This year, the New Year festivities were more subdued, as the tsunami
disaster in the southern part of Thailand was still on everybody’s mind.
However, as parties had been organized for months ahead, some parties were
still held around town.
impressive Thai Lanna Culture Show was the highlight at The Legend Chiang
Rai’s New Year Gala, organized by Marc Dumur, acting general manager.
The Thai government had asked the public to tone down the
fireworks displays, and to rather donate these funds to relief efforts in
the south, so hotel and public fireworks were much fewer. Around midnight
there were some brilliant displays of fireworks in the city but there was a
dramatic difference from the usual displays.
Throughout the evening of December 31, Khom Loys could be
seen floating in the sky as a sign of peace and tranquility but also a sign
of mourning for all those who had been lost.
Driving through the city was the same as any normal
weekday evening, as there were few cars on the roads and restaurants were
empty. In the hotels, parties had been organized but the festive atmosphere
was still overshadowed by sorrow.
Even at private parties, money and goods were collected and as midnight
arrived people all over the city counted down the ending of 2004 and wished
for peace and happiness in 2005.
Strudwicke (far left) from the Bear’s Den celebrates with guests at the
river garden of the restaurant and pub.
Quinn and Darling’s Daeng seen having a drink together at The Pub.
of champagne (or more) at The House and Tapas Bar for Nikolaus Prachensky,
Peter Handel-Mazzetti from Comvest Consulting Bangkok, and Raj Marwah.
Gala Dinner at the To Nobody Restaurant. (From left) Peter Brake, Joerg
Eisenschmidt, Hilde Metternich, Aor Brake and son, Sunisa Eisenschmidt and
food stylist Lilay Wunnenberg.
local Thai fishermen and their families celebrated New Year’s Eve at
‘The Floating Cottage’ (a.k.a. TK’s houseboat), just an hour from
at the Rachamankha experienced Lanna culture, while enjoying European food
and champagne. (Left front) Katsuhiro Shinohara, CG of Japan, and (right
front) Hagen Dirksen, Hon. Consul to Germany, with their wives and guests
Oriental Chiang Mai had many VIP guests over Christmas, including Maria
Sharapova (3rd left), Venus Williams (4th left), and Chiang Mai Governor
Suwat Tantipat (right).
Amora Tapae held a New Years Carnival, which had been planned for months,
but the fireworks display was rearranged and GM Arie de Keijzer donated
funds to the south instead. Here the Kappler family (KEK gems) from Chiang
Mai at the gala.
Rincome was chic and stylish, but the usual fireworks display was replaced
by quiet Khom Loys.