cold snap around the North

The recent cold temperatures have hit Lampang which just declared 13 districts disaster zones due to a sudden cold snap that saw temperatures below 15 degrees Celsius.

Additionally, five Chiang Mai Districts were declared disaster zones due to the cold; Omkoi, Samoeng, Chom Thong, Fang, Kalayaniwattana and Mae Ai districts. One district in Mae Hong Son, Pang Ma Pha, has also been declared a disaster area. The designation allows for the government to issue funds for the provinces to cope with the weather by purchasing blankets and warm clothes for affected people. Several organizations around Chiang Mai have been working to gather clothing and blankets for people in the mountains.

The Thai Meteorological Department has forecast cold temperatures over the weekend with fog and frost on the mountainous areas, minimum temperatures could sink to 5 degrees Celsius for the mountainous regions in the coming week.


Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 opens today

The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek covers 80 hectares and features gardens from 30 nations.

Held to celebrate three auspicious events this year, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th birthday in 2011, Queen Sirikit’s 80th birthday and Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 60 birthday in 2012, the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek opened on Wednesday, December 14 after delays due to the flooding Central Thailand and Bangkok that organizers felt would cause difficulties for those wishing to visit Chiang Mai. The site itself was untouched by any flooding and is a gorgeous park filled with international exhibits from around the world. Deputy Over 30 countries are participating in the exhibition, each displaying gardens and plants unique to their countries.

There is a giant 40m high Flora Wheel where visitors can see a panoramic view of the 80 hectare park. The Imagination Light Garden decorated with millions of lights and luminous butterflies dancing around to the accompaniment of music and a Kids Eco Park featuring activities and information to help children be more eco friendly. Horticultural symposiums will be held and plant contests featuring the best of orchids, cacti, bonsai and more.

A map of the park, showing the various gardens and activities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Sports Chumpol Silapa-archa presided over the unofficial opening ceremony that was held at 8:30 a.m. on December 14, 2011. The grand opening will be held on January 15 when HRH Princess Sirindhorn is scheduled to attend.

Tickets are 200 baht a day and children under 100cm and senior citizens can get in for free. There is parking available at the site but busy weekends can see it quite crowded. There will be shuttle services available from the city from 17 locations including the 700 Year Stadium, Tesco Lotus Kamtieng, Makro, Big C, Kad Suan Kaew, Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai University, North Chiang Mai University, Global House, JJ Market, Kad Farang and Kad Cherng Doi on Canal Road. The Park will be open daily until March 14, 2012.


Lunar eclipse over Chiang Mai enthralls residents

The total lunar eclipse left the shadow of the moon red from the sun’s reflected light. (Photo courtesy of James Rebstock)

The lunar eclipse that took place on December 10, 2011 saw residents all over Chiang Mai out in the streets and up in the hills to watch the last eclipse of the year take place. NARIT, the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, set up observation points at the Royal Ratchaphruek Park for the event, where many children and adults attended the lectures on the eclipse, observed it through telescopes. The total eclipse began at 9:06 p.m. and lasted until 9:57 p.m.

A total lunar eclipse won’t be seen in Asia until October 8, 2014. A partial lunar eclipse will be seen in Asia in June of 2012.

People lined up to view the eclipse through telescopes set up by NARIT at the Royal Ratchaphruek Park. (Photo courtesy of NARIT).


Municipality taking flood aid applications

Victims of the flooding that hit Chiang Mai in September, 2011 line up at the Municipal offices to apply for flood aid on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Here, Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn explains to people about requirements to apply for flood aid.


QUIRKY PICS

Ron saw this menu near the Tribal Museum and noted that yellow liver is really quite appropriate actually!

Life in Chiang Mai and Thailand is often peppered with amusing signs written in funny “Engrish”. Most enjoy seeing signs and trying to figure out what was meant, and it is always taken with good humor by both the reader and the writer. If you find yourself out and about and see one of these signs, feel free to send it in, even a camera phone snap will work, [email protected]

Massage in Phuket airport is close enough!


