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A fire at Wat Chaiya Sathan in Chiang Mai caused great damage to the residences of monks, including the abbot, with an estimated damage at around 10 million baht.
I’m currently living in Rotterdam, but I can’t help but think of Chiang Mai on this cold, gloomy day. When I first moved to Rotterdam in 2014, it reminded me a lot of Chiang Mai. They are both “second cities.” They both pride themselves of bringing old and new together in a unique fusion of style. Rotterdam’s architecture is an interesting mix between pre- and post-World War II, while Chiang Mai has historical landmarks like Thapae Gate along with modern-looking buildings like Maya and Central Festival.
Nestled in a lush green mountain away from the chaos of Chiang Mai’s city streets lies Wat Pha Lat, a jungle temple paradise. Jungle temples, as opposed to community temples that are found in the city, serve primarily as a calm place for monks to live and meditate. With old stone buildings, intricate carvings and statues, and plenty of breathtaking places to meditate, it’s clear why people claim Wat Pha Lat is a hidden gem in Chiang Mai.
Another six government officials have been identified as using the services of an underage sex ring in Mae Hong Son after a confession made by a Nonthaburi official following accusations that he and other people from his province used the services after a party hosted by the Mae Hong Son Governor.
A homeless man who was on the run from police after being identified as a bag snatcher, stealing the bag of a Chinese tourist’s wallet in a hotel lobby has been arrested but the bag is lost forever.
Suan means garden in Thai, and Sati is the Pali word for mindfulness. Suan Sati set in the hills of Mae Jo, is a yoga retreat that focuses on permaculture, healthy eating, yoga and meditation. Their mission is to create transformation, awareness and empowerment through yoga and permaculture. The creator of Suan Sati Will Hardy, a Washington D.C born native returned to Thailand after receiving a teacher training in India.
The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning has concluded that a Light Rail Transit system will be best suited for Chiang Mai, with two proposed plans that will be sent to the government for review.
A brave foreigner jumped into the moat to rescue a driver who crashed his car into the water at around 11pm on Monday night.
Authorities have announced that preparations are being made for His Majesty late king Rama IX’s funeral this October.
Chiang Mai’s Mae Ping Police has announced that another thief has been caught by CCTV.