Chiang Mai Golfers’ presentation night out at the Pub
Chiang Mai Golfers celebrate with a BBQ at The
Pub on Huay Kaew Road.
The culmination of Chiang Mai golfers’ annual tournament saw the
presentation evening held at The Pub. As was the case throughout the
tournament, the rains stayed off, and the tasty BBQ washed down by a few
drinks ensured a thoroughly enjoyable evening’s celebration of an event
considered fun by all.
Four rounds were played at Lanna, Mae Jo, Royal & Green Valley over 2 weeks,
with the best 3 net cards going towards winning the President’s Cup. Dao
Viraya got off to a great start in the first 2 rounds carding net 65 & 68,
which proved too steep a mountain for us mere guys to overcome. Dao, many of
the golfers will be pleased to know, has now agreed to play off the white
tees in future. However it shouldn’t be overlooked that her improvement in
just a few months has been a pleasure to witness & with continued effort
will only get better still. Well done, Dao, in winning the title of Club
Champion! For the rest, the “A Grade” winner was Jack Cooper; the “B Grade”
winner was Roger Mack and the “C Grade” winner was Ian Mackay. Winners of a
bottle of spirits each in “Nearest the Pins” were Jack Cooper and Shaun
Stewart, (Lanna), Garry Walker and Keith Taylor, (Mae Jo), Christian Friis
and Roger Mack, (Royal), and Guy Merret and Dan Evans, (Green Valley). The
prize for the most improved golfer - 2,000 baht donated by club sponsor Nr 1
Pub and Kim Gillies - was taken by Yung Becce, who came down from 32 to 21
in a year. Now he’s going the wrong way again - sort that swing, mate!
Well played, everyone, and thanks to Garry Walker, Les Harvey, Scott Lumsden
and all who have helped out throughout the year. Next big event is our
chance for revenge, when a group come up at the end of Oct from Isaan,
giving us our chance to win the Isaan cup for the first time. Another great
competition & the chance to meet up with old friends.
Mayor awards certificates for
clean and safe food
Concerns about re-used cooking oil and lead in water
CM Mayor Dr. Duentemduang na
Chiengmai presents a certificate to Pratchaya Pisaichat, left, executive
director of general affairs at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.
On August 25 at the Chiang Mai Grand View Hotel, the Mayor of Chiang Mai,
Dr. Duentemduang na Chiengmai presented 40 certificates and awards to
hoteliers, schools and fresh markets around the city to commemorate the
venues’ achievements in food standards.
In her speech, the Mayor stressed policy procedures in place for the three
groups, and said that a budget for 2009 had been set up for the provision of
booths advertising food standards for 40 hotels in the city. It is hoped
that such a move will help to improve the current crisis in both the economy
and the tourist trade.
A safety campaign concerning the re-using of cooking oil in the preparation
of a popular dish, Pa Tong Ko, on sale in the fresh markets, was also
stresses, as re-used cooking oil contains known carcinogenics. All fresh
markets and their vendors are to be asked to cooperate with cleanliness and
hygiene standards already in place, and toilets in the area should be clean
and adequate in numbers for both stallholders and the public.
Concern was expressed about lead in the water, and about cooking pots in use
in schools. At present, 11 schools in the municipality have failed to comply
with safety standards in this respect. During the 2009 budget year, the
municipal authority will create awareness of this problem in other schools.
Phnom Penh NGO’s photographer speaks at Expat’s Club
“Pour un Sourire d’Enfant” rescues city’s abandoned children
On Saturday August 23, Chiang Mai Expats’ Club met at the Shangri-La
Hotel to hear a presentation by Kim Perry on her time spent as a
volunteer photographer for Pour un Sourire d’Enfant, an NGO based in
speaker Kim Perry pictured with Alan Hall, president of the Chiang Mai
The NGO rescues abandoned children in the city who only have a rubbish
dump to call home. She worked alongside this group taking photos of the
children and orphans who lived on this rubbish pile in the centre of the
city. Despite having a tragic beginning to their life, these children
were rescued by the NGO, re-housed and finally have a future to look
Her stunning photographs were auctioned off at the end of the meeting
and the members, who were clearly touched by Kim’s presentation and the
efforts of the NGO, managed to raise a fantastic total of 15,000 baht
which all went to Pour un Sourire d’Enfant.
