Swiss man found brutally murdered in his home
Stabbed and tied to the railing
The body of 60
year old Swiss national Daniel Rudolf was found stabbed in the stomach,
strangled and tied to a railing by his landlord. Police are urgently
investigating this shocking murder.
Police were called to a grisly discovery in
Suan Dok Soi 6 on Muang Chiang Mai on August 16 after the landlord went to visit
his tenant and found the body of the 60 year old Swiss man stabbed and tied to
the stair railing.
Phuping Police reported that the body of
Daniel Rudolf, age 60, had been found by his landlord who had not seen him for a
few days and was concerned. He called out to the man but when there was no
response went in and found his body; he had been stabbed and strangled with a
cable then tied to the railing with the cable.
Police said that it appears he had been
dead for no more than 24 hours before being found and that a Kawasaki D-Tracker
motorcycle and some items were missing. Mr. Rudolf had been renting the house
for about six years. Police said there were no signs of a struggle in the house
so they will be investigating all potential suspects in the brutal murder.
Police officials said that the case would be urgently investigated to find the
Serial thief caught again after being released from jail
confessed to police to stealing two motorbikes and breaking into a shop to
steal cash all in one night.
A twenty year old Chiang Mai man was
arrested with in a day after being released from prison for stealing two
motorcycles and cash from a ceramic shop.
Muang Police used CCTV footage to track
the thief after he stole a white Honda Scoopy from in front of a house in
San Sai. He then drove the bike to Suan Dok Ceramics on the Chiang Mai –
Hang Dong Road where he broke in and stole 3,000 baht in cash. He then
escaped through the back of the shop and stole a black Honda Click.
However the owner of the shop had
security cameras and police reviewed it and CCTV footage to trakc down Leeya
Mayoh, age 20, nationality unknown, of Mae Sai, Chiang Rai. Police received
information that the suspect was riding the stolen bike around the Panviman
Place Resotel in Wat Ket. Police went to the area and found and arrested the
suspect. He later confessed to police that he had been committed the thefts.
Treasury Department cancels plans for green space after community protest
Teachers students and residents near Regina Coeli College hold a banner
calling for a hearing and protesting the planned housing construction.
banner for thanks to hearing
Google map of green area land close to Regina Coeli College
crowds of concerned residents, teachers and students protested the planned
Treasury Department construction citing the destruction of one of the last
large green spaces in the city.
Treasury Department capitulated on its plans to develop one of the last
remaining green spaces near Regina Coeli College after the community erupted
in protest on August 15, 2016.
protest was attended by hundreds of local residents, Regina Coeli students
and concerned Chiang Mai citizens who were angered over Treasury Department
plans to raze the green space and construct buildings for officials.
Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart issued the letter from The Treasury
Department to the media cancelling the project. The letter stated that the
Regina Coeli College had recently launched complaints against the Baan
Tanyarak project and confirmed that the project had been canceled until
Treasury Department had already suggested that other areas should be
surveyed that won’t affect local residents or damage green spaces. This
particular property had been slated for development for some time and
residents were never happy with the projects concerned. The government
suggested that public meetings be held first before planning construction
Teachers and students of the nearby college hosted a meeting to discuss the
potential harm that the project may do, although at that time the Treasury
Department had already canceled the project.
Five killed in military helicopter crash
Crew had been on flood relief operations
Gen Nopporn Ruanchan, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division was killed
in the helicopter crash on Doi Inthanon on August 14, 2016.
Five men were killed when the helicopter they were
in crashed on Doi Inthanon after taking off from Mae Hong Son after
taking part in flood relief operations in the North on August 14, 2016.
gathered at Wat Phra Non Khon Muang in Mae Rim on August 16 for the
funeral rites for the five men killed in the helicopter crash on Doi
Inthanon on August 14, 2016.
