Road Safety Directing Center’s Songkran accident report on April 13th
The Road Safety
Directing Center has just released its road accident report for April
13th, the first day of the Songkran long holiday.
indicates that being under the influence of alcohol was the number one
cause of accidents on that day, followed by speeding. Most of these
accidents involved motorcycles on both highways, and small roads.
According to the
report, the top three misdemeanors that put lives at risk on the first
day of Songkran, were refusing to wear a safety helmet, being under the
influence of alcohol and speeding. In some cases all three driving risks
So far 79 people
have died bringing the total to thus far to 167 from a total of 1743
accidents and 1795 injuries.
The Road Safety
Directing Center also pointed out that speeding and being under the
influence of alcohol are the major causes of road accident mortality.
Most roadway deaths involved motorcycles.
The center’s data
revealed that the top five reasons for motorists and bike riders being
prosecuted on the first day included refusing to wear a safety helmet,
driving without a driver's license, refusing to wear a safety belt,
operating a vehicle recklessly and speeding.
Ministry earlier instructed provincial governors and district chiefs to
make sure that celebration venues have enough parking spots and a
parking service. The officials are to step up measures against accidents
resulting from drinking and driving.
provinces have been implementing strict safety measures, with a focus on
preventing road accidents and drunk driving.
In Nakhon Si
Thammarat province, Fourth Army soldiers and police officers were
deployed to checkpoints along highway routes between Nakhon Si Thammarat
and Surat Thani province. Aside from screening for drunk drivers and
contraband, the checkpoints also provided bathrooms, rest stops, and
drinking water for road-weary travelers.
In Trat province,
several tourists made their way to the islands of Ko Kut and Ko Mak. The
islands have set up road and maritime safety centers. Officials have
been deployed to harbors and piers to accommodate the increase in
arrivals. The Trat provincial administration has ordered the strict
enforcement of safety regulations for ferries and other passenger boats.
All passengers must wear life vests for the duration of their trips at
In the North, the
Governor of Chiang Rai province joined police brass and military leaders
on an inspection of checkpoints throughout the capital district, as well
as the districts of Mae Chan and Mae Sai. The checkpoints must be manned
24 hours a day to provide a rapid response to any emergencies or
accidents that may occur. Officials will also be screening for
contraband, including illegal drugs.
In Sakon Nakhon
province, police officers have been setting up checkpoints to ensure
that traffic laws are strictly enforced. However, the checkpoints have
also been handing out mangoes to passing motorists, a measure that has
been warmly received by local travelers.
PM urges all Thais to celebrate Songkran traditionally
The Prime Minister has urged all
Thais to celebrate Songkran traditionally while safeguarding the
nation's key institutions.
Prime Minister General Prayut
Chan-o-cha made the comment after attending religious rites at
Government House on the occasion of Songkran 2017. Also participating in
the event were Naraporn Chan-o-cha, the premier's wife, Cabinet members,
and high ranking military and government officers.
Gen. Payut has implored Thai
citizens to celebrate Songkran traditionally and join hands in
protecting the Kingdom's institutions which include the nation, the
religions, and the monarchy. He also vowed to perform his duties to the
best of his ability, in order to secure peace and order in the country.
The Prime Minister wished
holidaymakers safe travels and asked them to help prevent accidents
during this festive season.
Commerce Ministry to inspect firm operating illegally
The Ministry of Commerce is
stepping up measures against companies that operate out of bounds,
without informing the Department of Business Development (DBD).
According to Deputy Commerce
Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong, legally registered companies must
inform authorities of the scope of its business. Should a company wish
to adjust its operations, it must consult the DBD and receive a permit
from relevant governmental units, in accordance with the law.
The Deputy Commerce Minister
stressed that companies who fail to adhere to the business code are
committing fraud and will be prosecuted. He warned that the government
is intensifying its inspections of registered companies, in order to
prevent them from operating beyond the declared scope of their business.
Investigation launched into fraudulent firm leaving Japan-bound tourists stranded at airport
The government has ordered the
Customers Protection Board (CPB) to investigate an allegedly fraudulent
tour agent leaving Japan-bound Thai tourists stranded at Suvarnabhumi
Minister attached to the Prime
Minister’s Office Ormsin Chivapruck said the CPB investigation against
Pasit Arinchalapit, or known as Sinsae Shogun, will be launched for the
Officials are ordered to inspect
the office of WealthEver company registered in Nakhon Sawan as an
importer of beverages and supplements. The operations will be expedited
and under close supervision of the CPB as many people are affected from
Information gathered from this
investigation will be passed on to the related agencies, while
compensations for the affected persons will need to be further
Investigations have also been
ordered to check with other companies operating in the same manner.
The minister warned the general public not to instantly believe in any
offers which could be too cheap to be true, and that the public may
inquire with government agencies or the CPB hotline 1166 to verify the
validity of such offer.
Record turnout projected for TTM 2017 in Chiang Mai
The Thailand Travel Mart
2017 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2017) is
on track to report a record turnout of buyers when it is held between 14
– 16 June, 2017, in the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and
Convention Centre (CMECC).
To be held for the second time in
the northern capital of Thailand, the show has already reported a
registration (closure date 23 March) of 480 buyers from 64 countries and
354 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries. As of 11 April, 2017,
the largest contingent of buyers for TTM+ 2017 are Europe (182), East
Asia (137), ASEAN (42), America (38), Oceania (29), the Middle East
(11), and Thailand (41).
Although final numbers will be
established closer to the actual date, so far it is the highest turnout
ever, well above the 343 buyers in 2016 and the 440 buyers in 2008.
The registration of 354 sellers is
also higher than the 342 recorded in 2016. The sellers comprise hotels
and resorts (272), tour operators and travel agents (30), GMS (14),
entertainment (11), sustainable tourism (8), associations (6), NTOs (5),
transportation (4), and other travel services (4).
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of
the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “This is a clear
indication of the high level of interest in Thailand and Northern
Thailand in particular. We are now finalising some very interesting
events, activities and tours for the buyers which I am sure will go a
long way towards helping them better promote Chiang Mai and Northern
Thailand to their clients.”
Now in its 16th consecutive year,
this year’s TTM+ will be held under the theme concept, “Delivering
The event will be opened on 14 June
at 13.30 – 14.00 Hrs. followed by the forum for Sellers and Buyers and
then Local Tourism Product Presentation. The trade show will be held
14-17 June at the CMECC.
In the evening of 14 June, the
welcome reception will be held at CMECC. On 15 June, a “Lanna Night”
reception will be hosted by the Upper Northern Provincial Cluster. The
“TTM+ 2017: Thank You Party” will be held on June 16 at CMECC.
The decision to maintain Chiang Mai
as the venue of the TTM+ for the second consecutive year was designed to
ensure that buyers and media get yet another chance to explore the many
unique emerging cultural and natural attractions of North Thailand and
the border countries of Myanmar and Lao PDR.
It is also part of the TAT’s
strategy to better balance the distribution of visitors nationwide.
Although the vast majority of visitors head for Thai beach resorts along
the southern and eastern coastlines, the future potential lies in the
North and Northeast Thailand region, which is set to offer its
connecting routes to the neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR.,
Myanmar, and Vietnam.
In the first quarter of 2017,
Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to 9.2 million, generating nearly 5
million Thai Baht, up by 2 and 7 percent, respectively over the same
period of 2016. Amongst these numbers, visitors from South East Asia
were up by 18 percent followed by the Americas (+14%), Europe (+8%), the
Middle East (+7%), ASEAN (+3%), and Africa (+2%).
For more information, please check
*All photos shown: Thailand Travel Mart 2016
Police arrest three for selling e-cigarettes
Police announced the arrest of three people accused of violating the Consumer Protection Act by selling e-cigarettes.
Provincial Police Region 5 cracked down on sellers of illegal electronic
cigarettes recently and charged sellers of selling prohibited goods that
could cause danger to consumers under the Consumer Act BE 2522.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Jaruk Limsuwan,
Commissioner of Investigation Division Provincial Police Region 5 and
Pol. Col.W eerachon Boontawee, Deputy Commanders (Investigation) of
Provincial Police Region 5 announced the arrest of three suspects at the
Region 5 Headquarters. Police arrested Weena Weerawuthikai, age 36 of
San Sai, owner of WK Bike located on Rachapakinai Road along with 31
year old Ratchakit Wilertthada of Phitsanulok in his shop in Hang Dong,
and 22 year old Tharin Tantiwilai of San Kamphaeng. Police als
confiscated e-cigarette paraphernalia.
Before the arrest police made major
announcements to media outlets that the selling of the e-cigarette or
the liquid via social media would be tracked down.
Police obtained search warrants for
four houses where they believed the suspects were storing the
e-cigarettes before sending them through the mail.
Police arrest San Patong man for starting fires
Police announced the arrest of a 38 year old San Patong man for setting a fire in a reserved forest area in violation of the 60 day burning ban.
San Patong police announced the arrest of a local man for starting fires
in violation of the 60 burning ban recently. Police said that a neighbor
had reported that someone was starting fires in Nam Bor Luang village
near the forest.
Pol. Col. Anak Sripho said that
police went to the scene and found 38 year old Pattana or Kiewpang
starting a fire near his house in Moo 6. Police found a lighter in his
pocket and he also confessed to police that he had started the fire in
one spot with the lighter and then tried to expand the fire by using
dried bamboo to spread the fire along a line.
Officers charged him for being in
violation of the 60 day burning ban under the Forest Act. B.E. 2484
(1941) Section 54 about construction, destruction, burning or doing
anything to illegally destroy forests. He was also charged under the
National Reserved Forest Act, B.E. 2507 (1964) and addition correction
B.E. 2559 (2016) Section 14 “in area of national reserved forest, no one
is allowed to take of possession or to live in the land construct,
destroy, burn, or any actions to illegally destroy the national reserved
Chiang Mai Province issued an
announcement that the burning bad would be strictly enforced and a 5,000
baht reward will be given to those whose information leads to the arrest
of someone setting fires. Reports can be made with the Chiang Mai Smog
and Wildfire Problem Solving Directing Center at 053 112236 or call 191
for the 24 hour hotline.
Man arrested for brutal stabbing murder of his lover
Doi Saket Police announced the arrest of the suspect in the brutal stabbing murder of a transgender woman in Doi Saket. The body had remained undiscovered for five days after the murder.
Police arrested the suspect in the brutal stabbing murder of a 24 year
old transgender woman in Doi Saket. The body of the victim was left in
the house undiscovered for five days.
Police discovered the body of
Prinya Jaijai of San Kamphaeng with stab wounds to the chest and neck.
The body had been there for about five days.
Pol.Maj.Gen. Sarayuth Sanguanpokai,
Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, ordered the police to
urgently track down the killer in the brutal murder. Police suspected
the murder may have been done by a partner and investigated Prinya’s
friends. They arrested Taewin Bamrungthai age 33 from Mae Ai; he
confused that he had killed his partner out of jealousy.
Police apprehend serial thief bag snatcher
Pol. Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Sanguanpokhai, Commissioner of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Pol. Col. Piyaphan Pattarapongsin, Deputy Commissioner of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, and Pol.Col. Apiwat Chaisrisuth, Superintendent of Chiang Mai Police Station with the suspect in the bag snatching, the other suspect remains at large.
Police announced the arrest of one man in a team of bag snatchers
suspected of stealing the bag from a German tourist in January. The
other suspect has yet to be apprehended although the police do have a
warrant for his arrest.
Police allege that Kittitat Kantiya
of San Kamphaeng and Chatchavan Nanta of Mae Rim stole the backpack from
the German tourist as she waited in front of a red light at Yupparaj
Wittayalai School in January. Police tracked down the names of the two
men using CCTV footage and asked for arrest warrants for the two men.
However, Kittitat had already been
arrested on February 23 for breaking and entering while the other
suspect has yet to be caught. Kittitat confessed that he had stolen the
Famed Lanna artists file complaint of copyright violations on YouTube
Panutat Apichanachong, or Kru Ad, Om Rattanang, Patinya “Nong” Trangtrakul, and members of Lanna Artists Club filed a copyright infringement complaint with the police after a YouTube user uploaded their songs without their permission.
A group of famous Lanna artists filed a complaint with the police after
discovering that a YouTube channel had uploaded their music without
their permission, charging the police to find the person infringing
The artists complained that their
music had been uploaded to YouTube without their permission. Accompanied
by other famous Lanna artists such as Om Rattanang, Patinya “Nong”
Trangtrakul, and members of Lanna Artists Club the group filed the
complaint with the Inquiry Officer at Chang Puak Police Station Pol.
Col. Nattawat Keankaew.
Panutat Apichanachong, or Kru Ad
said that he and other artists had created songs and uploaded onto
Youtube for broadcasting on his own channel which could earn income.
Yesterday, he uploaded his two songs on YouTube channel, which were
“Anna Thapae Part 2” and Songkarn Der Salor”. Subsequently, the You Tube
channel named “Hao Kon Muang Nua” uploaded these two songs on their
channel without asking permission, this is considered copyright
infringement. Then, he tried to contact the channel owner but there was
no response. He talked with other Lanna artists and found that other
artists had the same problems for several years.
He told reporters that this wasn’t
right because it is taking credit for their work. It is required a lot
of time and energy to create their works. The artists agreed to file the
report with the police and encouraged other artists to file complaints
with the police as well. The Inquiry officer filed the report as
evidence and will send to the investigative unit to find the culprits
for further prosecution.
Fire at construction camp leave workers homeless
Residents of the building that caught on fire and police watch as fire fighters put out the fire that gutted the building.
Fire broke out in a building housing construction worker on Thung Hotel
Road on March 9, 2016 while the workers were away at the construction
site. The two story building was severely damaged and residents of the
32 rooms lost their belongings in the fire that took over an hour for
firefighters to put out.
Seven fire engines rushed to the
scene of the blaze that started in a room on the ground floor. Estimates
at losses are at around 800,000 baht. The residents of the building
returned to the scene of the fire, some wept openly as they lost all
Fire investigators will check the
building to find the cause of the fire.
Sanpatong man arrested for dealing Yaba
Police arrested a suspected drug dealer after he barricaded himself in his house before finally surrendering himself.
Police and military announced the arrest of a 38 year old Sanpatong man
after a raid on his house. Dusit Phukandaeng barricaded himself in his
house when he saw the authorities coming. Police said he threw a black
bag out of his window before finally surrendering to police.
