Japanese food festival in
the Sui -Zen-Te Japanese Restaurant at Chiang Mai Hills
Hotel. Welcome the winter with hot Japanese food, called “O-na-be”,
kept warm by a gentle fire in the middle of the table. Most original
Japanese meals and dishes are on offer. Enjoy shabu-shabu, meats sliced into
small pieces, mixed with several kinds of vegetables and cooked in soup or
curry, with sauces added to taste, or sukiyaki, until the end of December.
Mae Ping Beer Garden, Imperial Mae Ping Hotel
has arranged an “entertainment program for everyone” featuring
Thailand’s top musical talents and a variety of amusements. November 16-17
– the amusing Cliff & the Shadow of Thailand show
performed by Sermwesh Chuang-Yanyong, Worapot Ruannak, Umnaj Srima, Niwat
Kongkaew and Wanyos Mitranon starting from 9 p.m. November 27-28 The
Dynamic Band, led by Surasee Ittikul, Moo Kaleidoscope, Kornness
Waseenon, Somchai Krisanaseranee, and Suriya Puengthongthai beginning at 9
“The Pub”, one of the most popular meeting
places among the local and expat community in Chiangmai, offers an extended
‘Happy Hour” every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Don’t miss the
Sunday Brunch, featuring roast, carvery, or buffet; great place for the
whole family. The Pub is located at Huay Kaew Road; call 0 5321 1550 to find
out what’s on the menu this week.
The Goethe-Institute presents Asiatopia
- the 4th International Performance Art Festival in Chiang Mai, November 28
- 30 at Chiang Mai University Art Center & Thapae City Gate. This
event will bring in the cr่me de la cr่me of art
performers from all parts of the world and will definitely draw a big
audience. So go and have a look at the new developments in this art field.
For more information, contact Dr. Katharina von Ruckteschell, director,
Goethe-Institute Bangkok, 18/2 Soi Goethe, Sathorn Tai Rd. Soi 1, Bangkok
10120, tel. 02 2870942-4, 02 2870726-8, fax 02 2871829, email: [email protected]
Yipeng Festival (Loy Krathong) November 16-20.
“Official” festivities will be held at the Thapae Gate grounds,
the Chiang Mai Municipality grounds, and around Chiang
Mai City’s moats. Activities begin with a Buddhist ceremony at Wat
Lok Moli Temple on November 16, celebrating the 70th anniversary of
Her Majesty the Queen’s birth, and the 50th anniversary of His Royal
Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. Opening ceremony November 18 from
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Thapae Gate grounds. Activities all over the city include
Noppamas Kids’ Contest (for the wonderful children who sit in the big
Krathong for their beauty contest) and many other shows at Thapae Gate, the
Yipeng Lantern Contest on Chang Klan Road, and other interesting activities
at the Municipality Office grounds and Ping River banks. Also as part of the
festival, there will be a Bamboo Rafting Competition on November 19.
Four competitors per team will race bamboo rafts 3 meters wide, 6 meters
long, and 2 story’s high. The competition will start in front of
Muang Mai Market and go along the Ping River. Cash prizes and
trophies for winners. Also on November 19, the municipality will hold Diving
Championships into the Ping River in front of the
municipality building. The competition is open for males aged 18-45. The
competitors are required to wear the sa-dor, northern style pants and
loincloth. Competitors dive into the Ping River and the diver who is able to
stay under the water for the longest period will be the winner. (Hopefully
he will not have drowned!) For more information, contact the municipality,
tel. 053 252 478, ext 485, or fax 053 251 476.
Dok Buatong Festival (Mexican
sunflower) at Doi Mae Ukor in Mae Hong Son Province runs from
now through December 15. Organized by the Mae Hong Son Provincial Office,
the annual festival celebrates the spectacular blooming of the Mexican
Sunflowers around Doi (Mountain) Mae Ukor, in Khunyuam District. The opening
ceremonies for the festival are November 9 on the slopes of Doi Mae
Ukor, and a wide range of activities are planned including displays
of local products, sales of handicrafts, and local cultural art
performances. For further information contact TAT Mae Hong Son Office, 053
612 982, fax. 053 612 984, Khunyuam Forestry Department Offices, 053 691
133, Khunyuam District Office, 053 691 108.
December 1 at the Mae Ping Beer Garden, Imperial
Mae Ping Hotel - the battle of the titans: Manchester United
versus Liverpool live on the giant projector and surround system.
December 10: “Carabao in Concert”, led by Add-Carabao,
Terry Mekhawattana, and Lek-Carabao beginning at 9 p.m. December 20 Carlsberg
Cowboy Night 2002 includes: Kung Kittkun and Bhusaming Noasawan in
concert (country music), cowboy games, beer drinking, sawing and fighting
contests, and the Chamberland Band in concert. December 31 - Welcome
the New Year at Fantasia Night 2002 - Chamberland Band
in concert, two nice singers Meaw and Tom, Elvis show and dancing with merry
music, grand dance show, grand cabaret show, celebration salute, count down
for the coming year.
