The well known restaurant‚ Le Coq d’Or’ in Chiang Mai offers new light summer lunch menus, starting at only 390 baht ++ for a 4-course menu plus coffee or tea. So next time you feel like dining in a most elegant, yet relaxed, setting, take your business partners or family there. For reservations call Khun Kitti, the restaurant manager at 053 282 024 or 053 801 501.

Are you pining for some homemade breakfast before hitting the town? Or maybe a light lunch? Stop in at Petri’s, a small neighborhood restaurant, opposite Kad Suan Kaew. Toast, homemade pita bread, juice, butter, jam, coffee as much as you like plus a big selection of breakfast items to choose from. Like Swedish potato pancakes with bacon or an omelet with cream stuffing of shrimp, ham, bacon or mushroom. All served for only 95 baht.

La Gondola Restaurant, located at the Riverside Garden of Rimping Condo (next to Nakornping Bridge), now features a Weekend Pasta Buffet at 189 baht (children 129 baht), every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 3 p.m. Phone 0 5323 5942 for reservations.

Sunday Brunch is back! By popular demand, the Amari Rincome Hotel has re-introduced the famous Sunday Brunch, which is now more deliciously tempting than ever before. So, forget about your diet for one day and spoil yourself with a cornucopia of special delights created by the executive chef from Ireland, Adrian O’Herlihy. Make a reservation at La Gritta Restaurant and enjoy unlimited gourmet treats for the whole family. Every Sunday from 11.30 – 14.00 hrs. Adults 350 baht, children 200 baht net.

From now until October 2003, La Veranda French Restaurant introduces a delicious hot summer season menu, with prices starting at B. 290 per person. With over 20 years French gastronomie experience, Chef Gilles Polteuin offers 6 new menus with an emphasis on quality and health - all fruit and vegetables from Royal Project farms. The latest addition is Doi-Kham trout filet with Riesling white wine sauce, and filets of catfish Grenobloise style. The chef also recommends his iced mango soufflé. Bookings of 4 and over receive a complimentary bottle of wine, and each visitor in May will receive a 15% discount voucher. For reservations, please call La Veranda on 053 818 495, or 09 850 5611.


Environmental education for free! Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research Unit is pleased to announce that its new education program can provide free training and extension services to schools and other community groups in forestry and other environmental issues. Discover biodiversity along a forest trail, learn how to grow trees at our nurseries or join a tree planting day. Classroom events or field workshops; 1/2 day to 3 day programs to suit your needs. Contact [email protected] or call 053 943348 or 053 943346 x 1134 or 1135.

Free Aerobic Classes - Chiang Mai Municipality is teaching aerobic classes free of charge. Monday through Friday at the old municipality sports stadium (gym 2) between 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Darling Winebar in Nimmanhaemin Road opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel will close on June 1st. Last chance to say (drink) good bye is on Saturday, 31st of May from 17.00 onwards. Lucas and Daeng will move to new premises in the beginning of June. Chiangmai Mail will keep you informed.

The next Lady-Lunch Bunch will be on Wednesday, 18 June 2003 at 12:00 noon at the Regent Resort, Pool Terrace Restaurant. Price will be 400 baht, which will include a small Western buffet with, of course, vegetarian selections. The (extremely reasonable!) price also includes your welcome lemonade. New ladies in town are most welcome! Please RSVP ... right up to the day before. An accurate count is essential. RSVP: Karen 053-861076 or email/ mikekemp

The black and white photographs exhibition "At that Moment" by Phum Naritchart and Utaiwan Boonloi can be visited at Gong Dee Gallery between June 1-28. The exhibition is under the concept of memorizing experiences & things along the journeys of different people, places, and time. The opening ceremony will be held on June 1 at 6.30 p.m. Gong Dee Gallery is on Soi 1, Nimmanhaemin Road.

All U.S. passport holders and their guests are invited to another year’s incredible 4th of July at the American Consulate General, 387 Wichayanond Road, Chiang Mai, Friday, July 4th, from 2 to 8 p.m. This year, rain or shine, we promise NO MUD! (We’ll have the lawn covered and plenty of tents.) We’re sorry - no parking is available at the Consulate. You can park at the nearby Wararot Market lot or take public transportation. This year’s extravaganza will include burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, American soft drinks and beer, patriotic fun and crafts, prizes and entertainment on the hour - with everything from "Elvis" to the Chiang Mai Choral Society, and local marching bands like Regina and Montfort. Admission: 50 baht for adults, 20 baht for children. For more information, call 053-252-629, or e-mail clochiang [email protected]

Wanted: Singers! Can you sing? Would you like to try out for Chiang Mai’s only community choir? Contact Ellen Clark, choir secretary, on 053 309 187 (office), 053 853 265 (home), 01 883 2423 (cell), or email [email protected]

Bagan and beyond - the photographic exhibition takes place until 31 July 2003 at ‘A Gallery’ in Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Rd, opposite Gong Dee Gallery. Visit the exhibition for free, and let the photographer Angela Srisomwongwathana share the sheer excitement of taking pictures with you.


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, Chiang Mai (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.


The 700th Anniversary Sport Complex is offering a special promotion for its sport complex members and clients who stay at the 700th Anniversary Dormitory. The dormitory has been decorated in the Lanna style, and there is a special 20% discount from 700 baht to 500 baht through June. For more information or room reservations call 053 210 825, 053 212 928.

Chiang Mai Hill Hotel is offering their latest promotional package of ‘Double Discount & Double Bonus’ with buffet lunch coupon at a special price of 700 baht for 5 people. Country music entertainment will be provided by ‘Oudy’ Nirat Dulayaphan. Also, collect 20 ticket tags and have your choice of enjoying swimming, fitness, getting an aroma therapy massage at Arokaya, or taste Japanese meals at Sui Zente Japanese Restaurant until August 31. To purchase coupons, ring the Sales and Public Relations Department, Chiang Mai Hill Hotel, tel. 053 400 601-5, 053 210 030-4.