Yee Peng 2016 schedule
Lantern releases only on November 14 and 15
Page one of the Yee Peng 2016 festival
Page two of the Yee Peng 2016 festival
The schedule for Yee Peng in Chiang
Mai, or Loy Krathong, has been released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
and the Municipality of Chiang Mai. Lanterns will not be allowed on every
night but only November 14 and 15 in a bid to cut down on flight
interruptions at Chiang Mai International Airport.
Yee Peng is the Northern version of Loy
Krathong, festivities will take place along the rivers, moat and waterways
as the faithful release Krathong. The Grand Parade will take place on
November 15 and will start at Tha Pae Gate and wind its way to the grand
stage and judging platform in front of the Municipal Offices just past the
People are reminded to take caution
when releasing the Khom Loy into the air and only release them on November
14 and 15.
Image of two young Hmong girls goes viral after accusations of theft online
Police find no evidence the theft occurred
International media posted two young girls’
image and accusations of theft based on a Reddit post.
Two young Hmong girls that are at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep regularly were
accused by a foreign tourist on the popular website Reddit of having
stolen his girlfriend’s watch, the user, which has since deleted the
image, posted a picture of the two girls allegedly stealing the watch
however, the user had noted that they had been “a bit drunk” at the time
and only noticed the watch had gone missing later.
Police and the Village Headman where the
girls live at a press conference stating the inquiry has been dropped as
there is no evidence of any theft.
The image, which went viral when
newspapers picked up the Reddit post and published the girls’ photo branding
them as “little thieves”, saw Chiang Mai police investigate the incident.
Pol. Lt. Col. Thada Thitapunya,
Inspector of Phuping Police Station, Pol. Cap. Therdphong Chunlasilp,
Sub-Inspector of Chiang Mai Tourist Police, and Methaphan Fuangfukitchakarn,
Village headman of Moo 11, Baan Hmong Doi Pui, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai
brought 38-year-old Phujarat Jirapaporn and 39-year-old Ju Nithiworapop,
guardians of the two children in the photos to discuss the photo and the
The parents said the two girls, aged
seven and ten, regularly dress in traditional clothing to take photos at Doi
Suthep to earn extra money during weekends or after class.
Both guardians insisted that these
children never asked for compensation or money and never steal. They
believed that the tourists accused their children and would like to ask for
fairness from society because the children are innocent and know nothing.
Police said the tourists never made a
report and while they reviewed CCTV footage it would be difficult to
ascertain since there is no date as to when the alleged theft occurred.
Given that no police report was ever made and there is no obvious evidence
of any theft the police have dropped the inquiry.
International media splashed the photo
of the two young girls branding them as “little thieves” despite no evidence
of a theft. The parents of the two girls were very upset and proclaimed
their daughters’ innocence.
Municipality launches campaign to raise awareness among Mae Kha Canal area locals
Looking for support to keep the canal clean
Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor Natchudech
Wiriyadiloktham opens the new activities to raise awareness of the need
to keep Mae Kha Canal clean.
Deputy Mayor Natchudech Wiriyadiloktham, officials and locals pour
clean water in the canal in a ceremonial act to bring clean water back to
Mae Kha Canal.
The Chiang Mai Municipality launched a campaign to
raise awareness among locals of the need to keep Mae Kha Canal clean with
the opening ceremony of the “Conservation and Rehabilitation of Mae Kha
Canal” event on September 24, 2016 as part of National Conservation and
Development of Rivers and Canals Week as well as National Youth Day.
The Municipality is working to raise awareness among
locals to keep the Canal clean and free of rubbish and wastewater with
support from local organizations, networks, schools and the Mae Kha
The event contained exhibitions of works and activities
of youths, students, schools, and the community regarding maintenance of the
Mae Kha Canal and environment. A ritual ceremony of returning pure water to
Mae Kha Canal was held with the Deputy Mayor and students joined in singing
a song titled “Retuning Mae Kha Canal”.
The Municipality has struggled keeping the Mae Kha
Canal free of waste, rubbish and invasive weeds and is asking the local
community to help maintain the Canal and keep it free from rubbish and
Three districts account for 90 percent of poppy cultivation in Thailand
Om Koi in Chiang Mai in top three
Lt. Gen. Somsak Ninbanjerdkul chats with
other officials on the cultivation of poppy in the North.
The Commander of Army
Region 3 Lt. Gen. Somsak Ninbanjerdkul reports that three districts, two in
Tak and Om Koi in Chiang Mai, account for 90 percent of all poppy
cultivation in Thailand.
Third Regional Army Commander Lt. Gen.
Somsak Ninbanjerdkul spoke at a meeting on poppy cultivation in the North
noting that three Northern districts, including one in Chiang Mai, account
for 90 per cent of all poppy grown in the North.