Flood assistance from city

The Chiang Mai Municipality donated 5,000 Baht to each affected household from the flooding that hit Chiang Mai for two days at the end of September, earlier this year. Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn was on hand to deliver the cash to the families at a ceremony held at the Train Park near the train station on Friday, December 9, 2011. Chiang Mai saw several neighborhoods inundated in the flooding that hit the city on September 28, 2011 as the banks of the Ping River overflowed. Clean up followed rapidly and the city quickly returned to normal.


Japanese government helps build dorms in Sop Moei

Japanese Consul General Kazuo Shibata Mr. Thuanthong Srisawatdi, Deputy Director of Mae Hong Son Education Service Area Office 2 and Mr. Bamrungsak Burasit, Director of Ban Lekho School at the opening ceremony for the new dormitories.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to 3,602,000 baht for a project entitled “Construction of Dormitories for Students at Ban Lekho School in Sop Moei District, Mae Hong Son Province”. On December 7, 2011, Mr. Kazuo Shibata, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, Mr. Thuanthong Srisawatdi, Deputy Director of Mae Hong Son Education Service Area Office 2 and Mr. Bamrungsak Burasit, Director of Ban Lekho School, were present at the opening ceremony at Ban Lekho School.

Ban Lekho School, which caters to 164 Pwo Karen students from preschool to lower secondary level, is located near the border with Myanmar.  The students’ homes are located in mountainous areas, 5-23km away from the school, with bad roads making it difficult to attend as day students.  Consequently, 75 out of 98 lower secondary students live in an existing dormitory and some temporary lodgings in the school.

However, the dormitory and temporary lodgings are already overcrowded, and students are obliged to sleep on the floor without enough bedclothes.  Students often catch dengue fever and malaria, because of decrepit and insanitary bathrooms. Economic reasons and transport difficulties force some students to give up their studies every year.  Therefore, in order to provide more educational opportunities to the children in this area, it is an urgent issue that the school should provide a healthy living and educational environment through new dormitories.

In response to a request from Ban Lekho School, the Government of Japan has borne the construction cost of two dormitories, one for boys and the other for girls, as well as providing related equipment.  It is expected that the construction of the new dormitories will enable more minority children in the border area to obtain a basic education, and will help to promote development in this community.

For more information, please contact Mr. Sato, Consul, Ms. Sensui or Ms.Moriyama, Coordinators for GGP. Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai. 053-203-367.


Constitution day marked by total lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2011at 9:31 p.m. (Photo courtesy of NARIT)

A partial lunar eclipse will begin at 7:45 p.m. when the Moon reaches the Earth’s inner dark shadow. Totality is at 9:06 p.m. as the entire Moon is covered by the Earth’s shadow.

The eclipse will reach its zenith at 9:31 p.m. and the Moon will move out of the shadow of the Earth at 9:57 p.m. The eclipse will last a total of 51 minutes and will be visible in Asia and Australia. The entire process, from start to finish, including all phases of the eclipse will last 3 hours and 32 minutes.


Constitution Day

Saturday, December 10 marks Constitution Day in Thailand. The holiday is celebrated annually to commemorate the advent of the Constitutional Monarchy in Thailand in 1932.
Constitution Day is a public holiday and as such, all government offices, banks and many businesses close. Shopping centers and bank currency exchange booths, however, are open. Places of entertainment are usually open without restriction.


Bus crashes in Lampang; killing 8

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Police believe that the driver, killed in the accident, fell asleep at the wheel as the bus veered off the highway, overturning and then slammed into an LPG gas station. 8 people were killed and 50 injured. The police said it was fortunate the bus did not hit the tanks which could have exploded.

The blue and white New Viriya Tour bus veered off the highway around midnight on December 7, before sliding into the fence and then the LPG Gas Station at Ban Tha Pha in Lampang’s Tern District.

Rescue officials had to cut passengers out of the bus and survivors were transported to the hospital for treatment.


Two Nepali men arrested with 2 kilos of ya “ice”

Chiang Mai Mail online reporters

Mae Sai police in Chiang Rai Province arrested two Nepali men on suspicion of drug trafficking after a tip off led the police to their hotel room in Chiang Rai where the 2 kilograms of Ya Ice or crystal methamphetamine was found allegedly hidden in their luggage. Two Nepali women were also being held by the police.

