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

ArtSpace Student Art Exhibition, “The Figure” - Paintings and Drawings. Opening Event at Art Cafe, Thursday, January 19, 2006. From 6–8 p.m., meet the artists. Show dates January 19 - February 19, 2006. Art Cafe is located directly across from Thapae Gate. For inquiries about the exhibition or ArtSpace classes, contact Chadwick: at 0 4041 7982 [email protected]

The Lunch Bunch for ladies in Chiang Mai will be held at Annelie’s house in Doi Saket. It will be potluck! Please confirm before January 8 at [email protected] and you will receive the directions by mail. Reservations are necessary. There will be seats for maximum 25 persons.

An evening of plucked and bowed strings, presented by Santi Studio at the A.U.A. auditorium on Ratchadum-noen Rd on January 6, 2006 at 7 p.m. Concert will feature solos, duets, junior ensembles and string quartet musical performances. Free admission.

Hillside 4 Charity Rooftop Party. Entrance tickets, T-Shirts and raffle tickets 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,

“Earth, Wind and Water”, exhibition by Jason Tamthai and Jittiwut Sriyang at La Luna Gallery, 190 Charoen-rajd Road, Chiang Mai, Tel.: 0 5330 6678. From January 14-28, open daily except Mondays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Monday by appointment only.)

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 Buadaeng: “Continuation and Disruption of Karen Religious Movement: Case of the Myitta Byamasoe in Burma” For more information e-mail: [email protected]

“Experience Bamboo” at CMU Art Museum from 16 December 2005 - 20 January 2006 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. New Bamboo Architec-ture 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.

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 Re-staurant.

Dining and Restaurants

Cozy, diverse and tasty,the perfect family lunch is served at the Amari Rincome Hotel! Enjoy the Daily International Lunch Buffet for only 325 baht at La Gritta Restaurant. Reservations at tel. 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.

Bella Italia will serve an authentic Southern Italian Menu with traditional Italian food on New Years Eve, (31.12.2005). Every set dinner for two will receive one bottle of Italian sparkling wine to ‘get in the mood’ for saying Good Bye 2005 and Welcome 2006. Reservation and directions at 0 9851 7607, 0 4614 2783.

Buonissimo, La Trattoria del Sergio. Italian Restaurant, delicatessen, and wine shop. Tel. 0 5385 3098-9 or check out

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 Samo-sa 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.

Fresh Farm Company delivers delicatessen to your door throughout the year. Beers in barrels, wines from Germany, Italy, Romania, even Crikova Sparkling wines from Russia. Add smoked salmon or fresh rainbow trout and make every day a feast. Alfred Herbold, phone and fax 0 5386 2214

Glass Onion, Wine, Piano or cocktail bar? Every night a different theme. Expect the unexpected! The Glass Onion, 61 Nimmanahaeminda Road 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 New Year’s Party December 31 at the Mae Ping Beer Garden. New Year’s Day Jazz (1.1.2006) brunch in relaxed atmosphere with international culinary delights and Jazz tunes 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 including a glass of sparkling wine or NY fruit punch. Early reservations recommended. Ticket sales at the lobby 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 New Year Eve and New Years Day. 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 is holding a Sunday Jazz Brunch on New Years Day (1.1.2006), starting at 11.30 a.m. with lots of specialties, prepared by Spanish chef Kike. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from noon – 2.30 p.m. and for dinner 6–10.30 p.m. Telephone 0 9536 4540 or email [email protected] 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! New Years Evening celebration including cocktails in a festive atmosphere. Table Reservation at 0 5327 8209, 24/1 Moon Muang Soi 2.

Rachamankha Hotel is known as the chic place to celebrate New Year in a Lanna cultural fair. Local Music, drum beating performance, sword dances, puppet performance and much more. 6 p.m. - midnight. Tickets can be purchased at Front Office desk, Racha-
mankha Hotel, by telephone at 0 5390 4111 or e-mail: [email protected]

Saenkham Terrace Restaurant offers a huge range of Northern Thai dishes with favorites like deep fried shitake mushrooms, spicy lemon grass salad, or a gurami fish salad. 6 to 8 km along the Kan Klong Chonprathan Road from Chiang Mai University, depending upon your navigation skills. Look for the over-bridge into Baan Nai Fun 2 and the clubhouse building on the right. Reservation: 0 5383 8990, open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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 still 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 Green Oasis (behind Bake and Bite near Thapae gate) will celebrate New Years with a 5-course Gala Dinner on Saturday, December 31. Including one glass of Crikova Sparkling Wine only 599 baht net per person. Reservation 0 6911 5976. Open daily from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

The House celebrates New Years with a Gala Menu priced at 2006 baht p.p. 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 reservation call 0 5341 9011, or e-mail: [email protected]

To Nobody, German Restaurant in Soi Tewan is ideal for expats and Thais alike. Enjoy all-time German favorites like Pork knuckle, bratwursts, beer (even Oktoberfest beer) and trout from the Royal Project, (not to be missed). 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.

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:// 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],

LuckyDogs Club (anon-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: [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