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Community Happenings is an opportunity for all clubs, businesses, hotels, restaurants and entertainment outlets to inform the Chiangmai Mail’s readers what new “happenings” are coming up.
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Deadline is Thursday at 6 p.m.


Chiang Mai this week

The (*) denotes this week only or last remaining week

Valentine’s Day

Holiday Inn, Chiangmai-Lamphun Road 14 February. Experience Chiang Mai’s first ever chocolate buffet, al fresco at the River Terrace. ‘Seafood and Chocolate Buffet’: 1099 baht ++ including a rose and glass of sparkling wine. For reservations or further info 053-275-300

Amari Rincome Hotel, Nimmanheiminda Road. 14 February. Valentine’s Night. Special Set Dinner Menu at La Gritta Restaurant. Costs 1490.00 baht net per couple, including two glasses of champagne. "You will love it". For reservations or further info tel; 053-221-130

The Chedi Hotel, Charoen Prathet Road 14 February. Special Package includes limousine service, 2 hr Spa treatment, welcome champagne cocktail and dinner, entertainment etc etc; 4950 baht++, alternatively, welcome champagne cocktail and dinner only 2950 baht++. For reservations or further info tel 053-253-385 restaurant

Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Loy Kroh Road. Tawan Restaurant ‘Valentine’s Candle Light Dinner’, special set menu 1200 baht per couple. Complimentary 2 glasses of wine, a bouquet of roses, and a picture with a heart shape frame. For reservations or further info tel 053-905-000 ext 3227

Oasis Spa, Sirimuangklajan Road. A romantic candlelight dinner and spa treatment for two- a Valentines Day Couples Package. Prices from 5,500 baht per person. For reservations or further info tel 053-815-000 or


Groups and Meetings

Now forming - Chiang Mai Jewish Expats’ Club. A warm, inclusive community of English-speaking Jewish Expats, their spouses, partners and kids - mixed families are welcome! Let’s share social events and holidays, Shabatt dinners and interesting discussions. Open to all - bring your ideas to share! For further info, please contact Fran Decoster, [email protected] / tel: 087-6614657.

Ladies’ Lunch Bunch Meeting February 13th at Sojo’s Café, World Club, Hang Dong at 12 noon. 325 baht per person. Reservations due by February 6th. For further info or reservations contact [email protected]

Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) meets at the Alliance Francais, Charoen Prathet Road. 12 February "Murder, Mayhem, and Malarkey". An Evening of Japanese detective fiction, including a talk by Ivan Hall. Tuesday 8 April Dr Duentenduang Na Chiangmai talks about the future of Chiang Mai. For further info, visit the website at www.

Many Lamps-One Light. Inter/Multi faith unity program, (no speakers), 2nd and 4th Sat. every month at 2.30p.m, Hillside 4 Condo, 2nd Floor reception. 26th January ‘Perseverance & Patience’. The programs, consisting of music and readings from the various sacred scriptures are all in English. For further info call Mike 0873054006

Alcoholics Anonymous. The Chiang Mai West International Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm in the Narawat Room at the YMCA, located near Central Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall. For further info call 0844850100 or [email protected]

"The Practice of Life", a Buddhist mindfulness approach to living. Every Wednesday night at 7:00pm. Contact Numnim for directions to Suan Thip Retreat. Call 053-811-464 Chanting group being formed every Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm. Toning, Drumming, Crystal bowl, Tibetan, Sufi, Gregorian Chants.

Chiang Mai Expats Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on Huay Kaew Road. 26th January is Australia Day; guest speaker is Ric Richardson. Topic is ‘The Founding of White Australia’. This meeting will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the 3rd floor. Arrive 10am, start 10:30am. 80 baht for members, 100 baht for guests.

The Gentleman’s Club meets at The Pub on Huay Kaew Road every first Monday of the month. It is for males who enjoy beer and a roast lunch. For further info call Grahame 053-211-550 or email [email protected]

The Chess Club meets at The Pub on Huay Kaew Road every Wednesday at 7pm. All levels welcome. For further info call 053-211-550 or email [email protected]


Zonta Charity Bike Rally. Saturday 23rd February. All proceeds go to HIV/AIDS orphans. Start Thapae Gate 07:30 am (register 06:00am) Chiang Mai to Sangkhampaeng. Entrance fee 500 baht. For further info contact; Mr David Curtz 0894334141

Karate Practice at the Student Services building at Chiang Mai University. Karatedo Federation Wado-kaj karate. 5.30pm every Monday and Wednesday. This practice is free. For further info 099533142 or admin

*Cricket. Fixtures. 27th January: Citylife V Irish Pub (Gym). 3rd February: British Club V Gymkhana (Gym). 10th February: Warriors V Citylife (Prem). 17th February: Irish Pub V Warriors (Gym). 22nd – 24 February Inter Regional Tournament. For up to date information visit


Lanna Fantasy at Khum Khanm Theatre (behind Carrefour on the Superhighway). Set show from 7pm until 9.15pm. 1,200 baht includes dinner, one drink and the show. For reservations or further information call 053-304-121 (English spoken)

