Police arrest 82 year old man in murder case
Police used CCTV footage from the motel to
uncover the suspected killer of Waan (surname unknown).
Police announced the arrest of an 82 year old suspect in the murder of
Waan, an employee of a vegetarian restaurant on Moon Muang Road. The
victim’s body was found nude, laying on the floor of the bathroom of a
motel in Paton at 5:50 p.m. on April 26, 2015.
Police said she had been stabbed with a sharp object and strangled. The
police reported that witnesses saw an elderly man leave the motel at 5
p.m. before her body was discovered. Her employer said that she had many
men friends and one elderly man who called on her at the restaurant
Police used CCTV cameras to track down the suspect, 82 year old Srimuang
Panyasung of Patan. When confronted by witnesses who saw him leave the
motel, he confessed to police that he had murdered his girlfriend
because she owed him money and he was jealous of other men.
Body parts found hidden at crematorium
Police suspect black magic rituals
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Nineteen bags of body parts were found hidden at the
Haiya Crematorium last week, police suspect the body parts,
which were in bags labeled from hospitals around the North, were
part of a gang snatching bodies for black magic rituals.
Police found the body parts after conducting a raid on the
crematorium. They were led to the crematorium after arresting
Chalerm Duangpeng, the former abbot of Wat Huay Dinjee in Doi Lo
after four stolen bodies were found there. Police said he was
using the corpses for black magic rituals.
The former monk implicated the wife of one of the undertakers at
Haiya crematorium, Somboon Neramit, age 70, as the person who
sold the bodies to him for the rituals. Police said she fled
before the raid, her husband claims no knowledge of the body
Donations for Nepal earthquake victims accepted at Damrongdhama Center at City Hall
The government has launched a donation campaign to mobilize
assistance for Nepal; meanwhile, the military and the Ministry
of Public Health are prepared to send doctors and disaster
response teams to the quake-hit country.
According to deputy spokesperson of the PM Office Col Sansern
Kaewkamnerd, the Thai humanitarian teams will be flying to the
country closest to Nepal before proceeding into affected areas,
as Nepal’s international airport has been temporarily closed as
a result of the tremor. The Thai Embassy in Nepal will
facilitate the trip.
Col. Sansern said Thai people could help alleviate the hardships
of the Nepalese by donating necessary items for survival or
money via all the Damrongdhama centers, under the Ministry of
Interior, across the country. The government will also hold a
charity program for Nepal, which will be broadcast live on
Channel 5 next week.
Thai people living in Nepal and nearby countries affected by the
massive quake can contact the Thai Embassy in Nepal for help.
Chiang Mai celebrates 719th birthday
Chiang Mai people gathered together in front
of Three Kings Monument on April 12 to celebrate the anniversary of the
founding of the city by King Mengrai.
Chiang Mai residents gathered at Three Kings Monument on April 12 at
8:30 a.m. to mark the 719th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai by
Deputy Governor Navin Sintusa-ard, President of the Provincial
Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn presided over the merit making and alms giving ceremony
held to honor King Mengrai and bring blessings of prosperity and peace
to Chiang Mai.
King Mengrai first founded Chiang Rai in 1262 as the first unifying
leader of the Tai in Northern Lanna, he moved his capital to Chiang Mai,
first establishing it in Wiang Khum Kham but flooding issues saw him
move the capital to Chiang Mai in 1296, leaving it the capital of the
North ever since.
Surin tops the list for Songkran deaths in first six days
Surin topped the list for traffic fatalities
in the first six of the Seven Dangerous Days of Songkran. Chiang Mai
topped the list for the New Year 2014-2015 period. (File photo)
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
On April 14, the sixth of the “Seven Deadly Days of Songkran” the North
Eastern province of Surin saw the highest numbers of deaths at 15
killed. Nationwide 306 people have been killed and 3,070 injured. This
is higher than the same period last year when 282 people were killed and
2,926 injured. Accident numbers were slightly lower nationwide with
2,915 accidents in the first six days compared to 2,926 although the
death toll was significantly higher.
Surin had the highest numbers of deaths and the highest number of
injuries in the first six days, followed by Phitsanulok. Only seven
provinces had no traffic deaths; Mae Hong Son, Samut Songkhram, Samut
Sakhon, Bung Kan, Trang, Phuket and Yala.
As always most accidents were due to drunk driving and speeding and 78%
of all accidents nationwide involved motorcycles. Most accidents took
place between 4 and 8 p.m. and involved teens followed by mid-twenties.