The suspect was taken to the police
station for questioning where he told the authorities that he had been
smuggling drugs for some time now. He identified his source as a man
named ‘Santhi’ who lives in Hangdong but he told police he doesn’t know
the man’s real name. He told police his customers are teenagers around
the village. Dusit was arrested with 3,800 Yaba or methamphetamine
tablets, a 38mm handgun and five motorbikes that police suspect were
Special volunteer units to be assigned to monitor hot spots
Col. Sretapol Khethem, Deputy Commander of Military Circle 33 chaired a training program to put out forest fires at Phu Ping Palace where locals were taught fire prevention strategies.
A team of 25 volunteers per community has been assigned to coordinate
with organizations involved to monitor for forest fires and hot spots.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor
Phuthipong Sirimart, as the chairman of the working committee at the
Pollution Control Department, said that all respective districts should
collaborate and monitor forest fires and stop them from the source
before the air gets more polluted. The monitoring should take place 24
hours and be on the look out to nearby districts as well, and to report
of any forest fires or hotspots discovered. Village chiefs and community
leaders must also make public announcements to request cooperation and
give warnings to residents.
Additionally, a team of 25
volunteers per community should be established to coordinate with
organizations involved as well as monitor the hotspots. This way
injuries and potential damage or casualties can be prevented.
“We should all be aware of what
causes fires and put them out immediately if seen or contact authorities
if the situation is out of hand. The air quality is poor as usual, due
to forest and crop burning and that can result in major health issues if
not looked into. We are urging all residents to take part as being an
eye of the community and to put out or report of any forest fires to the
Forestry Department or other involved. For more details, contact Chiang
Mai City Hall at 053-112-236” said the deputy governor.
Water sprayed to increase moisture in the air
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center area 10 sprayed water into
the air at Chiang Mai City Hall in a bid to reduce dust and increase
moisture in the air. Although A4Thai website reports PM10 levels as
being within acceptable ranges the high temperatures and dry weather led
the officials to spray water.
Komsan Suwanampa, Director of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center area 10, Lampang led officers
and 4 supported water spraying trucks and 2 high pressure hose trucks or
Fire Robot LUF 60 to spray water into the air for 30 minutes to reduce
dust in the air due to road construction in front of Chiang Mai City
Komsan Suwanampa said that the
Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
ordered the center to coordinate with Local Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation offices to work with the Ministry of Interior, Local
Administration Organization, Office of Natural Resources and
Environment, and the Third Army Area to prevent and monitor wild fire
and smog in the North. In addition, two trucks of Fire Robot LUF 60 were
used in this mission. The Fire Robot is very helpful, especially, in the
area which is narrow, hard to access, or dangerous. The said robot can
be controlled by radio to walk into the target within 300 meters.
The Director-General of Department
of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation ordered all 18 areas of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation centers to prepare to support the mission in
the North where these problems happen every year during the dry season.
Lampang has seen many fires,
especially at Doi Prabhat, Muang and Mae Moh so the center set up a
directing and support center to support the area for quick operations.
reports air quality numbers updated regularly. The Northern
Meteorological Center said that the North would see higher day tie
temperatures while the Upper North part was still cold in the morning
and night. The Lowest temperature was 16-20 degree and highest
temperature was 35-37 degree. Weather on top of mountain would be cold
to very cold with lowest temperature at 7-12 degrees.
AOT moves ahead on plan for new parking structure for the airport
Public hearings to be held this month
Director of Chiang Mai International Airport Flt. Lt. Wisut Jantana is joined by Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart and airport officials to announce the plans for a parking structure at the Chiang Mai International Airport.
The Airports of Thailand announced that Chiang Mai International Airport
has submitted a plan for a new parking structure and hopes to see
construction begin by 2020.
The Director of Chiang Mai
International Airport Flt. Lt. Wisut Jantana said that the airport has
formulated plans to deal with growth and handle higher air traffic
volumes to support around 20 million passengers by 2030. Last year the
airport handled 9.45 million passengers and has been working on
improving facilities, services and passenger convenience in accordance
with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization
A plan for a new parking structure
has been submitted for an environmental impact assessment, the report
and Cabinet approval should take about two years. Public hearings on the
new construction will be held starting the middle of March. If all goes
according to schedule construction should begin in 2019 and finish by
Sexual assault victim asks for police protection
Police are investigating the alleged sexual assault on a 12 year old girl and a 3 year old girl by a government official in his official residence.
The guardian of a twelve year old girl raped by a government official
brought the girl to the Provincial Police Region 5 offices to ask for
protection for the girl and her younger sister after they accused the
man who had adopted them of sexual assault.
The woman told police that the man,
who is a government official had raped the twelve year old girl and
sexually abused the three year old girl in his official residence. The
guardian said she had pressed the girls to find out why their behavior
had changed so drastically and they confessed that the man had been
assaulting them. The girls said he told them if they told anyone they
would be killed.
The police tested the girls for
evidence of sexual assault and police went to collect evidence from the
man’s official residence in downtown Chiang Mai. They also called the
man in for inquiries but he refused.
The guardian asked the police for
protection given the man’s threats against the girls. Deputy Company
Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Somboonnanon took the girls in to secure custody
and promised to prosecute the case with fairness.
Canadian biker arrested in hit and run
Three year old toddler injured in accident
A three year old toddler was left with two broken legs and potential brain damage after a hit and run accident on Maneenopparat Road on February 22, 2017.
Police tracked down a man suspected of a hit and run accident that left
a three year old toddler in the hospital with two broken legs and brain
damage. The girl’s parents are tourists visiting from Spain and said
they were crossing the road when a big bike struck the girl’s pram on
February 22, 2017 near Wat Pa Pao on Maneenopparat Road.
Police checked CCTV footage and
tracked down a 52 year old Canadian man named Christopher Markus at a
guesthouse in town. He was questioned by police and his motorcycle
confiscated as evidence.
The Canadian man was questioned by
the Deputy Police Commander and admitted to hitting the child while he
was overtaking another vehicle but wasn’t aware of the family crossing
the street. He told police that he left because he was in shock and
afraid as he is a foreigner on a visit to the country. He had rented the
big bike to explore Chiang Mai. The man was charged with driving
recklessly and his prosecution will be up to the court to determine.
The Spanish family said they love
Thailand and visit every year, specifically during February but they
don’t know if they will return again. They are only hoping that their
daughter will recover soon.
Two geologists killed in tunnel collapse in Mae Taeng
Two geologists working on a water supply tunnel were killed when the tunnel collapsed on March 2, 2017.
Two geologists were killed after a tunnel under construction in Mae
Taeng collapsed; one man escaped and informed police and rescue workers.
The tunnel is part of the Mae Ngat – Mae Kuang Water Transmission
Project that will solve water shortage issues in Mae Kuang Dam.
The tunnel collapsed at 7:30 a.m.
on March 2, 2017 when three Italian Thai Co. Ltd. geologists were inside
inspecting the tunnel before start of work that day. Two men were killed
instantly; 24 year old Pathompong Siriwat and 24 year old Pratyawat
Wasuanan, both of Chiang Mai.
The tunnel normally had workers in
there in two shifts, morning and evening. Prior to releasing the workers
to enter the tunnel the geologists surveyed the strut system in the
tunnel. There had been a lot of water in the tunnel and that softened
It took rescue workers about an
hour to dig out the tunnel and retrieve the bodies. Governor Pawin
Chamniprasart visited the scene of the disaster with other officials.
Construction on the tunnel is
scheduled to finish in 2021 and has a 15 billion baht budget – it is
designed to bring water to the Mae Kuang Dam to solve the water shortage
problem as Mae Kuang supplies water for agriculture, homes and
businesses and industry in Chiang Mai an Lamphun.
Police announce another huge bust with 1 million Yaba pills
Also seized 165 kg of heroin and 89 kg of Ya Ice
Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat Sriworakan, Deputy Commissioner-General Royal Thai Police, Pol. Lt. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsak – Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5, Wichai Chaimongkol – Director of Narcotics Control Board Region 5, and Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart are joined by police officers at the display of the huge drug haul discovered in Chiang Rai.
In yet another major arrest Region 5 Police seized one million
methamphetamine or Yaba pills, 165 kilograms of heroin and 89 kilograms
of crystal methamphetamine from three men in Mae Sai District, Chiang
Police had received a tip off that
a major shipment was due to come over the border with Myanmar so they
set up a checkpoint at the border between Mae Sai District and Mae Chan
District on February 23, 2017.
Police stopped two vehicles that
were traveling together for inspection but the driver of the car sped
off attempting to escape, the driver of the other vehicle, a pick-up
truck, remained and police found drugs hidden in the back.
Police arrested Gua Yang, age26,
Komkrit Thanawuthichai, age 18 and Her Tor, age 26 of Wiang Kean
District Chiang Rai. The suspects confessed to police that they had been
paid 150,000 baht to transport the drugs from the border to Wiang Kean,
Chiang Rai. Police will investigate further to uncover the trafficking
Police nab snatch and grab thieves who targeted Chinese tourist
Police view the re-enactment of a snatch and grab theft by two suspects in front of the Thai Airways Office on Prapokklao Road.
Police announced the arrest of a couple in the snatch and grab theft of
a Chinese tourist’s bag on February 22, 2017.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsak,
Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 and Chiang Mai Provincial
Police were on hand for the re-enactment of the crime by 24 year old
Nattaphong Chaithep and 21 year old Nopparat Chaam in front of the Thai
Airways Office on Prapokklao Road.
Police reported that a Chinese
tourist was walking along Moon Muang Road around 10:20 p.m. and turned
into Prapokklao Road carrying her blue handbag when the couple drove
their motorbike in front of her, the man got off the bike and grabbed
her bag before jumping on the bike and driving off. In the bag were her
iPhone 7 Plus and two credit cards. The tourist reported the theft to
the police who checked CCTV footage in the area and identified the
Police arrested the suspects near
the Ruamchoke intersection and Nattapong confessed to police that he had
met Miss Nopparat in Facebook and they had committed the theft for money
to rent a room to live together. Nattapong was released in January after
spending five years in prison.
Police seize property valued at 120 million baht from drug trafficking network
Police inspect property seized from a suspected drug trafficking network.
Provincial Police Region 5 announced the arrest of a member of the Jae
Air drug trafficking network in Fang last week after finding 200,000
methamphetamine or Yaba tablets and 2.8kg of heroin in a warehouse in
Pol. Lt. Gen.Poonsub Prasertsri,
Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 and Pol. Maj. Gen.Panudej
Boonruang, Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Region 5 announced the
arrest of Weerapong Jomkam of Fang and stated that 120 million baht in
property had been seized from the suspected drug trafficker.
Police suspected Pannee “Jae Air”
Jomkam of Kantaweesub Co. Ltd. of transporting drugs from Fang and Mae
Ai hidden in transport trucks. Police received a tip off that two trucks
and a lead vehicle would be transporting drugs. The first car from
Chiang Mai held Dejpong Jomkam and Pannee Jomkam and another truck
driven by Wirat Sanon and Chidchanok Jaitanan.
Both trucks were parked in a
warehouse of construction materials in Lamphun for a long time. They
bought cement, but they took two sacks out and placed beside steel bars
in the warehouse before loading the cement. Subsequently, both trucks
left the warehouse. On the next day, staff of the warehouse found that
both sacks were still in the same position and, suspicious of illegal
activity, notified police who found amphetamines and heroin inside the
Police collected evidence and found
witnesses that led them to the suspects but arrested only Weerapong
Jaikam, the other four escaped. Police confiscated properties including
six rai of land with construction belonging to Kantaweesub Ltd
Partnership valued at 20 million baht, 10 trailer trucks valued at 30
million baht, three vans and cars valued at 10 million baht, pick-up
trucks, tractors, house and resort, 100 rai of orchard gardens, 19 rai
of sand station, 23 rai of lime fields, and a house and land in Property
Perfect Village in Bangkok, The total value was about 120 million baht.
Ban Donjan villagers file complaint asking to have village headman sacked
Villagers from Ban Donjan Moo 4 led by Prapaporn Chaichanachompu, Chairman of Village Fund of Ban Donjan Pattana asked to have their village headman discharged after three years of issues.
Villagers of Ban Donjan Moo 4 filed a complaint with the Damrongdhamma
Office that the discharge order of their village headman had not been
enforced more than three years after the initial discharge.
A total of 30 villagers filed their
letter at Chiang Mai City Hall on February 21, 2017 asking that the
government process the discharge order after the appeal by Poranee
Chaiwapin, village headman of Moo 4 was rejected.
Led by Prapaporn Chaichanachompu,
Chairman of Village Fund of Ban Donjan Pattana they passed their protest
letter to Anchalee Uthai, Chief of the Administration and Justice
Enhancement Group as the Deputy Governor’s representative.
Prapaporn said that they had
presented the complaint letter because it had already been determined
that she did not behave appropriately as village headman. Villagers
allege that as village headman she did not take into consideration
villagers opinions in regards to an SML project and the construction of
sewers. The complaint stated that with the village headman in place it
had caused much dissent in the village and they allege that she had not
coordinated with the government organizations and local administrations
in promoting the community, they allege that she not helped village
youth and had collected parking fees from vendors.
Prapaporn then referred to an order
issued by Muang, Chiang Mai Chief District Officer no. Cho Mor 0118/5266
dated 27 August 2014 regarding the District’s summary of inspection
result that the village headman had behavior neglecting the role or is
not appropriate with the position according to Section 14(7) of the
Local Government Act, BE 2457 (1914). As a result, the resolution was
that Chiang Mai Governor would consider discharging the village headman.
However, the order was never issued
and even though the villagers have constantly asked to have the village
headman removed, she stated that nothing had been done.
On January 15, 2017 under Ministry
of Interior regulations an assessment of duty operations of village
headmen was held. However, the villagers state that the village headman
didn’t publicize to the villagers but she gathered her people and
cousins to assess her duty operations. The villagers stated that this
showed dishonesty and non-transparency. After hearing of this they
complained to the Village’s Community Committees to have a meeting and
filed a complaint letter with the Muang, Chiang Mai District Chief
Officer to ask for a re-assessment of the village headman’s duty
operations. After checking, the District Chief Officer did order a
re-assessment of the village headman on January 26, 2017. This
assessment saw 169 villagers of Ban Donjan Pattana Community participate
and the village headman didn’t pass the assessment. Consequently,
Pornranee Chaiwapin, Village Headman of Moo 4 was discharged according
Section 14(11) of the Local Government Act, BE 2457 (1914)
However, villagers found out that
the village headman had appealed the assessment and asked the province
to cancel the appeal, discharge the headman and allow the villagers to
elect a new village headman.
