Ladies! Young and old, working women or housewives, old time residents or ‘just new in town’. You are all invited to join September’s Lunch Bunch and meet new friends. It’s a great way to meet new people. The next Lunch Bunch will be on Wednesday, 17th September at noon at the Jirung Center for Health. A set lunch in the Ruen Maii Hom open air restaurant for 180 baht. Please confirm by September 14 if you will or will not be attending! To [email protected] For directions: Head north on Mae Rim Road. Take the left turning to Mae Sa Valley, Elephant Camps, pass the strawberry fields, and take the first road on the right, a dirt road, leading to the castle like tower on the right side of the road. Look forward to seeing you all then.

The next INTG (Informal Northern Thai Groups) meeting will be on Tuesday September 9 at the Alliance Fran็aise at 19:30. Dr. Hans-Dieter Bechstedt will give a talk regarding “The Role of Upland Ethnic Minorities’ Organizations and Networks in Sustainable Resource Management”. INTG contacts are Convener: Brian Hubbard, Email: <[email protected]>; tel./fax: 053 213 972, Address: 200/16, Moo 2, T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 or Louis Gabaude: e-mail: [email protected]

The new ‘Chiang Mai Spa Society’ is looking for members. Their aim is to make Chiang Mai the “Wellness Capital of Asia”. The Spa society is supported by the Ministry of Public Health and Chiang Mai Public Health office. To become a member your field and interest should be from one of the following categories: health service (spas & long stay lodgings); health products (herbal products) or medical service (private hospitals). The Spa society would like to set up standards of spas and to support tourism - regarding spas - in northern Thailand. For more information contact President Ms Kanokwan Soonthornnond of Northern Heritage Spa Resort, Vice President Ms Ampai Sheehan of Siam Spa or Vice President Siwapong Kumwang from Jirung Health Resort (053 861 511-3).

Official English Toastmasters - Be one of the charter members of the official USA Toastmasters Club in Chiang Mai by contacting: Mr. Krit at tel. 053 861 511, or Mrs. Margaret at tel. 053 247083.


Attention Vietnam food lovers! Tuesday September 2 is the Vietnam National Day. The Amari Rincome Resort will pay respect to this with a ‘Vietnam Corner’ during their lunch buffet. So, all Vietnam food lovers, come to the Amari and for only 280 baht per person, spoil yourself with their sumptuous extended buffet.

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.


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.


The life of Tarzan, a young boy abandoned in the wilds of Africa, has been set to music and dancing. The young actors of the Kad Suan Kaew Drama School present an original musical about the life of Tarzan and all the animals under his protection. Popular entertainer Bob Supagorn will star. Scheduled performances on Saturdays at 2.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. through August 31 at the Kad Theatre. For more information call Khun Rungtiva at tel. 053 22444 ext 19107.

To celebrate the friendship of two countries, Nat Studio and Payap University in association with the Embassy of Brazil proudly present Piano Four-Hand Concert by Thai pianist Nat Yontararak and Brazilian pianist Paulo Zereu on Saturday September 6 at 19.00 hrs. at the Kad Theater. The two pianists will join hands in the sweet and fun piano music in a Latin mood. They will wrap up the program with Liszt’s famous Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 which was heard in the academy award cartoon “Tom & Jerry”. All proceeds support Leukemia patients. Get your tickets at Kad Theater, 5th Fl., Kad Suan Kaew, tel. 053-224444 ext. 19008, 19919, Public Relation Counter, Kad Suan Kaew, or at CCI Studio, Payap University, tel. 053-242090, 248191 and in front of the theater on show time. Tickets: Adult 300 Bt. - children 100 Bt.

The Zonta International Chiangmai Club is organizing the “Dance with an Angel” fund-raising event on Friday, September 12 at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel Ballroom. It will be an action packed evening with Teh and Bella leading the Jazzliners band to perform great dance music along with lucky draw prizes, dinner with wine, and more. Prem Center Glee Club will perform. Call for more information at tel. 053 247083. Get your tickets from Zonta Chiangmai members, Margaret Bhadungzong, tel. 053 247 083, 053 260 705, Jiamjit Boonsom, tel. 053 363 602-3, Parkers, 10/5 Huay Kaew Road, tel. 053 218 377, 053 406 127, Somboon Suprasert, tel. 053 801 232, Nahathai Lin Viriyachon, tel. 053 422 060, Hope Watcharapreecha, tel. 053 262 691, 053 240 822, www.chiangmai-chiangrai. com/zonta

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]

Saturday jazz at the Amari Rincome Hotel - each Saturday at 6.30-10.00 p.m., La Gritta Restaurant at the Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai arranges a live jazz performance by Daeng Fantastic team of four. Listen to jazz favorites down the years, and enjoy a specialty theme buffet created by expert chef, Adrian O’Herlihy. Bring along family or friends.

The Blue Note, a high class music club on Lamphun Road, offers music for music lovers. Swing, Bossanova, Blues, Soul and Jazz on a very high level but in a very agreeable volume! For reservations call Gunter or Wassana at 0 5324 9912 or just drop by. Blue Note is open daily from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.


CMU Convention Center on Nimmanhaemin Road will present a light and shadow play “Mochi Mochi No Ki” on Saturday, August 30th at 13.00 hrs. The Kageboshi: Light and Shadow Play troupe from Japan is one of the happenings to celebrate ASEAN Japan Exchange Year 2003 as well as the 40th anniversary of the founding of Chiangmai University. Free Admission.

Beauty Suit’ performance & installation art exhibition at Chiang Mai University Art Museum from Thursday September 4 - until Friday September 26. An entertaining mix of mediums including video, sculpture, performance and sound. The exhibition is a collaboration between young Chiang Mai and international artists. An ‘Opening Night Fashion Parade’ will showcase the work of young artist/designers. For information contact Kat Olston 07 172 7833, [email protected]

Saturday September 27 – Sunday September 28, the 7th Family Fun Rally from Amari Rincome Hotel to Anghang Nature Resort will be held. A great weekend of fun for the whole family including games, activities and a prize for the winner presented by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajanee. The cost of 3,490 baht net for two persons includes one night’s accommodation at the Anghang Nature Resort for 2 people, plus breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. For reservations please call: 053 221 044.

Gong Dee Studio on Nimmanhaemin Soi 1 currently has a new painting exhibition on display, featuring 10 local artists, such as Chatre Yuonyong, Anutin Intakaew, Songwut Kawwizard, and others. Open daily, and entrance is free.

A major exhibition and yet another art highlight will take place soon at Gong Dee Studio on Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Road. Frank Roedel, a famous artist from Germany will show some of his well-known collages from September 5 – 22, daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. This exhibition is being made possible by sponsors like the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the honorary Consul of the Federal Rep. of Germany in Chiang Mai, Schenker, Schering, the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, C.S.B. Cargo Service, Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thueringen, and the SV Sparkassen Versicherungen.

A land and house fair and auction, part of a joint project between Siam Commercial Bank Co., Ltd. (Public) and Legal Execution Department, Chiang Mai will be held two more times this year: September 6 and Oct 25 at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel. Confiscated properties will be auctioned and special interests in personal loans will be offered to bidders.


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.