Communications with the helicopter
failed at 10:30 a.m. on August 14, 2016 and was last tracked by flight
radar near Doi Inthanon. On board were Maj. Gen Nopporn Ruanchan,
Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, pilots Capt. Sutan
Onmuang, Lt. Nowapat Maneechote, and flight engineers Master Sergeant
1st Class Chaisakda Taso, Master Sergeant 3rd Class Monkolchai Roo-gnan.
Aircraft and military immediately
sent out search parties and found the strong smell of fuel at the 46km
mark on Doi Inthanon, they were forced to call off the search at 1 a.m.
The search resumed on August 15
with over 400 police, military, forest officials and volunteers
continuing the search. They found parts of the plane and finally at 3
p.m. found the helicopter wreckage. Four of the bodies found a short
distance from the aircraft and the other inside the wreckage.
Their bodies were taken from the
mountain to Kawila Army Camp and a cremation ceremony began August 16,
2016 at Wat Phra Non Khon Muang in Mae Rim.
Chansom Bridge opens 5 years after closure for flood damage
Chansom footbridge re-opened five years after flood damage left it dangerous
and unusable. The opening of the new bridge has been long awaited by
residents in the area.
Chansom Footbridge, the original of which dates back 50 years, re-opened on
August 14, 2016, five years after it was forced to close after flood damage
Gen. Kosol Pathuchart, Commander of the Military Circle 33 and Chiang Mai
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn joined the Kosalapirom family to open the
Chansom Bridge after a five year closure. Present were members of the Indian
Consul in Chiang Mai, residents and tourists.
Chansom Anusorn Bridge is located between Charoenraj Road in front of Wat
Khetkaram and the Waroros Market and had been there for over 50 years. The
bridge was closed in 2011 after damage from the high river and flooding made
it too dangerous to use. The re-construction of the bridge began in 2012 but
was halted due to natural causes for a short term on the same year, and was
later taken over by the Marine Department. The bridge is 3 meters wide, 110
meters long and was resurfaced with concrete and metal structures as well as
new posts. The contractor was the Donchan Limited with a budget of 8,730,000
first bridge was built from teak wood over 50 years ago and allowed people
to cross from the temple to the market area. After a while it was damaged
and authorities repaired it with bamboo giving it a second name, Kua Tae. It
was only usable in the dry season as it was too dangerous to use in the
rainy season when the river ran high. It was later re-built out of concrete
in 1964 with the support of Mr. Montree Kosalapirom who funded the
construction to honor his deceased wife. The bridge was frequently used to
cross the Ping River but the closure forced people to use alternative
methods to cross the river. The re-opening has been long awaited by
residents in the area.
Security in Chiang Mai tightened up after bombings in Southern Thailand
Police and volunteers are patrolling public
spaces including malls and other popular areas.
After Southern Thailand was hit by a
series of bombs on August 11 and 12 security in Chiang Mai was tightened up
as well as at other major tourist destinations in Thailand.
Five locations in the middle Southern
region were struck by bombs including the tourist areas of Hua Hin and
Phuket along with Muang Surat Thani, Takua Pa in Phang Nga, Muang Nakhon Si
Thammarat and Trang. Four people were killed and many injured in the series
The Director of Chiang Mai
International Airport Cpt. Wisut Jantana announced increased security
measures at the airport, with more searches of bags and vehicles. Empty
vehicles are only allowed to park in the parking lot in front of the
building and only public transport is allowed to park near the building.
Checkpoints were set up and bomb specialists set on alert.
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart said that
authorities have tightened up security in town, with police and volunteers
stationed throughout tourist areas, shopping malls and other public places.
Residents have been asked to keep an eye out for suspicious people or
packages, a recent false alarm in the Nimmanhaemin area saw EOD specialists
out to check a bag that turned out to carry only tools. Police will be
keeping an eye on the CCTV or Police Eyes cameras to make sure that they
reach any location if there’s any suspicion.
Furthermore, the EOD, Police and
Military are coordinating in doing regular patrols to make sure the tourist
attractions and highly populated areas are safe.
