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.

The now-famous “3rd Chiangmai Food and Entertainment Festival” will take place December 13-19 from 4 p.m. - midnight at the Kad Choengdoi Fairgrounds on Klong Chollaprathan Road nearby Chiang Mai University.


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.

December 10 at the Mae Ping Beer Garden, Imperial Mae Ping Hotel - “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.


Prem Tinsulanonda International School presents an Arts Festival December 15-20 at the Prem Center Art Gallery. Art exhibition, theatre, musical performances & dinner theatre. Reservations only. Tickets can be purchased from the school secretary at the Prem Center. Tel. 0 5330 1500.

Chiang Mai Choral Society to present The First Christmas, a pageant-style, nondenominational program that celebrates the biblical Christmas Story. Featuring the music of the Chiang Mai Choral Society, the pageant will take place tonight, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. (in Thai) and 7:30 p.m. (in English) at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum. Food will be served throughout the evening in a Bethlehem village setting. The performance and food are free and the public is invited. The Chiang Mai Choral Society was founded in 1998, and is under the direction of Rainy Riding. The Society is nondenominational and international. In addition to the Christmas pageant, the society presents both Spring and Fourth of July performances. For further information on the Society, contact [email protected]

Catrin Finch and Juliette Bausor will perform in a Harp and Flute Duo Concert at the Chiangmai College of Dramatic Arts Auditorium (former National Theatre, Suriwongse Road Soi 5) on December 11 at 7.00 p.m. Tickets are already available at the Chiangmai Book Center, Sri Donchai branch, Tel. 0 5328 1052-6, at 300 & 150 baht.

“Who Owns Women’s Bodies?” art exhibition comes to Chiang Mai. “Who Owns Women’s Bodies?” (WOWB) traveling art exhibition of more than 30 artworks by top artists from the Philippines opened in Chiang Mai University Art Museum on Dec. 6, and runs until December 31. Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday till Sunday (Monday closed). Organized by the Creative Collective Centre, Inc. a non-government group which harnesses art and media for popular education, in cooperation with the Ford Foundation. For more information, pls. contact: Duongjai 053-218280; 09-4290754 or Narumol Thammapruksa (Kop) 06-6542544 or Rochit Tanedo 09-6816435, email: [email protected]

Chiang Mai Mardi Gras and Music Festival in the Night Bazaar area December 11-14 - Admission is Free. 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.

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.


Future Events


The Chiang Mai Rose Festival 2002 takes place December 20-22 at the Kum Tieng plant markets (on a side street just south of the Super Highway and west of Lotus Super Center). Open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and the event is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1, Agriculture Department, Chiang Mai Provincial Agriculture and Cooperative Office, and the Kum Tieng Pattana Company. Activities include contests for the best roses, an exhibition of roses, rose planting demonstrations, demonstrations on how to make dried roses using microwave, flower arranging contests, rose drawing contests, a rose clinic, and the display of the roses from the Phu-Ping Royal Palace.


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.