TO ELECTRIC BUSES!
Maybe much smaller than this, doors on the other side - but they are coming.
After years of debate, it's now official. Chiangmai will have a modern
bus service, Lord Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn told 'Good Morning Chiangmai
News' late last month. "A budget of 100,000US$ has been allocated
and we are talking to the Armstrong company in France, and Siemens "
"There will be a feasibility study and we will look at modern
electric buses running on rubber tyres, possibly in their own allocated
There had been no decision to buy 20 electric trams, as reported
in another local publication last month.
Cutting the black spaghetti
The Prime Minister's concern for his home city has resulted in a budget
to bury the ugly overhead power and phone lines in Changklan (Night Bazaar),
Thapae and Rachadamnern Roads. The Lord Mayor says that work will begin
in the next 3 months.
* Untypical aggressive behaviour.
* Sometimes tears stream down the face.
* While in MUSTH,
bulls tend to follow females for mating opportunities. bachelor
* Other elephants will avoid a male in MUSTH.
* Any bull in MUSTH
automatically becomes dominant over any bull not
* A tiny percentage of female elephants experience MUSTH.
is the term used to describe certain behaviour patterns
in male elephants after the age of about 8. The symptoms can occur at any
time, for an indeterminate period. Research is not conclusive but the following
has been observed:
The period in which MUSTH
takes places varies according to to the bull's age, and,
interestingly, to their position in the social hierarchy. Older bulls supress
the MUSTH cycle
of less dominant younger bulls, creating a stable hierarchy of bull elephants.
More 'Elefacts'? See www.thaifocus.com/elephant
YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY…..
…..on your flight to Thailand? Whether or not, we're just so glad you
had one, because a shortage of airline seats on appropriate routes is one
of the biggest factors limiting tourism here, says newly appointed TAT
Governor Mrs Juthamas Siriwan.
Although THAI International have ordered 3 new aircraft, the number
of available seats still falls well short of demand. Last year, 10.5 million
people arrived and promotion of the Kingdom's hotels, spas and golf courses
in particular could boost arrivals to 15.3 million over the next 5 years,
Now watch that passport!
Don't give your passport to hotels or vehicle hire companies.
That's the advice on the British Government website covering Thailand.
Our advice: offer them photo copies of the relevant pages instead. If that's
not acceptable, move on - plenty to choose from! Japanese tourists in particular
are advised to take good care of their passports at all times, as they
fetch a premium price on the black market.
MOZZIE MAN COMETH
Don't be alarmed if you hear the whine of a tiny petrol engine, then
see a masked man emerge from a cloud of white smoke. It's not an alien
from Mars, it's a man on a mission - to eliminate mosquitos.
The Chiangmai city authority is spraying a solution of 25% Cypermethrin
and 75% water to reduce the population of the little biters. The chemical
is extracted from plants and has no ill effects on humans or plant life.
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AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The main goals of 'Sharing for a Sustainable Future' at Prem International
Center were to share ideas of current environmental education practices
and to determine future goals and objectives. In addition, the conference
sought to strengthen co-operation between government agencies, educators
and schools, and to find ways that children could learn to conserve environmental
The 300-plus participants from 9 nations attended 3 days of workshops
to assess the future of environmental education, the first ever opportunity
for educators, from student teachers to Ministry of Education representatives,
to discuss best practices together.
LESS BOVVER ON A HOVER!
From this Red River crossing in China, the intrepid Reinhard goes upmarket to a hover on the Mekong.
One of the most imaginative, up-market vacation adventures in recent
years purrs off smoothly and quietly along the Mekong River on November
2nd under the guidance of Chiangmai based tour director Reinhard Hohler.
'Expedition Mekong - River of Dreams' will take fortunate travellers
downstream from China for 17 days (7,700US$ each) or 15 days back upstream
from Cambodia for 300 dollars less, starting November 21st.
The aim is to travel the entire navigable length of this major river
- and part of the adventure includes an overnight stay in a basic guest
house while the huge hover is craned out of the water and trucked around
Meals, overnight accommodation, ground transport and some domestic flights
are included and at time of going to press there were still a few seats
left on both journeys. More on www.expedition-mekong.com
UP THE BORDER
Prior to the closure, Mae Sai visitors could often clearly witness illegal cross border trade!
