Community Happenings

Send in your Community Happenings

Community Happenings is an opportunity for all clubs, businesses, hotels, restaurants and entertainment outlets to inform the Chiang Mai Mail’s readers what new “happenings” are coming up.
Send us your happenings by email to: [email protected] or by fax to 053 260 738
or stop by the office at Chiang Mai Mail Publishing Co., Ltd., 209/5 Moo6, T.Faham, A.Muangchiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000
Deadline is Wednesday at 6 pm


Support and Information Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the YMCA’s Nawarat Room. Info: 084-485-0100, email [email protected]

Al-anon: Support group open to those affected by alcoholism in a relative or friend. Every Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m, Seven Fountains, 97 Huey Kaew Rd. Info: 087-300-4668, www., or email: [email protected]

Co-dependants Anonymous: Support group for those having problems with healthy relationships with others. Every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Seven Fountains, 97 Huey Kaew Rd. Info: 085-863-9898

Nicotine Anonymous:  Meets Wednesday and Saturday, 1 p.m., Building 11, behind McCormick Hospital.  Info. 086-194-6300 or 081-027-6836.

LYC Chiang Mai: Social group for Asian/Western gay men and lesbians. Info and events: email [email protected]

Chiang Mai Friends Group: There will be no Friends meeting in December, due to clashes with the high number of other events at this festive time of year. The next meeting will be a celebration of the group’s second anniversary in January 22, 2010. A ‘Pot Luck’ evening is planned, suggestions and ideas for this very special event can be sent to Chiangmaifriends or 053-206121.

Chiang Mai Expats Club: 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. for 10.30, Shangri-La Hotel. 80 baht per person.

Informal Northern Thai Group: Monthly meeting with talk at Alliance Française, Charoenprathet Road. Info:

The Royal British Legion, Chiang Mai. Social meetings 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month, 7 p.m. at The Olde Bell British Pub on Loi Khroh Road.

Not just for UK ex-servicemen and women, but for anyone who supports the Legion’s aims and objectives. New members welcome.

Dutch community in Chiang Mai: Evening get-together every 1st Tuesday of the month, Nederlandse Vereniging Thailand. Begins 7 p.m, everybody welcome, at: Hollanda Montri Guesthouse, 365 Charoenrat Rd. Chiang Mai, 50000 Thailand. Info: [email protected]

The U.S. Consulate encourages all American citizens to register with the US Consulate General.  Please visit to register and/or update your current information. American Citizens are reminded that all services are provided by appointment only. To make an appointment or view additional information on our services, please visit our website at,    



Hash House Groups: Social runners, third Sunday each month, 1 p.m. Secret trail, drinks and food. Info: [email protected] or 084-780-6459.

The Gentleman’s Club: The Pub, first Monday of the month. Beer and a roast lunch. Info: 053-211-550, email thepub

Dining Out Group: Once a fortnight, alternating between Western and Asian food. 100 baht - 500 baht per head..Info and reservations:diningoutcnx 

Chiang Mai Readers & Book Discussion Group: Monthly over lunch to discuss a previously agreed book. All welcome. [email protected].

The Chiang Mai International Women’s Book Club: Group of English speaking book lovers. 7 p.m, last Monday of month. Info: christa

Soroptimists International Chiang Mai: Professional women’s group, monthly at the Amari Rincome Hotel. New members welcome. Info: cory

The Chiang Mai Computer Club: Tuesdays 1 p.m. at Tuskers Bar. Info: 087-180-4665.

Chiang Mai Bicycle Club: Every Sunday, 7 a.m, Thapae Gate. Info:

The Textile Art Group: First Friday of month at the Raintree Centre opposite Narawat Bridge. Weaving, batik, embroidery, etc. Info: cmtextilesgroup

Travel Club: Monthly at Tuskers.Info:dorothy.engmann

Chiang Mai Chess Club: 7pm, Wednesdays, The Pub, on Huay Kaew Rd. All welcome. Info: John on 085-7109-926.           

Critical Mass Chiang Mai Bicycle Ride - Everyone on a bike, unicycle, skateboard, or roller-blades is invited to join the ride, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at Thapae Gate on the last Friday of every month to celebrate cycling and assert cyclists’ right to the road.  Short ride around Chiang Mai with drinks to follow. Info: [email protected]

Miss Chiang Mai Motor Show 2009 will be organised at from December 18-27, at Arena Hall, Big C Supermarket, Donchan branch on Chiang Mai-Lampang superhighways, Chiang Mai.