Deputy Prime Minister visits Mae On to view bridge reconstruction
Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn checks out the repair and reconstruction of the Huay Sua Bridge after it was severely damaged in flash floods last year.
Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn visited Huay Sua in
Mae On district to view the reconstruction of the Huay Sua Bridge after
it was damaged in flash floods last September.
The Deputy Prime Minister was
joined by a committee of inspectors from the Prime Minister’s Office and
the Ministry of Interior and spoke to the residents in the area about
Ms. Pataraporn Laijud, Mae-on
District Chief said that the bridge had been severely damaged after
flash floods; major sections of the bridge had been so badly damaged
residents were prevented from crossing. The Chiang Mai government
approved an emergency budget of 2.3 million baht to undergo immediate
Mae On was established as a
district in 1994, has 6 Tambon government organizations and 49
communities over 442.3 square kilometers.
Governor expresses concern about littering and rubbish in Chiang Mai
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart chaired a meeting with local government officials to make Chiang Mai rubbish free and a “Clean Province.”
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart met with district chiefs,
community leaders and government officials recently to discuss the
issues with littering and rubbish that have become apparent during the
high tourist season.
The Governor urged all sectors
involved to collaborate and tackle the issue. His plans are to move
forward under government policies ‘Thailand the Land Free of Rubbish’
and Chiang Mai as ‘Changwat Sa-ard’ or Clean Province. The first step to
make this happen is to have local authorities raise awareness of rubbish
issues within their respective communities and find ways to reduce
waste/rubbish starting at the home and family level. This will then lead
to communities, moobans and tambons promoting recycling at their levels.
The ‘Thailand the Land Free of
Rubbish’ project was started in 2016 and will be observed till 2021to
determine whether the plans are effective or not under the 3 R’s;
recycle, reduce and reuse. Other strategies include ways to dispose of
rubbish and regular cleaning projects in local communities. Moreover,
some rubbish can be used for other purposes such as processing into
fertilizers and other things.
He noted that if each and every
Thai or foreign person living in Thailand would give up just a few hours
of their day to come out and clean or get rid of their own rubbish
properly, Thailand would become a rubbish free country within a day.
People receive help from Road Accident Fund license auctions
Chiang Mai residents disabled and injured from road accidents received wheelchairs and other equipment purchased from funds raised by the auction of lucky license plates.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office announced the auction
for auspicious license plates beginning with the letters Kor Yor on
February 25 – 26, 2017 at a ceremony to distribute equipment for the
disabled purchased with funds from previous auctions.
Manat Kansai, Chiang Mai Deputy
Governor and Chanchai Keelapang, Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Land
Transport Office were on hand to distribute the equipment to people who
have been disabled from road accidents. The fund was set up to use money
raised from the auctions to help people who have been injured and
disabled in road accidents. In 2016 the fund helped 13,783 people from
the 658,511,301 baht budget. Included were seven electric wheelchairs,
15 regular wheelchairs, eleven people received prostheses, four hospital
beds, and other equipment for a total value of 1,766,000 baht.
The next auction on February 25 –
26 is expected to raise at least 15 million baht.
Police uncover 900,000 Yaba pills in modified pickup truck
Police found 900,000 Yaba tablets hidden in a compartment in a pickup truck that had traveled from Tachilek to deliver drugs to Bangkok.
Provincial Police Region 5 seized 900,000 methamphetamine tablets found
in a modified vehicle and arrested the driver from Mae Taeng.
Police said that Santi Pali, of Mae
Taeng, was a known drug agent and they followed him as he drove the
truck to Mae Sai and got a permit to drive the vehicle over the border
into Tachilek in Myanmar. Police waited until he re-entered Thailand and
followed him until he was stopped at the Pong Din check point in Doi
Initially police did not find any
drugs but took Santi to the Region 5 offices where a detailed inspection
of the truck yielded 450 packs of Yaba hidden in a compartment under the
Police said that Santi confessed to
police that this was the eighth time he had smuggled drugs across the
border and was paid 200,000 baht each time to deliver the drugs to
Police will continue investigating
to find the drug network responsible for the smuggling.
Governor donates 1000 blankets to Mae Taeng villagers
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart donated 1,000 blankets to villagers in Mae Taeng on February 15, 2017. Mae Taeng suffers cold weather every year and it was determined that 20,000 homes were in need of warm clothing and blankets. His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun assigned a representative to donate 500 blankets people in trouble. The private sector already donated 2,000 blankets to people in the district. The government has asked for assistance from the private sector to help more villagers in the district.
Governor visits Mae Taeng to meet with local officials on fires and haze
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart addressed local officials in Mae Taeng about efforts to fight pollution and haze caused by fires and burning.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart visited local government
officials in Mae Taeng to discuss solutions to the fire and haze problem
that plagues Chiang Mai annually.
The Governor visited the Kuret
Chang Municipality and met with Local Administration Organizations,
local leaders, Sub-District Headmen, Village Headmen, and volunteers and
listened to the obstacles, and scope of work operations. They discussed
finding ways to solve the problem in cooperation with the government.
The Chiang Mai Governor asked for cooperation from all sectors to reduce
smog and wildfire problems.
The 60 day fire ban in 2016 saw the
number of hotspots reduced from 1,882 spots to 997 spots or 47.02%
change. The number of days when the PM10 levels hit dangerous levels
dropped from 17 days from the past year to 14 days, and the highest
value of PM10 of the year 2015 which was 299 micrograms per Ccubic meter
(on March 17, 2015) reduced to 192 micrograms per cubic meter in 2016
(on March 26, 2016). Police arrested 18 people for fires during the 2016
fire ban period and aircraft were able to take off and land normally.
Officials said they feel awareness has grown and more people are working
to make it sustainable.
For 2017 the government has
appointed a working team of Chiang Mai Smog and Wildfire Problem Solving
Center to analyse problem conditions and present solutions to the Chiang
Mai Smog and Wildfire Problem Solving Commission. A plan has been
created and is divided into three steps including prevention measures
taken from November 2016 to February 19, 2017. The second step will be
during the fire ban from February 20 – April 20, 2017 by using a single
command system to solve smog and wildfire problems. The third step will
be to implement sustainable long term solutions using guidelines given
by HM King Rama IX, for example, the wet forest, and growing 3 forests
and get 4 benefits.
There were 62 hotspots from
February 1 – 13, 2017, 28 spots in forest sanctuaries in 8 districts;
Mae Chaem had 17 hotspots, Mae Ai had four hotspots, Om Koi had two and
Chomthong, Mae Taeng, Mae Wang, Doi Saket, and Prao had one each. There
were 16 hotspots in forest conservation areas in six districts; Hod and
Chomthong had four hotspots, Mae Chaem had three, Samoeng and Mae Wang
had two each and Chiang Dao had one. There were 18 Hotspots in
agricultural areas in 9 districts including Mae Chaem which had four,
Doi Tao and Chiang Dao had three, Fang and Mae Wang had two, and Doi
Lor, Wiang Haeng, Hod and Mae Taeng each had one.
Two million Yaba pills seized in one arrest
Mae Wang man with Yaba and Ya Ice
Police announced the arrest of a Mae Wang man and the seizure of 2 million methamphetamine tablets and 150 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.
Region 5 Police announced a major drug bust with the arrest of a Mae
Wang man with 2 million methamphetamine pills and 150 kilograms of
crystal methamphetamines in one of the largest seizures in several
Pol. Gen. Chalermkiat Sriworakan,
Deputy Commissioner General and Pol. Lt. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsub,
Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 announced the arrest of
41-year-old Pisit Chaongangkul from Mae Wang, Chiang Mai with 2 million
Yaba pills and 150 kilograms of Ya Ice. They also seized 10,000 baht and
impounded a house with land, two vehicles and a bank account with
Police were led to Pisit after
arresting Bandasak Yungyongsan with 794,000 methamphetamine tablets and
10 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine at the Mae Ta Check Point,
Phayao on December 4, 2016. Upon investigation they found Pisit was
involved transporting drugs so they monitored him and an undercover
agent contacted him to deliver drugs from Mae Ai to Bangkok. The agent
met with him to transfer 100,000 baht to deliver the drugs. The suspect,
Pisit, escaped during the sting operation but police traced him to a
house in San Sai on February 10, 2017. The suspect confessed to police
that he had been hired by a man named Keng to transport drugs. Police
will investigate further to uncover the drug trafficking network
Sixty day burning ban to curtail smoke and haze begins February 20
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart announced the burning ban will begin February 20 and run through April 20, anyone caught burning will be prosecuted.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart announced the start of the
annual 60 day ban on burning in Chiang Mai at a recent committee
meeting. He called on the private sector, schools and other
organizations to help prevent fires during the period that will end
April 20, 2017.
Chiang Mai governor urges
organizations involved to prevent forest fires within 60 days
The Governor said that officials
have appointed patrol units and urged all concerned to stop any fires in
the Chiang Mai area and to inform officials about burning. People caught
burning will be prosecuted. He added that an education campaign
informing farmers and others of the penalties and asking for cooperation
to not burn fields and forests. They have also included information on
the health hazards the annual smog brings to local people.
The Governor added that the word
has been given that all sectors involved will be making public
announcements that from February 20 – April 20 no burning will be
Anybody who sees any burning
activity can report to 053-112-236, 053-232-019, 053-525-128,
053-271-610 or the Chiang Mai Police at 191. For more information, visit
Engineers predict Mae Jo Tunnel to be completed ahead of schedule
The Mae Jo Tunnel and Pa Tan Bridge expansion should be completed ahead of the scheduled March 2018 Project Engineer Rattapong Lertsuwanpaisan predicted.
The project engineer for the Mae Jo Tunnel construction and Pa Tan
Bridge expansion said that if everything remains on track the
construction could be finished ahead of the scheduled March 19, 2018
date and could be ready by the beginning of 2018
Rattapong Lertsuwanpaisan, Project
Engineer, said that the construction is currently ahead of schedule
despite some problems replacing the old water pipes with larger water
pipes which saw traffic lanes closed and water turned off periodically.
Currently, the tunnel is about 80
percent done with the lower part drilled through on both sides, next
they are installing the water pumping system, lights and security. He
added that even though the tunnel could currently be used without these
safety features installed the engineers feel it isn’t safe.
The southbound lanes of the highway
will be finished first followed by the north bound lanes beginning at
Theppanya Hospital. That side has been delayed due to the placement of
water drains to the river. The road connecting to the tunnel has already
been completed but is not open, the construction remains fenced off. The
expansion of the Pa Tan Bridge will be the final issue tackled.
The project began March 19, 2015
and is scheduled to end in March 2018 but the engineer confidently
predicted that without further problems construction should be finished
by the beginning of January 2018.
Mae Taeng man arrested with homemade rifle, Yaba
Pol. Col. Ataphol Meseang, Acting Superintendent of Mae Taeng Police Station and Pol. Col. Preecha Wangpreecha, Superintendent of Border Patrol Police 33 announced the arrest of a suspect with 1,950 methamphetamine pills in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai.
The Mae Taeng police reported the arrest of a local man recently with a
stash of Yaba pills (methamphetamine) and a homemade rifle after a
police raid on his home.
Police had suspected Paichet
Jongyingyod of selling drugs and obtained a warrant to search his house.
They found 20 Yaba pills in the pockets of his trousers and a further
1,930 tablets hidden in the house. They also found a homemade rifle with
Police charged him with possession
with intent to sell of illegal drugs and of possessing a gun without a
license. The suspect confessed to police that he had been selling the
drugs to teenagers.
Pol. Col. Ataphol Meseang, Acting
Superintendent of Mae Taeng Police Station and Pol. Col. Preecha
Wangpreecha, Superintendent of Border Patrol Police 33 said they would
investigate further to uncover the drug network providing the suspect
with the methamphetamine.
Pa Tan Bridge pipe construction finished in March engineers promise
The completion of the work on Pa Tan bridge to move the water pipes is going to be completed by the beginning of March engineers with the Provincial Waterworks report.
The Provincial Waterworks Authority Engineer in charge of moving the
water pipes on Pa Tan Bridge that spans the Superhighway before the Mae
Jo turnoff promised that the construction would finish at the beginning
of March which would then allow the Department of Transportation to
being expansion of the bridge over the river.
Singthong Jankaew, Engineer level 7
of Chiang Mai Provincial Waterworks Authority Region 9 and Siam Ngaosri,
Engineer of Hat Yai Nakorn Construction Co., Ltd., said that the large
water pipes at Pa Tan Bridge had been moved by the Provincial Waterworks
Authority further from the side of Pa Tan Bridge and to the middle and
had to be changed twice. The engineers said that the work will be
finished at the beginning of March and apologized for the inconvenience
caused by delays.
The Mae Jo Tunnel at the
intersection of Superhighway 11 and Highway 1001, the Pa Tan Bridge
expansion and road expansion to ten lanes are all being done under the
same contract. The Mae Jo intersection and Pa Tan Bridge have long been
a bottleneck causing traffic jams. The contract with Chiang Mai
Construction Co., Ltd. started on March 19, 2016 and is scheduled to be
completed by March 2, 2017.
Police arrest member of motorcycle theft gang
Police announced the arrest of one man allegedly belonging to a gang of motorcycle thieves that police have charged after recovering the license plate of a stolen motorcycle in his possession.
Police announced the arrest of a 29 year old Om Koi man that they
believe is responsible for the theft of around 100 motorcycles around
Pol. Col. Piyapan Patarapongsin,
Deputy Chief of Chiang Mai Police reported that Samrerng Mue-ngae from
Omkoi, Chiang Mai was arrested and was believed to be a member of a gang
of motorcycle thieves operating around Chiang Mai. Police said that he
was arrested in possession of the license plate of a Yamaha motorbike
Police said that Samrerng stole the
bike on January 30, 2017 at 01:40 a.m. where he was seen with two other
people at a game shop in Rakaeng on Chang Klan Road And another on Wieng
Ping Road. The thefts were captured on CCTV and police said the three
would work together as a team to search for motorbikes and then it would
only take them 1 -2 minutes to steal the bike and drive off.
Police allege that the three
suspects would take the bikes back to a place on Rachamankha Road which
is where the police confronted the suspect and arrested him for theft.
The other two suspects, 23 year old Supoj Nopaisarn of Om Koi and Sonna
(last name unknown) had escaped arrest. Police are currently search for
the two men.
