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Chiangrai’s R3A Highway bringing China’s Produce to Thailand

  CHIANGRAI – Many Thais would probably be surprised to learn that the common fruits and vegetables they eat often travel great distances from China before showing up in their local markets. Nor are they aware that their insistence on appearances contributes to the increasing importation of produce from China and the hardships this puts […]

November 19th, 2012 | Posted in Chiangrai in the Media,Economy & Business,Lifestyles | Read More »

A Healthy Watershed Means a Happy Farmer – ChiangRai

  CHIANGRAI – Lao Eur, a 46-year-old farmer in Thailand’s northern mountains, remembers a time when the local forests were lush and he had abundant water for the peach trees and tea plants on his two-hectare farm. “Now there aren’t that many forests (left) and we don’t have enough water in March, April and May,” […]

November 13th, 2012 | Posted in Chiangrai in the Media,Lifestyles | Read More »

The Long arm of Chinese Law in the Golden Triangle

  CHIANGRAI – In October last year 13 bodies—blindfolded, hands tied, showing bullet wounds—were found floating in the Mekong river in northern Thailand. They were identified as the Chinese crew members of two cargo boats hijacked as they made their way downriver from Yunnan province in south-western China. This week, in a court in Kunming, […]

November 11th, 2012 | Posted in Chiangrai in the Media | Read More »

UN Reports Heroin Poppie Cultivation in Golden Triangle has Doubled

  CHIANGRAI– Opium cultivation in Southeast Asia’s main poppy-growing countries has more than doubled over the past six years driven largely by rising heroin demand in China and despite recent efforts by regional governments to eradicate the crop, the United Nations’ narcotics office said in a report released Wednesday. The report’s figures show a resurgence […]

November 1st, 2012 | Posted in Chiangrai in the Media,News | Read More »

Using Hydro-Diplomacy to Avert Future Water Conflict

  CHIANGRAI  – Population growth, urbanisation, industrialisation and climate change are putting pressure on the world’s river basins, and “hydro-diplomacy” is essential if water-related conflicts are to be avoided, experts said on Wednesday. Cooperation between countries and between different groups within countries, as well as improved political will and the larger participation of societies could […]

November 1st, 2012 | Posted in Chiangrai in the Media,News | Read More »

Thousands of Thaksin Supporters Head to Chiang Rai Boarder Town Tachilek Myanmar

  CHIANGRAI – The News of Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra visiting the township of Tachilek Myanmar next week has spread throughout the Northern Red Shirt Community. Thousands of red-shirt supporters in the North will travel to meet former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra when he visits Myanmar next week. The actual day of date of Thaksin […]

October 31st, 2012 | Posted in Chiang Rai,Chiangrai in the Media | Read More »

Anantara’s Golden Triangle Resort’s Elephant Dung Coffee Sells for $50 Per Cup

  CHIANGRAI  The Anantara Golden Triangle resort in Thailand as the first hotels in the world to offer one of the most unique coffee experiences on the planet. At least that’s the claim of Thailand’s Anantara hotels, which refines its own beans at its massive elephant camp behind its Golden Triangle resort in Chiang Rai. […]

October 12th, 2012 | Posted in Chiangrai in the Media,Food,Hotels,Tourism | Read More »

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