Oktoberfest brings local community
together for charity fundraiser
Beer, brats, dirndls, lederhosen, and paper cannons open the traditional German festival with a bang
The first authentic Oktoberfest of its kind in Chiang Mai took place
on October 17 at the Rati Lanna Hotel. Organized by the welfare
organization‚ Thailandfriends, under the leadership of Dirk
Weeber-Arayatumsopon and his partner Wuttipong Arayatumsopon in cooperation
with their non-tiering team.
Weber-Arayatumsopon (left) welcomes John Valentine, the trainer of ‘Flipper’
and ‘Kill bill’ to the festivities.
Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiengmai, the last Lanna princess, was welcomed to
the hotel by representatives of Thailandfriends and the vice governor of
Chiang Mai, Chumporn Saengmanee and his lovely wife, Wanarin Saengmanee.
More than 350 tickets were sold, making this event quite a success for which
Mr Weeber-Arayatumsopon, thanked his guests in his welcoming speech. The
guests of honour, Princess Chao Yai, as she prefers to be called, Deputy
Governor Chumporn Saengmanee, and the famous Thai television-chef Yingsak
Jonglertjesadawong were welcomed on stage by MC Miss. Bow, the radio D.J. as
well as from Dirk and Wuttipong. After speeches from the three guests of
honour, in which they praised the dedication of Thailandfriends in helping
needy people and children, the Oktoberfest was officially opened with a
bang, literally, as a paper cannon shot hundreds of paper balls into the
stunning fraulein shows the men how to drink a yard of ale.
The many guests enjoyed beer, wine and other drinks, strolled around the
many food stalls featuring ham, roasted pork leg, sausages and other
traditional Oktoberfest fare including genuine Wies’n pretzels.
Entertainment was on hand for all attendees, strong men and women tried to
hammer big nails into woodblocks in just a few blows. After more than half
an hour the winner was Emil of Frankenthal of Germany. Others tested their
luck at a beer drinking contest. A tricky one since the beer was served in a
“Yard of Ale”, which contestants had to empty as quickly as possible. Not
easy with almost 2 ½ litres of beer! Pongkrit Jitpairoth, a son of a friend
of Princess Soamsawali showed the most skill, and the most thirst, won the
drinking contest and still managed to walk in a straight line.
Chao Duangduan na Chiengmai is greeted by Margaret Bhadungzong (left) and
Elfi Seitz (right) at the fair grounds.
Only two ladies competed for the most original Bavarian dress, the dirndl.
The jury had to choose between Beate Heger, a Bavarian woman who wore an
original Bavarian dress and Palacha Kosayothin from Thailand, who won three
days in a hotel in Krabi. The Limbo contest was won by the very limber Wiwon
Thammarit who managed to dance under a bar only 40 cm high. The Karaoke
contest was won by Tananan Wilson from Chiang Mai.
The shows featured traditional Bavarian entertainment, like the original
wood cutter dance with Schuhplatter, performed by the staff of Dirk’s
Podologie Center, the Center team performed several more traditional dances
Heger (left) and Elfi Seitz (centre) are happy to see Palacha Kosayothin win
the contest for best dirndl.
Magician Nuttapong Rungjang performed in a daring candlelight act, the fire
dancer, Mr. Pot, showed his skill on the stage and television chef Dr.
Yingsak produced a pork leg salad a la Thailand which Heiko Schmidt won at
Fashion King donated a genuine silk suit to the auction, Dirk Weeber-
Arayatumsopon sponsored a 12,500 Baht bottle of Chateau du Pape, and Oasis
Spa gave away two body treatments. Many other great prizes were to be won at
the raffle, from a mini-suite at the Royal Cliff in Pattaya, two nights at
the Sai Kaew Beach Resort on Koh Samet, rooms at the Nova Platinum Hotel,
the Hard Rock Hotel, and the Sheraton Hotel. Pattaya Blatt and Chiang Mai
Mail one year subscriptions were also auctioned off. The Oktoberfest ended
with a fabulous fireworks display.
The proceeds, after costs, will go to the school for blind children in
Chiang Mai and to the HIV-Aids project of Her Royal Highness, princess
For now we only can say: ‘See you next year at the Oktoberfest in Chiang
Wiwon Thammarit performing his extraordinary
Pongkrit Jitpairoth gulped down the yard of ale
in record time.
Magician Nick Wiczinsky thrilled the kids, young
Photos by Chip Olson, Peeradon Jaohom,
Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon and Elfi Seitz
Happy Birthday Chiang Mai Mail
As Chiang Mai Mail enters its eighth year of
operations, the Prem Tinsulanonda International Schools send birthday
greetings! Like the Chiang Mai Mail, Prem School is a young
organisation - just eight years old! - and like Chiang Mai Mail it is
proud of its commitment to providing an excellent service to the citizens of
Prem congratulates Chiang Mai Mail on its past seven years and looks
forward to reading all about the local, national and international news for
many years to come.
Director of Admissions, The Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Many congratulations to Chiang Mai Mail on the
occasion of your 7th anniversary. On behalf of the Principal of Sacred Heart
College, I would like to send my very best wishes to all the staff of
Chiang Mai Mail. Long may you continue to be the best quality newspaper
of the northern region.
Chiang Mai Mail, New Generation Newspaper!