Ukrainian Dance Performance. World tour by the Vechovyna Ensemble; consisting of 120 dancers of all ages. Visiting Chiang Mai from Australia on 23 January, the show starts at 7:00pm at The Main Auditorium The Prem Centre. Tickets 200 baht adults, 100 baht children. For reservations or further info tel 053-301-500

Fine Arts Museum C.M.U. Nimmanheiminda Rd. 2nd February 3pm until 5:30pm: ‘Der Rei Gen’ Drama Performance by CMU students in German. Free Entrance. For further info tel 053-943-278

Exhibitions, Fairs

Tribute Exhibition for HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. Sirindhorn Chinese Language and Culture Centre, Mae Fah Laung University (Chiang Rai). Now until 28 Febraury. The exhibition has pictures, stories and activities throughout her life. For further info tel 053-916-000, 053-917-034

38th Chiang Mai Flower Festival 1st until 3rd February at Nong Buak Hat Park. Grand Opening at Narawat Bridge outside the Governor’s Residence at 8am 2nd February. Floats decorated with flowers will then parade up Thapae Road, around the moat area to Hat Park. Also agricultural exhibitions, floral and food stalls, "finest orchid" competitions. Stage performances in the early evenings.

Chiang Mai International Heritage Festival 2008 at Lanna Lanna Polytechnical College sports field (next to Lanna Hospital on Superhighway). 5th - 9th March, booths operate from 7th - 9th March, 16.00 - 22.00 hrs. Hot Air Balloon Weddings will happen early on Saturday morning 8th March. Deadline for international booth applications is 1st February. Check for updates.

Fine Arts Museum C.M.U. Nimmanheiminda Rd. Until 30 January: ‘Artspace Germany’ featuring art works by German artists Marianne Eigenheer, Ayse Erkmen, Joseph Kosuth and more. ‘Hidden Japan’: A look at Nature in Japan by Yahagi Kijuro, photographic exhibition. 1st until 10 February: ‘In my Mother’s Footsteps’ by Yishay Garbasz, photographic exhibition during World War II and the Holocaust. For more info [email protected]

Passport to Chiang Mai Fair 2008. 1st until 3rd February at JJ Markets. 10am until 8pm. "Dining, Traveling, Staying, Shopping, Spa’s" in Chiang Mai

ArtSpace on Seven. ‘Square x Square’ Exhibition opens on Thursday 7 February; theme ‘Time Vision and Invention’. For further information or reservations contact Chadwick on 0810417982 or artspacecm

Courses, Lessons, Classes

ArtSpace on Seven offers Mister Bradley’s preschool music classes (www.misterbradley .com) and combo art/music classes for kids aged 5-8. These classes promote English skills in an American style sing-along environment. Contact Bradley at 0840417982 or bradblanco

Yang 24 Tai Chi classes from Friday 1st February until Friday 29th February. Claases meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Beginners 9:30 – 10:30am and Intermediates 8:30 – 9:30am. Classes held at Hillside 4 Condo. Cost 2500 baht. For reservations or further info call Julie 0899555350 or see

Thai conversation classes twice a week Tuesday and Friday afternoons at Hillside 4 Condo, 5 p.m. 60 baht. Meet on the 4th Floor next to the swimming pool. For further details please email Elena on [email protected]

Latin and Ballroom / Salsa Dancing, Soi 7, Suthep Road (near Chiang Mai University). Latin/Ballroom by Ajarn Pee 6pm every Tuesday and Friday. 3pm every Saturday. Private lessons can be arranged. Salsa Group by Ajarn Pee or Linda 4.30pm every Saturday. For further information email [email protected] or telephone Linda 0861871263. To stay abreast of all our dance activities join the webgroup; email dance_chiangmai-subscribe

The Chiang Mai Photographic Group meets 7pm at Tuskers Bar & Grill located on Soi 1 just off Chaiyaphum Rd. 23rd January – normal meeting. contact Chas for further details 0871804665

Hatha/Pranayama Yoga 7 – 15 February. Yoga workshop; 5 hours with Chariya Smith, in English for further info contact [email protected]


*The Grand Opera Society of Chiang Mai. Next meeting / performance will be on 22 January, and will follow every other Tuesday with a DVD performance and interval supper. To become a member please send your name, email address and telephone number to [email protected]

Glass Onion, off Nimmanhaeminda Road (next to the Room), offers Jonas at the Piano, on Wednesday,Friday and Sunday at 10pm, playing a mixture of classical and jazz. The Sunday performance is purely classical.

Santi’s Grotto, Thapae Soi 2 (below City View Condo) "Do it Night" or "Open mike night" every Tuesday from 8pm until whenever. Music/Comedy/Dance/Tell a story, up to you.

