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‘Get Covid-19 in Chiang Mai, collect 100,000 baht’ tourism groups pledge

Despite being hit with several new coronavirus cases this week, Chiang Mai tourism officials say, “If you get Covid-19 in Chiang Mai, we’ll pay you 100,000 baht.”

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Despite being hit with several new coronavirus cases this week, Chiang Mai tourism officials are making tourists a potentially lucrative offer: “If you get Covid-19 in Chiang Mai, we’ll pay you 100,000 baht.”

Phallop Saejew, chairman of the Chiang Mai Tourism Industry Council, said Dec. 2 that his group and six other tourism associations created the offer to reassure domestic tourists that the region is safe. In addition to paying 100,000 baht to anyone who contracts the coronavirus in the Chiang Mai area, the groups will pay a million baht if a person dies.

Phallop Saejew, chairman of the Chiang Mai Tourism Industry Council.

He said the groups met with the local Communicable Disease Control Committee on Nov. 30 and learned about its contact-tracing program.

“That gives us very high confidence in the work being done by Chiang Mai health officials. All staff members work with speed as soon as a patient is found,” Phallop said. “There are clear procedures even though the outside world may view the public information to be delayed. But all parties work hard until they can get clear information. This creates a lot of confidence in the private sector. The private sector believes it will help the government and Chiang Mai Province to work together through this situation.”

The guarantee comes as Chiang Mai reported at least four cases of the virus among a group of women who skipped quarantine when they returned from Myanmar and went out partying despite having Covid-19 symptoms. Ten cases related to the group have been reported nationwide as of Wednesday.


Donations pour in for Red Cross fair, lottery

Residents brought new and second-hand items to sell in the Red Cross Macha Kacaht shop and for prizes in the foundation’s new year’s lottery.

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People donated motorcycles, bicycles, appliances and other goods to the Chiang Mai Red Cross as it prepared for its annual new year charity fair.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat and wife Sudaporn, president of Chiang Mai Red Cross Foundation, were on hand at Territorial Volunteer Regiment 1 Dec. 2 as residents brought new and second-hand items to sell in the Red Cross Macha Kacaht shop and for prizes in the foundation’s new year’s lottery.

The Red Cross and OTOP fair will be held from Dec. 30 to Jan. 10 on the field behind Chiang Mai City Hall in Mueang District.

The fair will see the selling of cheap agricultural products as well as locally made goods from 25 districts.

Funds from the fair and lottery will go toward Red Cross projects encompassing disaster relief, help for the poor, disabled and elderly, and other public charities.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat and wife Sudaporn, president of Chiang Mai Red Cross Foundation.

People donated motorcycles, bicycles, appliances and other goods to the Chiang Mai Red Cross.


Covid-infected Chiang Mai woman skipped quarantine, likely entered Thailand illegally

A 29-year-old Thai woman tested who had returned from Myanmar where she had been since Oct. 23, tested positive for Covid-19, said Dr. Sopon Liamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division at the Public Health Ministry.

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A Chiang Mai woman who tested positive for the coronavirus Friday may have entered Thailand illegally from Myanmar and skipped quarantine, authorities said.

Health officials on Saturday were scrambling to reach and test 326 people deemed to be at risk of contracting the disease from the bar hostess. More than 100 of those were considered at high risk.

Public-health workers in full hazmat suits are spraying disinfectant in locations the woman visited.

The 29-year-old Thai woman had returned from Myanmar where she had been since Oct. 23 and where she likely was infected, said Dr. Sopon Liamsirithavorn, director of the Communicable Diseases Division at the Public Health Ministry.

On Nov. 23, she developed a fever, diarrhea and lost her sense of smell. The next day she developed a cough and headache, but still proceeded to travel to Mae Sai District in Chiang Rai by a public van and never entered quarantine.

The only way that happens, authorities said, is if she entered the country illegally.

Early on Nov. 25 she arrived in Chiang Mai by bus and went to her condominium with a Grab ride-sharing car. She took another Grab that night to meet friends, share cigarettes and sing at a karaoke bar in the Santitham area. After the bar closed, the three women joined two others in a friend’s apartment to continue drinking.

On Nov. 25 the infected woman continued her travels by Grab Car, visiting shopping malls, a cinema, restaurants and retail stores. She was said to have worn a mask most of the time.

Only on Nov. 26 did she finally go to a private hospital in Chiang Mai where she was tested for Covid-19. When the test came back positive, she was transferred to Nakornping Hospital.

Chiang Mai has gone into full-on panic mode, with Central Festival Chiang Mai closed for a “big cleaning”, several employees quarantined for 14 days, alerts sent to everyone who checked in with the Thai Chana contact-tracing app, and public-health workers in full hazmat suits spraying disinfectant inside the karaoke bar in Chang Phuek Subdistrict and other locations the woman visited.

Chiang Mai has gone into full-on panic mode, with Central Festival Chiang Mai closed for a big cleaning.

The infected woman visited shopping malls, a cinema, restaurants and retail stores.


Chiang Mai Horticultural Festival officially opens

Highland Research and Development Institute Director Wirat Prappruk presides over the Chiang Mai Horticultural Festival opening ceremony.

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Flowers, agriculture and northern culture will merge for four months as the Chiang Mai Horticultural Festival returns to Chaloemphrakiat Ratchaphruek 2006 Park.

The festival, which began Nov. 1, saw its official opening Nov. 27 with Highland Research and Development Institute Director Wirat Prappruk presiding over the ceremonies. It runs through Feb. 28.

The festival began in 2006 when the Agriculture and Co-operatives Ministry organized the World Horticultural Fair at the Royal Agricultural Research Center in Hang Dong District. Twelve years later, in 2018, the HDRI was instructed to revive the event and take over management of the park to develop a horticulture learning center and an agricultural and cultural tourist attraction.

A major target of the learning center is the North’s hilltribe peoples who have transitioned from growing opium to vegetables, fruits, flowers, coffee and bio-products.

The institute seeks to create better quality of life for the 4,000 groups of homes sitting 500 meters above sea level in the greater Chiang Mai area.