The seminar, which was held at the
Green Lake Resort Hotel on September 22, 2016 was attended by Chiang Mai
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, Maj. Gen. Kosol Prathumchart – Commander of 33rd
Military Circle, Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Samboonyanon – Commander of Chiang
Mai Provincial Police, officials from the Royal Project and other
Lt. Gen. Somsak Ninbanjerdkul said that
three districts were responsible for most of the poppy grown in Thailand;
Pob Phra and Tah Song Yang District in Tak province and Om Koi District in
Chiang Mai. He informed the group that Om Koi had 250 villages in an at-risk
area and 180 villages which are in a crisis area or red area. Residents in
the crisis area were still using poppy as their primary crop and source of
The Commander of Third Region Army
defined a security plan to focus on Om Koi in Chiang Mai for five years
during 2017-2021 by working with military, police, administration,
agriculture, and the Royal Project. The military will be in charge with
suppression, providing rehabilitation for addicts, and destroying planting
areas. Police will take responsibility for investigation and arrest of
offenders for legal prosecution, including small and large agents.
Agriculture and the Royal Project will be responsible for vocational
promotion to plant economic plants instead of opium and seek markets to
supply the products. He concluded that the army believes the villagers have
investors backing them up in growing the opium and plan on investigating and
arresting these investors.
Community Enterprise members file complaint against Night Safari
Cancelled orders will harm the community
Dee Jantakaluk of the Animal Food Product
Community Enterprise presented a complaint to Deputy Governor Mongkol
Suksai in regards to cancelled orders from the Chiang Mai Night Safari.
The local organization providing meat and meat products to the Chiang
Mai Night Safari filed a complaint with the Governor’s Office after the
Night Safari cancelled orders from them citing lack of supplies and
Community Enterprise members produce
food for animals in four sub-districts in Chiang Ma, leader Dee Jantakaluk,
Chairman of the organization said, adding that the order cancellation will
affect over 500 people. The members presented a complaint letter to Deputy
Governor Mongkol Suksai, and said that they have contracted to provide food
to the Night Safari for 11 years. However, the Night Safari put the meat
purchases out to bid which was against their contract with Community
Dee Jantakaluk said that the Night
Safari claimed that Community Enterprise could not provide the correct type
of meat for animal food and also looked for cheaper food. He said that
Community Enterprise can satisfy the requirements and that some bidders
undercut their bids by offering non-standard foods including non-protein
food products for animals. He added that the animals are not receiving
complete nutrition from these products.
The Deputy Governor said that the
Animal Food Product Community Enterprise should register in Mae Hia as well
which is a public area. He said it was originally registered in private
areas and by registering in a public area then the Community Enterprise
could receive provincial assistance. He added that it was important to help
agriculturalists in Chiang Mai and that the cancellation of orders would
have a huge impact on local people’s lives.
Governor visits flood victims in Mae On
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart
investigates damage to a bridge in Mae On District from last week’s
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart
visited Mae On District in Chiang Mai on September 19 to inspect the damage
from flooding in the district and distribute aid to flood victims.
The district suffered damage after
heavy rains with two damaged bridges and many areas washed out. Temporary
bridges were built and the team followed up checking water volumes in Mae
Takai Reservoir. The Governor handed out aid bags to 59 families affected by
damaged two bridges in Mae On, Governor Pawin Chamniprasat inspects the
damages and the new temporary bridges.
San Kamphaeng was also affected by
flooding from the Mae On River but as the rains eased the river level
lowered and flood waters drained. Residents were cleaning their homes after
the flood waters had receded and the debris was removed from the river to
make the water flow smoothly.
The Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation Office informed community leaders and Local Administration
Organizations in Mae-On and San Kamphaeng to be ready and observe for 24
hours although there was no further rain.
Police seize over 200 million in property from drug traffickers in ten provinces
seized over 200 million baht in assets from drug traffickers in ten
provinces as part of the government policy to create drug free communities.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Thirasawat,
Commander of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayatch Boonri, deputy
commander of Police Region 5, and Wichai Chaimongkol, Director at the
Drug Suppression Center Region 5 led the raids on various properties in
Chiang Mai to seize assets from drug traffickers.
Police in ten provinces seized
properties valued at more than 200 million baht after a joint operation
between three Regional Police headquarters; Region 1, Region 2 and Region 5.
After the arrest of a drug trafficker
led police to uncover a network in ten provinces including Chiang Mai,
Lamphun, Bangkok, Pathum Thani, Chonburi, Samut Prakarn, Angthong, Nakhon
Ratchasima, Saraburi and Nan. Over three hundred police officers took part
in the raids.
The raids were announced on September
19, 2016 as part of the government policy to create a drug free community
under orders given by Gen. Paiboon Khumchaya, the Minister of Justice and
Pol. Gen Chakatip Chaijinda, commander of the National Thai Police. In
Chiang Mai the raids were led by Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Thirasawat,
Commander of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayatch Boonri, deputy
commander of Police Region 5, and Wichai Chaimongkol, Director at the Drug
Suppression Center Region 5.
