Vol. III No. 16 - Saturday April 17 - April 23 2004
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SOCIAL SCENE

The grand opening ceremony of Seven Suns, an oasis in Chiang Mai, was held for its Thai and international food and guesthouse on April 8 at its premises on Ratchamanka Road, near Chiang Mai B.P. Hotel. Pictured during the opening are Chamnan Chantaraprasert, manager (standing left), Jeffrey Stanton (standing right), Kerry Fisher (seated) with Anna Ganci (seated center), and Leanne Tonagh (seated left).

Enjoying a Sundowner at the Sheraton Chiang Mai were from left: Arie J.M. Keijzer, general manager of The Rydges Tapae, John Semone, MD of the Semone Group Travel & Tourism and his son Peter A. Semone, vice president development of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Thai Airways International inaugural flight from Chiang Mai to Jinghong arrived safely at the international airport in the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Tatchai Sumitra (5th from right), THAI’s member of the board of directors, was amongst the first passengers who were greeted by official members of Yunnan province after a 90 minute flight. THAI operates this route from now on twice weekly, utilizing ATR 72 aircraft every Wednesday and Friday.

A soft opening ceremony was held recently for the Teppan –Yaki Japanese restaurant at the Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex’s Zone A. Seen here are from left, Kien Biangbon, an experienced Japanese chef, Vicharn Teja, Supat Nimitsin and Surachai Thavornsuksiri, the restaurant’s owner at the first day opening.

The new Resort Pub and Restaurant management last week held the grand opening ceremony after it had been closed for renovation and re-arrangement. Seen here are Panu Jumpamant, the entertainment manger, Thanyaluck Takiew, services and PR manager, Vararat Visetsawan, the marketing manager, and Suphaporn Sompoh, the general manager.

Rajabhat Chiang Mai Institute, led by deputy director Asst. Prof. Jittraporn Sutthawart, welcomed officers from the Jombueng Rajabhat Institute from Ratchaburi on the occasion of their visit to the institute.

Rydges Tapae’s joined the Songkran fun, including GM Arie Keijzer. They gathered in front of the entrance to throw water, dance to the music, showing a never ending enthusiasm for throwing, receiving, dancing and being in a good mood.

This year’ Songkran activities seemed to be even longer than before with thousands of people standing around the canal in the inner ancient city. What was cleaning and purification in the old days became a vibrant ‘Sanuk-Fun-Day’ for Thais and foreigners alike. The choice you had was either lock yourself in your room or join the crowd.


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