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Hi So Hill in Chiang Mai ends up being an expensive scam

Tanutam Thawan



Story from Thai language ‘Manager Online

The enticing advertisement online promised a dream: quiet retirement in the beautiful hills of Chiang Mai.

Many foreigners thought this was what they deserved after a life of saving so they eagerly signed up to buy houses in the luxurious, quality development.

Now they are left with illegal properties that they can’t sell and their dreams are over.

At the weekend four foreigners complained they had been swindled out of 38 million baht by a Thai online. A further 6 million baht has gone missing in various transfers.

Documents such as deeds all seemed above board when they responded to the enticing advertisement but as Cholathit Suratwadee informed them at the weekend, they have been conned into buying forestry land that is protected.

The group of foreigners and others found out in June that they had been ripped off. Now the reality is really sinking in as they face losing everything.

And they want to make sure that others do not get similarly ripped off.

Forestry chief Cholathit said that now they have been duped their only recourse was to go to the police.

The development encroached on forestry land in the Mae Tha Chang and Mae Khanin areas in beautiful Hang Dong district of Chiang Mai.

Manager online said the area was known as “High Society Hill”.

The foreigners were not named and manager did not report if they were able to live in the area in the meantime.

Cholathit said that this was just one of 100 encroachment cases in Chiang Mai that are being followed up.

STORY: Manager Online

- Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep housing protests ramping up for August

The Thaiger & The Nation



The protests against the construction of the Thai judge’s residences on the slopes of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai has gone quiet over the past month. That’s all about to change.

Activists from leading non-governmental organisations from eight northern provinces will next month join a massive protest against the special housing for judges on Doi Suthep.

The Nation reports that Thirasak Roopsuwan, a coordinator of the Doi Suthep Forest Reclamation Network, said on Saturday that the network has sought help from leading NGOs in eight northern provinces and they have agreed to join a mass rally next month. Thirasak said the network and the NGOs from eight northern provinces would pursue the enforcement of an agreement earlier reached between Chiang Mai people and a government committee to dismantle 45 residences and nine apartment buildings built on forestland on Doi Suthep. The committee had reached the resolution amid angry protests by Chiang Mai residents that embarrassed the Appeals Court Region 5.

According to the settlement, the Appeals Court Region 5 was supposed to return the land plot of around 147 rai (23.5 hectares) to the Crown Property Bureau by June 18. But the Doi Suthep Forest Reclamation Network later found that the court had not honoured the agreement and let its officials move in to live in the nine apartment buildings.

The network had initially planned a mass protest at the end of last month but converted the demonstration into a prayer meeting for the 13 young footballers who were then trapped inside the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai. Thirasak said his network would from now on communicate with the public on three official channels to avoid confusion.

They are website, a Facebook page of and a Line account of @welovedoisuthep.

Despite claims that the land plot of around 147 rai (23.5 hectares) in total had been acquired legally, local residents have cried “foul” over the project, which is worth almost 1 billion baht. Locals have called for demolition of parts of the residences, which they view as encroaching upon pristine forest and natural waterways on the mountain. Chiang Mai and other locals in the North also claim the mountain to be a spiritual place, as it is one of the seven “Chai Mongkol” – an auspicious element for victory – when King Meng Rai built the city over 700 years ago.

STORY: The Nation

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86 billion baht budget set for Chiang Mai light rail system

Tanutam Thawan



A green light for a go ahead of Chiang Mai’s planned light railway transit system has been issued by the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA).

Chiang Mai City Life is reporting that, following an initial approval for the project back in August 2017, the MRTA has finally given the green light to start the formal planning and construction of a light railway in Chiang Mai.

‘Route A’ was chosen as the preferred plan – the more expensive route that consists of both above-ground and under-ground routes.

The budget for the light railway was set at 86 billion baht. The draft estimate was for a spending of up to 100 billion baht so it is beleived that the plans will be slightly adjusted to compensate the deficit.

SOURCE: ChiangMaiCityLife

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15 year old dies in Chiang Mai boarding house fire

Tanutam Thawan



PHOTO: Chiang Mai City Life

A 15 year old girl has died following a fire that engulfed the living areas of a Christian boarding school in Fang district, north of Chiang Mai city, this morning. Fang police were alerted at 1:30am about the fire at the Christian Paolo School that is run by the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand.

Ten fire engines were dispatched to tackle the fire that was raging through the two storey boarding house. All but one of the 74 children escaped, assisted by firefighters. The boarding house accommodates 28 boys and 46 girls, most of them from hill tribes.

After the fire was eventually extinguished hours later, the charred body of Saenghom Omsin was found on the second floor. The students told police that they believe the fire was started by a short circuit in a ceiling fan in her room before it spread.

Police suspect that Saenghom went underneath her bed instead of running out.

SOURCE: The Nation, Chiang Mai City Life

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