Seen recently in Tokyo to promote Thailand as the ‘Spa and Health Hub’ were Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Health Minister Sudarath Keyurapanth talking to Chitra Klanprayoon of Ban Sabai Spa who is also the president of the Thai Lanna Spa Association.

Tavorn Siriyai (left), general manager of Thai Lanna Food and Cultural Center, Khum Khantoke, located at the Chiang Mai Business Park behind Carrefour Shopping Center, takes personal care of his clients who come from all over the world to experience the beauty and culture of Lanna hospitality.

The word is out – it’s lots of fun at the new Inter Mini-Golf Chiangmai, near San Kamphaeng, and it’s become a large draw for visitors and residents alike, including (L to R) Dr. Unternaehrer with his wife from Luzern, Switzerland, as well as Anna and Heinz, known faces amongst Chiang Mai residents, shown here with owners Andre Savare and his wife Uthaivan Savare.

Yes! We still know all the old songs and we are happy to be here! It was alumni time once again at the venerable learning institute on the hill, Chiang Mai University. Hundreds of former students came to their old alma mater to catch up with old friends, take in the changes to the ‘Maa Cha’ and breathe in the clean mountain air that infuses the campus every day. Some 200 people sat Thai style, sipping from bamboo glasses, tasting laab, kao neo, and gang keo wan. Some of the folks tried out some of their old songs. Who says: “Lanna don’t boogie”?!

If you have to fly away from Chiang Mai, you can still grab a copy of your local newspaper to read on the way out (or in, as the case may be), for the Chiangmai Mail is now available at the lounges and public newsstands at Chiang Mai International Airport. And not only that, you will find it at Chiang Rai International Airport as well. Flight Officer Suthara Huangsuwan, vice president and general manager of Chiang Mai International Airport, was on hand to personally receive the first copies from executive editor, Dr. Iain Corness (right), and MD Michael Vogt.

Vorapong Muchaotai, general manager of the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, plus Dr. Charoen and Khunying Wanna Siriwattanapakdee, chairman of Imperial Hotel Group Thailand, presented a donation of 72 shirts to the staff of the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Imperial Chiang Mai Resorts Spa and Sports Club and Euresia Hotel, Chiang Mai. The presentation was held at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and was also a reminder of the upcoming celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 72nd birthday in August this year.

Amari Rincome Hotel General Manager Wim Fagel had reason to smile when he recently welcomed Charisa Biinklongsab, who currently reigns as Miss Thailand Universe.