Community Services

 |  April 2, 2009

The Mission House is a Christian organisation offering a genuine service in both English and Thai to Chiang Mai. Their focus is on helping foreigners settle into Chiang Mai and offer many wonderful homes to rent.
The Mission House supports and works in partnership with a number of Christian organisations and churches within Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai.
Contact; Janta, The Mission House:

All foreigners who apply for a Tourist Visa at Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General worldwide, including eligible foreigners who apply for Visa on Arrival at designated checkpoints, will be exempt from the Tourist Visa fee from March 5th till June 4th 2009. The fee exemption is not extended to other types of visas, i.e. non-immigrant visa and transit visa. For further information please check out

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Chiang Rai in cooperation with government sectors, and private organisations present ‘Stop Global Warming and Resolve Smoke Screen Pollution from Forest Fires’. This project is to encourage awareness of forest fires and ways to prevent pollution. Green Kids Project is asking for kids to look outside the box and create a piece that will help the environment or help raise awareness of the need to protect the world’s environment. There will be an exhibition of all the creative pieces on World Environment Day, June 6th, 2009. Deadline is June 5th, 2009. For more information please call 053 600 816.

Department of Land Transport is now providing a convenient way for motor-vehicle TAX payment. Any automobile which has not taken an ‘MOT’ test (Ministry of Transportation test) can pay their tax fee through Counter Service points or through 7-11. You will receive a receipt, TAX disc, and car insurance by post. This service will be available from now onwards. Any further information and for application form please visit

NANMEE BOOKS is hosting ‘The 6th Wankaew Literary Award 2009’. The contest is separated into two parts: novel and documentary; the novel winner will receive 50,000 baht while the documentary winner will receive 30,000 baht. Both will be published and receive cash for copyright. Send your story to Nanmee Books Co., Ltd 11 Soi Sukhumvit 31 (sawasdee), Sukhumvit Road, Klong Tuey Nue, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 from now through 30th April 2009.
For more information call 02 6623000 ext 5249 or e-mail to

Emu has been a wonderful addition to our dog family for the past few months but deserves a loving and permanent home of his own. He is a medium sized brown, male dog, with piercingly intriguing eyes. He was dumped on the street not far away from the Care For Dogs shelter some months ago. Emu was fostered by volunteers who said that he was great in their house and bright and eager to learn commands. They have now left abroad, so Emu is ready for a permanent home. He’s very friendly and gentle with people, however, dominant towards other male dogs, so he would be a great candidate for a home with a fence and with a family who wasn’t planning on having any other male dogs around (although female companionship has never been an issue!). He is unbelievably loyal, though, and would be a good guard dog as well. If you might be able to provide Emu with the love he would provide in return, please call (08 47 52 52 55) or email ( to schedule a chance to meet!