Community Happenings and Festivals

Today: 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. Check for time and place with the hotel. Ticket holders will be eligible to enter a lucky draw. Limited space! Reservations: at 053 298 181 or email: concert.chiangma [email protected]

European Film Festival at Major Cineplex at Central Airport Plaza from June 1 – June 13. Check page 24 for movie schedule and announcements. Entrance all movies 70 baht p.p.

The Secrets of Dreams – June 5 at CMU’s Chiang Mai Convention Hall. Fund raising event starts at 5 p.m. with children activities. Show time 6 p.m. Entrance tickets: 100, 200, 300 and 500 baht with lucky draw. 80 – 90 performers, local food and beverages provided. Local artwork and handcrafts. If you want to be a part of this big event, visit the website at for more details about the program, sponsors, performers and charity organizations. Or get in touch with Subnotic Events Agency, Tel: 05-0413-621 Lou, fax: 053-207141, or email: sun [email protected]

The Influential Sri Lanka? A continuation of work by Chiang Mai-based photographer Angela Srisomwongwathana. Black & white pictures and color range from fine, symbolic stone carvings to world-class 5th century frescos. A-Gallery, opposite Gong Dee Studio, on Nimmanhaemin, Soi 1 until July 22, from Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The annual two weeks Inthakin Ceremony will be hosted by Wat Chedi Luang from May 19 – June 4. The festival is used to ask for peace and rain. An associated ceremony, pithee suab jata muang, is performed at the four city corners, the five city gates and at the Three Kings Monument, to ensure the continued long life of Chiang Mai.

Art Museum at Chiang Mai University presents: Fly with me to another World; an exhibition from May 23 until May 31 on ‘Seeing the Surroundings’ at the CMU Art Museum.

Dance Festival at Gong Dee Studio, Soi 1 Nimmanhaemin Rd. on Sunday, June 6 at 5 p.m. Art of dance, through the heart of dance. Latin, flamenco, tap, Lanna contemporary, Asian contemporary. Admission, 150 baht; students 100 baht. For more information call Gong Dee Studio at 053 225 032.

Newly opened La Luna Gallery in Chiang Mai is ready to present its first major exhibition: “White Mornings and green buffaloes - visions of Vietnam”, featuring around twelve Vietnamese artists. Some of the artists are already famous and well-established internationally, while others are still young and upcoming and have never before exhibited outside Vietnam. The exhibition runs from June 5 to July 15 at La Luna Gallery, Charoenrajd Road 190, Chiang Mai. Ph. (053) 306 678.


Every Friday Amari Rincome Hotel in Nimmanhaemin Road has a Golden Oldies Night’ from the 60’s to the 80’s. Visit ‘La Gritta’ and experience the nostalgia of the 60s, 70s and 80s with music from Daeng Fantastic and his band. The Friday night buffets feature roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding carved by the chef, as well as an extensive selection of premium charcuterie and salads. If it’s Western food you want – then it’s got to be the Rincome! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. Price: adults 490 baht net, children 300 baht net. Table reservation at 053 22 1130.

Amazing Sandwich 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!

House of Palm, traditional and southern Thai cuisine. Happy to assist in party arrangements. Closed every Wednesday. On Doi Saket Highway. For directions and reservations call 053 291 401, Mr. Montri.

Kurt’s Restaurant shows every race and pampers guests with buffets, Swiss and international food as well as their tasty pizzas. Kurt’s Restaurant is located at Anusorn market.

The Rydges-Amora Tapae Hotel has a ‘Daily Lunch Buffet’ - Value for money at the Rydges Amora Chili Coffee Shop. Car park with direct connection to hotel. Party catering, ballroom, theme parties. For more information contact the Sales Dept. at 053 251 531, Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel, Chaiyapoom Road, Chiang Mai.

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 0-5381-8355 or 0-1883-9361, Grillstation, opposite Pornping Tower, Charoenpathed Road.

The Bear’s Den a/c main bar & restaurant, garden bar & beer terrace, beside Rimping Condominium - 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 include cucumber yoghurt soup, scallops, sea bass and any kind of Spanish tapas! Call Manager Joe for information and reservations at 053 419 011. Closed Sundays!

To Nobody (Soi Tewan) celebrates 3 years in Chiang Mai. Spare ribs, BBQ-sausages, sauerkraut and garlic baguette as much as you can eat only 111 baht per person. From now until June 13, daily from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., except Tuesdays. Group reservations, call Joerg or Sunisa at 053 214 483.


Lucky Dogs Club Chiang Mai needs volunteers (students are welcome!) More information at 09 997 8146 or mailto:[email protected]

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 [email protected] for more information. Mikes are provided, just bring along a good mood and help the jam.

Shower singers - come forward! Do you 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]


FT-Fitness Thailand, Chiang Mai’s World Class Fitness Center offers daily fitness classes to fit your requirements. Located on the second floor of Rimping Supermarket-Chotana, next to Novotel, open daily, English speaking instructors and many ‘low season specials’.

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.

Ray Twine MA will start a 5-6 week course on NLP (cognitive behavior psychology) on Saturday May 22 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon. N.L.P. modules, beliefs -attitudes- required outcome, fundamentals of NLP, the buzzwords. Assessment of the priority senses. Relationship with harmony. Language -models of excellence. Patterns of the mind, the working part of NLP using proven methods to make mind-changes, breaking addiction, phobia, motivating enhancing skills in sport. Participants have lifetime methods plus a certificate. Fees for the course less than 1,000 baht. For reservation and information, or late starters, call: 053 211 542 or mobile 09 433 9629, email [email protected]

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, May 30: American History X (USA 1998 - Thai Subtitles) Director: Tony Kaye - Drama regarding racism and its tragic consequences.


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.

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. Request line: 053 271 227. The program can be heard on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information for Thai nationals and foreigners.

Raintree Resource Center - located just east of the Nawarat Bridge. Free library membership with more than 600 videos and 6000 English books available. Free booklet: “Helpful Hints for Getting Settled in Chiangmai”. Open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 to 12 noon, and on Sunday from 3.00-4.15 p.m. Info-line 053-262-660. Movie-line 053-262-661. Email: [email protected]