MP’s charity curry benefits the blind
Chiang Mai’s 16th Food Festival was held at Central
Airport Plaza with the proceeds of a unique auction becoming a donation for
needy Chiang Mai blind people.
Pakorn’s pot of Kaeng Kae Kai Muang.
The grand opening of the festival was presided over by
Chiang Mai MP Pakorn Buranupakorn. The opening began with Thai dancing with
the accompaniment of the Sa Bad Chai drum (victory drum).
thousand baht is given to MP Pakorn by Orachorn Chanwiwattana, general
manager, of Central Airport Plaza (right) after the winning bid.
More than 100 booths were preparing food; however, the
central dish was the Kaeng Kae Kai Muang pot cooked on the day. 100 kg of
chicken went into the pot plus many kg of other ingredients. Following the
cooking, there was an auction of MP Pakorn’s curry. The winning bid for
the large bowl of Kaeng Kae Kai Muang was 10,000 baht from Orachorn
Chanwiwattana, general manager of Central Airport Plaza.
The funds raised from this auction were donated to Chiang Mai Blind
14 years ago there was a legendary Thai Rock band known
as Micro. 14 years later they have made a reunion for another episode of the
Right Hand Rockers.
Umpol Lamphun shows his right hand as the symbol for the band.
On November 22, almost 1,000 people gathered at Ban Larn
Tong, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex.
This was the second Micro Returns Concert in Chiang Mai
after the first at Good View Pub & Restaurant. The atmosphere at the
concert was electric, with the audience noisily greeting the lead singer Nui
Umpol Lamphun, with everyone waving their right hands together with Umpol
stood up front, showed their right hands and sang along with Micro.
Micro began in 1986 with six members. Their first album
was Rock Lek Lek or “Small Rocks” which brought them fame and respect in
Thailand. They showed a capacity to sing and present the music in their own
Another Micro Returns Concert will be held in Bangkok called “The Right
Hand in the Right Concert” around mid December.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts renamed Thailand Properties
After ten years of successful Four Seasons management,
Regent properties became Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons
Ghielmetti, general manager of 4 Seasons Resort and Wolf Hengst, president
Worldwide Hotel Operations (right) pay respect to the monks on the day of
the official renaming of the Regent Chiang Mai to the Four Seasons Resort.
Photos by Phitsanu Thepthong
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was pleased to announce
that the Regent properties in Bangkok and Chiang Mai have been renamed to
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. The name
change was announced on Wednesday, November 26 in Bangkok at the hotel’s
annual tree lighting ceremony.
sight it was and what a generous gesture from the hotel’s side- 99 monks
walking into the 4 Seasons Resort one after another, receiving goods, food
and everybody paying their respects.
“As Four Seasons continues to grow around the world, it
was timely to rename the hotels. For over ten years Four Seasons has managed
these award-winning properties and both have successfully embodied Four
Seasons operating and cultural standards by offering guest experiences of
exceptional quality,” said Wolf Hengst, president, worldwide hotel
operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “The current teams will
continue to manage the hotels and provide our guests with the consistent,
personalized and anticipatory service they have come to expect.”
The Regent Chiang Mai opened to international acclaim in 1995. Earlier
this year, the Cooking School premiered, which has an exciting six-day
interactive curriculum that is fast becoming a popular culinary teaching
venue in Asia.
Wireless High Speed Internet Hot Zone at the lobby in the Rydges Chiang Mai
The Rydges Thapae Chiangmai Hotel has recently opened
their brand new high tech business center with high speed Internet access
via satellite connections. The internet access is also available through the
wireless Internet hot zone in the hotel lobby and all meeting rooms. This is
unique and offered for the first time by a hotel in Chiangmai.
Rydges Thapae Chiangmai Hotel
In addition the business center features 2 brand new
fully furnished serviced offices which are for rent on daily, weekly,
monthly and yearly terms. These offices are ideal for starting companies who
do not want or can not commit to long term contracts and full time staff
hiring. The Rydges Hotel Business Center staff will act as office staff as
For more information and a site inspection, everybody can contact: 053 -
251 531. Ext. 8054. - Executive Office Secretary.
Flute concerts continue at Baan Chulasai
Audience of flute lovers is continually growing
The music of Schubert, J.S. Bach and Bizet floated
through the gardens of Baan Chulasai Sunday afternoon, and I found myself
“back home” in the USA, in Mississippi, as my mother played the piano
and my sister practiced the flute in preparation for her Senior Recital.
Xavier played both classical and popular pieces at Sunday’s recital and
even some guests joined towards the end of the program.
My sister also played the piano, and her vast musical
talent wasn’t wasted on my father and me. Both of us claimed to be more
apt at playing the stereo than any other instrument, but we were an
appreciative audience for my mother and siblings.
Because of Mimi’s talents, I will always associate the
elegant sound of the flute with Christmas. Drums and trumpets
notwithstanding, my sister played “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” and many
other beautiful Christmas songs with the love that only a fine musician can
Ajahn Xavier played both classical and popular pieces at
Sunday’s recital, and made it known that his audience was the most
important part of the concert. While he had prepared a program of beautiful
pieces, “The Blessed Spirits”, “Le Cygne”, “Song of India” and
“Danny Boy” among others - he encouraged comments and requests from the
audience. He also encouraged the audience to become his family, to comment
on his music and request favorite selections.
