‘Royal Ascot Ladies Day’ at Mae Rim Racecourse Chiang Mai on Saturday January 29, starting at 12.30 p.m. Experience the thrill of ‘Ascot Day’ CMSCA style in the private air conditioned ‘Royal Box’ with Bucks Fizz welcome drink, salmon and cucumber and assorted sandwiches, strawberries and cream, all included at 250 baht per head. All Ladies must wear a suitable hat for the occasion, and there will be a prize for the best hat. Space is limited to 40 persons only, and tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance by email or by telephoning Linda Buck on 0 7191 3807.

The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) is. Tuesday, January 25, 2005. “Redeveloping and Repositioning Chiang Mai as a Tourist Destination” by Shane Beary. For more information email: [email protected]

Classical Music Concert by Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra 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. Subsequent concerts Friday, February 25 and Saturday, March 12.

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 email [email protected] for reservations.

‘Education for peace’, Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo’s keynote speech at Payap University at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2005. Information and free tickets: Phone-Fax 0 5321 7271, email [email protected] payap Bishop Belo is a Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the Catholic Church in East Timor, consistently pleading for peace and freedom, succeeding in 2002 with the East Timorese independence.

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 (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! Reservation: 0 5329 8181 or email: concert.chiangmai

Chiang Mai Flower Festival will take place the first weekend in February.

Exhibition ‘The Mysterious Mekong’, “From Simao Port to Ho Chi Minh City by Hovercraft” compiled by Reinhard Hohler, can be seen throughout January at the L’Ecole Francaise d’Extreme-Orient, 131 Charoenprathet Road, opposite the Alliance Francaise to mark the 20th anniversary of the Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG). The photographic exhibition includes an exhibition of books, photographs, and documents from the EFEO library. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 opens 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.

CMU 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.


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, order @ buonissimo Tel. 0 5385 3098–9 or website

Central Duangtawan Hotel hosts a daily Dim Sum lunch for only 270 baht per person. Their Sunflower Chinese Restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

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! Fondues for everybody’s tastes. Check it out and 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.

Fujian, the Chinese Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort Chiang Mai where you can enjoy the extraordinary! Dim Sum and Chinese Nouvelle Cuisine. Open daily for Dim Sum Lunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and evenings from 6 p.m. onwards. Table reservations at 0 5388 8888.

Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1,100 baht ++ per person, children up to 12 years 550 baht ++. A guitar, percussion and bass trio will provide lively and relaxed background entertainment. Reservations recommended. Tel 0 5329 8181 or email: siriluck. lertlarpyot @ four

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.

The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel is offering all Suki lovers the special “Shabu Shabu card”. Spend 500 baht and you will receive the card free. Card holders will have Shabu Shabu meals discounted from 220 baht each to 120 baht (adults) and 85 baht each (children) from Tuesday to Sunday. On Monday, card holders only pay 99 baht each (adults) and 69 baht each (children).

Celebrate Valentine’s Evening at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai. At the FarangSes Restaurant enjoy the Set Menu for 6,600 baht net or at the ‘Le Grand Lanna’ for 3,100 baht net for two persons. FarangSes guests who select the Valentine set dinner menu will be given chocolate take away at the end of the meal. Every lady will receive a red rose.

Rydges Amora Hotel spoils its guests in their heated beer garden terrace. Enjoy the warmth of the charcoal heaters while you grill your sausages. Beef Tenderloin and Salmon promotion throughout January at Chillis Restaurant. Open daily from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. 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 are at Baan Naifan 2. Check it out at or

Subway, the Sandwich place, is 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 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 celebrates BabyCham time! Tetley Bitter in cans and Tiger Beer on draught are 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.


LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the LuckyDogs Ltd) needs 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]


Creative Meditation every Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. from the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre in Changpuak, Chiang Mai. More information tel 0 5321 4904 after 5 p.m. Foreigners very welcome.

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.


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_ clinic

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: 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.

Tune-in to the English language radio program ‘Helping Hand’, broadcast daily from 7.30-9.00 pm. The program is on Radio Thailand Chiang Mai FM 93.25 MHZ, and provides useful information to both Thai nationals and foreigners.