Poverty is severe there and has been exacerbated by degradation of the watershed environment.

The festival runs through Feb. 28.

A major target of the learning center is the North’s hilltribe peoples who have transitioned from growing opium to vegetables, fruits, flowers, coffee and bio-products.

The institute seeks to create better quality of life for the 4,000 groups of homes sitting 500 meters above sea level in the greater Chiang Mai area.


Chiang Mai airport’s new bag-screen system to go live Dec. 1

Final testing is underway on a new baggage-screening system at Chiang Mai Airport.

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Final testing is underway on a new baggage-screening system at Chiang Mai Airport with expectations it will go into service Dec. 1.

Airport Deputy Director Mathayat Kraisorn Thongsri watched Nov. 27 as security officers ran a simulation of a passenger checking bags at the counter and carrying hand luggage on board.

A test with real passengers was planned for Friday morning. If everything runs smoothly, the new system will be turned on for all passengers Tuesday.

The switch will mean bags no longer will have to be screened when entering the passenger terminal with guards only checking body temperatures.

Those with no checked luggage can now check-in through various channels and simply pass through security at the gates.

Those with checked luggage will go to the check-in counter and then bring their luggage to the scanner.

Passengers carrying licensed firearms must register at Gate 3.

If everything runs smoothly, the new system will be turned on for all passengers Tuesday, Dec. 1.


Volunteers clean Chiang Mai’s Lanna Garden Rama IX

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat salutes their Majesties the King and Queen, as well as Rama VI on Rama VI Day Nov. 25.

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Government workers and volunteers cleaned Lanna Garden Rama IX to honor the late King Rama VI.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat opened the Nov. 25 event at the Chang Phuek Subdistrict garden.

Participants painted the park’s nameplate, planted trees, cut grass, pruned trees and washed walkways and roads.

Volunteers pledge to do good deeds and uphold their commitment to the monarchy.

Participants paint the park’s nameplate.

Young and old get together to clean the park.


280 clean Mahidol Road in Chiang Mai

Almost 300 Chiang Mai government workers fanned out along Mahidol Road to give it a scrubbing in preparation for an anticipated rush of December tourists.

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Almost 300 Chiang Mai government workers fanned out along Mahidol Road to give it a scrubbing in preparation for an anticipated rush of December tourists.

Eknarin Jintawong, director of Chiang Mai Highway District 2, kicked off the Nov. 25 cleanup of the Muang District road with 280 civil servants from the local government and highway district.

They picked up trash, removed illegal signs, washed the road surface and trimmed trees along the route from Don Chan to Chiang Mai International Airport, a distance of more than 7.5 kilometers.

Local officials predict the Father’s Day four-day weekend will bring another flock of Thai tourists to the area.

Government workers clean the bridge over the Ping River in anticipation of a busy tourism high season.

Workers picked up trash, removed illegal signs, washed the road surface and trimmed trees.


Chiang Mai remembers King Rama VI

Chiang Mai officials, educators and boy and girl scouts mark the 95th anniversary of the death of HM King Rama VI.

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Chiang Mai officials, educators, boy and girl scouts marked the 95th anniversary of the death of HM King Rama VI, who founded the Boy Scouts of Thailand in 1911.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat laid a wreath to commemorate HM King Vajiravudh Nov. 25 at Yuparaj Wittayalai School.

In addition to creating the rank of general in the Thai military and inserting the kingdom into World War I, Rama VI set aside royal land in 1925 to construct the Sattahip Naval Base.

 

King Rama VI also founded the Boy Scouts in Thailand on July 1, 1911. Each year, more than 10,000 scouts march at National Stadium in Bangkok to express their loyalty to the monarchy and scouting.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat laid a wreath to commemorate HM King Vajiravudh at Yuparaj Wittayalai School.

King Rama VI founded the Boy Scouts in Thailand on July 1, 1911.

Scouts recite the Scouts Pledge to honor King Rama VI.

Students from local schools bring wreaths to lay at the foot of the King Rama VI monument.


Millions in jewelry from dead victims found after tragic Chiang Mai road wreck

Insurance companies paid more than 6 million to relatives of a Pathum Thani family killed in a weekend accident on Doi Inthanon.

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Relatives of a Pathum Thani family killed in a weekend accident on Doi Inthanon already have been paid more than 6 million baht by insurance companies as they tried to locate gold and other personal items lost in the crash.

Insurance company bean counters were quick to assign values to each of the five dead bodies in the Nov. 21 crash that killed Sompong Sri-anan, mayor of Lak Hok Subdistrict in Pathum Thani, his wife and three daughters. Insurers were quick to brag and detail each of the payments under two policies, but what actually mattered to grieving family members were jewelry and other items that didn’t make it into the ambulances with their remains.

Amid accusations that rescue workers stole gold necklaces and medals, authorities set out to work Nov. 24 with metal detectors to find the items, which they said were lost when Sompong Sri-anan and his wife were ejected from the cab of their Toyota Hilux after it smashed into ta tree while descending the Chiang Mai mountain.

In the weeds, officers recovered a King Rama V coin worth about 1 million baht, a gold necklace, gold ring and bracelet, along with six other items.

The Nov. 21 crash killed Sompong Sri-anan, mayor of Lak Hok Subdistrict in Pathum Thani, his wife and three daughters.

In the weeds, officers recovered a King Rama V coin worth about 1 million baht, a gold necklace, gold ring and bracelet, along with six other items.


Chiang Mai to install CCTVs to catch helmetless motorcyclists

Chiang Mai traffic police deputy commander Pol. Lt. Col. Supachai Chantra and accident-prevention project head Thirawut Komutabut announce the start of Thailand’s first “smart” closed-circuit cameras to snap photos of motorcyclists not wearing helmets

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Chiang Mai will become the first province in Thailand to install “smart” closed-circuit cameras to snap photos of motorcyclists not wearing helmets so police can fine and educate them.

