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Japanese government helps Lamphun buy fire engine

Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Saksit Juntha, Chief Executive of Thunghuachang Sub-District Administration Organization signed the funding contract at the Consulate – General of Japan on February 26, 2016.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 2,800,000 baht for “the Project for Procurement of a Fire Engine in Thunghuachang Sub-District Administration Organization in Thunghuachang District, Lamphun Province”. On February 26, 2016, Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Saksit Juntha, Chief Executive of Thunghuachang Sub-District Administration Organization, jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.

Japanese Consul-General Shinya Aoki, Chief Executive Saksit Juntha of Thunghuachang Sub-District and officials with the signed contracts that will enable the purchase of a fire engine for the Lamphun Sub-District.

Through this project, the Japanese government will bear the costs of purchasing a medium size fire engine with a water tank and crane. The fire engine will be used not only for firefighting but also for other operations such as supplying water during drought, the maintenance and repair of electric cables and street lamps, as well as trimming trees.

Thunghuachang Sub-District is located in the southeast of Lamphun Province. Most of the population of about 6,200 there are Karen. They make a living mainly from agriculture, preserving their traditional religion and culture. The terrain of the sub-district consists of a basin surrounded by a mountainous area, where the forests are better conserved compared with other areas. This is thanks to the traditional religion which involves worship of spirits of the forest. However, forest fires still occur in the sub-district every year due to the spread of fires from neighboring areas which sometimes reach even the villages and agricultural lands. Meanwhile, the sub-district’s existing fire engine has become so decrepit that it frequently breaks down. Therefore, procurement of a new fire is an urgent issue.

It is expected that this support will contribute to ensuring the security of the residents in Thunghuachang Sub-District and nearby areas, as well as mitigating smoke haze and aiding conservation of the natural environment in the north of Thailand.


Invasive water plants removed from Chiang Mai waterways

Chiang Mai authorities removing water plants, weeds and refuse clogging public water supplies to improve drainage and for recycling into natural fertilizers.

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Invasive water plants like water hyacinth and other invasive weeds were removed from Chiang Mai waterways in a bid to ensure efficient drainage and flow of water in canals. The weeds were then taken to be cleaned of refuse and recycled into organic fertilizer at the Chiang Mai Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mr. Pawin Chamniprasat, Governor of Chiang Mai, chaired the opening ceremony of the project which will remove water hyacinth, weeds and refuse for treatment and recycling into organic fertilizer. The opening ceremony was held at Mae Kha Canal in Moo 7, Padaed at 11 a.m. on February 23, 2016. Mr. Chamniprasat officially announced the start of the project by striking a gong and sending the vehicles off to start the cleanup.

Saranyu Meethongkam, Muang Chiang Mai District Chief, explained that the Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-O-Cha has issued an edict to improve drainage efficiency within three months (between January – March 2016) by removing water hyacinth, weeds and refuse clogging public waterways. The Ministry of Interior has been assigned to work with relevant government organizations and Local Administration Organizations equipped with the necessary gear, as well as the private sector, to eliminate the problem quickly.

Local Administration Organizations will be responsible for creek, swamp, canal, irrigation ditches and other water supplies. The Governor’s office has appointed Padad Municipality to integrate operations with other Chiang Mai government organizations including the 33rd Military Circle, Reginal Irrigation Office 1, Chiang Mai Irrigation Project, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chiang Mai Provincial Office, Chiang Mai Public Relation Office Area 3, Muang Chiang Mai District Office, Chiang Mai Office of Rural Road, Chiang Mai Administration Organization as well as Chiang Mai Municipality, Mae Hia Municipality, San Pee Sua District Municipality, Nong Hoy District Municipality and Fah Ham District Municipality to organize the cleanup.

The Governor estimated that about 20,000 kilograms of weeds and refuse will be collected and sent to Chiang Mai Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant for recycling into natural fertilizer for future use. He said that the project highlights the importance of clean public natural water supplies for sustainable conservation and development.

Water hyacinth is an invasive weed that is not native to South East Asia and has become known for its damaging and invasive growth in temperate climates around the world by creating free floating mats that degrade water quality by blocking photosynthesis, which greatly reduces oxygen levels in the water and reducing other underwater life like fish and native plants.


Japanese government helps Chiang Rai school build earthquake resistant schoolroom

Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai and Mr. Surasak Benchapalaporn, Director of Ban Dongmada School at the handover of the earthquake resistant classroom building at Ban Dongmada School in Chiang Rai.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to 7,428,000 baht for “The Project for Construction of Earthquake-Resistant School Building for Ban Dongmada School in Maelao District, Chiang Rai Province”. On February 24, 2016, Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Surasak Benchapalaporn, Director of Ban Dongmada School, were present at the hand-over ceremony at the School.

Consul-General Shinya Aoki with students from Ban Dongmada School at the handover on February 24, 2016.

At the ceremony, an earthquake-resistant school building and a set of classroom furniture comprising desks and chairs were presented to Ban Dongmada School. The building follows a design by the Ministry of Education of Thailand with a higher degree of earthquake resistance. The Thai Government provided a further earthquake-resistant building for the School.

The new earthquake resistant building at Ban Dongmada School was funded by the Japanese government after the school suffered damage in the 2014 earthquake in Chiang Rai.

Ban Dongmada School is a public primary school serving 3 villages in Dongmada Sub-District, Maelao District in Chiang Rai and now has 145 students enrolled from kindergarten through 6th grade. Many of the students are orphans, children from poor families and stateless children. Ethnic minorities such as Aka and Hmong account for over half of all students. Several of the school buildings suffered severe damage due to the Chiang Rai earthquake, which occurred on 5 May, 2014. The students were then forced to have their lessons in temporary classrooms for nearly 2 years.

This support has provided a safe and comfortable learning environment for the students of Ban Dongmada. The Government of Japan intends to continue to support in the area of disaster restoration through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).