Pol. Col. Piyapan said that
Samrerng is just one member of several gangs that have been stealing
motorbikes in the Chiang Mai area. The different gangs have stolen over
100 motorbikes and police are currently investigating to track down all
those involved. Police believe that the majority of motorcycle theft
gangs come into town from the mountains and rent a room and steal bikes
for a living. The stolen bikes are sold to bordering countries and the
cash split between the members of the gangs.
Maejo University student files complaint against Border Patrol officerr
A Maejo University student filed charges with Maejo Police after her boyfriend was assaulted and she was threatened with a gun by a Border Patrol Police officer outside a restaurant.
Two students claim they were threatened with a gun and beaten by a
Border Patrol Police officer outside a restaurant in Sansai. The female
student has filed charges against the officer after she and her
boyfriend were treated at the hospital.
Nattacha Aonsa, a 20 year old
student at Maejo University accompanied by her lawyer Narit Limsirirat
reported to the Maejo police that her boyfriend Panupong Urid, a 25 year
old graduate student at Maejo University, had been leaving the
restaurant with four friends in Sansai around 11 p.m. on January 30 when
they met Lt. Aritat Kankai. He drove his car and parked very close to
them, she reported and then got out of his car to ask “Why are you
looking at my face, do you have any problem?” and then started beating
her boyfriend, Panupong. He then took a gun from his car and hit
Panupong in the face with the butt of the gun before firing the gun into
the air five times. He then pointed the gun at her and threatened her
“Don’t get involved.”
After he drove off they took
Panupong to Lanna Hospital Chiang Mai for medical care with injuries to
his face and body and unable to speak. The doctors said recovery could
take a month and for now he will need to be fed by gastric tube as he
isn’t capable of swallowing his food.
Nattacha asked the police to arrest
and take the officer to court as soon as possible.
Victims of human trafficking returned to Myanmar
Rescued from infamous Bangkok massage parlor
Immigration, police and Myanmar officials repatriated some 15 victims of human traffickers back to Myanmar last week at Mae Sai in Chiang Rai.
The Chiang Rai Social Development and Human Security last week returned
fifteen young victims of human trafficking that had been rescued from an
infamous massage parlor in Bangkok to Myanmar on June 8, 2016.
The massage parlor raid resulted in
the rescue of 115 victims of human trafficking from the massage parlor
located in Kanchanpisek in Bangkok last year, they were sent to the
Kredtakarn Protection and Occupational Development Center for physical
and emotional therapy and occupational training as well as assisting in
the prosecution of the traffickers. Once that was completed there were
sent to Chiang Rai and repatriated at the Mae Sai Checkpoint with
cooperation from officers in Myanmar.
Government promotes bio-mass energy production from corncobs
Smoke and pollution reduction by using alternative methods
Farmers learn how to convert their corncobs to usable charcoal with a great reduction in the amount of smoke added to the atmosphere when compared to traditional open air burning. The use of incinerators also ensures the corncobs have added value by being turned into usable charcoal.
The Chiang Mai Energy Office held a workshop to train local people in
Mae Chaem district on the process of producing bio-mass energy from
corncobs rather than just burning them in the open last week.
Teerasak Jaratsriwisit, Chiang Mai
Energy Officer, opened the workshop session for villagers in a bid to
raise awareness and educate them on alternative methods of disposing of
agricultural waste. The villagers learned how to convert their corncobs
by using an incinerator to create charcoal. The workshop was attended by
community leaders, Local Administration Organizations, residences from
Mae Chaem totaling 100 people.
Mae Chaem is the main area for corn
planting and has a large amount of agricultural waste.
Chiang Mai kicks off campaign to tackle wild fires and smoke
In a bid to combat the annual smoke that plagues Chiang Mai and the
North the 3rd Army Commander and Director of the Regional
Wildfire and Smoke Prevention Center launched the campaign to combat
Lt. Gen. Wijak Siribansob chaired
the opening ceremony of the annual event where he was joined by Chiang
Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, Lt. Gen. Thana Jaruwat of the Center,
and Mae Rim District Officer Padsadej Hongladrom.
Four sets of firefighting equipment
were given to the Chairman of the Mae Rim Sub-district headmen and
Village headman organization, as well as to the Pong Yang Sub-district
headman, Pong Yang Sub-district Mayor and Don Kaew Sub-district Mayor.
Additionally the event was held to
bring together all elements of the campaign to fight fires including
local administration organizations and Chiang Mai residents to learn
more about the problems of smoke and wildfires. The campaign includes
education about the dangers of wildfire and smoke to health and attempts
to create participation at the local level in reducing the problem.
The 3rd Corps Commander as Director
of Reginal Wildfire and Smoke Prevention and Solution Center said that
despite having water sources the regions faces fires and smoke every
year from February to April resulting in damage to the environment and
health of the residents. Usually it is caused by human activity; burning
agriculture waste, grass on the side of the roads and in the forest.
This often spreads and ends up out of control. He added that less than
30 percent of the smoke came from neighboring countries. He said that
wildfire and smoke can be controlled and reduced by a strong campaign
for awareness and raising participation by government, private, and
people by stopping all kinds of behaviors that cause wildfire and smoke.
He added that although, wildfire and smoke was under control last year
to satisfactory levels, this year it is a concern and all sectors must
be ready to fight any wildfires immediately.
The Center is in charge of planning
and controlling 14 public campaigns to combat wildfires and smoke in
cooperation with the government and local administration organizations
to solve the problem in the nine Northern provinces. The Army is
following HM Queen Sirikit’s royal command concerning people in the
North that are suffering and being affected by wildfire and smoke. In
addition, Her Majesty wants everyone to commit to cooperate to solve and
reduce the problems.
Opium poppy growing areas identified in the North
Five provinces with over 1,000 rai
The 36th Ranger Regiment led by Col. Pat Wongsarapee distributed food and milk to students in Om Koi in an area known for growing opium poppies in a bid to educate and reduce the amount of cultivation of the illegal plant.
The Narcotic Crops Survey and Monitoring Institute released their report
on opium poppy growing in the North in five provinces; Chiang Mai,
Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Tak and Kamphaeng Phet.
According to Thipakorn Tatpak,
Director of Strategy and Directing Section, Narcotic Crops Survey and
Monitoring Institute, Office of Narcotic Control Board, they had found
1,599.60 rai in the five provinces already under opium cultivation;
1,034 rai in Chiang Mai, 476.34 rai in Tak, 39.12 rai in Mae Hong Son,
39.63 rai in Kamphaeng Phet and 9.71 rai in Chiang Rai.
Further surveys found the areas
being prepared for cultivation in Om Koi district in Chiang Mai, Mae
Ramat and Phop Phra districts in Tak, and Klong Lan district in
Kamphaeng Phet, the ONCB has targeted these areas for destruction of
opium poppy crops.
Col. Napak Suwankiri, of the
Department of Narcotics Prevention and Suppression Center, 3rd Army Area
met with communities leaders in areas of Baan Nalaomai, Chiang Dao to
ask for cooperation in not planting opium poppies and to distribute
blankets and other necessary items to local people. The villagers in
Baan Nalaomai said they had changed to home stay tourism and the Army
has found a great reduction of opium poppy cultivation in the area.
Col. Pat Wongsarapee, Commander of
Special Unit, 36th Ranger Regiment in cooperation with Administration
Officers, Mae Tuen and Om Koi Police Station, and 22nd Chiang Mai Forest
Prevention and Conservation Section visited the work operations of the
Section’s narcotics operation and suppression team and destroyed three
lots of opium fields and distributed blankets and milk distribution
students in the Tasongyang-Pikukee area of Om Koi, Chiang Mai.
No disaster declared this cold season
Three hundred thousand considered vulnerable
Chiang Mai Permanent Secretary Manas Khansai announced that so far this cold season no area has been declared a disaster area due to the cold but the government has distributed clothing and identified vulnerable populations should there be further cold weather.
Although the government did not find it necessary to declare any part of
Chiang Mai province at disaster area so far this cold season, they
identified vulnerable groups in each district and distributed warm
clothing to prepare Manas Khansai, Chiang Mai Permanent Secretary
announced at the January 29 press conference.
The government distributed warm
clothing to 170,000 people out of the 300,000 determined to be
vulnerable. Many villagers and areas received clothing from other
sources including local charitable organizations such as Rotary clubs
and private companies.
The Chiang Mai Governor ordered
that some warm clothing be held in reserve for each area in case there
are further cold spells. An emergency budget was already set aside to
purchase extra clothing as needed. The Governor emphasized the need for
cooperation and coordination from all sectors to ensure that there is no
redundancy in areas receiving warm clothing and that all vulnerable
people are protected.
NAP Fair opens on Nimman soi 1
Handicrafts and workshops until February 3
The Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor opened the fair welcoming locals and tourists to the popular annual event.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The popular NAP Fair was opened the Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor on January
28, 2017 at Nimmanahaemin Soi 1. The popular fair is in its 17th
year and features unusual and beautiful high quality handicrafts,
jewelry, clothing, ceramics and much more. The event offers a full
schedule of afternoon workshops including making lanterns, Lanna flags,
organic gardening and quilting.
Every evening the streets are
filled with shows such as shadow puppets, live music and dancing. The
event runs through February 3 and parking is available at the Chiang Mai
University Convention Center. Traffic is always heavy during this fair
so visitors are encouraged to park outside and walk in or take a
The NAP Fair or Nimman Art Promenade schedule features live music, dances and workshops.
The NAP Fair is famed for its fun and unique high quality handicrafts, jewelry, clothing and more
Chiang Mai hit by a series of small earthquakes
85 small earthquakes in the past 60 months
Chiang Mai Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Thana Nuaplod reports that a series of very small earthquakes will see officials offer earthquake preparedness drills in Mae Wang and Chomthong.
Chiang Mai has seen around 85 small earthquakes since 2014 according to
the Chief of Strategy and Management Section, Chiang Mai Provincial
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Thana Nuaplod.
IN 2014 four districts had eleven
earthquakes including Sansai, Mae Wang, Doi Saket and Chiang Dao. The
number of earthquakes escalated in 2015 with 22 earthquakes in nine
districts including Phrao, Mae Wang, Wieng Heng, Mae Jam, Doi Saket,
Samoeng, and Chiang Dao. The province saw 39 earthquakes in 2016 in 11
districts including Phrao, Sansai, Mae Wang, Fang, Doi Sket, Samoeng,
Hod, Chaiprakan, Jomthong, Doi Lor, and Chiang Dao. The first month of
2017 has already seen earthquakes in Chomthong, Mae Wang, Doi Lor,
Sansai, Mae Chaem, Phrao, Doi Saket, and Chiang Dao. Most of the quakes
were very small and hardly noticeable, ranging from 1 on the Richter
scale to 4 and was due to the release of energy along the Mae Ta fault
that runs from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai.
Most of the earthquakes took place
in Chomthong and Mae Wang and the Governor ordered organizations to
provide locals with information on the earthquakes and to hold
earthquake preparedness drills this year.
Shoot out with Pha Muang Task Force leaves one man dead
The Pha Muang Task Force and Mae Sai Police found a backpack filled with 290,000 methamphetamine pills after a shoot-out with a gang of suspected drug traffickers in the mountains of Mae Sai in Chiang Rai.
The Pha Muang Task Force were patrolling in the area around Wieng Pang
Kham in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai on January 26, 2017 when they
encountered a group of six or seven men with backpacks after receiving a
tip off that traffickers were expected to be smuggling drugs through the
Police encountered the men around
7:50 p.m. in the high mountain area filled with orchards and forests and
called on them to halt. The group opened fire and ran into the forest
and across the border. Police and army found one man dead from gunshots
and a backpack with 290,000 methamphetamine tablets.
Police and Army will continue
patrolling the area and search out the traffickers in the region.
HRH Princess Sirindhorn presides over commencement of Chiang Mai University students
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn representing HM the King awarded degree certificates to 7,270 Chiang Mai University students on Monday, January 23, 2017.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn representing His
Majesty the King handed degree certificates to the graduates of Chiang
Mai University in the 51st Commencement ceremony on Monday,
January 23, 2017 at Chiang Mai University Convention Center.
There was a total of 7,270 students
from 21 faculties and the Graduate school that took part in the
commencement ceremony. There were 611 graduates with first honor
degrees, 760 graduates with second honor degrees, 138 graduates were
awarded gold medals for good learning through program and 473 graduates
were awarded the silver medal. Honorary Degrees were also given to nine
experts and four people were appointed Professor Emeritus.
After the commencement ceremony,
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn kindly granted audiences to two
groups that received donated money and a group that received an image of
Buddha. The Operation Commission of Chiang Mai University Saving and
Credit Cooperative was granted to dedicate 1,000,000 baht. Executives,
Lecturers, and Chiang Mai University Engineering Alumni Association
received some of the funds from the charity marathon “Chiang Mai
University Marathon 2016” totaling 350,000 Baht. Professor Thipawan
Mungmee, Lecturer of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University was
granted 35 inch tall Burmese style Buddha image for creation of
contemporary Buddha image.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
chaired the opening ceremony of the 45 Year Building at the Faculty of
Dentistry, Chiang Mai University and also viewed the Honorable Project
for cerebration on the occasion of her 5 birth cycles, 2nd April 2015 at
Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University.
Gang of teenage bike thieves nabbed in Chang Puak
Maj. Gen Sarayut Sangnuanpokhai, commander of Chiang Mai Police and Deputy Commander Pol. Col. Piyapan Patarapongsin are joined by police and the five suspects, all minors, to show the motorbikes they had recovered from the thieves.
Five Chiang Mai boys were arrested for stealing motorbikes were arrested
in the Chang Puak area after a string of motorbike thefts late at night.
The five boys, ranging in age from
15 – 18 years old, were arrested at a home in Chang Puak with
motorcycles with license plates from Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,
Bangkok and Lamphun.
Police in the area had received
reports of motorbike thefts in the area and neighbors of the house
called police noting there were a lot of motorcycles and suspicious
activity. The five boys confessed to stealing motorbikes and would
search around apartment blocks and homes looking for expensive
motorcycles to steal. They told police that if the bike was not locked
in place it could take them only 20 seconds to hotwire the bike. They
told police that the bikes would be taken to Lamphun and sold for 7,000
– 8,000 baht and the money used to buy drugs.
Mae Ai rice farmers protest water usage rights
Water shortages as water is diverted to orange orchardists
Mae Ai rice farmers protest water usage by orchardists in the district, stating they face water shortages for the next rice crop.
Mae Ai rice farmers presented a letter of complaint to the Chiang Mai
governor asking him to resolve a water rights issue that has resulted in
water being diverted from rice farming to orange orchards in the
district. The farmers state this has left them with a water shortage for
the next crop of rice.
