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Poi Sang Long ceremony at Pa Pao Temple, Chiang Mai

The Ostrich Eggs signature and BBQ afternoon

‘Andaman Spice’ — a fashion show with a message

Northern Local Larb Festival 2005 organized by Chiang Mai Correspondents Club

Poi Sang Long ceremony at Pa Pao Temple, Chiang Mai

Nopniwat Krailerg

Earlier this week, Tai tribes people hailing from several districts in the upper northern region of Chiang Mai led their children to join the annual Poi Sang Long ceremony at Wat Pa Pao Temple in Muang, Chiang Mai. This year’s event was supported by TAT, as well as the Chiang Mai municipality.

Poi Sang Long or Buad Look Kaew is a ceremony for young boys entering the priesthood; they will have all their hair shaved and wear beautiful decorations.

Relatives and friends accompanied and congratulated 49 Buddhist novices, and the traditional “Samanen Hae Look Laew” (parade of Buddhist novices took place with participants carrying trees decorated with bank notes and necessities for the Buddhist novices), around the pagoda of the temple.

Poi Sang Long or Buad Look Kaew is a ceremony for young boys entering the priesthood. This ceremony is usually organized from March to May, by calling the young men “Sang Long”; they will have all their hair shaved (except eyebrows), wear beautiful decorations such as necklaces, bracelets and rings.

They have to wrap their heads like Burmese, wear long socks and a sarong, put white powder on their faces and paint their eyebrows and lips. All these signs indicate that even a rich man could leave all behind to join the priesthood.

This ceremony is not only a tradition, but it has also developed into a magnet for tourists, Thais and foreigners alike.


The Ostrich Eggs signature and BBQ afternoon

Gerald van
der Straten Ponthoz

A cool BBQ afternoon with friends to celebrate Songkran was happening at Insii Thai House Maechan Chiangrai.

Everyone was invited to decorate ostrich eggs by signing them in their own style.

High quality ostrich steaks from a farm in Chiang Rai with the ‘nice extra’ of ostrich eggs did the trick.

The ostrich eggs were used for a contest during the afternoon, which had to be signed by the guests with a special present for the winner who had the nicest signature. Everyone was invited to decorate ostrich eggs by signing them in their own style and in the end five big ostrich eggs were covered by the signatures and drawings of friends from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.


‘Andaman Spice’ — a fashion show with a message

Nopniwat Krailerg

Central Department Store started their nationwide campaign ‘Andaman Spice’ last weekend at Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai. Orachorn Chanwiwattana, general manager, said this years ‘welcome summer festival’ is to promote the Andaman area, and this time not only for the foreigners who are already supporting the shaken region, but also the Thais who have always been known to be too superstitious and are still thinking twice about going down south. She referred to the people who lost so much and urgently need tourists to recover in order to boost the economy and urged Thais as well as foreign residents to show support for the people of the Andaman area.

Orachorn Chanwiwattana, general manager of Central Airport Plaza (left) with Junnapong Saranak, director TAT, Northern Region 1 and his wife.

Indeed Creation, a Chiang Mai organizing company provided the ‘Andaman Spice’ fashion show with a pulsating atmosphere and ‘happy beach songs’ for people to get in the mood and to enjoy holiday atmosphere. 30 male and female models cat walked fashions around the Aquarium.

The fashion show emphasized colourful, trendy and informal dresses from well known brand name such as Adidas, AIIZ, Portland, Puma and X=ACT. Everybody agreed afterwards that the highlight was the shapely and scantily clad models who dived into the aquarium to swim, to the utter consternation of the fish.

Sumalee Lukuan, (3rd from left in front row) marketing director of Chi Chang Computers was seen in the audience and as always she looked as if she belonged on the catwalk herself: trendy and stylish!

Sweet and spicy, the models during their last pose in swimwear after one of them took a dive into the aquarium.


Northern Local Larb Festival 2005 organized by Chiang Mai Correspondents Club

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Thirtieth Northern Local Larb Festival took place on April 9 at Kad Suan Kaew department store. It was one of the Songkran festival week activities, organized by the Chiang Mai Correspondents Club. Sathid Klong-akkara, senior editor of Pak Nuea newspaper headed the preparations, supported by Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization, Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1, Kad Suan Kaew department store and private sectors, including educational institutes in Chiang Mai. The objectives were to conserve northern local food, encouraging Lanna tradition, culture and tourism.

There were several activities provided such as Larb cooking by journalists and the general public, vegetable carving, Miss Larb contest, of course, with 39 participants, and a local costume competition both in male and female categories.

Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai (left), president of Chiang Mai Provincial Culture Council, Thawatwong na Chiang Mai, the president of Chiang Mai Province Administration Organization (center) and Udom Suwitsakdanon, deputy president of Chiang Mai Province Administration Organization.

Atmosphere at the Northern local Larb competition 2005.



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