In Chiang Mai the numbers released for the first six of the Seven
Dangerous Days showed that 13 people were killed in 11 accidents; 12 men
and one woman with the highest number of accidents in Muang District,
Doi Saket, Mae Ai and San Patong.
Over the New Year period from December 30, 2014 to January 5 2015 Chiang
Mai came in first for both numbers of fatalities and accidents. Eighteen
people died during the New Year holiday in Chiang Mai and 129 people
were injured in 133 accidents.
Energy Minister expects power usage to peak from April 23 to 25
The Ministry of Energy has reported that the maintenance of gas pipelines in
Myanmar is progressing quickly while expecting the highest energy
consumption of the year to occur during April 23-25 as the temperature
Commenting on Myanmar’s temporary closure of its gas fields for the annual
pipeline maintenance, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Energy Tawarat Sutabutr
disclosed that the works at the Yetagun gas field have been completed by
over 58 percent and at the Yadana gas field by 61 percent. He assured that
full completion at both fields will be made within the scheduled timeframe
and gas delivery to Thailand will resume on time.
As summer is in full swing, Mr Tawarat said the annual peak load of
electricity is expected to be recorded between April 23 and 25, which is
forecast to be the hottest period of the year. Nonetheless, the total
consumption of power is likely to be lower than the projection by
1,000-2,500 megawatts. The reduction is attributable to the stormy weather
conditions in many areas as well as public involvement in energy
On the occasion of Songkran Day, the Deputy Permanent Secretary encouraged
the public to keep all electrical devices away from water for safety reasons
and to get involved in the energy-saving campaign. (NNT)
Fire breaks out in Mae Hong Son refugee camp
Over 200 homes were destroyed in the fire
that swept through the Baan Nai Soi refugee camp in Mae Hong Son.
Fire broke out in the Baan Nai Soi refugee camp in Mae Hong Son at 10:20
a.m. on April 7, 2015 leaving 780 people homeless after 200 homes were
destroyed in the fast moving fire.
Firefighters spent more than two and a half hours putting out the blaze
that was made worse by the high heat and dry conditions. The camp is
home to mainly Karen refugees from Myanmar. Only one person was injured
in the blaze but over 200 homes were destroyed or damaged in the fire.
Officials believe that the fire may have been ignited by a cooking fire
in the refugee camp that houses 12,000 people. The camp is located in
the Mae Pai National Forest in Mae Hong Son.
Police launch education campaign to promote road safety in Songkran
Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak
Tirasawat, Commissioner of Region 5 Police, drives one of the classic cars
as part of the campaign to promote road safety during Songkran.
The Assistant Commissioner and spokesperson for the Royal Thai
Police Lt. Gen. Prawut Thavornsiri joined in a caravan of vintage cars on
April 8, 2015 with Govenor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak
Tirasawat, Commissioner of Region 5 Police to promote road traffic safety
President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert
Buranapakorn and local beauties also joined in the parade of cars that
started at Charoenmuang Road before ending at Tha Pae Gate. The event was
held to educate drivers about the need for reducing road accidents during
Songkran under the theme “Safe Chiang Mai Songkran to ASEAN”.
The government is implementing educational campaigns as well as increased
checkpoints to reduce the incidence of people driving drunk. Last year
Chiang Mai topped the list for accidents during Songkran wit 116 accidents
during the “Seven Deadly Days of Songkran” and the highest number of
injuries with 144 people injured. Chiang Mai came in third for road deaths
during Songkran 2014 with 9 dead but topped the nation in road deaths for
New Year 2014-2015. The leading causes of accident were drunk driving and
speeding with motorcycles involved in the most accidents followed by pick-up
Moat water safe for Songkran revelers
Mayor reports on water treatment
Mayor Tussanai Buranapakorn shows the
beaker of water tested for cleanliness.
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn reported on the water quality of the moat
declaring it safe for use but not for drinking after officials tested
the water in ten different spots on April 8, 2015.
The Mayor said that the moat had been dredged and fully cleaned in
January of this year and in the past days have pumped out the water and
replaced with clean water. The moat water has been treated with chlorine
four times already, he noted, adding that officials will continuously
monitor the water to ensure that it is clean and safe for Songkran
revelers to use.
The Mayor also urged visitors to dress modestly, especially when
visiting local temples and reminded press that the sale of alcohol is
banned at the moat and that the police may prosecute violators
discovered via CCTV cameras.
