Yaba found stashed in a doll at the airport
Bag left outside the building
The baby doll that was found inside a black
bag with 200 methamphetamine tablets inside.
Police show the doll and the bag that were
recovered on Chiang Mai International property on January 16, 2016.
After receiving a tip off that drug dealing was taking place at
Chiang Mai International Airport Drug Suppression officers led by Pol.
Lt. Col. Kom Chetkhuntod investigated areas around the airport including
the luggage loading area at 6 p.m. on January 26, 2016. Police found a
woman’s black purse left near a post outside the building.
Further inspection of the purse found a typical child’s baby doll inside
and stashed inside the doll were 200 Yaba or methamphetamine pills. The
bag was taken to Phuping Police Station. Police believe the bag was left
behind for a buyer to come pick up and will be investigating further to
determine who left the bag behind, the area was covered by CCTV cameras
so they are reviewing that footage now.
The latest rage in Thailand has been the possession of spirit dolls as
many believe they will bring good fortune and the National Thai Police
Chief had warned previously that criminals could take advantage of the
trend and hide drugs in the dolls to transport them.
Unpaid workers file complaint with the government
Contractor cuts off water and electricity
A group of 121 migrant workers filed a
complaint with the Damrongdhama office at City Hall alleging that
Perfecto Partnership Ltd. owed them back wages and severance after
shutting down operations with no notice.
A group of 121 migrant workers filed a complaint at the Damrongdhamma
Center on January 27, 2016 alleging that the company that had hired them
to work on three construction sites around the city had left them
stranded and failed to pay outstanding wages.
The leader of the group reported that they had been working for the
Perfecto Partnership Ltd. Co and had not been paid since December 16,
2015, a total of 906,988.80 baht is owed in unpaid back wages, the group
alleged. Additionally the group stated that severance pay was also owed
and payment for not giving notice since they were no longer being
employed by the company. The group is asking for a total of 3,461,602.80
from the company.
The leader of the migrant workers also added that their water and
electricity had been cut since January 22, 2016 since they were living
in a space that was rented temporarily by the contractors. The leader
said that this issue has been going on for some time and the contractors
had not been paying on time recently, until last month when they didn’t
pay anything at all and the workers lost contact. The main office is now
closed so the group was certain that the company had abandoned them so
filed a complaint. The Migrant Workers Federation has been notified of
the situation and will investigate to see what can be done.
Fire burns down Chotana Bazaar Market
Fire trucks arriving at Chotana Bazaar
Market which erupted in flames on January 23, 2016.
Vendors at the popular Chotana Bazaar Market suffered a serious blow
when a fire broke out at 10.40 p.m. on January 23, 2016. The market,
which is located on Chotana Road near the Mercure Hotel had over over 23
shops seriously damaged in the blaze.
Police and firefighters arrived on the scene with 10 fire trucks to find
over 40 commercial buildings blazing with flames. All the shops
contained clothing, hats, bags and other flammable items. Firefighters
took over one hour to control and stop the fire. Over 23 shops were
Damages caused by the fire estimated to cost
over 10 million baht. Pending further investigations, firefighters
believe that a short circuit may have started the fire.
Shop owner, 61-year-old Ms. Juangtip Pasuwat, said that she was already
closing up when she saw thick smoke coming out of her building. Within
minutes, the flames had spread and her neighbors were unable to stop the
fire. Firefighters believe that a short circuit may have started the
fire. Further investigations will be conducted to trace the actual
cause. The owner estimated that over 10 million baht worth of items and
facilities has been destroyed.
Canadian pilot lands plane in Phrao tapioca field after engine failure
A private plane piloted by a Canadian man
makes emergency landing in a Phrao tapioca field after developing engine
Phrao villagers called the police after seeing a light plane
land in a tapioca field in Baan Luang on January 24, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Long Khod Police in Phrao rushed to the scene to find a privately owned
red-grey Van’s RV-8 (registration HS-GMC) had made an emergency landing
in the field after experiencing engine failure.
The owner of the tapioca field talks about
the plane landing in his field and calling the police to come help the
pilot and passenger.
