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 15th Doi Kham Fair will be held this year December 21-29, from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum. Products will be on display from the Royal Project and Highland Sustainable Agriculture, emphasizing that vegetables produced in this Royal Project have been done so to conserve ecology through using hydroponics and integrated pest management, producing organic vegetables. There will also be the popular Doi Kham products stalls and activities including a painting contest, singing contest, carving contest, and a demonstration of dining table arrangement and cooking from the Doi Kham products.

Great prizes on offer at Red Cross Winter Fair, beginning December 27 at the fairgrounds behind Chiang Mai City Hall, opposite the Chiang Mai 700th Anniversary Sports Complex. Many prizes have been donated by organizations in Chiang Mai, and for the Provincial Red Cross, the raffling of prizes represents a major fund raising effort. Try your luck at the Red Cross booth - all revenue from selling raffle tickets goes to charity. Other highlights of the fair will include famous actors and actresses attending the fair and the ubiquitous beauty contest. Plus, “One Village - One Product” products on sale.

The Regent Fours Seasons Hotel announces a festive season Friday Night Poolside International BBQ and Japanese Fashion Show on December 27th. The fashion show will showcase exciting woven textiles by Japanese designer Sachiko Kobayashi. The BBQ runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Priced at 1,200 baht. The fashion show will start at 8 p.m. The evening will also feature the world famous Japanese Noh drummer, Shonosuke Okura. For reservations or more information, contact Miss Sangwan Sapma at the Regent Chiang Mai Resort and Spa PR office, tel. 0 5329 8181.

“Who Owns Women’s Bodies?” art exhibition continues through December 31 at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum. More than 30 artworks by top artists from the Philippines, reaching out to a broad public to spark discussion and debate on human sexuality and reproductive rights, WOWB encourages reflection on personal issues that are seldom dealt with in art. This exhibition has been organized by the Creative Collective Center, Inc., a non-government group which harnesses art and media for popular education, in cooperation with the Ford Foundation. Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday till Sunday (Monday closed). For more information, please contact: Duongjai 053-218280; 09-4290754 or Narumol Thammapruksa (Kop) 06-6542544 or Rochit Tanedo 09-6816435, email: [email protected]



Looking for a wheelchair? Hopefully not! But many poor disabled children in Chiangmai are. So why not donate one for only 7000 baht? Visit the Freedom Wheelchair Workshop across from the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).

Laundry and Internet service, traditional Thai massage, Thai language courses. You find it all at the Chiangmai Disabled Center, 133/1 Rajapakinai Road, Chiangmai (near Thapae Gate).

Ms Watcharaporn Chongpaophan, director of sales and promotion at Chiang Mai Hill Hotel, announced that the special “2-hour massage” promotion at the Arokaya traditional Thai massage parlor, the new choice place for people who want to relax, has been extended through December 31. Get traditional Thai massage for 200 baht an hour – or at special price of only 350 baht for two hours. Or get a relaxing foot massage, normally 250 baht per hour, now at a special discount of only 400 baht for two hours. Arokaya is filled with skilled and experienced masseuses ready to provide the best massage service. For more information, please contact Sales and Public Relations at 053 400 601-5.


Holiday Happenings – Christmas celebrations

Amari Rincome Hotel will host a traditional Christmas dinner complete with carolers, Santa Claus and a prize draw on Christmas Eve, December 24. Dance the night away to the sound of Daeng Fantastic at the pool from 7 p.m. 1,400 baht per adult, children 800 baht. The Amari Rincome will then serve a leisurely Christmas Day brunch on December 25 at La Gritta from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 400 baht net per adult, or 250 baht per child.

Chiangmai Gymkhana Club’s Christmas Gala Dinner Party takes place Saturday, December 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Golf starts at 7.00 a.m. Members & family 500 baht. Non- members 600 baht, children half price. Bring gifts to exchange 200 baht +. Full spread Christmas feast with turkey, ham, roast lamb, pig picking, and more.

A special Thai German Christmas service will be held on Sunday, December 24, presented by Pastor Hans A. Gerdts from Bangkok, beginning at 4 p.m. at the German Christian School auditorium. For more information, email [email protected]

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas! Join the Novotel for an exciting evening with plenty of lucky draws and caroling. Bring in the holiday cheer at the Circus Cafe and feast on the delicious selection of international cuisine and fabulous desserts. 450 baht net for adults and 225 baht p.p. Reservations required. Call 0 5322 5500.

To Nobody Restaurant will celebrate Christmas Night on December 24 with a sumptuous buffet full of goodies which will remind you of home. The fun starts at 5 p.m. in the restaurant’s garden. Eat as much as you can of your choice of BBQ ham, duck, suckling pig, home smoked salmon, ‘westpreussischer fleischsalat’ and baskets full of Christmas cookies. Only 299 baht including one drink. Make your table reservations at 0 5327 8794, Joerg or Sunisa. To Nobody will then celebrate Christmas Day on December 25 with a brunch buffet from noon – 2 p.m. and a festive evening buffet starting at 5 p.m. and going until late. The 299 baht price includes one drink. Children eat for 1/2 price. For reservations call 0 5327 8794.