 

Chiang Mai traffic police deputy commander Pol. Lt. Col. Supachai Chantra and accident-prevention project head Thirawut Komutabut said the goal is to cut the number of deaths and injuries resulting from accidents in which motorbike drivers and passengers didn’t wear helmets.

The first phase of the project that begins Dec. 15 will see two “Smart AI CCTV” cameras installed each in Muang, San Sai, Saraphi, Mae Rim and Hang Dong districts. Signs also will be posted warning motorcyclists about the cameras and explaining the risks of not wearing helmets.

Thailand has one of the highest road fatality rates in the world with motorcycles involved in more than 80 percent of those deaths. In Chiang Mai, 504 people have been killed in road accidents this year, 398 of them on motorcycles. In the five targeted districts alone there have been 243 deaths, 204 of them riding motorbikes.

 

The cameras are being funded with a grant from the Thailand Safer Roads Foundation. Police in each district will review the photos of offending motorcyclists and deliver tickets in person to the owner’s home to explain the risk of driving without a helmet.

Of course, drivers and passengers also will be fined 800 and 400 baht, respectively. It’s hoped education and repeated fines will result in an 80 percent reduction in fatalities in the five districts. 

Pol. Lt. Col. Supachai Chantra said police in each district will review the photos of offending motorcyclists and deliver tickets in person to the owner’s home to explain the risk of driving without a helmet.

In Chiang Mai, 504 people have been killed in road accidents this year, 398 of them on motorcycles.


Pathum Thani’s Lak Hok Subdistrict mayor, family killed in Chiang Mai road wreck

The mayor of Pathum Thani’s Lak Hok Subdistrict and his family were killed when their pickup truck overturned while taking a sharp curve on the road down from Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon.

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The mayor of Pathum Thani’s Lak Hok Subdistrict and his family were killed when their pickup truck overturned while taking a sharp curve on the road down from Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon.

Sompong Sri-anan, his wife and four female relatives – some of whom were sitting in the bed of the Toyota pickup – all were thrown from the vehicle in the Nov. 21 crash on Highway 1009 from Chom Thong to Doi Inthanon in Baan Luang Subdistrict.

Witthaya Chainan, head of the Chom Thong Highways Department, said the truck was a Highways Department vehicle. The driver lost control while descending from the top of the mountain. The truck hit a tree, ejecting six people, five of whom died.

Sompong Sri-anan, his wife and four female relatives – some of whom were sitting in the bed of the Toyota pickup – all were thrown from the vehicle.


Chiang Mai ‘Inthakin’ ceremony sees prayers for peace, rain

Chedi Luang Temple monks ask for blessings and safeguards for Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai monks prayed for rain, peace and prosperity in the annual ceremony to pay homage to the city pillar.

The Nov. 21 ceremony at the “Inthakin” pillar, Chedi Luang Temple monks asked for blessings and safeguards for Chiang Mai and the nation, to promote peace and protect the Chakri Dynasty.

Farmers were invited to attend and participate in the service, which features a rain-making Buddha figure and chanting an incantation to pray for abundant rain, rice and fish as well as stability and wealth.

Chiang Mai monks prayed for rain, peace and prosperity in the annual ceremony to pay homage to the city pillar.

Devout Buddhists participate in the service to promote peace and protect the Chakri Dynasty.

The Nov. 21 ceremony took place at the beautiful Inthakin pillar.


Return home for family of 5 killed in Chiang Mai mountain slowed by ambulance breakdowns, crashes

A family of five killed was killed over the weekend while driving down Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon mountain.

A family of five killed over the weekend while driving down Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon mountain suffered more indignities Monday when four of five ambulances returning their bodies to Pathum Thani either broke down or crashed.

The mayor of Pathum Thani’s Lak Hok Subdistrict and his family were killed Saturday when their Toyota Hilux pickup truck overturned while taking a sharp curve on the road down from Chiang Mai’s Doi Inthanon mountain.

Sompong Sri-anan, his wife and three daughters all died in the mid-day crash on Highway 1009 from Chom Thong to Doi Inthanon in Baan Luang Subdistrict. The parents were thrown from the truck when it hit a tree while the three young women died inside the vehicle.

An investigation Sunday concluded Monday that Sompong, who was driving, both was unfamiliar with the route and driving on steep mountain roads. He kept the automatic transmission in drive, but continued to use the accelerator instead of letting gravity do the work and only apply brakes.

Others suggested he should have downshifted into low gear. Regardless, the vehicle was moving too quickly when it hit the curve and he lost control, killing himself and his entire family.

The spirits apparently were angry enough not to let him lie in peace as five separate ambulances were commissioned to take bodies individually back to Pathum Thani on Monday.

Four of the five vehicles suffered breakdowns or accidents: One suffered an engine issue, the second "swollen tires" that needed to be replaced while the third suffered a suspension failure. The fourth ambulance ended up on its side at the Mae Kao Sa-Aad Sai underpass.

Daeng Wongpheng, a fellow member of Lak Hok Subdistrict Council, said his and Sompong’s family had come to Chiang Mai for the long holiday and were paying respects to images of Buddha and gods at the top of Doi Inthanon. His car had come down the mountain first.

A version of this story first appeared in the Bangkok Herald.

Workers recover the damaged vehicle to clear the route again.

A fourth ambulance taking the bodies home ended up on its side at the Mae Kao Sa-Aad Sai underpass.


Royal Park Rajapruek Chiang Mai bustling with tourists on long weekend

Most of the visitors are Thai tourists from other provinces. Throughout this four day weekend break, it is expected that more than 1,500 tourists a day will be visiting the park.

Tourists from other provinces flocked to see the beauty of various kinds of flowers at Royal Park Rajapruek, Chiang Mai.

Royal Park Rajapruek in Mueang Chiang Mai District was busy with tourists attracted by the beauty of various kinds of flowers all beautifully presented. Most of the visitors were Thai tourists from other provinces. Throughout the four day weekend break, more than 1,500 tourists a day visited the park.