The pilot, 55-year-old Canadian, Mr. Gary McNair, a former pilot for
Korean Airlines, and his passenger, 56-year-old Mr. Martin Clarke, also
Canadian, were slightly injured but safe. There was minor damage to the
tapioca field, which belonged to Mr. Supit Mahawan and Mr. Prapin
Mr. Kiethisak Rienwattana, Director of the Air Traffic Control Centre in
Chiang Mai, said the pilot had requested permission at 9.10 a.m. to fly
from Nok Airport in Baanthi, Lamphun, to Amphur Chiang Dao. On the way
back, the plane experienced engine trouble at 9.55 a.m. and needed to
land as soon as possible.
The Van’s RV-8 is a small plane popular among foreigners in Thailand.
Many of these privately-owned planes are parked at the Nok Airport
AIS launches new 4G service using fast LTE Advanced technology
CEO Somchai Lertsutiwong andAIS staff at the
‘4G Advanced’ service launch and 4G New World New Experience’ fair held
on 26 January 26, 2016.
On January 26, 2016, Advance Wireless Network Co., Ltd. (AWN), a
subsidiary of the Advance Info Services PLC (AIS) Group, announced the
official launch of 4G service in 42 provinces in regions nationwide.
The ‘AIS 4G Advanced’ service comprises full-speed packages, a range of
4G service centers and other packages such as ‘multiple internet
devices’ and ‘family internet fee sharing’ in accordance with the
company’s support for the growth of Thailand’s digital economy. Along
with ‘AIS Play’, an entertainment application center that comes with 100
TV channels, the company target is to have full 4G coverage in every
province by May 2016.
According to Somchai Lertsutiwong, Chief Executive Officer, the company
is “the first and only service provider to offer services in both 1800
MHz and 2100 MHz”. The services will be launched under the slogan, “AIS
4G ADVANCED 4G, the fastest 4G ever”.
Pratthana Leelapanang, Executive Vice President of Marketing, said that
‘AIS Play’ will be offered to customers who subscribe to the company’s
4G packages allowing them to watch movies “embedded with 100 GB of AIS
Cloud for free for the entire year”.
To celebrate the launch of the new service, the company hosted the ‘AIS
4G New World New Experience’, a mega fair on 26 January for customers to
experience this new mobile communications standard, the 4G Long-Term
Evolution (LTE) technology and understand its benefits for small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with online businesses, start-ups, and
content service providers. AIS also unveiled the new large screen
18.4-inch full high definition (HD) Samsung Galaxy View entertainment
tablets at the fair.
CMU to host Winter Love Run 2016 on Valentine’s Day
CMU Winter Love Run 2016 Marathon
categories. Visit www.cmumarathon.com or call 086-673-2565, 097-240-3884
for more information. Stay updated via the CMU Marathon Facebook page.
Chiang Mai University (CMU) will host the Winter Love Run
Marathon 2016 on Valentine’s Day. The Faculty of Engineering, in
conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering Chiang Mai University Alumni
Center, has recently scheduled the charity run for February 14 this
year. Winners will receive the prestigious Royal Trophy among other
Chiang Mai University Marathon 2016 medals
to be awarded to participants of its Winter Love Run Valentine’s Day
There are 15 different prizes to be won in the race, which will start
and finish at Ang Kaew Hall on the CMU campus. Funds raised by the event
will be used to support the needy patients in Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai
Hospital and for the development of the Engineering Faculty.
The race consists of 4 different categories. The full Marathon (42.195
kilometers) will start at 3 a.m. while the Half Marathon (23 kilometers)
will flag off at 5 a.m. The Mini Marathon (10.5 kilometers) will begin
at 6 a.m. nd the 5.1-kilometer Fun Run will start at 6.30 a.m. All
categories are open to both males and females, and there are no age
The first to fifth-placed winners in each category will take home the
Royal Trophy as well as a Chiang Mai University Marathon 2016 medal.
First to third-placed winners in each category will also receive cash
prizes of 3,000 baht, 2,000 baht and 1,000 baht respectively.
The organizers recently announced that over 2,500 people have now
registered for the event. The Fun Run category has already received 670
entries and registrations will be closed when the number reaches 800.