The biggest gift fair in Chiang Mai is at the Northern Industrial Promotion Center on Toonghotel Road. November 27-December 6. 

16th CMU BOOK FAIR from 9am - 8pm with over 140 booths offering special discounts on books and stationary. At Chiang Mai University through December 2. Info:  0 5394 4508.

The Grand Opera, Ballet, Theatre Society will present the first two episodes of the BBC television series “I, CLAUDIUS”   Tuesday, December 8.   For more information, e/m [email protected]

Nimmanhaemin Art & Design Promenade: NAP 2009: Nimmanhaemin Soi 1, December 5-9.

13th Lanna Architecture Fair: Going Green.  With construction products, decorative items and products for interior design for sale. A free architectural and consultation service. December 10-13, 3pm to 11pm. Think Park –opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel.

Charities and Special Events

Benefit Concert for “Joop Jang” at Baan Piranan. To sponsor “Joop Jang” a 6 year old Cerebral Palsy child who has no sponsor. Baan Piranan has taken her in and is bearing the costs but cannot afford to.Baan Piranan is home care for children with severe cerebral palsy. Paul Schoenkopf is donating the use of his home. Don Slepian, an American Keyboard Artist, will be presenting a program of live Electronic Classical Music. You can hear a sample of his music on his website, Don Slepian’s Live Electronic Classical Music Show. The Home of Paul Schoenkopf and Sarawut (Nop) Sriwichai: 175/2 Santitham Road, Chang Puak. Directly across the street from the YMCA International Hotel. The corner house with the yard. Free admission/donations encouraged. Saturday, February 13, 2009 7:30PM

Care for Dogs urgently needs both Thai and Western volunteers for their new stall at the Sunday Walking Street Market, which will help to raise funds for the shelter’s ever-increasing needs. Volunteers will be selling Care for Dogs merchandise, collecting donations and spreading public awareness of Care for Dogs. Please contact Care for Dogs at [email protected]

Soroptimists International Chiang Mai: Professional women’s group meets monthly at Amari Rincome Hotel. New members welcome. Info: cory

Million Can Lids Build Artificial Legs #2: collecting aluminium for the Artificial leg foundation, donate at Mr.Pitak Suiluang at Nextpro Institute.

 ‘Bike for Elephants’ tour in Northern Thailand. Two days of adventure and fun biking through the Mae Tang valley, in Chiang Mai province.This event will raise much needed funds for the Elephant Nature Park and create awareness about the plight of Thai elephants. The Elephant Nature Park, in a beautiful mountain range north of Chiang Mai, is a safe home to rescued elephants that were previously neglected. February 6 and 7, http://www.

Charity Marathon to Doi Suthep: The Wilderness Society Organisation of Thailand invites you to join the ‘Charity Marathon to Doi Suthep’ on December 10. 100 baht per person with funds to go to support the Mae Ai permanent dam construction. The registration is available from now onwards. 053 963 029, 081 784 2076, [email protected]

Royal Flora Ratchapruek Celebrations: Tuesday, December 8,

6 pm to 9:45 pm Khon masked dance performance (Maleewarat Wa Kwam Ramratchakriwong) presented by the College of Dramatic Arts in Chiang Mai, Lop Buri and Ang Thong with guest artists from the Department of Fine Arts 9:45 pm to 10 pm Fireworks display.

Wednesday, December 9. 6 pm to 9:45 pm Popular Thai songs by Bangkok Xylophone. Nop Buri Sri Nakhon Ping Chiang Mai Light-and-sound performance Popular Thai songs by Boy Thai. 9:45 to 10 pm. Fireworks display.

Thursday, December 10. 6 pm to 9:45 pm Nop Buri Sri Nakhon Ping Chiang Mai Light-and-sound performance. International Cultural Festival with performances from China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. International Drum Festival with presentations by Thailand, South Korea, China and Japan. 9:45 to 10 pm. Fireworks display.

Charity Christmas Party hosted by Tiger Tiger in aid of Baan Phonsawan Child Development Center. The tickets will be 200 baht and free for Children. Full Buffet and entertainment on the night.Also to help to raise funds will be an auction and raffle. With prizes donated from local businesses. Tickets ask for Lorna at 082 337 0227. Charoenprathet Road. Dec 12th at 7 pm.