Led by Anan Sunthorn and Somsak
Kienkaew, the group of about 350 farmers presented the letter of
complaint to Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart stating that they
were now facing a water shortage as orchardists were taking water
directly from the source.
The farmers requested that officers
enforce the National and Forest laws in regards to land and water usage.
Farmers in Mae Sao sub-district are facing a water shortage and have
asked a separate reservoir be built in the area to cope with the water
Deputy Governor Manus Kansai
received the letter to pass on to the governor and said a commission
will be appointed to investigate.
ASEAN members plan to tackle drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle
Sirinya Sittichai, secretary-general of the Narcotics Control Board is joined by representatives from ASEAN to tackle drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle.
Representatives from the ten member states of ASEAN joined together at a
meeting held at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai to hammer out plans to tackle
drug trafficking in the Golden Triangle region.
The Golden Triangle region is
considered a red zone and affects all ASEAN nations as well as
surrounding countries. The 5th ASEAN meeting on drug issues took place
in Singapore in October 2016 where Thailand proposed that the ASEAN
countries bordering the Mekong River and the Golden Triangle work
together to tackle the drug trafficking problem. The proposal was
approved and plans laid out in the ten year plan.
The primary objective is for ASEAN
countries to support six areas; tight security and the prevention of
movements by drug traffickers, drug suppression in the Golden Triangle
area, develop drug suppression skills for organizations involved around
the Golden Triangle, coordinate and report any suspicious activities,
install policies and work with residents in the area. Thailand is also
reinforcing the AAITF project that already exists as well as the ASITF.
secretary-general of the Narcotics Control Board said that this meeting
was set to follow up on the process after the recent meeting in October
and all details will be shared with the ASEAN countries concerned.
Thailand will be supporting other countries as well and more details
will be revealed in a future meeting.
New Australian Honorary Consul appointed for Chiang Mai
Ron Elliott has been named the new Honorary Consul for Australia in Chiang Mai, replacing Michael Walther who retired after serving for over ten years as Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai.
The Australian Government has appointed Mr. Ronald Elliott as its new
Honorary Consul resident in Chiang Mai with jurisdiction throughout the
provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son,
Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai and Tak.
Mr. Elliott is a dual
Australian/Canadian citizen who has lived in Chiang Mai since 2014.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Elliott was a senior executive
with 45 years of experience in policing, critical infrastructure
protection and airport security. He has extensive experience working
with government organisations in Australia and Canada.
Nearly nine hundred thousand
Australians visit Thailand every year and there are a large number of
Australians resident in northern Thailand. Mr. Elliott’s appointment
will help the Australian Government to continue delivering high quality
consular services to Australians in Chiang Mai and neighbouring
Australia and Thailand have a
strong relationship based on shared interests and strong
people-to-people links. The two countries work closely together in
regional and international forums, and on a range of important issues
including defence, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, and combatting
people smuggling and human trafficking. Thailand is our eighth largest
trading partner and Australia’s fifth largest source of international
Mr. Elliott replaces Mr. Michael
Walther, who has provided outstanding service to Australia and its
people during his tenure as Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai since 2004.
Contact details for the new
Australian Consulate in Chiang Mai are as follows:
Hours: Monday to Thursday 9am- 12pm
(by prior appointment only) Call 091 857 6996 for an appointment or
LINE aushoncon FAX: 053 336 958
Popular Chiang Mai Photographic Group Exhibit opens January 28 at Maya
Bye Bye by Kenneth Decker is one of many photos that will be on display at the CMPG Exhibition at Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center.
The Chiang Mai Photographic Group will be holding their 9th annual
exhibition at Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre in January and invite you
to enjoy a remarkably diverse collection of work by 35 photographers
from half a dozen countries.
This compilation of arresting
images is our ninth exhibition and the subjects range from intimate
portraits and abstract compositions to startling architecture and
stunning landscapes. Previous events have met with much critical
acclaim and this year’s show features more black and white photographs
and an even greater selection of unusual and sometimes challenging
Maya has once again kindly given us
a great location on the 3rd Floor next to the glass elevators and the
show opens daily from Saturday, 28th January to Sunday, February 12th.
Martin Venzky-Stalling, founder of Creative Chiang Mai, will be
presiding over the Grand Opening at 4:00pm on Saturday Jan 28th and we
hope you will join us for a glass of wine and meet the CMPG members
whose photographs are on display.
The CMPG is a non-profit
organisation which aims to further all aspects of the picture taking
abilities of its members through the sharing of skills and mutual
support in an informal and inclusive atmosphere. For more information
Thanks go to our generous sponsors:
Canon, Photo Bug, River Market, MAYA and Chez Charlotte without whom we
could not mount this exhibition.
U.K. Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai awarded for his charity work
The U.K. Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai Ben Svasti Thomson has been named as a Points of Light award winner for his charitable work.
A British born charity creator in
Chiang Mai has been named as a Point of Light by Prime Minister Theresa
May for working with vulnerable groups in Thailand.
Ben Svasti Thomson is dedicated to
improving the lives of those in need in Northern Thailand. He has set up
a number of successful charitable organisations including ‘Women Against
AIDS’ to educate and empower women, ‘the Mother and Child Concern
Foundation’ for families affected by HIV/AIDS, ‘Grassroots’ which
supports former sex workers into alternative livelihoods and ‘the
Anti-Trafficking Coordination Unit’ working with Thai government
agencies and civil society groups to fight trafficking and support its
As the U.K. Honorary Consul in
Chiang Mai, he has spent the last six years supporting others to give
back. His dynamic network of volunteers help care for expats from all
nations who cannot travel to access assistance when in trouble.
Ben is the latest recipient of a
Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual
volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and
inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is
selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable
In a personal letter to Ben, Prime
Minister Theresa May said:
Your voluntary work in Northern
Thailand has improved the lives of countless people in need – from
educating and empowering women in the fight against AIDS, to working
with the Thai authorities to combat trafficking. As the U.K. Honorary
Consul in Chiang Mai you are also supporting others to volunteer too.
Across the world British
volunteers like you are helping to build a better world for everyone.
The Point of Light award is a small thank you on behalf of the whole
country, in recognition of your exceptional service.
British Honorary Consul in Chiang
Mai, Mr Ben Svasti Thomson said:
Indeed I am most honoured to
receive this award, although it is totally unexpected and had never been
on my radar! Of course no one works alone and I must, in turn, thank all
those who have provided their support in my charity networks and in the
British Embassy Bangkok.
I started volunteering almost
40 years ago, during my year off after university, and have worked for
charities ever since. I have worked with refugees, abused women and
children, people living with HIV/AIDS, victims of human trafficking and,
most recently, British nationals in distress.
My work as a volunteer has
given me the most meaningful and rewarding experiences of my life. At
times it has been challenging, but it’s an amazing experience to
discover the compassion which lies inside us all through working to help
those in suffering. It enables one to transcend one’s own petty world
and strengthen one’s character by immersing oneself in service to those
who are in far greater need.
Whether you have just finished
your education, are in between jobs or at a similar crossroads in your
life, then time spent volunteering in the community will often be the
most valuable time in your life in terms of discovering yourself while
Too many people nowadays are
glued to a virtual world rotating around social media. I urge you to get
into the real world, surround oneself for a while with real people who
are struggling to exist in the face of terrible hardship and give your
time and energy to partner with them in making their world a better
place for themselves and their families.
HM Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Brian
Ben has made an enormous
contribution to the local community in Northern Thailand. I am also
immensely grateful for the work he does for this Embassy in supporting
expats from the UK, both personally and through the networks he has
created. But I am even more proud of his dedication to making a
difference to the lives of ordinary people across Thailand - through the
charities he has established and his collaboration with government and
civil society. He is a shining example of the kind of partnerships that
exist at all levels between the UK and Thailand.
Ben is the 655th winner of the
Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the
hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first
established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of
Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and
President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with
Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across
Regardless of whether it’s a doctor
restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young
people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people,
the Point of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across
Chiang Mai second for accidents nationwide in 7 Dangerous Days of New Year
Sanpatong highest death rate in the province
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Phuthipong Sirimat met with police and public health officials to review Chiang Mai’s accident and death rate during the 7 Dangerous Days of New Year.
Chiang Mai province came in second
nationwide in number of accidents and sixth nationwide in number of
fatalities caused by accidents. Chiang Mai had 152 accidents with 164
injuries and eleven deaths. Most of the accidents occurred on December
31 and January 1 and most of the accidents involved local people.
The numbers were reported by Deputy
Governor Phuthipong Sirimat at a press conference last week where the
Deputy Governor said that preparations should begin now for Songkran in
April by increasing the number of breathalyzers, and cracking down
harder on unregistered vehicles, vehicles with no insurance, speeding
and other violations.
A working committee was set up to
handle all operations and to ready for Songkran. The Public Health
Department Chiang Mai will be in charge of most plans and operations
with the Chiang Mai Police seconding on security and safety. Volunteer
police and Scouts will be involved as well.
The Deputy Governor expressed
appreciation to Chomthong and Sarapee for their efforts in reducing
Eleven people died in Chiang Mai,
six men and five women, in Sanpatong District. Thirty-three accidents,
the most in one period, occurred on December 31, 2016 and January 1,
2017. Drunk driving was the leading cause of accidents followed by
speeding, careless driving, getting cut off, obstacles, falling asleep
at the wheel, overtaking and overloaded vehicles in terms of reasons.
Most accidents took place on main
roads and highways with the period from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. seeing the
highest followed by 12 noon to 4 p.m. and midnight to 4 a.m. The age of
road victims varied from 50 years old and up, 30-39 and 15-19 years of
age. Most of the injured and casualties were people local to the
province. A total of 75,650 vehicles were inspected and there were
21,133 arrested for violating traffic rules and others. The only
district with no accidents was Galyani Vadhana.
Local girl wins Miss Chiang Mai 2017 crown
Chiang Mai Rajabhat University student
Miss Chiang Mai 2017 Supaporn Ritthipruk and her court with first runner up and runners up Prapasiri Intarungsri, Walulee Duangwana, Pijika Kongsatan, and Chayanith Tor Charoen.
A native Chiang Mai resident and
student at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University took home the Miss Chiang Mai
2017 crown last week and was named the 64th Miss Chiang
Mai in the popular event.
Supaporn Ritthipruk “Nong Bow” is
taking a Thai major at the Faculty of Education at Chiang Mai Rajabhat
University; she also took home Miss Personality as well as Miss Central
Festival, Miss Smile By Muang Thai Life Insurance, Miss Bangkok Clinic
2017, and Miss Air Asia 2017.
The winner received a diamond crown
and 100,000 baht in the contest. First runner up went to 18 year-old
Prapasiri Intarungsri, studying English at the Faculty of Humanities and
Social Sciences at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University. She also won the
Miss Popularity Contest and took home 50,000 baht. Runners up took home
25,000 baht and included Walulee Duangwana, also winner of Miss
Photogenic, Pijika Kongsatan, and Chayanith Tor Charoen who also won
Miss Lifestyle by M Boutique Resort.
The contest began with 20
contestants and ended with the final five. Miss Chiang Mai 2016 Atcharee
Buakiew made her final farewell walk on stage before the announcement of
Supaporn Ritthipruk as the new Miss Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai girl Supaporn Ritthipruk took home the Miss Chiang Mai 2017 crown recently.
Lanna Historic City Forum welcomed experts from around the world
Chiang Mai University welcomed experts from around Asia and the world to the Lanna Historical City Forum.
Chiang Mai University and Chiang
Mai province hosted the Lanna Historic City Forum and welcomed experts
from many countries including the United Kingdom, China, India, the
United States and Myanmar.
The opening ceremony was chaired by
Weera Rojpojanarath, Minister of Culture at University Hostel Services
Centre, Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai Governor Pawin
Chamniprasart delivered the welcome speech.
Attendees visited important
historical sites in Chiang Mai including Wiang Khum Kam, Wat Suan Dok,
Wat Prathat Doi Suthet, Wat Jed Yod, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and
the moat and walls around the city.
The forum covered environmental
settings with Prof. Dong Wei School of Architecture, Southeast
University, Prof. Dilip K. Medhi, Department of Archaeology at Guwahati
University Guwahati, Assam, India, and Prof. Suparp Tajai Lampang,
Rajabhat University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences speaking.
The forum also had experts discussing Archaeological and Historical
Precedents headed by Dr. Ruthjaya Apakorn, Director of SEAMEO SPAFA
Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts of SEAMEO-SPAFA. They also
discussed Ideological Belief & Intangible Expressions with experts and
Ajarn Withi Panitchphan, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University as
moderator. They covered Architectural Components with international
experts and Asst. Prof. Dr. Chanarong Srisuwan, Dean of Faculty of
Architecture, Chiang Mai University as moderator. They finished the
forum by covering the important topic “Safeguarding and Conservation
Management of Lanna Authenticity” with Khun Sawittri Suwansatid, Advisor
to the Minister of Culture and Former Secretary General of Thai National
Commission for UNESCO as moderator.
Suspect re-enacts murder of step-father in Mae Taeng
The suspect in a stabbing murder re-enacts the crime for the police, showing police how he stabbed and beat his stepfather to death.
Police brought the suspect in a
brutal stabbing murder in Mae Taeng to re-enact the crime at the home
where the man stabbed his stepfather to death.
Pol. Col. Piyaphan Pattarapongsin,
Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Pol. Col. Atapol
Meesieng, Superintendent of Mae Tang Police Station, and police brought
21-year-old Wittaya Jacha of Mae Taeng to re-enact the crime at the
scene. Many local people came to watch the re-enactment of the brutal
murder that stunned the community.
Wittaya confessed to police that he
had argued with his stepfather, Mr. Yoha and ended up fighting with him
in the kitchen. He told police he grabbed a knife and a wooden cutting
board and stabbed and beat his stepfather to death. He then ran away to
the road near the village where he was caught. He told police that he
was angry with his stepfather and they always argued.
Kachin locals protest
against Myanmar military actions
members of the local Kachin community protested in front of the Myanmar
Consulate General on January 5, 2017 calling on the government to stop
attacking the people of Kachin and Shan states.
Members of the local Kachin ethnic
community held a protest outside the Myanmar Consulate – General on
January 5, 2017 to protest attacks by the Myanmar Army against Kachin
and Shan States in Myanmar in the past months.
