HRH Princess Ubolratana
Chiangmai Mail humbly joins
the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana a
most happy birthday on April 5.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana was born on April
5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest daughter of HM the King
and Queen. HRH Princess Ubolratana has shown a very keen interest in the way
Thailand is being promoted.
Chiang Mai Royal Rain makers flying 3-4 sorties daily
The drought crisis continues, with many farmers unable to plant crops as
the creeks have dried up. Because of the mountainous regions, water
cannot be trucked in either.
Suraphon Panusamphon, Doi Saket district-chief officer, Chiang Mai
stated that there are two areas in the district facing a drought crisis,
namely Tambons Pa Miang and Thep Sadet.
Somchai Rueangsuthinaruphap, head of the Upper North Royal Rain Making
Office, Chiang Mai revealed that his organization, which is located at
Wing 41, Chiang Mai, started solving the drought crisis in the Northern
area since March 1, 2006.
Chiang Mai Royal Rain Making Office has to wait for suitable weather
conditions to occur before they can operate to make rain. The Northern
Meteorological Center informed them that the weather has started to be
humid and that this was the right conditions necessary to make
artificial rain. So far they have conducted several sorties and they
have all been successful; especially in the lower part of Chiang Mai,
Lamphun, Lampang, and Tak where there have been many requests for their
The Royal rain-making service is still doing its utmost to produce rain
for the drought-stricken communities, flying 3-4 operations each day in
order to relieve the drought crisis.
Thai Red Cross Society Chiang Mai “Anonymous Clinic” reports
Patcharee Chuariyakun, head of Red Cross Office 3, reported on the
AIDS situation in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office
kept an up-to-date register of AIDS patients; and in the period since
1988 until November 30, 2005, it was found that there were a total of
19,377 AIDS patients, of which 5,538 had died. Among this total number,
13,670 were male and 5,707 were female, most of whom were laborers. The
main cause of infection was from sexual intercourse, with males
contracting the infection through promiscuous behavior whilst working
away from home and infecting their wives on their return.
Chuariyakun, head of Red Cross Office 3.
The Anonymous Clinic, Thai Red Cross Society Chiang Mai Branch was first
opened on trial on March 24, 2003 and officially established on October
10, 2003, the brain-child of Paen Wannamethi, the secretary of the Thai
Red Cross Society.
Most of people who were diagnosed as having the infection were in the
25-29 age-group, staying in Chiang Mai and surrounding areas. But
nowadays, there is an increasing incidence of teenagers also being
diagnosed with the disease.
The Anonymous Clinic has organized AIDS awareness activities for over
two years now. They have created AIDS prevention programs in workplaces,
published AIDS awareness bulletins in academies; and have set up
training programs to instruct nurses who are taking care of AIDS
In Thailand, from the recent report published by the Office of
Epidemiology (August 2005), it was found that there were 366,888 people
suffering from AIDS, of whom 90,059 had died. Information from (AIDS
Division, Bureau of AIDS, TB and STIs, Department of Diseases Control,
Ministry of Public Health, 2005).
“Painting by His Majesty”
at the Arts and Culture center
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Chiang Mai mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn, announced that there will be an
exhibition called “Painting by His Majesty” at the exhibition room, 2nd
floor of Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center on April 1-9, 2006.
This exhibition is just one event in the forthcoming Chiang Mai
International Arts and Culture Festival which has been organized by the
Tourism Authority of Thailand: Northern Region 1. Also, in the Art
Pavilion near the parking area of the museum, there will be an art
exhibition featuring works from six academies in Chiang Mai.