Carabao concert kicks off the Protect the Forest campaign

Project to educate communities to stop burning and reduce smog

The start of the Chiang Mai’s ‘Protect the Forest’ campaign in 7 Northern provinces will feature concerts by popular Songs for Life band Carabao and campaigns to educate the local community to protect the forest and to stop burning.

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A series of performances by popular Thai band, Carabao, is being held in Chiang Mai and other Northern provinces to raise public awareness of the need for forest protection. Organized by the local party network, the Board of Education, the Civil Society and the private sector, proceeds from the concerts will go towards funding solutions to stop the smog caused by wildfires in addition to educating the public on forest protection and rehabilitation of natural resources and the environment.

The first ‘Thais Love and Cherish Forest’ concert at the Chiang Mai Hall Stadium on February 23, 2016, was held in conjunction with a press conference by Pawin Chamniprasat, the Governor of Chiang Mai, Assistant Professor Pavin Nanochai, Vice-Rector of Maejo University and Apaichon Watcharasin, Deputy Managing Director of Relationship Managing, Charoen Pokphand Group, to announce scheduled activities, talks, exhibitions and more performances in Northern Thailand..

The Governor said that the problem of natural forest depletion in Thailand is at a critical stage, affecting the ecological balance of the environment and its natural resources. Every summer, the North is faced with smog from burning agricultural land or wildfires. Seven Northern provinces including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Lampun, Lampang and Tak, along with the Board of Education, Civil Society and the private sector, are arranging the concerts by the popular ‘songs for life’ Thai band to raise awareness of forest protection.

The concerts aim to campaign for the reduction of smog and wildfires as well. Mr. Chamniprasat added that the forest is an important source of water being a watershed, an important natural resource for agriculture and the people’s health and wellbeing. He encouraged everyone to be aware of the health and environmental problems caused by the smog, and to encourage farming communities to stop the burning. This year’s campaign will emphasize community participation by getting locals to join in the efforts.

More concerts are scheduled in the following Northern provinces in the next few months:
• Chiang Rai on March 24 at Wing Division 416 Royal Thai Air Force;
• Phayao on March 25;
• Nan on March 31 at Sriweingsawittayakarn School, Weingsa;
• Lampun on April 1;
• Lampang on April 2 at Lampang Municipal Stadium, Thetsaban 7, and
• Tak on April 4 at Taksin Stadium.


Longkhod Sub-district in Phrao gets new fire engine with help of Japanese government

Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Shongvut Nitipronk, Chief Executive of Longkhod Sub-District Administration Organization signed the funding contract to provide funds to purchase a fire engine for firefighting as well as supplying water in the dry season.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 2,800,000 baht for “the Project for Procurement of a Fire Engine in Longkhod Sub-District Administration Organization in Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province”. On 23 February, 2016, Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Shongvut Nitipronk, Chief Executive of Longkhod Sub-District Administration Organization, jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.

In this project the Government of Japan will bear the costs of purchasing a medium size fire engine with a water tank and crane. The fire engine will be used not only for firefighting but also supplying water in the dry season, repairing street lights and electric cables, and trimming trees.

Longkhod Sub-District lies about 100 km north of Chiang Mai. It covers 305 sq. km, 93% of which is a vast mountainous area that is largely designated as national park or protected forests. The Sub-District has a population of 4,644 and the majority of the residents are engaged in agriculture in the basin of the central area. The Sub-District Administration Organization operates a “community people participation type project” aimed at helping local communities live together and maintain a verdant natural environment, called “The Longkhod Model”.

Relevant local organizations in cooperation with local residents have promoted environmental conservation and succeeded in stopping illegal deforestation. In 2015 the Thai government authorized “The Longkhod Model” as a people-environment co-existence model. On the other hand, forest fires break out every dry season caused by the spread of fires from mountains in neighboring areas. Therefore procurement of a fire engine is an urgent issue because the Sub-District Administration Organization doesn’t possess such a vehicle at present.

It is expected that this support will contribute to ensuring the security of the residents in Longkhod Sub-District and the nearby area as well as mitigating smoke haze and aiding conservation of the natural environment in the north of Thailand.

For more information contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP) [email protected]


Italian man and his ex-wife in shooting after dispute

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An Italian resident in Chiang Mai and his ex-wife both died from gunshot wounds after their dispute over their son escalated.

Police reported that around 2 p.m. on February 21, 2016 they were called to Koolapunt Ville 8 in Hang Dong after reports that two people had been shot. In front of the house police found the bodies of two people; 35 year old Somjit Ponphan and 49 year old Italian Gianluca Araldi, a Colt .38 was found next to the body of the Italian man and he had a gunshot to his head.

Mrs. Somjit’s car was found parked with the driver’s door left open. According to neighbors the couple had recently divorced and had an eight year old son together, he was not at the scene but was staying with friends at the time. Mrs. Somjit came to her ex-husband’s house and they quarreled. Police said Mrs. Somjit pulled out the gun and that in trying to wrestle it away from her the ex-husband accidentally shot her. Police report that he then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the head. Police will continue investigation into the case to determine the facts behind the case.


Makha Bucha Day in Chiang Mai

Buddhist faithful flock to the temples

Makha Bucha Day falls on Monday, February 21 and is a public holiday. Buddhist faithful will flock to temples to make merit and give alms on one of the three most important days in the Buddhist calendar.

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Buddhist faithful celebrate one of the most revered days in the Buddhist calendar on Monday, February 22, 2016. This most is one of three holy days on the Buddhist calendar and commemorates the miraculous event when 1,250 disciples traveled to meet with the Buddha with no prearranged agreement, at Weluwan Mahawiharn Temple in the area of Rachakhryha, India, seven months after the Buddha began his teachings.

The other holy days are Visakha Bucha Day, which falls on May 20 and celebrates the birth and enlightenment of Buddha and Asarnha Bucha Day, which falls on July 19 and commemorates the Lord Buddha’s first sermon.

Today is a public holiday and government offices, banks and many businesses will be closed. It is against the law for businessmen to distribute alcohol. This includes bars and restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, and community retail stores. An amendment to the decree exempts hotels from the ban. Those caught breaking the law can face up to six months in jail and fines up to 10,000 baht.