Tourists can tour the park on a tram, to enjoy the beauty of flowers all around them. There are eight stops in total and the tourists can hop on and off the trams at any time. For those who want to exercise, there are bicycles for rent at a cost of 60 baht. A particular highlight that tourists are keen to see is the orchid greenhouse where a great array of orchids are in bloom. The visitors are full of admiration for the beauty of the orchids of various kinds and multiple colors, as well as Hor Kham Luang in Lanna style.

The Royal Park Rajapruek has also made a feature of toxin-absorbing plants and air-purifying plants that encourage the visitors to relax in the surrounding fresh air. Meanwhile, all visitors are asked to wear face masks, always wash their hands and keep a distance from one another to protect themselves from COVID-19. (NNT)

 

Tourists can tour the park on a tram, to enjoy the beauty of flowers all around them.

 

 Royal Park Rajapruek in Mueang Chiang Mai District is busy with tourists attracted by the beauty of various kinds of flowers all beautifully presented.

 

There are eight stops in total and the tourists can hop on and off the trams at any time. For those who want to exercise, there are bicycles for rent at a cost of 60 baht.


Pickup crashes through Chiang Rai market, injuring 11

It is not yet known why the female driver of a white Isuzu pickup truck crossed the centerline and crashed through a Chiang Rai fresh market Saturday morning.

Eleven people were hurt and more than 15 vehicles damaged when an out-of-control pickup truck crashed through a Chiang Rai fresh market Saturday morning.

Shoppers and market vendors ages 20-85 were hurt in the 7 a.m. accident at the Thung Hong Market in Wiang Subdistrict of Thoeng District.

The female driver of the white Isuzu pickup truck was trapped in the vehicle and had to be cut out before she and all the injured were sent to local hospitals.

A preliminary investigation found that the pickup truck had been traveling from Thoeng to Chiang Khong District on the left side of the road. For some reason, the truck crossed over the center line and into the market on the right side of the road.

Fifteen motorcycles, two bicycles, food and vendor carts overturned as the truck barreled through the open-air market.

A version of this story first appeared in the Bangkok Herald. 

Eleven people were hurt and more than 15 vehicles damaged.

Eleven shoppers and market vendors ages 20-85 were hurt in the 7 a.m. accident at the Thung Hong Market in Wiang Subdistrict of Thoeng District.

Fifteen motorcycles, two bicycles, food and vendor carts overturned as the truck barreled through the open-air market.

The unnamed female driver was trapped in the vehicle and had to be cut out.


Thai Smile launches Chiang Mai- Nakhon Si Thammarat service

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat and Thai Smile CEO Wiset Sonthichai announce Thai Smile Airways’ new direct service from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Si Thammarat.

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Thai Smile Airways on Wednesday launched their new direct service from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Si Thammarat just in time for the four-day weekend.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat and Thai Smile CEO Wiset Sonthichai were on hand as the first flight departed Chiang Mai International Airport Nov. 18.

Wiset called Nakhon Si Thammarat a major destination for the airline, as it serves both tourists and business travelers. The southern province has unique culture and food and many tourist attractions, he said.

The airline will operate three round-trip flights a week using Airbus A320-200 aircraft seating up to 156 passengers. Fares start at 1,710 baht each way with an allowance for up to 30 kilograms of baggage included.

The launch came just in time for the four-day weekend.

All smiles at Thai Smile Airways.


Montfort College to host Family Run Dec. 6

Montfort College will host the first MC Family Run to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary Dec. 6.

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Montfort College will host the first MC Family Run to celebrate the school’s 90th anniversary Dec. 6.

Director Surakit Srisarankulwong on Nov. 16 announced the charity walk-run will raise funds for development of smart classrooms at the college.

The walk-run will be split into four categories: a 10.8-kilometer mini-run, 5.8-km. fun run, 1.8-km VIP run and a virtual run where participants can run at home. Virtual participants can send in results to receive t-shirts and medals.

Surakit said all standard Covid-19-prevention measures will be in place for the event, with runners released in 22 stages to avoid crowding.

Director Surakit Srisarankulwong announces the charity walk-run will include all standard Covid-19-prevention measures.

Trophies and ribbons up for grabs.


Chiang Mai observes Royal Rainmaking Day

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat presided over the Nov. 14 celebration of Father of Royal Rainmaking Day.

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Chiang Mai celebrated Father of Royal Rainmaking Day to pay respect to HM the late King Rama IX’s efforts to mitigate drought in Thailand.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat presided over the Nov. 14 ceremony at the Royal Park Rajapruek Building, laying a fresh flower wreath for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej with government workers, military, police, local administration organizations, business leaders, and students attending.

Thai farmers traditionally have to wait for seasonal rain to grow crops and they are often faced with difficulties from drought. During his travels to all parts of the country, His Majesty found that drought had become more severe in certain areas of the country and rainfall was inconsistent.

Early in his reign, His Majesty became interested in artificial rainmaking to assist farmers. At this point, he began to study rainmaking techniques to seek ways of bringing down more rain to ease the drought situation. He read research work on meteorology and weather modification, which he found useful for combating weather change.

In 1955, when the King visited the northeastern provinces, he looked at the sky and saw a large number of clouds moving over the vast, arid area of the Northeast. The initial conception arose from his observation that there was no rain despite heavy clouds. He wondered how to make the clouds heavier and turn into rain. This idea was the starting point for his efforts to conduct rainmaking operations, which proved successful in 1959.

On Nov. 14, 1955, His Majesty donated his private funds to launch the Royal Rainmaking Project. He also devoted a great deal of time and energy to develop rainmaking technology.

The project serves as a model for many Asian countries, which have asked for assistance from Thailand in rainmaking. Officials from Indonesia, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka also travel to Thailand to train in the science of rainmaking.

His Majesty’s technique was registered with the World Meteorological Organization in 1982. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the throne, WMO presented an award to His Majesty in recognition of his strong support for meteorological and operational hydrology. The award presentation took place in 1997 and came in the form of a certificate and a barometer.

