Chiang Rai: ‘Wild Boars’ & temples MANILA, Philippines — Security around the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand has been tight since the rescue of 12 young soccer players from the labyrinthine cave complex last July gripped the world and united Thailand. Locals never expected the cave would become a tourist attraction. Forest ranger Summart Suttothon remembers the rescue operation so well. When STARweek visited the cave complex, Suttothon recounted being among the forest rangers who pumped water out of the cave during the rescue operation that lasted nine days. Suttothon says he helped in the rescue of the boys because he remembered his son. Previously, only locals visited the cave; now, on any given day, there could be up to 4,000 tourists, the forest ranger shares. A poster of the 12 boys’ bicycles now greets tourists, who are barred from entering the cave by a newly-installed fence. In front of the cave is a shrine … [Read more...] about Chiang Rai: ‘Wild Boars’ & temples
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Lungstib writes that officials at Chiang Mai Immigration deliberately restrict the flow of customers on a daily basis so that frustrated applicants revert to “professional palm-greasers”. Unlike expats extending their marriage or retirement visas, I did not need an appointment on my latest visit to Chiang Mai Immigration, since I was only extending my tourist visa. I did, though, have to wait in line a while. Some disgruntled individuals did indeed leave before being served, complaining to the officials there that the line was a long one, and that not enough staff were serving the customers. I believe that Lungstib is correct in believing that something fishy is going on at the Chiang Mai office. I know for a fact that many foreigners who want to teach in the city, or in Chiang Rai, have to go in person at an Immigration office and transfer their tourist visa to a Non-immigrant B visa (business and work). In a way this is good, as it saves the … [Read more...] about Foreign teachers being scammed at Chiang Mai Immigration?
Krit Yiammetha, Direk Chantharadilok and Saruth Srithaworn plan to present a petition to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asking him to use Article 44 of the interim charter to halt construction of Appeals Court buildings and 45 residences at the foot of Doi Suthep in the northern province. The 147-rai site is close to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Departing from the Three Kings Monument in downtown Chiang Mai, Krit estimated it would take them about 20 days to reach the capital, though they could arrive as early as April 20. He insisted the network had no political agenda and there was no hidden “mastermind” manipulating it. A truck carrying supplies will accompany the trio on their trek. At the end of the first day, they expect to stay overnight in Lamphun’s Mae Tha district. The network’s petition at Change.org urging the Appeals Court Region 5 to abandon the construction project had by Wednesday gained the support of 37,434 people. The target is 50,000. … [Read more...] about Chiang Mai trio begins march against court housing on Doi Suthep
Air quality in the northern region yesterday, measured by both the Pollution Control Department (PCD) and international air quality monitoring website, aqicn.org, showed that the PM2.5 level in many provinces was rising steadily. Photo from: WarRoomLp60's Facebook fanpage Meanwhile, a health expert criticised the authorities for their failure to warn and protect people from the threats posed by air pollution. According to PCD measurements, Lampang’s Mae Mo district had the most hazardous air quality in the nation yesterday. Its PM2.5 level was as high as 208mg in the morning, while the PM2.5 daily average level was recorded at 125.5mg – far higher than the national PM2.5 daily standard level of 50mg and the World Health Organisation’s standard level of 25mg. PCD’s PM2.5 monitoring website reported that Tak’s Mae Sot District and Chiang Mai also had harmful levels of PM2.5, with daily peaks of 163mg and 105.86mg respectively, while the PM2.5 … [Read more...] about Chiang Mai doctor savages authorities as pollution levels soar
The minimum daily wage will increase nationwide from April 1 in the range of 5-22 baht, with Phuket, Chon Buri and Rayong getting the highest rate at 330 baht a day. The tripartite national wage committee finalised agreed on the increases after over seven hours of talks ending on Wednesday night.Workers' representatives expressed delight at the increases.Permanent secretary for the Labour Ministry Jarin Jakkaphark, chairman of the wage committee, said all provinces would see the minimum wage increase.There will be seven wage rates - 308 baht, 310 baht, 315 baht, 318 baht, 320 baht, 325 baht and 330 baht. The average minimum wage is 315.97 baht.Three provinces - Phuket, Chon Buri and Rayong - will get the highest rate at 330 baht a day, and three southernmost border provinces - Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat - get the lowest at 308 baht.The committee agreed the wage rises would come into effect on April 1, Mr Jarin said. The talks took time as the panel had to take into … [Read more...] about New minimum wage ranges between B308 and B330