UN Irish Pub Jazz Night every Wednesday from 9pm featuring ‘New City Gurus’ at 24 Ratwithi Rd. Tel: 053-214-554

Horn Bar at the Mandarin Oriental. Cool club sounds, stylish seating, excellent mixology every night. For further info call 053-888-888 ext. 8623

Holiday Inn Bachelors of Jazz. Every night except Mondays. From 7pm until 11:45pm. For info contact 053-275-300

Quiz nights

MONDAY Tuskers Bar Chaiyaphum Soi 1. Quiz night every Monday evening starting at 8pm – for info call Chas 0871804665 or www.tuskersbar

TUESDAY The Olde Bell 25/1 Loi Kroh Rd. Quiz night every Tuesday. 8.30pm first question – so arrive earlier. For further info [email protected]

THURSDAY UN Irish Pub 24 Ratwithi Rd. Quiz Night every Thursday – for further details call 053-214-554

FRIDAY The Pub on Huay Kaew Road. Quiz night every Friday – general knowledge quiz starts 8pm with teams of 4 or less. Many prizes, including DVDs from sponsor Club 99. For further info call Grahame, 053-211-550

MONTHLY The Garden Bar next to the Lotus Hotel. Teams of Four. For further info [email protected]

Dining Out

Holiday Inn. Chiangmai-Lamphun Road. Chinese New Year. Special al la carte menu in the China Palace Restaurant from 1st – 15th February. For further infor or reservations tel 053-275-300

Imperial Mae Ping, Sirdonchai Road. Special Promotion. The Imperial Shabu Shabu offers a spread of Teppanyaki specials including salmon teppanyaki, niku teppanyaki, Yasai teppanyaki and more, open from 5:30PM until 10pm. Also exclusive cold season creation in the Gold Leaf Restaurant featuring the best of Chinese ‘potages’. Open daily 11:30am – 2pm and 6pm - 10:30pm for further info or reservations 053-283-900

Centara Duantawan Hotel, Loy Kroh Road. The 3rd Anniversary Celebration of the Sunflower Chinese Restaurant on the 24th Floor. Special Set Menus with special products by The Support Foundation of HM Queen Sirikit. Discount 20% on food and Luxury Dim Sum; valid until 31 January.

German, Austrian, Dutch, Swiss Stammtisch meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 7pm, The Green Oasis Guest House, Prapokklao Soi 8. Everybody who is interested in German culture, food/drinks is welcome. For further info call 053-209-112 or 0869115976

Holiday Inn, Chiangmai-Lamphun Rd. January Promotions. River Terrace; dinner buffet features Italian food. China Palace; Salmon promotion, (a la carte). Lobby Bar; live jazz from singer ‘Nan’ and single malt. For further info or reservations call 053-275-300

Indian Curry Lunch at The Pub on Huay Kaew Road. Every Tuesday at 11:30am Indian curry is served. Must make reservations by Monday; for more info contact Grahame Tel: 053-211-550

Riverside Restaurant Dinner Boat Cruise. Leaves the restaurant at 8pm. After boarding at 7:15pm you can order food and drinks from the restaurant menu. Very popular cruise, reserve your table Tel: 053-243-239

Charity Rooftop Party 26th January 2008 NEW DATE. Hillside 4 Huay Kaew Road. 800bht per ticket, buffet, live entertainment, raffles and auctions. All money raised goes to the Foundation for the potential development of Disabled persons. Buy your tickets at Hillside 4 Reception, alternatively, for tickets or further information charityrooftopparty

Films and Theatre

*The Gate Theatre Group will restage their hit production The Dodo Bird at the AUA auditorium 25 Rajadamoen Rd. ‘The Dodo Bird’ is an intense one act drama which explores what it means to live on the fringe of society, to be a man who failed to achieve the universal dream of being able to sustain himself and his family and ceased to live by the culture’s standards. Every Friday and Saturday until 26 January. Donation 250 baht. Doors open 7pm, performance starts 7.30pm

Taiwan Film Festival at the CMU. 2nd Floor of the Media Arta and Design Building. 4th until 8th February. 4th February: ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ ‘Jump! Boys’. 5th February: ‘The Shoe Fairy’ ‘Taipei’s Bohemians; The Life of the Theatre’. 6th February ‘Grandma and her Ghost’ ‘The Last Rice Farmer; Let it be’ 7th February ‘Fishing Luck’ ‘The Rhythm on Wulu Village’ 8th February ‘Three Times’ ‘The Chocolate Rap’ For more information contact Wasu La-ongsri at the CMU Library

Alliance Francais 138 Charoen Prathet Road. Films start at 8pm. February 1st; ‘Voisins Voisines’ (2005) by Malik Chibane. February 8th ‘La Prophetie Des Grenouilles (2003) by Jacques-Remy Girerd. February 15th ‘Paris Qui Dort’ (1922) by Rene Clair. February 22nd ‘Les Visiteurs Du Soir’ (1942) by Marcel Carne. February 29th ‘Les Portes De la Nuit’ (1946) by Marcel Carne. For further info [email protected]


American Democrats living in Chiang Mai. On 5th February American Democrats living in Chiang Mai will be able to vote at the special polling booth at the entrance of the International Building, Payap University. All would be participants must have registered to vote before 31st January. To register