Community Happenings and Festivals

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 exhibited outside Vietnam before. The exhibition runs from June 5 to July 15 at La Luna Gallery, 190 Charoenrajd Road, Chiang Mai. Ph. (053) 306 678.

The Ladies’ Lunch Bunch meeting for June will be held at Chan and Pauline’s restaurant on June 23 beginning at noon. The restaurant is located exactly opposite the Northern Farms shop on Huai Kaew Road. It will be a set lunch with a choice of main course, either smoked pork with mushroom sauce or fresh fish. Price including starter, coffee and tea is 200 baht p.p. Reservations can be made until June 18 with Carol Street, tel. 0 5349 8207 or e-mail: castreet

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.

INTG: The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is Tuesday July 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai. Everybody is welcome. The speaker for this INTG talk will be Dr. Duongchan Apaavaatjrut Charoenmuang and the theme is “The impact of Air Quality on Chiang Mai residents”. Please note that the July talk is on the first Tuesday, July 6.

The Whiffenpoofs are coming to town. 7 p.m. on Friday, June 25, at the Payorm Room of the Amari Rincome Hotel. The Whiffenpoofs are THE a capella group of the United States and entertain around the world with a unique blend of sweet harmony! Entrance fee: 500 baht p.p. For reservation please call 053 221 044.

Mark your calendars: on Friday, July 2 at 7.30 p.m. at the multi-media room, Mae Kao campus, the music department at Payap University presents a concert of Chamber Music featuring clarinet, performed by Chaipruk Mekara, clarinetist, Karen Wernli, cellist, and pianists Bennett Lerner and David Wilson. The program will be Beethoven’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Debussy’s Rhapsody for Clarinet and Piano, Mekara’s “Wung Weyng” (“Lonely”) for solo clarinet, and Brahms’s Sonata No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano. Admission is free!


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. Closed Mondays!

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 will have Mike Slanina on Saturday, June 26, at 1 p.m. who will talk about ‘Rights in Thailand’. Entrance including a set European lunch plus 1 glass of wine, beer or soft drink is 200 baht. Please reserve a.s.a.p. with Kurt at kurt hau sam [email protected] or tel. 053 274 402 or 06 071 0562. Kurt’s Restaurant is located at Anusorn market.

The Rydges-Amora Tapae Hotel has a ‘Daily Lunch Buffet’ - designed to cater to the needs of busy people in town throughout the week, the business lunch invites you for a quick but tasty bite. An extensive fresh salad bar, a well-balanced buffet, the soup and the carving of the day, along with the famous Rydges desserts are the best choice for a light and healthy lunch, daily, between noon and 2 p.m. Car park with direct connection to the hotel. For more information contact the Sales Dpt. 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 053 818 355 or 01 883-9361, Grillstation, opposite Pornping Tower, Charoenpathed Road.

The Bear’s Den a/c main bar & restaurant, garden bar & beer terrace, beside Rimping Condominium - New menu and 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 Rules Football 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 on Moon Muang Road. Call Manager Joe for information and reservations at 053 419 011. Closed Sundays!

To Nobody (Soi Tewan) celebrates 3 years in Chiang Mai. Pork knuckle, pork spare ribs, sausages, and loin of pork, served with red cabbage, potatoes and garlic baguette. Only 199 baht per person. From June 13 – July 10, 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 mail to : [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]


Sunday June 13 at 4 p.m. will be another Thai-German Service at the German Christian School Chiang Mai (CDSC). The preaching will be done by Pastor Chaisri of Payap University and the translation by Joachim Bachhofer. Everybody is welcome. Come early, at 3.15 p.m., for coffee and cake!

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’.

The teachings of ‘Eckhart Tolle’, a modern master and the author of ‘The Power of Now’. Listen and watch free in English. A guide to spiritual enlightenment. Contact Ivan on 053 423 602 or 01 473 6414.

Transformation by numbers. The journey of your life - seeing the whole picture. Come and learn about numerology, geometry, metaphysics, divination and how energy works. Talks, groups, readings and workshops. Contact: [email protected], tel. 01-55555-30,

I-TIM’s the International Hotel and Tourism Industry Management School located in Bangkok is now accepting applications for next intake, their 33rd which will commence in July 2004. Scholarships are available for the two-year diploma program in hotel and tourism management for both Thai and foreign students. Each year of the program, there is a five month internship period with placement in all major tourist destinations including Chiang Mai. Applications for scholarships are free and available from I-TIM, but close on the June 25. For further information please telephone 02-7320170-3, e-mail [email protected] or visit

CMU Art Museum is showing free classic movies every Sunday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.


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.