Assets seized included 17 bank accounts
with 4 million baht, 18 checks for cash valued at 1.5 million baht, 13
homes, land, businesses and apartments valued at over 100 million baht.
Fourteen cars valued at 15 million baht were seized along with 16 trucks and
excavators valued at 50 million baht and gold, guns and other items for a
grand total of over 200 million baht.
Campaign against use of rhino horns and elephant tusks on September 24
and organizers announce the March for Elephants and Rhinos on September 24
at Three Kings Monument at 9 a.m.
A press conference was held announcing
the upcoming March for Elephants and Rhinos to be held on September 24, 2016
to promote awareness of the plight of the animals and to condemn the ivory
trade. Many famous actors and celebrities have joined the campaign.
The Love Elephant Foundation and the
Environment Department Chiang Mai invites residents and tourists to join the
campaign against elephant tusks and rhino horn trade on September 24, 2016
at Three Kings Monument to Tha Pae Gate from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Over five hundred people are expected
to join the event said Suchet Yutthonglang, the organizer of the campaign
against elephant and rhino horn trade along with Dr. Prasit Mochart, vice
chairman of the Love Elephant Foundation. Well-known actors such as Ananda
Everingham, Lous Scot, Bow Benjasiri, Nampueng Narika, Gay Cholada
Mekratree, Natalie David, Hong Suchada, Nuey Ketrin and Off Thanop are
planning on joining the March for Elephants and Rhinos.
2016 Cancer Care Charity Run By Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai on Saturday November 5
Cancer Care Charity Run will be held on Saturday November 5 at Royal
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai in
cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai Office,
Royal Park Rajapruek and Chiang Mai Night Safari is inviting the public
to join the “2016 Cancer Care Charity Bike Fun Run” on Saturday,
November 5, 2016 from 5:30 am.
This charity event marks some 20
years since Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai staged its first Terry Fox
Charity Run. All those strides along so many kilometres have so far
raised an amazing THB 40 million for cancer research projects in
Thailand, so the concept of fun with a serious purpose seems to be
working. The Haematological Cancer Research Centre and the Genetic
Cancer Research Centre at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital under the
auspices of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, President of the Thai Red Cross
Society, will receive all proceeds from this charity event to further
their vital work. The largest group running together will be awarded The
From the picturesque Royal Park
Rajapruek through the lush greenery and beautiful landscape of Chiang
Mai and back again, the route is beautifully scenic. The senses of
camaraderie will be strong as hundreds of runners get on their marks,
get set and go for a good cause together. A little friendly competition
for the prestigious prospect of emerging a winner in one of the
categories adds further spice to the mix.
A donation of 299 baht per person
to join this annual event, and the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai team
will kit you out with a complimentary official T-Shirt, snack box and
souvenir medal. Plus you will have a chance to win some great prizes
from Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and exclusive partners.
For more information or purchase a
ticket, please contact +66 53 298 181 or E-mail
Chiang Mai readies to host the 2nd World Irrigation Forum in November
Boonlue, secretary of the Irrigation Department reports that Thailand
was chosen to host The 2nd World Irrigation Forum in Chiang Mai on
November 7 and 8, 2016.
Chiang Mai will be hosting the 67th
International Executive Council Meeting on the topic, ‘The 2nd World
Irrigation Forum’ in Chiang Mai from November 1-12, 2016 at the
International Convention Center with over 1,600 people in 25 countries
expected to attend.
On September 20, 2016, Chatchai
Boonlue, secretary of the Irrigation Department revealed that Thailand
was chosen to host The 2nd World Irrigation Forum in Chiang Mai under
the concept of Water Management in the Changing World; the Role of
Irrigation for Sustainable Food Production on November 7 and 8, 2016.
Ministers from many countries are
expected to attend along with ambassadors and academics from around the
world. At the moment, 14 countries have confirmed attendance including
China, South Korea, India, Egypt, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Iraq,
Russia, Sudan, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Bhutan. Furthermore,
the convention is expected to attract representatives from 10 more
The objective of the convention is
to gather Irrigation Departments from all over the world to join and
share experiences in water management and to share ideas and solutions
for agriculture and other water management issues.s. The amount of fresh
water around the world had reduced gradually due to global climate
change and the weather has changed dramatically as well, which takes a
big toll on all countries, Chatchai pointed out. The idea is to share
innovation and come up with solutions, methods and strategies of how to
manage water for the benefit of the world. Conserving forestry and
protecting the environment will also be topics of discussion.
There will be a display of the
Water Management project by H.M. the King. For those who are interested,
the doors will be open to the public as well on November 7-8, 2016 where
OTOP products and others will be on offer throughout the grounds.
