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Chiang Mai Bike Week 2004

100 cricketers at Prince Royal’s College

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Chiang Mai Bike Week 2004

A week with only three days

Sandy Clark
Photos: Michael Vogt and Brent Madison

Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts descended on Chiang Mai for the annual bikers event, the Chiang Mai Bike Week. Even though the ‘week’ was only from December 10-12, this did not deter the riders and pillion passengers who came from all over Thailand, plus others from Malaysia or Singapore.

Juthaporn Rerngronasa, the deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand receives a plaque of appreciation from Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5

Harleys, BMWs, choppers, bikers, and biker babes, were all well represented, many being part of the RUB (rich urban bikers) who find nothing unusual about spending between one and three million baht on a motorcycle.

One of the choppers

It began on December 10 with a welcoming party at Central Airport Plaza. This included Thai Lanna style cultural shows and the obligatory Miss Bike Week competition with the winner selected out of six freezing girls in mini skirts and short tops.

It was an evening to gather, meet old friends from previous years, check out the accessories stalls and then cruise around town. There was a steady stream of motorcycles crisscrossing Chiang Mai to the various watering holes and music pubs in town.

Erwin Ruser, BMW Motorrad Manager Thailand in the midst of pretty promotion girls.

Bike week 2004 was organized by the local North Comets Club and supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, with the stated aim of building awareness of safe riding while promoting tourism at the same time.

Saturday morning, still misty and chilly outdoors, was the main riding day and hundreds of bikers met at 10 a.m. for a motorcycle parade heading up to the Elephant Hospital in Lampang.

A member of the local bike club, the Lamphun Choppers, prepares for the ride to the Elephant hospital in Lampang. Photo: (C) Brent T. Madison 2004

The riders made a donation towards the Thai elephant conservation, while the profits from the two party nights will go to charities around Northern Thailand.

Although some locals are not enthusiastic about the yearly invasion by the motorcyclists, it must be pointed out that it is a very successful and thriving event, with many groups in the North benefiting from charity donations.

Chiang Mai residents Fred and Anita Lambersoy from Norway before the ride out to the Elephant Conservation Center. Photo: (C) Brent T. Madison 2004


100 cricketers at Prince Royal’s College

Eric Little

100 Grade 5 boys and girls enjoyed a great day of Sawasdee Cricket last Saturday. Eight teams played some very entertaining matches of cricket. Prince Royal’s College (PRC) came out on top, with Montfort in second place.

Dr. Charanrat and Peter Dawson with the Montfort team

The out of town schools, Mae Phong School from Doi Saket and Saimoon School from Hang Dong also played well. The scores at the end of the day were so close that either team could have been in the final.

The standard was excellent considering the age and inexperience of these young players in their first year of competition.

Prince Royal’s winners!

Sawasdee Cricket is getting great support from the Thai Sports Teachers in the schools that were represented. Their coaching efforts are being rewarded by good results and it can be seen in the enthusiasm of the players’ cricket. Cricket is gaining considerable acceptance as an alternative sport here in Chiang Mai.

You can be sure that some of these young players will be in a Thailand National side in the future.

The Mae Phong School cricket team


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on Mondays every 2 weeks. If you need a lift from the Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 pm please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 pm.

CUM H3 is a male run. Pick-up every Tuesday at 4 pm from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opposite Irish Pub). A fun run for males. No committee.

CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm.

Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a new club with a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. On on on at Clubroom. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday.

BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from Hash House Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.

For more information visit: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/.

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!



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