Chiang Mai Zoo welcomes newborn albino barking deer

First newborn in the North

Chiang Mai Zoo has a baby albino barking deer; the Zoo has started a competition to name the young male deer.

The new baby stays close to Mother Ing in the barking deer enclosure at Chiang Mai Zoo.

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Chiang Mai Zoo welcomed the first baby albino barking deer born at the Zoo on February 4, 2016. The new born fawn is the first of its kind to be born in the North and was born to eight year old Khun Phud and three year old mother Ing, both also albino. Khun Phud came from Dusit Zoo and was born to Khun Petch, donated by Her Majesty the Queen.

This newborn male barking deer is in good health and has received good care from the Zoo’s veterinarians who feel he is now ready to welcome tourists. The Chiang Mai Zoo has invited children to join the competition to name the baby dear. The winning name will have a 2,000 baht prize and a free one year ticket to the Zoo. For more information, please see the website of the Chiang Mai Zoo.

Albino barking deer are very similar in appearance to the regular barking deer but are completely white and can be found in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and southern parts of China as well as in all parts of Thailand.

Albino barking deer eat leaves and fruits, it prefers to live alone and generally seeks food at night and sleeps during the day time around bushes.

When frightened the deer barks like a dog, hence the name! Pregnancy lasts six months and the deer can live to 15 years old. The animal is on the protected species list in accordance with the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act B.E.2552.


Dtac introduces Super 4G in Chiang Mai

Invests 70 billion baht in network upgrade

Dtac launched their newest 4G service at Maya Lifestyle Mall in Chiang Mai on February 19, 2016.

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The telecommunications company Total Access Communication PLC or dtac introduced its new super-fast 4G system in Chiang Mai at the Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center on February 19, 2016 to great fanfare. The company will 70 billion baht for network expansion and marketing. The new 4G will allow customers to enjoy speed three times faster than the previous 3G.

Mr. Lars Norling, the Chief Executive Officer of dtac said, “Dtac has a strong commitment to become a digital service leader and plans to spend 70 billion baht over the next 3 years on network investment and marketing campaigns for the company’s 4G battle. The Super 4G campaign offers super Internet experience on dtac’s network.

Chief Technology Officer Prathet Tankuranun, said “dtac expands and enhances the quality of dtac’s network with Super 4G on 1800 Mhz from 5MHz to 15MHz which is 3 times faster the speed ahead of 4G, in pursuing the company’s strategy of delivering The largest 4G bandwidth on the single network, which operates on the 1800 MHz to provide dtac customers with an expanded and enhanced Super 4G experience. dtac plans to increase the 4G bandwidth on the 1800 MHz spectrum to 20 MHz, adding to another 5 MHz on the 2100 MHz spectrum, which makes dtac the operator with the largest bandwidth of 25 MHz. with full compatibility with all smartphones in the market. We will be the only operator that fully has 4G in 20MHz and serves all range of 4G devices. dtac 4G on the 1800 MHz spectrum will cover 77 provinces by the second quarter. And dtac 4G on the 2100 MHz spectrum will cover all 878 districts nationwide by the third quarter.”

Pakorn Manoromphatrasan, Regional Business Head – North, said “dtac expands Super 4G with the speed ahead of 4G in Chiang Mai together with Super 4 Offering introduces 4 super packages offering best value rates and smartphones for customers. Super Sale offers the fastest 4G with free smartphones or up to 75% discount on 4G smartphones and extra 24 GB with selected packages. Promotional smartphones include free Samsung Galaxy J2, Asus Zenfone 2 Laser at a 75% discount, Samsung Galaxy A5 at 36% or 5,000 baht discount, iPhone 6S (16 GB) at 19% or 5,000 baht discount, etc. Super Love & Roll Non Stop offers the best unlimited 4G/3G Internet package in the market, starting from 299 baht per month.”

He added that customers will get 10 GB of 4G/3G Internet for only 499 Baht per month, with unused data to be carried over to next month at 384 Kbps. The top package offers 80 GB of Internet data and 2,000 minutes calls.

Currently, dtac has 25.3 million subscribers, 2.3 million of which are 4G subscribers. Smartphone ownership has increased to 61% from 48% last year as a result of handset promotions, and 15% of total subscribers use 4G-enabled smartphones. The number of data subscribers has increased as well, to 14.2 million.

He concluded, “We are planning to launch a new brand platform to solidify our brand image and marketing position. The new brand platform will be a solid foundation for the best products and services that we offer.”


Two teens arrested on burglary charges

Two teens were arrested in the burglary of a house in Chiang Mai and stole gold jewelry and other valuables.

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Two teenagers were arrested on burglary charges after police investigation led them to 18 year old Saksit and 17 year old Pin who confessed to police that they had broken into a house and stolen jewelry, valuables and cash.

Police were called to the home of 62 year old Sangim Prathumthai who said her house had been broken into and two gold necklaces totaling eight baht in weight were stolen along with two rings and 14,000 baht in cash. Police said the thieves also took the CCTV memory with them.

Later that day police apprehended the two teens in San Patong with the stolen items. Both suspects confessed to the charges and the police took them to re-enact the crime at 10.00 o’clock on February 19, 2016.


Police arrest thief who traded stolen motorcycles for drugs

Artid Saefung of Chiang Rai was arrested and confessed to police to stealing motorcycles to trade for drugs.

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Police announced the arrest of a Chiang Rai native in Chiang Mai on suspicion of drug trafficking on February 17, 2016 and reported that the suspect had confessed to stealing motorcycles and trading them for methamphetamine to sell to teenagers in the city.

Artid “Boy” Saefung, 20 years old from Chiang Rai, was arrested 39 methamphetamine or Yaba tablets in his possession after police investigation into the theft of a motorbike on Chotana Road on January 15 led them to the suspect. They arrested Mr. Artid in his rental room in the Wat Jet Yod area. The suspect confessed to police that he regularly stole motorcycles in the city, took them to the mountains to trade for methamphetamine which he then sold to teenagers in the city.