Chinese tourists thank Tourist Police for apprehending thief who stole their bags
tourists thank the police for arresting the thief and retrieving their
belongings at the Tourist Police station on September 16, 2016.
Two Chinese tourists who were robbed by
a snatch and grab thief on a motorbike were relieved to get their belongings
back and thanked the Chiang Mai Tourist Police for their efforts in
apprehending the thief.
Two women from China reported to police
that a man on a motorbike had grabbed their bag, inside was an iPhone 6,
wallet and 9,800 baht in cash while they were walking down Rachadamnoen Soi
7. The total value of the stolen items was 72,300 baht.
The women reported the theft to the
police who managed to track down the thief using CCTV footage. They arrested
Viritchaipol Salungkanon, age 25 of Doi Saket, the same day at the Fitness
Center at the Big C Extra on September 15, 2016.
The suspect confessed to the robbery
and the police retrieved the victims’ belongings and returned them to the
two tourists at the police station.
Chinese gang busted for online porn business
Five nationals of the People’s Republic of China were arrested for
allegedly conducting an online pornography business at a luxury home in
Police raided this luxury home in Faham
after suspicious behavior alerted authorities. Five men were arrested on
charges in violation of the Computer Related Crimes Act B.E. 2550.
Police raided a home in Faham sub-district on September 13 where they
uncovered a gang of Chinese men conducting an online pornography
business. The police were tipped off by people who said this group of
Chinese men had rented a luxury home in Faham for 50,000 baht but never
left the home. Food was delivered to the house and there was a high
speed Internet connection installed in the house with many sets of
the house on suspicion that the group was running an illegal call center
but found instead ten computers uploading porn clips to a website with
an online fee.
the men, 29-year-old Li Ming Xi, 28-year-old Mi Ao Xin, 27-year-old Lin
Zhang Bin, 36-year-old Xu Liang Te, and 30-year-old Wang Bo with working
illegally and committing an offense under the Computer Related Crimes
Act B.E. 2550.
Finnish man falls to his death in Wat Ket area
Police suspect suicide
police investigated the death of a Finnish man who fell to his death from his 6th
floor hotel room on September 13, 2016.
Police were called to the Arcade Inn on
Kaew Nawarat Road at 5:15 p.m. on September 13, 2016 to investigate the death of
a Finnish man staying at the hotel.
Police and forensics were called to the
scene to find the body of Mr. Pelka Laine in front of the hotel. Reception said
he had checked in to a room on the 6th floor a few hours earlier and
said that he had been acting strangely.
The receptionist said that the man had been
unable to communicate properly so they had called the Tourist Police to assist
but the man refused any help and walked up to his room. It was moments later
when he fell to his death. Police say there were no signs of foul play, letters
or documents of the man. The body has been taken to Maharaj Chiang Mai Hospital
for an autopsy.
Fire burns main hall at Wat Buak Krok Noi
Half a million baht in damage
Firefighters too about 20 minutes to put out the fire in the main hall of
Wat Buak Krok Noi in Nong Pha Khrang sub-district.
Damages from the fire are estimated at 500,000 baht, investigators suspect
an electrical short started the fire.
Police and fire
fighters were called to Wat Buak Krok Noi in Nong Pha Khrang sub-district of
Chiang Mai at 1:20 a.m. on September 13, 2016 after the Abbot of the temple
called for help.
Municipal fire trucks were on the scene and managed to put out the fire but
not before the main altar and wall paintings were damaged as well as part of
the roof. It took firefighters about twenty minutes to put out the fire.
Phra Kritsada Prapatsaro said that the after the evening chant he put out
the candles and incense before going to bed. He was woken by people shouting
“Fire, fire!” and called the police immediately. Fire investigators suspect
the cause of the fire is a short circuit but will investigate thoroughly to
identify how the fire was started.
100 year old tree falls on Wat Doi Suthep stairs
Tropical Depression Rai brings heavy rains to Northern Thailand
A one hundred year old tree fell onto the serpent stair
railings at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, authorities said the tree was weakened
and fell after the ground was too saturated from heavy rains.
The serpent stair railing at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is
believed to be around 450 years old and was damaged from the falling tree.
Northern Thailand experienced heavy rains and flooding in
some areas after Tropical Depression Rai. Authorities closed several
waterfalls after torrential rains and several districts experienced flooding
during the storms.
The storms also brought heavy winds, knocking down several
100-year old trees at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, including one that fell onto
the serpent staircase railing damaging the tiles and structure of the
No one was injured and it took authorities several hours to
clean up the old tree and remove it.
Wat Doi Phra That Suthep is currently discussing a budget to
repair the damages, especially the very old structure of the serpent stair
railing that was said to have been constructed 450 years ago. They also
claimed that it will take some time to create something similar to the old
Doi Inthanon also suffered damage during the rain, with
landslides and there was some flooding in Mae Chaem, Chom Thong and Mae On.
