COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

The next meeting of the Informal Northern Thai Group is on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at the Alliance Francaise in Chiang Mai. Carol Stratton will talk about “The ‘Singhalese’ Buddha. Thailand’s highly revered guardian image in the National Museum Bangkok. Is this image the original? Two others claim the title. A detective story. For more information email: [email protected] or call 0 5324 72 63.

‘Elephant In My Mind”, Elephant Art Exhibition by Jakraphan Chaijit at Maesa Exhibition Hall, Maesa Elephant Nursery in Maesa Elephant Camp Mae Rim. Daily until April 16, 2005 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tel. 0 5320 6247 - 8

Classical Music Concert by Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra on Saturday March 12, 2005, at Kad Theatre (5th Fl. Kad Suan Kaew complex). Pitijet (Xavier) Vichitporn will join fellow musicians Annop Ruangmanee and Judith Utley in a Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp by Claude Debussy and the Terzettino for Flute, Viola and Harp by Theodore Dubois. Concert tickets are available at Kad Suan Kaew information desk, Amari Rincome Hotel, Rimping Supermarkets, Kasem Store, or at Chiangmai Mail.

The ‘Hong Kong Academy String Quartet’ will have a Charity Concert for Tsunami relief at Gongdee Studio on Saturday March 26, at 7 p.m. Haydn, Shostakovich and Ravel! Admission 200 baht, students 150 baht. Reservations at Gongdee Studio, Tel. 0 5322 5032.

Mark your calendar: The 18th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes will be from Sunday March 27, through Saturday April 2, 2005. More information in the sports section of Chiangmai Mail.

The 9th Rincome-Ang Khang Season Fun Rally will take place from April 30 – May 1, 2005. The winner will receive a trophy presented by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani. More information, please contact the Amari Rincome Hotel, Sales Department, 0 5322 1130 or e-mail [email protected] come.amari.com

Dining

Amari Rincome’s March promotion starts with fresh Mangos and Whisky plus “The 7 Swabian”, featuring Chef Dirk’s creations of old German Swabian recipes, cooked in a modern way. On March 25 there will be a Greek specialties Lunch buffet and for your Easter planning note down the Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet on Sunday March 27, 2005. Gourmet treats for the whole family. For reservation please call 0 5322 1130.

At Amazing Sandwich, with two restaurants, it’s absolutely your choice how you like your delicious Sandwich, Sub or Bun. Chiang Mai’s Sandwich Specialists since 1998 offers unlimited variations, daily specials and only what you like! You find them at Amazing Sandwich at 252/3 Prapokklao Rd.-beside Thai Airways office and 20/2 Huey Kaew Rd.-opposite Orchid Hotel.

Buonissimo Italian Restaurant and Shop! Discounted wine and international spirits available. Great for ‘party shopping’ while munching on a Pizza! Shop on the Internet, email [email protected] nissimo.co.th or phone Sergio at 0 5385 3098–9 or through the website www.buonis simo.co.th

Central Duangtawan Hotel has a daily Dim Sum lunch at their Sunflower restaurant for only 270 baht per person. The menu features a wide assortment of dishes served with special Chinese sauces and traditional Jasmine tea. The 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. Tel. 0 5390 5000 ext. 3227.

Chez Gibus Grill House has a ‘Chateaubriant’ with diplomas! Chef Alain, the Swiss specialist from Chez Gibus is there 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 let yourself be surprised by 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 jazz trio provides lively and relaxed background entertainment. Reservations recommended. Tel 0 5329 8181 or email siriluck.lertlarpyot @fourseasons.com

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.

Pum Pui, Italian Restaurant da Franco in the middle of town serves not only very special Pizzas, they also serve great Italian wines in ‘almost Italian’ surroundings. Table reservations with Franco at 0 5327 8209.

Rydges Amora Tapae features a Hawaiian Delight promotion the whole month of March 2005. Enjoy tropical feeling at Chillis Restaurant while indulging in Hawaiian specialties, and a variety of international, mouth-watering highlights. Daily from 12.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. at the Chillies Restaurant inside the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel. For more information, contact the Sales Dept. at 0 5325 1531, Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel, Chiang Mai.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant. New! Live Music every Saturday and Sunday evening, featuring tenor Book Kitavadhana at the Ban Naifun 2 Clubhouse. The place to meet after a relaxing Spa treatment at Baan Saen Doi. www.saenkha mterrace.com or www.baan saendoi.com

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 offers Traditional British Pub Grub, Fish n’Chips, Bangers and Mash, Toad in the Hole while you enjoy the beautiful river setting. New opening hours Monday to Friday 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon to 1 a.m. The Bear’s Den , 233 Jarern Rasd Road, T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Tel/Fax 0 5326 0404.

The Grillstation covers the Formula 1 Season and will once again show every race and pamper the guests at its premises. Receive your personal race-info on the Australian Grand Prix on March 6, 2005 at 10 a.m., when a cold international delicatessen buffet for 240 baht will be served. Reserve your table in advance at 0 5381 8355 or 0 1883 9361, Grillstation, opposite Pornping Tower, Charoenprathed Road.

The Pub on Huey Kaew Road will be showing Aussie Rules Football games again every Friday evening, Saturday lunch time, Saturday evening, Sunday lunch time and Sunday evenings. A games schedule is displayed in the bar. For further details contact Grahame on 0 5321 1550.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan gives you daily (except Tuesdays), a good opportunity to indulge yourself in treats for your taste buds and discover new delights from Germany. Open for lunch and then for dinner from 5 p.m. onwards. Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202.

Movie Schedule Chiang Mai

It is getting easier to find out the movie schedule. Bookmark http://www.major cineplex.com/pda/show time.php and go to ‘Chiang Mai Branch’ for local show times at Central Airport Plaza.

Similar movies are shown at Kad Suan Kaew and across the street at 12 Huay Kaew Road. Check www.chiang maivista.com for those times.

Clubs

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: c_dproject @yahoo.com

Education

Free Seminar by Master Chinh Pham who will explain a method for curing diseases by fasting and correct eating. Empress Hotel, March 16, 2005, at 7 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. Contact George to reserve your place, Tel. 0 4042 7637.

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

Buddhist Meditation class is held every Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. sharp. Venue: The Yoga Studio, 90/1 Rachamanka St., 200 m west of Prappoklao St. junction in the old city. Map at www. yoga-chiangmai.com. Suitable for beginners although everybody is welcome. Call John 0 7172 7500 for more info. Afternoons only please.

Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5p.m. until 7p.m. Receive first hand information from novices and monks in English language about questions you always wanted to have answered.

Services

Meter Taxis. 30 baht for the first 2 km and 4 baht for each subsequent kilometer. Waiting time – 1 baht per minute. Taxi Call Center, Tel 0 5327 9291, 0 5327 1242 ext 16, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 20 – 40 baht charge for cal-out service, depending on location.

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.

T.I.T.S. - New English Language Radio Station, daily from 8 a.m. - midnight. Tune in to FM 106.50 MHZ to stay informed about your community. Requests and comments, telephone 0 5321 8006 or e-mail: TITS.radio @hotmail.com