Chiang Mai Mardi Gras and Music Festival December
11-14 - The second Chiang Mai Mardi Gras and Music Festival will be held
this year in the Night Bazaar area from December 11-14. Changklan Road
(Night Bazaar) will be decorated in Lanna style, and there will be 3 major
activities: the Fascinating Hotel Food & Beverage, the Fascinating
Pub & Restaurant and the Fascinating Made in Chiang Mai
Handicraft. There will also be 3 separate stages, the Center Stage,
Talent Show Stage, and the Cultural Stage. Lanna musical plays, Lanna
dances, and contests, plus a modeling and music contest for the HRH Princess
Ubolratana Trophy. The Mardi Gras and Music Festival parade
takes place on December 11, running from Chiang Mai Railway Station through
Charoenmuang Road and Tha Phae Road, then left into Chang Klan Road. List of
events for the three day festival include: December 11, Center stage:
6 p.m. music concert, 8 p.m.; Miss Mardi Gras and Star Mardi Gras contest,
10 p.m.; Carabao concert. Talent Show Stage: 8 p.m. talent show, 9 p.m.
acting show, 9.30 p.m. talent show, 11 p.m. Fancy Fashion Show, 11.20 p.m.
talent show. Cultural Stage: 8 p.m. instrumental and Thai dance, 9 p.m.
“Welcome to Mardi Gras 2002”, 11 p.m. Lanna instrumental. December 12
- Center Stage: music concert, 8 p.m. oldies music concert (Elvis Thailand,
Cliff & Shadow, The Beatles Nuts and Dynamic Brand). Talent Show Stage:
7 p.m. talent show, 8 p.m. music contest (1st Round), 9 p.m. talent show, 10
p.m. dance contest (1st round), 11 p.m. talent show. Cultural Stage:
“Sawasdee Theme” 7 p.m. Thai instrumental, youth acting, Thai dance,
fencing dance, 9 p.m. “Sawasdee” show, 9.30 p.m. Thai dance, and Lanna
dance, 10.30 p.m. Lanna instrumental. December 13 - Center Stage: 6
p.m. music concert, 8 p.m. famous guitarists concert (Lam Morison, Kitti
Karnsatit and Y not 7). Talent Show Stage: 7 p.m. talent show, 8 p.m. music
contest (2nd round), 9 p.m. dance contest (2nd round), 5 p.m. talent show
and the results of Music and Dance contests. Cultural Stage: 7 p.m. Thai
instrumental, 8 p.m. Lanna instrumental, 8.30 p.m. fashion show, 9.30 p.m.
acting show and instrumental. December 14 - Center Stage: 6 p.m.
music concert, 8 p.m. modeling contest, 10 p.m. official opening ceremony by
Prime Minister Taksin Shinawatra, 5 p.m. rhythm & blues concert. Talent
Show Stage: 7 p.m. 1st and 2nd runners-up and winner of music contest shows,
8 p.m. 1st and 2nd runners-up and winner of dancing contest shows, 8.30 p.m.
talent show, 9 p.m. winner of music and dancing contest show, 10 p.m. talent
show. Cultural Stage: 7 p.m. Lanna instrumental, 8 p.m. Lanna music concert,
8.30 p.m. Lanna drum show, 10 p.m. Lanna dance.
The Maejo Fair 2003 to showcase local developments
will be held January 23 – 26 at Wingspan Pitch fairgrounds on the Maejo
University campus, Sansai District, Chiang Mai. Government departments,
foundations, royal projects, private clubs and associations will exhibit
their wares. The fair’s objectives include showcasing the works of royal
agricultural projects, highlighting development in science and technology in
agriculture and the environment, and to preserve local culture and give
academic advice to farmers. Exhibitions, seminars, competitions, dealing
with plants, animals and pets, agricultural products, demonstrations,
entertainment, traveling, sports, and retail shops.
The 3rd EXPOMAP will be
held February 3-7 at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, organized by the
International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP) in
cooperation with Chiang Mai University. Medicinal and aromatic plants
experts from all over the world gather for a conference, academic meeting
and exhibition. Exhibitions of medicinal and aromatic plants, many coming
from shops in Chiang Mai. In addition, cosmetics, supplement foods, and
useful plants will be shown at the fair. The Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai
University revealed that this fair has been well promoted all over the
world, stirring up interest from nearby countries and people from Bangkok.
The Medicinal Herbs Tour from Bangkok will be coming straight to our Chiang
Mass Lanna Wedding Ceremony, Valentine’s Day - Khum
Khantoke, through Watchara Tantranon, has announced plans to marry 50
willing couples in their “Lanna Valentine’s Wedding” to promote Lanna
wedding dress styles and to introduce the Lanna style wedding ceremony. Khum
Khantoke will provide a free wedding celebration for one couple from each
district. The bridal couples can invite 10 guests and pay only 300 baht each
for additional guests. The other 30 brides and grooms can join the ceremony
by paying 30,000 baht for 50 guests or 50,000 baht for 100 guests. All the
couples will be provided with the costumes and all the paraphernalia
necessary. Brides and grooms’ customary wedding parade will start from in
front of Carrefour Department Store at 7 a.m., led by two elephants, and
followed by 48 tricycles, leading to the Singha grounds where the guests
will be waiting. The ceremony will proceed according to the Lanna ritual
until late at night.