More heavy rains are predicted from September 19 – 22, 2016.
Grand Canyon attraction closed after drowning
Government authorities announced the temporary closure of the Grand
Canyon attraction after a tourist from Lampang was killed in an accident
The popular Grand Canyon attraction
was closed down by the Chiang Mai Ministry of Tourism and Sports after a
25 year old man from Lampang drowned in the quarry while swimming with
Located in Hang Dong District, the
quarry is a popular area for swimmers to jump off the cliff into the
water. The young man died after his friend jumped too soon and landed on
him in the water. The attraction was criticized for not having
appropriate safety measures in place.
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart
assigned the Hang Dong District Chief Officer, Chiang Mai Public Works
and Town & City Planning office, Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation office, and Office of Chiang Mai Tourism and Sports in
cooperation with Provincial Police Region 5 to inspect the area and meet
with the business owner to investigate the incident and the facility.
A commission has also been assigned
to follow up on the area and to determine if the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon
attraction can re-open. The Governor assured that the government will be
cooperating with the Tourist Police to investigate adventure tourist
attractions for safety to prevent further accidents.
Minister of Tourism and Sports encouraged the Offices of Tourism and
Sports in every province that the offices should push all businesses to
register with the Office of Tourism Business and Guides. After
registration business owners will have insurance to protect tourists
using the service. In case of accident, sufferers will receive 50,000
baht compensation, and 1,000,000 baht compensation for death. This will
help tourists, relatives, and entrepreneurs and create confidence among
tourists visiting Chiang Mai
20,000 people join Freshy Walk up Doi Suthep
20,000 people, mostly freshmen students, joined the annual Freshy Walk by
Chiang Mai University students on September 10, 2016.
Around 20,000 people, mostly freshmen
students at Chiang Mai University, joined the “Freshy Walk” up Doi Suthep on
September 10, 2016. The walk up to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is an annual
tradition for incoming new students at the school.
pay respects to the Buddha image at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep after the walk.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart
joined President of Chiang Mai University Dr. Nivet Nanthajit in welcoming
the students at the Kruba Srivichai Monument at 6 a.m. before they began
their 12 kilometer walk up the mountain in celebration of the 720th
anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai.
Many alumni, including former Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, joined the walk that culminates in students
and others paying their respects at the Buddha image at Wat Phrathat Doi
Former Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra was one of the many alumni who joined the students to
walk up Doi Suthep.
Eight Vietnamese potbellied piglets born at Chiang Mai Zoo
One of the Chiang Mai Zoo
staff shows off the baby Potbellied piglets recently born at the Zoo.
The Director of Chiang Mai Zoo Nipon
Wichairat announced the birth of eight Vietnamese potbellied piglets at the
Zoo recently. The piglets were at rest and feeding from mother Ping Ping.
Ping feeds her newborn piglets.
The Zoo has the Vietnamese potbelly
pigs to demonstrate natural deep bed pig farming techniques promoted by His
Majesty the King for people to raise pigs in a healthy and natural
The Zoo now has 18 of the popular pig
breed that first became famous in the 1980s as pets due to their small size,
intelligence and cute appearance making them ideal for apartment living. The
Vietnamese potbellied pig has a pattern on its body and gets no larger than
60kg and around 2 feet long. The newborn piglets are ready to be viewed by
children visiting the zoo’s special section.
Man arrested in Nonthaburi for two year old fraud case in Chiang Mai
Thongtodtan was arrested by police in Nonthaburi for a fraud case from 2014.
Police arrested a man wanted for fraud
after he claimed to be selling license plates with custom numbers to
customers in Chiang Mai in 2014. Police said Thatpol Thongtodtan was wanted
after he allegedly presented himself at a Land Transportation Department
auction of special license plates as a businessman interested in selling
plates. He then took photos of the plates and then sold the numbered plates
to clients even though he did not have the plates in his possession.
Customers filed complaints of fraud
against Thatpol, police say he bilked people out of more than 10 million
baht. Police Region 5 traced him to Nonthaburi where they cooperated with
Police Region 1 police to arrest the suspect in an apartment in Nonthaburi.
The suspect was brought to Mae Ping Police station for prosecution and
property was seized for prosecution in five other cases.
Police investigate luxury home open as hotel
Police investigate claims that a luxury home
in Doi Saket was being used as an illegal hotel for Chinese tourists
after neighbors filed complaints about the noise.
Tourist police examined a large luxury home in a housing development in
Doi Saket that neighbors had reported was operating as an unlicensed
hotel for Chinese tourists.
Neighbors complained to police that the hotel guests were very noisy and
held parties, disturbing the neighborhood.