Community activist group asks Governor to reduce the number of stages
Tussaporn Anukul and members of the Muen
Toom Community group filed a petition with the Chiang Mai Governor to
implement controls on Songkran festivities.
The community activist group Muen Toom Community called on the
Chiang Mai Governor to rein in the number of stages allowed to be set up
around the city during Songkran. Leader Tussaporn Anukul told reporters
that last year there were 16 stages set up around the city creating
traffic jams and producing a lot of noise that annoyed residents when
they filed their petition with Governor Suirya Prasatbuntitya on April
The group also called on the government to tackle inappropriate shows
and behavior. They also asked the Governor to provide a public forum for
the community to give their feedback before the festival. They asked
that the government strictly enforce regulations against stages such as
the one on Huay Kaew Road including promoting “no alcohol” zones. They
also asked the Governor to shut down stages and shows by 6 p.m.
especially around the moat.
Tussaporn said that the stages and inappropriate behavior on the part of
performers gave the city a bad reputation and was damaging to the
U.K. Honorary Consulate to close May 16
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The British Embassy announced recently that the Honorary
Consulate in Chiang Mai would be closing as of May 16 and that all
consular services would need to be done through the Consular Services
office in Bangkok.
The announcement on their website stated, “British nationals who find
themselves in need of assistance in Northern Thailand, for example
because they have been hospitalised, arrested, or been the victim of
crime, should contact the Consular Section of the Embassy in Bangkok +66
(0) 2305 8333. The Embassy in Bangkok will provide consular advice and
assistance, working with our Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai as
Notarial and documentary services were shifted to Bangkok in February
2015 with many of the services available via the postal system. The
notarial team in Bangkok can provide a same day service for those
transactions that require attendance in person but appointments must be
made ahead of time.
Government launches new airport shuttle bus
Minivans to have two routes
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya launches the
new low cost minivan service from Chiang Mai International Airport to
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya launched a new airport
minivan shuttle service for travelers on April 9, 2015. He was joined by
Chanchai Keelapaeng, Chief of the Land Transportation Department and
Singham Nanti, President of the Nakorn Lanna Cooperative at the
There will be 20 minivans offering two routes, transferring from the
airport to hotels. The cost will be 40 baht per person and the buses
will leave from the airport every half hour starting from 7 a.m. The
buses will stop service at 9 p.m. The buses will not be allowed to pick
people up anywhere except at the airport.
Chanchai Keelapaeng said that the new service was a result of policies
issued by the Deputy Minister of Transport Arkhom Termpittayapaisith to
solve traffic and public transportation issues and accommodate passenger
service at the airport.
The Governor noted that this new transit system is a service to visitors
to Chiang Mai so that they can easily transfer to hotels. He added that
Chiang Mai is growing rapidly and the economic dependence on tourism
significant to the economy. Chiang Mai has a total population of 1.7
million people but, he said, there are over 7 million people visiting
the province every year. The new minivan service should help with the
issues of insufficient transportation out of the airport.
The first route will go from the Airport along Mahidol then left on Huay
Kaew Road to the Rincome Intersection and turn onto Nimmanhaemin ending
at the Kantary Hills Hotel. The minivans will also go up Huay Kaew Road
to Chiang Mai Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel to Canal and to the
Chiang Mai International Conference and Exhibition Center then back to
Green Lake Resort and return to Huay Kaew Road to go to Chiang Mai
GrandView hotel on the Superhighway before returning to town and along
the moat to return to the airport.
The second route will go from the Airport to Mahidol Road to the Nong
Hoi Intersection and on to the Holiday Inn Hotel. From there to
Charoenprathet Road past Montfort and on to the Anantara Chiang Mai,
Pornping Hotel and then to Tha Pae Road to head to the Night Bazaar to
stop at Imperial Mae Ping, Duangtawan Chiang Mai, Suriwongse Hotel, Le
Meridien Chiang Mai and then to the Royal Princess, Shangri-La, Empress,
Lanna Palace Hotel before stopping at Rati Lanna Resort and then back to
Mahidol Road to return to the airport.
Ceremonies honor HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on her 60th birthday
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya
offered alms and made merit for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on
the occasion of her 5th cycle birthday April 2, 2015.
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya was joined by government officials,
academics, students and residents of Chiang Mai to honor Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on her 5th cycle or 60th
birthday on April 2, 2015.