Village chiefs file letter with Governor about constitutional draft

Mr. Kamolsit Rojtanawipatch, President of Chiang Mai Subdistrict Chiefs and Village Headman Association and village chiefs from around Chiang Mai presented a document to the Governor asking that the Constitutional draft be amended to address missing public administration issues.

Village headmen and Subdistrict chiefs from 25 districts in Chiang Mai met with Governor Pawin Chaminprasart on February 17, 2016 to file a formal letter of complaint to be passed to the Prime Minister to address issues lacking in the proposed draft.

Led by Mr. Kamolsit Rojtanawipatch, President of Chiang Mai Subdistrict Chiefs and Village Headman Association gave the letter to the Governor noting that in the initial draft the Constitution does not clearly address Public Administration issues.

The Organization presented an alternative provision to be added to the draft document; “The Government must operate the policies of Public Administration by organizing Central, Regional, and Local Administration systems to have clear scope, authority, and responsibility, to be suitable for development of the country and to support all provinces’ development plan and budget to develop the provinces for people in the area. The government must be responsible for compliance and enforcement of the law seriously. The Chiang Mai Subdistrict chiefs and Village Headman Association will follow up on the new draft to see if there changes have been addressed.


Taxis agree to install meters

Standard fares set in place for public transportation

The President of the Wieng Ping Taxi Association Klis Sripaoraya and Mr. Singkham Nanti, president of the Lanna Cooperative Transportation Limited signed the agreement with over 100 taxi drivers on hand to witness along with Pol.Maj. Gen Pacha Rattanapan, deputy commander of Police Region 5, Pol.Maj. Gen. Montree Samboonanon, commander of Chiang Mai Police, Mr. Chanchai Keelapaeng from Chiang Mai Land Transportation Department, Col. Kasemsook Thakham, deputy commander of Military Circle 33, Mr. Wisoot Buachum, director of TAT Chiang Mai office.

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The Chiang Mai Taxi Association signed a memorandum of understanding on February 9, 2016 to install meters in all taxis and to follow standardized fares and dress politely.

Blue and yellow taxis will be required to install and use meters in taxis from now on.

The President of the Wieng Ping Taxi Association Klis Sripaoraya signed the agreement with over 100 taxi drivers on hand to witness along with Pol.Maj. Gen Pacha Rattanapan, deputy commander of Police Region 5, Pol.Maj. Gen. Montree Samboonanon, commander of Chiang Mai Police, Mr. Chanchai Keelapaeng from Chiang Mai Land Transportation Department, Col. Kasemsook Thakham, deputy commander of Military Circle 33, Mr. Wisoot Buachum, director of TAT Chiang Mai office , and Mr. Singkham Nanti, president of the Lanna Cooperative Transportation Limited.

Red trucks in the Lanna Cooperative will be required to pick up passengers and charge the standard price in a new MoU signed by the Cooperative and the Taxi Association.

The new MoU requires all taxis and public transport to not refuse passengers and to charge standard prices. Taxi drivers agreed to transport their customers to their designated locations and all vehicles used for public taxi services must be in good condition and qualified to road standards. Drivers will also have to be registered and operate vehicles that are correctly registered. Taxis must use meters as soon as they pick up a customer. Authorities will be working closely with taxi drivers and any violations of these policies will lead to legal prosecution and more.


Chiang Mai has enough water until April

The Royal Irrigation Department Chiang Mai head reports on the state of water supplies in Chiang Mai, noting there is enough water until April.

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The Royal Irrigation Department in Chiang Mai confirmed there will be enough water until April. Water from the Ping Canal has been reduced about 84 percent since the last rain in late January while Mae Ngad Dam has been the source of recent water supplies. Muang District, Mae Chaem and San Patong use up about 50 percent of all water supplies.

The Irrigation Department is also prioritizing agricultural water usage and have asked farmers to plant crops that use less water. The government has also encouraged farmers to plant crops that consume less water and Chiang Mai has been granted a 2.1 million baht budget for projects and a further 65 projects requesting 286.8 million baht in budget yet to be approved.

The Chiang Mai government has asked residents to stop hatching new fish for fish farming since the beginning of February since it requires a large amount of water to fill ponds for fish farms. Residents with existing fish farms have already been supplied with water. Currently there are only 100 residents with fish farms in Chiang Mai.

The amount of water used in the past six weeks was approximately 1.7 million cubic meters supplied from the Mae Mgad Dam but the past two weeks the Irrigation Department has taken water from the Ping River. The Irrigation Department confirmed that the existing water supply would last until the beginning of April.


The 50th ASOSAI Governing Board to meet in Chiang Mai

From left: Sirin Pankasem, Deputy Governor Office of the Auditor General of Thailand, Phisit Lilawchiropas, Governor of the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand, Governor Pawin Chamniprasat, and President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn announce the upcoming ASOSAI meetings.

The ASOSAI (Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions) is one of the Regional Groups of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions and will be holding their 50th Governing Board Meeting and the International Symposium on National Integrity System will held in Chiang Mai on the occasion of the 100th year anniversary of the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand at the La Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai later this month.

Mr. Phisit Lilawchiropas, Governor of the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand, Ms. Sirin Pankasem, Deputy Governor Office of the Auditor General of Thailand, Mr. Pawin Chamniprasat, Governor of Chiang Mai and Mr. Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of Chiang Mai PAO joined the press conference on February 9, 2016 to announce the meetings that will be held in Chiang Mai from February 15 -17 and February 18 – 19, 2016.

The seminars will be held under the theme “The National Integrity System focusing on strengthening the Moral System”. This will benefit the Moral System in and out of the country in which attendees will meet to exchange experiences and use that knowledge to plan and think of new innovations as well as improving the existing National Moral System under international standards.

The ASOSAI was established in was established in 1979 with 11 members and has now grown to 46 members. The International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) is the professional organization of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in countries that belong to the United Nations or its specialized agencies. Supreme Audit Institutions play a major role in auditing government accounts and in promoting sound financial management and accountablitity in their governments.