Later, the cabinet in August 2002 endorsed the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives' proposal for the title of the Father of Royal Rainmaking to honor His Majesty King Bhumibol. They also agreed to designate 14 November each year as Father of Royal Rainmaking Day. For more than 60 years now, royal rainmaking has contributed to Thailand’s water security.

 

High-ranking officials tour the rainmaking center in Chiang Mai.

Exhibits were held to pay respect to HM the late King Rama IX’s efforts to mitigate drought in Thailand.


TAT invites domestic tourists to go road trippin’ in North

The Tourism Authority of Thailand invited Thais and expats to explore the North by taking road trips through Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand invited Thais and expats to explore the North by taking road trips through Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.

Kritsana Kaewthamrong, deputy governor for domestic marketing, kicked off the “Season of the North” campaign with Gov. Wirun Phandevi at Chang Lom in Sukhothai.

The marketing campaign emphasizes experiencing the cold-weather beauty of flowers and mist along northern road routes.

The TAT mapped out routes tourists can follow in their own vehicles, running from Chiang Mai’s Galyani Vadhana District to Pai; the Bok Hug flower route through Uttaradit, Phrae, Phayao and Chiang Rai; the Kamphaeng Phet Chailai route to Uthai Thani and Sukhothai, and the flower path from Tak to Sukhothai, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun.

In Sukhothai, the zoo at the airport is a new tourist attraction. Other activities include the province’s organic-farming project, Suksamer Cafe, the Timothy Seramid Sawankhalok's Street, Art Chom Huen Ancient Puan, and Soontaree Thai Fabrics Shop.

Kritsana Kaewthamrong, deputy governor for domestic marketing, kicks off the “Season of the North” campaign

The marketing campaign emphasizes experiencing the cold-weather beauty of flowers and mist along northern road routes.

Gov. Wirun Phandevi co-kicks off the launch at Chang Lom in Sukhothai.

 

The Chiang Mai road trip takes to the road up north.


299 monks receive alms to honor Doi Suthep road-builder

Chiang Mai Deputy Gov. Saranyu Meethongkham opens the merit-making ceremony at the Kruba Sriwichai Monument in Suthep Subdistrict.

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Chiang Mai residents offered alms to 299 monks to mark the 86th anniversary of the road to Doi Suthep Temple’s paving by the “Saint of Lanna.”

Chiang Mai Deputy Gov. Saranyu Meethongkham opened the Nov. 9 merit-making ceremony at the Kruba Sriwichai Monument in Suthep Subdistrict.

Descendants and followers of the famed “monk-engineer” Kruba Sriwichai gave rice and dried food to monks to mark the anniversary of the day when workers, led by Chao Kaew Nawarat, the last ruler of Chiang Mai, broke ground on the modern road leading to the steps of the mountain temple on Nov. 9, 1934.

Phra Dharma Sisters, Deputy Dean of Region 7, Abbot of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Ratchaworawihan led 15 monks in performing Buddhist rituals.

Records show there already was a road suitable for cars there, but it was unpaved and washed out during rainy season. Work continued through the dry season and the road opened on April 30, 1935.

 

Chiang Mai residents mark the 86th anniversary of the road to Doi Suthep Temple’s paving by the “Saint of Lanna.”

 

Alms were offered to 299 monks to mark the historic occasion.

 

The famed “monk-engineer” Kruba Sriwichai.


39 Chiang Mai contacts with Krabi man infected with Covid-19 test negative

Dr. Kittipan Chalom, assistant to the Chiang Mai Public Health Department chief, said coronavirus tests on 39 people who came into contact with an Indian tourist infected with Covid-19 came back negative.

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Coronavirus tests on 39 people who came into contact with an Indian tourist infected with Covid-19 came back negative, the Chiang Mai Public Health Department said.

Dr. Kittipan Chalom, assistant to the department chief, said Nov. 10 that two people in close contact with the 37-year-old visitor from Krabi Province and 37 others with incidental contact all tested negative, but will remain under observation.

Living in the southern province for the past three months after being unable to return to India, the Indian man went to a private hospital in Krabi last week for a health exam as part of his application for a work permit. A routine coronavirus test came back positive.

He had visited Chiang Mai on Oct. 30 and visited several bars and restaurants.

The Indian man later tested negative for the virus and has not developed symptoms.


Ombudsman’s office drawn into Mae Rim forest-encroachment battle

Chiang Mai business owners facing eviction for encroaching on the Mae Rim National Forest Reserve appealed to the government’s ombudsman office, claiming they were being unfairly prosecuted.

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Chiang Mai business owners facing eviction for encroaching on the Mae Rim National Forest Reserve appealed to the government’s ombudsman office, claiming they were being unfairly prosecuted.

Chief Ombudsman Viddhavat Rajatanun and top deputies toured forested areas of Pong Yaeng and Mae Ram subdistricts to meet with business owners and investigate the claims and counterclaims.

The Royal Forestry Department has been prosecuting 31 people for operating hotels, resorts and other businesses allegedly encroaching on the protected forest.

The business owners claim to be some of the 900 allowed to live on the land by a 50-year-old royal decree. They argue they were on the land before the area gained national park status in 1964 and are not encroaching illegally on the preserve.

The forestry department, however, asserts that the original inhabitants either sold off their property illegally to investors or converted their residential and agricultural land deeds to commercial operations like resorts which violate the decree.

Viddhavat said the ombudsman office will collect documents and legal filings to determine whether there has been abuse of power as alleged by the business owners or if, in fact, the forestry department cases are valid.

Chief Ombudsman Viddhavat Rajatanun and top deputies toured forested areas to meet with business owners and investigate the claims and counterclaims.

Business owners claim they were on the land before the area gained national park status in 1964.

Forestry officials assert that the original inhabitants either sold off their property illegally to investors or violated the decree.


Chiang Mai University wins Royal Cup Krathong Contest

The event begins with a float bringing in the Royal Cup honoring the royal family.

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Chiang Mai University won the Royal Cup in this year’s “new normal” version of the Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival krathong contest.

Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn awarded top prizes to winners Nov. 2 at the Three Kings Monument. Other winners included Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna and Mahamakut Buddhist University, Lanna Campus.

