Nakorn Payap International School Sports Day
Jon van Houten
2004 Sports Day at Nakorn Payap International School
(NIS) was a “resounding success,” said P.E. Instructor Lee Stevens, as
Grades 1 through 12 swam, ran and jumped in various events throughout the
leads ... even here! Fun is the name of a student!
Despite 40 degree temperatures, students enjoyed the new
NIS gymnasium and swimming pool with competitors striving to win points for
their respective teams.
In the primary school it was the Blue Team that took top
honors after a sack race, a three-legged race, an egg-and-spoon race, a
kickball game and various swimming events.
In the secondary school it was the mainstream students
who prevailed over their ESL counterparts. “In futsal, it was very close,
with the girls’ high school winning 4-3 and the boys’ 7-5,” Lee
Stevens noted. The futsal competition was useful in light of this week’s
International School Futsal Tournament in which all the Chiang Mai
International Schools will compete.
Sports Day was an effort by the entire school, with all teachers involved
as starters, judges or monitors, while all students participated.
14th Japanese-Thai Friendship Golf Tournament deepens relations
The Japanese business community turned out in full force
last Sunday, having invited their Thai counterparts and friends to a round
The annual friendship golf tournament took place on the
grounds of the Chiangmai-Lamphun Golf Course. A total of 180 participants
took part in the competition, which teed off at 7 a.m. sharp, and it took
them a little over five hours to complete the beautifully designed, scenic
left) Katsuhiro Shinohara, the Japanese consul general, Dr. Sukhum
Sukapanpotharam, MD of the Chiangmai Lamphun Golf Course, and Mitsuo Sato,
president of the Japanese Society.
Accompanied by a light breeze the whole time, the
majority of players were satisfied with their performance, although some
admitted that they “have seen better days”. The amicable yet competitive
mood was easily transferred into the ballroom where lunch was served, and no
time was wasted as the lucky draw began.
Because of the generosity of the sponsors, too many to
mention here, every player received a prize, ranging from golf balls to
wristwatches, DVD players and a great number of other useful items.
was keen to receive one of the impressive trophies.
In his usual light-hearted address, the recently
appointed Japanese Consul General Katsuhiro Shinohara expressed his
satisfaction with this enormous turnout, which showed the existing excellent
cooperation between the Japanese and local community. He emphasized that
funds raised from this tournament will, as before, be handed over to the
Chiang Mai Governor’s Office for distribution among local charities.
Replying on behalf of the participating Thai players,
Somsak Vanichkaiorn, vice-president of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce,
said that it was good to see a 50-50 balance between the Japanese hosts and
local participants, and that a good game of golf can improve not only
business relations but also friendship and goodwill.
He hopes that the next tournament will have a record-breaking 200
participants, although this would then become a real challenge in view of
accommodating such a great number of players.
No Name Cafe takes the title
Golfing in Northern Thailand
Lifestyle sport down to a T
For an unforgettable golf holiday, the north of Thailand
offers tourists and visitors alike traditional cities rich in history,
culture, handicrafts, Buddhist temples and natural environment.
However, as well as various entertainment centers,
shopping arcades, international restaurants, outstanding hotels and an
exciting nightlife, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Lampang provide golfing
attractions that rank among the best in the world.
If you decide to play golf during your holiday, you have
a choice from one of the following golf courses of Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai-Lamphun Golf
This championship course designed in 1990 by Dr Sukhum
Sukapanpotharam is situated in the heart of a beautiful valley and only 30
minutes east of Chiang Mai. It is an 18 hole, par 72, 7,022 yard masterpiece
and meanders through a breathtaking landscape, including a mature forest and
refreshing streams, ponds and lakes. This golf course was the official venue
for the 18th Southeast Asian Games in 1995 and also hosted the Thailand
National Games in 2002. The green fee is 1,600 baht, with a 200 baht caddy
fee and 600 baht for a golf cart.
Royal Chiang Mai Golf
Designed in 1995 by the two golfers - five times British
Open winner Peter Thomson and Michael Wolveridge, the 18 hole, par 72, 6,900
yard parkland style golf course is located 40 minutes north from Chiang Mai
in the foothills of northern Thailand. The golf course offers panoramic
vistas of distant mountains. The design uses elements from a British links
style course, including rolling fairways, pot bunkers and closely moved
areas around the greens. The green fee is 1,000 baht, with a 200 baht caddy
fee and 600 baht for a golf cart.
Lanna Golf Club Chiang Mai
Only 10 minutes north of downtown Chiang Mai, this golf
club is one of Thailand’s finest. Established in 1974, the lovely 27 hole
course, adjacent to Chiang Mai’s horse race track, offers three distinctly
unique design styles, with a full view of Doi Suthep Mountain and its temple
in the west. The golf course winds its way through huge impressive trees,
skirts some large lakes and ponds until it criss-crosses numerous streams
and canals. The green fee is 800 baht, but more on weekends like most other
golf courses. The caddy fee is 150 baht and for the golf cart 600 baht.
Green Valley Golf Club
Situated in the lowlands only 20 minutes north of
downtown Chiang Mai, this Dennis Griffiths and Associates 18 hole
championship course was established in 1990 and offers 7,200 yards of wide
open fairways, though with water hazards on every hole, plenty of bunkers
and trees. The green fee is 1,400 baht on weekdays and 2,300 baht on
weekends and public holidays. The caddy fee is 200 baht, while the golf cart
is 500 baht/pax.
There are three other golf clubs in Chiang Mai, which are
far more economical, but they offer just nine hole courses. These are the
old Gymkhana Golf Club, the relatively new Mae Jo Golf Club and the Air
Force Krung Bin 41 Golf Club.
For further information, contact Reinhard Hohler, GMS
Media Travel Consultant by email [email protected] cmnet.co.th
Northern athletes get
ready for sports fest
Phrae province is to host the 34th Region 5 Sports
Competition, “Phrae Games 2004”.
Sophida Potchana-nurath, Phrae public relations officer,
announced that the province will host the event that will run from July 2-11.
Provincial Governor Somsak Boonpluang, accompanied by his
deputy, Phitsanu Sawasdee, called a meeting of the working committee for the
Phrae Games in Phrae’s City Hall, for a progress report on preparations for
Issues such as the readiness of sporting venues,
accommodation for the athletes, the availability of equipment and the opening
ceremony were discussed.
Athletes from 15 provinces of the northern region - Chiang
Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Uttaradit,
Phetchabun, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Tak, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet and Phrae -
will compete in 28 codes in the sporting bonanza. Stadiums in Phrae and other
nearby provinces will be used.
The official opening ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on
July 2 at Phrae Sports Stadium. It will be broadcast live on the Radio and
Television Thailand, Channel 11, by the Government Public Relations Office.
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked
up from the Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub) at 16.00
once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as
CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the
H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged
from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the Fish & Chip
Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub) every consecutive (from CH3)
Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.
BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month
on the last Sunday of the month.
All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or
“ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at:
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to
meet all the long-time expats here!