The group also called on the
Myanmar government to investigate the disappearance of two pastors in
Mong Ko in Kachin State. Nawng Latt and Gam Seng disappeared on
Christmas Eve after leaving to meet with army officials at the base to
assist in facilitating the release of local people who had been
detained. The two men have not been seen since leaving for the
appointment. They had been helping journalists report on the situation
in Mong Ko where there has been heavy fighting between the Myanmar Army
and ethnic armed groups.
Protestors held signs asking for the investigation into the
disappearance of two religious leaders who had been helping journalists
report on the attacks in Mong Ko.
A group of about 30 people led by
Tortor Norkam and Hongtong protested in front of the Consulate building
and held signs in English and left a letter for the Consul General
asking the military to stop their attacks on Kachin people and to
investigate the disappearance of the two pastors.
The letter called on the government
to stop oppressing ethnic groups and to stop the attacks on people in
the state. On September 16, 2016 the army attacked Keeton in Kachin
State and Lai Pong on September 27, 2016 using artillery and aircraft to
bomb the areas. Thousands of refugees fled but China refused entry and
many are now sleeping on the road with no guarantee of safety.
The leaders said the Kachin
community condemns the Myanmar Government and Army and called on the to
stop attacking and oppressing people in Kachin State and north of Shan
State and investigate the disappearance of Religious Teachers and
chaplains in Mong Ko. They called on the Chinese Government to allow
Kachin refugees to escape into China and have humanity toward Kachin
The letter also stated that Kachins
have known that the Myanmar Army receives support from the Russian Army
to attack Kachin State and called on the Russian Government to
investigate the group of people providing help to the Myanmar army in
The protest lasted about 30 minutes
and disbanded peacefully among a heavy police and military presence.
The Kachin community protested for about 30 minutes before disbanding
Royal Thai Police Assistant Commander hands over vehicles, winter clothing for officers in remote areas
Assistant Commissioner-General of Royal Thai Police Pol. Lt. Gen. Decha
Boodnampetch hands over winter clothing for police officers and families
in remote areas to Acting Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5
Pol. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsak.
Commissioner-General of Royal Thai Police Pol. Lt. Gen. Decha
Boodnampetch visited the Provincial Police Region 5 headquarters on
December 26, 2017 to meet officers and to hand over 57 vehicles and 48
motorcycles for use in police stations. He also gave winter clothing for
police officers and families who are on duty in rural and remote areas
from the Police Officers and Family Welfare Foundation.
The Assistant Commissioner –
General was welcomed by Pol. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsak, Acting
Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5 and officers at the Region 5
headquarters on his visit. He said that the vehicles were for use in
substations around Region 5 and he also delivered winter clothing
purchased by the Police Officers and Family Welfare Foundation which
donated 1,506 sets of winter clothing.
Provincial Police Region 5 received 57 new vehicles and 48 motorcycles
for use in substations around the region.
Police announce arrests in five drug cases since December 21
At 11 a.m.
on 26 December 2016, Pol. Lt. Gen. Decha Bootnampetch, Acting Assistant
Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police accompanied by Pol. Maj. Gen.
Poonsub Prasertsak, Acting Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5,
Maj.Gen.Kaseamsuk Takam, Commander of the 33rd Military Circle, Mr.Prajuab
Kanthiya, Chiang Mai Deputy Governor, ONCB Region 5 announce the arrests
of ten suspects in five drug cases in the period from December 21 – 27,
Commissioner-General Pol. Lt. Gen. Decha Bootnampetch was joined by Acting
Commissioner of Police Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Poonsub Prasertsak in
announcing the resolution of five drug trafficking cases in the North since
December 21, 2016. Ten suspects were arrested and 1.61 million amphetamine
tablet and 8.6 kg of crystal methamphetamine were seized in the arrests in
Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai and Lampang.
Police seized 1.61 million amphetamine tablet and 8.6 kg of heroin in
separate cases from December 21 – 27, 2016.
The first arrest occurred in
Pai, Mae Hong Son at 6 p.m. on December 21 when police arrested 50 year old
Yee Laoyeepa with 10,000 methamphetamine or Yaba pills while the second case
occurred on the same day at 10 p.m. in Chiang Rai when police arrested 43
year old Ker Mor and Suksan Choksansiri of Tak with 394,000 Yaba pills and
8.6 kg of Ya Ice or crystal methamphetamine.
The third arrest occurred on
December 22 in Chiang Dao when police arrested 39-year-old Mongkolsiri Yalo
with 40,000 methamphetamine tablets. Officers stopped the man at the
checkpoint as he was behaving suspiciously but found nothing illegal,
however when he was released he turned into a garbage dump about 500 meters
from the checkpoint and came back with a black plastic bag. Police followed
him and he droped the bag on the side of the road and attempted to flee.
Police found the drugs in the bag and arrested the man.
On the same day police in
Wieng Kan in Chiang Rai found 56,000 methamphetamine tablets after reports
of a suspicious truck were received, the truck drove away before the police
arrived but they found the drugs on the side of the road.
In Lampang police arrested
three suspects; 52-year-old Charoen Aobam from Chiang Mai, 42-year-old
Kanchitpol Puthong from Bangkok, and Phutthipoong Kusolpayungkit from Chiang
Mai with 1,116,285
Yaba tablets after stopping a tour bus headed to Central Thailand.
Police uncovered drugs
hidden in luggage in the lower part of the bus and then arrested three
additional suspects with a further amount of Yaba pills in Hang Chat.
Region 5 police said that
from the period from October 1 – December 24, 2017 they had arrested 5,446
suspects and seized a total of 8,393,264
43.39 kg of crystal methamphetamine,
35.75 kg of heroin, 18.17
kg of poppy plants , and 18.78
kg of marijuana. They also seized property with a total value of
8,697,498 baht from drug suspects. Provincial Police Region 5 will
continue with stringent checkpoints as drugs are expected to flow south
during the busy New Year period.
Police will increase drunk driving checkpoints for the 7 Deadly Days of New Year
topped the list for most accidents and injuries over last year’s New Year’s
holiday period. The Government is setting up extra checkpoints and
introducing neighborhood watches to reduce the number of drunk drivers and
accidents. (File photo)
The Chiang Mai Disaster Protection and
Mitigation Office is preparing for the “7 Deadly Days of New Year” by
increasing drunk driving checkpoints with a focus on the areas that had the
highest number of accidents and arrests last year. Last year Chiang Mai was
first in the number of accidents and injuries over the seven day period and
16th with seven people killed in accidents.
The government will focus on setting up
more checkpoints in communities that have shown high numbers of accidents
last year. Additionally they will be increasing checkpoints around the
province and will strictly enforce speeding, drink driving, and helmets.
Two hundred and ten local
administration organizations will set up safety check points, and check
points will be set up on every sub-district for drunk drivers. Tourist areas
will see strict enforcement including Doi Inthanon, Doi Angkang, Doi Suthep,
Doi Kham and Doi Mon Chaem. Extra officers will be assigned to care for
tourists and manage traffic. Those found in violation of laws regarding
driving could have their license impounded for seven days.
This year the Chiang Mai Governor wants
all districts and temples to set up a night neighborhood watch service to
watch out for and care for those people too drunk to drive and to set up car
sharing to reduce the use of vehicles on New Year’s Eve as the Governor is
determined to reduce Chiang Mai’s traffic accident toll during the seven
deadly days of New Year.
Speed cameras installed on Doi Saket Road
Highway 118 has large number of accidents and deaths
cameras have been set up on a stretch of Highway 118 to Doi Saket in a bid
to cut down on the number of accidents caused by speeding, tickets will be
mailed to the owner of the vehicle.
Speed cameras were set up on Highway
118 to Doi Saket on December 21, 2016 on the stretch from Doi Ngang Kaew to
Doi Saket in five different places to reduce accidents on the mountain.
The cameras were installed as part of a
project that saw cooperation between the Chiang Mai Provincial Police,
Department of Highways, local Administration Organizations, Office of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and
the Civil Engineering of Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University which
studied the stretch of road and determined that the major cause of accidents
was due to high speed on the steep hills and winding road.
That section of Highway 118 is
considered very dangerous and had 56 accidents with six dead in 2014, 73
accidents in 2015 with seven dead and in 2016 so far 66 accidents with five
The cameras were set up between the
15.5 km mark and the 51 km mark and the speed limit is set at 80 km/hour;
the 1st point is at Km. 50+400 around Ban Nam Du, the 2nd
point is at 43+050 around Doi Saket Highway Police Service Center, and the 3rd
point is at 35+800 around Ma Bok Rak Coffee Shop. The 4th point
is at 21+700 around Ban Dok Dang Shrine and the 5th spot is at Km
15+600 around Doi Saket T-Junction with speed limit at 90 km/hour. The
system will record vehicles’ speed for 24 hours and inspect for over speed
limit. Then it will transfer data from the camera to a computer; after a
registration check of the database of the Department of Land Transportation
a ticket will be issued and will be mailed to car’s owner to pay the fine.
Police will also be setting up checkpoints to fine on the spot, if the fine
is not paid in the specified time a warrant will be issued for the owner of
Light rain predicted over Christmas
Temperatures expected to drop over New Year
Mahayodsanan, Director of Northern Meteorological Center explains the
predicted weather patterns for the short and long-term in Chiang Mai,
predicting light rain over Christmas and colder weather over the New
The Northern Meteorlogical Center
has predicted light rain over December 25 – 25, 2016 with temperatures
dropping around the New Year.
Metee Mahayodsanan, Director of
Northern Meteorological Center said that light rain is predicted due to
moist air flowing from the South East while this winter is expected to
be longer than previous years. The temperatures are expected to drop at
the end of the year and after January 2, 2017 should drop even further.
This coming year the Northern
Meteorological Center expects an average of 10 – 20 mm of rain until
April, 2017 before entering the rainy season which will make it less dry
than the drought of 2016. However, there is still a chance of smoke and
smog caused by wildfires but it is hoped that the increased moisture
will reduce the chance of fires.
However, he pointed out that
burning when the air is moist still causes smog. “This year it is
expected that the PM 10 levels in Chiang Mai will be lower than last
year. Upon analysis of the smog problem, about 70-80% of cause of
problem was from burning in the lower area in Uttaradit and
Phitsanulok.” He added, “If agricultural areas are burned it will have a
negative impact on the Upper North and in Chiang Mai because the south
wind will bring smog to the region, especially in Chiang Rai resulting
in increasing PM 10 levels.”
Royal Project Fair 2016 opens at CMU Convention Center
for the Royal Project Fair is always beautifully decorated and filled with
fruits, vegetables and flowers decorated to honor His Majesty King Rama IX.
The Royal Project Fair opened on
December 22, 2016 with a great variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as
cut flowers, plants and hilltribe crafts along with many beauty products.
The Fair, held annually at Chiang Mai University (CMU) Convention Center on
Nimmanhaemin Road runs through December 25, 2016 and is open daily.
One of the highlights are the fabulous
flower and vegetable arrangements and this year a small wooden train replica
hauling vegetables that offers a wonderful photo opportunity for visitors.
The Food Court is always popular with a variety of food on offer to eat
there or take home and in the garden are fabulous flower and vegetable
sculptures one can take in while enjoying a cup of Royal Project coffee.
This popular event is always very busy
and there is parking out front be aware of traffic and consider attending at
non-peak times to avoid the crush of eager consumers looking for bargains on
fresh fruit and vegetables.
The Royal Project Fair runs from
December 22 to December 25, 2016 at the Chiang Mai University Convention
Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
plants are on sale at the Royal Project Fair including tulips and decorative
kale and cabbage.
and vegetable section is the most popular area for shoppers featuring
products from Royal Project farmers. There are also fresh cut flowers,
beauty products and handicrafts on sale at the Fair at CMU Convention
train with carts filled with fruits and vegetables is a popular backdrop for
Court is outside the building and filled with food and drink for sale,
popular at lunch time, the court is open all day.
outside is filled with decorative flowers and vegetables including this
beautiful sculpture made from vegetables. The area is a popular place to
enjoy a Royal Project coffee and look at the scenery.
HRH Princess Sirindhorn concerned about opium poppy planting in Chiang Mai
Wihaj Siribanprot, 3rd Army Area Commander / Commander of Special Unit of
Narcotics Prevention and Suppression Center reports on opium poppy field
destruction and the expansion of opium poppy plantations, a major concern of
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn expressed concersn to the Third Army Commander recently about the
rise of opium poppy planting in rural communities especially in Mae Chaem
and Om Koi Districts.
Lt.Gen. Wihaj Siribanprot, 3rd
Army Area Commander / Commander of Special Unit of Narcotics Prevention and
Suppression Center, the Third Army Area Command, said that H.R.H. Princess
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn had mentioned her concerns to him in a recent
meeting. Her Royal Highness has many projects in Mae Chaem including
expansion of the Mae Chaem Hospital.
According to the latest information
from the Institute of Survey and Monitoring Narcotic Plants, Office of
Narcotics Control Board, there were 15 flights surveying poppy planting and
3 land surveys during August to November 2016 to survey planting areas since
the rainy season. The surveys saw a total of 887.5 rai in Chiang Mai and
1537 lots of 1179.26 rai surveyed by the Institute of Survey and Monitoring
Narcotic Plants. In Om Koi the survey found areas growing opium a total of
984 lots of 727.27 rai and 35 lots of 24.04 rai in Mae Chaem District. All
plantation areas were in remote rural and mountainous areas.
The Special Unit of Narcotics
Prevention and Suppression Center, Third Army Area Command in Chiang Mai has
been destroying opium poppy plantations since November 15, 2016. The Special
Unit destroyed opium totaling 322 lots of 343.33 rai in in Ban Paper-Nakien,
Om Koi and area of 81 lots of 103.50 rai inTha Song Yang-Pitukee, Ta Song
Flight of the Gibbons issues statement on accident and closure
Flight of the Gibbons issued the
following statement: As widely reported in the domestic and
international media, an accident occurred last week on the Flight of the
Gibbon course in Chiang Mai. In brief, a customer (with a child) had
just completed a Zipline crossing and landed on the platform. In turn,
the next customer began crossing. The first customer fell backwards from
the platform, resulting in a collision with the second customer. The
customers remained attached to a cable at all times, which prevented
falling to the ground.
Flight of the Gibbon’s staff acted
quickly to get all three customers to safety and accompanied them to
hospital. The child was promptly discharged. The two adult customers are
in the hospital for the time being, but are expected to fully recover.
After millions of safe zip line
crossings, Flight of the Gibbon has earned a reputation for being among
the most responsible and safest operators, and so when an event like
this happens, the entire team takes it very seriously. In addition to
regular daily inspections, this course had already undergone a complete
engineering inspection for 2016, which was successfully passed. The
Zipline operator maintains a copy of this license in its office and is
in full compliance with all business and safety laws and regulations.
