Exhibition ‘The Mysterious Mekong’, - “From Simao Port to Ho Chi Minh City by Hovercraft” compiled by Reinhard Hohler, will take place throughout January at the L’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient, 131 Charoen Prathet Road, opposite the Alliance Francaise to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG). The photographic exhibition includes an exhibition of books, photographs, and documents from the EFEO library.

Classical piano recital by New York concert pianist, Bernice Silk, at Gong Dee Studios, Nimmanhaemin Rd. Soi 1, on January 15, 2005 at 7.30 p.m. Proceeds go to The Chiang Mai Disabled Center.

Chamber Music Concert on Friday January 28, 2005, at Kad Theatre (5th Fl. Kad Suan Kaew complex), Season and Single Concert tickets are available at Kad Suan Kaew Information Desk, Amari Rincome Hotel, Rimping Supermarkets or from Marion at Chiangmai Mail.

Annual Winter Fair from January 2 onwards for 2 weeks at the outdoor field behind Chiang Mai City Hall. Many products, presents, OTOP products and the Miss Chiang Mai Beauty Queen Contest.

Chiang Mai Silver Street’, Wualai Road, is adopting the ‘Walking Street’ concept on Saturday January 8, 2005 from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Wualai will host Lanna arts and handicrafts.

Pell Mell - an Art Exhibition by Austrian artist Doris Kraushaar at The Writers Club and Wine Bar, 141/3 Rachadamnoen Rd. opposite La Villa Italian restaurant.

Exhibition of Thai and Japanese Contemporary Art until January 25, 2005 at the Exhibition Room CMU Fine Arts Faculty. Exhibition open Monday to Friday office hours. In collaboration with Tokohgakuen University, Aichi Prefecture Art University, Jurashiki Art and Science University, Nagoya Zokei Art University, West Fujeda High School Tokohagakuen High School and Namazu Special Education.

CMUs Fine Arts Faculty has a historical photographic exhibition “Lanna King Gilded Palace and Khum Kaew” at the Chiang Mai City Art and Culture Hall (near the Three Kings monument) from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. until January 28, 2005.

Burns Night, on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 8 p.m. at Chiengmai Gymkhana Club. An evening of Scottish culture, bagpipes, poetry, haggis, dinner and drinks. Dress traditionally if possible; casual if preferred. Limited tickets are available at 480 baht. Call Adam 0 6920 1409 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations.

‘Education for peace’, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo will give a keynote speech at Payap University at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2005. Information & free tickets: Phone-Fax 0 5321 7271, E-mail [email protected] Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo is a Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the Catholic Church in East Timor, a strong voice within the country consistently pleading for peace and freedom. His attempts succeeded in May 2002 with the East Timorese independence.

The Pickle Debate. Do your pickles taste better then the Pickle King’s pickle? The great pickle debate will be held on January 15, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Amazing Sandwich Restaurant # 2, opposite Kad Suan Kaew. Entry fee is 3,000 baht and all the money will be donated to a charity here in Chiang Mai. Interested people should fax to 0 5335 7690 or email: pickleking [email protected]

Benefit Concert at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, in aid of the Thailand Business Coalition on AIDS and Viengping Children’s Home, on Saturday, January 29, 2005. M.L. Usni Pramoj on viola accompanied by Tasana Nagavajara (violin), Kittikhun Sodprasert (cello), Siripong Tiptan (violin) and Apichet Payonlert (clarinet) will perform classical pieces from Mozart and Beethoven. Space is limited and we recommend booking early by calling 0 5329 8181 (Reservations) or email: concert.c [email protected]


Alois Chiang Mai’s newest southern German (Bavarian) restaurant invites you to explore the south German (Bavarian) cuisine. Open daily except Mondays from 11.30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Tel. 0 5327 8515, opposite Golden Fern Guest House.

Enjoy the Amari Rincome Hotel’s famous Sunday Brunch, more deliciously tempting than ever. Forget about your diet for one day and spoil yourself with a cornucopia of special delights. Make a reservation at La Gritta Restaurant and enjoy gourmet treats for the whole family. Every Sunday from 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Telephone 0 5322 1130.

Baan Rom Mai Garden Restaurant in Chang Klan Plaza on Chang Klan Road. Thai and Isaan Food in a Bali style environment. Small conference and karaoke rooms. Open daily from 10 a.m. – midnight. Table reservation, tel. 0 5382 0037-8.

