All you expats out there who are looking for a chance to brush up on your basic business skills without entering a full-blown MBA program – where to go? Payap University has decided to open its Business Fundamentals course to the business community in Chiang Mai. The Business Fundamentals course is actually a prelude to the International MBA program for those students who lack a strong business background. Payap University has now decided to allow business professionals and owners to enroll in this course without continuing into the International MBA program. The course is a series of short classes on Principles of Management, Economics, Accounting, Finance, and Marketing for a total of 42 hours of instruction. The class is all day Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting on March 21 and ending on June 1. So, if you own a business that’s in need of a slight adjustment in the ratio of cost to profit, maybe this course is for you. For more information call the IMBA department at 053-304805, ext. 7203 or email [email protected]


Photographic exhibition ‘Southeast by Southwest’ by Charles Freeland was scheduled to begin this month at the Gong Dee Gallery in Chiang Mai. Altogether about 40 pictures on display, presenting the view of the photographer during his trips around Thailand and Burma, Ankor Wat, as well as around the southwestern countries. Proceeds will be donated to a charity for children with AIDS in Chiang Mai.

Strawberry Fair during Valentines Day - The 100th anniversary celebration of Samoeng District, Chiang Mai is being held at Samoeng District Office and Ban Dong Community School areas through February 16. Many unique activities, such as strawberry and banana eating competitions, gift basket decoration, wine container contests, and hilltribe beauty contests. Many of the activities are concerned with strawberries, such as the Miss Strawberry Contest, strawberry products contest, strawberry salad making competition, and selling the best strawberries in the world at an amazing low price. The taste of the local strawberries in Samoeng is renowned, especially in the Tambon Bor Kaew area. On February 15, the second day of the festival Dornphant Chantrawiroj, the president of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Office, will preside over the “Sueb Chata” ceremony (long life) at 8.30 a.m., and this will be followed at 10.30 a.m. with the strawberry parade.

February 16 is Makha Bucha Day, a religious holiday throughout Thailand to celebrate the occasion of Buddha’s first sermon to 250 disciples. Everybody is welcome to come to the temples when the sun goes down on that day to join the ‘Wien Thien’ procession under the full moon. The processions go three times around the temple chedis with lighted candles, joss sticks and small flower bouquets.

The Scandinavians in Chiang Mai will be meeting at Petri’s Pizza (opposite Kad Suan Kaew (Central)) on Saturday, February 22nd at 18.30. Please call Anita, tel. 053 226 969 or Karin, 053 852 551 for reservations. By email either [email protected] or [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).

Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcast daily from 7.30-9.00 pm. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners alike.

For the kids

A Toys Library has been opened for Chiang Mai children at the Northern Child Development Center behind the Nakhon Ping Hospital. It is supported by the Japanese Government and the Japan Small Scale-Grant Assistance (SSGA). This library is designed to encourage childhood development and be a learning source which can provide equipment to support that aim. Activities at the Toys Library include lending and return service, instruction and demonstration of equipment and skill testing. The Toys Library also helps parents by selling the products made by those participating in the center’s vocational project to increase local families’ incomes. The Toys Library now has 63 members. Anyone can become a subscriber by paying a 100 baht annual fee. The equipment provided includes local natural product toys made from clay, bamboo, and coconut shell as well as plastic and metal toys. The library is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. except weekends. Interested people who want to subscribe for this training or become a member can contact 0-5389-0238-44 ext. 3210. The Northern Child Development Center Chiang Mai is located at 196 Moo 4 Tambon Donkaew, Mae Rim District.

Next Month

Chiang Kam District will host the 9th Thai Lue Festival March 8-9 this year at Wat Phrathart Sob Wan. Sanit Boonrueng, chief of Chiang Kam district, said that this festival is designed to conserve the art and culture of the Thai Lue, with many activities including stage performances, parades, merit making, and singing, dancing, wedding ceremony shows and cooking done in Lue style. The Thai Lue tribe migrated from Xixuangbanna (Sipsong Panna) District in China’s Yunnan Province to northern Thailand provinces such as Phayao, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, and Nan. In 1991, Nan’s Prince led the Lue people to the Chiang Muan and Chiang Kam districts, where they live in their traditional ways. Visitors will see Thai Lue Cultural Center, which contains equipments, utensils, and items showing Thai Lue lifestyle. The center is located in Wat Yuan in Chiang Kam, Phayao.

Mark your calendars for the best family entertainment of the year: Bangkok Community Theatre’s presentation of the hit family musical “Annie”. Bangkok Community Theatre (BCT) will stage “Annie” at the Bangkok Playhouse on Petchburi Road on March 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 29 and 30, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at B550 for adults and B350 for students and children for all four performances will be available at CD Warehouse in the Emporium on Sukhumvit Road from mid-March. “Annie” has been described as the perfect family musical. It first opened on Broadway in November 1977 and won 7 Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. A film of the musical was made in 1982 which was followed by a Disney remake in 1999. With wonderfully uplifting songs and dances, this is a true “feel good” show. In the words of “Annie’s” creator: “Those who come to see the show go away with a sense of optimism, a sense of hope and joy and love. I think that is why it is a success.” That kind of optimism from a little orphan girl as she hugs her dog and tells us “The sun will come out tomorrow” is just the kind of uplifting entertainment families need this Spring. This local production boasts 48 adult performers, 10 kids and a dog! Don’t miss it! (For more information please visit the BCT website at Proceeds to benefit Thai Children’s Charities! “Annie” will be made possible through the generous support of sponsors: NEWCITY (Bangkok) PCL, International School Bangkok (ISB), Kleenex by Kimberly-Clark, Bangkok Hospital, Toblerone, MBMG International, The Little Gym, Kesinee International School, Raja’s Fashions, Transpo International, Covermark and CD Warehouse. The Amari-Atrium hotel, which is located just down the road from the Playhouse, has kindly put together a special “Annie” package for out-of-towners who might be coming to Bangkok to see the production of “Annie”. 27/03/03 to 01/04/03 one double room (2 adults and 1 child below 12 years old) at US$50 per room per night. (Price includes service charge, VAT, and daily American breakfast.) Also, if a family needs two rooms with a connecting door, the first room is US$50 as per above and the second one is US$30 per night (max 3 kids in the room). Anyone wishing to book the package should contact the reservation department, attention Khun Naruemol ญ reservation manager either by fax 02-718-2021, or email reservations