Those who are interested can get more information at the reception
counter or call 0-5321-9833 on Tuesday to Sunday; also seasonal
festivity holidays (except Monday) from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Vadim Tchijik concert
at the Alliance Francaise
Vadim Tchijik will give a
violin recital at the Alliance FranÁcaise on Monday April 24th, 2006 at
7.30 p.m. The program will include works of J.S. Bach, Paganini, and
Kreisler. Tickets will be on sale at the Alliance at 350 baht, tel: 053
Vadim Tchijik is a winner of many prestigious international violin
competitions such as N. Paganini Competition in Genoa, P.I.Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow, R. Lipizer Competition in Gorizia; winner of
International Competition in Portogruaro (Italy), Juventus Award (by the
European Council), N. and L. Boulanger Foundation Award and Natexis
Banque Populaire Foundation Award in Paris, O. and V. Ritter Foundation
Award in Hamburg and G. Cziffra Foundation Award (France).
He has performed with Moscow Symphony Orchestra, North Nederland
Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic, Orchestra di Teatro di Genova,
Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Ulianovsk
Philharmonic, Gunma Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra,
Yaroslavl Philharmonic, Plano Symphony Orchestra and many others,
conducted by Michel Tabachnik, Anton Nanut, Peter Csaba, Paolo Peloso
He is very often invited to participate in prestigious music festivals
and in various radio and TV broadcasts in many countries. His concerts
always receive highest acclamations by critics.
Born in November 1975, he started to study the violin at the age of six
and gave his first concert when he was only eight. He finished the
famous Tchaikovsky Central Music School in Moscow for the gifted
children, First Prize unanimously at the National Superior Conservatory
of Music in Lyon, then he completed his post-graduate studies at the
High Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Artist Certificate at the
Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Arts in Dallas, Chigiana
Music Academy in Siena and always obtained the highest honors.
Christopher G. Moore speaks
at the Chiangmai Expats Club
The Chiangmai Expats Club
(CEC) meeting was held on Saturday, March 25, at the Chiangmai Orchid
Hotel. Following the regular order of business, Tom Matty, CEC
vice-president, introduced the guest speaker, Christopher G. Moore,
world renowned writer, commentator and speaker. Moore, who hails from
Canada and now living in Bangkok, has authored one best-seller after
another during his more than twenty years as a writer.
Christopher took the podium and shared with his audience of nearly 90
club members, his writing experiences and the many courses of action to
consider should a person decide to make professional writing a career.
G Moore addressing the CEC.
He also shared several thought-provoking anecdotes about some of the
characters in his novels (including the Chiangmai Mail’s Executive
Editor who had a ‘bit part’ in Pattaya 24/7), and held the audience’s
attention with humorous and interesting experiences he has had as a
novelist since leaving his previous job as a law professor more than
twenty years ago.
Several club members took the opportunity to purchase signed copies of
Christopher’s books, including Gambling on Magic, A Killing Smile, and
Cold Hit, three of his best-sellers.
If you are a lover of orchids, you won’t want to miss the Expats Club
meeting on Saturday, April 8. Folbert Bronsema (Expats Club member) will
tell you everything you ever wanted to know about growing and caring for
this beautiful plant which produces complex flowers and which grows
worldwide, especially as epiphytes in tropical forests.
For more information, email
[email protected] or www.chiangmaiexpatsclub.com.
Accolades for Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai
Mandarin Oriental Dhara
Dhevi, Chiang Mai.
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, has been named as Hideaway of
the Year by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, in an annual survey that
singles out the world’s most captivating hideaway hotels and resorts for
The Hideaway Report, a connoisseur’s guide to peaceful and unspoiled
places, considers for inclusion only properties that are located in
peaceful and scenically pleasing surroundings.
“We are delighted to have been awarded by this highly respected
publication,” says Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi’s General Manager Mark
Bradford. “This really shows that, although our resort has been open for
only one year, we are gaining recognition from the travel industry and
discerning travelers alike.”
“At this extraordinary new resort you feel as though you have been
granted privileged access to a palace and temple compound of astonishing
grandeur,” says the review that accompanies the award. Mandarin Oriental
Dhara Dhevi also appears in the UK Tatler Travel Guide 2006 as one of
the top hotels in the world.
“The new Mandarin Oriental is a fandango of a resort”, comments Tatler,
in this prestigious guide. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the
award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious
hotels and resorts, currently operating 22 luxury hotels with a further
eight under development.