Follow the results of the Chiang Mai University Marathon 2016: Winter
Love Run on Facebook. For more information, e-mail:
[email protected], Line: @cmu_marathon or call 086-673-2565 /
02-553-0859. You can also visit the CMU Marathon at
Chiang Mai University Book Fair Week 2016 in February 2016
The 22nd Chiang Mai University Book
Fair Week 2016 will feature publishers, authors and special
guest appearances from February 2 – 10, 2016.
The 22nd Chiang Mai University Book Fair Week 2016 will be held
from February 2 - 10, 2016, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the university's
main library building. Organized by the CMU Library Bureau, the
objective of this annual event is to encourage both students and
local residents to read by creating an opportunity for them to
purchase books at affordable prices.
The fair will have over 100 booths offering a wide variety of
fiction and non-fiction from both popular Thai and international
publishers. Representatives from the publishers and authors will
be available during the event to share and exchange experiences
with book lovers. Special guests this year include Khunying
Wimol Siriphaiboon, Khunying Chamnongsri Hanjaneraks, Dr.
Pramuan Pengchan, Dr. ‘Pop’ Chart Kobjit, Thie Tham, Pimta
Tanitda, Ployse, Champim, Weeraporn Nithiprapa and many more.
There will be a Music Contest for musicians and music lovers and
the sale of local food and homemade merchandise. For more
information, visit their website
http://library.cmu.ac.th/cmubookfair or Facebook
ATM thief nabbed by Chiang Mai Police
Caught still holding victim’s wallet
ATM thief caught by
Muang Chiang Mai Police, he confessed to using
the ATM cards after guessing the code based on
the year of the birth of the victim.
On January 21, 2016, Muang Chiang Mai Police
arrested 24-year-old Worayut Supan from Bangkok.
He was charged with using stolen electronic
automated teller machine (ATM) cards to withdraw
money. The suspect was caught red-handed with a
victim’s wallet, identity (ID) cards, 1student
card and a 7-11 card.
Local police received a stolen property report
on January 5, 2016. The victim claimed that his
wallet had been taken from his bike parked
outside the Le Méridien Chiang Mai hotel on
Chang Klan Road in Muang, Chiang Mai. The wallet
contained cash, personal documents and ATM
cards. Police investigated footage obtained from
‘Police Eyes’, their recently installed
closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras located
in the vicinity while the victim contacted his
banks and discovered that 20,600 baht had been
withdrawn from his Bangkok Bank ATM account and
400 baht from his Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
Police identified the thief through the CCTV
footage and applied to the courts for an arrest
warrant. On January 21, they found the suspect
near Thae Phae Road and confronted him before he
was able to get away. He was caught with the
documents that belonged to the victim who had
filed the report.
Worayut Supan confessed that he had stolen the
wallet and used the ATM cards after guessing the
code based on the birth year of the victim. He
threw away the cards after withdrawing some cash
before going to Bangkok to spend all the money.
He was arrested soon after returning to Chiang
Thailand International Balloon Festival to be held March 4 and 5
From left Bringkop “Joe” Vora-urai,
conductor of the Lanna Orchestra, TIBF organizer Sornchat Krainara of
All About Arts Thailand, Jaruwan Suwannasat, Director of the Exhibition
and Events Department of the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau,
Wisoot Buachu, Director of the TAT Chiang Mai, Warunee Khammeru,
Representative of the Northern Thai Hotels Association and Executive
Assistant Manager of the Duangtawan Hotel, and puppeteer Pairat
The Thailand International Balloon Festival held a press conference at
the Dusit D2 Hotel on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 to announce the upcoming
event which will be held on March 4 and 5 at Payap University. Exciting
new features such as the International Heritage section, performances
and original composition for the Night Glow Balloon show were introduced
as well as the many delicious food booths hosted by the top hotels in
This year the festival is being held at the beginning of March to give
everyone a better opportunity to visit the fair. Payap University is a
great location for the event with easy access and plenty of parking for
visitors. The organizers are looking forward to promoting Chiang Mai in
March when there aren’t as many events filling up the calendar and
offering tourists yet another great reason to visit this beautiful city
in Northern Thailand.