U.S. Consular section in Chiang Mai to be suspended September 12 – November 1
Except for U.S. citizen emergencies,
consular services at the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai will be
suspended from September 12, 2016 to November 1, 2016, due to necessary
renovations to the Consular Section.
All nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants
who intend to travel during this period should make appointments with the
U.S. Embassy in Bangkok at
Applicants for all routine U.S. citizen
services such as U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and
notarial services required during this period should make an appointment
with the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok at
The American Citizen Services (ACS)
Unit will remain available by email and phone for emergency U.S. citizen
services such as death and welfare/whereabouts cases; and we will continue
to accept voter registration, absentee ballot requests, and absentee
ballots. Also, please note that the ACS Unit will conduct several U.S.
citizen outreach events in and around Chiang Mai during this period to
process requests for U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and
notarial services. Information regarding these outreach events and other
important updates will be posted on our website at
https://th.usembassy.gov/news-events/ and sent out via email.
Pang Chang Resort Elephant Camp to pay for use of public watershedd
August 4, 2016, at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Mae Rim
district Chatuporn Burusphat, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
of Natural Resources and Mongkol Sooksai, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai
witnessed the signing ceremony for compensation to local villagers for
maintenance of the Mae Sa watershed.
The Pang Chang Resort Elephant Camp
signed an agreement with Ban Mae Nai Pattana and representatives of
operators of the Mae Saw Watershed, Mae Rim District and the Regional
Waterworks Office Zone 9 to compensate for use of the water and to
compensate them for taking care of the forest in the watershed.
On August 4, 2016, at the Queen
Sirikit Botanical Garden in Mae Rim district Chatuporn Burusphat, Deputy
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Mongkol
Sooksai, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai were witnesses at the signing
This is part of a government plan
for tourism operators to compensate villagers for their efforts in
maintaining watersheds; the money will go to help build weirs along the
Mae Saw River. This is one of four pilot river basin or watershed
projects in Thailand. The others are the Sayby basin in Ubon
Ratchathani, Nam Tha Cheen basin in Samut Sakhon, and Koh Pha-Ngan and
watersheds in Surat Thani.
The program was developed with the
Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment , United Nation
Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Funds to promote
management of forest resources and integrated watershed projects with
the participation of the community.
Voter lists stolen from two voting stations in Chiang Mai
Polling stations in Mae Rim and San Patong districts
The Village Headman of Mae Ka in San Patong
shows the voter lists on display – from now on until the referendum village
headmen will be taking the voter lists down every evening and bringing them
home for safe storage.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Samboonnanon,
Commissioner of Chiang Mai Provincial Police announced that he had received
two reports from police that voter registration lists had been stolen from
polling stations, one station is located in Mae Ka, San Patong and the other
in Sanpong in Mae Rim District. Election officials reprinted the lists for
the polling stations immediately upon receiving the report.
Pol. Col. Akarin Kasa, Superintendent
of San Patong Police Station in charge of the 14th referendum
unit, Ban Boa Kang, Moo 14, Mae Ka, San Patong reported to Headquarters that
the list of registered voters had gone missing in the evening of July 30 and
that officials didn’t uncover the theft until Monday, August 1, 2016. He
said that there were no indications it had been lost or accidentally
The list had been placed at the polling
station during the day time so voters could check their names. This
particular station had 222 registered voters. The other theft occurred in
Ban Wang Mun, Moo 4, Sanpong, Mae Rim District.
Chiang Mai Permanent Secretary Prajuab
Kanthiya said that the situation in general was normal now and that the
Chiang Mai Governor had discussed establishing a Center in the province and
each district to follow up on peace and order in the referendum.
Kiangkai Pandokmai, Director of Office
of Chiang Mai Election Commission said that he had already received reports
on the thefts and that new lists had been printed immediately. It was
decided that village headmen would take the lists home with them every
evening until after the referendum.
Police sweep Phayao for crime in two week crackdown
Over 910,000 Yaba pills seized
Police with the illegal items seized during the sweep in Phayao from
July 18 – 31, 2016.
Some of the 436 people arrested during the sweep, six of the suspects
were considered major criminals by the police.
