Thailand authorities dismiss chlorpyrifos as cause of Chiang Mai hotel tourist deaths

Thailand authorities dismiss chlorpyrifos as cause of Chiang Mai hotel tourist deaths

Thailand public health authorities have dismissed claims made by New Zealand 60 Minutes that the widely-used chemical agent chlorpyrifos is behind the deaths of a number of tourists at the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai earlier this year. The New Zealand current affairs program, supported by United Nations scientist Dr. Ron McDowall, made the claim […]

Chiang Mai tourist death hotel mystery remains – governor slams foreign media report

Chiang Mai tourist death hotel mystery remains – governor slams foreign media report

This story was updated at 10:25am May 15, 2011. Additional/ edited text in green type. Mystery still surrounds the deaths of six foreign tourists and a Thai national tourist guide who stayed at The Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai earlier this year, with Provincial Governor ML Panadda Disakul criticising foreign media for exaggerating news that […]

Songkran 2011 road accidents down by 8.5%

Songkran 2011 road accidents down by 8.5%

The official road accident figures for the “seven dangerous days” of Songkran 2011 were announced yesterday by the Road Safety Centre (RSC) who reported that 271 people were killed on Thailand’s roads during the main holiday days, a drop of 24.9 per cent over the same period in 2010. According to RSC director Dr. Thanapong […]

Elephants birthday a jumbo celebration in Thailand

Elephants birthday a jumbo celebration in Thailand

Once the backbone of the Thai military and later the backbone of the Thai teakwood logging industry, the Thai elephant remains a potent and often encountered symbol in Thailand. On March 13th of each year elephants in Thailand celebrate their birthday on Thai National Elephant Day.

Family of murdered American tourist call for Thailand travel boycott (Updated June 14, 2010)

Family of murdered American tourist call for Thailand travel boycott (Updated June 14, 2010)

This story was updated at 23:25 April 19, 2011 Additional material in red text The family of an American tourist murdered in the popular Northern Thailand tourist destination of Chiang Mai have reacted angrily to Monday‚Äôs provincial court ruling that means his killer will serve less than three years in jail and called on Americans […]

Aussie shooter fronts Thai court

Aussie shooter fronts Thai court

A 61-year-old Australian man has appeared in a preliminary hearing of the Chiang Mai Provincial Court over the shooting death in March of an Hawaiian tourist. William Thomas Douglas, formerly of the Western Australian suburb of Willetton, is charged with the murder of 46-year-old Gary Bruce Poretsky at the Keari restaurant on March 23rd. At […]

Poi Sang Long ceremony follows Shan tradition

Poi Sang Long ceremony follows Shan tradition

The three day Poi Sang Long ceremony in Mae Hong Son traces it’s origins back to Buddhist legend which tells the tale of Prince Rahula, the son of Buddha, who gave up his worldly possessions to follow his fathers teachings and who became the first novice Buddhist monk and youngest ordained monk 2,535 years ago. In the ceremony young boys first have their heads shaved by parents and family members before being bathed, anointed with herbal waters and then dressed to resemble princes from bygone eras.

Perth man remanded over fatal shooting of American tourist

William Thomas Douglas, a former resident of Willetton in Western Australia, surrendered to Thai police on Saturday one and a half hours after he is alleged to have shot and killed Hawaiian resident Gary Booth Poretsky in a Chiang Mai restaurant following an altercation. After the hearing Douglas said he had “no regrets” over killing the American, who was visiting Thailand on a two week trip to receive dental treatment in Bangkok where high quality dentistry is considerably less expensive than in the US or Europe.