The day began early with a merit making ceremony led by the Governor at
Three Kings Monument. This was then followed by a large gathering of
government officials, Royal Thai Army officers, Royal Thai Air Force,
Police Region 5 and Chiang Mai police along with honorary consuls and
other dignitaries in a ceremony at Chiang Mai University Convention
Center. Abbots from major Chiang Mai temples gathered to offer blessings
for Her Royal Highness and the Governor spoke about the Princess’s good
works for the country.
The Governor speaks to the large audience at
Chiang Mai University Convention Center about the Princess’s good works
for the country.
Prime Ministers oversees distribution of land use permits villagers
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited
Chiang Mai’s Mae On District to meet with villagers receiving land use
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha traveled to Chiang Mai on April 5, 2015
to chair the official presentation of land use permits for villagers in
Mae Ta in Mae On District. The land use permits are intended for
villagers to make good use of the forest in a sustainable way and revive
degraded forest area.
The Natural Resources Ministry organized the distribution of permits for
7,282 rai of land which will help a total of 1,235 families in the area.
Residents who have been granted the permit will be able to make use of
the land for 30 years but will not be allowed to sell or exchange the
land they have been given.
The government is working to bring villagers into the scheme and allow
them to use the forest land in a way that is not only financially
beneficial but to also preserve, sustain and restore forest area.
Chiang Mai holds big cleaning day
Government officials and members of the
private sector joined in Chiang Mai’s Big Cleaning Day on April 6, 2015.
Chiang Mai held the annual Big Cleaning Day on April 6, 2015. This event
mobilizes all sectors of the city in cleaning the four corners of the
moat. Many local businesses also take part by cleaning the exteriors of
their businesses. This year the Big Cleaning Day was led by Governor
Suriya Prasatbuntitya who joined everyone in honoring HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of her 60th birthday on April 2, 2015.
Governor Suriya opened the ceremony to start the cleaning and took to
the streets with broom and water to clean things up. The main areas
targeted for the cleaning included Chiang Mai Gate, Tha Pae Gate, Suan
Dok Gate and Chang Puak Gate as well as the four corners of both the
inner and outer moat.
Governor Suriya said that the event was held to not only honor HRH
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn but for all sectors of society, both
governmental and private, to cooperate in keeping Chiang Mai clean in
preparation to welcome tourists for the upcoming Songkran Festival.
Philippine Consulate to work with CMU on academic exchanges
Philippine Honorary Consul Agkarajit
Phanomvan na Ayudhya met with Vice President for International Affairs
and Alumni Relations Rome Chiranukrom to discuss academic exchanges with
Philippine academic institutions.
Philippine Honorary Consul Agkarajit Phanomvan na Ayudhya and
representatives from the Filipino community in Chiang Mai, called on
Chiang Mai University (CMU) and met with Asst. Prof. Rome Chiranukrom,
Vice President for International Affairs and Alumni Relations. They
exchanged their views concerning Chiang Mai’s potential to become an
educational center in the region and possibilities to explore new
ventures between the Philippine and CMU.
Currently, Mae Jo University works closely among ASEAN University
Network and signed an MOU/MOA on exchanges of academic research
information, developments, scholars , students and faculties with 3
institutions namely University of the Philippines Los Banos, University
of the Philippines Diliman and Central Luzon State University while
employing 13 Philippine alumni as members of their faculty.
Bangkok Airways joins Chiang Mai Big Cleaning Day
Bangkok Airways team led by Passapong
Jirawattanasak, Manager – Regional & International Corporate
Communication joined “Chiang Mai Big Cleaning Day 2015” by providing 400
blooms to Chiang Mai Municipality to help cleaning the city to welcome
tourists during Songkran Festival. Moreover, Bangkok Airways will hold
Songkran activities at Mahawan Temple, Tae Pae Road during 13-16 April
2015 to present rare-sight of authentic-northern traditions together
with local temple and communities.
The Bank of Thailand to Launch Commemorative Banknote for the 5th cycle birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
A new 100 baht banknote with a portrait of
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will be issued on her birthday,
April 2, 2015.
Mr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul, Governor of the Bank of Thailand, unveiled a
100-Baht commemorative banknote to celebrate the auspicious occasion of
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 5th Cycle Birthday
Anniversary 2nd April 2015. The issuance of those commemorative
banknotes is to pay tribute to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn for her incomparable contributions to the country. The 10
million commemorative banknotes will be issued into circulation on 2nd
April 2015. The color and size of this 100-Baht commemorative banknote
remains unchanged; which is red in color and 72 x 150 mm size. The image
on the front side is identical to the 16th series of 100-Baht banknote.