Provincial Police Regaion 5 had
criminal clearance in Payao Province and arrested 453 suspects.
Phayao Provincial Police were joined by Deputy Commissioner-General of
Royal Thai Police Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat Sriworakan, Commissioner of
Provincial Police Region 5 Pol. Lt. Gen.Tanitsak Teerasawat,
Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police
Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayad Boonsri and 3rd Army officers
and Phayao government officials to announce the results of a crackdown
on criminals that occurred in the province from July 18 – 31, 2016.
sweep saw the police target major drug networks, influential people,
gunmen and other criminals in cooperation with the Narcotics Control
Office Region 5, the 3rd Army Area, Provincial Police Region 5, and
Phayao Provincial Police.
Police arrested 436 people, six of which were considered major
criminals. Police seized 910,511 tablets of amphetamine, 12.243 kg of
crystal methamphetamine, 388.10 g. of heroin, 1,322 g. of poppy, 1.655
kg of marijuana, 64 guns, 437 bullets, and 9 chainsaws with a total
value of around 1,225,000 baht.
The Bank of Thailand to launch commemorative banknote in honor of HM the Queen’s 7th Cycle Birthday
The front side is identical to
the 16th series of 500 baht banknotes.
The reverse side of the
banknote shows HM the Queen in traditional Thai costume.
The Bank of Thailand will launch a Commemorative Banknote
in honor of the celebrations on the auspicious occasion of her Majesty the
Queen's 7th cycle birthday anniversary on August 12, 2016
Mr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of
the Bank of Thailand (BOT), unveiled a 500-Baht commemorative banknote to
celebrate the Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty the Queen's 7th Cycle
Birthday Anniversary 12th August 2016. The BOT will issue 20 million
commemorative banknotes to celebrate this auspicious occasion.
The color, size, and the image on the
front side of this 500-Baht commemorative banknote are identical to the 16th
series of 500-Baht banknote.
The main element on the reverse side
depicts the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit in Thai Boromphiman
costume. Other elements include the Royal family image, Her Majesty with the
Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center products, the Royal Emblem, Khon
performance, Lygodium products, and the flowers named after Her Majesty,
which are Queen Sirikit Cattleya and Queen Sirikit Rose.
The special feature for this 500-Baht
commemorative banknote is located on the reverse side. The radial pattern
behind the portrait of Her Majesty and Queen Sirikit Rose will illuminate
yellow when viewing under ultraviolet light.
The commemorative banknotes will be
issued into circulation on 11th August 2016. The notes can be exchanged at
any commercial banks, the Government Savings Bank, the Bank of Agriculture
and Agricultural Cooperatives, the Government Housing Bank, the Islamic Bank
of Thailand, and the designated ATMs at the bank branches selecting
withdrawal amount of 500 Baht.
Australian Embassy to conduct a Consular outreach visit to Chiang Mai August 19
The Consular Section of the Australian
Embassy in Bangkok will be undertaking a Consular outreach visit in Chiang
Mai at Le Meriden Chiang Mai on Friday 19 August 2016 (Passage Room),
between 9.00am to 12.00pm and 1.00pm to 3.00pm.
During the outreach visits, they will
provide the following services:
Passport applications (please ensure
you bring all original documents and a photocopy of each document with you)
Statutory declarations for marriage,
retirement visas and driving licence renewals
Certified true copies of documents
(please ensure you bring the original and a photocopy of each document with
As fees are payable in cash only,
please bring the right change with you. Please contact the Consular section
on 02 344 6300 or email [email protected] prior to your visit if
you require further details and/or to confirm fees payable.
Three teens arrested for assault on man at red traffic light
Three young men ages 20 and 19 were arrested for assault after an attack
on a motorist at the Rin Kham intersection on July 30, 2016.
Three teens were arrested
after a video went viral on social media of an assault on a driver at
the traffic light at the Rin Kham intersection at Huay Kaew and the
Police announced the arrest
of a three teens including 19 year old Narongchai and Pakapol Pimnuan
and 20 year old Natan Boonthong of Chiang Mai for assault on a motorist
at the intersection late on the night of July 30, 2016.
