Drought in Thailand

Firmly establishing the urgency of the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, this documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects. Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon and social entrepreneurs championing revolutionary solutions, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we are willing to act now. Check the movie: Last Call The Oasis

Drought in Thailand:

Low dam levels, El Nino phenomenon indicate water shortages: scientist.

Thailand might deal with a severe dry spell next year due to the El Nino weather condition phenomenon, a leading meteorologist has actually alerted.

In another stressing indicator, experts have actually cautioned that the present volume of water reserves in the significant dams is insufficient to satisfy need this year.

Maytee Mahayosananta, director of the Meteorological Department’s Central Weather Forecast Division, stated after he studied a number of weather report models, he found that the El Nino phenomenon would start in Thailand this year.

As an outcome, Maytee stated Thailand would not have sufficient water this year and next year as the sensation decreased rainfall.

“The volume of water this year will be less than that in 2013,” he stated.

According to the Royal Irrigation Department, the volume of water reserves in two major dams, Bhumibol and Sirikit, was only 21 per cent or about 3,893 million cubic metres.

This quantity of water will be used in the Chao Phraya river basin.

The department found that the quantity of water reserves in the two dams has actually drastically decreased and will not suffice for human use and to preserve ecosystems.

Thongplew Kongjun, director of the Department’s Office of Water Management and Hydrology, has urged members of the general public and farmers to be conservative in using water.

He said that the department this year anticipated to make use of 5.3 billion cubic metres of water from 3 major dams during the dry season however the water reserves it had actually used surpassed the plan by 600 million cubic metres.

Rains to arrive late

In addition, the department expects the rainy season to begin later on this year than typical in mid-May, which implies Thailand will not have water reserves this year and next year.

“Hopefully, farmers will not start growing their rice farms during this season. If they do not, then we will have sufficient water,” Thongplew added.

Suwattana Jitraladakorn, chairman of the Engineering Institute of Thailand’s water resources engineering sub-panel, said the quantity of water in the Chao Phraya River this year was lower than regular.

Because the authorities had released a big volume of water in 2012, he stated that water reserves in significant dams were low.

He found that the overall number of rice farms this year had grown over 200 per cent.

Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute director Royol Chitradon said there was some rainfall in the upper locations of the Bhumibol and Sirikit dams, and that was why there were small quantities of water reserves in the dams.

“We discovered that the level of water reserves in these 2 dams was the least expensive in 10 years,” he said.

According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, about 38 provinces across the country have actually been proclaimed dry spell zones.

In a proposal to fix drought in Thailand troubles in the long term, National Water and Flood Management secretary basic Suphot Tovichakchaikul stated all abandoned water resources must be recuperated and have their capacity improved.

The use of water must be matched by demand and supply in cities, he stated. He said he was preparing a Bt2-trillion mega job to connect all water resources and disperse water straight to farmers.

Under this job, the water from the Mekong River will be diverted to the Kingdom during the rain period.

“This project will be suggested to the new government,” he stated.

Reference: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/expert-warns-severe-drought-thailand-next-year

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Permaculture day in Chiang Mai

First permaculture meeting in that day: May 04, 2014 !

Register here: http://www.meetup.com/Chiang-Mai-Permaculture-Meetup/ and stay updated.

“This is a meeting for anyone interested in permaculture, sustainabilty, permaculture design, Permaculture Gardens, Organic Gardening & Permaculture, Urban Gardening, Green Living, Sustainable Living & Green Markets, The Environment and Permaculture, Eco-Conscious, New Urbanism & Sustainable Development, Permaculture Design, Organic Gardening, Permaculture & Farming, Biodynamic-Permaculture and Forest Gardening….

I started this meeting because to meet other permculture enthusiasts. I’m currently studying online PDC with Geoff Lawton. Looking forward to exchange about permaculture and sustainability with everybody.

Permaculture day in Chiang Mai

Reference: http://www.permacultureday.org/event/chiang-mai-permaculture-meetup/

I’m Xavier, French, living in Thailand from 14 years, now in Chiang Mai. I’m studying a PDC online with Geoff Lawton. With my wife and our daughter we plan to setup a permaculture design and system on 12 rai close to Mae Chaem in a Karen Hill Tribe.

