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 chiangmaiwestaa

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,, 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 Chiang [email protected] 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 member.

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

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: ans. [email protected]

The U.S. Consulate encourages all American citizens to register with the US Consulate General.  Please visit https://travelregistration 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 [email protected]

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

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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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.

Motorcycle Global Travellers Meeting January 16, 2010, 7:00PM, at Chiang Mai Saloon #2, 30 Ratchawithi Rd. Open to general public. Free entry. This annual gathering is for motorcycle travellers seeking or wishing to share information on motorcycle travel in SE Asia or around the world. Adventure motorcycle travellers can find information at: http://www.

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: [email protected].

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,

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.

Bantawai International Woodcarving Fair December 29 to January 3. Feature new design of woodcarving products, Lanna lanterns exhibitions and Light & Sound performance. 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at Bantawai Village, Khun Kong Sub-District, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai. For more information call 053-433074, 08 1882 4882.

The 2nd Chai Prakarn Tulip Blooming Festival: December 31- 4 January. Enjoy colorful tulip blooming together with 18 hill tribes’ cultural performances, hill tribe beauty contest, and tribal sports competition. Pha Daeng Village, Moo 6, Nhong Bua Sub-District, Chai Prakarn, Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Count Down 2009, December 31. This celebration is in cooperation between Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization, Chiang Mai Municipality and Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai Office to commemorate moments happiness throughout the year of 2010. Think Park, Rincome Intersection and Tha Pae Gate.

Tourism Authority of Thailand presents Mini Light & Sound Nopburi Sri Nakorn Ping Chiang Mai Performance on every third Saturday of December 2009 and January, February, March and April 2010 at 7.00 pm./Thai Version and at 8.00 p.m./English Version. Tickets (299 baht/person) are available TAT Chiang Mai Office Tel. 053-248604, 053-248607 and Chiang Mai College Dramatic Arts Tel. 053-271596.

Rajapruek Garden 2009: Festival of Million Flora” Flowers and music in the garden. December 19 to January 31 at Royal Flora Ratchapruek.

The 1st CMU Art Center Winter Song Festival from December 2009 to March 2010 and the Musical Performance (Classic, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Indy, World Music, and Live Music) at CMU Art Center.

Baan Tawai, the village famous for wood carving handicrafts, will hold the “Baan Tawai’s Innovation to The World (BTIW)” event from December 29 to January 3 to showcase local handicrafts. Baan Tawai Commercial and Tourism Information Center 90 Moo 2 Baan Tawai Khun Khong, Hangdong, Chiang Mai 50230 Thailand Tel.: +66-(0)81-882-4882. baantawaimap

 CM Red Cross’s Winter Fair: hundreds of stalls at the Fairground behind Chiang Mai Provincial offices. From December 30 to January 10. 053 212 638. Miss Chiang Mai Contest with the finals on January 5.

Special Presentation Dinner at The Chedi Hotel: 200 club will present the cheques to Lanna Dogs Rescue and the Maetang Elephant Park Elephant Clinic. Tickets 1500 baht per person includes 2 drinks, canapes followed by a 4 course dinner. Live entertainment plus an Elephant Art Exhibition. Dr Chao Duangduan Na Chiangmai will be presenting the cheques. January 19. For tickets please contact [email protected]

The Four Seasons Resort will host a Chamber Music Concert:  by M.L. Usni Pramoj on behalf of Vienping Children’s Home. Concert starts at 6.30pm followed by dinner at the Resort’s Cooking School. Concert tickets 850 baht, Dinner 1250 baht plus service plus tax including non alcoholic drinks. For reservations or further info 053-298-181 or concert.chiangmai January 23.

Exhibitions and concerts

“Patterns, Passages and Prayers: Traditional Culture of the Golden Triangle.” featuring Hill Tribes photos and artifacts from the Golden Triangle . At Tamarind Village through April 30 2010.

