Thai Elephant Day activity organized at Northern Village
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
of the elephant collection products displayed in “Ngan Chang” at
Northern Village in Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai.
Central Airport Plaza in cooperation with Thai Elephant
Conservation Center is organizing an event in aid of Thai elephant
conservation entitled “Ngan Chang” at Northern Village in Central
Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai from March 9 to 31, during which here will be an
exhibition of a collection containing over 500 products about elephants.
Prawit Janyasittikul, Marketing Senior Vice President of
Central Pattana, confirmed that since March 13th
of every year is Thai Elephant Day, Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai
provided activities aimed at conserving the Thai elephant and disseminating
knowledge about the Thai Elephant, the national emblem of Thailand. It was
also to encourage residents to pay more attention to the plight of the
declining numbers of elephants.
Visitors to Northern Village will see the Thai elephant exhibition and
its history, including different pictures created by well known artists of
elephants performing many tasks. Some of these pictures are quite rare and
around 50 elephant paintings by the artist Ong Kongphat have been specially
sent from Bangkok. Those who attend the exhibition will also enjoy shopping
for the elephant products such as an elephant lamp, carved wooden statues,
notebooks, handbags, pillows, shirts, fragrant candles and many more stylish
Chonlada Shop for an exciting range of locally made Northern souvenirs at Anusarn
wood handicrafts product displayed in Chonlada Shop
Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s Northern Provinces
that has become internationally famous for its handicrafts; and visitors to
the area would not consider leaving without purchasing some of the
bewildering array of beautifully made products as a reminder of their stay,
to show to friends and relatives as a souvenir of their visit to Chiang
One of the handicraft shops displaying a wide variety of local
craftsmanship is Chonlada Shop located in Anusarn Market, selling both
wholesale and retail. The shop is owned by Pipat Sattayawatsakulchot and
Nachon Poralokanon, who set up in Anusarn Market only one month ago. The
two owners considered their business would grow more quickly in Anusarn
Market because the locality is well developed, attracting many tourists,
both Thai and foreign, who visit the market in huge numbers every day.
Nachon disclosed that she had run a business in the Night Bazaar for seven
years, selling silk, cotton and jewelry made by craftspeople from Chiang
Mai and the Northeastern region. Her business was going well and recently
she decided to branch out and open Chonlada Shop on Anusarn Market to
expand her business and respond to her customers’ requirements. Products
in the new shop are carving work, silk, cotton, lamps and jewelry. Chonlada
Shop opens from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and further
information is available on 04-0779584 and 04-9488917.
All IT technologies are available in Panthip Plaza
At present, computers and IT are playing important role
in our daily lives, doing away with paperwork and making the tasks of data
saving, information searching and even communication possible by just using
our fingers. Business organizations and even ordinary households prefer to
use computers as the modern instruments for office work, technical
research, data storage and even entertainment. With this in mind the
government has designated Chiang Mai to be a regional leader of IT, with
the concept “Chiang Mai IT City”.
Panthip Plaza Chiang Mai has been established near the
Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Road and is the biggest computer and IT store in
the city of Chiang Mai. It was opened in mid-2004 and is a branch of
Panthip Plaza in Bangkok, offering consumers a wide choice of the top name
brands of IT hardware. Among the internationally well-known brands of IT
products on display in Panthip Plaza are names like Sony, IBM, Acer, HP and
Toshiba. The large mall has outlets serving software, as well as a large
computer superstore, a computer checking and repair center, shops stocking
a huge range of the latest digital cameras and photographic equipment;
house and mobile phone shops and even a computer education academy.
The mall opens from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and the parking area
has space for many vehicles. For more information concerning the plaza
Plaza IT Center Chiang Mai.
Chiangmai Expats Club Meeting
The Chiangmai Expats Club (CEC) held it’s regular
meeting at the Chiangmai Orchid hotel on Saturday, March 11, 2006, at 10.30
a.m. It was a lively meeting with two guest speaker presentations and
several interesting points of information shared by club members.
Tom Matty, CEC vice-president, gave recognition to ten
newly-joined club members who hail from four different countries. Tom
pointed out that club membership is represented by people from all over the
world, and that the membership is comprised of members from all age groups.
CEC day hikes will resume in the autumn, and organizers
will be seeking participants to join in these educational, healthful walks
which take place in and around Chiangmai, including many local mountainous
regions and villages.
