SOCIAL SCENE

A meeting to summarize and finalize details regarding National Elephant Day was recently held at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel. Present were the Thai Hotel Association Northern Chapter’s executive board of directors (2004 – 2006). Back row from left: Darm Trakulsab, Vorapong Muchaotai, Jin Sukumarabandhu, Kanog Suwannavisutr, GM Empress Hotel. Front row from left: Sangvorn Santisuk, Kwancheewa Boonbanterng and Charn Prathummin.

On Saturday night, March 14, a dinner party was organized at the Irish Pub on Ratchawithi Road, Chiang Mai, after the Hash House Harriers finished their charity run that day. Irish Pub, Rydges Hotel and others supported the event by providing 40 kilograms of suckling pigs. Photo shows: Arie J.M. De Keijzer, GM of the Rydges Tapae Chiangmai Hotel, 2nd right, Peter, and Mike at right.

Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai-based GMS media travel consultant, gave a presentation at the Alliance Francaise at the last INTG meeting, talking about the first ever hovercraft Mekong expedition, covering 6 nations from Simao down to Ho Chi Minh City. They covered 2,900 kilometers, floating on the air cushions of the huge hovercraft, a real adventure for adults. Impressions from this Mekong Expedition 2002 can be seen at the photo exhibition during the PATA conference on March 26 – 28, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel Chiang Mai.

The Rotary Club Chiangmai West had the pleasure of welcoming Silke Duerrkopf from ‘Shelter Now International’, who talked about her touching experiences in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is seen here with Rotarian Daniel Peterson, who presents Silke with a certificate of appreciation for her informative speech.

Two dentists, Ubonwan Jarujareet, the bride, and her groom Torpong Theerappibul, married last week, and the daughter of former Chiang Mai Governor Ruangwit Jarujareet hosted their memorable wedding ceremony at Imperial Ballroom of the Empress Hotel. The happy couple smiled on their happiest day, flanked by both of their parents and relatives.

Peter Eng (fourth right), journalist and journalism trainer, accompanied a group of editors to Chiangmai Mail offices to learn all about the operation and the relationships between editorial and marketing, from an English-language weekly newspaper’s point of view.

Entertaining can sometimes be serious business – these gentlemen are normally known for their smiling faces, but who knows what David Strudwicke from the Bear’s Den (left), and Horeca’s Rudy van den Berg had to discuss.