Buonissimo Italian Restaurant and Shop! European Deli! Cheese, wine, homemade pasta, bread and even Italian olive oil. Call for table reservation, just come to the shop or order by Internet, [email protected] Tel. 0 5385 3098–9 or website

Chez Gibus Grill House is featuring an ‘All you can eat BBQ’ daily for only 219 baht. Chez Gibus is open from 6 p.m. - 10.p.m. except Sundays. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Make your table reservations on Tel. 0 5327 2712.

Fondue House opposite Central Airport Plaza has changed its look. Check it out to be surprised even more by tasting their delicious Red wine or Chocolate Fondue. Traditional fondue, but light and tasty. Call for reservation 0 9423 1688 or 0 5320 1551.

Fillmore East’s famous USDA and Argentinean Angus Steaks can now be enjoyed at the new River Restaurant on Charoenrasd Road. For table reservations call Ron at 0 5326 2418.

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 0 5329 1401, Mr. Montri.

Rydges presents a ‘Daily Lunch Buffet’. Designed to cater for the needs of the busy people in town throughout the week, the Business Lunch invites you for a quick but tasty bite. Car park with direct connection to hotel. For more information contact the Sales Dept. at 0 5325 1531, Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel, Chaiyapoom Road, Chiang Mai.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant, one of Chiang Mai’s best kept secrets regarding Northern Cuisine. The place to meet after a relaxing Spa treatment at Baan Saen Doi. Both places are to be found at Baan Naifan 2. Check it out at www.saenkhamter or www.baansa

Subway, the Sandwich place, now open at Chiang Mai Pavilion with great sandwiches, salads and the size to satisfy your appetite.

Tapas Bar, at The House now has an extended covered terrace with a middle Eastern-Indian ambience. New exciting dishes on the menu. Tapas bar is open daily from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tel. 0 5341 9011.

The Bear’s Den Bar and Restaurant, beside Rimping Condominium. Mondays – House Spirits 50 baht all night long. Wednesdays – Ladies Night and free Bingo. Ladies drink free from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays 7-9 p.m. it’s 2 for 1 on House Draught, Bottles, Spirits and Wines. Tel/Fax: 0 5326 0404.

The Hole-In-The-Wall, Public House Chiang Mai. English Pub in the heartland of Chiangmai where you can tuck into traditional Fish and Chips, 39/7-8 Rachamanka Rd., T. Phrasing, Tel 0 5328 3824.

The Pub on Huay Road is open everyday. Tetley Bitter in cans and Tiger Beer on draught is available. Full coverage of all live major sporting events shown in the sports bar. Special occasions catered for. Call Grahame on 0 5321 1550 for more details.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan promises to spoil you. To Nobody is open daily for lunch and from 5 p.m. onwards, except Tuesdays. Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202.


Lady Lunch Bunch Group is holding their next pot luck lunch in the countryside of Doi Saket, 16 km north of Chiang Mai on January 19, 2005. More info email anne [email protected]

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the LuckyDogs Ltd.) is looking for volunteer teachers! (Students are welcome) We need enthusiastic and serious people who are willing to help developing our school program to establish an understanding in children on how to safely and hygienically interact with dogs. Interested? Please contact Nienke at 0 9997 8146 or email: [email protected]


Ongoing Space UK exhibition until January 17, 2005 at the observatory in CMU. Workshops, lectures and more to understand the solar system. More information at British Council Chiang Mai, 0 5324 2103.

FT Fitness Thailand, Chiang Mai’s world class Fitness Center offers daily fitness classes. Second floor of Rimping Supermarket-Chotana, next to Novotel, open daily. English speaking instructors.


Blue Elephant Laundry. Hand washing clothes is not a popular option today. Blue Elephant Laundry at the junction of Irrigation Canal and Ton Payom Market, say they can make all your cleaning nightmares disappear. Call Panida and her staff at Laundry 1: 8/5 Suthep Rd. Tel. 0 5327 9169, 0 6186 4785, Laundry 2: 27 Sirimangkra lajahn Rd. Soi 7 Tel. 0 5389 4647.

The Phamai Clinic (Methadone Clinic), a government organization in Chiang Mai treats people who have problems with alcohol, smoking and drugs of any kind. Files are confidential. Call 0 5322 6135 or e-mail for more information: Pha_mai_cli [email protected]

Meter Taxis. 30 baht for the first 2 km and 4 baht for each subsequent kilometer. Waiting time – 1 baht per minute. Individual drivers with taxi: Call Nok tel. 0 9261 4290, Singkame at 0 1952 0900, Werapong at 0 1960 1391, Winyu at 0 1885 4469, Somboon at 0 9851 3708, Wisan at 0 7177 0929 and Somchai at 0 6181 6386.