Meetings are open to everyone and are held on the second and fourth
Saturdays of the month. The next meeting is on Saturday September 9.
Short-haul airline SGA adds flights from CM to Mae Hong Son
As a result of a 37% increase in demand, the short-haul airline SGA is
increasing its daily flight schedule between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son
from August 23.
Flight 5E935 will depart daily from Chiang Mai at 12:50 hrs, arriving at
Mae Hong Son 13:30 hrs; the return flight will depart Mae Hong Son at
13:45 hrs, arriving at Chiang Mai 14:25. On Tuesdays and Thursdays
flight 5E937 will depart from Chiang Mai 14:55 hrs, arriving at Mae Hong
Son 15:35 hrs; the return flight 5E938 will depart from Mae Hong Son
15:50 hrs, arriving at Chiang Mai 16:30 hrs. Passengers wishing to
reserve seats can do so at www. SGA.co.th; at www.nokair .com, by phone
on 02-664-6099/1318, or at SGA and Nokair sales points.
NPT Group celebrates
a very special milestone
In these difficult economic times, it is great to have a ‘success’ to
report. As NPT Group in Chiang Mai is celebrating a very special
milestone, the Chiang Mai Mail decided to find out more by
meeting up with Darren Wright, the company’s director.
Good Morning Darren, what exactly does NPT Group do?
Wright, CEO of NPT Group, celebrates the company’s special milestone
with co-workers at a local bowling alley!
The NPT Group has several specialist departments. Firstly we have
specially trained architects and designers making floor plans for estate
agents around the world. The floor plans are used as an essential sales
aid when selling or buying a house. We also have a 3D department who
turn architects’ plans into artist’s impressions for ‘not-yet-built’
projects. Then we have an advertising department who specialise in Video
production for businesses in Thailand, www.chiangmaipods.com.
I believe you started the company here in Chiang Mai, how long ago?
Our company was formed nearly 7 years ago.
Why did you choose Chiang Mai?
I had been living in Chiang Mai and commuting to Bangkok for two
years before I decided so settle here.
I believe you have just taken on your 60th member of staff -
congratulations - to what do you attribute your success?
A lot of hard work and long hours…there is no other way…or if there
is, can someone please tell me! Plus, continuous marketing, meeting
customers’ demands, and, of course, our dedicated staff.
How difficult has it been to find suitable staff?
Finding the right calibre of staff hasn’t been a problem. As our
company grows, so does our reputation. Many staff move to Chiang Mai
once they have secured a position with us.
I believe some of your staff have been with you since the beginning
of your company - why do you believe they stay so long?
I suppose it has to be the working environment. The job itself isn’t
too difficult, so it must be the security of a growing company. Again,
the staff are all very friendly and there is a good atmosphere in the
What do you consider the best part of having a company here in Chiang
Chiang Mai as a city has everything our company needs: staff, office
space and technical support. The city is easy to get around compared to
What is the most difficult part of having a company here in Chiang
I don’t think that there is any real problem having a business in
Chiang Mai that can’t be overcome if you go about it in the right way.
We make sure we stay on the right side of the law, immigration and the
Department of Employment.
What are your goals for the future?
Future plans are to steadily grow the company and to one day take a
The Chiang Mai Mail would again like to congratulate you on this
milestone and wish you all the success for the future.
Annual Wedding Fair
at the Holiday Inn
The Holiday Inn on the Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road is holding its annual
Wedding Fair this coming weekend, September 67, from 10 am until 8
pm.The hotel is inviting residents of Chiang Mai to visit the 2008
Wedding Fair in the Grand Nanta Ballroom.
of the beautiful wedding dresses on display - and a cute outfit for the
With venues ranging from the largest ballroom in Chiang Mai through to
garden settings and river views, the Holiday Inn is the perfect place to
hold your celebrations. Come and be inspired by fashion shows from
wedding specialists Maross and Malee Studio, food and wine tastings,
wedding and photography studios including Photo Mania, Huen Silp, Korkai
Studio and V Sign Media, and jewellery and cosmetics suppliers Bobby
Brown, Marie France, Malisa and Coquette - everything a bride needs to
make her dream day come true is there.
In addition to the above, there will be a fortune teller booth, a Hong
Dok Mai, (a Thai style flower show for the Thai Engagement Ceremony),
and a display of honeymoon options available in the Northern Thailand
region. For further information please call 053 275 300 or