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.
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.
learn about, then make their own sandcastle pagodas.
youngsters showed off their dexterity by threading necklaces made of jasmine
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