Community Happenings and Festivals

Chiang Mai will once again host the Mango Festival for 2 weeks in May at the Buak Hard Park with a fair, ‘everything around Mango’ and the obligatory beauty contest.

Chiang Mai Art Museum and Valentine Willie will continue the painting exhibition called, “Chang Fee Ming” until May 28. For more information contact CMU at 053 218 280.

Grace International School in Hang Dong Road is once again holding a ‘Car Boot Sale’ on Saturday, May 15 beginning at 8 a.m. The 25 baht entrance fee entitles you to go shopping for toys, books, clothes, handicrafts, homemade jams and sauces, even furniture of all kinds. For entertainment a Taekwando exhibition will be held, there will be basketball shootouts, and enough food, drinks and fun for the whole family!

CMU Art Museum and Theatre will present a celebration titled “Flowers blooming in the heart of grass-rooted people” on May 15 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on May 16 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Art exhibition, art demonstration, concert from local Thai folk music champion, Soontri Wetchanon and much more…

May 29: Charity Classical Concert for Chiang Mai’s ‘Foundation to Encourage the Potential of Disabled Persons’. Classical music by W. A. Mozart, A. Borodin and Thai Folk music, played by M.L. Usni Pramoj, (viola), Tasana Nagavajara (violin), Kittikhun Sodprasert (violoncello) and Siripong Tiptan (violin). Begins at: 5.30 p.m. with a cocktail reception before the concert at the Four Season Resort’s Intanin Room. The minimum donation of 500 baht per person will go 100% directly to the Foundation. Complimentary shuttle transfer provided. Ticket holders will be eligible to enter a lucky draw. Limited space! Reservations: at 053 298 181 or email: concert .chiangmai

The annual Lychee Fair will take place during the month of May at the Provincial Stadium in Chiang Rai. Various agricultural displays, Lychee wine and exhibitions, folk dancing, local handicrafts, and of course the ‘Miss Lychee’ beauty contest.

Forest Pride Festival - Friday, May 14 in the evening and Saturday May 15 - exhibitions, stalls, music and talks at the Chiang Mai Art Museum. Sunday May 16 join thousands as they walk from the Art Museum to Doi Suthep to celebrate the forest. For more information call 053 810 623 - 4.

The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai. Everybody is welcome. For more information e-mail: [email protected]

Modeling: Priew Magazine is looking for girls who want to participate in the ‘Super Model 2004’ competition. Contestants should have a minimum height of 165 cm and be under 23 years of age. Applications can be made in Chiang Mai from now until May 21 at Central Airport Plaza.


Amari Rincome’s May promotion is called “The British Table”. Traditional and contemporary British Flavours. It features specialty items with a British flavor, as well as some of the traditional choices, from light and contemporary dishes to the more classical and quintessentially British roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. Sample the light and refreshing chartreuse of poached salmon with English peas and Stilton vinaigrette and English pea coulis, or the Scottish king scallop and mussel salad with aged sherry vinaigrette. Reservations at the Amari Rincome Hotel. Tel 053 221 130.

Amazing Sandwich now has two Restaurants: visit ‘The shady island in a sea of rice’ branch no. 2. opposite Khad Suan Keow Shopping Mall and the ‘old’ Deli Restaurant and Takeaway between the Thai Airways Office and Vista Hotel. Lunchtime orders for delivery have to be faxed in no later than 10.30 a.m. Please phone after faxing to check if your order has been received. Tel/Fax: 053 218 846.

Chez Gibus Grill House offers BBQ, salads & french-fries except Sundays from 6 p.m. to 10.p.m. All you can eat for only 219 baht. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Make your table reservations at tel. 053 272 712.

Darling, Wine Pub, on Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai’s best known wine bar offers a daily Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. For wine testing evenings or table reservations, call 053 227 427. Mondays closed!

Kurt’s Restaurant, formerly known as Formula 1, will show every race and pamper guests with buffets, Swiss and international food as well as their tasty pizzas. Kurt’s Restaurant is located at Anusorn market.

The Grillstation’s famous Formula 1 Sundays continue with specials prepared by Gypsy and his staff. Come early or reserve your table in advance at 01 883 9361.

Rydges-Amora Beer Garden is now open 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. Table reservations at 053 251 531.

The Bear’s Den a/c main bar & restaurant, Garden Bar & Beer Terrace, has ‘Sports on a Big Screen’ whenever a big sporting event is on, like Formula 1 or rugby. Opening hours - noon to 2 a.m. daily - lunches served from noon to 3 p.m. Every Wednesday is Ladies Night - free drinks for the ladies between 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Offer applies to draft beers, house wine, house spirits, mixers and soft drinks only – Sorry but guys have to pay regular prices. Happy Hour is back on Fridays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 2 for 1 on draught, bottled beers, wine and house spirits.

The Pub, on Huay Kaew Road, one of the best known places in town has a new improved menu, offering pub grub and tasty Thai dishes. Friday Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Every weekend Australian Rugby and the complete sports schedule displayed in the bar.

The Tavern, under new management, offers ‘All you can drink’ Heineken draft beer from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. for only 199 baht! Open daily from 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Daily live music! Tel. 053 249 231.

The House, restaurant, tapas and wine bar: May specials, party arrangements, birthday parties, Spanish nights. Call Manager Joe for information and reservations at 053 419 011. Closed Sundays!


Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!)

More information at 09 997 8146 or email: c_dproject @

Open Mike every Tuesday at the Irish Pub from 9 p.m. onwards. Show your musical skills, no matter if it is just singing or playing an instrument. Spoken or sung word. Email treeberstein for more information. Mikes are provided, just bring along a good mood and help the jam.

Shower singers - Come forward! Do you normally sing in the shower? Consider sharing your hobby in a more social setting. The Chiang Mai Choral Society is looking for singers, people who can read music (or pretend to) and who love to have a good time on Monday nights while practicing. Find out more by contacting Ellen Clark, choir secretary, on 053 309 187 (office), 053 853 265 (home), or email [email protected]


Training Course and Demonstration on Aroma Oils, Therapy and Massage May 20 – May 21, from 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Lectures on massage products, spas, spa treatments and more at the CMU Agricultural Faculty. Applications are available at CMU. Cost is 2,500 baht p.p. Call 053 944 088 for more information.

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.

Ballroom Dance Class at the 700 Year Anniversary Complex. Monday – Friday from 6.30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Instruction fee: 600 baht per person.


CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, May 9: Last Love (Thai 2003 English subtitles) Director: Mom Chao Chatre Chalermyukhon. Widow with 3 children, hungry for love but heartbroken, falls in love again and the tragedy starts … again. Sunday, May 16: Hilary and Jackie (UK 1998) Director: Arnold Tucker. Tragedy of two gifted musical sisters. First very close, then separated and then tragedy strikes with Jackie falling victim to MS.


Taxi Meter - important for the wet season. Call Nok - tel. 09 261 4290- 20 baht for pick up, 30 baht for the first 2 km and 4 baht for each subsequent kilometer.

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 a.m. - noon and Sundays 3 - 4.15p.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]

The Phamai Clinic (Methadone Clinic), a governmental organization in Chiang Mai treats people who have problem with alcohol, smoking and drugs of any kind. Files are confidential! Call 053 226 135 or e-mail for more information: [email protected]

On the air! Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcasting live, daily from 7.30-9 pm. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information for Thai nationals and foreigners.