Guest speakers from Niyom Phanich Company promised
excellent discounts on home appliances, entertainment media, computers and
other consumer goods to CEC members who show their membership card when
making purchases at any of the several stores in the Chiangmai area.
Tom Matty shared his experiences and photos of a day
trip he took to Wat Wiang Kum Kam, an area with well-preserved ancient
ruins, interesting carvings and on-going excavations. Tom highly recommends
this excursion, and says to take along your camera with zoom lens and/or
binoculars to take in the most-unusual sights in this area that contains so
much Thai history.
The next Chiangmai Expats Club meeting will be held on
Saturday, March 25, at 10.30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Christopher
G. Moore, renowned author, commentator and speaker. Moore, a Bangkok-based
Canadian writer, has been writing for more than twenty years, and has
continued to turn out one best-seller after another. This is a “don’t
miss” event and an opportunity to meet a man whose achievements have been
recognized all over the world.
Remember, CEC is all about Expats helping Expats.
“2gether – anniversary exhibition”
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Anatomy Painting by Laura Spector and Chadwick Gray.
La Luna Gallery in Chiang Mai will celebrate its second
anniversary with the opening of a very unique exhibition. Artists from
Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Myanmar have been requested to create art
together in pairs and trios, and the result is a number of unique oil,
acrylic, and lacquer-paintings on canvas, board and aluminum.
“We would like to celebrate the spirit of cooperation.
At the same time, we have challenged artists, who have never worked
together, to create something very special,” says Sommai Lumdual, the
Director of La Luna Gallery.
Among the artists are Therdkiat Wangwarcharakul and
Sirat Ubolyaem from Thailand, Trinh Tuan and Cung Hoa from Vietnam, and Lim
Ah Cheng and Soon Lai Wai from Malaysia. Also local artists Supachet
Bhumakarn and Siriwan Lohacheewa will participate.
During the actual anniversary day of March 14, Laura
Spector and Chadwick Gray, American artists based in Chiang Mai, will do a
live performance of their exceptional Museum Anatomy painting, where Laura
paints classical paintings on the body of Chadwick. The performance will be
studied by a number of schools from Chiang Mai as well as other visitors.
The opening of the “2gether” exhibition will take place at 6.30 p.m.
For further information please contact Sommai Lumdual, 0 9635 7667.
Christian Outreach Center reaching out
COC House of Praise
Over three hundred and twenty people attended the first
Sunday services of the Christian Outreach Centre House of Praise
International and Thai churches, at their new property, incorporating
Church, Office and Training Centre, located on Santisuk Rd, Rin Khum.
(located right behind the Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel).
The atmosphere was one of great excitement as the
community singing and worship rang through the newly renovated and
beautifully remodeled three storey complex.
Pastors Jonathan and Judy Vickers, the Founders and
National Leaders of C.O.C. Thailand for eleven years, stated that the new
facility would permit a greater expansion of the many community activities
currently under its ‘Haven Foundation’ welfare programs, which include
the ‘Youth Unlimited’ anti drug and anti delinquency concerts,
Leadership Training Programs, Haven Children’s Homes, and Family
C.O.C. House of Praise will hold its official opening
ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday the 18th of March and meets every Sunday at
9 a.m. for International Service and 11 a.m. for the Thai service.
We cordially invite everyone to join in the opening
ceremonies on March 18, 2006 at 2 p.m.
Rak Sukaphap 2006 event to be added to the Northern Events Calendar
Watchara Phanchet, Assistant of Minister of Public Health (center) presided
over the “Rak Sukaphap 2006”.
Rak Sukaphap 2006 proved a great success as a pilot
scheme of the regional health center and attracted the participation of
25,000 persons, joining in 96 activities. It is to be promoted in the
Northern Events Calendar of every year, to encourage residents to take care
of their health and to develop the health and beauty service businesses in
Chiang Mai and nearby provinces.
Prof. Kannikar Pornphatkul, president of Health Support
Association of Chiang Mai revealed that “Rak Sukaphap 2006” was
organized between February 9-13 and it was presided over by Dr. Watchara
Phanchet, Assistant Minister of Public Health. This event was a tremendous
success and achieved its objectives to promote Chiang Mai province as a
regional center of health and become better known internationally in
countries in Asia. Around 25,000 health conscious people attended the event
and enjoyed the health products on display along with many health services
that could be experienced at the 115 booths offering 96 different
activities including exhibitions, a health assessment check, health and
beauty advice and stage performances.
After its inclusion in the Northern Events Calendar, it is hoped that
more tourists from other countries will join, including residents of the