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Thai Elephant Day activity organized at Northern Village

Chonlada Shop for an exciting range of locally made Northern souvenirs at Anusarn

All IT technologies are available in Panthip Plaza

Chiangmai Expats Club Meeting

“2gether – anniversary exhibition”

Christian Outreach Center reaching out

Rak Sukaphap 2006 event to be added to the Northern Events Calendar

Thai Elephant Day activity organized at Northern Village

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

One 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 products.


Chonlada Shop for an exciting range of locally made Northern souvenirs at Anusarn

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Carved 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 Mai.

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

Preeyanoot Jittawong

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 telephone 053-288383.

Panthip Plaza IT Center Chiang Mai.


Chiangmai Expats Club Meeting

Phillip Johnson

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

Museum 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 Assistance programs.

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

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Dr. 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 Northern region.