Lanna Yi Peng celebrations, the most spectacular ever
Every Parade, Every Celebration, Every Thought.
During the weekend everywhere you went - all thoughts were on HM The King
At Tapae Gate the Loy Krathong tree is all light
Many local people go to The Three Kings Monument
to make merit
on this important occasion
Earlier this year, Madame Mayor Dr. Duantemduang na Chiang Mai promised
residents and visitors the biggest and most spectacular Loi Krathong
Festival ever held in Chiang Mai, and so it proved! Dedicated to honouring
His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday on December 5th, and themed on Lanna
culture, the extended four day festival attracted tens of thousands of happy
participants, who thronged the moat and Ping River areas of the city for the
duration of the celebrations.
Citizens and businesses had spent days hanging lanterns on hundreds of trees
and decorating their homes and premises with palm leaves and lights in the
traditional manner, providing a beautiful setting. Large numbers of visitors
and tourists came from all over the world to take part in the famous and
unique Lanna Thai version of Loi Krathong, and to view the amazing sight of
thousands of huge lanterns dedicated to their hopes and wishes floating
upwards into the night sky. Traditional krathong floats, in the form of
lotus leaves with flowers, candles and incense, were set adrift on the Ping
river, and floated away with the words “ aria mai dee, bpai”, —what is bad,
go! Many Thais visit temples prior to the celebrations, in order to make
merit, cleansing themselves from sins past and preparing for a fresh merit
The festival began on 22nd November with the Yi Peng (meaning the full moon
night of the 12th lunar month), 2007 Ceremony, held at the Three Kings
Monument in the old city. Lanna musical performances were enjoyed, together
with a local food festival in the vicinity, and many other traditional
activities. The “Miss Yi Peng” beauty contest began on 22nd, with the final
scheduled for the last day of the festival.
The city streets along the river were crowded with stalls selling lanterns,
krathongs, and all kinds of festive food . Many Lanna Thai cultural
presentations and folk performances took place all over the area, together
with a Krathong making competition, bamboo raft and boat races on the river,
and, of course, spectacular and very noisy firework displays! Many of Chiang
Mai’s major hotels held special “Loi Krathong” nights, with traditional
Lanna Thai music, dance, and events as well as launching lanterns and
On the night of the 24th, visitors and residents were treated to a wonderful
parade of decorated “light and sound” boats on the Ping River, and on the
final night, the 25th, many beautifully decorated “Krathong Yai “ floats
paraded through the streets as part of a Krathong contest, all depicting
stories from the Lord Buddha’s life and from Thai history, literature and
The traditional Lanna Thai Loi Krathong festivities have been held here in
Chiang Mai for 700 years; everyone who was fortunate enough to be part of
this year’s celebration will surely agree that it must have been one of the
The D + JKX Moorn group from Holland at the
Anchalee, Lawrence, Peter and Ken about to make
a wish before
launching their Krathongs at the Holiday Inn
Elizabeth and Robert enjoying the festivities on
the Holiday Inn Terrace
All around Chiang Mai Loy Krathong is
celebrated. Even in the Northern Child Development Centre it is a special
time for the kids.
The Dhilawla family; Sakina, Azure, Mohan and
Armand at the Sofitel .
Sarah Daly and Saowaluck Chanprome are all
smiles at the Sofitel.
Chiang Mai Madam mayor Dr Duentemduang na Chieng
Mai in white
traditional dress is seen releasing krathong into the Ping River
in front of Chiang Mai Municipality.
Dominique, Gop, Leonie, Vincent, John and Julie
at the River Ping Palace
Party on Saturday night
Eshter (hostess) Bruce, Mai, Eva, Vincent Home
at the River Ping Palace Party
(Left) Leonie, Youtin and Gop at the River Ping
Angela, Ray, Kwang, Noi, Margaret, Don and John
at the River Ping Palace Party
Aquila, Zassako, Bill, Zac and Susan at the
River Ping Palace Party
The Staff at the Pub enter into the spirit of
Loy Krathong – (l-r) Tong, Som,
Amee, John, and Chompoo
Large numbers of visitors and tourists came from
all over the world to view the amazing sight of thousands of huge lanterns
floating upwards into the night sky.