The special design depicting the portrait of Her Royal Highness Princess
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and the scene of royal duties of His Majesty
King Bhumibol Adulyadej together with Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, and two
flowers (Magnolia Sirindhorniae Noot & Chalermglin, and Exacum affine
Balf.f.), both named after Her Royal Highness are illustrated on the
reverse side of the banknote. Major security features are the Watermark:
HM King’s portrait watermark and the translucent watermark. The Latent
Image: Hidden numeral “100” inside the copper-colored ornament.
Iridescent Ink: Arabic numerals “100” and Thai patterns are printed
vertically. A Hologram Foil Stripe: contains the Royal Emblem with
Arabic numeral “100” which will change into the Thai numeral upon
tilting and Windowed Color-shifting Security Thread: Embedded on the
reverse side, changes from magenta to green upon tilting.
On the reverse side, the special yellow-colored ink printed on the
portrait of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the
surrounding area will be fluoresced into yellow when viewing under
The new 100-Baht banknote can be exchanged at any commercial banks, the
Government Savings Bank, the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural
Cooperatives, the Government Housing Bank, and the Islamic Bank of
Chengdu; Chiang Mai’s newest sister city
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Mayor of
Chengdu Tan Liang Chih with the signed agreement to establish a sister
city relationship between the two cities.
Chiang Mai and Chengdu twinned as sister cities on March 30,
2015 when Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and President of the Provincial
Administration Boonlert Buranupakorn traveled to Chengdu with government
officials and business leaders including Chalermchat Nakarangkul,
Honorary Chairman of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce.
Chiang Mai officials met with Chengdu Mayor Tan Liang Chih to sign the
agreement and discuss cooperation between the two cities. Key issues
included direct flights, cultural and educational exchanges and the
promotion tourism, trade and investment.
The two cities signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2006 to begin
cooperation in trade and development. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan
Province in Western China and is the fifth most populous city in China
with over 7.4 million people in the municipal area and over 6.6 million
in the surrounding suburban and rural areas. Chengdu has twelve
consulates including a Thai consulate.
This is Chiang Mai’s fourth sister city in China, the other three are
Shanghai, Qingdao and Chongqing.
100 Years of Chiang Mai Traces and Traditions Festival in Mae Rim
Kuang Pra Jao Lanna Foundation celebrates Lanna history
A Lanna Festival will be held at the The
Kuang Pra Jao Lanna Foundation at the entrance to Huay Tung Tao from
April 4 – 10, 2015.
The Kuang Pra Jao Lanna Foundation will be holding a special festival at
the Foundation celebrating 100 years of Lanna culture from April 4 to
10, 2015 at the entrance to Huay Tung Tao.
Ajarn Varin Buaratlert, President of the Kuang Pra Jao Lanna Foundation
said that the event will feature sand pagodas in the Lanna style,
bathing of Buddha images, traditional treatments, fabrics and art and
crafts by local people. The opening ceremony will be held at the
Foundation on April 4, 2015 at 5 p.m.
A. Varin said that the Foundation aims to make this a new event for the
area, focusing on the restoration of sustainable culture. The Foundation
maintains the links between the home monasteries of the past, as well as
a center for Buddhists in the North and in Thailand. There is also a
display of art in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Rajabhat University
and the Far Eastern University.
Kuang Pra Jao Lanna in Chiang Mai was built on land belonging to the
army and given to the nation on April 7, 2014 by the Chief of Army Gen.
Chiang Mai dams at very low reserves
Government assures enough water for Songkran festival
The Irrigation and Water Management Department
Kruakul Manasamphansakul reports on the volume of water left in the areas
The Chief of the Irrigation and Water Management Department of the
Regional Irrigation Office for Chiang Mai reported recently that while the
levels of area dams and small reservoirs remain very low the recent rains
replenished local water supplies so that there is sufficient water for
residents and for Songkran festivities.
According to the Office For Disaster Prevention and Mitigation there are
currently 23 out of Chiang Mai’s 25 districts that have villages that have
been declared disaster areas due to drought. 100 tambons or sub-districts
have been declared disaster areas and 350,508 people in 925 villages and
53,977 hectares of agricultural land have been affected by the drought.
