Achara Thammarak, managing director of the Lampang River Lodge, was proud to receive the Golden Kinaree award of ‘Excellence’ from the minister of tourism, Sontaya Khunplome. Only two resort hotels throughout Thailand received this highest award in 2004.

Nineteen delegations from Derbyshire, England, members of the Friendship Force Club of Chiang Mai, visited Chiang Mai Municipality as part of the cultural exchange program. Main objectives are to boost friendship and mutual understanding between the two cultures.

A reception at Saenkham Terrace by the Hon. Consul to Germany, Hagen Dirksen, for registrants from the 10th Asia Pacific German economic conference in Bangkok. From left to right (front row) Krittip Sriratthamrong, H. J. von Wartenberg with his wife Verena, from Shanghai; Mrs. Holz, Chamaiphan Baude, Mrs. von Wartenberg, Sunanta (Pui) Ratanavadi, Wanphen Dirksen, Atchara Tejapaibul, Dr. Ludolf v. Wartenberg, and Saroj Ratanavadi. Back row (from left) Thomas Baude, director of the Alliance Francaise and hon. consul to France; Mr. Holz and hon. consul to Germany, Hagen Dirksen.

Chiangmai Mail’s sales representative, Sam-ank Boonchuyimyaem (left) was on hand to congratulate Serm Phankaenpetch (right) on the occasion of the opening of the River Star Restaurant.

Seen at the IC-ACE, the International Center at Chiang Mai University, “Teachers Who Care” awards (from left) Dr. Anchalee Wongla, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University; Dr. Wanida Penkingcarn, CMU; Dr. Jenjit Gasigitamrong, Payap University; U.S. Consul General Beatrice Camp, Phiphat Gnoksamoe, Montfort College; Dr. Amnat Yousukh, vice-president of CMU; Dr. Jirada Wudthayagorn, Maejo University; Dr. Busabong Jamroendararasame, director of CMU International Center; Vinyuvadee Gujral, The Prince Royal’s College (behind Dr. Busabong); Piamsuk Chantarat, Yupparaj Wittayalai School; Mike Hock, IC-ACE and Atcharee Seetapun, CMU Demonstration School.

British Consul Jon Glendinning (left) congratulates Mathew Hogan, academic director (right) and Kanjana Wongwaiwit (middle), managing director, on the opening day of the King’s College, Chiang Mai Branch, at the EQ Mall.

The new handicraft retail shop Diya, on Khuangme-ru Road, was opened on November 20. Wanchai Ratchadamas (second right), director of the Industrial Promotion Center, Northern Region, presided over the opening ceremony, with the two owners Kanoknart Chawachart (left) and Ajarn Chaiya Chawachart (right) and other relatives.

Klaus E. Kappler, KEK Gems, at To Nobody Restaurant, under the watchful eye of Chef Joerg and wife Sunisa (both in the background), with Georg Peter Mller from DW German Television (second right), and Mr. Hucki (right).