“We are extremely distressed by
what happened on Friday and have a manager on hand at the hospital with
the guest. We expect them to have a full recovery from this accident. Of
course, we will do our utmost to take care of them and cover all their
personal and medical expenses. Our customers are of paramount importance
to Flight of the Gibbon,” explains Kriangkrai Srihaampai, Operations
Manager at Flight of the Gibbon.
The management team’s preliminary
review of this accident indicates that there were no equipment failures
of any type, but that this accident was caused purely by human error.
Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, operation of this course
has been temporarily suspended, pending another complete engineering
inspection. Flight of the Gibbon apologizes to customers who are
inconvenienced by the suspension of operations at this location.
Customer safety is the company’s number one priority. Operations will
resume again as soon as possible.
Flight of the Gibbon holds itself
to the highest safety standards, and their goal is zero accidents. It is
the only Zipline course operator in Thailand with an inspection
certificate certifying compliance with the International Standards of
Adventure tourism operator closed after accident on zipline
General Pittaya Sirirak, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Provincial Police
Region 5 and Mae On District Chief Pattaporn Laijud visit Flight of the
Gibbons zipline facility after three Israeli tourists were injured after
colliding on the zipline.
Region 5 Police shut down
well-known adventure tourism operator Flight of the Gibbon on December 17
after a family of three was injured at their zipline venue in Ban Mae
Kampong in Mae On on December 16, 2017.
Pol. Maj. General Pittaya
Sirirak, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Provincial Police Region 5 was
joined by Mae On District Chief Pattaporn Laijud and other officers to
inspect the facilities and the scene of the accident at the Flight of the
Gibbon on December 17.
Three Israeli tourists were
injured when they collided on the zipline at 2 p.m. on December 16, 2016.
The tourists, identified as Ms. Orit Rov, 40, Mr. Sahar Meir, 42, and Liam
Boborow, 7, were taken to the hospital where Ms. Orit was found to have a
broken rib and injured hip, while the man and the boy were treated and
Authorities closed the facility
temporarily to investigate the safety of the venue. Last year a Chinese
tourist was killed when she fell to her death on October from a zipline at
Flying Squirrels in Mae Rim.
Community radio station shut down for operating without a license
Army and police confiscated equipment from a
community radio station they believed was operating without a license.
community radio station in Haiya was shut down by military, police and
officers from the Office of the National Telecommunications Commission after
it was found to be operating illegally and unlicensed on December 15, 2016.
Vihol Radio Community Station at 89MHz is owned by Terdsak Jiemkitwattana,
the former leader of a local yellow shirt group in Chiang Mai. Police found
only Eakachai Wilaiwan, a 40 year old employee and a 50 meter high radio
tower. The station had no license to broadcast so the authorities seized all
broadcasting equipment transmission lines, computers and other items used at
the radio station for inspection.
A community radio station was shut down in Haiya after a raid by police and
army, the owner claims he has a license and will be presenting it to
the seizure the owner, Terdsak Jiemkitwattana, posted on social media that
the station had been open and operating for the past three years and that
this was the fifth inspection by authorities but the first time his
equipment had been confiscated. He claimed he had a license and would be
bringing it in for the authorities to inspect. In the past the station had
supported the political movement of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD)
and People's Democratic Reform Committee. He said he believes that his
equipment was seized this time because recently he had criticized the
government’s working on Youtube and Vihok News.
Rice Market to be held at Maya on the weekends
Market opened on Saturday December 17, 2016 and will open every weekend
in front of Maya Lifestyle Mall to give farmers a chance to sell their
rice to the public.
Organized by Samoeng District Office, the Department of Internal Trade,
Ministry of Commerce and Maya Lifestyle Mall, the Rice Market was opened
and their families are selling rice, vegetables and other products from
Samoeng at the Rice Market every weekend in front of Maya Lifestyle
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Maya Lifestyle Mall is hosting Samoeng farmers on
the weekends to give them an opportunity to sell rice and other
products. Organized by the Samoeng District Office, Maya Lifestyle Mall
and the Department of Internal Trade at the Ministry of Commerce, the
rice market will be held every weekend to give local farmers a chance to
sell their rice to the public.
Rice farmers have been struggling to sell their
rice as prices continue to fall and the government sector has been
working to find ways to help farmers connect directly with the public.
The Rice Market was opened by district officials and the Maya head as a
food truck was also on hand to offer free food to visitors.
The Rice Market will be in front of Maya Lifestyle
Mall every weekend from December 17, 2016 during the day.
Lanna MICE Mart welcomes visitors from ASEAN countries
neighboring ASEAN countries attended the Lanna MICE Travel Mart and wore
traditional garb for the opening ceremony.
The Lanna MICE Mart was held at the
Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Center from December 13 –
16, 2016 and saw buyers from ten ASEAN countries take part in learning about
tourism businesses in the four provinces of the Upper North at the MICE
(meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) Mart.
MICE Mart was opened by traditional Lanna performances.
Businesspeople from Chiang Mai,
Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son took part in the event to offer booths on
landmarks, arts and culture, nature and more in the Upper North. Chiang Mai
Deputy Governor Prachuab Kanthiya and Suthon Wichairath, Director of Chiang
Mai Tourism and Sports Office welcomed participants to the Lanna MICE Mart
2016, with many participants wearing national costume at th opening party.
The Lanna Mice Mart 2016 was held
during 13-16 December 2016 by Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, and Mae Hong Son
Provinces in the Upper North Cluster Region 1 in cooperation with the Chiang
Mai Tourism and Sports Office. These provinces are able to support MICE
events in tourism and to create inspiration for travelers. Sixty buyers in
the tourism industry in ASEAN and 60 businesspeople in the tourism industry
in the Upper North Cluster 1 were invited to participate in the event.
Suthon Wichairath, Director of Chiang
Mai Tourism and Sports Office, said that this event aimed to promote tourism
in the Upper North by inviting capable entrepreneurs and purchasers from ten
ASEAN countries to join the event and use Chiang Mai as the center of the
event to link to other provinces in Upper North Cluster 1.
The Deputy Governor said, “Buyers will
see our readiness, especially the Convention and International Exhibition
Center, that Chiang Mai is ready to serve these entrepreneurs. This event
also links to other attractions in four provinces in Upper North Cluster 1.”
He noted that businesspeople joining this event were screened by tourism
associations, chambers of commerce, and hotel business entrepreneurs for
their capabilities to present MICE events, quality tourist attractions,
cultures, traditions, and adventure attractions. He concluded that the event
gives visiting buyers close contacts with local business people and allow
them to travel around Chiang Mai and see all the Upper North has to offer in
New Year’s Eve services to honor HM the King expected to attract millions around the country
Chiang Mai will have service at every temple in the province
New Year’s Eve
will see mourning ceremonies around the city, the province and the country as
the nation pays their respects to His Majesty King Rama IX.
Chiang Mai residents will take part in
services that will be held at temples across the province and around the country
to mourn His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on New Year’s Eve. Ceremonies will
be held at all Royal temples and all major temples as well as at temples around
the city and the province; around 1,000 temples in Chiang Mai are expected to
The Sangha Supreme Council has asked
temples across the country to take part in the services. Around 1 million people
are expected to join in Chiang Mai province and up to 20 million nationwide
Siriya Boonsiripreak, Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Culture Office said.
Royal Project Fair to be held December 22 - 25
University Professor Pongsak Angkasit, chairman and organizer and Professor
Danai Boonyakiat, director of Operations and Marketing announced the
upcoming Royal Project Fair which will be held from December 22 – 25, 2016.
The popular Royal Project Fair will be
held at the Chiang Mai University Convention Center beginning December 22 –
25, 2016 and offer products from many of His Majesty King Rama IX’s
signature Royal Projects. HRH Princess Soamsawali will be opening the event
on December 22.
Annual Royal Project Fair is a popular event in Chiang Mai where residents
flock to purchase Royal Project fruits and vegetables along with hill tribe
products, flowers and plants.
The 47th annual Royal
Project Fair was announced at the Royal Project Foundation on Suthep Road by
Chiang Mai University Professor Pongsak Angkasit, chairman and organizer and
Professor Danai Boonyakiat, director of Operations and Marketing. Before the
press conference was a special performance by various tribes who joined and
sang Chata Cheewit (Fate of Life) and the Impossible Dream for the occasion.
Professor Pongsak Angkasit said that
the Royal Project, which was started by the love and support of HM King
Bhumubol Adulyadej in1966, was the greatest gift to the people of Thailand
in history. The Royal Project was started to assist rural people,
specifically high areas in the mountains as well as conserving forestry and
Thai property. The project involved planting vegetables and fruits for
sufficient living, including bringing new crops to Thailand such as
strawberries and many other different fruits and vegetables.
Activities will remain similar to
previous years, however since Thai people are still mourning then a memorial
services will take place as well. The mission of the Royal Project will now
be under the reign of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn or King Rama X, who made a
royal appearance at the Royal Project Fair in 2015. Last year’s event raised
over 8 million baht and this year is expected to reach 9 million baht, which
will be returned to support the agricultur and residents.
Progress in agriculture will be
displayed as well as introductions to new species of plants, vegetables,
fruits; update on marketing, products and many more. There will be over 30
booths displaying the Royal Projects as well as crafts by tribe members. All
concerned are encouraged to dress appropriately in honor of HM the late King
for the occasion
Chiang Mai hosts three big events to honor HM King Bhumibol on his birthday
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart was joined by government officials, military
officers and many others in offering food to monks at Royal Park Rajapruek.
Three major events were held on
December 5, 2016 to mark His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birth; the
first took place at Royal Park Rajapruek at 7 a.m. where the Governor was
joined by many officials and officers, visitors and members of the public in
an offerings ceremony to present food to 199 monks.
Mai Governor digs in planting banana trees in honor of His Majesty King
Governor Pawin Chamniprasart then
chaired a banana tree planting ceremony in honor of King Rama IX at 9:30
a.m. at Huay Tung Tao reservoir in Mae Rim. The tree planting ceremony was
organized by Paradorn Homyam, Deputy Director of the Botanical Garden
Organization and attended by the Deputy Chief Justice, President of the
Chiang Mai Red Cross Monsuda Chamniprasart and officials. Ten different
species of banana were planted for a total of 389 trees over 3 rai. The
banana trees were planted to help retain soil and moisture and create a more
The final event took place at 700 Year
Stadium in the evening where thousands of Chiang Mai residents turned out to
honor His Majesty King Rama IX and mourn his passing. Everyone wore
traditional Lanna dress in black and white, traditional dance performances
were held and everyone joined in together to sing the royal anthem.
Chiang Mai Zoo joins Region 5 police to help farmers
Maj. Gen. Achawat Chotikasatiean, Acting Deputy Commissioner of
Provincial Police Region 5, chaired the opening ceremony of the rice
distribution center for Thai farmers under the “Provincial Police Region
5 helps Thai Farmers” Project with Nipon Wichairat, Director of Chiang
Mai Zoo and Advisors to Provincial Police Region 5 (Police Management
Inspection) and representatives of San Pa Tong Agricultural Cooperative,
Phrao Agricultural Cooperative, and Nikomphrao Agricultural Cooperative
joining the ceremony at the Sophon Damnui Building at the Chiang Mai
As part of efforts to assist
farmers hit hard by the low price of rice the Chiang mai Zoo is joining
the Region 5 Police in distributing rice from the Agricultural
From December 7, 2016 to September
30, 2017 people can buy good quality rice at a fair price directly from
farmers at the Sophon Damnui building in front of the Chiang Mai Zoo.
Region 5 Police started the project
to help farmers sell their rice directly and already offer markets at
the Region 5 Police headquarters and at various markets around town.
Residents petition for traffic island on Chotana Road
High number of accidents along stretch of road at Tung Hua Chang
of the San Pong area are petitioning the government to add a traffic island
to the very dangerous seven kilometer stretch of road on Chotana road; at
least five people a year are killed or injured in accidents along this one
stretch every year.
Residents of Mae Rim have petitioned
the Governor to have a traffic island built in the middle of the road in the
area starting from Tung Hua Chang to Muang Pha and Huai Nam Rim due to the
high number of accidents resulting in serious injury and death.
Residences of San Pong Sub-district,
Mae Rim District began the drive at Ban Pa Tiew with Manote Wongjeeno,
Assistant Sub-district Chief leading the villagers in petitioning. The
residents want the government to build an island in the middle of the road
on Highway 107 or Chotana Road.
Manote said that the seven kilometer
strip of road needed a traffic island as just the narrow yellow line had
resulted in many accidents as people cut across from one side to the other
and also posed a serious danger for pedestrians attempting to cross the
He said that they need at least 5,000
signatures for the island to be considered and urged people to join in
reminding everyone that at least 5 people are killed or injured on this
stretch of road each year.
The chief said that he and the former
San Pong Mayor had requested this from the Chiang Mai Rural Road Office
once, but there was no progress. Boonsong Teriyapirom, a former member of
House of Representative, had also proposed this traffic island to relevant
government sector for safety and properties in the area of people using this
Thailand Coffee and Bakery Expo 2016 to be held in Chiang Mai
Kamwang, Operating Director of Expolink Global Network Co., Ltd., Jiruth Na
Adyuthaya – Deputy Director of Management and Strategy Support, Thailand
Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Chef Jamnong Nirungsit - Honorary
Advisor of Thailand Chefs Association and representatives from relevant
organizations announced the upcoming expo at the recent press conference.
Chiang Mai will be hosting the Coffee
and Bakery Expo 2016 for the first time from December 15 – 18, 2016 at
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport it was announced at a press conference
recently. Expolink Global Network Co., Ltd. in cooperation with the Thailand
Convention and Exhibition Bureau, the Thailand Chefs Association, the Chiang
Mai Chamber of Commerce, the Chiang Mai Industry Council and the Chiang Mai
Chefs Club will be participating in the event that will run daily from 11
a.m. to 8 p.m.
ExpoLink is the Thailand representative
of the Cologne Messe Co. Ltd. from Germany and also holds the international
exhibition THAIFEX World of Food Asia. The organization has brought together
leading businesses in tea, coffee, baked goods, food technology and services
for the event in Chiang Mai.
Apart from selling goods and
business seminars the exhibition will include a cooking contest divided into Junior Chef Challenge and Senior Chef Challenge
for Thai, European and Chinese foods, fruit and vegetable carving contest,
workshop providing food knowledge, and others.