The head of the Irrigation and Water Management Department Kruakul
Manasamphansakul said that the recent rains have allowed for enough water
supply in the Tang River to provide adequate water to the U-Mong station. He
added that Mae Ngat Dam has a total capacity for 265 million cubic meters of
water with 129,971 cubic meters remaining or 48.98%. Mae Kuang Dam has a
capacity of 263 million cubic meters with a current total of 41.05 million
cubic meters or 15.61% of the reservoir remaining. There are twelve smaller
reservoirs that have the capacity to hold 86.657 cubic meters with a current
volume of 21.862 million cubic meters or 25.23 percent. He concluded that
while Chiang Mai has 192.703 cubic meters of water available and that it is
less than the same time last year, there is enough water for people in
Chiang Mai to celebrate Songkran.
Drought-hit North told to brace for stormy weather
The Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reports that
the while the dry season continues to grip a number of provinces in the
country particularly those in the north, heavy thunder showers are now
expected to arrive.
The drought has reportedly wreaked havoc in 8,300 villages in 30 provinces
across the country, or about 11 percent of all villages. The dry season has
hit Northern provinces particularly hard, as it not only depletes water
sources but also obstructs attempts to contain wildfires and haze.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the military and
related agencies have joined hands to provide affected residents with
emergency assistance which includes distribution of water for consumption
and agricultural purposes. At the same time, they have dispatched teams to
control the wildfires and haze in Northern provinces.
The Meteorological Department has meanwhile told the north to brace for
stormy weather during April 1-3 as a result of a westerly trough from
Myanmar which is on the way to the upper north of the country. Residents in
the area should exercise caution while going about their normal routine
during this period. (NNT)
More hotspots detected amid settling haze situation
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has detected an increase
in the number of hotspots in the region, while the haze situation in the
northern region is settling, says a ministry official.
The Deputy Permanent-Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and
Environment (MNRE) Suphot Tovichakchaikul disclosed today on the current
situation of the haze disaster in the northern region, that additional
hotspots have been detected in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. These
hotspots are the potential cause of wildfires and hazes that have been
troubling the northern region in the past few months.
According to the MNRE Deputy Permanent-Secretary, the detected hotspots
concentrated in Myanmar and Laos, while only a few were detected in
191 hotspots were detected in 46 provinces of Thailand, including
Kanchanaburi, Kalasin, Kamphaengphet, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai,
Trat, Tak, Yasothon, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon
Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Nan, Buriram, Pathum Thani, Prachuap Khiri Khan,
Prachinburi, Ayutthaya, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Phrae, Maha
Sarakham, Mae Hong Son, Roi Et, Ranong, Lampang, Lampoon, Loei, Sakon
Nakhon, Saraburi, Sukhothai, Suphanburi, Ang Thong, Udon Thani, Uttaradit,
Uthai Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Phayao, Sa Kaeo, Nong Bua Lam Phu, and Amnat
Meanwhile, the Department of Water Resources’ Mekhala center reported
today’s northern region haze situation to be fair. The overall small
particulate matter value (PM10) has continued to decrease, making the air
quality index qualify the 'good' to 'moderate' level.(NNT)
Happy 60th birthday to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
The Chiang Mai Mail joins the nation in wishing
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday on April 2, 2015.
The Chiang Mai Mail joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday on April 2.
We join in with our most humble wishes for HRH Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn for a long, healthy and happy life.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on April 2,
1955, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. She
earned a Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University, a first class
honor, and a gold medal in History in 1976. She earned an M.A. in Oriental
Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Cambodian) from Silpakorn University in 1978, and an
M.A. in Pali and Sanskrit from Chulalongkorn University in 1980 and a
doctoral degree in Developmental Education in 1987.
HRH the Princess has developed special interests in agricultural extension
to improve school children’s nutritional conditions; supports education from
pre-school to tertiary levels; and mother and child care. She has also
concentrated on helping the handicapped, especially in using information
technology (IT) to develop independent living and learning skills.
HRH the Princess has been Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross
Society since 1977; Executive Chairman of the Chaipattana Foundation (in
charge of His Majesty’s development and environmental preservation
projects), Ananda Mahidol Foundation (to promote higher education), the King
Rama II Foundation (to conserve and promote Thai Culture); President of the
Sai Jai Thai Foundation (to support disabled veterans), Prince Mahidol Award
Foundation (to award prizes annually to members of the international
community for outstanding performances in the fields of medicine and public
health); and Adviser of the Committee of Thai Junior Encyclopedia Project by
Royal Command of H.M. the King.
Happy Birthday to Princess Ubolratana
The Chiang Mai Mail] joins the Kingdom of Thailand in
wishing Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya a most happy birthday on April 5.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Phannavadi was
born on April 5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest child of
Their Majesties the King and Queen.