Chiang Mai expats and locals celebrate Thanksgiving Day
Relaxing on the Holiday Inn River Terrace after
a large Thanksgiving lunch
l/r Arline Sarvell, Chanchira Panyasiri, Gothe Svensson,
Joakim Sillren and Hakan Olsson.
Esther chose the Holiday Inn for her
Thanksgiving dinner. Back row l/r Carl Crouch, Esther Ting, Luca (Food and
Beverage Holiday Inn) and Denis Ryan. Seated Lilli Chequer, Candice Crouch
and Colleen Page.
The Bridges Family decided on the Holiday Inn
lunch buffet for their Thanksgiving. l/r Aubrey, Russ, Kelly and Sydney.
The Vantage Team from Boston chose the Holiday
Inn lunch buffet to relax for a few hours during Thanksgiving. l/r Ann
Smets, Joan Pitman and Cheryl Kobayashi.
Charles Rodgers and Karen Baker had their
Thanksgiving by the swimming pool at the Amari. Wim Fagel (General Manager)
had no worries about being thrown into the pool - the buffet was as good as
The Pub Thanksgiving Sunday lunch saw Saowanee,
Derek, Malee and Stan tucking into a great roast turkey
Rod and Tao pictured just finishing their roast
at The Pub on Sunday Thanksgiving.
Richard Bell and Michael Linington chose the
Amari Ricome Thanksgiving
buffet lunch this year.
Janet celebrated her 40th birthday on
Thanksgiving weekend with friends from Prem at the Four Seasons Resort: l/r
Wally, Trisha, Jenn, Chris, Mel, John, Janet (birthday girl), Graig, Owen,
Diana, Maxine, All, Mary, Rod and Jim.
Pam and Susu invited Ben and Marsha from San
Antonio in the USA to Thanksgiving at the Four Seasons - what could be
Julia and Tom along with Dan and Maureen
enjoying a sunny afternoon
at the Thanksgiving weekend at the Four Seasons Resort.
At The Four Seasons were Michelle, Rob, Antony
and Helen enjoying Thanksgiving.
The Pub on Thanksgiving Sunday found Jeni and
the turkey and all the trimmings.
Thanksgiving by the pool at the Amari found
standing (l-r) Teerapong Yimsiri,
Michael Kennedy, Steve Mars and Frank James. seated (l-r) Michael Lucia,
Karen and Abby Sheak and Randy Readon.
The Bush family dropped in on Duke’s for
Thanksgiving. Unfortunately The President was too busy to come. However Tom
Bush brought the rest of his family; Andrew, Lenora and Deborah. Mike
Longrich joined the happy family .
Thanksgiving at Duke’s found lots of little Red
Indians participating in the celebrations - this time they were from Ban San
Faan Children’s Home.
Waiting for their Turkey on Thanksgiving at
Duke’s were Bernard Davis Bud Velat Maurice Lawson and Ric Richardson.
Thanksgiving at Duke’s is quickly becoming a
tradition for the Bill Moeller, Milt Owens, George Scudder and Thomas
One would think that Chiang Mai was one of the last places in the world
where one could find Thanksgiving Day events. Do we really celebrate this
ages old traditional American festival? Yessiree, we sure do! Chiang Mai is
a city of pilgrims - people who have travelled from all corners of the world
to live in this wonderful city. We all have so many reasons to be happy and
contented here, and to celebrate with gratitude on this special day.