Mr. Hem Bahaur Thiag, age 24 and Mr.Gurung Bijay, age 24, told police that they had come to Thailand looking for work as they had relatives in Bangkok. However they were unable to find work and had been hired to travel to the border to transport the drugs.

Police report that drug traffickers often target people from poorer nations who are out of work in Bangkok to transport heroin, Yabaa or methamphetamine, and Ya Ice or crystal methamphetamine.


Quirky pics!

We all love deciphering quirky menu items, a reader sent this in from a local restaurant noting that despite spelling issues, their food is excellent.

Life in Chiang Mai and Thailand is often peppered with amusing signs written in funny “Engrish”. Most enjoy seeing signs and trying to figure out what was meant, and it is always taken with good humor by both the reader and the writer. If you find yourself out and about and see one of these signs, feel free to send it in, even a camera phone snap will work, [email protected]

Reader Ron found this a bit quirky at a visit to a temple in Phayao.


Mae Hong Son students receive dorms from the Japanese government

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to 3,602,000 baht for a project entitled “Construction of Dormitories for Students at Ban Lekho School in Sop Moei District, Mae Hong Son Province”. On December 7, 2011, Mr. Kazuo Shibata, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Bamrungsak Burasit, Director of Ban Lekho School, were present at the opening ceremony at Ban Lekho School.

Ban Lekho School, which caters to 164 Pwo Karen students from preschool to lower secondary level, is located near the border with Myanmar. The students’ homes are located in mountainous areas, 5-23km away from the school, with bad roads making it difficult to attend as day students. Consequently, 75 out of 98 lower secondary students live in an existing dormitory and some temporary lodgings in the school.

However, the dormitory and temporary lodgings are already overcrowded, and students are obliged to sleep on the floor without enough bedclothes. Students often catch dengue fever and malaria, because of decrepit and insanitary bathrooms. Economic reasons and transport difficulties force some students to give up their studies every year. Therefore, in order to provide more educational opportunities to the children in this area, it is an urgent issue that the school should provide a healthy living and educational environment through new dormitories.

In response to a request from Ban Lekho School, the Government of Japan has borne the construction cost of two dormitories, one for boys and the other for girls, as well as providing related equipment. It is expected that the construction of the new dormitories will enable more minority children in the border area to obtain a basic education, and will help to promote development in this community. For more information, please contact Mr. Sato, Consul, Ms. Sensui or Ms.Moriyama, Coordinators for GGP. Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai 053-203-367.


New observatory for Doi Inthanon

NARIT ‘s new observatory on Doi Inthanon is nearly complete.

NARIT, the National Astronomical Research Institute is building a new observatory tower and installing a new telescope on their Doi Inthanon observatory site due to be completed in 2012. Construction started last month on the new building, graciously approved by HM the King.

The new building will house a repeater station that will be at the 44km mark, the new building is already nearing completion with installation of electrics and the main telescope still to be finished. The new telescope is being shipped from the United States and is due this month. The telescope will have a 2.4 m diameter and engineers from Australian Capital Marine Glass are helping with the observatory. The new telescope will help NARIT increase its astronomical research and push Thailand to the forefront in Southeast Asia.


12,600 monks collect donations for flood victims

The long procession of monks and Buddhist faithful offering alms to make merit takes place in Chiang Mai annually but this year members of the public were encouraged to donate items for flood victims to the 12, 600 monks who processed along Chang Klan Road. The early morning alms giving saw thousands of people line the streets to offer donations of food, water, and goods to the monks who then turned the proceeds over to be sorted, loaded into a truck and delivered to people suffering from the flooding in Central Thailand and Bangkok. Government officials, businesspeople and local residents were all on hand in the early morning of Sunday, November 27, 2011 to make merit by donating to the monks. (Photos by Amanda Mustard)

Chang Klan road was filled in the early morning as Chiang Mai people gathered to offer alms to 12,600 monks.

The alms giving ceremony collected bags of food and items to be sent to flood victims.

Students and Army helped to organize the event, collecting the donated items and preparing them for the trip as well.