Witnesses to the assault
videod it and police used the Police Eyes network to identify the victim
and obtain identify the group who fled towards Wat Jet Yod after the
tracked down the three assailants they confessed to the charges and will
be held as charges are filed.
Police seize 400 million baht in assets from drug traffickers
Police arrested six suspects in drug
trafficking and seized assets valued at over 400 million baht in Chiang
Police seized over 400 million baht
from drug traffickers recently and announced the results of the seizure at
the Safe Mekong Coordination Center in Chiang Mai on July 30, 2016.
Targeting 85 locations across the North
police announced they had struck at the heart of a drug trafficking gang
known as Muen Jada
The deputy police commander recently
led a team of police and military in a raid on drug agents and networking
criminals, targeting 85 locations in the North, East and Bangkok and seizing
over 400 million baht worth of belongings and others
Pol. Gen. Chaloemkiet Sriworakhan,
Deputy Police Commander,
Pol. Lt. Gen. Rewat Klinkasorn,
the NSB commissioner, Pol. Lt. Gen Thanitsak Teerasawat, Commander of
Police Region 5, Pawin Chamniprasart, Governor of Chiang Mai and Pha Muang
Task Force officers joined the press conference announcing the arrests.
The six arrested included Apichart
Hataitat, Chatdanai Kiethiwong, Thawatchai Kaewchai, Sitichai Rodmak, Ms.
Ying Saengnern and Chai Chaiso with a total of 6 guns, large amounts of
ammunition, 220,000 methamphetamine tablets, and 10 grams of crystal
Police also seized property and asset
that belonged to the drug traffickers in Chiang Mai, including a home and
property, two apartments, a restaurant, a vehicle repair shop, two vehicle
accessory shops, an orange farm with over 120 rai of land, 4 cars, 1
motorbike, 8 more guns, 189 bullets and 55,200 baht cash. The grand total of
property and other possessions was valued at over 400 million baht.
Chiang Mai honors HRH the Crown Prince on his 64th birthday
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart pays homage to the Crown Prince’s photo at the
birthday celebrations for HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 64th
birthday at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center on July 28, 2016.
Chiang Mai Governor presided over
ceremonies honoring HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on his birthday on July
28, 2016 at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center. Joining Governor
Pawin Chamniprasart were foreign diplomats, members of the Northern Royal
Family, government officials, Army and Air Force officers, Police officials, and
members of the local Administration Organizations as well as students and
members of the public including businesspeople and members of associations and
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart leads the ceremony to honor HRH Crown Prince Maha
Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of his 64th birthday on July 28, 2016.
Thailand celebrates HRH the Crown Prince’s
birthday every year on July 28 and honors his good works and service to the
people of Thailand. He has represented Their Majesties the King and Queen and
the people of Thailand and supported many projects around the country. The Thai
people showed their loyalty and gratitude for HRH boundless and gracious
Mae Chaem establishes Geographic Information Center to tackle forest fires
Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart and President of the Chiang Mai Red
Cross Molsuda Chamniprasart join Mae Chaem officials in a tree-planting
exercise as part of the establishment of the Geographic Information
Center to tackle forest fires and re-forest denuded mountain tops.
group planted trees in Mae Chaem as part of community support to tackle
forest fires and smog.
The Mae Chaem Sub-District
Administrative Organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
several universities and businesses to create a Geographic Information
Center to tackle the problems between forest and community that lead to
forest fires and smog.
