Expats helping Expats
Samukkee, from Chiang Mai Ram Hospital, was guest speaker.
The Chiangmai Expats Club (CEC) held its second meeting
of the year on Saturday, January 28. Jim Cox, CEC president reminded
everyone that club membership is open to all, and that anyone living in and
around Chiang Mai may drop by on the second and fourth Saturdays of the each
month to see what the club has to offer. Meetings are held at the Chiang Mai
Orchid Hotel (next to Central Shopping Plaza) at 10.30 a.m.
Yoawathida Samukkee from Chiang Mai Ram Hospital was
guest speaker, and she shared a host of information about the services they
provide, and its mission to provide high quality medical care and health
services. She said that Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and United Health Care are
just three of the many health plans accepted by Chiang Mai Ram Hospital, and
that appointments can be made via their website.
Chiang Mai Ram Hospital, established in 1993 as a private
hospital, was the first medical center in northern Thailand to be awarded
the prestigious Prime Minister’s Export Award in 2004. The hospital is
affiliated with nine other Ramkhamhaeng group hospitals throughout Thailand.
Chiang Mai’s facility, located on Boonruangrit Road in the Sripoom
District, is a 12-story building with a 350 bed capacity, boasting a highly
trained medical staff and state-of-the-art medical equipment. Visitors are
welcome at the hospital any day of the week to see how a truly international
medical facility is managed.
For those early risers, the next hike will be on Monday,
February 6, so check the CEC website ([email protected]) for
Richard H. Colburn, Senior Consultant with Montpelier
Financial Services, is the scheduled guest speaker on Saturday, February 11.
Richard will be sharing his financial expertise with us on what to look for
when picking a financial advisor. Richard points out that financial advisors
should be professionally qualified, regulated, and independent, so that they
can provide the best possible services to their clients.
Remember, it’s all about Expats helping Expats.
Chiang Mai convention center to open December 2007
To host Asean Tourism Forum 2008 says TAT
Chiang Mai Meeting Incentive Convention and Exhibition
Center should be open in time to host the Asean Tourism Forum 2008,
according to Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Juthamas Siriwan.
She said the ground breaking ceremony for the B. 1,220
million project, should be held shortly after appointing the contractor in
June. It would take 15 months to complete construction. That would give the
center just three months to achieve operational status to host the January
2008 Asean Tourism Forum.
According to the TAT, the project is at the blueprint
stage where final adjustments can be made to the design before construction
is approved. The center should be opened to mark HM the King’s Birthday, 5
According to Ms Juthamas, once the center is completed
the project will be handed over to the Thailand Convention and Exhibition
Bureau to take the lead role to boost business. However, it is also possible
that a professional and independent management team might be appointed.
TAT stated it is expected that the new venue will be able
to host the ATF 2008 which would attract 2,000 delegates from Asean
countries. TAT has not sought the opinion of the private sector and there
could be a strong lobby to propose Pattaya, which has a bigger room
inventory and is just 70 km from the new Suvarnabhumi Airport due to open
later this year.
Pattaya is host to the Pata Annual Conference this April
and has hosted various trade events of a similar size and nature to the ATF.
However, there will be pressure on TAT to push conventions and exhibition
to the government owned convention hall in Chiang Mai in preference to the
private sector owned centers in Bangkok and Pattaya.
THAI to offer spa, massage services to passengers
Jet-lagged passengers can now find relief as Thai Airways
International Public Company Limited (THAI) has come up with an innovative
idea—offering spa and massage services to its passengers at Bangkok’s
Don Muang Airport and aboard its planes, the head of THAI announced
Somchainuk Engtrakul, Acting President of the national
carrier, said THAI would offer spa services to its passengers on the ground
at the airport, while they await transit flights to other countries.
In addition, massage services will be given to airborne
passengers, while traveling aboard its planes so that they would feel more
Services to refresh jet-lagged travelers are expected to
perk-up the low profits registered during the recent spate of rising fuel
costs, depressing profitability.
The spa service is expected to be launched soon. He said
he expected the service would also help publicize Thai spa and herb
Touching on THAI’s service in 2006, he said the airline
had planned to increase flight frequencies on routes which are popular among
For instance, flight frequencies from Bangkok to New York
would be increased to five from four times a week, while Bangkok to Los
Angeles flights would rise to four from three per week, he said.
Flight routes which are not making money—such as
Bangkok to New Zealand— will have their service frequencies reduced.
He said he believed that rising oil prices on the world
market would not affect THAI’s earnings because the increases would be
temporary and THAI would have more active services after the new
Suvarnabhumi Airport is opened for service, which, he said, would boost