Christmas carolers will be performing at the Regent Fours Seasons Hotel during the Christmas Eve celebration on Tuesday, December 24, at the Sala Mae Rim Restaurant, featuring a special Thai Set dinner at US$50 per person, and at the Pool Terrace Restaurant & Bar featuring a special BBQ buffet dinner with Thai and International cuisine, priced at US$50 per person. For Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, the Regent Hotel’s chef and Santa will get together to create a delicious, traditional Christmas dinner buffet at the Pool Terrace Restaurant & Bar featuring both Western and Thai selections and an extravagant assortment of yuletide desserts, all for US$55 per person. Christmas carolers will be performing then, too. For reservations or more information, contact Miss Sangwan Sapma at the Regent Chiang Mai Resort and Spa PR office, tel. 0 5329 8181.

The Rydges Tapae Chiang Mai will celebrate Christmas Eve dinner on December 24 at ‘Chillis Restaurant’ with an international buffet with caroling and marching. The lucky draw grand prize will be a weekend in Phuket, plus many other attractive prizes from Santa Claus. Only 700 baht per person. For table reservations call 0 525 1531.

On Christmas Night, Tuesday, December 24, enjoy a refined 6-course French dinner in a romantic setting overlooking the city and river lights at the Castana Fine Dining Restaurant on the 3rd floor of the Westin Chiang Mai from 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. for 1,200 baht net. Or on Tuesday December 24th and Wednesday the 25th enjoy an Xmas buffet dinner (food only) featuring salmon, oysters, pasta and a wide selection of Western, Thai & Chinese specialties at the River Terrace Restaurant. Santa Claus will visit and carolers will entertain,


Holiday Happenings – New Year’s celebrations

Out with the old year and bring in the New Year at Amari Rincome Hotel’s New Year’s Eve party on December 31. Start the New Year with a bang! Thai classical music and dance, a gala buffet, fireworks, a grand prize draw and live music from Daeng Fantastic. 1,900 baht net per person. The Amari Rincome will then serve a New Year’s brunch January 1, 2003, at La Gritta from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for 400 baht, 250 baht for children. Happy New Year! The best way to start the first day of the new year is with good food and good company at Amari Rincome. Amari will supply the food; you bring the company.

New Years Eve, December 31 at ‘To Nobody’ – there’s nothing better than to celebrate the last day of the year amongst friends and enjoy homemade food and cool drinks. Joerg & Sunisa will supply it all. Gala buffet including German specials like mixed German sausages, smoked trout, baked ham, potato salad, fresh variety of bread and Brezl. Unbeatable price of only 399 baht incl. 1 drink, and all children under 12 pay 1/2. Limited seating. For reservations call 0 5327 8794.

Chiangmai Hill Hotel at 18 Huay Kaew Road will end the year 2002 in style with a Thai traditional New Years celebration. A gala buffet at the ground floor of the hotel with Thai and international food stalls providing a great selection of Western and Thai dishes to choose from. Dances in old Lanna style with beautiful costumes will entertain the guests. For more information and reservations please contact the hotel at 0 5340 0601 – 5.

On New Year’s Eve - Tuesday, December 31 it’s all happening at the Pool Terrace Restaurant & Bar at the Regent Fours Seasons Hotel, bringing in the New Year with a fabulous, elegant and fun-filled New Year’s Eve “A Night Under the Stars” gala celebration. An absolutely “not-to-be-missed” evening featuring live music, party novelties, a complimentary glass of champagne per person and special souvenir gift per couple. An exquisite cultural Lanna Dance performance will also be featured. At the stroke of midnight a fabulous display of Thai hot air balloons (khom loys) and fireworks will be launched. This memorable event is priced at US$250 per person. Dress code: casual elegant and comfortable. A light jacket is recommended, as average the temperature can be cool. For reservations or more information, contact Miss Sangwan Sapma at the Regent Chiang Mai Resort and Spa PR office, tel. 0 5329 8181.

Celebrate New Years Eve at Rydges Ballroom with a sumptuous international buffet, a Thai classical dance show, jazz music and count down with fireworks, all for only 1,500 baht per person. For more information or reservations contact the sales office at the Rydges Hotel, tel. 0 5325 1531.

The Westin Riverside Plaza presents its last production of the year 2002 - especially for you ‘From Heaven to Earth’ on New Years Eve, starting at 7:30 p.m. and lasting until long past midnight. Traditional Northern Thai dancers full of grace. A fine dining buffet with extensive worldwide specialties, a treat! Lucky Star, Lucky Prize! Modern dancers from the capital will bring you the stars with sparkling gold & silver beats. An alien dream plus a humorous cabaret show before the explosion of colorful fireworks! 2,200 baht net per adult, 1,100 baht net per child. The next day, celebrate with a New Years brunch at ‘The Westin’ on Wednesday January 1 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. International buffet, including turkey, for 450 baht net/adult or 225 baht net for children from 5 - 12 years old.