A special feature of the Thailand International Balloon Festival this
year will be Chiang Mai’s diverse international community in the
International Heritage section with booths from India, France,
Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Germany and many other countries featuring
performances, special activities, food and more.
The focus on the cosmopolitan and international nature of Chiang Mai
continues with night time concerts from popular and talented locally
based international musicians. Chiang Mai is a hugely popular
destination for expats in Thailand due to its arts and music, diverse
culture, great climate, beautiful nature, friendly people and modern
lifestyle. This is reflected in the diversity of musicians and artists
taking part in the event.
Payap University will offer the ideal location for balloon shows,
performances and the spectacular balloon night glow show which will
feature original compositions by Ajarn Bringkop “Joe” Vora-urai and the
Lanna Orchestra. This amazing performance will be the first of its kind
in the world and Ajarn Bringkop promises an inspiring and moving
performance set to the beautiful sight of glowing balloons in the night
sky. He said that he wants to convey not only the movements of the
balloon but also the emotions of the pilots as they fly their balloons.
This unique festival will draw members of the diverse international
community of Chiang Mai and the North of Thailand as well as pilots and
balloons from around the world. One of the highlights of the event
calendar in Chiang Mai, this event proves to be a huge hit year after
Jaruwan Suwannasat, Director of the Exhibition and Events Department of
the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau said that the organization
is a big supporter of events of this nature in Thailand and believes
that Thailand offers many advantages including long history and venues
around the country. The launch of the ASEAN Economic Community makes
Thailand ideal to become the hub for mega-events in Asia. The TCEB works
under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Office to develop and
expand business events and ensue that we are one of the destinations for
business events in Asia.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is a proud sponsor of the event with
TAT Chiang Mai Director Wisoot Buachum noting the long history of the
event being held in Chiang Mai. This year is being held in March to
promote tourism in Chiang Mai and draw tourists to the city in a period
when there aren’t many festivals and events.
As part of the Thailand International Balloon Festival’s commitment to
community they are proudly hosting the Chiang Mai International Rotary
Club’s annual Golf Ball Drop in which tickets are sold for ball numbers
and on March 5 at 5 pm golf balls will be dropped out of the balloon and
the numbered ball closest to the target wins 30,000 baht! Tickets are
three for 1,000 baht or one for 500. The Chiang Mai International Rotary
Club is closely involved in working with the local community with
programs to prevent drowning in young children, winter clothing
distribution, clean water for schools and eyesight clinics for children
among the many projects they have worked on or are still working on.
Interested parties can contact cmirotary.org for more information on the
Golf Ball Drop.
Tickets will cost 200 baht for adults and 50 baht for children and will
be available at Rimping Supermarkets around Chiang Mai including Maya
Lifestyle Mall, Promenada Resort Mall, Nim City Daily, Nawarat and
Meechoke in Chiang Mai. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Thailand International Balloon Festival 2016 is organized by All About
Arts with sponsorship from the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau,
TAT, Chiang Mai Municipality, Tiger Balm and local hotels.
Japanese government provides help to Uttaradit Hospital
Consul General of Japan Shinya Aoki and the
Director of Uttaradit Hospital Songwut Subthawisin examine the equipment
purchased with funds donated by the Japanese government.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to
2,738,000 baht for “the Project for Procuring Medical Equipment for
Patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease in Uttaradit Province”. On 18
January 2016, Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai,
and Mr. Songwut Subthawisin, Director of the Uttaradit Hospital, were
present at the hand-over ceremony of oxygen concentrators and related
medical devices at the Uttaradit Hospital.
Uttaradit Province lies about 500 km north of Bangkok and about 250 km
South of Chiang Mai. The population of the province is about 460,000
people and most are engaged in agriculture. Uttaradit Hospital is a
public hospital in Uttaradit Province under the jurisdiction of the
Ministry of Public Health. The hospital functions as the medical center
of the province receiving and treating serious cases sent from the
district level hospitals. Most of the in-patients in the hospital have
insufficient funds to pay the costs of long-term hospitalization, so the
Department of Internal Medicine has established a home medical care
system. Procuring oxygen concentrators for this project thus makes a
contribution to improving the quality of life and psychological welfare
of the patients by eliminating the cost and extra work of replenishing
oxygen tanks. It is expected that this support will contribute to
ensuring the improvement of the home medical care system provided by the
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which
contribute to improving medical and healthcare services through its
Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).