Man arrested in murder of university student

Brutal murder shocks neighbors

Twenty year old Nakhon Sawan native Atibadee Kaewtim confessed to murdering his 21 year old girlfriend in jealousy and anger.

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A Nakhon Sawan man was arrested in the brutal murder of a 21 year old university student found in her room on February 5, 2016, where police found the victim had been stabbed seven times before her throat was cut.

The police were called to an apartment near Doi Suthep on February 5 after friends had asked the landlord to open up the room as the victim, Papasara Baanchuen, also of Nakhon Sawan had not been seen for several days. They discovered her body on the bed lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds and a cut throat.

Police questioned neighbors who said they had not seen the victim for several days but that she had a boyfriend and that the couple argued often but never thought that it could lead to such a brutal murder. Police believe the victim had been dead for 3 – 4 days before discovery.

Friends of the couple said that her boyfriend, the main suspect, liked to play online games so Phuping Police tracked down her boyfriend, 20 year old Atibadee Kaewtim of Nakhon Sawan, playing video games at a computer game shop in Tambon Suthep.

Police arrested him on suspicion of murder and at the police station he confessed to the murder saying they had fought while he was playing a computer game. He also said they argued when she came home late and he thought she was having an affair. He confessed to police that he lost his temper and stabbed his girlfriend in anger.


Tourists flock to Chiang Mai for Flower Festival

Governor Pawin Pawin Chamnipasat and his wife were joined by Maj. Gen. Kosol Pratunchart, Commander of Army Circle 33 and Boonlert Buranapakorn, President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization at the grand opening of the 40th Annual Flower Festival Parade.

The Doi Saket float took second place as Most Beautiful Float in the Flower Festival Parade on February, 2016.

Floats were decorated with images of HM the King as tourists filled the streets to view the annual parade.

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Tourists lined the city streets for the start of the 40th annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade on February 6, 2016. The grand opening of the popular annual parade was presided over by Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamnipasat, Maj. Gen. Kosol Pratunchart, Commander of Army Circle 33 and Boonlert Buranapakorn, President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization.

This year featured twenty three flower covered floats in a parade that began from Nawarat Bridge and ended at Suan Buak Haad Park where they stayed for the weekend. Many floats honored the 720th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai and the floats showed off a variety of flowers and colors as well as images of the Three Kings of Chiang Mai.

The parade included marching bands, traditional dance performances and a display of OTOP products as well. A competition took place for 3 different categories and this year’s winners are:

Most Beautiful was taken by San Kamphaeng, second from Doi Saket and Third from Amphur Fang. In the Traditional Artistic and Conservation category Amphur San Patong took first followed by Mae Rim and finally Hod – Doi Tao – Chomthong. The Most Creative Award went to Amphur Hang Dong, followed by San Sai and Mae Wang.


Chinese New Year celebrations open with a bang

Traditional dragon dancers open the event

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart presided over the opening ceremonies with President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai head Wisut Buachum, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and Chinese Consul General Chao Xiaoliang along with members of the Thai – Chinese Business Association.

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Chiang Mai’s 14th annual China Town and Chinese New Year celebrations began on February 7, 2016 but the grand ceremony was held on New Year’s Day, February 8 at 10 a.m. with a parade that began at Tha Pae Gate and ended at the Chinese temple in Kad Luang or Waroros Market.

Governor Pawin Chamniprasart lights joss sticks and prays at the Chinese temple for the Chinese New Year ceremonies.

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart held the opening ceremonies where he was joined by President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai head Wisut Buachum, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and Chinese Consul General Chao Xiaoliang. The opening ceremony featured lucky dragon and lion dancers and the Governor and others lit joss sticks and prayed at the Chinese temple.

Local groups join in the festivities with performances of dance and song.

Chiang Mai has a large Thai – Chinese population and is also a major draw for Chinese tourists in Thailand. The China Town in Chiang Mai festivities include singing and dancing performances, great food, art and exhibitions and many more. The event is expected to draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions for the local economy.

Highlights of the festival include the Dragon Dancing Show, The Lion Dancing Show, Ancient Chinese Exhibitions, Miss Chiang Mai China Town 2016 and many more.


Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul visits Chiang Mai to survey regional operations

 

Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Diskul visited with Northern Governors and officials to discuss the problems facing the North including drought and smog.

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Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Diskul visited Chiang Mai on February 8, 2016 to survey regional operations and clarify new policies. He was welcomed by Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart along with the Governors of Lamphun and Mae Hong Son and the Deputy Governor of Lampang. Also at the meeting were all District Chiefs for Chiang Mai provinces and government officers in relevant agencies.

They discussed the drought and smog problems facing the North with all provinces reporting similar problems from drought, with them noting that this year had been the worst in years. Chiang Mai has only 18 percent of water resources left, Lampang has 54 million cubic meters in Kiewkohma Reservoir out of 160 million cubic meters. Many projects have been started to conserve water and residents were advised to plant crops that use less water in critical periods.

The smog problem remains a threat to the health of residents in all northern provinces and authorities have already conducted surveys to prevent people from burning forests and crops.

They also discussed the Damrongdhamma Centers at City Halls in the North, or Dispute Centers where residents have been able to report corrupt authorities, crimes and many other problems. All issues were collected and the data will be discussed between committee members of the Office of the Prime Minister.


CMU introduces new high speed CT scanner

Prof. Dr. Wattana Navacharoen, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at CMU, was joined by Dr. Tobias Seyfarth, CEO of Siemens Healthcare (Thailand) and Asst. Prof. Dr. Thanop Srisuwan M.D., Lecturer of Medical Imaging Section along with other personnel present the CT scanner at Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Medicine.

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The Department of Radiology at the Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University introduced their newest piece of high technology medical equipment; a high speed CT scanner with two heads to reduce the amount of radiation exposure to the patient, shorten scan times and save on costs. The new machine was unveiled to personnel from public and private hospitals at the Chalerm Prabaramee Building.