Police question the home owner, Bangorn So and her lawyer who insisted
the visitors were family relatives visiting from China.
Pol. Lt. Col. Narongpol Pimolsiri, Deputy Superintendent of the Chiang
Mai Tourist Police led a team with Tourist Police and San Pu Loei
Municipal officers to investigate the complaints after the neighbor
posted photos on social media.
home is owned by Bangorn So whose husband is from Hong Kong. She and her
lawyer insisted no modifications were made to the home and that they had
been hosting relatives from China but admitted the relatives were very
accepted the fine from the municipality for the noise violations but is
now selling the house to avoid problems with the neighbors.
Half a million methamphetamine pills seized in drug bust in Mae Sai
Drugs to be smuggled to Malaysia
seized half a million Yaba tablets, 60 kg of Ya Ice and 7 kg of heroin in a
recent bust in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai.
Four members of what police believe is
a larger drug trafficking gang were arrested in Mae Sai on September 7 with
half a million methamphetamine pills or Yaba, 60 kilograms of crystal
methamphetamine or Ya Ice and 7 kilograms of heroin after smuggling it
across the border into Thailand.
Mae Sai Investigation Police, Chiang
Rai, in cooperation with M. 3 Company, M. 2 Task Force, and Pha Muang Task
Force arrested 20-year-old Mr. Arsor Yoabao from Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai,
21-year-old Mr. Arjor, of Myanmar, 32-year-old Mr. Abdullao Buanae from
Narathiwat, and Miss Kawinthip Thongsuk from Mae Rim, Chiang Mai with the
drugs in Baan Huay Kai in Mae Sai District of Chiang Rai.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Teerasawat,
Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 and Pol. Maj. Gen.Prayad Boonsri,
Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 said that investigation
found that the drugs came from the Black Lahu Gang led by the infamous Lt.
Col. Yee Sae, the intended destination was Malaysia.
Police meet with consuls, tourism operators to assure tourist safety
The Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Pol. Gen. Wuth
Liptapanlop met with Consuls and tourism business operators to discuss
tourist security in Chiang Mai
Pol. Gen. Wuth Liptapanlop, Deputy
Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police met with members of the diplomatic
corps and tourism business operators in Chiang Mai on August 29, 2016 to
discuss measures for tourist safety in the province.
The meeting was held at Mae Taeng
Elephant Camp where the Deputy Commissioner chaired the meeting on
security maintenance of Chiang Mai’s tourist attractions where he was
welcomed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen.
Pacha Rattanaphan. Also attending were Wang Chiew Cheng, acting for the
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Chiang Mai, Matthew
Kupec – Chief of Security of the Consulate General of United States of
America in Chiang Mai, and the British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti
Thomson along with attendees from government organizations, members of
the Chiang Mai Business and Tourism Association, and tourism
entrepreneurs. More than 200 people attended the seminar to give their
opinions on tourism problems and solutions.
The Deputy Commissioner of Royal
Thai Police said that the government’s policy focused on sustainable
economic growth in tourism and the economy and promoting a better
atmosphere for tourists by increasing security. He noted that Chiang Mai
is a top destination for both Thai and foreign tourists due to its
natural beauty, adventure tourism, art and culture, delicious food, and
He said that the Provincial Police
Region 5 have improved the security standard of adventure tours, a new
popular tourist activity in the province. He noted that there have been
some incidents including the seizure of the passport of a Chinese
tourist who did not comply with the car rental contract resulting in the
tourist missing their flight. There have been bag snatch thefts and some
road accidents from tourists driving in Chiang Mai and some accidents on
However, he said that Chiang Mai
has a much lower rate of incidents than other cities including Pattaya
The group discussed solutions for
issues and it is hoped that the seminar will improve tourist confidence
in safety and security in Chiang Mai.
This year income from tourism is
targeted to reach 2.3 trillion baht while tourist numbers are expected
to reach 32 million visitors. Chiang Mai International Airport has
around 18,599 passengers a day from 140 flights. From January there have
been 1,562,837 passengers through the airport of which 121,541 were Thai
and 1,441,022 foreigners. Chinese topped the list with 272,022
passengers, Malaysian a distant second with 28,342, 27651 passengers
from Korea, 19,035 from Hong Kong and 15,419 American passengers.
Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 to be held December 3 – 11
Laisattrukai, Director of Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), Noparat
Methaweekulchai, Director of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB),
Yuthisak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Chiang
Mai Deputy Governor Krit Thanawanitch signed an MoU to hold the Chiang Mai
Design Week from December 3 – 11, 2016.
The Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 will be
held from December 3 – 11, 2016 it was announced at a press conference held
at the Eastin Tan Hotel Chiang Mai on August 29, 2016 by Aphisit
Laisattrukai, Director of Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), Noparat
Methaweekulchai, Director of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB),
Yuthisak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Chiang
Mai Deputy Governor Krit Thanawanitch.