Before the Royal Cup was awarded, attendees were entertained by a candle dance show performed by 450 local women, a dance performance by students of Wat Tha Satoi School, flying lanterns and cultural exhibits.

Unlike past years, when a parade of cars would carry large krathongs for judging, this year Chiang Mai sought to avoid a large gathering by spreading out displays of the competing krathongs to seven locations around the city.

People visiting the event were entertained by a candle dance show performed by 450 local women, a dance performance by students of Wat Tha Satoi School, flying lanterns and cultural exhibits.

Mae Jo University was the first runner-up in this year’s “new normal” version of the Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival krathong contest.


2 hurt in Doi Suthep tree collapse

Two people were injured and several cars damaged when a large tree came toppling down across the road leading to Phra That Doi Suthep Temple.

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Two people were injured and several cars damaged when a large tree came toppling down across the road leading to Phra That Doi Suthep Temple.

Two unidentified motorists were trapped in their crushed vehicles Nov. 2 and were transported to a Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital once extracted.

The curve, less than 200 meters from the temple, is a common place for cars and buses to park while waiting for tourists to return. In addition to the two vehicles with the injured people, an empty SUV also was damaged.

Police and road workers used chainsaws to take apart the fallen tree and reopen the road.

Two unidentified motorists were trapped in their crushed vehicles.

Victims transported to a Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital.


Wiang Kum Kam starts campaign to drive Chiang Mai tourism

Gov Charoenrit Sanguansat and honored guests kick off a tourism-promotion campaign for Chiang Mai’s Wiang Kum Kam archeological site.

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Chiang Mai’s Wiang Kum Kam archeological site will host new activities twice a month through Songkran to drive domestic tourism.

Gov Charoenrit Sanguansat kicked off the tourism-promotion campaign Oct. 31 at the well-known attraction in Saraphi District.

The "Land of Wiang Kum Kam Pathom Nakhon Ratchatani Lanna, Dharma Land, Golden Land of Happiness" campaign will offer historical information, travel routes through the district and other incentives to have people visit the area.

Organized activities and shows will be held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through April 12 at the Ekang Temple archaeological site.

Located about five kilometers south of Chiang Mai along the Ping River, Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city dating back to the eighth-century Haripunchai Kingdom. Later it served as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom for a short while until Chiang Mai was chosen to replace it in 1296.

It features stone tablets with Mon inscriptions, Buddhist sculptures and architecture, earthenware and pottery.

The launch featured a temple fair type atmosphere.

Located about five kilometers south of Chiang Mai along the Ping River, Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city dating back to the eighth-century Haripunchai Kingdom.

Organized activities and shows will be held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month through April 12 at the Ekang Temple archaeological site.

 


Chiang Mai Zoo gets spooky for Loy Krathong

A spooky Halloween theme greets visitors to the Chiang Mai Zoo this weekend for Loy Krathong.

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Free gifts and a Halloween theme greet visitors to the Chiang Mai Zoo this weekend for Loy Krathong.

Smith Darakon Na Ayudhya, board member with the Zoological Organization of Thailand, kicked off the Loy Krathong Halloween celebration Oct. 30 with zoo Director Wuttichai Muangman.

 

A free pumpkin krathong or fruit to feed the zoo’s hippopotamus are being given to the first 66 visitors Saturday and Sunday.

Smith said Loy Krathong and the Yi Peng Lanna festival coincide with asking for forgiveness and remembering Phra Mae Ganga. This year it also falls on the same day as Halloween, so staff members are dressing up and the park is decorated in a spooky theme.

A free pumpkin krathong or fruit to feed the zoo’s hippopotamus are being given to the first 66 visitors Saturday and Sunday, commemorating the 66th anniversary of the zoo organization.

Krathongs made of bread can be floated on a reservoir in front of the zoo’s aquarium.

Krathongs made of bread can be floated on a reservoir in front of the zoo’s aquarium.

This weekend is a dual treat for the kids, with Loy Krathong and Halloween.


Princess opens HRH Galyani Vadhana Monument

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn officially opens a monument to her late aunt.

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HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn officially opened a monument to her late aunt in the Chiang Mai District bearing her name.

The HRH Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Naradhiwas monument in Galyani Vadhana District, was commissioned by Chiang Mai City Hall with sponsorship from the Thepparatana Vejchanukul Foundation.

Foundation Vice President and Privy Councilor Kasem Wattanachai was on hand for the Oct. 26 opening with the Princess whom he presented with a gift before she turned on the power.

The 1.5-times-scale statue shows HRH Galyani sitting in a chair. She was the elder sister of King Rama IX and aunt to the current King and his sister, HRH Princess Sirindhorn, and died in 2008.

Surrounding the statue are gardens that are still under development.

The HRH Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Naradhiwas monument in Galyani Vadhana District, sits graciously looking over beautiful gardens all around her.

Thepparatana Vejchanukul Foundation Vice President and Privy Councilor Kasem Wattanachai greets HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn upon her arrival.


Polling stations to increase for local Chiang Mai elections

The Election Commission currently is meeting with political parties and groups to inform them about voting regulations and changes to the law.

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Chiang Mai will increase the number of polling stations to prevent crowding during the first local election since the 2014 coup in December.

Kriengkrai Phan Dokmai, director of the Chiang Mai Election Commission, said Oct. 26 that the Dec. 20 provincial administrative organization elections likely will see an additional 400-600 polling stations to prevent crowds and possible transmission of the coronavirus, even though Chiang Mai has not seen a local case of the virus in more than five months.

Voter limits will be placed on each station. Instead of the previous 2,400 people per station, limits could go as low as 600. Exact numbers of polling stations and per-station limits will be set by mid-November, Kriengkrai said.

The Election Commission currently is meeting with political parties and groups to inform them about voting regulations and changes to the law since the last PAO elections were held before the 2014 coup.

Chiang Mai has 42 constituencies that will send MPs to parliament.

Kriengkrai Phan Dokmai, director of the Chiang Mai Election Commission, said the Dec. 20 provincial administrative organization elections likely will see an additional 400-600 polling stations.