Rajvej Hospital signs agreement to care for long-stay elderly Japanese residents
Lertnithikul, Director of Rajavej Chiang Mai Hospital (middle) sings the
MOU Thai-Japan Medical Partnership with a representative from the
Wafukai Medical Corporation Co., Ltd. and NSD International Co., Ltd. at
the Holiday Inn Hotel Chiang Mai on January 18, 2016.
Rajavej Hospital signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create
a parternship with Wafukai Medical Corporation to develop a program for
elderly long-stay Japanese residents in Chiang Mai at the Holiday Inn
Hotel Chiang Mai on September 18, 2016.
Dr. Weerachat Lerthnithikul said that Wafukai Medical Corp. is a leader
in the field of nursing and they would be using NSD International Co.
specialized IT systems from Japan to advise patients and provide medical
support via the Telehealth Service. Using this technology would provide
links from other facilities to Rajavej as the hub for medical services.
Dr.Weerachat Lertnithikul, said Chiang Mai is well-known as an ideal
location for retirement and that many Japanese have chosen to move here
to spend out their retirement years due to the natural environment and
top facilities. This pilot program will improve services to residents
for elderly residents in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai will bloom during the Flower Festival
One of the many beautifully decorated and
elaborate floats at the Chiang Mai Flower Festival (File Photo)
Chiang Mai beauties vie for Miss Flower
Festival and take part in the parade. (File Photo)
Chiang Mai is ready for the 40th annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival which
will be held from February 5 – 7, 2016 at Suan Buak Haad Public Park,
Tha Pae Gate and the Three Kings Monument.
The Flower Festival will have flower and plant contests, plant sales,
and of course the Miss Flower Festival beauty pageant as well as the
Miss International Flower Festival to be crowned. There will also be
music concerts in the park and the OTOP market as well as many food
Chiang Mai will be decorated with flowers as the city celebrates the 720
year anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai.
The opening ceremony will be held on February 5, 2016 at
The opening ceremony on February 5, 2016 while the parade will be held
on February 6, starting from Nawarat Bridge to Tha Pae Gate and on to
Suan Buak Haad Park. Many streets in the area will be closed for the
parade. The parade features floats decorated with plants and flowers
from districts from across the province and the floats will be parked at
Suan Buak Haad for the weekend so that visitors can take their photos.
The inner moat roads Arak and Bumrung Buri will be closed at the Suan
Buak Haad corner for the festival.
Couple arrested at Chiang Dao checkpoint with 100,000 Yaba pills
Chief of Chiang Mai Police Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri
Sumbunnanont with the arrested suspects and the packets of Yaba they had
allegedly tried to smuggle into Muang Chiang Mai.
A young couple was arrested after police discovered 100,000
methamphetamine tablets hidden in their car at a police checkpoint on
January 14, 2016 in Chiang Dao District.
Chief of Chiang Mai Police Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Sumbunnanont announced the
arrest 28 year old Winai Chumueku from Chiang Dao and his girlfriend Natrika
Suemue age 28 from Chiang Rai with 100,000 methamphetamine tablets.
Police said that the arrested drug traffickers were ordered to stop at a
checkpoint in Baan Kaeng Pan Tao in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai at 11:30 p.m. on
January 14, 2016. A search of the Toyota Vios found 40 packages of Yaba
hidden under the driver’s seat.
The accused confessed that they had problems with money and so had agreed to
carry methamphetamine to the city. They hired a rental car in Muang Chiang
Mai before driving up North to pick up the drugs. They confessed that this
was the second time they had smuggled drugs, the first time they had brought
in 700,000 Yaba tablets.
Police will continue investigation into the case to uncover the drug
trafficking network involved in the case.
