Saturday, December 17, Italian Food Festival at La Bella Italia, with specialties, live music, raffles and lots of surprises. Only 299 baht for the whole menu inclusive 1 glass of house wine. Call Franco or Roberto for group reservation and/or a map, at 0 9851 7607.

Saturday, December 17, Chiengmai Gymkhana Club is staging their annual Christmas Party. Christmas food, entertainment, and dance! Raffles with great prizes. Information and table reservation at the club at 0 5324 1035.

Skๅl Chiang Mai and North Thailand will have a Grand Christmas Skๅl Dinner Meeting on Sunday, December 18 at the Sheraton Chiang Mai. Show, raffle prizes and lots of surprises. The December Dinner is open for all those interested. To assist the planning in this event, the Skๅl Club would appreciate your advising your attendance by email to [email protected] or by fax to 0 5390 4777, (with a copy to Michael Vogt on [email protected])

Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, Chiang Mai Cat and Dog Show at the 700 Year Anniversary Complex, Gymnasium 2. Schedule as follows: Saturday. December 17, 11 a.m. dogs, hound group, sporting group, working group. At 1 p.m. Thai dogs and from 1.30 p.m. fancy dogs, cats, rabbits and more domestic pets. Cat shows are from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a Thai cat group (Siamese, Korat), Persian cat group (Persian, Himalayan, Exotic) and rare cat breeds like Javanese and Oriental Longhair. Sunday December 18 is reserved from 10 a.m. for terriers, toy dogs, non sporting dogs, a student art contest, a dog agility show and a dog beauty show at 1.30 p.m.

Community Church Chiang Mai December dates: Sunday, December 18, Christmas Family Service at Chiang Mai Community Church (CMCC). Come early for Carol singing. Saturday, December 24 — 11 p.m. Can-dlelight Communion Service (CMCC), Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day Family Service at CMIS, 10 a.m.

Doi Kham Royal Project Fair: December 22 – 25 at CMU exhibition hall. Agricultural products from the Royal Project at unique prices.

Jazz me to the Moon! Jazz on a winter’s night will evoke the Gatsby era on December 23 at Ben Niwas House. Professional jazz musicians lined up include Brigitte Escobar from Europe, Greg Lyons, Koh Mr Saxman, Jan Narisara and Pom Auto Baan, along with the band of Kru Boy from Payap University. Start at 6.30 p.m. White clothing in keeping with the Gatsby theme is preferred. Details, directions and tickets for 1,300 baht at tel 0 5381 4444-5 and HinLe Shop at 0 532 42621.

Chiang Mai Expats Club will have a Christmas Eve Buffet Lunch on Saturday, December 24 at 11.30 a.m. at the Chiangmai Orchid Hotel. Adults 400 baht p.p. Children under 6 eat free. Lucky Draw! For more info, email at: [email protected], www.chiangmai

Hatha Kriya Yoga, Preksha Meditation Retreat Atonement from December 27, 2005 – January 09, 2006. Daily classes and seminar. Information from e-mail: marce [email protected] , Uli, 0 1881 4486, Monika, 0 5864 0146.

“Experience Bamboo” at CMU Art Museum from 16 December 2005 - 20 January 2006 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. New Bamboo Architecture and Art by Markus Heinsdorff and Christoph Toenges, organized by The Goethe Institute. Bamboo is one of our fascinating building materials, fast renewable and ecological resource.

ArtSpace offers on-going community classes for beginners or intermediate levels, focusing on a variety of painting classes. Professional lecturer/artist Chad-wick and Laura are currently displaying work at ‘Ginger’, beside ‘The House’ Restaurant. Professional quality, stretched canvases are available. Info at 0 4041 7982

The Writers Club and Wine Bar in conjunction with the Suvannabhumi art gallery is staging a six month season (until February 2006) of contemporary Burmese art, by leading artists, some of whose work can not be shown in Burma because of its political nature. Open Sundays – Fridays, 12 – midnight, closed on Saturdays on Rachadamnoen Road, opposite La Villa Restaurant.