As relations between Bangkok and Rangoon steadily improve,
plans are being made to improve trade and investment co-operation - even
to spruce up our nearest land border crossing, Mae Sai in Chiangrai province
The long planned second road bridge over the narrow river to Tachilek
in Burma should be built promptly, and the image of both towns improved
to attract greater tourism, said Dr Krasae Chanawong, a Minister in the
Office of the Prime Minister, on a visit there last month. He also encouraged
all parties involved to plan in advance for the expansion of Chang Saen
as a Mekong river port, serving increased import and export trade with
At time of going to press, all land border crossings to Burma remained
ALASKAN CAN JOB SCAM
If you hear someone promoting work in an Alaskan fish canning factory,
tell them to can it! Scammers are "recruiting" Thais to work
a 2 year contract at US$7 per hour. Free food, accommodation and medication!.
The catch? Each must pay 525,000b in advance for "travelling expenses".
That buys a lot of travel - but only for the scammers. Thai workers fall
victim to fraudulent overseas job agents year after year.
ABOARD THE MAGIC BUS
1,848 million methamphetamine pills were on board a long distance bus
stopped by police in Chiangrai province. After discovering a hidden compartment
containing the drugs, police arrested the driver and 4 passengers, then
searched the home of the vehicle's owner and confiscated many other vehicles.
A few days later, Lamphun police noticed a car which had run out of petrol.
If the 36 year old Lisu driver had used 300b from his boot he'd have had
no trouble. Boot contents? 9.5 million baht in small notes!
Pedestrian lights up
Pedestrian-controlled traffic lights will be installed on 43 city centre
crossings, the Mayor has announced. The estimated cost of 37.4 million
baht will be paid by a Japanese loan project and contractors have been
asked to submit tenders.
IN LEGAL BID
The Law Society will sue the Interior Ministry on behalf of 1,243 hilltribe
people in Mae Ai district, Chiangmai, in a bid to restore their Thai citizenship.
A human rights lawyer says that the recent revocation of their citizenship
was illegal and that Mae Ai authorities should not have rejected their
THE ZOO MOVE?
No fewer than 25 local groups, projects and clubs have asked Chiangmai-born
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for transparency and detailed explanations
on the 750m baht plan to move Chiangmai Zoo further into degraded forest
land in the foothills of Doi Suthep.
A massive area of over 9,000 rai is being discussed. The groups are
also worried about the 'Night Safari Park' project (reported here in August)
on environmental and cost grounds. It is planned to create a new public
park on the existing site.
Pet lovers compete for prizes on October 5-6th at the first ever Love
Animal Fair on the 3rd floor of the Central Airport Plaza parking building.
There are many different classes for dogs, cats, fish, birds and rodents
- full information from Louis Aquarium near Tesco Lotus, Superhighway,
Mae Tang, Chai Prakarn and Jomthong areas of Chiangmai Province were
worst affected by last month's flooding, with around one million baht's
worth of damage being caused to roads, bridges and mines.
PERMIT FEES TRIPLED
With no public announcement, the Labour Office tripled the fee for a
one year Work Permit to 3,000 baht, effective from September 17th. A permit
for 3-6 months now costs 1,500b and 750b for under 3 months. The fee for
changing locations, companies or employers has been reduced to 150b
OF THE PAST
In October 1996, 'Good Morning Chiangmai News' reported:
* New polymer 50 baht banknotes had been ordered from Australia
to mark the 50th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty
the King. The blue notes would be the first in Thailand with a transparent
* THAI International was to spend US$20 million on a new corporate
identity and colour scheme and four design companies had been shortlisted.
* "I am a tour operator, not a politician" said a businessman,
when asked why he still ran tours to Burma despite the human rights
* The Chamber of Commerce had been working for 3 years with a German
specialist on a plan for a 10,000 square metre conference centre
for the city. The required site for the 20,000 square metre plot had not
OF THE FUTURE
* Chiangmai's new conference and exhibition centre is to be
built on a 640,000 square metre plot on Army land near the Provincial Hall
in Mae Rim. The vastly increased scheme is scheduled to cost 1.2 billion
baht and should be completed by 2004.
* There's a medical theme at the Informal Northern Thai Group on October
8th when Steven van de Ven discusses intervention radiology as a substitute
for surgery. Venue is Alliance Francaise, Charoenprathet Road, start
* October 23rd is Chulalongkorn Day, a national holiday throughout
Thailand when banks, post offices and other public services will be closed.
* The Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research, sponsored
by the Regent Chiangmai Resort & Spa, Mae Rim, will be held on November
2nd. The 6th running of the 10.2km run (there's a 2.2km walk which is also
suitable for wheelchair entrants) is a fun event based on the 700 Year
Stadium - and Silk Air and The Regent Singapore have donated generous lucky
draw prizes. More on 0-5329-8181.