Interior minister inspects Chiang Mai wastewater project

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda arrives to inspect the progress of the Mae Kha Canal wastewater-treatment project.

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Interior Minister Anupong  Paochinda on Monday inspected progress of the Mae Kha Canal wastewater-treatment project.

Chiang Mai Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat, local irrigation officials and community leaders greeted the minister for a presentation on the project to both clean the canal and treat up to 55,000 cubic meters of wastewater in the Hua Fai Community of Chang Klan Subdistrict, Muang Chiang Mai.

The Mae Kha Canal Development Project aims to cut the cost of water-quality improvement, solve public-land encroachment, improve the landscape, restore original buildings, manage water systematically, improve the landscaping of branch rivers and raise awareness about water conservation.

Chiang Mai City Hall manages the community wastewater-treatment system that operates like an aeration pond. Approximately 20,000-30,000 cu. meters of wastewater can be collected a day from an area of 20 square kilometers on the west bank of the Ping River.

Officials bring in heavy equipment to clean out the canal.

The project is undertaken to both clean the canal and treat up to 55,000 cubic meters of wastewater in the Hua Fai Community.

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda meets with Chiang Mai Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat, local irrigation officials and community leaders to discuss the project.


Chiang Mai launches Loy Krathong crime sweep

Deputy national police chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Chinnapat Sarasin and Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat inspect the troops before sending them out to fight crime.

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Chiang Mai police on Monday launched a new crackdown on crime ahead of the annual Loy Krathong festival while keeping a close eye on the use of fireworks and firecrackers.

Deputy national police chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Chinnapat Sarasin and Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat were joined by heads of state agencies, administrative, police and military officers and volunteers in dispatching patrols Monday from the Three Kings Monument.

Loy Krathong is celebrated alongside the Yi Peng Lanna lantern festival. This year, the festival will be celebrated on Oct. 31 and many residents and tourists are expected to release floating baskets and launch lanterns in different areas.

Relevant agencies have made preparations to deal with traffic congestion and the use of fireworks, firecrackers and lanterns, while protecting members of the public and tourists from theft and other crimes.

Included in the enforcement operation are Provincial Police Region 5, the 33rd Military Circle, air force and Chiang Mai city and provincial administrators.

Chiang Mai police on Monday launched a new crackdown on crime ahead of the annual Loy Krathong festival.

Top police officials in Chiang Mai and the kingdom share their wisdom with police units preparing to head out into the city to serve and protect the community during the holidays.


Democracy in spotlight as Chiang Mai marks Chulalongkorn Day

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat presides over the Chulalongkorn Day ceremony at the Chiang Mai Railway station.

Even as Chiang Mai student activists call for more democracy, local officials and royalists pledged to uphold the monarchy on Chulalongkorn Day.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat presided over the Oct. 23 ceremony at the Chiang Mai Railway station. He expressed his gratitude for the changes King Rama V brought about, including the end of slavery that put Siam on the road to democracy.

Ironically, Chiang Mai has been hit with continual protests from Thailand’s young generations who complain that the democracy that Chulalongkorn heralded has been usurped by the military and power-hungry elites. They now want to see more changes to the monarchy to diminish its influence even more.

None of that was on display at the train station, however, as royalists and government officials pledged to love the monarchy and king before cleaning up the property, removing garbage and cleaning the train platform.

Local officials and royalists pledge to uphold the monarchy.

Volunteers clean up around the railway station, removing garbage and cleaning the train platform.


Chiang Mai celebrates Chulalongkorn Day

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat presides over the Chulalongkorn Day ceremony at the King Chulalongkorn Monument.

Chiang Mai celebrated one of its greatest monarchs as military, foreign diplomats, police, judicial and city officials marked Chulalongkorn Day.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat presided over the Oct. 23 ceremony at the King Chulalongkorn Monument. Candles and incense were lit, prayers made and a wreath laid to mark the passing of the king, also known as Rama V.

King Chulalongkorn was only 15 when he ascended to the throne in 1868, ruling until his death in 1910. He transformed the country, at the time called Siam, from a backward Asian land to a modern 20th century nation.

When he assumed power, Siam had no schools, roads, railways, hospitals or well-equipped military forces. To achieve the enormous task of modernization, he brought in foreign advisors and sent his sons and other young men abroad for education.

His most noteworthy achievement in Siam was the abolition of slavery, devising a complex method of “freeing” slaves so that older ones would not be left in poverty with no place to live. Younger slaves were to be released in stages, responsibility falling to the owner to see that they had a way of supporting themselves.

After his death, King Chulalongkorn was named Piya Maharaj, "the beloved great king" and he is commemorated every Oct. 23, the date of his death.

The governor places a wreath at the King Chulalongkorn Monument in honor of the great king.

Local officials lit candles and incense, recited prayers, and laid wreaths to mark the passing of the king, also known as Rama V.

 


11 foreign consulates give OK to 2021 Chiang Mai PM2.5 plan

Envoys from 11 foreign consulates gave their approval to Chiang Mai officials' latest plan to prevent and mitigate smoke and dust during the upcoming burning season.

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Envoys from 11 foreign consulates gave their approval to Chiang Mai officials' latest plan to prevent and mitigate smoke and dust during the upcoming burning season.

Ben Robert Svati, Chiang Mai honorary consul for the United Kingdom, led the Oct. 22 delegation of embassy representatives which met with Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat at city hall.

Before presenting results of a quality-of-life survey and the strategy for 2021, Charoenrit apologized to the diplomats, saying he understood that expats and tourists were uncomfortable with air pollution that ranked at times last year the worst in the world.

The entourage gathers for a group photo during the event.

“We are making every effort to prevent and solve foreign fires, haze and PM 2.5,” the governor said, referring to dust particles 2.5 microns or smaller.

Charoenrit said there is no blanket solution to solving the air pollution problem as the conditions and situation change every year, but he is confident that 2021 will see improvements.

