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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
Italian man and his ex-wife in shooting after dispute
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
By Shana Kongmun
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Floats were decorated with images of
HM the King as tourists filled the streets to view the annual
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
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
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.
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.
Chamniprasart lights joss sticks and prays at
the Chinese temple for the Chinese New Year
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
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.
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.
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
Bangkok Hospital hosts World Cancer Day
Participants in the World Cancer Day event
at Bangkok Chiang Mai Hospital on February 4, 2016.
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
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.
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
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
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
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%
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
The Chiang Rai police announced three separate cases that netted 427,000
Yaba or methamphetamine pills seized and ten people arrested on charges of
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.