JJ Chiang Mai Festival # 5 : Products from the Royal projects in the outlets such as Thammachad shop, Doitung coffee , Mae Fah Luang shops, Phu Fah Shop. Many of the other activities. From December 4- 31 at 10:30 am to 8:30 pm at JJ Market. 053-231520.

and concerts

The Santi Music School Presents A Christmas Sing Along and Block Party Featuring Santi Music School Choir and Soloists Wednesday December 9 at Santi Music School, Sri Mangkalajarn Soi 5 6:30 pm. 50 baht tickets Come usher in the holiday season with your favorite Christmas carols. For information, call 053-224 344.

“ Phra Chao Tilokarat” a play to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University and the 600th anniversary of King Tilokarat, will be performed on December 10 (in English) , December 11 and 12 (in Thai) at 7 p.m. at Lan Rom Mai between H.B. 1 and H.B. 5, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University. Tickets are available at HAS Center, Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University Tel:053-942308, Robinson Department Store Tel: 053–320-3640-59 Ext. 201. Proceeds will be donated to a fund for needy students.

“Patterns, Passages and Prayers: Traditional Culture of the Golden Triangle.” which will be launched at the Tamarind Village Hotel, with a splashy opening event with live music, December 20, running through April 30 2010.

Christmas Concert featuring excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Chiangmai Philharmonic Orchestra and Payap University College of Music Choir. Friday, December 11, 7:30 pm. Luce Chapel, Payap University Mae Khao Campus. Admission Free.

 A Christmas Carol will be presented by the Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) Performing Arts Department  at the CMIS Auditorium on Tuesday December 8 @ 7pm, Wednesday December 9 @ 8pm and Thursday December 10 @ 7pm. Adults 200 baht, students 100 baht. For reservations or further info 053-242-027 or 053-306-152 or [email protected]

Imagine: An exhibition of work from students aged 3-18 from Prem Tinsulanonda International School. The exhibition features work from the Visual Arts, Design Technology and Information Technology programs. Chiang Mai University Art Museum. Chiang Mai University Art Museum . nataliek December 3-19. Official opening on Thursday December 3rd at 7 p.m.

Doi Din Daeng & Sop Moei Arts Joint Exhibition: a joint exhibition between Doi Din Daeng (Chiang Rai) and Sop Moei Arts (Mae Hong Song), featuring high quality bamboo, textiles and ceramics. Until December 18, La Luna Gallery 053 306 678.

The Splendour of Nature by Charoon Boonsuan: at the 116 Art Gallery, 94-120 Chareon Muang Road. T.Wat-Gate, until January 31. 053-302-111

Japanese Dance “Nippon”; E.C. Cort Auditorium, Payap University, Kaew Nawarat Campus. Friday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m.

American Documentary Showcase: See America from different (camera) angles. Open-air— star-roof 7:00 p.m.  @ Rooftop, Media Arts and Design, Nimman Rd. (Chiang Mai University Art Center) . Dec. 9:  Flow: for the Love of Water.

Dec. 10:  Miss Navajo. Air-con seats 12:00 p.m. (noon) @ American Corner’s Mini Theatre, Fl.3 Chiang Mai University’s Library Center. Dec. 14 Flow: for the Love of Water. December 17,  Miss Navajo. Dec. 21, A Man Named Pearl. Dec. 24 Made in LA. Date: 09 December 2009 - 24 December 2009 Location: CMU http://chiangmai.usconsulate. gov/   FREE admission.

Open Mike night every Tuesday at the North Gate Jazz Co-Op. Starts at 10 p.m. Chang Puak Gate.


Networking Evening: AA Insurance Brokers Co.Ltd and Networking One invite you to these events, held on the 1st Thursday of each month, from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at the Shangri-.La Hotel. A great opportunity for business professionals and individuals alike to meet, network and exchange views in a social environment. Guests are encouraged to bring along colleagues and business associates to take full advantage of the event. Cost 300 baht, including beer, wine and canapés.

Amari Rincome Hotel, Chiang Mai will present a “Saturday Night – Seafood Buffet” at the hotel’s small pool on every Saturday evening between 6.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m., starting from November 7 onwards.  The special price is just 499 baht net per person.

Rio Restaurant at RatiLanna Spa Resort, Changklan road,  offers a special offer for their Brazilian BBQ Buffet, grilling with a taste of the skewer, “Come 4 and Pay for 3”. Daily from 6 pm to midnight until January 31.