International Permaculture Day May 4th celebrates the permaculture principles across the globe with workshops festivals picnics and more. Get involved in the celebrations with friends family and the community.… International Permaculture Day Permaculture Magazine

guesthouse videos

Here is a our guesthouse in video,

At Cool guest house we simplify luxury

At cool guest house in Chiang Mai, your pleasure is our priority. You can feel this when you visit us and enjoy the facilities that you get while staying at our guest house. Chiang Mai has developed into a hotspot among tourists all over the world and is often called a paradise on earth. At cool guest house you would feel like living in paradise, of this paradise. The guesthouse videos give you good overview of the facilities provided by cool guest house.

Facilities You Would Get in Cool Guest House, Chiang Mai

· Conveniently Located

This guest house is located at Chang Puak Gate and gives you easy access to all the places you want to visit in and near Chiang Mai. Its convenient location makes it easier for you to reach this guest house.

· Great Food

You can enjoy French breakfast in this guest house. The food items used for creation of dishes are most organic.

· Services Provided

All our guests get free bicycles to tour the city and enjoy the nature of Chiang Mai in its fullest. Viewing various locations of Chiang Mai on a bicycle is unique experience that you must have in order to truly feel the elegance of this beautiful place. We have tandems for our guests if they need them for travelling through the city.

· Atmosphere of Nature

At cool guest house you get to enjoy the beautiful garden and a spacious courtyard. Both these places makes you feel as if you are snuggled by nature and the comfort of your stay would get enhanced to new heights. You can get the glimpses of both these places in their guesthouse videos.

· Luxury Unplugged

Luxury has a new standard in cool guest house as here you get access to special boutique rooms. If you want special honeymoon welcome is also available, to make the most memorable time of your life more pleasurable. The extent of luxury you should expect in cool guest house is difficult to explain in words, but you can get a glance of it in guesthouse videos.

· Affordable

Despite all these services and features cool guest house is completely affordable. When staying in Chiang Mai, you would never feel the pinch in your budget due to your staying at cool guest house.


The convenient location, delightful atmosphere, abundant features, and friendly service, are few of the most prominent benefits that you get by staying at cool guest house, in Chiang Mai.


The perfect place to find a guesthouse in rio and a bed and breakfast

Like the song: If you go to Rio… and travel to Brazil, mainly to Rio de Janeiro, have a night over in a guesthouse or a bed and breakfast in the area of Santa Teresa.

Santa Teresa has become a touristic spot of Historic Rio de Janeiro: the charming neighborhood on a lovely hillside with panoramic views over Rio de Janeiro stands out for it’s colonial architecture and rich cultural live.

Located in the heart of Rio, it provides ready access to the Christ statue of Corcovado (within one of the largest urban forests in the world) as well as to the city centre, sambadromo and beautiful beaches. With an atmosphere reminiscent of that of a small town, it enchants visitors with its panoramic views of the ‘Marvellous City’, offering a variety of options for eating out from local dishes to international cuisine.

Santa Tereza has been attracting artists and musicians all the time. If you go out at night, you will find traditional Brazilian Music like Samba, Choro, Chorinho and also Bossa Nova and Jazz. The atmosphere in the small bars with live music is very special.


Rio de Janeiro has a rich background in hospitality, as a result of this many tourist usually flock this region during their vacation, as well as having fun. Over the recent past, the hospitality industry has been growing steadily in Rio, and this can be attested by the development of state of art hotels and motels. For instance, in Santa block there is a number of five-star guesthouses hotels that deliver cr?e de la cr?e service to the customers. These include;

Casa Aurea inn, a guest house that offers full bed and breakfast services as a package. It lies in a colonial like mansion in the heart of Santa Maria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Moreover,it is just a perfect romantic venue for couples, newlyweds who are on honeymoon, family or even individual tourists. Additionally,it offers a number of services among them; a private room , which comes along with a private ensuite bathroom , an air conditioning and sometimes shared bathrooms. The hotel is a storey building, and on the first floor, it consists of large windows incorporated with wooden shutters, high ceilings, wooden floors, which provide a good feeling when you step on the building. Moreover, at the hotel you will enjoy using things such as hammocks, honor bar, free internet access, and a beautiful garden where you can dine in it.

Secondly, bed and break fast Rio another top notch guest house that is located up on the hill of Santa Teresa. One can access this impeccable hotel near the great forest of Tijuca national park and the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Guesthouse Rio bed and breakfast has an interesting history; it used to be a bakery back in the past days, before the owner decided to convert it into an awesome bed and breakfast guest house. Additionally, the main attractive feature in this hotel is the fact that it has a unique panoramic pool. More so, it provides a cool view of the famous Rio bay. Not forgetting the affordable and sweet cuisine, ranging from traditional dishes to other foreign dishes that will create a memorable feeling when you visit it.

