Mon 9th Jul
Indian Community Donates to Border Police Division

In 2004, the former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in New Delhi. Her Royal Highness graciously provided financial assistance from the prize money received for this award (Rupees 25 lakhs, approximately THB 1.25 million) to establish the Indira Gandhi Award Border Police Patrol School (IGABPP School) in 2007.
The IGABPP School is located in Ban Pakashe village of Om Koi District in Chiang Mai province, on the Thai-Myanmar border (about 240 kilometers from Chiang Mai city). It is perched at a height of 1000 meters above sea level and caters to the educational needs of 100 students belonging to the Karen Hill tribes of Ban Pakashe village.
In 2013, in an initiative taken by the Consulate of India in Chiang Mai, the Embassy of India in Thailand provided funds of THB 300,000 for the construction of a dormitory for women teachers.
Recently (January 22, 2018), HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and representatives from the Consulate of India, as well as the Indian Community of Chiang Mai visited the IGABPP School and provided further assistance in the form of ration and supplies.
At the time, the Principal of the school Mr. Teerasak Kaavmon had informed that most of the tables and chairs being used by students of the school had become damaged and out of order. Accordingly, a proposal was initiated jointly by the Indian Community of Chiang Mai and the Consulate of India in Chiang Mai to raise funds for meeting this requirement. In June 2018, 100 desks and chairs were successfully procured from M/s Rachen Furniture, Chiang Mai with a generous grant from the Embassy of India in Thailand and donations contributed by the Indian Community of Chiang Mai.
The first set of desk/chairs was symbolically presented to the Principal of IGABPP School during the 4th International Day of Yoga held in Chiang Mai University on June 17, 2018. The remaining desks and chairs are being delivered on July 9, 2018 from the Border Police Division 33 HQ in Sansai, Chiang Mai. The handing over was done by Shirish Jain, Consul of India and Ranjeet Singh, President of Indian Community, Chiang Mai (and several other Board members of the Indian community association) in the presence of Col Vangpreecha of Border Police Division 33, his lady wife Khun Orapim and other senior officers of the division, as well as Ajarn Maneet of Budhasthan, Chiang Mai

Thu 14th Jun
Press Conference Lanna Expo 2018

The Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart held a press conference to announce the Lanna Expo 2018 will take place from 22 June until 1st July 2018 at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Opening hours Monday – Friday 10am until 8pm and Saturday – Sunday 10am until 9pm.

Lanna Expo 2018 theme is ‘Lanna Arts & Wisdom; Create the value of Sustainable Thainess’. The event goal is to showcase world cultures, international products and promote cultural exchange and opportunities for international education and tourism. Last year 22 countries participated in the 3-day event that attracted over 180,000 visitors. Lanna Expo will feature many OTOP porducts from the Northern Thailand. In the evenings there will be concerts from top Thai singers to entertain guests.

A long side Lanna Expo 2018 there will be the Chiang Mai World Fair and the Wellness and Thai Massage Convention.  On June 22 Chiang Mai Sundowners hosted by AustCham Thailand and Australian Alumni – at Leelawadee 1 Room, Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre – part of the opening of World Fair – Time: 17.30 – 21.00 (Last drink served at 20.30) Cost:  Baht 550 for AustCham members, partner Chambers’ members, and Australian Alumni Members / and Baht 800 for non-members and all walk-ins – includes cocktail-style food, and free-flow beer, wine, soft drinkshttp://www.austchamthailand.com/event-2939047

The press conference was held at U Nimman Convention Centre.

Sun 1st Apr
Press Conference Songkran 2018

The Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart held a press conference at Three Kings Monument to announce the Schedule for Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2018.

Songkran 2018 will officially last for 3 days; from 13-15 April 2018, there will be a Government holiday from 12-16 April 2018 and all Government offices will be closed during that period (including Immigration).  Highlights of the Songkran Festival are as follows;

April 1 – 12 Various temples including Chang Man Temple, Phra Sing Temple, Lok Ma Lee Temple  and Jed Lin Temple there will be Bathing Rites of  Buddha Images.

April 4-6. 9am until 10pm; Poy Sang Long (Tai Novice Ordinance Ceremony) at Pa Pao Temple.

April 12 6am until 8am; Three Kings Monument; Alms-Giving Ceremony in the celebration of722nd Anniversary of the establishment of Chiang Mai City.

April 13 08.09am until 08.39am; Thapae Gate;  Opening Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2018.

April 13 7am until 12noon; Cycling Parade of women riding bicycles holding umbrellas along Thapae Road to Thapae Gate.

April 13 – 14 7pm until midnight; Thapae Gate; Miss and Mister Songkran Contest.

April 14 1.30pm until 5pm; Iron Bridge – temples along Thapae Gate; procession of Holy Bodhi Tree Supportive Wood and Sand Offerings to Temple.

April 15 1.30pm – 6pm; Klangwieng intersection; procession for the Salutation Ornaments for the Governor of Chiang Mai.

April 15 7pm until 11pm Thapae Gate Songkran Kids Contest.

Wed 21st Feb
Great and Good Friends Exhibition

In commemoration of 200 years of friendship between the United States and the Kingdom of Thailand, U.S. Consul General Jennifer Harhigh today announced in Chiang Mai the U.S. Government is organizing an exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles displaying the official gifts exchanged between the two nations at significant moments over the past 200 years. The museum is in the Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building, The Grand Palace Bangkok.

The exhibition, titled Great and Good Friends, will be the marquee event to celebrate the bicentennial of U.S.-Thai relations. It will open March 21, 2018 and run through June 30, 2018. Museum hours; open daily 9am until 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Admission Fee; Adults 150thb, Seniors (over 65) 80thb, Students (with ID) 50thb, Youth (12-18) 50thb, Children under 12 Free/

“The Great and Good Friends exhibit will celebrate the lasting, durable bond between the people of the United States and Thailand. I first learned about this friendship as an exchange student in Bangkok in 1992, and I am particularly excited about the opportunity to share this remarkable history with a whole new generation of young people.” said Consul General Jennifer Harhigh. “We will be traveling all over Thailand with a virtual exhibit and mobile roadshow so people throughout the country can share in the bicentennial celebration.”

Great and Good Friends underscores the significant bilateral ties—in trade, education, health, and people-to-people exchange—that helped established Thailand as America’s oldest treaty ally in the region. The exhibition will feature royal gifts from Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, King Prajadhipok, King Chulalongkorn, and King Mongkut to and from respective American presidents. Most of these gifts have never been seen by the public, and many will be displayed in Thailand for the first time. The gifts tell a story of two worlds uniting on the basis of goodwill and understanding.

For more information: www.greatandgoodfriends.com or contact [email protected]