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Aye, twas a good night at the Amari

18 Northern ladies make it into the 2nd round of the Miss Thailand Pageant

Classical Music Featured at Gong Dee Gallery joint recital

Road show in Malaysia to promote North Thailand tourism

Aye, twas a good night at the Amari

Good food - good drinks - good music - plain fun: that’s the bottom line of the recent totally Irish evening at the Amari Rincome Hotel. A huge variety of food items made it difficult to decide what to enjoy next, and a great performance by No Fixed Abode plus local artists Fiona and Miranda made this evening a very memorable one. Adrian O’Herlihy, Amari’s executive chef, outdid himself, and the full house at La Gritta insisted on a repetition of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 2004!

The hosts of the evening (from left to right’): No Fixed Abode, all in green shirts, Marc Dumur, GM of the Amari Rincome, Phichit, Hon. Consul to Austria, and Adrian O’Herlihy, executive chef of the Amari Rincome.

Jam Session - No Fixed Abode was joined by Fiona and Miranda, two local musicians, who regularly perform at popular, Irish-language watering holes here in Chiang Mai.


18 Northern ladies make it into the 2nd round of the Miss Thailand Pageant

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The first round selection for the Northern Region of the Miss Thailand Pageant was held at the Imperial Chiang Mai Resort (Spa and Sport Club) in Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai, on March 23.

The Miss Thailand Pageant contest committee selected 18 beautiful girls to compete in round two in Bangkok. Patiporn Sittipong, Miss Thailand 2002 (2nd right, lower row) also witnessed the Northern Region 1st round selection.

These 18 beautiful women passed the first round selection of the Miss Thailand Pageant for the Northern Region and will again put their best foot toward on April 23rd in Bangkok. Miss Thanida Chaiwong (3rd left lower row), was chosen as Miss Photogenic of the Northern Region.

Some 35 local lovelies entered the beauty contest. All of the contestants wore brightly colored T-shirts and white mini-skirts. 18 contestants passed the first round scrutiny of the selection and contest committee.

Miss Thanida Chaiwong, who was Miss Floral Beauty Queen in the 2003 Flower Festival, was chosen as Miss Photogenic to represent the Northern Region.

All of these 18 contestants will compete in the second round, along with 60 contestants from every region on April 23 at the S.C. Park Hotel in Bangkok. The third round, with the field narrowed down to 40 contestants, will be held on April 24 at the Bangkok Theatre.


Classical Music Featured at Gong Dee Gallery joint recital

Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai

Classical musicians Remi Namtep and Surachai Cheyavanij performed to a packed house at Gong Dee Gallery, with a concert simply titled “A Joint Recital”. The pre-event anticipation was such that many were forced to stand for the entire performance.

Remi Namtep and Surachai Cheyavanij gave virtuoso performances.

Pianist Remi Namtep began with Tocata in C Major by Bach-Busoni and continued with Grande Sonata Opus 69 by Friedrich Kuhlau and finished her solo performance with Andante and Rondo, Opus 25 by Franz Doppler.

After the intermission, Suratchai Cheyavanij, the flautist joined with Remi for Claude Debussy’s Six Epigraphes Antiques, then followed this with Sonata in C major by J.S. Bach, finishing with another three works by Debussy, Masques, D’un Cahier d’Esquisses and L’isle Joyeuse.


Road show in Malaysia to promote North Thailand tourism

Chaiyot Yongcharoenchai

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Northern Region 1 organized a road show to promote Mae Hong Son Province as a tourist destination. The road show visited Malaysia hoping to open a new travel market there.

TAT expects to deal with more new tourist markets in Malaysia after the number of European and American tourists visiting Thailand has decreased.

The road show was organized from March 10-17, by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Northern Region and the Tourism Co-Ordination Center of Mae Hong Son.

Fifteen tourist-related businesses in Mae Hong Son arranged a trip to the open road show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with other operators from Indonesia, Philippines, Korea and Japan.

The purpose of the road show was to promote traveling in Mae Hong Son and attract tourists from Malaysia to travel to northern Thailand, especially Mae Hong Son.

Tourists and clients in Malaysia gave excellent feedback from the road show and some tourists have already made plans to travel to the North of Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Malaysia reported that Thailand has become very popular for Malaysians since war erupted in the Middle East between U.S.A. and Iraq. It said many tourists want to travel to Thailand instead of going to Europe and America.