Chiang Mai Province’s plan targets a 25 percent decrease in PM2.5 dust and haze by establishing working groups for forest fire and smoke management at the district and sub-district levels, with provincial disaster prevention and mitigation, natural resources and environment officials monitoring forest areas inside and outside the Chiang Mai city limits.

Constant monitoring is to be employed to control hotspots and ensure that farmers do not co-opt burned forest areas.

District officials also were directed to stage activities such as a cycling campaign to reduce vehicle use.

Speaking for the group, Svati said he was satisfied with the strategy for the upcoming burnings season and that the British consulate stands ready to assist if needed.


Chiang Mai targets 4th straight drop in Loy Krathong waste

Each year tons upon tons of banana-leaf and foam krathongs end up at the Tha Wang Tan floodgates, requiring a massive cleanup.

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Used krathongs and other holiday garbage in the Ping River has declined 83 percent since 2017 and Chiang Mai officials are pushing for another drop this Loy Krathong.

Chiang Mai Irrigation Office Director Jarin Kongsricharoen said Oct. 21 that each year tons upon tons of banana-leaf and foam krathongs end up at the Tha Wang Tan floodgates, requiring a massive cleanup after several days of Loy Krathong celebrations.

But the amount of waste has declined steadily over the past three years, from 300 tons in 2017 to 70 tons in 2018 and 50 tons last year. In 2020, the Irrigation Office is hoping to see that number drop even more.

Irrigation officials are asking families to limit their krathong sailing to one float per family. And, as usual, revelers are implored to use krathongs made only of natural materials, such as banana leaves and bread instead of foam and plastic.

Chiang Mai Irrigation Office Director Jarin Kongsricharoen asks families to limit their krathong sailing to one float per family.


Chiang Mai targets 25% cut in dust, smoke for ‘21

Chiang Mai Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat chairs a meeting with the Dust Prevention and Solution Committee where he emphasized collaboration in all levels of government.

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Cycling events and local fire teams constitute key parts of Chiang Mai’s plans to reduce dust and smoke levels next year by 25 percent.

Gov. Charoenrit Sanguansat chaired the Oct. 21 meeting of the Dust Prevention and Solution Committee where he emphasized collaboration in all levels of government to control fires and pollution during the upcoming winter burning season.

He ordered every district to stage activities such as cycling campaigns to reduce vehicles and establish working groups for forest fires and smoke management at the district and sub-district levels.

The government also directed provincial disaster prevention and mitigation, natural resources and environment officials to monitor forest areas outside the Chiang Mai city limits.

The goal, he said, is to reduce fires, smoke and dust by 25 percent below 2020 levels.

Constant monitoring is to be employed to control hotspots and ensure that farmers do not co-opt burned forest areas. Any farmer taking over burned forest to plant crops will be prosecuted, the governor said.

Heads of provincial disaster prevention and mitigation, natural resources and environment officials would monitor forest areas outside the Chiang Mai city limits.


Lamphun light festivals showcases colors of North

One of the exhilarating performances at the opening ceremony of the Charming Colours of Lamphun festival.

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Lamphun kicked off its year-end festival of lights, hoping to draw domestic tourists to the northern city to see the colorful displays lining city streets through Jan. 6.

Lamphun Gov. Worayut Nawarat opened the “Charming Colors of Lamphun” event at the Tha Nang Gate Oct. 18.

The festival, he said, shows off the colors of Lamphun’s Old Town with light displays along Inthayongyot Road and around the old city’s moat.

Special displays are set at Phra That Hariphunchai Temple, Lamphun City Hall, the Khum Jao Jakkham Gate, Chang Sri Gate, Phra Nang Chamadevi Monument, Li Gate and others.

The Lamphun City Hall Flower Garden features a light sculpture at the visitor’s center using lit-up water droplets to simulate a meteor shower. Other highlights include a projection-mapping light show called "Back in the Face of Hariphunchai City” at the Phechara old building near Phra That Hariphunchai Temple every Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.

Lamphun also is running a photo contest with the festival, awarding 30,000 baht in prizes for the best photos of the light displays. For more information, call 053-561-430.

A charming northern lady performs the exquisite Finger Nail dance.

Lamphun Gov. Worayut Nawarat opened the “Charming Colours of Lamphun” event which shows off the colors of Lamphun’s Old Town with light displays along Inthayongyot Road and around the old city’s moat.

This building is lit up with a portrait of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great.

Beauty Queens of the north added colour and charm to the festivities.

The roads and temples in Lamphun are lit up with tens of thousands of colourful lights.

 


Chiang Mai students continue pro-democracy protests

The Chiang Mai Student Alliance for Democracy was undaunted by rain to again demand changes to Thailand’s government, constitution and monarchy.

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Pro-democracy protests continued in Chiang Mai with university students rallying again at the Three Kings Monument.

In parallel with protests being held across the country, the Chiang Mai Student Alliance for Democracy was undaunted by rain to again demand changes to Thailand’s government, constitution and monarchy.

They also called for the release of core leaders Anon Namapa and Prasit Krutharoj who are being held at Chiang Mai Central Prison without bail for organizing a Sept. 19 protest.

As before, the demonstration ended peacefully with no intervention from police.

The demonstration ended peacefully with no intervention from police.


Environment minister oversees demolition of encroaching Chiang Mai resorts

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa was in Chiang Mai Oct. 19 to see for himself the continuing problem of encroachment on the Mae Rim National Reserved Forest in Mon Jam.

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Natural Resources and Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa was in Chiang Mai Oct. 19 to see for himself the continuing problem of encroachment on the Mae Rim National Reserved Forest in Mon Jam.

Authorities have begun demolishing the Rai Nai Resort that was prosecuted for building accommodations and Chinese-style pavilion on state land.

The owners refused to comply with a court order to dismantle their resort, so the government moved in with bulldozers of its own.

The Doi Mon Jam forest is a watershed area where 30 resorts have been found encroaching on the national park. Seven of those so far have progressed to the demolition stage.

Thirty resorts have been found encroaching on the national park - seven have progressed to the demolition stage.


 
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