SOCIAL SCENE

Recently, the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai had the honor to receive an address from PP. Somsak Wanichkajohn, the vice chairman of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce. Shownhere, from left, are President Dr. Surapol Natakarnkitkul, PP. Somsak Wanichkajohn, and Asst. District Governor Tawee Tapingkae.

Chiangmai Mail MD Michael Vogt and sales manager, Sanya Sriduam, jointly celebrated their birthdays at the Chiangmai Mail offices on Saturday, September 13. The two handsome gentlemen, shown here holding their birthday cake, shared a table full of pastries with their Chiangmai Mail “family” during a fun little birthday party.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Udom Puasakul (center, banging the gong) recently presided over the grand opening of the “Thai local wisdom for northern lacquer ware support and promotion project” organized at the promotion hall on the 1st floor of Central Airport Plaza Department Store.

On September 9 at Alliance Francaise, Chiang Mai, Dr. Hans-Dieter Bechstedt (inset) gave a special talk on “The Role of Upland Ethnic Minorities’ Organizations and Networks in Sustainable Resource Management”. The event was set up by the Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG)..

The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai is promoting sales abroad, including a Thai Food Promotion, team members of which are shown here. The promotion is being held at Suntec Convention Center in Suntec City, Singapore from September 8-30.

Becky Lomax (center, blowing out the candles on her lemon birthday cake) was quite surprised when she walked into one of the private dining rooms at the Royal Princess Hotel and instead of a “business dinner” she found a group of friends who were eager to celebrate her birthday with her. Husband Frank organized the surprise, which included champagne, American wine, Peking duck, international guests and lots of funny stories and laughter. Anne, Marc, Luxamie, Preecha and son Mai, Bud, Daeng, Joy, Richard, Michael, Marion, Christian, Hanna and Frank joined in a ‘Happy Birthday’ song, and the evening will be remembered as one of those nights where you wish you could carry this cheerful and carefree mood through to every day’s routine.

Santad Saksoong (right), deputy editor of and famous columnist for Chiang Mai News, one of only two daily local Thai language newspapers issued in Chiang Mai, recently celebrated his birthday at a party held at Lanna Place Hotel. Many guests of honor turned up to say happy birthday and give him their best wishes, including MD Pol Lt Suchai Kengkarnkha (center) and his Assistant MD Tassanee Sungkerd (left).

There is always a reason to have a glass of champagne when you drop into the Wine Bar - it might just be that the torrential rain outside keeps you stuck, but entertaining talks are guaranteed. Seen here is, from left, a tourist from Italy, Wanpen Thiangtrong from P & N Hair design, Darling Daeng, David Brown from Lanna Intern. School, Mrs. Gisela, Michael and Marion Vogt from CMM and Lucas Villiger, the soul of Darling Wine Bar.