Chiang Mai to host UFI Open Seminar in Asia 2016 in February
TCEB promotes Chiang Mai as gateway to Mekong Sub-Region
(From left-right) Chiang Mai Governor Pawin
Chamniprasart, Ms. Jaruwan Suwannasat Director of Exhibition and Events
of TCEB and Group Captain Visutr Chantana, General Manager of Chiang Mai
International Airport at a press conference on January 15, 2016 at
Shangri - La Hotel Chiang Mai.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau is working to boost Chiang
Mai as a gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and a center for trade
shows and other events and as part of this plan have scheduled the
Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) to hold the UFI Open
Seminar in Asia 2016 from February 25-26, 2016 at the Shangri - La Hotel
Ms. Jaruwan Suwannasat Director, Exhibition and Event of TCEB said at
the press conference announcing the new seminar that the Thai
government’s strategy is to develop the country so that income is
distributed fairly and centered on trade and services in each region.
The TCEB supports the international exhibition industry and sees
furthering Chiang Mai as one of the five MICE cities in the country.
Chiang Mai, due to its strategic location and developed infrastructure,
is the center of economy, trade and investment in the region and push
towards trade with the GMS.
The UFI members consist of government and private industry trade shows
from around the world. The seminar held in Bangkok in 2010 was a huge
success with hundreds of attendees. By organizing the event in Chiang
Mai the TCEB will encourage entrepreneurship, trade associations and
groups involved in the trade fair industry in Chiang Mai to recognize
the importance of international trade fairs and economic promotion
within the provinces.
The TCEB sees this seminar as elevating the importance of trade fairs in
the country and see growth in the MICE industry in the country. The TCEB
estimates that in 2016 MICE revenues will increase five percent with
around 1.06 million MICE travelers generating revenues of about 92
billion baht. International trade fairs alone should draw 191,000
people, or approximately 17 percent of the total MICE market
Army launches campaign against forest fires
Third Army Commander Lt. Gen. Somsak
Nilbancherdkul launches the new 3rd Army Kick Off Campaign to combat
forest fires and haze on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
As part of the government’s bid to educate people about forest
fires and haze in the North, the 3rd Army launched a campaign on January
14, 2016 at the Armed Forces Development Battalion in Mae Rim.
The launch of the Kick Off Campaign to Prevent Forest Fires and Haze
2016 was presided over by Lt. Gen. Somsak Nilbancherdkul, 3rd Army
Commander who said that forest fires in the North are mainly caused by
human activity and end up out of control, causing serious haze in the
region. The fires are a problem from people burning the forests for food
from January to March with major effects on public health, damage to the
environment and causing problems with air transportation. He called on
all sectors to work together to combat the annual haze that chokes
Over 2,500 government officials joined the campaign and learned about
methods to use instead of burning, the tools and equipment used in
firefighting and to provide education guides on how to create awareness
and understanding in the general public.
Two arrested with 400,000 Yaba pills stashed inside a truck in Chiang Rai
Region 5 Commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Tanitsak
Teerasawat with police displaying the drugs stashed inside panels in the
white Toyota Fortuner driven by the suspects.
Police announced the arrest of two people after 400,000 methamphetamine
pills and a small amount of heroin was found hidden inside a six wheel truck
and Toyota Fortuner at 4:30 a.m. on January 11, 2016.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Tanitsak Teerasawat, Region 5 Commander, said that the police
had stopped the men in the vehicles at a checkpoint in Mae Lao, Chiang Rai
and decided to search the vehicles after they behaved suspiciously. After
police uncovered the drugs they placed Jongjai Duangdee and Orawan Srisawat
under arrest on suspicion of drug trafficking.
Police will investigate further to uncover the drug trafficking ring behind
the smuggling attempt.
Chiang Mai preparing for Lanna Expo 2016 to welcome AEC
CHIANG MAI,(NNT) – The northern province of Chiang Mai is
gearing up to host the Lanna Expo 2016 in June and July, hoping to boost
local entrepreneurs’ competitiveness following the opening of the ASEAN
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart convened a meeting with relevant
officials at the provincial city hall to follow up on the progress of
preparations being made for the Lanna Expo. To be held for the fourth time
this year, the event is scheduled for June 30 through July 6 at the Chiang
Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center.