Informal Northern Thai Group meets Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance Fran็aise Chiang Mai. Everybody is welcome. The speaker will be: Kwanchewan Buada-eng: “Continuation and Disruption of Karen Religious Movement: Case of the Myitta Byamasoe
in Burma” For more information e-mail: brihubb

Hillside 4 Charity Rooftop Party. Entrance tickets, T-Shirts and raffle tickets at all Rimping outlets on the following dates: at Mee Chok Branch on Saturday 17 December. At Chotana Branch on Sunday 18 December, and at Rimping Nawarat on Monday 19 December, 2005. Also available at Hillside 4 reception desk, The Pub on Huay Kaew Road, and Soho Bar Huay Kaew Road. Or from Marion at the Chiangmai Mail office (0 5323 4102). For sponsorships from your company call board member Steve Yarnold at 0 9555 9179,

Dining and Restaurants

Amari Rincome Hotel is ready for Christmas. Christmas Eve Gala Buffet, Christmas Brunch on December 25, Christmas Gala Dinner on Saturday December 25, and a huge count down for the year end. Make your reservation well in advance at the Guest Relation desk or at La Gritta Restaurant. Telephone 0 5322 1130.

Amazing Sandwich Restaurant, the Sandwich Specialist in Chiang Mai since 1998, has opened its third branch at the new Sompetch Gold Place, a few meters before you reach the Rydges Amora Tapae Hotel. All branches serve sandwich extravaganzas with amazing quality at reasonable prices. Branches 1 and 2 are at 252/3 Prapokklao Rd. beside Thai Airways office and 20/2 Huey Kaew Rd. opposite Orchid Hotel.

Buonissimo, La Trattoria del Sergio. Italian Restaurant, delicatessen, and wine shop. Christmas Orders being taken now. Call, come to the shop, or even order by Internet, [email protected] Tel. 0 5385 3098–9 or check:

Chiangmai Kebab opens daily at 8.30 a.m. – 2.30 a.m. From breakfast to traditional home made Pita bread, salad and your choice of chicken or beef Kebab with the sauce you choose. They also serve Falafel and Samosa fresh daily. Parking next to DK Book Shop behind Oriflame. Tel. 0 7188 1832

Fondue House opposite Central Airport Plaza. A haven of good food to let you relax after a hectic day and enjoy fondue with the family. Place your table reservations for the festive season now. Call 0 9423 1688 or
0 5320 1551.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai will host an exclusive ‘Christmas Sunday Brunch at Lanna Terrace on Christmas Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a scrumptious feast of live cooking action stations featuring favorite cuisines from around the world. Dim Sum, antipasti or Mediterranean tapas, foie gras and Thai dishes are on offer and complemented by juices and Smoothies bar plus unlimited martinis or beers. Price is 2,000 baht plus tax and service charge per person and half price for children under 12. Reservations highly recommended at 0 5329 8181 or email: siriluck.lertlarpyot

Fresh Farm Company delivers delicatessen to your door. Beers in barrels, wines from Italy, Germany, Rumania, even Crikova Sparkling wines from Russia. Add smoked salmon or fresh rainbow trout and make your festive season a success. Alfred Herbold, phone and fax 0 5386 2214

Glass Onion, Wine, Piano or cocktail bar? Sundowner venue or late night snacks? Expect the unexpected! The Glass Onion, 61 Nimmanahaeminda Avenue in the Room #1 Mall. Parking at rear. Open daily except Mondays from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Reservations: 0 5321 8479

Imperial Mae Ping Hotel Christmas Eve buffet on December 24. A merry soiree set around the swimming pool with finest Christmas delights, a ballet performance and Carol singers whilst Santa and his Santarinas visit young and old. From 6 – 10 p.m. at Baht 750++ per person. Children 4-12 years at Baht 375++ per child including a Christmas potion. Christmas Day Brunch buffet December 25 at the Mae Ping Coffee shop from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Baht 495++ per person. Children 4-12 at Baht 245++ per child. Early reservations recommended. Ticket sales at the lobby from December 20-24 from 9 a.m – 9 p.m. More information and reservation at 0 5328 3900.

La Casa, true Italian cuisine serves over 200 dishes of home cooked specialties at 5 Irrigation Canal Rd. and you will receive 10 percent discount by cutting out their advert from the Chiangmai Mail. Reservation for table or catering service at 0 5321 5802.