Prof. Dr. Wattana Navacharoen, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at CMU, was joined by Dr. Tobias Seyfarth, CEO of Siemens Healthcare (Thailand) and Asst. Prof. Dr. Thanop Srisuwan M.D., Lecturer of Medical Imaging Section, who said that “The Department of Radiology at CMU has been using the new high speed computer X-Ray with two heads, the Somatom Force Model, since September 2015 and has scanned over 2,200 patients. Its outstanding point is that by having two heads instead of one head like others, it makes it safer for patients from radiation. Patients receive lower doses of exposure to radiation, which is especially important for children, the elderly and patients with kidney disease possessing high risk of kidney failure after diagnostics.

The high speed computer X-ray can also analyze what has never been done before, such as the cardiovascular system of patients who are not able to hold his/her breath, heart function, screen lung cancer with lower radiation exposure, cardiovascular diagnostics in patient having chest pain symptoms, and other diagnostics which used to be done by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which has a long queue for use.


Bangkok Hospital hosts World Cancer Day

Participants in the World Cancer Day event at Bangkok Chiang Mai Hospital on February 4, 2016.

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Bangkok Chiang Mai Hospital hosted activities to honor World Cancer Day on the theme of We Can, I Can on February 4, 2016. Maj. Gen. Dr. Niwat Boonyuean M.D., Vice President of Management Group 4 and Director of Bangkok Chiang Mai Hospital presided over the opening of the event and invited people to bid on fifty artworks from Lanna artists led by Pornchai Jaima. The hospital is donating the full proceeds to the Cancer Foundation of Northern Thailand to help poor patients with cancer. The auction raised 237,000 baht for the Foundation.

Maj. Gen. Dr. Niwat Boonyuean M.D., Vice President of Management Group 4 and Director of Bangkok Chiang Mai Hospital opened the event at the hospital.

One of the guests David Woolls, shared his experiences combating colon cancer and Emeritus Professor Dr. Sumitra Thongprasert talked about the past thirty years of cancer treatment in Thailand. The Hospital has a Cancer Clinic on the 2nd floor which provides cancer treatment with chemotherapy and targeted medicines.

Visitors view the artworks up for auction; the event raised 237,000 baht for the Cancer Foundation of Northern Thailand.


Mayor checks food safety at Waroros Market before Chinese New Year

Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn inspects the duck vendor at the market with officials to test for chemicals like formalin or borax.

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn chats with one of the duck vendors at Waroros Market.

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Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and local administration officials visited Waroros Market on February 5 in preparation for the Chinese New Year festival to ensure the market vendors offered safe and clean food for visitors.

They also encouraged residents to visit the market and their food and products. They visited some of the shops to test the quality of food and test for formalin and borax. They encouraged all vendors to ensure their food is clean and healthy.

The mayor noted the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities and that the city would be expecting many Thai-Chinese visiting markets to stock up on foods. They will be visiting the local markets and vendors are also expected to stock up on various raw materials like pork, chicken, duck and fruits.

The mayor noted that there have been problems with some providers of these particular raw materials using chemicals to prevent their raw foods from going off or from smelling bad when they freeze and ship, which can pose a risk to the health of consumers. This is why the mayor and local administrators came to visit the vendors today, to encourage them to make sure that their products are fresh and safe for consumers since the market is a popular attraction amongst tourists and residents alike.

During the visit, the mayor has also discovered that the prices of products have not increased much but added that if any vendors are reported overcharging, their permission to operate will be revoked temporarily. Vendors were reminded to clean their chopping boards regularly, wash their spoons with warm water, wash their hands and make sure that their products are fresh at all times.

Most vendors were found to be providing clean service and products, plus most of their providers are from qualified farms. Organic vegetables were also seen throughout the market giving the Waroros Market a 95% passing grade.


Three arrests in Chiang Rai see police arrest ten suspects

Over 470,000 pills seized

Police put on display the 472,000 methamphetamine pills seized from ten suspects in three different arrests in Chiang Rai.

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The Chiang Rai police announced three separate cases that netted 427,000 Yaba or methamphetamine pills seized and ten people arrested on charges of drug trafficking.

The first arrests were of three men in Mae Chan District in Chiang Rai after police received a tip off that the men were smuggling drugs. Police set up a sting operation at the Tesco Lotus in Mae Chan and arrested three local men with 126,000 pills.

The second case also resulted from a sting operation based on a tip off, police met three suspects at Central Festival Chiang Rai with 96,000 Yaba pills. The third case involved four people arrested for smuggling drugs at Baan Doo in Muang District of Chiang Rai with 250,000 methamphetamine pills.

Police are questioning the suspects and investigating further into drug networks in the area.


Chiang Mai honors veterans on Veteran’s Day

Maj. Gen. Kosol Pathumchart, Commander of Army Circle 33 salutes the monument honoring Thailand’s veterans.

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Thailand’s veterans were honored on February 3, 2016 by Maj. Gen. Kosol Pathumchart, Commander of Army Circle 33 and Deputy Governor Phuthipong Sirimarth who presided over ceremonies on Veteran’s Day.

Veterans were recognized and presented with certificates on Veteran’s Day on February 3, 2016.

Veteran’s Day was established in Thailand to commemorate the founding of the Office of War Veteran’s and to honor those who have served and those who have lost their lives in service.

Mr. Chaiwat Suanoom, deputy head of the Office of War Veterans Chiang Mai said that this day is to commemorate veterans who have served their country. They must be remembered as to they shed their blood with braveness to protect their country,which is what made the country what it is today.

Activities during the ceremony included history displays of the fallen, exhibitions involving the war, agricultural exhibitions and health checkups by medics from the hospital at Kawila Camp.

Maj. Gen. Kosol Pathumchart was the guest of honor and read out the speech by General Prawit Wongsuwan, the Minister of Defense and President of the Veterans Council certificates of recognition were presented. This was followed by a moment of silence to remember veterans fallen in duty, and then a religious ceremony and Buddhist chanting. Veterans Day marks as an important day where old and new veterans get to meet and share experiences.


