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Chiang Mai this week

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


April 12. Drum Competition at the Three Kings Monument. Over 100 teams taking part.

April 13. Local Residents offer food to Monks from 6 am at Thapae Gate. Official Opening of Songkran at 08:09 at Thapae Gate. Ladies procession on bicycles carrying umbrellas from Narrawat Bridge, up Thapae Rd, expected to arrive Thapae Gate at 8:15 followed by a beauty contest. 2 pm Buddha Image Procession from the Governors Residence to Wat Phra Singh.

April 14. Ceremonies of ‘Returning sand to the Temple’ from 3 pm until 6 pm.

April 15. Respect to the Elders. Procession to The Governors Residence to pay respect, starting at The Three Kings Monument.

Volunteers wanted. Volunteers wanted to ‘man’ the polite zones around the moat area. To assist tourists and local authorities. Anyone interested should contact Boong Duenpen Chaladlam on 085 037 2048.

D2 Hotel Changklan Rd. BBQ in the Beer Garden. April 12/13. from 6:30 pm onwards. Tiger prawns, ruby fish, Thai style pork ribs and much more. 490 baht ++. For further info or reservations 053 999 999.


Groups and Meetings

The Royal British Legion Chiang Mai sub-branch. Informal social evening at The Olde Bell Loi Kroh Rd (next to the Raming Lodge Hotel). Wednesday April 2 from 7 pm. All are welcome; ‘you do not have to be British or have served in HM Forces. A free buffet will be provided. For further info [email protected].

The Gate Theater Group is holding auditions for the Arthur Miller production ‘A view from the Bridge’, ‘The Homecoming’ by Harold Pinter and;The Middle of the Night’ by Paddy Chayefsky Looking for 6 men and 6 women, also stage hands. For further info contact Stephan Turner 087 177 2195 or Bob Young 086 671 3371.

Hash House Groups, recent launch of Chiang Mai Bike Hash. Group of Social riders meet on the third Sunday of every month at 1 pm for a secret trail, drinks and food. Next meet will be Sunday April 20. For further details contact Andrew Shepherd [email protected] or 084 780 6459.

Chiang Mai Friends Group. A networking group of Expats and Thai who are in business. ‘Green Resource Ethnic Education Networking’. Also starting up a ‘Cross Culture Education Project’ for volunteer teachers. For further info contact Boong Duenpen Chaladlam 089 433 1505 email [email protected]

Chiang Mai Readers and Book Discussion Group meets monthly over lunch to discuss a previously agreed book. Everyone welcome. Next meeting 12 noon April 3 at Cake Cottage Restaurant, behind Kad Suan Kaew. For further details contact Janet [email protected]

Textile Art Group. Regular meetings are held 12 am on the first Friday of every month at the Raintree Centre, opposite Narawat Bridge. Skills include weaving, surface decoration (batik, etc), embroidery, etc. Experienced and inexperienced, all are welcome, bring refreshments and your work, enjoy the creativity! For further info, please contact Maya on 087 193 2054/053 291 692.

Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) meets at the Alliance Francais, Charoen Prathet Road. Tuesday April 8 Dr Duentemduang na Chiengmai talks about the future of Chiang Mai. For further info, visit the website at

Many Lamps-One Light. Multi-faith inspirational programmes. 2nd and 4th Saturday every month at 2:30 sharp. Room 209 Hillside Condo 4. No fees. No Speakers. Refreshments. Very friendly. April 12 ‘The Golden Rule’. April 26 ‘Love of God’. For further info call Mike 087 305 4006.

Alcoholics Anonymous. The Chiang Mai West International Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm in the Narawat Room at the YMCA, located near Central Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall. For further info call 084 485 0100 or [email protected].

"The Practice of Life", a Buddhist mindfulness approach to living. Every Wednesday night at 7 pm. Contact Numnim for directions to Suan Thip Retreat. Call 053 811 464 Chanting group being formed every Sunday afternoon at 4 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. Arrive 10 am, start 10:30 am. 80 baht for members, 100 baht for guests includes coffee and cake.

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 7 pm. All levels welcome. For further info call 053 211 550 or email [email protected].


*Elephant Polo Tournament. Antantara Golden Triangle. March 31 until April 6. Teams from around the world take part in the Kings Cup. For further details www.

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

*Cricket. 21st San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes at Gymkhana Club. Sunday March 30 until Saturday April 5. Teams from Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, England, Greece, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, UAE and Vietnam. For up to date information visit

Chiang Mai Bicycle Club Meets every Sunday at 7am at Thapae Gate. For further info

Lawn Bowls. Gymkhana Club. Anyone interested in playing lawn bowls or joining a club, forming a league should contact Chris Simmonds 081 288 6784.

Saturday Ball Hockey at Buan Hat Park. For children under 11 years old. Adult supervision. For further info [email protected].

Sport on TV at UN Irish Pub 24 Ratwithi Rd. Includes Heineken Cup Rugby Quarter Finals April 5/6, FA Cup Semi Finals April 5. IRB Australian Sevens April 5/6. Tel 053 214 554.


