The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is Tuesday October 14 at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai, Charoen Prathet Road - at 19:30 “Peer to peer, integralism, Trans-humanism; three challenges for the globalization of religion” - a talk by Michel Bauwens.

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.

Nature Walk with the Bearhugs Club at Kum Naresuan (formerly the Erawan Resort) – Maesa Valley. Join the Bearhugs Club for nature walks in a private sanctum. Communicate with nature in a heavenly environment. “In Rhythm with Nature, we throttle along … And if we are happy, we sing a song … The birds and the bees, look out from the trees … And maybe a monkey will come for some … Say, cheese…” Warm up for reassembling: the Mango Family Acoustic Rock Band – we use real rocks! Join the fun every Sunday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free to members only – please show your cards at the gate. For membership call 09-8555923 (single 1000 baht/year – family 1500 baht/year). Members with dogs may bring them along – but they must be kept on a leash at all times! Please bring own refreshments. We walk even if it is raining.


GP Japan live on TV at the Grillstation on Sunday, October 12. Watch the Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix live at the newly opened Grillstation on Charoenpathed Road. Chef Eckhard will start his BBQ buffet from 11.30 a.m. onwards. Pork spare-ribs, ‘southern style’ with baked potatoes & sour cream. Tomato salad ‘Toscana’ with warm garlic bread and much more. 190 baht for adults, 100 baht for kids.

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 053 235 942 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.

Do you need a special birthday cake? European style? To Nobody Restaurant offers cakes for any occasion, anybody and in any style. Just order 3 days in advance with Chef Joerg at 053 214 483 or come by the restaurant to do it in person.


Childbirth Preparation Classes - Especially for first time parents who are interested in the Bradley method, Juanita Duong, Diane Smith and Lori Rowe work together to teach a series of two 2-hour classes that will help prepare a couple for the birth of their baby. After the birth, one of these nurses will also do a follow-up visit to answer any newborn questions as well as assist with breast-feeding if needed. Contact Raintree Community Resource Center (053-262-660) if you are interested in the classes, which are offered free of charge.

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.


Gongdee Studio presents a violin recital by the renowned Japanese duo Hikotaro Yazaki (violinist) and Naoko Kato (pianist) on November 6 at 19.30. Entrance fee is 450 baht. For more information call Gongdee Studio at 053 225 032.

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 at a very agreeable volume! For reservations call Gunter or Wassana at 053 249 912 or just drop by. Blue Note is open daily from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.


Chez Gibus Grill House and Restaurant will celebrate a ‘German-French Oktoberfest’ from Wednesday, Oct 15 until Saturday, Oct 18. Chef Alain will prepare a fusion of German-French or French-German food, including a ‘Sauerkraut-Buffet’, lots of his famous BBQ, salads and french-fries. Oktoberfest price, including the first glass of German beer, is 420 baht p.p. Please make reservations at 053 272 712.

Attention everyone in Chiang Mai - you are invited to the annual Grace International School Rummage/Yard/Garage Sale! In addition to used items for sale, there will be delicious hamburgers/hot dogs/desserts/shakes. There’s a car wash for your convenience. Special note: There will be a special Christmas Corner featuring NGO’s with unique and fun items for sale. When? Saturday November 1 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Where? Grace International School, Hang Dong Road before the Samoeng Road intersection. Look for signs to the World Club and to Grace International School. Want more info? Call 053-442-186.

Photo Exhibition: “Seen” by V. Suvin from October 1 – 28 at Gong Dee Studio on Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Road. Opening Reception on October 1, with Thepsiri Sooksopa as the guest speaker.


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.

German speaking protestant service: The next service of the German Christian evangelic service in Chiang Mai will be held on October 12 at the auditorium of the German Christian School (CDSC) at 16.00 hours. If you would like to join, try to come around 15.00 hours, since the service always starts with coffee and cakes and getting to know each other.

To the South

The 5th International Festival of Dance & Music is still on in Bangkok. So if you have time and you are interested in music and culture, don’t miss it. It’s taking place at the Thailand Cultural Center, in Ratchadaphisek Road. Tickets for all events are available online at www . (you can even choose your seat numbers there) or call 02-661-6835/7 or 02-273-5200. Just a quick overview what is coming up: Oct 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct 12 at 5 p.m. is something for the ‘older’ or very young generation: Music of the Sixties. Two performances by four bands with an orchestra backing them up. You might know some of the bands if you attended the Mardi Gras 2002 in Chiang Mai: the Pink Panthers, 3 VIs, the Better and the ‘Young Once’. The audience is asked to come dressed in ’60s style to top the feeling. From 300 baht onwards. Oct 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct 15 at 10:30 a.m. shows the Goldberg Variations. More than 50 dancers from the Zuerich Ballet and Opera Theatre, based on Beethoven’s Goldberg Variations that explores a vast emotional palette, from quiet and happy to tragedy. Tickets from 600 baht up. Oct 16 at 7:30 p.m. ‘Ellipse’ - the Sydney Dance Company, Australia’s leading contemporary dance group, Ellipse will mean a selection of Matthew Hindson’s compositions. The show is choreographed by Graeme Murphy. Tickets from 600 baht up. Oct 17 at 7:30 p.m. ‘Tetvocal’ will be ‘A tribute to HM the King’ - A special tribute to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej by one of Portugal’s leading vocal groups. The Tetvocal group comprises five leading male singers who will present in English 12 compositions of His Majesty including Candlelight Blue. Tickets from 300 baht up. The last show for this year’s festival features ‘Los Flamers’ on Oct 19 at 5 p.m. A nine member salsa group from Mexico, one of the most famous salsa groups in the world with 73 albums so far.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand will present the world premiere of “Katya and the Prince of Siam”, a two act ballet, at the Thailand Cultural Center in Bangkok on December 13, with additional performances on the 14, 15, and 16. The ballet will be performed by the Kremlin Ballet Theater. The ballet was inspired by the book, “Katya and the Price of Siam” by Narisa Chakrabongse, and it the love story of a Russian girl and Siamese prince. After Bangkok, the ballet will premiere in Moscow. The performance is being organized by International Cultural Promotions and further information should are listed with Thai Ticket Master.