The group signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to hold the annual event which will see more cooperation from
many sectors to promote creative arts and culture in the local way of life
at various areas and venues around the city.
Important areas such as the TCDC Chiang
Mai, Chiang Mai City Arts & Culture Center and Nimmanhaemin road will host
creative designers from the North as well as international artists from Laos
and Taiwan along with international cooperation from France, Netherland,
USA, Japan, Finland, England, and Australia. The event is held annually to
promote the creative aspect of Chiang Mai and to give new designers and
artists an opportunity to display their works.
Two men arrested for theft after robbing many homes in 7 districts
Police seize hundreds of stolen objects
announced the arrest of two suspected serial burglars; 27year old Jetsada
“Da” Jaikard and 29 year old Kitsana “Bank” Tainta, charged with robbing
homes in seven different districts.
Some of the
many hundreds of objects police seized from the suspects and the second hand
shop where they sold the stolen items.
Two men from Sarapee were
arrested by police after robbing many homes and stealing hundreds of
items over a lengthy period of time the Commissioner of Police
Region 5 Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Teerasawat announced on August 30,
The two men were caught after
police tracked them down through the second hand shop where they
sold stolen items. A search warrant was issued after two houses in
Mae Hia were robbed on August 20, 2016 and the second hand shop was
required to release their names.
The two suspects, 27year old
Jetsada “Da” Jaikard and 29 year old Kitsana “Bank” Tainta sold
motorcycles, cameras, notebooks, CD players, phones, guitars,
watches, amulets, and were found in possession of such items as
passports and ATM and credit cards.
Both suspects confessed that
they had been robbing houses in seven districts during the day when
the owners were not at home. The confessed to robbing houses in
Muang, Hang Dong, Sanpatong, Sarapee, San Sai, San Kamphaeng and Doi
U.S. Consular Outreach in
Chiang Mai on September 22 at CMU Library
The Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai will be
providing limited U.S. citizen services during their temporary
closure (Sep. 12-Oct. 31, 2016) in Chiang Mai on Thursday, September
22nd, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM at: The American Corner, Chiang Mai
University Library (1st floor).
Services will be provided by
appointment only. Appointments can be made at:
The following consular services
will be available during the outreach visit:
1. PASSPORT SERVICES:
Please complete and print your passport application online here:
https://pptform.state.gov/. Also, please make a copy of your
passport photo and signature pages in advance to avoid paying extra at
the university for a copy.
Renewal of adult passports
($110 / 3,850 THB – exact change required)
Renewal of minor (under age 16)
passports ($105 / 3,675 THB – exact change required) – IMPORTANT: The
child and both parents must appear in person.
Replacement of adult lost/stolen
passports ($135 / 4,725 THB – exact change required)
Replacement of minor (under age 16)
lost/stolen passports ($105 / 3,675 THB – exact change required) –
IMPORTANT: The child and both parents must appear in person.
PLEASE NOTE: You must bring
copies of your passport photo and supplementary documents requested with
the application. These copies will not be returned to you.
IMPORTANT: They will email
you the date, time, and location to pick up your new passport when it is
2. NOTARIAL SERVICES: ($50 /
1,750 THB – exact change required)
Affidavits (PDF 24 KB)
Affidavits (PDF 42 KB)
Driver’s License Affidavit (PDF 73 KB)
Registration (PDF 73 KB)
More forms for most common notary
services can be found online here:
3. SOCIAL SECURITY, VETERANS
AFFAIRS, AND OTHER FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTIONS WILL BE NOTED AND
FORWARDED TO THE APPROPRIATE AGENCY.
NOTE: CONSULAR REPORTS
OF BIRTH ABROAD CANNOT BE PROCESSED AT CONSULAR OUTREACH EVENTS.
If you need to report the birth of a child abroad before November 1,
2016 please schedule an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok.
Two men arrested in murder
over debt collection
Four more of gang being sought
Two 19 year old Burmese nationals have been arrested in the brutal murder of a
28 year old man who owed money for a phone.
Two men out of six suspects allegedly
belonging to a gang have been arrested in the murder of a 28-year-old man who
was brutally beaten and stabbed to death in his room over non-payment of a loan
to buy a phone.
Chiang Mai police arrested 19-year-old
Jammin and Won, last names unknown and both Burmese nationals, in the beating
death of Sai Nyar Lgin in his rooms in Wat Ket.
Sai Nyar Lgin’s body was found in his room,
brutally beaten and stabbed, police reported signs of fighting in the room so it
appears Mr. Sai fought for his life against his attackers.
Police viewed CCTV in the
area nearby and found photos of a gang of four motorcycles headed to the room
where the murder took place. Police believe the men broke into the room and beat
Mr. Sai and stabbed him until dead. There are six total suspects seen in the
CCTV footage. Two have been arrested and police are searching for the other four
men believed to be members of the Tai Yai Kua Lek gang.
