The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is Tuesday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai. Everybody is welcome. The speaker for this INTG talk will be Richard Rorsuch and it will be named “A Psychologist on the Burmese Border”. For more information e-mail: [email protected]

If you have a passion for making movies using film or video, and are looking for others who have similar interest - then ‘IndieClub’ is the community for you. Whether your interests lie in acting, directing, producing, writing, lighting or any other skill that is associated with making great film or video, join for free. Need more info about the Chiang Mai ‘IndieClub’? Email: [email protected]

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.


The Rydges Chiang Mai offers a daily buffet lunch from Monday to Saturday from 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at “Chillis” Restaurant - Thai and international buffet at 200++ baht per person. The Rydges at Thapae Chiang Mai is also a perfect place to take the family to dinner in the evening. Buffet dinner every day from 6-8 p.m. at 250++ baht per person. Rydges Beer Garden is open now from 5 p.m. – midnight, Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. buy 1, get 1 free (glass of beer or jug), snacks and special dishes only 40 baht net per serving, BBQ and suckling pig every Sunday, freestyle live music with female singer. Parking available at the hotel.

Enjoy the Amari Rincome Hotel’s famous Sunday Brunch , more deliciously tempting than ever. 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.

To Nobody Restaurant has begun to take orders for Xmas parties, Xmas office receptions, caterings, cookies, ‘stollen’ and home smoked goodies which you might need for the upcoming festive season. Call Chef Joerg or Sunisa on 053 214 483 or just drop by for more information.

German Xmas Cakes (Stollen) have arrived at the Grillstation (opposite Porn Ping Hotel) ready for you to purchase. Either for yourself, or as a surprise for friends and family. 3 different kinds are available. Plain Stollen, with marzipan filling and even with a marzipan-rum filling. To place your order, just call, 053 818 355 or 01 883 9361.


Iran Cultural Show week” exhibition December 1 – 7, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Organized by the CMU Art Museum and the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Presenting works by two distinguished Iranian artists. Ms. Jila Rassam Arabzadeh, the well-known carpet designer and Ms. Farah Kimia Ghalam, a miniaturist as well as handicrafts, traditional costumes, book, pictures and poster.

The winter season is coming and in order to stay fit and slim The Dance Zone invites everyone who loves modern dance, pop jazz and even hip-hop to train in intermediate and advance techniques. This program will start on December 6 and will go through February 21, every Saturday from 18.00 – 19.30. The instructor Parinye Jittawong, an executive choreographer trains and uses the curriculum of professional dancers. The price is 700 baht per month with a one time registration fee of 300 baht which will be waived for the first 10 people who apply! So hurry up and register at the Public Relation Counter at Kad Suan Keaw Ground Floor.

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.

Yoga: Chiang Inn Plaza arranges yoga sessions with teacher Marcel Kraushaar- from Hathayoga every Saturday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


Kad Theatre will have a show from Tibet on December 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. Music and dances from Tibet to promote tourism to this area. A colorful performance under the umbrella of his Majesty the King’s birthday celebrations. For more information check with Kad Suan Keow information center on ground floor.

Christmas Carols and Barbershop favorites at Luce Chapel, Payap University 7-8 p.m. on December 18. Close harmony boys’ choir from King’s School Ely, UK, who have a long tradition of excellence in ‘barber shop’ style singing. The charities involved will be seeking your support through donations of cash or unwanted clothes /items etc. Each charity will set up a tabletop presentation of its particular project at the entrance to the Luce Chapel on the evening. Ticket prices for the concert have been kept deliberately low at 150 baht per seat to encourage your support for these charities, so please give generously.

“A Celebration of Christmas in Music and Dance” by the Chiang Mai Choral Society on December 12 and 13, at GongDee Studio. Admission is free but donations to support the Rejoice Urban Development project will be accepted. The society welcomes applications to membership. Interested singers should contact Rainy Riding, director, at 01-883-2423 to schedule tryouts.

Giving the Gift of Life Concert! Nat Yontararak in concert on December 9 at the Kad Theatre. 150th anniversary of Steinway Concert, in celebration of the first Thai Steinway artist. Adults 300 baht, students 100 baht - call 053 224-444 ext. 19008 or 19919 for ticket reservations or more information.

Open mic: Spoken word at the Irish Pub at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16 featuring American writers Michael Sobel and Devon Petersen. Sign up at 7 p.m. to read your original work - 5 minutes of any genre, any subject, any language. Featured writers will read at 8 o’clock. Email [email protected] if you are interested in being a future feature.

Baan Chulasai School of Music and the Arts is sponsoring a series of concerts featuring the music of Ajahn Xavier Pitijet Vichitporn and his magic flute. Titled “Sunday Matinee Music in the Garden”, the concerts take place every other Sunday at 3 p.m. Baan Chulasai is located at 259 Charoen Prated Road. Future concerts include Christmas tunes (December 14) and a New Year Celebration (December 28). Reservations should be made ahead of time at 053-273-746 or by email at [email protected] as tea will be served. The Pianissimo tea consists of tea or coffee with a ham and cheese sandwich and a brownie for 180 baht. The Fortissimo tea consists of tea or coffee with a ham and cheese quiche and a brownie for 230 baht.

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 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.

Southeast Asian Temple Drawings by Associate Professor Mary Griep will be shown at the Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center (behind the Three Kings Monument). The exhibition will run December 2 - December 18; Tuesday - Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use the rear entrance to the enclosed courtyard for free admission to the temporary exhibits gallery. An opening ceremony will be held December 2 from 5-7 in the enclosed courtyard. The exhibit will include a drawing of Angkor Wat that is 7 meters long and 2 meters high.

Solo painting exhibition by Doris Kraushaar - “Luminous Anonymity” from December 13 - 31 at The House, 199 Moon Muang Road, T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200, tel. 053 419 011.


Xmas Party for HIV positive Children at The Pub! Would you like to bring a little joy to some children who otherwise might be forgotten? It’s very easy to help: Drop by ‘The Pub’, located on Huay Kaew Road on December 13 before 2 p.m. and help the organizers to feed and entertain the children. If you prefer to give money, this is perfectly in order, also if you have well maintained toys, clothes or blankets at home which you do not need anymore, you may want to consider sponsoring those for these children. Please ring Mrs. Dot at 0 1671 1638.

Zonta Charity Trash & Treasure Sale - Patararuedee Padungpat “Nit” welcomes buyers and vendors to her lovely garden on Saturday, December 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The organization of the event is being assisted by students from G.11 CAS of Prem Center. All proceeds go for charity projects of the Zonta International Club of Chiangmai. Donors can give items away and Zonta members will sell on your behalf donating the funds to the Zonta charities. Space available at 250 baht. Vendors should bring their own mat or table measuring maximum 1.5 meters x 3 meters. For more information and/or stall booking, contact Nit at 01 530 3587.


Raintree Resource Centre - located just east of the Nawarat Bridge. Free booklet: “Helpful Hints for getting settled in Chiang Mai”. Open Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 10.00 - 12.00a.m. and Sundays 4.00 - 4.45p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays). Free library membership with more than 600 videos and 5,000 English books available. Info-line 053-262660. Movie-line 053-262661, e-mail: [email protected]

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.