Images of Asia: 14 oil impressionist paintings on exhibit by Yuth Suripong. Tita Gallery Mae Rim until 7th January.

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

Galerie Panisa is staging the 10th exhibition on painting arts by Sa-ngiam Yarangsee 2009 until January 4, 2010. At Galerie Panisa, Mahidol Road. Open daily from 9.00 a.m. to  6.00 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Tel. 053 202-779 for more information.

Piano Recital by Lisa Caliri and Pamela Prasarttongosoth: D & M Music Studio will present a classical piano recital performed by Lisa Caliri and Pamela Prasarttongosoth. Featuring works of Chopin, Schumann and Barber. Tuesday, January 5 , 2010 at 7 p.m. at AUA Language Center Chiangmai on Rajdamnern Road. Tickets are 300 baht, 200 Baht for students available by calling 081-682-8000 or at the door.

Japan Design Today 100: The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with Chiang Mai University Art Center and CNX Art Connex proudly present a unique design exhibition from Japan which will represent the finest of Japanese designs from 1990s o the present.Chiang Mai University Nimmarnhaemin Rd.. January 8-21,

 closed Mondays and National holidays from 9 am to 5 pm. Opening Ceremony will be on Friday January 8 at 6 pm.

Master’s Piano Recital by Remi Namtep at Payap University, Saisuree Hall. January 9 at 7:30 pm.

Don Slepian’s Live Electronic Classical Music Show. Thursday, February 11 at 7:00PM. Payap University, Kaew Narawat Campus, Across from McCormick Hospital. Music School.l Room SW201.

Alliance Francaise January films: January 8, 8 pm. Le Pere Noel est une ordure (1981. Friday January 15 8pm: Quand tu descendras du ciel (2003. Friday January 22 8 pm: Les Soeurs Fachees (2004. Friday January 29 8 pm: Mon petit doigt m’a dit..

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

Woven Legends by Patricia Cheesman: at O.P. Place Chiangmai (Le Meridien Hotel Chiangmai) 0-5325-2004, 08-6430-0794 until January 31.

Rong Wong-Savun, One For the Road: Exhibitions with Rong Wong-Savun’s works, books and photographs. January 9-30, 9 am to 5 pm, closed Mondays and holidays. 1st floor of Chiang Mai University Art Center 053-218280 and 053-944833.

Showing of PANOM, Cousin to the Clouds, a documentary film on the Asian elephant by Galen Garwood: hiangmai Art Center Theater, Chiangmai,Thailand (239 Nimmenhaemin Road), Ticket prices are 250 baht and 150 baht for students.  A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital near Lampang, Thailand. Friday January 15, 7 pm.

Charlie Suriyakham presents “Clarinet Pointillism”: Joining Suriyakham will be David Wilson, Chaipruck Mekara, and Sarun Ganyl. In this recital, Suriyakham will play a wide variety of pieces from Opera to Jazz to Klezmer to 21st century music. CRK Recital Hall, Payap University (Kaew Nawarat Campus, opposite McCormick Hospital). Thursday January 7. 7:30 pm. Free admission.


Networking Evening: rescheduled for January 14 at the Shangri-La. Please be sure to mark your calendar for this important business networking event!AA Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd and Networking One invite you to these eventsfrom 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.

illy HOURS at LATITUDE 18. One price for any coffee on the menu. illycaffé, Europe’s most authentic, quality, and creative premium coffee brand. Latitude 18 provides a unique coffee culture at only THB 99 for any coffee on the illy menu during 2-4 pm daily. Available at Le Méridien Chiang Mai’s Newly Developed Coffee Culture. Latitude 18 is located at Level Lobby, For more information or to make a reservation, please call +66 5325 3666 or visit

Antique and vintage Cambodian silk from an exceptionally large collection of ceremonial ‘chongkraben’/hip wrappers and ‘phaa sin’/tubeskirts for sale and viewing at Sipsong Panna Shop & Gallery, at 9 Nimmanhaemin Road. This collection is being shown for the first time in a public venue and represents over 20 years of diligent, discriminating collecting. It includes examples which date from the late 19th century through to the middle of the 20th century, many of which utilize natural dyes and are made of the finest silk threads available at the time. Open 10 am to 5:30 pm. For more information contact Susan Stem 053-390-499.

Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium Christmas Festival: Synchronized swimming shows 3 times a day until January 3.

Playhouse Entertainment Complex Promotion: special promotion for newly opened Playhouse show. For more information please contact Aopi 08 40 20 45 63. aopi www.

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.asianhealingarts

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: [email protected]

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.

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 [email protected]

Religion and Spirituality

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 084-9034325, 053-291272 , 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.

New Years Eve Specials, Events and Parties

New Years Eve at Moxie at D2: seafood 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.

New Year’s Eve 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]

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.

New Years Eve at Kad Kafe, Shangri-La Hotel: BBQ Buffet lunch, includes use of the pool for 549 baht per person . Buffet dinner with sparkling wine, fireworks and Kom Loy poolside display for 1400 baht per person. The Silapa Thai Lounge will have a 70’s Disco themed night beginning from 6 pm to 1 am, free entry.

New Year’s Day, Kad Kafe, Shangri-La Hotel, offers a BBQ buffet and pool use for 549 baht per person. 053-253-888 for reservations.

New Year’s Eve Gala Buffet Dinner at the Latest Recipe or Favola, Le Meridien Chiang Mai. Get yourself into the spirit, join our New Year Party celebration the city of Lanna  choose your favorite International buffet or authentic Italian buffet both with a huge buffet selection of deliciously spicy local specialties whilst enjoying the sparkling entertainment and New Year Party fun. THB 4,000 net person including half bottle of wine and free flow soft drinks.

Op Garden, Le Méridien Chiang Mai: Absolut Vodka presents ABSOLUT 2010 COUNTDOWN at private outdoor venue with DJ and open bar from 10 pm to 2 am, 505 baht net per person including free flow Absolut Vodka.

New Year’s Eve Party at Riverside Lawn RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort: International buffet, free flow drinks, live band, party giveaways, fireworks. 8pm to 1am, 4,999 baht net per person. 053-999-333.

New Year Promotion at the Mercure Hotel: Christmas Eve Turkey buffet 950 baht net, Christmas Day Buffet with oysters and turkey, 420 baht net, New Years Eve International buffet 1,150 baht.

New Year’s Eve Gala at the Duangtawan Pavillion: 4th floor, Centara Duangtawan Hotel. Oriental themed buffet, live music, fortune tellers and fireworks. 6:30 pm to 1am. 2000 net per person 1000 net per child. 053 905000 Ext. 3203

Le Meridien Chiang Rai is offering a Christmas Eve buffet for 1,200 baht at the restaurant The Latest Recipe and 1,400 baht at Favola. hristmas Day Brunch from noon, at The Latest Recipe for 1,600 baht or 4,000 baht for the family package, free flowing wine.

Le Meridien Chiang Rai is having a New Year’s Eve gala dinner for 3,999 net per person and a New Year’s Day brunch from noon for 799 per person or 999 with free flowing wine.

Lavendar Lanna Hotel offers a 999 baht New Year’s Eve buffet at the Lavender Sky Restaurant and Lounge. 053 212 638.

Tha Pae Gate: TAT sponsored New Year’s Eve festival at Tha Pae Gate. For more information: TAT Chiang Mai 0 5324 8604

Warm Up Café offering free gifts for New Years Eve. 40 Nimanhamin Rd

Guitarman Bar: free buffet, live music, starts 8pm. 68/5-6 Loi Kroh Rd. 053-818110.

Chedi Hotel Chiang Mai Silver and Black New Year’s Eve buffet: welcome cocktails, festive buffet, fireworks, 6,500 baht ++  per person.