Police say that Sai
borrowed money from the gang to purchase a Samsung Galaxy J7 and was unable to
pay back the money in a timely fashion which led the gang to his home to collect
and to his murder.
Police arrest two men for
snatching purse of Chinese tourist
Two men were arrested after snatching the bag of a Chinese tourist out of the
basket of her bicycle on August 26, 2016.
CCTV footage enabled the police to track down the thieves from their
Police arrested two men after using CCTV
footage to track them down after they allegedly stole the purse of a Chinese
tourist from the basket of her bicycle.
Chen Yi, age 35, told police that she was
riding a bicycle on Rachadamnoen Soi 6 with her bag in the front basket of the
bicycle when two men on a motorbike rode by and grabbed the bag out of the
basket before speeding off. In the bag were 3,700 baht, 3,000 yuan, three credit
cards and her passport.
Police examined CCTV and found the
registration number of the motorbike and tracked down the thieves that day. The
two Chiang Mai men, 33-year-old Mr. Ataphol Pompeng and 32-year-old Mr.
Nantawuth Cimtim confessed to the crime, saying it was the first time they had
done it and stole the money because they were unemployed and needed money.
City implements measures to
combat potential flooding
Dongdang, Chief of Maintenance and Repair of Drainage System Section,
Chiang Mai reported on flood prevention measures in the city.
The Chiang Mai Municipality began
implementing measures to combat potential floods two weeks ago in
addition to measures that have been prepared since the beginning of this
year Tawan Dongdang, Chief of Maintenance and Repair of Drainage System
Section, Chiang Mai recently reported.
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn has held meetings with relevant organizations since the
beginning of the year in light of increasing extreme weather, from
droughts to floods and the change from an El Nino to a La Nina which
brings increased rains to South East Asia.
Past problems can be divided into
three cases; heavy rains lead to flooding in low lying areas that were
built over 30 – 40 years ago and poor drainage due to clogging of drains
from garbage and natural conditions. The second was heavy rains in the
Doi Suthep – Doi Pui area which sees high volumes of water flow toward
the city via the Sai Huk creeks including Huay Mae Yuak, Huay Chang
Kien, and Huay Kaew. This causes a lot of water to come into the city.
The municipality solved problem by clearing public canals, especially
main drainage canals in the city including Mae Kha canal with 11 km
length across the city. The Mae Kha canal has been regularly cleared to
get rid of garbage and weeds allowing for fast drainage. Many small
canals have also been cleared and dredged along with pipes in the city.
The municipality defined spots to place portable pumps, community’s
pumping stations, and drainage gates to solve drainage problems. The
municipality also used sewage pumping stations to drain water out of the
city with the cooperation of Local Administration Organizations nearby
to avoid problems happening in other areas.
Also, high water in the Ping River
which results in overflow is another concern for flooding after it
overflowed its banks in 2011. The municipality already constructed soil
ridges on both sides of the Ping River and reinforced sand bags at
high-risk spots. With the onset of a heavy rainy season the authorities
are monitoring and maintaining all flood prevention measures.
Chiang Mai Mayor signs MoU
with GHB to build houses for the poor in Tasatoy Community
Mai, Tussanai Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor, Pongsakorn Tulanon – Regional
Manager of Government Housing Bank (GH Bank) Area 1, Chiang Mai Municipality,
and Kannika Jaiwong, Chairman of Tasatoy Community sign the MoU at the at Baan
Den Health Park
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn recently signed a memorandum of understanding with
the Tasatoy Community and the Government Housing Bank to construct and repair
housing for the less fortunate living in the community. A total of 42 homes will
be built or repaired under the agreement that falls under the bank’s CSR
program. The budget will not exceed 2,098,581 baht and the Municipality will
support the construction by overseeing the construction and repair using local
labor for the building. The project is expected to be completed by November 30,
Municipality signed MOU of improvement of less fortunate’s quality of live in
community regarding living place
23, 2016 at 10.30 signed MOU according to Improvement of Less Fortunate ‘s
quality of life in community regarding living place project between GH Bank,
Chiang Mai Municipality, and Tasatoy Community as agreement of cooperation to
operate improvement of less fortunate ‘s quality of life for less fortunate in
place of living in accordance with Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy
of GH Bank. The project aimed to construct, repair, and expand living places in
Tasatoy Community for free of charge totaling 42 houses by using budget of GH
Bank which was not over 2,098,581 baht. In addition, Chiang Mai Municipality
supported and was in charge of construction, repair, and expansion of houses in
cooperation with the community commission and people in the community with
turn-key contract with consideration of local labor use from today until 30
November 2016. Members of the Tasatoy community have been living in dilapidated
housing and have low incomes to the CSR project will bring much needed relief..