The expo will offer visitors various types of products and services,
including tourism products, industrial crafts and health services. There
will also be exhibitions showcasing the potential of entrepreneurs in the
Upper Northern Provincial Cluster in various aspects, along with academic
The attendants at the meeting expected the Lanna Expo to help enhance local
operators’ capabilities and give them a competitive edge against others in
the ASEAN Community era. More discussions will be arranged concerning other
details of the expo, such as zoning and the tackling of problems compiled
from previous events.
Call for A negative blood donors
O negative are universal donors and are eligible
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The call went out this morning on social media and has swept
through the country as a young woman lies in the hospital desperate for
A negative blood for operations needed after she was struck by a vehicle
while riding a motorbike in Chiang Mai.
Eligible donors are asked to donate at the Chiang Mai Red Cross blood
bank next to Yupparaj School in the old city 053-418-389 ext 17. Please
note that you cannot have high blood pressure, be over 55, lived in the
UK for more than 6 months between 1980-1996 due to mad cow disease and
have had tattoos or piercings in the last six months. Also those taking
malaria tablets or with infections are asked to not donate.
When making the donation please specify Lucy Ann Hill at Rajavej
Hospital Chiang Mai. Also be aware that this is a rare blood type in
Thailand and always needed so consider making a donation at other times
His Majesty asks Thais to be mindful
His Majesty the King has extended his wishes for all Thais to meet
happiness, progress and success in their goals.
In his New Year message released on New Year’s Eve, His Majesty said
happiness and misery as well as fulfillment and disappointments were
normal happenings nobody could avoid. He, therefore, urged all Thais to
prepare their mind and body for such an event by not living in
In the royal message, His Majesty urged that in the new year Thais
enhance their physical health and keep their mind awakened in order to
be able to go through undesirable situations and achieve the goals of
happiness, prosperity and success.
His Majesty the King also designed a New Year greetings card for his
The royal greetings card depicts His Majesty wearing a white
lightly-patterned Hawaiian shirt under a white light-jacket which has an
embroidered Khun Thongdaeng royal pet logo on the left breast.
Under HM the King’s photo are a few lines of blessing in Thai, read as
“May all have strong physical health, stable spirit and mind and always
be mindful to keep abreast of situations”.
Above the picture says “Happy New Year B.E. 2559”, and on each corner
lie the Great Crown of Victory and the golden urn. Under HM the King’s
picture to the right is a cartoon of blue monkey representing the Year
of the Monkey. To the left reads “May you have happiness and
The greetings card is framed with double rows of tiny smiley faces,
numbering 396 altogether. The bottom of the card features a blue strip
on which a message says the card was designed on 31 December B.E. 2558.
Road death toll reaches 380 over New Year’s 7-day holiday
Exceeds last year’s toll by 13 deaths
The Road Accidents Prevention Center reported 380 people died and 3,505
were injured in 3,379 road accidents throughout the country during the
seven dangerous days of the New Year’s holiday season, from December 25
- Jan. 4.
Nakhon Ratchasima reported the highest number of deaths, 15.
On January 4 alone, the last day of the seven dangerous days, 40 persons
died and 289 were injured in 287 accidents, all in a single day.
Drunk driving was blamed as the main cause of most accidents, about
20.14% of the total, followed by speeding at 17.28%.
Chiang Mai had the highest number of accidents, with 139 accidents and
At press time, the local road toll statistics for Pattaya and Chonburi
were not yet available.
Numbers across the board were up from last year, including 13 more
deaths and 161 more injuries incurred in 205 more accidents.
Last year, 367 people died and 3,344 were injured in a total of 3,174
accidents during the same period.
‘Arms for drugs’ gang busted in Pathum Thani
Royal Thai Police Region 5 announce the arrest
of 9 drug traffickers in Pathum Thani on Monday, January 7, 2016.
At 10.30am on January 7, 2016, Pol. Maj. Gen.Tanisak Teerasawat,
Commander of the Royal Thai Police Region 5, Wichai Chaimomkol, Director of
the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) Region 5, and Pha Mung Task
Force officers announced the arrest of 9 drug traffickers in Pathum Thani
and one in Paton sub district, Muang Chiang Mai.