Ballet at Kad Suan Kaew. Sunday June 1. ‘La Bayadere’ by Marius Petipa and ‘Peter Pan 2008’. Two performances at 1:30 pm and 7 pm. Chiang Mai Ballet performing group and the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy. Artists from Australia and Russia. Also singing Narat Kitavadhana (Book). Ticket prices 1,000, 500, 200 and 100 baht. For reservations or further info 053 260 373 or

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

Exhibitions, Fairs, Markets

Galerie Panisa 189 Mahidol Road (opp Toyota showroom). ‘Dialogue of Beauty’ exhibition with works from Pongsiri Kiddee and Parichart Supapan. From April 16 until May 12. Open Monday to Saturdays 9 am until 6 pm. For further info Tel 053 202 779.

Kad Suan Kaew Huay Kaew Rd ‘Small Printing Exhibition’ until April 16. Featuring works by students from the Faculty of Architecture Rajamongkol Lanna University of Technology.

Fine Arts Museum C.M.U. Nimmanhaemindha Road.. March 31 until April 3rd ‘International Baccalaureate Art Exhibition’ featuring works by students from the Prem Tinsulanonda International School. For more info; [email protected].

Lessons, Classes

Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 training sessions from Tue 1 to Sat 5 April and again from Mon 7 to Sat 12 April at the Asian Healing Arts Center in Chiang Mai. More detailed information is available at the following website

Chiangmai International Taekwondo (CIT), Training now for all ages at 3rd Floor EQ Square, Chiangmai-Hang Dong Road (next to the SCB Bank). World Master Tom Zuza 7th Dan. All aspects of this exciting martial art are taught. Further info 083 476 2013 or [email protected].

Prem Center. The following is available to students ages 9-17; Songkran Camp April 7-19. Holiday English Camp April 20-27. Extreme Siam June 22-30. For further information contact Jay, Head of Camps [email protected] or www.

ArtSpace on Seven offers Mister Bradley’s preschool music classes (www.mister 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

Thai conversation classes twice a week Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Hillside 4 Condo, 5 pm. 60 baht. Meet on the 4th Floor next to the swimming pool. For further details please email Elena on orientalphoenix

Latin and Ballroom/Salsa Dancing, Soi 7, Suthep Road (near Chiang Mai University). Salsa beginner class; 6.30 Wednesday, intermediate level 4:15 Saturday. Ballroom/Latin classes beginner class; 6:30 Thursday. Intermediate level; 6:30 pm Tuesday, 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday. For further information email [email protected] or telephone Linda 086 187 1263.

The Chiang Mai Photographic Group meets Wednesday’s 7 pm at Tuskers Bar & Grill located on Soi 1 just off Chaiyaphum Rd. contact Chas for further details 087 180 4665.

The Chiang Mai Computer Club meets Tuesday’s 1 pm at Tuskers Bar & Grill located on Soi 1 just off Chaiyaphum Td. Contact Chas for further details 087 180 4665.


Artspace Art Factory Party. April 11 from 8 pm. The Alchemy Pops will be playing favorite dance covers and original tunes. ‘Serious fun’. Tickets 200 baht at the door, includes one free drink. For further info or reservations [email protected] or 084 041 7982.

The Grand Opera Society of Chiang Mai. Next meeting/performance will be on April 8 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 howardgraves

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

UN Irish Pub Jazz Night every Wednesday from 9 pm 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 7 pm until 11:45 pm. For info contact 053 275 300.

Dining Out

Amari Rincome Every Friday night Rooftop Terrace ‘Starry Skies & Starry Eyes’ looking up towards Doi Suthep. 6:30 pm until 10 pm. 5 course set menu 750 baht per person (ideal for romantic couples). Reservations or further info 053 221 130 [email protected].

*Sofitel Riverside Rio Restaurant & Bar. April 5 from 6 pm until 8 pm. Wine tasting experience 490 baht per person. For reservations or further info 053 999 333.

*Kantary Hills Hotel Nimmanheiminda Rd Soi 12. Nimman Bar & Grill. Mediterranean Food Festival April 2-8. Featuring Master Chef Philippe Belly from Cape Panwa in Phuket. Special Mediterranean Buffet Dinner April 6 from 6:30 pm until 10 pm 420 baht ++ per person, 50 % discount for children under 12. For further info or reservations 053 222 111

Elizabethan Room 252/1 Charoenprat Rd (opposite Rimping Condo). Medieval Feasts every Friday Night. 350 baht includes Roast Pork Joint, half chicken or tender ribs plus much more. Also serves cream teas and Sunday Lunches. For reservations Tel 053 306 442 or 083 572 3820.

German, Austrian, Dutch, Swiss Stammtisch meets every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 pm, 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 086 911 5976.

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

Films and Theatre

Ealing Studios Movie Festival at the Gymkhana Club. 2nd and 4th Fridays, 7.30 start.. April 11 The Ladykillers. April 25 Whiskey Galore.

Alliance Francais 138 Charoen Prathet Road. Films start at 8 pm. April 4 ‘L’Armee Des Ombres’ (1989) by Jean-Pierre Melville. April 11 ‘Une Vie’ (1958) by Alexandre Astruc. April 18 ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Echaufaud (1958) by Louis Malle. April 25 ‘Le Couperet’ (2005) by Costa Gavras. For further info tbaude


House of Praise. International Service Sunday 9 am until 10:30 am. Thai Service 10:45 until 12 noon. For further info or directions Tel 053 212 904 email [email protected] or visit