Vol. II No. 16 Saturday 19 April - 25 April 2003
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The Regent Chiang Mai Resort & Spa celebrates 8th anniversary

Prem School celebrates Songkran a little early

Amari staff visits Chiangmai Mail to traditionally bless our elders

The Regent Chiang Mai Resort & Spa celebrates 8th anniversary

The Regent Chiang Mai Resort & Spa celebrated its 8th anniversary at the beginning of April. With a traditional religious theme, resort staff and guests presented food and flowers to 99 monks from several local temples at the resort’s lobby forecourt.

The procession of 99 monks at the Regent Chiang Mai.

“Over the past eight years we have continued making special improvements and we are delighted with our success,” said Michael J. Kemp, general manager. A large number of people who were on the pre-opening team are still with the Regent and the team has now expanded to 260 staff with the opening of the new Cooking School. This is in addition to the already famous Lanna Spa opened 3 years ago.

During the last few months, the resort was awarded “A Hotel of the Year Award Winner” by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report (USA) and number 1 “World’s Best Restaurants-Asia Resort” by Travel + Leisure (USA).

Prem School celebrates Songkran a little early

The New Year came early for junior students at Prem Tinsulandonda International School. On Thursday 27 March, 120 students from kindergarten to grade 5 celebrated Songkran, the Thai New Year, in anticipation of the nationwide festival which occurred April 12-15.

Students learn about, then make their own sandcastle pagodas.

The youngsters showed off their dexterity by threading necklaces made of jasmine flowers.

This was a fun introduction to the holiday for international students and teachers, many of whom experienced Songkran for the first time. Wearing the traditional indigo farmer’s outfit (seua maw hawm), the students built sandcastle pagodas (chedi sai) and decorated them with paper flags (tung) for good luck. These sand pagodas originate from the customary repatriation of piles of sand to the temple in return for the sand accidentally tracked out on the shoes of its worshippers over the past year.

Next, the students proved their dexterity by threading their own necklaces of jasmine flowers (malai dok mali). Finally, in order to show respect for their elders, each class joined in the ceremony of dam hua, in which they poured scented water over the hands of their teachers to wash away the sins of the past year, and presented them with their jasmine garlands. The day ended as this ceremony turned into a fun-filled water fight in the true spirit of Songkran.

Parents, teachers, and students alike went home wet, happy, and looking forward to the next great New Year!

Amari staff visits Chiangmai Mail to traditionally bless our elders

As part of their celebration and enjoyment of the Songkran water festival, the management team from the Amari Rincome Hotel, led by Warissara Wongsanurug (extreme left), assistant sales manager, and Kaori Koketsu (3rd right), the junior Japanese assistant manager, called on the Chiangmai Mail offices to give their best wishes and bless the CMM staff, wishing us long life and prosperity. For good luck, they also performed the time-honored “rod nam dam hua” blessing and water pouring ceremony for the elders, in this case Norachai Prasertmanukitch (3rd from left), Chiangmai Mail chairman of the board. Also on hand to welcome the generous visitors was Phitsanu Thepthong (4th from left), Chiangmai Mail’s editor.

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