Prateep Soisub, 43, Somsak Poonpol, 39, Nattakorn Nontsomboon, 40, Somporn
Watchang, 45, Sangwan Sasanae, 41, Sudkate Suriyawattananont, 25, were
arrested along with Teerayuth Kumwong, 30, Saran Boonrua, 25 and Boonyarit
Songcharoen, 30. They had drugs, guns and weapons in their possession
including five M-16s and five AK-47s as well as three cars, 13 mobile
phones, four credit cards and 23,000 baht cash.
Investigations indicated that there would be a delivery on January 3, 2016
at a lane near Bliss Resort on the Chiang Mai-Lampang Rd along the Super
Highway in Paton sub-district. Phumpipat Intarapradit, 41 from Fang, was
arrested upon arrival at the drop off point. He told the police that the
398,000 methamphetamine pills and 3 kilograms of crystal ice found in the
car were from Fang District along the border and were for distribution to a
The accused helped the investigators by arranging delivery the next day on
January 4 at the PTT gas station near the entrance to the golf course in
Klong Luang in Pathum Thani. The second group brought weapons in exchange
for the drugs. All were promptly arrested. Police said this is the first
time they had seen weapons exchanged for drugs.
British man arrested for possessing child pornography
Police question British national Fabian
Blandford over possession of child pornography after the US Department
of Homeland Security alerted the Royal Thai Police to his IP address
after he triggered an alarm with the U.S. National Centre for Missing
and Exploited Children viewing child pornography online.
The Royal Thai Police arrested a British man on Tuesday, January 6, 2016
on charges of possessing pornographic images of children in Fang
District in Chiang Mai. The police were alerted to the issue by the U.S.
National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children who had tracked him
by his IP address after they found him viewing child pornography online.
US Homeland Security investigators contact the Department of Special
Investigations (DSI) in 2015 and their investigation led to the arrest
of 64 year old Fabian Frederick Blandford of the United Kingdom on
Wednesday, January 6 by DSI officers and Region 5 Police.
Royal Thai Police raid the home of British
national Fabian Blandford and arrest him for possession of child
pornography on Tuesday, January 6, 2016.
Police found that Blandford had ordained as a monk in a local temple and
believed he did so in order to get closer to children. They found he had
also been teaching English to local children and is married to a Thai
woman who has one child.
The Director of the DSI Foreign Affairs and Transnational Crime Bureau
Pol. Lt. Col. Paisit Sungkahapong served the arrest warrant issued by
the Fang Court and investigators discovered a collection of child
pornography on his computers. Police said it was clear he had taken the
photos himself and believe the children are local.
He is being held in police custody at Fang Police Station and has been
charged with possessing child pornography, a charge that can see
Blandford in prison for up to five years and face a fine of 100,000 baht
in accordance with legislation that too effect on December 7, 2015.
14 die in Doi Saket bus accident; driver held
Thirteen Malaysian tourists and a Thai tour guide were killed
when their Chiang Mai-bound bus plunged into a ravine in Doi
Police believe the accident happened after the Weerapan Tour
coach driver hit another vehicle then sped away from the scene
and lost control on the Pang Fan curve of Highway 118.
Driver Somporn Bualuang, 58, was being held in police custody at
Doi Saket Hospital.
On board the bus were 21 Chinese-Malay tourists on their way
back to Chiang Mai from visiting tourist attractions in Chiang
Rai. Eleven were pronounced dead at the scene and three more at
Doi Saket Hospital. Malaysian media reported they came to Chiang
Mai on Dec. 17 for a five-day tour organized by Malaysian tour
operator Chiu Travel.
Killed were four of six members of one family, spanning three
generations, from an 85-year-old grandmother to her 39-year-old
granddaughter, according to Malaysian media.
Before the accident, Somporn collided with another vehicle,
pushing it off the road and crashing into a post. The driver was
unhurt, but instead of stopping, Somporn accelerated, trying to
escape the scene.
He lost control of the speeding coach when it hit the
treacherous curve about 30 kilometers from Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Governor Pavin Chamniprasart rushed to the scene. He
said state insurance would pay up to 1.6 million baht for each
fatality and 850,000 for those injured.