HRH Princess Ubolratana is a very devoted leader of young people in the
campaign against drugs, and as such has instituted and keenly watches over
the To Be Number One project, encouraging family values, music and sport as
alternatives to drug use. She has also set up the Khun Poom project to
assist autistic children in Thailand.
In 2008, HRH Princess Ubolratana played the main role in the Thai film Where
The Miracle Happens and also had a role in the 2010 film My Best Bodyguard.
She has been an active supporter of the Thai film industry for many years
promoting Thailand as a destination for filming, production and
post-production. After her son, Bhumi Jensen, was killed in the 2004 tsunami
established the Khun Poom Foundation in his memory. The foundation helps
children with autism and other learning disabilities.
Chakri Day is April 6
Chakri Memorial Day falls on Monday, April 6 this year and is a public
holiday. Government offices and some businesses will be closed. Chakri
Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the
founding of Bangkok by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke in 1782.
UK Visas and Immigration launch 24 hour super priority service in Thailand
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The U.K. Visas and Immigration services have launched a new 14
hour Super Priority Visa Service for those seeking to facilitate urgent
travel needs and is available to all visitor visa applicants and some
work visa categories.
The optional program will supplement regular and Five day Priority Visa
More than 67,500 Thai nationals were granted a UK visa in 2014, 13% more
than just two years ago. This strong growth underscores the continued
popularity of the UK as a destination for tourism, business and study
and the strong ties between both countries.
British Ambassador to Thailand, Mark Kent said, “I am delighted to see
the Super Priority Visa service being launched in Thailand. This
underlines our strong commitment to make an already excellent visa
service even better. We expect this new service to be particularly
useful for business where opportunities can arise at very short notice.
We want entrepreneurs and businessmen to be able to seize these.”
Other upcoming changes to the visa service include; the simplification
of visit visa categories, from 15 different routes to just 4, and the
visit visa guidance, to make it easier for visa customers to understand
which visa is best for them. The new standard visit visa will allow
those travelling on business to use the same visa to visit the UK as a
tourist. This change will come into effect from April 24.
The new Select Business Scheme will be re-launched next month to include
reducing the number of documents business visitors will have to provide
with their visa application if they are travelling on business for a
company endorsed by UK Trade and Investment.
Standard service for all visit and non-settlement customers takes up to
15 working days.
Priority Visa Service for all visit and non-settlement customers is a 3
to 5 working day service for an additional £100 (THB 5200).
Super Priority Visa Service for all visit customers and some work
categories is a 24 hour service for an additional £600 (THB 31,200)
Passport Passback Service – enables customers to retain their passport
whilst their visa is being processed for an additional £40 (THB 2,080)
Prime Time Service – gives customers the flexibility of an appointment
in our visa application centre outside of usual working hours for an
additional £50 (THB 2,600).
TCEB drives Chiang Mai as upper northern mice hub with public-private partnership
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition
Bureau (Public Organization) signed agreements with Pinkanakorn
Development Agency (Public Organization), the Tourism Council of Chiang
Mai, the Thai Hotels Association (North of Thailand), and the Faculty of
Economics, Chiang Mai University to develop an integrated MICE
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or
TCEB Is accelerating Chiang Mai’s leadership position as a premiere MICE
destination in the region, through public-private partnerships with four
leading-edge organisations in an MOU to develop an integrated MICE
Intelligence Centre in northern Thailand.
Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, President of the Thailand Convention and
Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB revealed that,
“Highlighting the government policy to stimulate domestic meetings and
seminars, as well as public-private partnerships, this year, TCEB will
focus on four major strategies to develop the Chiang Mai MICE industry.
These include (1) introduction of the Meeting in Thailand campaign to
generate more MICE activities in Chiang Mai and enhance the network of
high potential cities in the north to accommodate MICE activities; (2)
Tapping into the Special Economic Zones (SEZ), and neighbouring CLMV
countries such as Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam using Chiang Mai as a
centre in the north of Thailand for the forthcoming ASEAN Economic
Community (AEC); (3) Promotion of experiential incentives activities at
Royal Initiatives Projects and Royal Thai Military Tourist Destinations
such as The Royal Projects at Doi Angkhang, and Doi Inthanon; and (4)
Upgrade local exhibitions to become regional domestic exhibitions, such
as the Lanna Expo 2015, with more than 50,000 visitors.”
