Sontaya Khunpluem, minister of tourism and sport presented the official ‘Four Star Hotel’ plaque to Vorapong Muchaotai, the general manager of the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel Chiang Mai.

Happy Birthday Dominique! Friends, family, flowers, presents and more than enough sunshine made Dominique’s day! Friends who came to congratulate her while she was still busy working were from left: Ricarda Massinger, Dominique Leutwiler, Annette Dorn and crystal therapist Ingeborg Leutwiler from ‘Siam Topstone’.

Whilst the average marriage nowadays lasts way under 10 years, some couples are fortunate enough to enjoy a far longer time together. Last Sunday was the auspicious occasion of the 25th wedding anniversary of Audrey and Jeremy Dootson, and the expat community turned out in full force to celebrate with them, and wish them well. Audrey and Jeremy set up a huge spread of heavenly food and more down-to-earth drinks in the cozy gardens of their Pie Sabai home bakery, and the afternoon went by like lightening. Congratulations again, Audrey and Jeremy, from all of us here at Chiangmai Mail!

The Writer’s Club on Rachadamnoen Road is a popular and cozy watering hole, and a place to meet journalists, writers, editors, travel- and media-people. Spotted here last Friday were (from left) David Bryar whose book “Persona non grata, Adventures in totalitism” will soon hit the bookshelves, travel writer Reinhard Hohler, tour manager Daniel Schneider from Siam Sun Tours, mine host Robert “Bob” Tilley, and Chiangmai Mail’s MD Michael Vogt.

Chiang Mai MP Pakorn Buranupakorn (left) presided over the grand opening of The Resort on April 30. With him are (from second left) Kim Tae Jo, the new executive manager of The Resort, Chumpol Chutima, president of Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, and Park Yung Bae, new executive, sipping champagne to celebrate the bar and restaurant’s grand opening.

Adrian o’Herlihy (background in the shadows), executive chef at the Amari Rincome Hotel, did not miss the chance to extend his renowned hospitality to a group of fellow-countrymen and women, namely a group of golfers who recently tested the courses here in Chiang Mai. As one can see, this was very much appreciated by all, and the mood was simply great.

Let’s join forces and work together! This promise was made recently during the Holistic World Congress from different representatives of various groups who met in Chiang Mai. The agreement to work closely together in promotion, education and networking was done by the Health Department Chiang Mai, Chitra Klamprayoon, the president of the Thai Lanna Spa Association, Pakin Laktaengamn, president Phuket Spa Association, Wanwalee Tantikarn, president Samui Spa Association, Dr. Paiboon Pilun-owad, Thai Spa Association, and other representatives from the Thai Massage Association Chiang Mai and the TAT.