Wim Fagel, General Manager of the Amari Rincome, looking forward to 2008.
Jaap Smith and Wim, (standing), Maarten and Mamsie Smith, Pinkaew Fagel,
Peter and Norah Heinze, (seated).
The Hanson family, poolside at the Amari Rincome, celebrating the New Year
whilst listening to the big bands. Mike, Lisa and Linda, (l-r).
Mark and Ellie Kiloh enjoying New Years Eve at the Riverside Restaurant
their parents from the U.K.
Seeing out 2007 in style at The Chedi were Lassee, Guy, Eleanor, Karina,
Pim and John, (l-r). one name missing.
Walther, Dorothy, Olaf, Lieke, Bianca, Werner, Marcel, Peter, Hanny, Jenny
and Hans, (l-r), all celebrating the New Year at the Amari Rincome.
His Excellency the British Ambassador Quinton Quayle and family decided on
The Chedi to see in the New Year.
The Arts family were thrilled with the entertainment offered by
The Chedi on New Year’s Eve.
Cenk, Nadine, Sean and Dejana relax at D2 on New Year’s Eve.
Chutima, Thanida, Palit and Thapanapong chose D2 to celebrate New Year’s
Gorgeous Gals and Guys end up at D2 to welcome in 2008! Natalie, Golf,
Jenny, Monique, Tonkta, Stacey, Nathan and Brock, (l-r).
Vanita and Frank from Fashion King took the family to the Shangri La to
celebrate the New Year. Raj, Roise, Vanita, Namrata, Rasleen and Frank,
Namprao Suwanmongkol, (centre), daughter of Suchet Suwanmongkol,
of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, celebrated New Year
at the resort with
her good friends.
Tee, Shai, Matthew, Mark, Mohamad Jesr, (MD of the Lotus Hotel), Jens,
and Tom, (standing), and Mark, Kevin, Tim and Peter, (seated),
the arrival of 2008 at the Garden Bar.
Dugan, Salandaa, Sangyem, Nat, Anchalee, Ampipun, Warayan, Charsin,
and Phinyo, (l-r), all decided the best place to celebrate
the New Year was at the Holiday Inn.
I must be honest and confess that it wasn’t my idea! A couple of
months ago our friends, with whom we love to celebrate, declared that, this
time, they wanted to do something different on New Year’s Eve.
Briefly, I remembered the last few “Eves” spent in the company of far too
large a crowd. Festivities had begun too early and I had been clock-watching
from just after eight until the magic hour of midnight.
I had been heartily kissed full on the lips by the “Breath Monster” once too
often, not to mention being called “Darling” by the obnoxious old witch who
dislikes me as much as I dislike her! I was game for almost anything in
order not to endure yet another bout of compulsory New Years Eve enjoyment,
so this is what we did.
We arrived early at our friend’s home and after a tiny but exquisite dinner
we went to bed. No hanky-panky involved, not even a book at bedtime, but we
set the alarm for 3 am. We woke and filled two large thermos flasks with
good black coffee and a smaller flask with hot milk. Smoked salmon, cream
cheese and bagels were packed and out we went into the dark chill of early
morning, clutching the hamper and wishing the car had a heater. At last, we
were on our way, headed towards Doi Inthanon. Some primeval memory had been
awakened and it seemed to us all that we needed to welcome the dawn from a
high place. The dawning of the first day of the year has been celebrated in
parts of Asia for centuries in this way and on other continents, too. The
ancient druids also favoured an early morning ceremony.
The suburbs were silent. Even crossing the city was easy at that time. The
road rose up and away from Chiang Mai, as the villages became smaller and
further apart. Homeless dogs curled together at the roadside for warmth and
the country houses were in darkness. Occasionally we saw a faint figure
through the mist and wondered whether they were returning home or just
beginning their day.
Higher and higher we went until we were at our destination. On the horizon
was a faint line of pale yellow light to herald the new day. The grey mist
swirled and the two chedis of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen
were barely visible. We left the car and huddled together, chilled to the
bone. We opened the thermos of steaming coffee and stood, quieter now,
waiting as the yellow light spread and deepened in its path across the sky.
It was too early for birdsong and there did not seem to be any active
wildlife nearby but the mist was thinning and the sun was gaining strength.
We waited until the light spread another inch across and then retreated to
the comparative warmth of the car and our “petit dejeuner al fresco”.
Finally, we toasted Their Majesties, Thailand and the continuing good health
of ourselves and all our families.
It was a solemn journey back as we reflected on our experiences on the
mountain. It had been totally silent. We could have been the only survivors
of a world disaster. It had been a levelling experience.
Nearer the city, village life had begun its daily grind. The eerie silence
we had enjoyed was gone and was replaced by the mosquito buzz of approaching
It was a different way to start the New Year and we had enjoyed it
immensely. We all agreed that we’d do it again but next time with hats on!
Vorapong Muchaotai, the AMD of Riverside Spa Resort Co., Ltd.,
celebrating the New Year with his family at the Sofitel Riverside.
At The House Restaurant, champagne glasses were elevated
and balloons were
The guests at the House restaurant couldn’t have enjoyed themselves more.
New Year’s Eve the traditional way at The House Restaurant.
The staff from Hillside 4 Condo are all very happy at the New Year’s Party.
Smiles all round at the Shangri La from Yan, Nom, Klaus, Ankara,
Thom, Hen and Traus, (seated).
It’s party time at the Sofitel Riverside on New Year’s Eve! Trudie, Wee,
Simon, Ning and Lynn, (l-r).
Pratyar, Nicky, Pond, Jo, Yui, Khem and Keiko, (l-r), all party on down at
It’s party time at the River Ping Palace! Esther, Mariette, Jillian, Steve.
Joanna, Melissa and Murray, (l-r).
Esther was seen holding court on New Years Eve at the River Ping Palace!
Bruce, Esther, Justin and Barrie, (standing), and Chadwick, Peter, Jill and
The Spice Road Bicycle Team chose to celebrate the New Year at the Imperial
Mae Ping following a ten day bike ride around Northern Thailand.
Equality rules at the Shangri la on New Year’s Eve. Julie, Mary and Sally
(standing) Howard, Wuttapong and Dirk (seated).
Milt, all dressed up with a great place to go! Milt and Tony, (standing),
John, Margaret and Pauline, (seated), at the Shangri La.
Popular at The House Restaurant: Balloons à la Loy Krathong.
It was all smiles at the table with Monica and Mark at the River Ping
Cathy and Peter enjoying the party atmosphere at the River Ping Palace.
Louise, Adrien, Francois and Isabelle enjoying the family party
Sofitel Riverside on New Year’s Eve.
Jeff and Les, (standing), and Caroline and Sandi, (seated), enjoyed
buffet at the Holiday Inn on New Year’s Eve.
Hans, the owner of The House Restaurant, with two very happy guests,
At the Shangri La on New Year’s Eve were Peter Rotherham, Rex Baggaley,
Humphries, (standing), and Jo Baggaley and Judith Rotherham, (seated).
“Glam” is the byword at The Chedi on New Year’s Eve with Aiden, Hunny,
Michael and Adil, (l-r).
Colette and Bo see in the New Year with Somock,
the Guru of D2.