Le Crystal, new French Restaurant offers special menus for Lunch and dinner throughout December plus an extensive menu for Xmas and New Year. Good tasty French dishes, outstanding service and a wine cellar which is a showpiece in itself. For more information or reservations please call 0 5387 2890-1. The restaurant is just north of Lanna Hospital along the river. An interactive map can be viewed at

Mi Casa, homely, artistic and Mediterranean in the middle of Chiang Mai on Suthep Road holds a Sunday Jazz Brunch with lots of specialties, prepared by Spanish chef Kike. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon – 2.30 p.m. and for dinner from 6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. Telephone 0 9536 4540 or email [email protected] .com. Mi Casa, 60 Moo 8, Suthep Road, Chiang Mai.

My Home, eat and feel at home at ‘My Home’ with daily specials like their specialty: Burmese chicken or Burmese goat….Open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Parking available. 328/1 Charoenrad Rd. Watket District, Muang, Tel. 0 5324 2505, Fax: 0 5324 2506

Pum Pui, the one and only in Chiang Mai, might not be easy to find but when you do, it is definitely worth it! Pizzas, freshest Italian salads and a huge wine selec-tionษTable Reservation at 0 5327 8209, 24/1 Moon Muang Soi 2.

Rachamankha Hotel is known as the chic place to celebrate Christmas and/or New Year. Reservations for their romantic Xmas and New Year celebrations can be made at 0 5390 4111.Check advertising with menu details on Page 13 and 19.

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant will have a Christmas specialties buffet on Sunday, December 25 at 7 p.m. Turkey, German sausages, and everybody’s favorite Christmas goodies. Entertainment: Jazz Music, door prizes and wine by Ambrose Wines. Adults 800 baht, children 400 baht. Reservation needed at Clubhouse Ban Naifan 2 or Tel. 0 5383 8990.

Schmidt Co in Chiang Mai offers the best brands of latest products for bakeries and pastry chefs to get ready for the high season. Sweets, flours, imported chocolates and more. Call 0 5329 7880-1 for details.

Seven Suns Restaurant and Guesthouse are rumored to have the finest Fish and Chips you can find. Worth a try! Great for a light lunch. Seven Suns at 155 Rachamanka Road, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, telephone 0 5381 4325. Open daily. Aussie Big Breakfast served all day.

The House celebrates Christmas with luxurious different Gala menus. The chic and warm feeling of the antique house and the middle eastern-Indian ambiance of the Tapas Bar will give you the feeling of a dinner in the surroundings of your own home. For menu, check advertising on Front Page. For reservation call 0 5341 9011, or e-mail: thehouse

The Pub on Huey Kaew Road will celebrate Christmas on Sunday, 25. The menu is on display in the bar. Seats are limited so bookings are taken with a deposit of 200 baht. New Years Party on Saturday, December 31. Thai/European buffet, raffle and dancing to the sounds of The Dee Band. Tickets are 200 baht each and again numbers are limited so get in quick. Call 0 5321 1550 for more information.

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan will pamper their guests with three huge sumptuous buffets on Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Saturday December 31 from 6.30 p.m. onwards. Smoked Salmon, Venison, Turkey, home made sausages, pates, ham and many more goodies. Be sure to reserve your table in time. Adults 599 baht, Children 299 baht. Open for lunch and then dinner from 5 p.m. onwards, (daily except Tuesdays). Call Joerg or Sunisa Eisen-schmidt at 0 5321 4483 or 0 7183 1202.

TTK, The Thai Kebab, on Changklan Road opposite CM Central Hospital serves kebab, schnitzel, falafel, hummus and much more. Free salad, pickles and sauce to every meal. Open daily from 11.30 – 22.30 except Sunday. Telephone 0 5382 0234, or 0 9634 4249

Movie Schedule Chiang Mai

 Interested in what is shown at ALL theaters in Chiang Mai? Check this out: http:// DisplayPerDay.asp?Channel=2 It has all the movies and times at all the theaters in Chiang Mai.

Art films at CMU. Free movies every Saturday at 6.30 p.m. in the Roof Top of Media Arts and Design Building at CMU Arts Museum. More information at 0 5394 4846, ext 22.


Chiang Mai Expats Club. Meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on Huey Kaew Road at 10.30 a.m. For more info, email [email protected], www.chiangmai

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

A matchmaker service of sorts is fixing up families with pets who really need homes. The Lanna Dog Rescue, a very active group in Chiang Mai, is determined to improve the lives of abandoned and sick dogs that should have happy homes. Temples often act as shelters for unwanted dogs. The Lanna Dog Rescue is working with temples by organizing sterilizations, and providing vaccinations, medical care and food. For information, please go to