As the Christmas season grows closer, I requested Bach
and Rachmaninoff but my friends were more interested in the wonderful
arrangements of Rogers, “Danny Boy” and “Scarborough Fair”. The
Israeli and German audience loved both selections. We were delighted when
many of them took up the flute at the end of the concert and played a few
bars of music.
Ajahn Xavier shared an amazing instrument with the
audience. Purchased at a street fair in Belgium, this incredible flute is
almost one hundred years old. The ajahn has researched its origins on the
internet, but its sound can be displayed only in concert.
You should not miss the next concert on December 14, which will feature
Christmas music. Come prepared to ask for your favorite selections, and to
make a donation to Baan Chulasai’s scholarship program for blind children.
Your heart will feel good, as will theirs.
Chiangmai Mail columnist appointed “Gold Card” director
Christina Dodd, writer of the Personal
Directions column for the Chiang Mai Mail, has been appointed as a Thailand
Elite (Gold) Card director. Her appointment was made by Aktiv Co., Ltd. who
were in turn appointed by the Thai government as a representative to select
candidates to participate in the Thailand Elite Membership.
“We are targeting high end tourists, business
executives and investors plus officers of international organizations,”
said Christina. “The card is also aimed at foreigners living in Thailand
and those who are interested in starting business here.”
The benefits of the card are numerous and include
lifetime visas for the cardholder and his or her immediate family and even
special privileges for purchasing land.
“Under the Thailand Elite Membership the cardholder has
the right to purchase in conjunction with the Land Privilege Company up to
10 rai for residential use. This property can also be willed or
transferred,” said Christina.
But, as Christina is quick to point out, the benefits do
not stop there.
“The Thailand Elite Card gives fantastic benefits to
the member such as special discounts and privileges with not only Thai
International, but also many of Thailand’s best hotels, restaurants and
entertainment venues are also included. If you are a golfer then the card
offers you privileges at some 25 of the finest courses in the country ...
you can even get special discounts on private aircraft helicopters and
“In keeping with the prestige of the Thai Elite Card,
our members are treated as VIPs,” said Christina. “There are VIP
Immigration and airport services which will make everyone feel like visiting
dignitaries. There is no age limit and as long as you are not bankrupt or a
criminal your application will be considered.”
While the membership is not cheap, its $US25,000 one off
fee guarantees you a life of privilege in Thailand.
“The card isn’t for everyone and the entry price
reflects that. But undeniably the value is there many, many times over!”
Contact Christina at apacata @loxinfo.co.th
Miss Phornphimon Thimsat receives her degree
Chiangmai Mail editorial team, led by editor Phitsanu Thepthong (2nd right),
reporter Phisut Itsaracheewawat (left), reporter Natchawi Srirat (2nd left),
and reporter trainee Chin Ratitamkul (right) from Chiang Mai University,
congratulate Miss Phornphimon Thimsat (center) for earning her Bachelor of
Arts Degree (BA) in English from Payap University.
Mail reporter Miss Phornphimon Thimsat on Saturday, November 29, received
her Bachelor of Arts Degree in (BA) in English from Payap University. The
first private university in Chiang Mai held its 26th graduation day
ceremony, when 1,719 new graduates were conferred their degrees. University
president, Dr Boonthong Phucharoen presided over the event.
Chiang Mai to Host Quadrangle Expo 2003
But it’s really a septuple
The Committee of the Economic Quadrangle Cooperation Zone
and 10 Northern Chambers of Commerce will host the Quadrangle Expo 2003 at
the 700 Year Anniversary sports complex during December 4-15.
Veeraphan at the press conference of Quadrangle Expo 2003.
The Quadrangle Expo brings together many leading traders
from the former Quadrangle Area, consisting of China, Burma, Laos and
Thailand. However, this year there will be three more trade partners being
Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia.
There will be over 1,000 booths, with Thailand having the
majority with 296 booths for general products and another 160 booths for
Rachan Veeraphan, committee chairman of 10 Northern
Chambers of Commerce, said that he expected to see 700,000 visitors every
day at the expo which would be presided over by Korn Dhabaransi, a new
member of the Thai Rak Thai party, and Chiang Mai Governor, Suwat Tantipat.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor, Thongchai Wongrianthong,
confirmed that this expo will be another big event proving that Chiang Mai
is getting ready to be an international center of this quadrangle area and
revealed that France and Germany were interested to become Thai new
The expo will be divided into 4 main areas consisting of the business
section, food and entertainment section, a Multi-cultural section, and a
seminar section which will be held at The Empress Hotel on December 7-8.
Miniature art but huge talent
Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai in
cooperation with Central Pattana will hold an exhibition of art works from
14 Chinese artists from December 24, 2003 - February 1, 2004 at Central
Prawich Chanyasittikul, the director of Sales Promotion
Department, Central Pattana said this exhibition will present a new style of
art which has never been seen in Thailand.
In the exhibition, there will be many art works shown as
well as demonstrations of how to create various styles of art by the 14
Chinese artists such as painting on rice husks, stone carving, bamboo
carving, aluminum carving and painting on small bottles. The highlight of
the exhibition will be the painting of the Mona Lisa on a small piece of
ivory one third the size of a rice grain. A microscope will be provided to
allow people to see the intricacy of the work.
This exhibition is free and some of the art works will be
sold to art collectors.