UN Reports Heroin Poppie Cultivation in Golden Triangle has Doubled

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 […]

Using Hydro-Diplomacy to Avert Future Water Conflict

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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. […]

Thailand’s ‘Invisible’ Children’s Struggle

Thailand’s ‘Invisible’ Children’s Struggle

  CHIANGRAI – Runglada, a 16-year-old from the Akha tribe in northern Thailand’s mountainous Chiang Rai province, wants to become a doctor so that she can help her mother, who suffers from back pain that forced her to stop working a long time ago. But Runglada may never realize her dream because, though born and […]

KNU Peace Puts Thai Border Trade on Alert

KNU Peace Puts Thai Border Trade on Alert

  MAE SARIANG, northern Thailand—Driving from the tiny town of Mae Sariang in Mae Hong Son Province, northern Thailand, to a small Thai-Burmese frontier trading point called Mae Sam Leap, construction workers pepper the route. My driver reveals that the Thai authorities are planning another land connection between Mae Sariang and the hill-tribe village of […]

Mekong River trial Murder Mystery

Mekong River trial Murder Mystery

  Chiangrai Times – A notorious ethnic Shan warlord, Naw Kham, has gone on trial in the southern Chinese city of Kunming, charged with the murder of 13 Chinese citizens on board two boats on the Mekong River last October. Naw Kham, who was widely believed to run much of the smuggling and narcotics business […]

Zhang Yan Stands Trial on Mekong killings of 13 Sailors

Zhang Yan Stands Trial on Mekong killings of 13 Sailors

  Chiangrai Times – The story begins at the start of 2011, when two Chinese cargo ships refused to pay protection money to a large drug-trafficking gang on the Mekong River. In both cases, the captains refused to negotiate with the gang and continued on their way. On Sept 22, 2011, the Myanmar army rented […]

3.3 Million Methamphetamine Bust Linked to ChiangRai Trafficking Network

3.3 Million Methamphetamine Bust Linked to ChiangRai Trafficking Network

  Chiangrai Times – A senior Thai politicians on Thursday accused neighboring Myanmar of failing to tackle drug production after 3.3 million amphetamine tablets were seized in Bangkok. National police chief Gen. Priewpan Damapong said Wednesday that police arrested a 22-year-old man when they seized the pills at the house in Bangkok’s western outskirts. He […]