Deputy Prime Minister chairs Lanna tourism development meeting in Chiang Mai

Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimapakorn and Minister of Tourism & Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul chaired a meeting with representatives from Phayao, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang and Lamphun to discuss development of cultural tourism.

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The Deputy Prime Minister traveled to Chiang Mai to chair a meeting with government officials from five northern provinces on developing cultural tourism in the North on February 3, 2016.

Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimapakorn and Minister of Tourism & Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul chaired the two day meeting on the development of Lanna and cultural tourism from February 3 to 4, 2016.

The meeting was attended by Governors, Deputy Governors, representatives from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Industrial Council, Mayors and organizations involved in tourism in Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Chiang Rai and Phayao. Twenty eight projects that are being considered for development were under discussion for 2017 with a budget of 2,355 million baht. There have already been 24 projects underway with a budget of 364 million baht.

The conference was held so that representatives from each province could propose different tourist attractions that need development and update new products as well as services, spas, hotels and resorts that are currently drawing in domestic and foreign tourists. Database information was also discussed about the most frequently visited places that are generating income for the economy as well. Other topics included road projects that will connect focused tourist attractions like Chiang Mai to other provinces in the area as well as neighboring countries. The task of studying these projects was handed over to Chiang Mai University and the Deputy Prime Minister agreed to the terms of providing convenience to support these projects for the general tourism of Thailand.

The Deputy Prime Minister also visited various tourist attractions to inspect how they operate, including the Canopy Walkway, Zipline businesses, Chiang Mai Safari and many other places


Chiang Mai celebrates 720th anniversary

Year round celebrations to mark the founding day

(From left) Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn, President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, Col. Kasensook Thakham from the Army Circle 33, and Ms. Willawan Wornwuthipong from the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce.

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Chiang Mai will be celebrating its 720th anniversary on April 12, 2016 but the Chiang Mai government plans year round festivities to mark the special occasion it was announced at a Press Conference at Three Kings Monument on February 3, 2015.

Members from the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Office, Military Circle 33, Chiang Mai Municipality and the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce joined the Chiang Mai Governor at the press conference to announce the preparations for the celebrations. This year marks the 60th cycle of the city (each cycle is 12 years) making it especially auspicious. There will be many cultural activities including displays on how Chiang Mai was established and how people lived in ancient times.

King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai or ‘new city’ in 1296 on the site of an older city which people called Wiang Nopburi. Chiang Mai succeeded Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom at the time. The city was surrounded by a moat and a defensive wall since nearby Burma was a constant threat, as were the armies of the Mongol Empire, which only decades earlier had conquered most of Yunnan, China, and in 1292 overran the bordering Thai Lü kingdom of Chiang Hung. Chiang Mai formally became part of Siam in 1775 by an agreement with Chao Kawila, after the Thai King Taksin helped drive out the Burmese. Because of Burmese counterattacks, Chiang Mai was abandoned between 1776 and 1791. Lampang then served as the capital of what remained of the Lanna Kingdom. Chiang Mai then slowly grew in cultural, trading, and economic importance to its current status as the unofficial capital of Northern Thailand, second in importance only to Bangkok.

The anniversary actually falls on the 12th of April 2016, but people will be celebrating and hosting various activities throughout the year from January 29, 2016 all the way till December 31, 2016.. A song will be composed for the special occasion and the city will be decorated and many people will be dressed in the traditional Thai way to honor the anniversary.


Oryx baby born just in time for Chinese New Year

The Chiang Mai Zoo welcomes its first baby Oryx in time for Chinese New Year.

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The Chiang Mai Zoo announced the birth of a baby Oryx at a press conference held on February 2, 2016. The baby Oryx, whose gender has not yet been determined, was born on January 17 Nipon Wichairat, Zoo Director announced.

The Zoo is thrilled with the birth at it is the first time the Chiang Mai Zoo has been able to successfully breed such a rare animal. The father and mother of the baby were brought to Chiang Mai Zoo on October 25, 2013.

Oryx’s are quite rare and are native to East and South East Africa. There are 4 different breeds, including the Scimitar, East African, Arabian and the Gemsbok Oryx. They inhabit desert areas but also are sometimes seen in bushy areas as well. They can go days without water and are immune to extreme heat. Their hair is pale with contrasting dark markings in the face and on the legs, and their long horns are almost straight. Their body length is approximately 70-85 centimeters and they can also run up to 60 kilometers per hour. The females are ready to breed from the age of 1.5-2 years onward and gestation is from 8 to 10 months. Several species of Oryx are extinct in the wild but have been part of captive breeding programs while other species are considered “near threatened.”


Chiang Mai Environment Department prepares for the annual smog season

Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment Jathuporn Burutpath chaired a meeting on the measures the government is implementing in a bid to combat the upcoming smoke season.

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The Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment chaired a press conference on January 31, 2016 on the smog season that hits the North annually. The Deputy Secretary said that after last year’s worsening pollution situation the government has enacted more policies to tackle the smog and air pollution issues by having the governors and district chiefs of all northern provinces coordinate with organizations involved including the police, municipality officers, local authorities, private sectors and the military to prevent forest fires and other fires.

Last year PM10 levels reached dangerous levels during a 32 day period.

Deputy Secretary Jathuporn Burutpath was joined by representatives from Region 1-4 Environment Departments and directors at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in all 9 Northern provinces of Thailand. He said that the smog and air pollution happens every year in the northern regions of Thailand, especially from February to April. Every year the smog has affected the health and well-being of most residents as well as product exports and tourism. Last year’s smog season moved in during February and reached dangerous levels and affected all 9 provinces for over a 32 day period. The most affected area was Chiang Rai.

This year the government has enforced more policies involving local officials, these policies are carried out from Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha who stresses the importance of the health of the residents as well as the environment and tourism. He concluded that if all sectors, both public and private, cooperate, there should be fewer forest fires.


Chiang Mai joins with PTT to donate blankets in the mountains

23 communities receive blankets to combat cold weather

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasat hands out blankets to needy residents in the mountains around Mae On.

