COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

Events

‘Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairytale Dinner’ at The House, Saturday, April 2, 2005. Each room at will be decorated for a special fairytale and the buffet inspired by Hans Christian Anderson. Entertainment provided by Chiangmai Ballet Academy, harpist Judith Utley and storyteller Louise Truslow. Price, including buffet, welcome drink, wine, beer and soft drinks is 1, 400 baht subject to service charge. Reservation at 0 5341 9011 or Fax 0 5341 9010.

The Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Festival runs until April 9, 2005. Lanna Heritage Fair, Poi Sang Long ceremony at Wat Pa Pao, art objects on display by different artists, local puppet shows, musical performances, painting exhibitions, cultural tours and a community products fair. Chiang Mai Art Museum, The 3 Kings Monument, Lok Moree Temple, Pa Pao Temple.

30th Laab Muang Festival at Kad Suan Kaew on Saturday, April 9, 2005. Who prepares the best northern Larb and who will become Miss Larb 2005? All afternoon until approx. 9 p.m.

The Writers Club and Wine Bar is showing work of young Thai artists until the end of May. Amongst others, artist Kom Suwanakerd, a graduate of Rachamongkon Technology Institute’s Fine Arts Department is exhibiting works under the title “Pace of Life”.

The Wisdom of Lanna Arts and Craftsman 2005 exhibition runs at Chiang Mai Art Museum until April 28, 2005. More information at CMU tel 0 5394 3833.

Lanna Puppet Show on Sunday April 3, 2005 at the Three Kings Monument and on April 8-9 at the Hurn Boran Museum Chiang Mai. For detailed information, call Lanna Puppet theatre, Tel. 0 1812 7126.

The International Peace Foundation presents in the Voices For Peace concert series, violinist Vanessa Mae with her latest album “Choreography”, in a concert in aid of the victims of the Andaman Tsunami, on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Center in Bangkok. Tickets from 500 baht – 4000 baht are available through Thaiticketmaster.com

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

The 9th Rincome-Ang Khang Season Fun Rally on April 30 – May 1, 2005. The winner’s trophy will be presented by HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani. More information, contact the Amari Rincome Hotel, Sales Department, 0 5322 1130 or e-mail [email protected]

Coming Up: Songkran 2005, scheduled for April 13-15, will be centered around the Wat Phra Singh Voramahaviharn Temple, in the vicinity of the Thapae Gate, the Provincial Governor’s residence and of course around the city moat. More information can be obtained from TAT Northern Office – Tel. 0 5324 8604, and next week in Chiangmai Mail.

Chiang Mai province is going to parade Buddha images: Phra Puttha Sihingh, Phra Setang Khamani, Phra Dabpai and Phra Fonesanha from the different Wats will be paraded on Wednesday, April 13, to let people, both Thais and foreigners, splash them with water. The parade starts from Nawarat Bridge along Chareumung Rd., Thapae Rd. and Ratchadamnern Rd. to Wat Phrasingh from 12.30 p.m.

Dining

Amari Rincome celebrates April with an Austrian Food Promotion at La Gritta called “Reflections of the Danube” - Contemporary Austrian Cuisine. On Saturday, April 16 join them in celebrating the Danish National Day. Plenty of herrings in different preparations, salmon with creamed horseradish and for a sweet finishing note Rote Gruetze, laced with Danish Cherry Herring and topped with toasted almonds. For information and reservation call 0 5322 1130.

Amazing Sandwich Restaurant, since 1998 the Sandwich Specialist in Chiang Mai, serves you daily individual kind of Sandwiches, Baguettes, Subs, Buns or Cold Platters with amazing quality at reasonable prices! You find them 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 for your Easter celebrations. Great for ‘party shopping’ while munching on a Pizza! Shop on the Internet, email [email protected], phone Sergio at 0 5385 3098–9, or through the website www.buonissimo.co.th

Central Duangtawan Hotel celebrates hot April with a Happy Hour –Every Hour promotion. Buy one draft beer, get one free. Also ‘Lunchtime Rendevouz’ with an expanded lunch buffet which offers Northern specialties, Thai and International delicacies from 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily. Tel. 0 5390 5000 ext. 3227.

Chiangmai Kebab, the first Kebab shop in Chiang Mai is now open. Traditional home made Pita bread, salad and your choice of chicken or beef Kebab with the sauce you choose. Opening offer only 60 baht. They also serve Falafel and Samosa daily from 6 p.m. – midnight. Parking next to DK Book Shop behind Oriflame. Tel. 0 7188 1832.

Chez Gibus Grill House offers daily BBQ with Salad bar as much as you can eat for only 219 baht per person. Chef Alain, the Swiss specialist from Chez Gibus is there from 6-10.p.m. except Sundays. 42 Kampeangdin Road. Make your table reservations on Tel. 0 5327 2712.

Fondue House opposite Central Airport Plaza. Try their cheese fondue - a warm dish consisting of at least two varieties of cheese that are melted with a bit of flour and served from a special pot. Enjoy the traditional Swiss dish that will definitely delight your taste buds, and is the ideal ‘sharing’ dinner for friends and family! 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.

Fillmore East’s tender juicy USDA and Argentinean Angus Steaks and huge burgers for the kids at the new River Restaurant on Charoenrasd Road. For table reservations call Ron at 0 5326 2418.

The Oriental Shop, Bakery at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Resort’s Kad Dhara shopping arcade is open every day from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and sells the most delicious chocolates, praline specialties, French bread, and croissants. Taking orders for special birthday cakes. Tel. 0 5388 8888.

Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel serves a delicious International Lunch Buffet at the Chillies Restaurant inside the hotel. Daily 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Price 200 baht++ per person / children half price. Dinner buffet from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. for the price of 300 baht++ per person / children half price. Tea and coffee included. Food-carving and cooking demonstrations. For more information, contact the Sales Dept. at 0 5325 1531, Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel, Chiang Mai.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant. New! Live Music every Friday and Saturday 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.saenkhamterrace.com or www.baansaendoi.com

Tapas Bar at The House has an extended covered terrace with a middle Eastern-Indian ambience. New exciting dishes and wine promotions 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. 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 shows every race and pampers the guests. Receive your personal race-info on the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain, taking place April 1-3, 2005. 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 every Friday evening, Saturday lunch time, Saturday evening, Sunday lunch and Sunday evenings. Games schedule is displayed in the bar. Easter Sunday, March 27, features roast turkey with stuffing. Every Friday 20 percent discount all night. For further details contact Grahame on 0 5321 1550.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan. If you are looking for a good night out with great food, look no further. To Nobody is ideal for expats and Thais alike. Indulge yourself and discover new delights from Germany. Open for lunch and then dinner from 5 p.m. onwards, (daily except Tuesdays). Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisenschmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202.

Movie Schedule Chiang Mai

Look at http://www.ma jorcineplex.com/pda/showtime.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.chiangmaivista.com for those times.

Clubs

LuckyDogs Club (a non-profit activity of the LuckyDogs Ltd.) has moved to new premises, only 5 km from the old place. Bigger kennels with wider running space for the necessary play and exercise. For more information get in touch with Nienke Parma, M. D. LuckyDogs, Please contact Nienke at 0 9997 8146 or email: [email protected]

Education

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 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 welcome. Call John 0 7172 7500 for more info. Afternoons only please.

Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. First hand information in English from novices and monks concerning questions you always wanted 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 call-out service, depending on location.

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. FM 106.50 MHZ to stay informed about your community. Requests and comments, phone 0 5321 8006 or e-mail: [email protected]