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Expat afternoon adventures and a history lesson

Piano Recital by Juyeon Kang

Musical Pot Pourri to raise funds for charity

Farewell to winter at D2

St. Patrick’s Day in Chiang Mai

Expat afternoon adventures and a history lesson

The History Buffs begin their trek along the South Wall

Under a hot blazing sunny afternoon twelve brave souls recently set out for a very unique Chiang Mai adventure, a trek along the ancient south wall also known as the Kamphaeng Din which probably built by King Muang Kaeo 1495-1526.  
The group researched and plotted their course along the entire wall, from the southwest corner of the inner city wall and moat, all the way to its current end near the Night Bazaar. Originally the wall went all the way from the SW Ku Ruang corner and connected to the inner wall and moat at the NE Si Phum corner.
Much of the wall has now been destroyed, fallen in, or built upon.  Some areas have been preserved to some extent.  Some short sections have even been restored.  Most of us have seen the remnants of the wall but had no idea what it meant to the old city of Chiang Mai. 
The inner city wall and moat (that we all know) was built around 1100 when Chiang Mai was at war with Burma most of the time.  The south wall, which we toured Friday, was built about 300 years later when an even greater threat came from the south and also to protect the expanding city and house the army and their multitude of elephants and horses.
One thing is for sure, this trek is not on the tourist maps.  It was great to see a different part of the city most of us didn’t even know existed. 
We passed through many different ethnic neighborhoods along the way, each one unique and colorful in its own way.  At one point Julie insisted that we stop and take in a cock fight (totally illegal) that was under way in a yard on one of the hidden little back alleys.  When the feathers started to fly, we convinced her it was time to move on toward cocktail time.
With all the hazards, trees that attack you, giant ants that eat you, fear of snakes, vicious dogs, tripping and falling hazards galore and even the occasional traffic jam to navigate - there was never a dull moment.  Of course the danger was balanced out by the warm smiles and cheerful greetings all along the way - “sawadee jaou!”

Last one buys the beer!


Piano Recital by Juyeon Kang

The “Juyeon Kang Piano Recital “ will be held on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 7.30 pm at A.U.A Auditorium on Rajadamnern Road.
Tickets are priced at 300 baht and 200 baht for students. For More Information and advance booking, please call Khun Mongkol at Tel: 081-682-8000 or 086-506-8000 and at A.U.A Auditorium on Rajadamnern Road . Tel: 053-214-120 or 053-211-377


Musical Pot Pourri to raise funds for charity

An Evening of Musical Pot Pourri will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 7.30 pm at A.U.A Auditorium on Rajadamnern Road.
Mongkol & Duangdao Chayasirisobhon, the husband and wife team will present a musical programme consisting of a selection of the internationally known musicals.
Proceeds from this concert will benefit the charity projects of the Y’s Men Club of Chiangmai. Tickets are priced at 300 and 200 Baht for students available by advance booking or ticket purchasing at The YMCA of Chiangmai on 11 Sermsuk Road, Mangrairasami Tel: (053) 221-819-20 or call 081-951-0340. Email: [email protected] ymcachiangmai.org


Farewell to winter at D2

From left on the back – Steve Taylor, Aaron Johnston From left on the front – Francesco Marchitelli, Cindy Novkov, Donjai Srivichainanda

2nd from left - Somock Inthavong, Guru of D2hotel as always ensuring a great time for his guests and friends. 3rd from left – Tom Vejsada (Director and CEO of Kentoya Freeride) and friends celebrating the end of winter in Chiang Mai.

The D2 Hotel in Chiang Mai recently celebrated a creative way to say farewell to our beloved cool days and nights. Over 100 guests gathered in their outdoor Beer Garden to party the night away with famed DJ Seed Norasate Mudkong who kept the crowd entertained with his eclectic mix of sounds.


St. Patrick’s Day in Chiang Mai

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