COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Dining

Lanna Paradise Garden Bar and Restaurant are having special all day happy hour for the rest of the month of December. Singha Beer 30 baht. This tranquil restaurant and bar is easy to find on the north east inner corner of the city wall, Moonmaung Rd, telephone 06 –1791280.

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.

Events

The 15th Doi Kham Fair is still on until December 29 (today and tomorrow), from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., at the Chiang Mai University Art Museum. Products are 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.

Darling, Swiss Wine Pub opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel will feature a photo exhibition from Nick Willis starting Saturday, December 28. The Theme is “Around Tibet”. Extraordinary photographs and not to be missed. For more information call Lucas, tel. 0 5321 5167 or 01 724 6602.

The Fang Citrus Festival is scheduled for December 30 to January 2 at the Mae Soon Agriculture Market Center, Fang District, Chiang Mai. The Citrus Festival will promote the popular Sai Nam Pueng oranges, which during December and January are fully ripe and very sweet. The festival will also highlight many exhibits from the local area, and it is easy for tourists to get there - transportation is available from Chiang Mai to Fang by bus. The bus from Chang Puek station costs 100 baht, and the bus from the Fang station to the Mae Soon Agriculture Market Center costs 10 baht.

“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 – New Year’s celebrations

La Gondola Restaurant will serve a fabulous gala dinner featuring over 25 choices of delicious Italian & Thai food, for the price of 500 baht per person, during the New Year Celebration on the evenings of December 31 and January 1. Children not over 10 years of age charged only 280 baht. Look for specially selected wines and champagne at comfortably affordable prices. Every guest visiting La Gondola during these special evenings will receive a New Year’s present from their lovely angels. Reservation through 0 5323 5942 and 0 5330 6483.

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.

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.

19 year old Ittichai Sokuntath is looking forward to an exciting New Year period. On New Year’s Eve his Thai Classical Dance Group “Amazing Thai Dance”, which has already appeared this month in Pattaya and in the Chiang Mai Mardi Gras, will provide the entertainment for Chiang Mai Hills Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Dinner. On New Year’s Day his new shop ‘Mekara’ will open on the ground floor of Nakhorn Ping Condominium, Thanon Ratchaprunk (off Thanon Huay Kaeo). It will stock, for sale or hire, a comprehensive range of costumes and ornaments for Thai Classical Dances of all regions of Thailand, as well as Lanna style skirts, blouses, scarves, etc.

Chiang Mai Orchid will serve a set menu on New Years Eve for 900 baht per person. Reservations and inquiries can be made by telephone or fax 0 5322 1625.

Darling, the Swiss Wine Pub opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel will serve ‘Champagne by the Glass’ from now until January 1. One glass of champagne for only 150 baht. Questions about Champagne to Shiraz can be asked of Lucas. Make table reservations at tel. 0 5321 5167 or 01 724 6602.

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.

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.

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.