Pawin Chamniprasart, Chiang Mai
Governor accompanied by Molsuda Chamniprasart - President of Chiang Mai
Red Cross Association, Mae Chaem District Chief Officer, Officials of
Mae Chaem Sub-district Administrative Organization, and Mae Chaem
Municipality, Commission, the Joint Standing Committee of Chiang Mai
Private Sector, Chiang Mai University, Mae Jo University, Rajamangala
University of Technology Lanna Chiang Mai, Charoen Pokphand Group,
Charoen Pokphand Produce Co., Ltd. and Social Section signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Geographic Information
Center to manage natural resources and environment. The participation
with Mae Chaem District will be the key mechanism to tackle the smog and
Todsapol Peun-U-dom, Mae Chaem
District Chief said that the project and MoU was a cooperation of every
part of the community under the Mae Chaem Model Plus umbrella. Mae Chaem
Model Plus is in accordance with the strategy of management of
deteriorating highland forests according to the Cabinet’s Resolution on
7 July 2015 to protect and tackle smog problem and to stop forest
invasion in Mae Chaem.
The initial operation will
immediately be in 15 villages. The Committee established the Geographic
Information Center to manage natural resources and environment with
participation of Mae Chaem District and support from Charoen Pokphand
Group. The center will be a key mechanism for operation in accordance
with the “Mae Jam Model Plus” by developing a database system and follow
up to assess in Mae Chaem. It will help to prepare data and map
precisely each lot of forest land to determine various types of lands,
soil and water conservation forest, community forest, land for use,
economic forest in the community, and people’s residences.
Chiang Mai TAT welcomes Chinese tourists to the province
Refutes rumored drop in tourist numbers
Government officials, hoteliers, the
TAT and members of the police met to refute the rumors that the
drop in Chinese tourist arrivals over the border by car had
substantially affected tourist numbers, citing statistics that
show 95 percent of all Chinese tourists arrive by air and noting
that occupancy rates were normal for this time of year.
After rumors about a silent ban on Thailand
were spread online the Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai held a meeting
at the Panda Club at the Chiang Mai Zoo. The meeting was held with the Chiang
Mai Deputy Governor, the Deputy Commissioner of Region 5 Police, the Tourist
Police and local business organizations to discuss the new rules at Chiang Khong
Immigration Point in Chiang Rai that saw a reduction in arrivals of Chinese
tourists in cars and address criticism of some Chinese tourists’ behavior that
had been posted online.
Deputy Governor Mongkol Suksai,
Pol.Col.Pitsanu Unhaseree, Deputy Commissioner of Chiang Mai Provincial Police,
Wisut Buachum – Director of TAT, Chiang Mai Office, Chanchai Keelapaeng –
Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office, Pol. Maj. Pitsanu
Tieumdee – Inspector of Tourist Police, Dr. Boonta Chailert – President of
Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association, La-Iad Bungsrithong – President of Thai
Hotel Association Northern Charter, and representatives of Chiang Mai Chamber of
Commerce and Chiang Mai Tourism Industrial Council attended the event.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Mongkol Suksai
said that Chiang Mai province has many tourist attractions and all sectors are
ready to welcome all tourists. With 40,000 hotels and complete security system
tourists can travel to Chiang Mai conveniently via both car and airplane from
around the world. He noted that about 800,000 Chinese tourists visited Chiang
Mai last year because of several direct flights and connections to China.
In regards to the restrictions on private
cars entering via Chiang Kong Check Point, tourism entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai
sent the issue to Department of Land Transport to review the current rules and
consider the strictness of those rules. They also displayed stickers in Chinese
with a panda hand in hand with a Thai elephant and the phrase “You are greatly
welcome our Chinese friends” that will be distributes to area businesses.
Director of the Chiang Mai TAT Wisut
Buachum said that there are many tourists traveling to the North, of those 70%
are Thai, and 30% foreign tourists. The number of Chinese tourists in the past
four years has grown and the numbers have continued to climb so that now about
40 percent of all foreign tourists are Chinese. The number of Chinese tourists
in the North has not dropped substantially, Wisut said, and the Thai Hotel
Association Northern Chapter reported that occupancy rates remained at 70 – 75
percent in the green season.
The drop in visitors by car has not had a
substantial effect on tourist numbers since 95 percent of all Chinese tourists
fly into Thailand and only 5 percent enter by car, Wisut concluded.