Expats to join in celebrations celebrating HM the King’s birthday

The announcement of the schedule and details of the upcoming International We Love the King Day on December 3, were announced at JJ Market,

Shana Kongmun

Organized by the Assembly of People of All Nations Who Love the King in Chiang Mai together with the Assembly of People of All Nations Who Love the King in Thailand, Chiang Mai Province and 117 organizations, the last details of the huge parade to be held to honor HM the King on Saturday, December 3, 2011 were presented at JJ Market by organizer Ruchuchai Potha, Labor Technical Officer, Department of Employment for Chiang Mai.

Parade participants can park at JJ market and take buses provided by the Army to Tha Pae Gate for the parade, or meet at Tha Pae Gate by 3 p.m. Participants are requested to wear either a national costume or to wear pink to honor HM the King for his 84th birthday. There will be three groups, one representing Thai people, with many students from schools and universities around Chiang Mai participating, one representing ethnic minorities in Chiang Mai where the members of the Lisu, Muser, Akha, Hmong, Shan, Tai Yai and Paueng hilltribes will parade wearing traditional clothing. Then expatriate groups including Chinese students, members of the Japanese community, Chiang Mai Friends, Germans and many others will join, with many wearing traditional clothing of their home countries. Montfort College Band and Prince Royals College Band will lead the groups. Pilot Ed Loigorri will pilot a small plane over the parade and a paraglider will also follow the route. All nationalities are invited to participate in the event.

Registration for the parade begins at Tha Pae Gate at 3 p.m. and the parade will leave from Tha Pae at 4:09 p.m. On arrival at the grounds just before JJ Market, participants are invited to sign a gift book for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and join in offering ceremonial objects to his portrait. Air Chief Marshal Kamthon Sindhvananda and Thanphuying Phungchai Sindhvanan will chair the candle lighting ceremonies and will lead participants in singing songs in praise of HM the King. The ceremony will end with a display of fireworks and floating lanterns.

The rest of the evening will see performances by local bands and singers, both Thai and foreign, as everyone joins in to honor His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on his 84th birthday.


Drunk driving awareness campaign launched

The Chiang Mai Municipality is joining forces with the Chiang Mai Police, the Provincial Administration Organization and the Provincial Courts in launching an anti-drunk driving awareness campaign leading up to the New Year. The opening ceremony for the campaign was held at 3 Kings Monument on Sunday, November 27 in a bid to further education and increase awareness of the damage caused by drunk driving. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)


QUIRKY PICS

Fred enjoyed this sign at Tha Pae Gate over Loy Krathong but would have preferred they be fined!

Life in Chiang Mai and Thailand is often peppered with amusing signs written in funny “Engrish”. Most enjoy seeing signs and trying to figure out what was meant, and it is always taken with good humor by both the reader and the writer. If you find yourself out and about and see one of these signs, feel free to send it in, even a camera phone snap will work, [email protected]

Another Loy Krathong sign that Ron sent in sees the TAT offer up a fantastic photo with an interesting caption.
 


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor promoted to Governor of Mae Hong Son

New park offers residents a healthy place to exercise

Countdown to New Year

Free train rides for the New Year

Prime Minister’s mobile cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai next month

Police warn about pickpockets over the New Year

QUIRKY PICS

Flu vaccines around the city

School bus overturns in fog related accident

Municipality surveys community needs

Frost on Doi Inthanon

Ministry of Science announces successful development of first dengue vaccine

QUIRKY PICS

Prime Minister airs weekly TV show from Chiang Mai

Community survey

Santa’s sleigh arrives in town

Cold snap around the North

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 opens today

Lunar eclipse over Chiang Mai enthralls residents

Municipality taking flood aid applications

QUIRKY PICS

Flood assistance from city

Japanese government helps build dorms in Sop Moei

Constitution day marked by total lunar eclipse

Constitution Day

Bus crashes in Lampang; killing 8

Two Nepali men arrested with 2 kilos of ya “ice”

Quirky pics!

Mae Hong Son students receive dorms from the Japanese government

New observatory for Doi Inthanon

12,600 monks collect donations for flood victims

Expats to join in celebrations celebrating HM the King’s birthday

Drunk driving awareness campaign launched

QUIRKY PICS
 

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