Anti-drinking organizations petition governor to crack down on bars near schools
Representatives from Chiang Mai Stop Drinking Coordinating Center,
Love Chiang Mai Community Network and the Institution Education Network met
with Deputy Governor Prachuab Kanthiya and presented him a letter to crack
down on venues selling alcohol close to schools after the Malin Sky Pub
Several anti-alcohol organizations
joined together to present a letter to the Chiang Mai Governor to strictly
enforce laws regarding bars and entertainment venues close to schools in
Chiang Mai. The group, which consisted of representatives from Chiang Mai
Stop Drinking Coordinating Center, Love Chiang Mai Community Network and the
Institution Education Network met with Deputy Governor Prachuab Kanthiya and
asked him to pass it on to the Prime Minister.
In the letter the organizations asked
the Governor to be strict in regards to entertainment venues, bars, pubs,
karaoke clubs and alcohol sales close to schools, universities and temples.
They also asked for clear zoning rules after the incident at Malin Sky Pub
became a nationwide scandal.
The bar was only ten meters from the
University and although there was an order for its closing it was still in
the courts, the group pointed out that there are many similar bars and
restaurants near the university even though there are zoning regulations.
They pointed out that many venues allow people under the age of 20 while
others are not closing on time. They asked the government to strictly
enforce the laws and zoning regulations on these venues. They pointed out
that although the bars and clubs have licenses they are not seriously
inspected and laws are not being enforced. Additionally, their proximity to
temples, schools and local communities has an effect on the residents from
noise pollution, drunks and fights. The law states that shops and venues
selling alcohol can be no more than 300 meters from schools.
The Deputy Governor said the government
has been inspecting the venues in the area weekly and that zoning
regulations and licenses can be found at the Provincial Excise Office. He
added that all of the shops currently operating had received their licenses
before the NCPO’s order in 2015 and can continue business but new ones are
not allowed. However, if a shop breaks one of the five rules they must be
closed. Those rules include allowing people under the age of 20 to use the
venue, selling alcohol to people under 20, opening past regulated hours, the
possession of weapons or drugs.
Police arrest man suspected of serial theft
Suspect released from prison in September
Supayor was released from prison in September and arrested after committing
multiple robbers on December 6, 2016.
Chiang Mai Police arrested a Muang
District man suspected of ten different theft cases in Chiang Mai over the
past weeks on December 7, 2016. Rachan Suyapor was arrested in a gaming shop
in Santhitham area and found with electronics, mobile phones and equipment
to break into houses.
Police received a report about a theft
at a dorm room in Haiya on November 23 and CCTV footage led to them to the
suspect. He eventually confessed that he had stolen ten times over the past
weeks. He told police that he had been in prison for theft and released
September 16, 2016. He said he was unable to find a job so went back to
stealing. One of his victims turned out to be the nephew of the Chief of the
Land Transportation Department.
Man arrested in series of burglaries in housing estates
Suspect wanted by Saraburi for theft
Kaewhao was arrested and charged with theft after a series of home break ins
in the suburbs and housing estates. Police are tracking down his accomplice.
Police announced the arrest of one
of the suspects in a series of break ins in homes in housing estates on
December 7, 2016 adding that the man had an arrest warrant issued from
Saraburi Courts for theft as well.
Thongsuk Kaewhao of Nakhom Pathom
was arrested by Phuping Police and Police Region 5 after a series of 11
breakins in different housing estates was reported. Police investigated
and found that Thongsuk had been seen driving a bronze colored Toyota
Wish in the areas that had been robbed. They investigated Thongsuk and
found that he had an outstanding warrant from Saraburi as well as having
had warrants in Bangkok in 2003, Nakhon Rachasima in 2013 and Nakhon
Pathom in January 2015 as well as the one from Saraburi from November
Police arrested the suspect at a
rental home in Mae Hia and found a screwdriver, gloves and stolen items
such as amulets and rings. The suspect confessed that he had been
working with another man to break into houses during the day when the
owners were at work. He told police that he and the other man would use
two cars; target a home, climb the fence and break a door or window.
They normally stole things that were easily carried such as gold and
cash and then split the proceeds.
Police will be using the
information gained from the Thongsuk to track down the other suspect.
Many victims of the robberies came to see their property at Region 5
Police headquarters, at least 11 cases so far have been confirmed in
Muang District, Phuping, Mae Ping and San Sai.
Call for donations for annual Red Cross Winter Fair
President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Red Cross Monsuda Chamniprasart
calls for donations for the upcoming Chiang Mai Red Cross Winter Fair.
The annual Red Cross Winter Fair
will be held from December 28, 2016 to January 8, 2017 at the field
behind City Hall. The popular fair sees large donations from the
community to be raffled off and given as prizes in booths.
The President of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Red Cross Monsuda Chamniprasart called on the community for
donations to the event. “Unity Day to Help the Red Cross” will be held
on December 8, 2016 at the Volunteer Defense Corps, Chiang Mai 1 from 9
a.m. to 12 noon to receive donated items such as motorcycles, bicycles,
electric equipment, and clothes for the Chiang Mai Red Cross
Donors can also contact the Office
of the Chiang Mai Red Cross Association at 053-212638, or the Chiang Mai
Local Administration Organization at 053-112613 or 053-112617, or Mrs.
Sirikul Pongladda, Chief of the Chiang Mai Finance and Accounting Group
Monsuda urged everyone to donate to
help those less fortunate. The Mucha Kachad Shop in this year’s Winter
Fair will sell 9,000 charity Red Cross Lottery tickets at 80 baht each.
Revenue is expected to reach 7.2 million baht. First prize is a sports
car, second prize a pick-up truck, third prizes will be three 110CC
motorcycles, fourth runner up prizes will be five half baht gold
necklaces, 10 refrigerators as the sixth runner up, 10 televisions as
seventh and 20 bicycles as eighth. There will be 180 prizes given out to
those who have the last three digits of not more than 1,000 baht. The
shop will also sell 200,000 Red Cross Fish at 20 baht each. The
Provincial Red Cross hopes to raise 4 million baht at the event this
Gift Fair open until December 11
handwoven textiles from around the region are on sale at the Gift Fair 2016.
other accessories are also on sale at the fair.
was filled with wonderful vintage photos of HM King Rama IX, HM Queen Mother
Sirikit and their family.
A fair wouldn’t be a fair
in Thailand without a lot of food, from khao soy noodles, to southern Thai
food, the food aisle has it all.
The annual Gift Fair opened on December
2, 2016 at the Industrial Promotion Center on Thung Hotel Road. The popular
event will be open through December 11, 2016 and features a wide variety of
unique and handmade products such as bags made from teak leaves, handwoven
phasin, jewelry, basketry, clothing, toys, health and beauty products and
The Gift Fair is a long running
tradition for Chiang Mai shoppers and always very popular with locals and
visitors. The event is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and entrance is
Suspected cop killer shot dead resisting arrest
suspect in the killing of a police officer was shot resisting arrest
in Mae Taeng.
Police shot dead the man
suspected of killing a Chiang Mai police officer last week at his
mountain hideaway in Pha Pae, Mae Taeng District on December 2,
Police traced Prasert Laolee,
suspected of killing a 23 year old Police Lance Corporal during a
drug sting to the mountainous region near Baan Buak Meed in Pha Pae,
Mae Taeng and traveled to the remote area to arrest the suspect. The
suspect opened fire on the police; they returned fire killing the
suspect at the scene.
Prasert Laolee was a suspect in
the shooting of Police Lance Corporal Sirayuth Noiarun during a drug
buy at Mae Taeng on November 29, 2016. He escaped with Suthasinee
Sae Nor from Prachinburi to the mountains. Police found Mrs
Suthasinee at the same location and arrested her to face charges.
Father’s Day ceremonies announced for December 5
Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart announces the ceremonies to be held on
King Rama IX’s birthday on December 5, 2016.
Chiang Mai residents are invited to
attend ceremonies for King Rama IX on the occasion of his birthday on
December 5, 2016. The day will start at 6:45 a.m. with a merit making
ceremony offering food to monks at Three Kings Monument followed by the
ceremony at Chiang Mai University Convention Center at 9 a.m. followed
by a candlelight ceremony at City Hall at 7 p.m.
In addition, there will be food
offerings for 199 monks to dedicate to HM the late King at Hor Kam
Luang, Royal Park Rajapruek, Chiang Mai at 6 a.m. and commemoration
ceremony at the 700 Year Stadium from 4
p.m. There will be cultural performances including traditional candle
dancing by 1,999 dancers, tributes and singing the Royal Anthem. Please
wear black traditional dress to mourn King Rama IX. It is expected to be
a large event with thousands of people attending.
To prepare for the event the Chiang
Mai Traffic police will be in place from 2 p.m. on and no vehicles will
be allowed inside. Police expect 20,000 people and have warned of
traffic jams. Three parking areas will be opened at the Convention
Center, at the Farm Outlet and the parking lot of the Provincial
Government Center or City Hall. There will be free shuttles will be
offered from the three locations to the 700 Year stadium
Police expect heavy traffic jams on
Canal Road and linking roads. Traffic police and volunteers will help to
organize the parking and direct traffic.
Police officer killed in clash with drug traffickers in Mae Taeng
Corporal Sirayuth Noiarun was killed in a shoot-out with drug traffickers in Mae
Taeng, the 23 year old was a native of Chiang Mai.
A Police Lance Corporal was shot and killed
during a shoot-out with drug traffickers in Mae Taeng on November 29, 2016 at
around 10 p.m. in Keelek in Mae Taeng.
Police had set up a sting with Kanawith
Nithikomporn to purchase 2,000 methamphetamine tablets. Kanawith then contacted
two people to obtain the drugs, Prasert Laolee, age 35 and Suthasinee Sae Nor of
Prachinburi to deliver the drugs at a bypass road in Keelek, Mae Taeng.
investigate the scene of the shooting in Keelek, Mae Taeng.
The couple drove to the meeting point where
they were ambushed by police, Prasert fired at the police with a shot gun who
returned fire. Pol. Lance Corporal Sirayuth Noiarun was shot and died at the
hospital. The two suspects fled into the forest where police found a blood
trail. Police found the car belonging to Suthasinee in San Sai.
Police have charged Kanawuth and continue
the search for the missing couple for the death of the Police Lance Corporal.
Police Lance Corporal Sirayuth Noiarun was
23 years old and a native Muslim of Chiang Mai. He was a Police Non-Commissioned
Officer Student from Region Police Training Center 5, the 2nd Company
of 2013. He graduated in October 2014 and began duty as a Squad Leader
(Suppression) at Galyanivadhana Police Station. He was then assigned for
temporary duty for drug suppression with the Chiang Mai Provincial Police. He
was posthumously promoted five ranks to Police Sub-Lieutenant. His body was sent
to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. At 11am on November 30,2016, Pol. Maj.
Gen. Poonsub Prasrtsak, Acting for Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5
visited his mother and gave her funds to help with the hospital bills. The
funeral was held at Chang Klan Cemetery on the same day.
Nakhon Pathom man killed in accident at Ruamchoke tunnel
year old Nakhon Pathom man was killed in a high speed one car crash late at
night at the Ruamchoke Tunnel.
Police and rescue were called to the scene
of an accident at the Ruamchoke Tunnel around midnight on November 29, 2016.
They found a gray Honda Accord that had hit the guardrail with so much impact it
had gone under the guardrail slicing off the roof and crumpling the front end.
Inside police found the body of 35 year old
Teerasak Chungchant whose body was wedged so tightly into the car that it took
the rescue team over 20 minutes to cu he body out of the car.
Police believe the driver was going at a
very high speed when he lost control and hit the guard rail. Police found a
bottle of alcohol in the car. The body was taken to Maharaj Nakorn Hospital
Chiang Mai Hospital for his relatives to claim the deceased.
CMU Engineering student beaten in seemingly random attack
Paveekorn Samphanwiwat reported to police after he was assaulted by a
man in front of the CMU Engineering Gate, he suffered a broken arm and
said he didn’t know the man who attacked him.
A twenty-two year old Chiang Mai
University engineering student was beaten and suffered a broken arm in a
seemingly random attack on November 24, but waited to report until
Paveekorn Samphanwiwat reported to
the Bhuping Police Station that he had been attacked and left with a
broken arm in front of the Kiang Mor Condominium, he told police he
waited to recover enough to report the crime.
He told police that he had left the
Damnernsaduk Coffee Shop next to the condominium to go home when he was
accosted by 22 year old Wutthikorn Donpan and his friends. Wutthikorn,
an economics student at Payap University, claimed that Paveekorn had
looked at him wrong. Paveekorn explained he didn’t know him and was
sorry if there was any misunderstanding or bad feeling but told police
that Wutthikorn still attacked him and slammed in between two cars,
breaking his arm and injuring his face.
Paveekorn said he and his friends
tried to end the problem and leave but that Wutthikorn tried to continue
beating him with a baseball bat. The man’s friends stopped him from
continuing the assault the victim alleged. The mother of the victim
insisted to police that they prosecute the other man for the assault.
Paveekorn is the nephew of Rear Admiral Dr. Mayuree Samphanwiwat.
Fallout from Malin Sky Pub brawl continues as hotel is shut down
The Core Hotel
Chiang Mai was shut down by government officials after it was found to be
operating without a hotel license. The hotel is the site of the Malin Sky Pub
where the son of a general was assaulted by bodyguards for celebrity customers.
After the well-publicized attack on the son of a Major
General in the Royal Thai Army at the Malin Sky Pub by bodyguard hired to guard
celebrities, officials visited the Malin Sky Pub and Core Chiang Mai Hotel owned
by Ball Kritsana.
Deputy Governor Prajuab Kanthiya explained that Malin Sky Pub was allowed to be
open so near to Chiang Mai University because it had received a license before
the implementation of the NCPO order forbidding bars near schools.
Authorities found that the hotel was not
licensed and was closed immediately. The owner surrendered to authorities the
next day. The Deputy Governor announced that in addition to being unlicensed the
bar was too close to the school and in violation of the laws it had been opened
before the NCPO order 22/2015 was put in place and so need to be closed before
midnight and could only sell cigarettes and alcohol as per the license that had
been issued before the order.
However, the hotel was opened illegally and
the government had ordered a crackdown on illegal hotels operating without a
On November 25 bodyguards assaulted the 23
year old Payap student Isaranuwat Wankawisan, son of Maj. Gen. Wittaya
Wankawisan, Commanding General, the 38 Military Circle – Suriyapong Camp, Nan
province. The bodyguards turned themselves into the police.