Authentic Thai – every Tuesday & Wednesday at Dusit D2 Moxie. Experience authentic regional Thai cuisine in the modern setting of Moxie restaurant. Chef Chalong will create original Thai delights with the freshest ingredients that bring a unique taste to every dish. The menu will feature stations of Som-tum, Pad Thai, Kanom Jeen, assorted curries, spicy salads and much more. A delightful dessert station will await right after.  All tables of 6 receive a complimentary bottle of hotel selected wine (red/white). Adults 699 baht net, children 350 baht net, under 3 years old dine free. Dusit Wine & Dine members special, come 4 pay 3. Starting at 6:30 pm. Until 23 December 2009.

Courses, classes, educational opportunities

Chiang Mai University’s Language Institute is offering a new non-profit multi-skill volunteer teaching programme which includes a Non-Imm. ‘O’visa. Volunteers can be placed in schools, hospitals, etc, according to qualifications and experience. Tailor-made placements in any field; commitment of at least 4 hours per week. Placement and visa fee requested to cover expenses. For more details, or if your school or organisation needs volunteers, please email Carmen on [email protected]

Art classes at ArtSpace on 7: Short courses given by a highly qualified and experienced artist, fees include materials. Info: [email protected]

Reiki training courses: all levels. Info: [email protected] or www.asian

Free salsa lessons Mondays at the Latin Club, Nimman­haemin Soi 6.


The Gymkhana Club is looking for competent singles tennis players for Monday nights; also competent doubles players for Tuesday and Friday nights and competent, competitive doubles players for Wednesday nights. 4:00pm to 6:30pm, 80 baht walk-in fee for non members.

Info: Michael at 087-1887414 or Ian at 086-1951753

Chiangmai International Taekwondo: All ages taught in your own home, private lessons by World Master Tom Zuza, 7th Dan. Info: 083-276-2013/083-475-1752, email [email protected].

Tai Chi Classes: Experienced Tai Chi Sifu gives lessons. Info: 084-600-5268, email [email protected].

Tai Chi Classes: Chen style Tai Chi classes for beginners, Mondays Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Hillside 4 Condos, 4th floor, exercise room. Info: 089-955-5350, or www. Private classes also available.

Karate Practice: Monday/Wednesday 5.30 p.m, Free. CMU’s Student Services building. Karatedo Fed. Wado-kaj karate. Info: admin

Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures has launched a new program offering 20 percent discounts on outdoor equipment.  There will also be rock climbing technique and equipment demonstrations, a pull up contest, rocking climbing contest, and cave demonstrations. For more details, please call 053-207-102 , or email : [email protected],  , or contact the office at 55/3 Rat­chapakinai Rd, tambon Phra Sigh, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50100.

Prem Golf Academy, short game clinic at Stardome Driving Range Sunday December 20, 9am to noon. 500 baht, open to players from 12 years on up. Call or email for reservation at [email protected] or 053 301 500 (ext 5415).  Please bring your Pitching Wedge.  We will meet on the putting green near the parking area.

 Private instruction will be available after the clinic.  30 minute lesson /500 baht

2nd  AnnualWalking–Running Mini Marathon. In honour of the Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen, The Botanical Garden Organization Ministry of Natural resources and environment hosts the 2nd Walking – Running Mini Marathonon  for the Queen’s cup. With 3 different competitions, a12k mini marathon, 6km micro marathon and a 3km walking marathon. Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. December 12. Application at For information call 053 841 234

Nimseeseng 4th Motocross-FMSCT Thailand Super Cross 2009: Nimseeseng race course, December 11-13. Chiang Mai-Lampang Road, Saraphi District. 081 855 5225, 053 219 340 # 444.

Quiz nights

Mondays: Tuskers’ Bar: Info: call Chas on 087-811-4665, or

Tuesdays: The Olde Bell, 8.30 p.m. Call 087-811-9468, email [email protected]

Thursdays: UN Irish Pub. Call 053-214-554

Fridays: The Pub. 8 p.m. Call Grahame on 053-211-550

Monthly at the Garden Bar: Starts 8 p.m. Email lotus

Religion and Spirituality

Many Lamps - One Light announces that December 12th will be the final programme in the 24 month series. Thanks to all. Mike & Rose 08 7305 4006.