It all began on a warm summer’s day back in 1676, when the pioneers who had
travelled to the New World decided to express thanks to God for their good
fortune, having settled by then into their new and thriving communities. A
day in June was proclaimed as Thanksgiving Day, and on that day, and
subsequently annually, the celebrations were held with a great deal of
enthusiasm! Several hundred years later, in 1941, the United States Congress
sanctioned Thanksgiving Day as a National Holiday, and moved the date on
which it would be held each year to the fourth Thursday in November. Since
then, American citizens, both in the USA and elsewhere in the world, have
treasured that special day as a reminder to give thanks for their blessings,
and to share the day with family and friends.
Here in Chiang Mai, we give thanks for the wonderful experiences that living
here gives to us - the friendly Thai people we meet, the exquisite and spicy
Thai food we eat, the beautiful trees and flowers we see, the sunsets over
the nearby mountains, the all-embracing warmth of the sun, the life-giving
rains, and even the spectacular thunderstorms!
This year we celebrated in many different ways, as the pictures show - we
thronged the pubs and restaurants, we arranged parties in our homes and
invited all our friends, whether from the USA or elsewhere, and we all,
expat and local people, enjoyed that favourite Thanksgiving treat - roast
turkey! Here’s to next year!
Fee, Fie, Chatty chatters! –
The art of party talk
Our very own Chiang Mai Trend Trekker argues that
becoming the star of the party this time of year depends
on much more than a gorgeous outfit
Slip into your Jimmy Choos! Throw on your black silk Chanel minidress! Glue
on those lashes! The cocktail party season has arrived. But remember – these
occasions, however festive and frivolous, are more than just opportunities
to knock back free cocktails and flaunt your latest fashion purchases; they
are the perfect place to hone all those all-important conversational skills.
What’s the goal? It’s quite simple: if you are smash hit at one social
soirée, then you are quite likely to get invited to…more social soirées.
As soon as you RSVP to an event, minimize your PPA (party performance
anxiety) by mentally preparing. Think of who might be there, and make lists
of things you could chat about with them. Never, ever let yourself to be
intimidated: Use every gathering as a chance to garner valuable info. For
example, if it’s a literary bunch and you are more a “magazine person”,
grill the guests about which books you should be reading. If lots of
wearisome (yawn) finance people are going to be in attendance, snag some
free investing tips or research sneaky tax deductions.
If there is a guest of honor, make sure you get to speak to this illustrious
person. Think of what you’ve always wanted to ask him or her. Don’t be shy.
Most prominent people would be utterly disappointed if someone did not come
over and ask them a probing question about their personal life. Channel
Oprah Winfrey or, better yet, Ali G.
If your conversational gambits are going nowhere, do not fall into the trap
of telling jokes. It’s too hit-or-miss. There is no guarantee that when you
get to the punch line, everyone will fall over themselves with laughter.
They may just stare at you as if you were a lunatic. And ladies, be warned:
Telling dirty jokes will make the men present this you are easy (which is a
good idea only if you are, in fact, easy)
Yet there is one thing worse than unwarranted vulgarity, and that’s
mind-numbing appropriateness. Last year a well meaning lady sidled up to me
at a holiday party and, apropos of nothing, said, “I find you can’t get a
bad meal in Malaysia. Don’t you agree?” I found myself taking revenge by
regaling her with an unnecessarily detailed description of a fruit rojak I’d
had in KL that made a negative impact on me.
Don’t be too passive, however. There is a place for bluntness in cocktail
banter. If you find yourself working overtime asking some stone-faced bloke
loads and loads of questions about him only to receive monosyllabic answers,
there is nothing wrong with saying, “Have you always been so bubbly and
vivacious?” Don’t hold back. You will be helping this poor fool improve his
Be creative! Set an example for all the other guests with your cheeky,
wide-ranging choices of topic. Tell everyone about the time you sat next to
a nun on an airplane and taught her how to put on a lipstick. And what about
that time when you were embroiled in a coup? (You know, when you were
arrested and then got back onto the straight and narrow.) Go for it! Tell
the world! Everyone loves a redemption story.
But what happens if none of your efforts are working and the party is a
total screeching dud? You have two choices: You can throw on your trench
coat and flee – or, better yet, have one too many cocktails and flirt with