Thirdly, villa Casanova guest house, a one beautiful bed and break fast hotel in the heart of Santa Maria. They offer a wide range of dishes, as well as their general hospitality is top notch. Additionally, there is a good view of Rio bay when you are standing at the balcony of the hotel, more over; they have a beautiful swimming pool, where you can cool off your body after a tiresome day. Apparently, the Manu and Zaba people who live in that region will make you have a memorable feeling about the hotel as a whole. As such, they are very hospital and normally offer free advice pertaining transport and risky places. More so, you can be served with drinks at the bar and restaurant in Guesthouse Rio bed and breakfast.

Finally, Casa da Gente bed and breakfast guesthouse is just the perfect option for tourists. Moreover, the topography of the place is very beautiful and makes the place to look very natural and lovely. Particularly, this guest house has the utmost hospitality, and they offer delicious meals to their customers. Moreover, the rooms are amazing, and well decorated with awesome vintage furniture. For the lovers of environment this the ideal place for you as they have incorporated ecology friendly solutions such as; use of solar panels and skillful collection of rainwater. In conclusion, if you visit ever Rio de Janeiro visit this hotel as you will love everything they offer.

Weather Chiang Mai

All Year Round the Weather and Climate Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is among the largest cities in Thailand and is in fact the
largest city in Northern Thailand and also the capital to Chiang Mai
. The city which is situated in the lush, evergreen, forested
hills of the north and is just a mere 680km from Bangkok, Thailand’s
capital. Being situated in Northern Thailand, this city enjoys a
cooler climate and lower relative humidity levels than other cities in
Thailand and this among other factor has earned it the tag “Thailand’s
Friendliest City”.
Like other places in the Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai, experiences 3
seasons annually, a cool season which lasts from November to February,
a hot season which lasts from March to May and a rainy season which
spans from June to October. Generally, Chiang Mai’s climate is
tropical but with cooler temperatures and lower humidity than other
Thailand regions. In this city monsoons might also be experienced
during the rainy season. Of intrigue in weather Chiang Mai is that the
three distinct seasons are not fixed. Sometimes during the rainy
season there will be periods of dry spells and during the hot season,
weather Chiang Mai might report occasionally thunderstorms.
Despite that it is a widely known that Chiang Mai experiences a
wonderful all year-round climate, a closer scrutiny at weather Chiang
Mai shows that each of the month in Chiang Mai’s calendar year has its
own distinct weather changes. The cool season which starts in November
and stays around till February is the most preferable season for most
tourists to visit the city. With average temperatures hovering around
22C, it is hard to describe the season as cool, but this is the
coolest Chiang Mai can get. Temperatures during this season are varied
with daily highs of 30C and daily lows of around 15C. In parts of
the cities with higher elevation, daily lows can reach 5C especially
during night time. The coolest months in this season are January and
December. With weather Chiang Mai reporting the lowest humidity levels
during the year at this season and with the days enjoying an average
of 9 hours of sunshine with almost no rainfall, it is not hard to see
why this season is so popular.

Weather ChingMai: Sun chiang mai, Chiang Mai temple as the sun sets

Sun chiang mai, Chiang Mai temple as the sun sets—Christian Haugen (Flickr.com)

Starting from mid-March creeps in Chiang Mai and lasts up until late
May. Both the temperatures and humidity levels build up until it gets
uncomfortable to be outdoors. March and April have the highest daily
highs with an average of 35 – 36C. Rainfall remains low until the
month of May when the monsoon rains breaks and with them relief from
the sweltering temperatures. However, the coastal part of Chiang Mai
is not affected as much as the inland part. The rainy season kicks in
from May and lasts till October. Heavy downpours that dominate most of
this season cause flash-floods with an overflow in the Ping River.
Temperatures gradually reduce, starting with highs of 34C in May and
ending with highs of 31C in October. Humidity levels are highest
during this time due to the high rainfall. Occasionally, an average of
6 hours of sunshine will be experienced especially in June and July,
which are the driest months in this season.

travel bloggers wanted

Travel bloggers are welcome and wanted at Cool Guesthouse


My name is Xavier and I’m the co-owner of Cool Guesthouse in Chiang Mai with Nathalie, Thai, my partner in life and business. We are having busy times in the old city working and sharing us between tourism job and our 4 years old daughter Sophia.

