6 million methamphetamine pills seized, five men arrested in Chiang Rai

Officers from the office of Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) seized six million methamphetamine pills, hidden in three vehicles, and arrested five men in Wiang Pa Pao district of the…

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Aliveness is one of 20 light installations at the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park. (Photo by TAT)

All lit up and ready to thrill

For 50 days, from December 9 to January 29, the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park in Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province, is illuminated by works of art making…

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Locals offers a ride on horseback to the top of Doi Pha Tang. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Chiang Rai: The east side story

In late October, the Meteorological Department officially declared the arrival of winter in Thailand, and the change of season has thrust Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province, into the travel spotlight….

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This handout photo taken on November 1, 2019 and released by Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation the Tham Luang cave in the Mae Sai district of Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Chiang Rai’s Tham Luang to be designated as national and historical park

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has been working with relevant agencies to get the Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park designated as a national…

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Man shot dead and 4m meth pills seized after shootout in Chiang Rai

Thai police and army troops seized about four million methamphetamine tablets, shot dead one drug trafficker and arrested another in a shootout near a market in Muang district of the…

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325 underage people found in a pub in Chiang Rai

325 people aged between 16 and 20 were found inside a pub in Muang district of the northern province of Chiang Rai early this morning (Saturday) when it was raided…

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Doi Chang Mub viewpoint on the Thai side of Thailand-Myanmar border offers a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

A Chiang Rai road trip: the Golden Triangle revisited

If there is a silver lining to the pandemic, it is that road trips are becoming more popular. Fuelled by the myth of the Golden Triangle and home to different…

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Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport resumes operations Friday

The Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport has resumed normal operations today (Friday) after its closure last Saturday. The first flight will be Thai Vietjet Air, scheduled to arrive from…

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Chiang Rai airport to reopen as Nok Air aircraft extracted from ground

Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport is expected to resume normal operations soon, after, at about 4am this morning, the damaged Nok Air Boeing 737-800 plane was extracted from the…

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CAAT investigating Nok Air accident, passengers complain about time taken to leave aircraft

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said in a press release yesterday (Monday) that it has summoned officials and pilots of Nok Air and officials of Mae Fah Luang-Chiang…

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Nok Air plane which slid off runway on Saturday sustains damage to landing gear

Workers have been using heavy equipment to move the Nok Air Boeing 737-800, which is partially blocking the runway of Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international airport, after it was discovered…

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Virtual book community gets physical

On 16 July 2020 in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Chiang Rai hotelier and entrepreneur Narumon Nilmanon set up a group on Facebook to promote reading among Thai people. Together…

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Thai rural environmentalist wins 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize

A rural Thai teacher-turned committed protector of the mighty Mekong River, Niwat Roykaew, aka “Teacher Thi”, has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2022, along with five other…

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Wiang Pa Pao district, Chiang Rai

Floods ease in Chiang Mai, but situation deteriorates in Chiang Rai

While the flood situation in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai eases today, in neighbouring Chiang Rai province it is worsening, with levels in several waterways steadily rising today (Sunday),…

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Thai authorities seize ฿1.9bn in assets from suspected drug gang in Chiang Rai

Officials from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) raided three houses in Mae Sai and Chiang Saen districts of the northern province of Chiang Rai today (Thursday) and seized assets,…

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Photo by Handout / US Food and Drug Administration / AFP

Thailand’s Chiang Rai province detects first potential Omicron case

Chiang Rai Governor Pasakorn Boonyalak, accompanied by provincial health chief Dr. Watchapong Kamla, announced the first potential Omicron variant case in the province today (Tuesday). The governor said that the…

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‘Cave rescue’ governor will not stand in Bangkok’s gubernatorial election

Narongsak Osottanakorn, former governor of Chiang Rai province, who shot to fame for his leading role in the dramatic operation to rescue 12 young footballers and their coach from a…

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Large haul of guns seized, 51 people arrested in nationwide crackdown on illegal firearms

Police have seized more than 300 guns, over 3,500 rounds of ammunition of various calibres and arrested 51 suspects in nationwide crackdown of illegal firearms. The seized firearms, many of…

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Solo protester demanding release of Ratsadon members arrested in front of Criminal Court

A resident of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, who is facing a lèse majesté charge in his home province, was arrested by Pahonyothin police in Bangkok today (Wednesday), as…

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Excessive PM2.5 Chiang Rai, with 430 microns reported in Wiang Pang Kham

Fires in the Kiew Tap Yung forest, which straddles the Muang and Mae Chan districts of Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai, have increased the amount of PM2.5 dust in…

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13 areas in northern Thailand suffering with excessive amounts of PM2.5 today

Thirteen areas in the northern provinces, especially Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, were found to have PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere at levels which exceed the 50-micron safety standard, with…

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Haul of ammunition and explosives seized at Chiang Rai delivery service office

Police and military in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai have seized more than 6,000 rounds of M16 ammunition and 52 hand grenades, shipped from the eastern province of Chon…

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Prajon Prachsakul, Chiang Rai governor

Chiang Rai declared safe and free from COVID-19

Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai has been declared safe and free of COVID-19 infections, as everyone who had been in close contact with an infected person were traced and…

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Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of Disease Control Department / Photo: Ministry of Public Health

