small planes splendid flights
SGA, the pioneer of commuter air service in Thailand is a small airline specialising in short panoramic flights within Thailand. Providing flight service to northern Thai destinations otherwise accessible only by rugged ground travel, SGA is going where others don't. Flying aboard the world famous 12 seater Cessna 208B Grand Caravan is truly an amazing experience. While flying at low altitudes of 3000 feet, the breathtaking views of the panoramic scenery below can be truly appreciated. The flight, from take off to landing, is exhilarating yet incredibly smooth with the precision flying of their pilots.
To give back to communities SGA is also initiating a program called Inspiring Kids by Aviation. They hope to educate children about aviation and environmental issues.
SGA Airlines currently offer flights to and from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; Mae Hong Son Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays; and Pai daily. Daily service is also available to and from Bangkok - Hua Hin. Flights range from twenty minutes to one hour in duration.
Thirty and fifty minute sight-seeing flights are available to those who wish to enjoy a splendid bird eye's view of Chiang Mai and surrounding areas including the breath taking mountain ranges of Chiang Dao. Two pilots are on board to explain the sights enjoyed from your very own window seat. Charter flights can also be arranged.
SGA is currently offering summer specials; the Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai flight is going for the super low fare of B999 and Chiang Mai - Pai for B1,399 . The Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son flights is B1,690 and for flights from Bangkok - Hua Hin, B3,100. When you calculate fuel expenditures and the amount of time spent in a car travelling by land, these prices are really good.
For more information or to book your flight:
- go to www.sga.co.th or www.nokair.com
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chiang Mai 053 280 444 or 053 284 433
- Pai 053 698 207
Citylife recommended by New York Times
A recent article about travel to Chiang Mai was featured in the prestigious New York Times. The article, '36 hours in Chiang Mai, Thailand', featured numerous well known and some lesser known Chiang Mai businesses, many of which are Citylife's clients. Citylife's very own web site, www.chiangmaicitylife.com was the only recommended Chiang Mai web site. To read the full article search for Chiang Mai in the New York Times web site.
Another War or Drugs?
Thai civil society representatives called on the Thai government to exercise restraint and engage in international best practice in countering the drug problem in the country at an NGO Monthly Forum held recently in Chiang Mai.
The meeting came in the wake of Thai government Interior Minister, Chalerm Yubamrung's announcement in February of the resumption of the war on drugs.
When it was first launched in 2003 under then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the war on drugs policy, which resulted in over 2,800 extrajudicial killings of suspected drug users, was heavily criticized by civil society both locally and internationally.
There are fears among civil society representatives that the new drug control strategy will drive drugs users further underground, away from services that can save their lives, and that additional lives may be lost in the name of drug control.
Although Thailand's efforts to respond to HIV and AIDS have received worldwide recognition, injecting drug users (IDUs) can not access appropriate health and social care or services. They still face high rates of HIV transmission, including in prison where rates of HIV among IDUs can be twice that among IDUs never incarcerated.
The Chiang Mai NGO Forum was facilitated by Asian Harm Reduction Network (AHRN), Thai Harm Reduction Network (THRN), Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG), Health and Development Networks (HDN) and supported by UNAIDS
For further information contact: Duangkamol Donchaum Tel. 66 0 53449 055 Ext: 101 Email: email@example.com
Living Flim Informercial
In April, Living Films, a Chiang Mai company, was busy in San Sai making an infomercial that will be aired in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam later this year. The short film is a warning against the dangers of counterfeit drugs that sometimes make up 5-15% of the pharmaceutical drugs market in poor rural areas of South East Asia. These drugs, often anti-malarial and for other life threatening diseases, are not only useless but often contain dangerous chemicals that have killed those who are unfortunate to have taken them, said Christopher Raymond, Project Coordinator for South East Asia, United States Pharmacopoeia Drug Quality Program. The public service announcement shows the drugs being made and distributed and then depicts a pregnant woman being given the counterfeit drugs and as a consequence losing her life. It is directed by well known director Mark Hammond and produced by George Peter Muller of Living Films. All the actors were Chiang Mai locals.