Droughts in Thailand

Areas affected Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lamphun, Tak, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Kalasin, Udon Thani, Bueng Kan, Mahasarakham, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Phanom, Loei, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Surin and Chanthaburi Examples of measures undertaken Drinking water supply trucks sent out as part of relief operations Water rationing Provision of low-priced produce (e.g. eggs) Asking farmers to delay rice production (reduce water usage until relief from monsoon rains) Asking farmers to stop off-season cropping and plan more drought-resistant crops (e.g. beans) Cloud seeding to create artificial rain Public awareness – drought situation … Continue reading Droughts in Thailand

Transportation in Chiang Mai

As population density continues to grow, greater pressure is placed upon the city’s transportation system. During peak hours, the road traffic is often badly congested. The city officials as well as researchers and experts have been trying to find feasible solutions to tackle the city’s traffic problems. Most of them agree that factors such as lack of public transport, increasing number of motor vehicles, inefficient land use plan and urban sprawl, have led to these problems. The latest development is that Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) has approved a draft decree on the light railway transit system project … Continue reading Transportation in Chiang Mai

Responsible Tourism in Thailand

Responsible tourism and the Thai sufficiency economy The fundamental factors of responsible and sustainable tourism in Thailand are readily understood within the country to reflect the monarch’s concept of a sufficiency economy, which King Bhumibol Adulyadej began to think about in 1972 and formalized in 1997 following the Asian Financial Crisis. The Thai sufficiency economy is broadly summarized into three principles. moderation, a “not too little, not too much” approach; reasonableness, looking out for the consequences of actions on the community, the environment and the society; and prudence, a system of self-immunity against the impact of internal and external shocks. … Continue reading Responsible Tourism in Thailand