Baha’i Faith - What is it? Why is it fresh and important? New topics. Monthly, 9th and 19th, at 1110 Nakornping Condos, 2.45 p.m. Info: Mike or Rose on 087-305-4006,

Sri Sathya Sai Baba, spiritual master. Study and discussion group for Chiang Mai devotees. Info: Bob at 081-469-1507, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Meditate with the Green Papaya Sangha in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Yoga Studio 65/1 Arak Road.  Beginners welcome. Info: [email protected]

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Foundation holds Experience in Meditation every Saturday 3 p.m-4:30 p.m. at 218/6 Chotana Rd. 053-214-904.

Years Eve Specials

Christmas Eve Gala Buffet Dinner: Gear up for the culinary delights of Christmas, with the Christmas Eve Gala Buffet Dinner at Akaligo Restaurant. Tuck into a scrumptious selection of festive dishes such as roasted turkey and all the trimmings, priced at THB 5,500* per person adult/ THB 1,650* per person child aged under 12 including a one hour pre-dinner cocktail. 24th December 2009 8 pm to 10:30 pm at Akaligo Restaurant 

Christmas Day Jazz Brunch:  Dine on festive fare and relax to the sounds of live jazz at Akaligo Restaurant’s Christmas Day Brunch Buffet priced at THB 1,600* per person adult/ THB 480* per person child aged under 12. 

Along with the buffet, a kid’s corner will keep the younger fans happy. Santa Claus will also stop by. 25th December 2009 12 noon to 3 pm. At Akaligo Restaurant 

For table reservations, please call 053 888 888 ext. 8878 . All prices are subject to 17.7% service charge and government tax. Dine In Style members are entitled to a 20% discount for Christmas Eve Gala Buffet Dinner and Lanna Mystique Gala Dinner.

Christmas Eve Buffet at Moxie at D2:  The buffet will feature assorted seafood on ice, an oyster bar, festive sushi + sashimi, roast butter ball turkey, prime rib Australian beef and all those mouthwatering divine sweet goodies. Santarina’s and a live trio band (piano, flute + violin) will entertain. inner buffet from 6.30pm onwards. 2,299 baht net – Adults (inclusive of free-flow 7 cascine prosecco,nv). 1,799 baht net – Adults. 899 baht net – Children. Children age 3 and below dine with our compliments. Dusit Wine & Dine members enjoy 20% discount. 

Christmas Day Buffet at Moxie at D2: a specially created lunch buffet; featuring a selection of Dim Sum, sushi + sashimi, fresh shucked New Zealand oysters and a roast turkey carvery. With live harp + flute performance. Lunch buffet from 11.30am onwards. 1,999 baht net – adults (inclusive of free-flow Rosso di Montalcino Banfi, 2005, Italy and Frienz Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2008, nz). 1,499 baht net– adults, 750 baht net – children. Children age 3 and below dine with our compliments. Dusit Wine & Dine members enjoy 20% discount. 

New Years Eve at Moxie at D2: eafood buffet with live jazz. The delectable menu will feature stations of ocean harvest, caviar with flavored vodka’s, foie gras, peking duck and a majestic dessert selection. Dinner buffet from 7.30pm onwards.  5,599 baht net – adults (inclusive of a glass of Moet & Chandon + free-flow “The Pump”, shiraz-cabernet sauvignon, 2008, Australia and “The Pump”, chardonnay,  2008, Australia). 4,599 baht net – adults (inclusive of a glass of Moet & Chandon).  2,299 baht net – children. Children age 3 and below dine with our compliments.

Cuba Libre Night - After New Year’s Eve dinner, make your way to Mix Bar at D2 where DJ Sunzone, a talented DJ and music producer will introduce a brand new genre to Chiang Mai’s night scene. Sunzone, best known for his remixes of dance music released by Grammy (dance planet), has produced and released smashing house tracks which hit the no.1 dance underground charts in Australia. Party rocks from 9.30pm onwards. Tokens @ 500 baht net per person include a Cuba Libre cocktail + 1 choice of house cocktails or hotel selected wine (red/white). For further information and reservations, please call 053-999-999 or email:  [email protected]

Khaem Saen Restaurant at Prince Khum Paya Resort & Spa : 6 course Christmas Eve dinner with smoked salmon, ham, and traditional Christmas puddings. 1,399 net with wine, 899 net with soft drinks. 7 pm to 1 am at the Khum Paya Resort & Spa. 053-415-555 for reservations.

New Years Eve Golden Oldies Dance at Khaem Saen Restaurant: Thai Fusion and International Buffet dinner, cocktail. 2,500 baht net for a couple, 1,500 baht net for one person, 1,00 baht for children 4-11.Khum Paya Resort & Spa. 053-415-555 for reservations.