Three new COVID-19 cases linked to Thachilek recorded today in Chiang Rai

Three more Thai returnees from Myanmar’s Thachilek Township, in local quarantine facilities in the northern province of Chiang Rai, have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the number of infections linked…

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Chiang Rai records three more COVID-19 cases linked to Thachilek

Three new COVID-19 cases, all of whom are Thai returnees from Myanmar’s border township of Thachilek, were reported in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai today, raising the total number…

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25 new COVID cases recorded today, including seven more in Chiang Rai

Thailand recorded 25 new COVID-19 cases today (Wednesday), the biggest single day jump in several months. The infections are among arrivals from abroad in state quarantine, including seven Thai returnees…

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Four medics working in quarantine facility infected with COVID-19

Four medical personnel, working at an alternative state quarantine facility in Bangkok, are among 19 new COVID-19 cases recorded today (Tuesday). Dr. Chakkarath Pittayawong-anon, director of the Strategy and Planning…

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38 infections linked to Thachilek cluster recorded so far

A total of 38 COVID-19 infections, linked to Thai returnees from Myanmar’s Thachilek township, have been reported so far in seven provinces, with Chiang Rai having the most at 26….

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Nine more COVID-19 cases recorded in Chiang Rai today – all from Thachilek

Today, the Chiang Rai Provincial Communicable Disease Control Committee reported nine more COVID-19 cases, all returnees from Myanmar’s Thachilek township and in local state quarantine, increasing infections in this northern…

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File photo from Chiang Rai’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

COVID-19 scare in Chiang Rai as everyone returning from Myanmar last month to be screened 

All people who travelled between Myanmar and Thailand’s Chiang Rai province in November have been told to report to health officials or village heads for COVID-19 screening, as the provincial…

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Four Thai workers from Myanmar cleared of COVID- 19 but face illegal entry charges

Health officials in Chiang Rai are relieved that four Thai bar workers, who slipped into Mae Sai district of Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai from Myanmar, have been cleared…

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Magnitude 5 earthquake may hit Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in next 10 years

Thailand’s northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai may face a magnitude 5 earthquake, as measured on the Richter Scale (ML), in the next 10 years after a 4.1…

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Wild Boar football team coach speaks after 1 year of cave rescue operation

“My life is more or less the same as last year but, from now on, I will make myself useful by nurturing this football team and developing the skills of…

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Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai highway reopened

The main highway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces in the upper North has been reopened to traffic after the five sections damaged by a flash flood were repaired….

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Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

Chiang Rai, Mukdahan brace for overflows from Mekong River

People living along the bank of the Mekong River in Chiang Rai province in the North and Mukdahan province in the Northeast have been told to take precautions against possible…

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12 companies interested in making films based on Tham Luang rescue

At least 12 companies have so far shown interest in making movies or documentary based on the incredible rescue of the 12 Moo Pa Academy footballers and their coach from…

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Journalists begin arriving for press conference with “Wild Boars”

Journalists, both Thai and international, have started arriving at the office of Chiang Rai provincial administration for the first press conference with the 12 Wild Boars soccer team and their…

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No special treatment for citizenship for 4 “Wild Boars”

Mae Sai district officials are searching for the birth certificates of three members of the Wild Boars Academy football team and their coach, Aekkaphol Chanthawong, legally required for the process…

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Royal cremation today for ex-SEAL member Samarn

A large number of people have since this morning gathered at Wat Nong Khu temple in Tambon Muang Hong of Chaturaphak Phiman district in the northeastern province of Roi-et where…

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Big cleaning day at Tham Luang

A big cleaning day has begun today at Tham Luang cave in the Tham Luang – Khun Nam Nang Non National Park in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district which was…

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Australian doctor-diver praises Wild Boars boys

The Australian doctor who was the last man out of Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai has praised the 12 young footballers whose ordeal sparked the rescue, according to ABC…

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“Wild Boars” the movie?

Hollywood film producers are wasting no time and have already started plotting a movie based on what is seen as one of the world’s most daring rescue operations that saw…

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Rescuers preparing to bring out the last 5

Thai and international divers are preparing to resume the rescue operation to bring out the last five members of the “Wild Boars” soccer team from Tham Luang cave in Chiang…

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Rescue operation for remaining 9 survivors to resume today

Attempts to bring out the remaining 9 survivors trapped in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai will resume this morning after four of the young footballers were safely extracted in…

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Australian doctor plays crucial role in rescue mission — paper

An Australian doctor is at the centre of the onging attempt to rescue the young footballers and their soccer coach trapped in Tham Luang  cave in Chiang Rai.   The…

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“Tham Luang 13” invited by FIFA to attend 2018 World Cup final in Moscow

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has sent a letter to Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung, president of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), inviting the 12 footballers of the Moo Pa Academy…

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Retired SEAL member dies in Tham Luang rescue operation

A retired member of the Navy SEAL unit died in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district early Friday (July 6) while on a mission to rescue the…

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Gen Prawit believes SEAL teams will reach “Pattaya Beach” today

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon said this morning he believes members of the navy SEAL rescue unit will today reach the area in Tham Luang cave known as Pattaya…

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Rescue mission resumes on ninth day, SEAL units closer to target area

Rescuers began their ninth day of search for the 12 missing young footballers and their coach this morning with the elite SEAL units attempting to make further advance toward the…

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