In addition, TCEB is driving Chiang Mai’s leadership position as a mega
event destination, by bidding for and supporting more major events such
as the Thailand International Balloon Festival. Moreover, TCEB is
developing an integrated MICE Intelligence Centre by signing a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pinkanakorn Development
Agency (Public Organization), the Tourism Council of Chiang Mai, the
Thai Hotels Association (North of Thailand), and the Faculty of
Economics, Chiang Mai University. Underpinning Chiang Mai’s MICE
strategies, TCEB is also revving up the region’s MICE capabilities,
industry standards, and services to prepare the MICE City of the North
for the AEC.
Chiang Mai Governor Mr Suriya Prasatbuntitya said that, “During the 2015
fiscal year, Chiang Mai has allocated a total budget of Bt5,253,200 for
the Chiang Mai MICE City project as part of a provincial development
plan. To drive this sector and engage all stakeholders, last year we
announced the Chiang Mai MICE Industry Promotion Committee, with the
governor as president.
“This year, we have identified initiatives including Chiang Mai’s
strategic direction towards the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and
BIMSTEC as well as Chiang Mai Sister Cities. The regional cooperative
frameworks will complement Chiang Mai’s position as a premiere
destination for major MICE events. In the next few years, Chiang Mai
will focus on penetrating neighbouring countries, and the ASEAN region.
“Chiang Mai Province will play a key role in supporting the MICE sector
in three key ways, including (1) regarding MICE City as a high priority
policy and key strategy for provincial development, in line with the
government, (2) mobilising policy and coordinating with relevant
stakeholders to drive Chiang Mai MICE City’s leadership position, (3)
redefining clear mutual targets and stakeholder commitments, especially
among management level executives and policymakers.”
3,000 cyclists join 60th birthday celebrations for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Over 3,000 people cycled from the International
Convention Center to the Night Safari to show their love and respect for HRH
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of her 60th birthday.
Over three thousand cyclists joined with officials from the
Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization) the 33rd Army Circle
and the Department of Health on March 29, 2015 to honor HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn on her upcoming 60th birthday the International Convention
The birthday of Her Royal Highness falls on April 2, 2015 and gives the
people of Chiang Mai a great opportunity to show their loyalty and pay
homage to all the good works of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn,
organizers said. The event contributes to strengthening the participation of
the people in their communities, creates harmony and builds relationships.
The event started from the International Convention Center and saw over
3,000 people cycle to e Chiang Mai Night Safari and back to the Convention
Center, about 30 kilometers in total
Maj. Gen. Sarayudh Rangsri, Commissioner of 33rd Army Circle, Dr. Pornthep
Siriwanarangsanm Director General of the Department of Health, Pol. Maj.
Pracha Rattaphan, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Dr. Sarawut
Srisakun, Acting Director of Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public
Organization) joined with the more than 3,000 cyclists to cycle the
Royal Park Rajapruek to hold traditional Songkran Festival
A Romantic Touch of Orchids
Royal Park Rajapruek will offer visitors the
chance to experience a kinder, gentler Songkran with traditional
activities such as bathing the Buddha image.
The Royal Park Rajapruek will be organizing a special traditional
ceremony for Songkran Festival from April 11 to 18, 2015 to preserve the
cultural traditions and offer visitors a view of amazing Thai orchids.
Dr. Arnada Nirantaraikul, Director of Royal Park Rajapruek Chiang Mai
noted that it will enable visitors to not only view rare orchid species
but also experience traditional Thai Lanna culture. The park has been
decorated in Lanna style and they will offer traditional bathing of the
Buddha image for prosperity and good luck, sand pagodas, and and local
Lanna market offering local foods, and crafts along with craft
demonstrations such as lantern making along with traditional music.
Royal Park Rajapruek will be open every day from 8 am to 6 p.m.
Seven killed in train crossing accident
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Seven passengers in a pick-up truck were killed and two
other passengers injured when the truck they were riding in
attempted to cross a railway crossing at Soi Local Road near the
Sarapee Hospital at 5:30 pm. on March 24, 2015. Witnesses said
that the truck may not have seen the train coming as there were
no guard rails or crossing signals and the rain was very heavy.
Five men and two women were killed instantly when the train
struck the vehicle. Two other seriously injured passengers in
the vehicle were taken to Sarapee Hospital.
Police said the passengers in the pickup truck were working on
construction at a nearby temple and they carried no
identification. Police were unable to verify their identities or
The Nakhon Ping Express Train was delayed for thirty minutes
before it could travel on to Bangkok.