Sister Darunee Sripramong
The Principal of Sacred Heart College
The leadership and staff of dusitD2 chiang mai
delightfully congratulate Chiang Mai Mail on its 7th anniversary. The
weekly has and continues to feature our beloved Chiang Mai city’s
communication, society watch, circle of friend’s messages as well as
bringing the world’s news to us. Thank you for being a good friend and
We wish the collective of the newspaper the best of health, inspiration and
every success in creative and journalistic endeavors.
Guru2 (Executive Assistant Manager), dusitD2 chiang mai
On behalf of Chiang Mai Municipality, it is my great
pleasure to extend my most sincere and heartfelt congratulation to Chiang
Mai Mail newspaper on the occasion of its 7th anniversary.
The city of Chiang Mai has a long history for more than 700 years that still
retains its own identity, and the position of being the economic, social,
and cultural capital of the north at the same time. People around the world
then wish to have both short and long stays here. In helping to communicate
with these people so that they are better understanding of the culture and
current news and events in Chiang Mai, the Chiang Mai Mail has played
a vital role serving not only Chiang Mai, but also other cities in the north
I wish Chiang Mai Mail continued success in its ability to retain its
role as the leading print media for the benefits of readers.
Dr. Ken Santitham
Municipal Clerk of Chiang Mai Municipality
Congratulations to Chiang Mai Mail on its 7th
Anniversary and best wishes for its continued success.
Consulate General of the United States of America, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Michael Morrow US Consul - General
As a representative of Navy 11 radio station FM. 88.0
MHz and Smartbomb Company, I would like to congratulate Chiang Mai Mail
on its 7th anniversary and the beginning of its 8th year. I hope that Chiang
Mai Mail will always be at the service of the residents of Chiang Mai and
the northern region.
Lieutenant Commander Tammanoon Sangkhrim
Director of Navy 11 radio station FM. 88.0 MHz.
Speaking for Chiang Mai Provincial Police, I would like
to thank Chiang Mai Mail for having continually published useful news
and information for the benefit of the Chiang Mai residents and the
promotion of Chiang Mai’s tourism.
For the 7th anniversary of the newspaper on this October 26, I wish that
Chiang Mai Mail would continue to serve Chiang Mai in the same direction
as the police’s work, by keeping the people in the province updated with
news and stories that should enable their well-being and safety, and I also
congratulate the management team on the newspaper’s success and hope that
all Chiang Mail Mail’s goals will be accomplished.
Pol. Col. Aksorn Wongyai
Superintendent of Mae Ping Police Station
On the special occasion of its 7th anniversary, Chiang
Mai Tourist Police would like to wish Chiang Mai Mail great success,
progressive improvement and long life, as well as firm relations and good
cooperation between the newspaper and the police.
Pol. Lt. Col. Yutsit Boonklam
Inspector of Tourist Police Division 4
First of all, let me extend my heartfelt congratulations
on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the foundation of the
Chiang Mai Mail newspaper. For all those years, the Consulate-General of
Japan in Chiang Mai has enjoyed kind support from the Chiang Mai Mail
in publicising our activities, including the annual Lanna-Japan Festival and
our grass-root grant projects.
During these past seven years, the number of Japanese residents in northern
Thailand has increased at a dramatic pace, those who have registered with
the Consulate-General amounting to over 3,000, and this trend seems set to
continue for the foreseeable future at an even greater rate. This means that
the proportion of Japanese people among the readers of the Chiang Mai
Mail is also growing. We sincerely hope that the Chiang Mai Mail
will continue its efforts to cater for the need of information among the
Japanese community in Chiang Mai as well as among non-Japanese readers who
are interested in Japan.
Between 19-29 November 2009, the Consulate-General of Japan, together with
the Japanese community here and our Thai partners, will organise the 5th
Lanna-Japan Festival, a collection of 15 events aimed at introducing
Japanese culture and promoting exchanges among Japanese, Thais and people
from any country who are interested in Japanese culture. On top of that, we
will organise yet another event on 18 and 19 December 2009 with performances
by a group of traditional Japanese dancers called NIPPON. This event will
mark the closing of the Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2009. Details of these
events can be found in future issues of the Chiang Mai Mail as well
as on our website at http://www.chiangmai.th.emb-japan.go.jp/ (Japanese and
I must say we are very lucky to have the Chiang Mai Mail as a channel
to reach out to expatriates in Chiang Mai as well as Thai readers. I
sincerely hope that the Consulate-General of Japan and the Chiang Mai
Mail will further strengthen our partnership in order to deliver useful
information to the readers for many years to come.
Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai
On the special occasion of the 7th year anniversary of
the Chiang Mai Mail newspaper, I’m honored and pleased to send our
congratulatory message with the best wishes to Chiang Mai Mail’s
executives, management, employees and concerned persons for its 7th
anniversary celebration, on behalf of all the military officers and
personnel of the Pha Muang Task Force.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the Chiang Mai Mail’s
help in supporting Pha Muang Task Force in publicizing the news and
information regarding the work of the force, as the Chiang Mai Mail
is regarded as the most popular English language newspaper in Chiang Mai and
the neighboring provinces in the North.
This local newspaper serves the readers as one of the main media and
communication channels and we hope it will keep up its good work as the most
neutral newspaper so as to meet the readers’ demands, among both Thai and
foreign communities, enabling them to know more facts and information and
understand our work and duties well.
On this auspicious occasion, I wish Chiang Mai Mail, the first
English newspaper of Chiang Mai, and its management team and employees, a
greater success, good health, prosperity and happiness forever!
Maj. Gen. Prakarn Chonlayut
Commander of the Pha Muang Special Task Force