SOCIAL SCENE

(Left) On Mar 30, Maj. Gen. Manus Paorik, former commander of the Pha Muang Task Force, transferred his duties to Col. Pirat Thongjattu, the new commander, at their conference room in Muang, Chiang Mai.

Zonta International Chiang Mai had a most enjoyable Hawaiian Night at The Empress Hotel, to collect funds for orphans whose parents died of AIDS.

The Rydges Amora Tapae Chiangmai Hotel announced their female employee for the quarter from November 2004 - January 2005. The long awaited award went to Sukanya Rassame, a room maid from the Housekeeping Dept. (From left) Sukanya Rassame with her ‘envelope’ and certificate; Executive Housekeeper, Preeyaporn Manoros and Arie J.M. de Keijzer, General Manager of Rydges Amora Tapae Chiangmai Hotel.

Was it a ‘Men’s Night Out’ or just friends enjoying the delicious food at Chez Gibus? From left Chef Alain Besson next to Fritz and well known food lovers, the ‘Arts’ brothers Gerrie and Marius.

Wachara Tantranont, (seated front) presided over the Buddhist blessing ceremony of Grand Hillside 5 and Hillside 4 Condotel on Friday April 1, 2005. 9 monks started the blessing ceremony at the reception area of Grand at precisely 10.39 a.m., followed by a lunch for invited friends, guests and well-wishers.

U.S. Consul General Bea Camp (third from left) held a dinner reception at the consulate in Chiang Mai to introduce the local press to Kathleen L. Boyle, (fourth from left) the new Press Attach้ of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok who was in the North on an official visit.

A birthday party for well known Chiang Mai lady, Khunying Bupphan Nimmanhaemindha, who celebrated her birthday with a lunch for her friends at the Amari Rincome Hotel. (Seated from left) Somboon Suprasert (Auntie Boon), Charter President of Zonta International, Chiang Mai; Khunying Bupphan Nimmanhaemindha, and Cory Croymans, the coordinator for the Chiang Mai Classics Concerts. Standing behind are Wim Fagel, GM of Amari Rincome and Victoria Nimmanhaemindha.

Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai (2nd right), Prinya Panthong, vice governor of Chiang Mai (1st right); and Junnapong Saranak, Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1 director; presided over the opening ceremony of the Chiang Mai Art and Culture Festival on April 1, at the courtyard in front of the Three Kings’ Monument.