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasat, Lt. Gen. Wisanu Thraipumi of PTT Global Chemical Co. Ltd. and Mayor Kanoksak Duangkaewruan with some of the recipients of the blankets donated by PTT.

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One thousand blankets were handed out to mountain communities on January 29, 2016 in a bid to help families combat the cold temperatures. A total of 23 communities in Mae On and Wat Chontham received the blankets from Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasat and Lt. Gen. Wisanu Thraipumi of PTT Global Chemical Co. Ltd.
Governor Pawin said that the very cold temperatures in the mountains have caused much suffering among the disadvantaged residents in mountain villages especially for the disabled, very young and very old.
Previous efforts have seen donations by the private sector and local foundations but with the recent extreme cold weather there were still many more residents in need. This time there were 1,000 blankets which were generously donated by the PTT Global Chemical Co., Ltd.
Mr. Kanoksak Duangkaewruan, mayor of Mae-ta said that this year’s season is chillier than the previous years and it has had a major effect on local residents in the area, especially the elderly residents and the young children. The Mayor added that there hadn’t been any foundations that reached out to Mae-ta area until now. He offered a very heartfelt thanks to the PTT Global Chemical Co., Ltd., and others involved for their generosity. He concluded that most residents will be kept warm for the time being and hopefully more aid will come to help the residents get through this unexpected chilly weather.


Chiang Rai police uncover drugs hidden in the tires of a pickup truck

Police display the drugs that were seized and the three men who were arrested in Chiang Rai.

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In the newest attempt at smuggling drugs police uncovered Yaba stashed inside the tires of a pickup truck that had attempted to get through a checkpoint in Chiang Rai.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayad Boonsri, deputy commander of Police Region 5, Pol. Col. Charan Rerngtham, deputy chief of Chiang Rai Police joined police officers at the Poo Kaeng Check Point to announce the arrest of three suspected drug traffickers after 134,000 methamphetamine pills were found stashed in the wheel of the truck they were driving.

Police stopped the four door pickup truck at the checkpoint and searched the vehicle. They found nothing at first but the Deputy Commander said the suspicious behavior of the occupants of the vehicle caused the police to thoroughly check the vehicle. The police noticed that the tires of the truck looked deflated so they took the tires off the truck and found the drugs stashed inside.

Mr. Sakaria Muloh, Mr. Abuharang Muloh and Mr. Mahamahuekree Samae from Narathiwat Province were arrested immediately and police are questioning them further about the drugs network they are involved with.


Bhubing Palace facing drought

Will be closing during the week to save water

Bhubing Palace was built in 1961 in the Central style to serve as a Royal residence for members of the Royal family on visits to Chiang Mai. It is open to the public but will be open Friday – Sunday starting from February 15, 2016 due to drought conditions.

The grounds of Bhubing Palace are a popular destination for tourists and locals but they will now be open only from Friday – Sunday starting February 15.

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Bhubing Palace will be open only from Friday – Sunday weekly as the Palace faces major drought issues and is closing during the week to save water.

Teerayut Inthasen, acting director of the Bhubing Palace, said that drought is a major problem in many provinces of Thailand and that farmers are currently suffering due to water shortages. This year’s drought season is likely to drag on longer than the previous years and so the Palace will limit opening hours to save water.

Bhubing Palace was built in 1961 by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej to serve as a Royal residence and also host foreign dignitaries visiting Chiang Mai. The Palace is open to the public when the Royal family is not in residence. After meeting with the Royal Irrigation Department on January 21, 2016 it was determined that assuming drought conditions remain to close the Palace during the weekdays and only open from Friday – Sunday starting February 15, 2016. For more information, call 053-223-065


Earth Manual Project Exhibition at TCDC

A scale model of a seaside village at the Earth Manual Project Exhibition.

The Earth Manual Project Exhibition offers interesting innovations in tackling natural disasters and is on display at the TCDC Gallery Room on Muang Samut Road until April 3.

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The Earth Manual Project will be on exhibit at TCDC in Chiang Mai until April 3rd, featuring 12 projects from four different countries on handling natural disasters.

Every year, countries around the world are affected by natural disasters. This includes earthquakes, drought, tsunamis, heat waves, typhoons and others which have taken the lives of over 606,000 people since 1995, and causing 250,000-300,000 million dollars (approximately 8.9-10.7 trillion baht).

The Earth Manual Project Exhibition consists of ideas and interesting innovations to handle such natural disasters, during and after the occurrences. There 12 projects total from 4 different countries, including Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. These four countries often face various natural disasters like the tsunami that destroyed the coastal areas of the Andaman Sea, flash floods and pollution/smog that has been affecting the health of people in the past 7 weeks. The Earth Manual Project Exhibition is free and enables visitors to learn how to handle these matters. The exhibition is open from today till April 3rd, 2016 at the Gallery Room of the TCDC Chiang Mai. For more information, call 052-080-500 ext 1.


Chiang Mai China Town Festival starts February 7

President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn, (2nd right) is joined by Head of the TAT Chiang Mai Wisoot Buachum (far right), Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn (2nd left) and a representative of the Thai – Chinese Business Association at the press conference at the Jaow Kuan Ooo Shrine.

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The 14th annual Chiang Mai China Town Festival will be held on February 7 – 9, 2016 on Kaungmeru Road and Witchayanon Roads it was announced recently at a press conference at the Jaow Kuan Ooo Shrine in Kad Luang.

Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of Chiang Mai PAO said that this year’s China Town Festival 2016 marks the 14th year and will highlight the traditions of Thai-Chinese culture. The event is popular with both domestic and foreign tourists who join in the activities which includes dragon dancing, traditional dances, Miss Chiang Mai China Town and Miss China Doll contests as well as a spectacular display of fireworks.

The official opening ceremony will take place on February 8th, 2016 and activities during the day will feature exhibitions of the Thai-Chinese traditions like tea ceremonies, learning how to write Chinese characters, and a wide variety of delicious food and other products on sale.

 


 
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