I born in France 48 years ago and since 30 years of hard working I make my earning with the online industry: from Minitel, BBS and IVR to social network strategy, blogging, SEO in 2013 and e-tourism.

Today I manage several travel related websites all set on WordPress CMS. My job is also my passion and I setup the WordPress Tech Meetup group in Chiang Mai which one have a monthly meeting last Monday of each month at 5.30 pm at Cool Guesthouse. You are free to join, please RSVP here.

Travel bloggers wanted:

My purpose of this post is because I am interesting by an exchange with reputable travel bloggers who own a blog which Page Rank is superior to 1 and a decent amount of followers (ie: Connie).

The straight part:

What is the meaning of “the exchange”, well I can host you and your travel companion for 2 nights for free (my rooms are priced 890 Thb. / 32 USD / 23 Euros per night) plus a breakfast set each day of stay. In exchange I ask you to collaborate as a guest blogger and contribute with a quality real Thailand travel experience post and also I need another post on your blog about my guesthouse or activities.

Now the cool part:

Speaking 5 languages (3 decently: French, Spanish and English) I like to share and chat about:

  • photography and video making,
  • Soul, Jazz, Afro Jazz, Hiphop music,
  • long techies conversation about WordPress,
  • e-marketing, e-tourism, social marketing,
  • organic food and wine, cooking,
  • sharing about Thailand life, I’m staying here from 2000
  • and racing cars…

Also I’m usually free for dinner and I would like to invite nice people like you at my place.

Just feel the form below here, give me some date, your website for a quick shoot check view and see if it’s matching our taste and I hope I will have availability for the date you would like to come. I will come back to you.

Also help others bloggers and share this post in social networks. I welcome all nationality and give privilege to 4 languages: English, French, Spanish and Italian but welcome others.

Travel blogger wanted

travel bloggers wanted

tripadvisor.com chiang mai

TripAdvisor’s yearly list of Visitor’s Selection Places was just deliveried, with Thailand’s “Rose of the North” Chiang Mai protecting an outstanding position along with higher kudos. Globally, Chiang Mai made the Top 25, weighing in at amount 24; among ASEAN communities, the just many other city to make this listing was Siem Reap, house to World Ancestry Internet site Angkor Wat.

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TripAdvisor and also its network of sites and also associates compose the world’s leading journey neighborhood, consequently bestowing terrific status on their annual list. Greater than FIFTY ton once a month website visitors, as well as over 60 thousand assessments and opinions may hardly be wrong: these individuals are amongst the throngs of visitors going to the world’s most captivating, preferable, and captivating cities. The awards are based on the recognition of these cities, according to customers’ thoughts, assessments, and also favorites.

TripAdvisor spokesperson Jean Ow-Yeong indicated that “whether travellers are searching for an outstanding yearly trip or a quick weekend trip, they could be influenced by hundreds of incredible trip destinations as established by TripAdvisor’s neighborhood of travellers.”

TripAdvisor right now runs internet sites in some 30 places, incorporating in China as daodao.com. For travel business professionals, they run a dedicated division delivering accessibility to their millions of regular monthly site visitors.

Many of the internet sites with the 19 trip media brand names they take care of and work consist of bookingbuddy.com, independenttraveler.com, seatguru.com, smartertravel.com, travel-library. com, travelpod.com, virtualtourist.com, whereivebeen.com, and also kuxun. cn.

Topping TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Option Locations this year are the continually prominent London, New York City, Rome, Paris, and San Francisco, therein order. The Top 5 in Asia were listed as adheres to: Siem Reap, Beijing, Shanghai, Chiang Mai, and Male, in the Maldives.

TripAdvisor site visitors to Chiang Mai indicated that the town and also her environs deliver the blessed visitor “historic websites, mouth watering road food, as well as a really good site to bathe and also feed an elephant.” Recommended destinations consist of Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Chiang Mai is even celebrated for her temperate environment, intercontinental taste, special society, and diverse nightlife. A brief one-hour journey from Bangkok, Chiang Mai has actually long been considered one of the most livable – as well as delightful – towns in Asia.

TripAdvisor as well as its network of internet sites and affiliates make up the world’s largest trip community, thereby bestowing fabulous prestige on their annual listing. More than 50 thousand monthly website visitors, as well as over 60 million reviews as well as point of views are able to hardly be wrong: these users are among the throngs of travelers checking out the globe’s most desirable, desirable, as well as interesting cities. The accolades are based on the interest of these cities, according to customers’ thoughts, assessments, and picks.

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