Her Majesty Queen Sirikit enjoyed an evening at the “Japan-Chiang Mai Charity Gala Dinner”, which was held at the Imperial Ballroom at the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai. The hosts were Takaoka Nomi and Chiang Mai governor Suwat Tantipat.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn acted on behalf of His Majesty King Bhumibol to preside over the graduation ceremony of Mae Fa Luang University in Chiang Rai. The president the University Council presented Her Royal Highness with an honorary doctoral degree of Chinese Studies.

The US band “Something Underground” performed at the Riverside Bar and Restaurant. The band is touring South East Asia to raise awareness on the issue of landmines and to assist child and elephant victims. Visit the project’s website for further information: www.

Kaweewat, one of the Santi’s Studio students, was invited to perform in Bangkok. Kaweewat, the northern piano champion, took part in the ‘Trinity Award Thailand’ performance at the Cultural Center.

Maliwan Tueksiri, 2nd runner up at the Miss Flower beauty contest 2005, stopped by at the Chiangmai Mail offices to thank us for our support. Deputy Editor Nopniwat Krailerg was happy to receive a bouquet of flowers, while a “Number One” media staff stood by.

Scott Ong (center) general manager of Novotel Chiang Mai congratulated Saengduan Srungkampuempun from the cafeteria and Krongsap Puangkam from the front office for winning the ‘Best Staff of the Trimester’ awards.

Just a few more weeks, depending on the weather conditions, before Oriental Balloons have to pack up their bags until the next cool season.

Grade 5 of Prem Tinsulanonda International School visited the Chiangmai Mail office to receive first hand information for their Media project. Managing Director Michael Vogt welcomed the very interested youngsters with Ajarn David Best and teacher assistant Nuk.