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 chiangmai [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.alanon, 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 lyc.cnx

Chiang Mai Friends Group: The last Wednesday of every month. Chiangmai [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. 100 baht per member, 150 non members.

Informal Northern Thai Group: Monthly meeting with talk at Alliance Fran็aise, 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: 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 http://chiangmai.



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. cmreadersgroup

The Chiang Mai International Women’s Book Club: Group of English speaking book lovers. 7 p.m, last Monday of month. For info please email: ChiangMaiBookClub

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: meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at D’Lite Food and Bakery, directly across from Immigration.Info: http://chiangmai-geeks.phpbb3

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].

Charities and Special Events

Soroptimist International Chiangmai presents: Soroptomists at Amari Rincome 6 PM. The Permaculture way of growing your food, Christian Shearer of Panya Project on April 22.

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]

Visakha Bucha Day: Join area residents to walk up Doi Suthep on May 28 to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha by making merit at the temple.

Copies of the 6th edition of “De Mortuis: the story the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery” are now available. This edition has notes and stories of the 150 persons buried in the foreigners’ cemetery since 1898; more than forty entries have been added in the last ten years and it now runs to more than one hundred pages. “De Mortuis” is an interesting pocket history of some aspects of Chiang Mai life and of some of the foreigners who lived and died there.Priced at Baht 200 per copy, it is available at the Cemetery, The Pub, Tuskers, The Writers Club, Darling Wine Bar, Gymkhana Club and other locations in Chiang Mai.Or, by post from the honorary treasurer, A. C TUCKER, PO BOX 228 CMU, CHIANG MAI 50202, THAILAND. Cheques made paid payable to “A. C. Tucker” as follows, Baht 230 (mailed to Thailand), Pound Sterling 5.50, and US$ 9.00 (worldwide).These donations to cemetery funds are used for maintenance and upkeep.

JJ Market: Jing Jai Market Walking Street, every Thursday and Friday from 5 to 11 PM

Bathing Ritual Ceremony for Phra That Hariphunchai Chedi: Lamphun province will hold the Bathing Ritual Ceremony for Phra That Hariphunchai Chedi with sacred water from Ka-Mhor Mountain. This ceremony includes a sacred water parade, ritual performances, a giant drum competition, and a bathing ceremony for the chedi, usually held on the 15th day of the 6th waxing moon. 22nd - 28th April

At Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Lamphun. Tel. 053 561 430.

Cinco De Mayo celebrations at Tuskers: May 5. Tequila, Mexican food and more.

2nd Chiang Mai Regional IDOL & BATTLE of the BANDS Inter-School Competiton: American Pacific International School presents Battle of the Bands. All Chiang Mai International Schools are represented. Tickets 100 Students 250 Adults. Proceeds fund next year’s events. May 8 at APIS.

Colorful Melody of Nature: Art exhbiton at 116 Gallery: Images from Nature. 94-120 Chareon Muang Rd. Until May 15.

Dokmai Gardens Lecture Dr Piyakaset from the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden gives a talk entitled: “Plant diversity in N & NE Thailand”. May 16 at 3 PM.. [email protected]

Chiang Mai Mango Festival: Held at Buat Hat Park usually the second weekend of May depending on the harvest. Enjoy fresh tasty mangoes and see the Mango Queen crowned.

Lynchee Festival: Fang hosts the annual Lynchee Festival, usually the second and third weekends in May. With a beauty contest and fruit and trees on sale.

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 the end of July. Curator walks with Victoria Vorreiter every Friday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 PM. Advance reservations required. Contact: Tamarind Village Guest Service at (053) 418-896 for reservation.

Alliance Francaise April –May films: Every show starts at 8 PM. Friday, April 30,: L’Homme Du Train (2002) by Patrice Leconte with Jean Rochefort • Johnny Hallyday • Jean-Franšois StÚvenin Charlie Nelson • Pascal Parmentier • Isabelle Petit-Jacques • Edith Scob • 90 mn • Eng. Subtitles.

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

Open Mike Night at the UN Irish Pub every Wednesday, from 8.30 p.m. Instruments provided or bring your own, for more information contact Lindsay on 089 523 1363.

Think Ho Market Artists: Street market at Think Park at Nimmanhaemin every Thursday and Friday until June 30.

“Songs of Memory: Traditional Music of the Golden Triangle,” ending soon: a multi-media exhibition highlighting ancient songs and ceremonies of the Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Akha, Lisu, and Karen peoples through a remarkable array of musical instruments, clothing, documentary films, and photos. At the Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Centre (at 3 Kings Monument), 8:30 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Sunday, through 29 April.

Annie Waliya Concert: Nim City Daily will arrange a live concert featuring Annie Waliya and her friends. The concert will take place on 30th April at 7 p.m. at Nim City Daily. Admission free!

Photo Exhibit by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Destinations: At CMU Art Center until April 30.

Contemporary art work: HQ Art Gallery is holding an contemporary art work exhibition by talented artists or students including woodcuts, oils, acrylic, water colour and mixed media applications on special mulberry and bamboo art paper that is made locally by hand. Open Daily 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Opposite Wat Phra Singh.

Recital for Two Solo Violins: Artist and Performers: Two music graduates from the University of Oregon, Arianne Shimanoff and Ohm Chanteyoon. This recital is assisted by harpsichordist David Wilson and Payap String Ensemble. Genre of Music: Concertos for two violins accompanied by string ensemble and violin duets.

Music from Baroque and Classical Periods including works from Bach, Vivaldi, Mazas. Monday, May 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM. CRK Music Hall (SW201) College of Music Payap University (Kaew Navarat Campus). Admission Free. More information: (tel. 053248 037)

“Before 30”. :Lanna Contemporary Arts Collaborative Show and Exhibition, Music, Dance and Painting. Saturday, May 8. New dimensions in contemporary Lanna Art by three new wave artists with Singer Maneerat (Aom) Ratanang, Dancer-Choregrapher Ronnarong (Ong) Khampha, Painter Neti (Bee) Phikroh, Guest: National Singer Boonsri Ratanang (Royal Kanesh Awardee Painter Nati Phikroh. Public Exhibition (free): 08.30 – 21.30 from May 9 (Sun) to May 16 (Sat), 2010. Collaborative Performance: Before 30. Live singing by Maneerat and her father Boonsri Ratanang, on-stage painting by Neti Phikroh, and dance by Ronnarong Khampa. Reservation required tickets B700 (for seats), B350 (standing only) Food and Wine Reception. Saturday, May 8. 6 PM to 7:30 PM Reception (Food and Wine). 7:30 PM Performance “Before 30”. 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Private opening of Neti Phikroh’s Painting Exhibition. 6 Rachamankha 9, Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, 50200.Reservations: Rachamankha Hotel: 053-904-111-13 Fax: 053-904-114. Ronnarong Khampha: 087-817-2734, [email protected] Phikroh: 089-631-7833

Thaya Kongpakpaisarn. Friday, June 18 at 7:30 PM. The brilliant 19 year old Thai pianist studying at the prestigious Eastman Music School, New York. Friends of the Chiangmai Music Festival at Anne Murase’s home. Phone JP on 084 868 1017 free for members. Guests are welcome at 250 baht each.

Sek Thongsuwan. Friday, July 30 at 7:30 PM. The wonderful Thai pianist studying for his Master Degree in St. Petersburg, Russia, making a welcome return. Phone JP on 084 868 1017 free for members. Guests are welcome at 250 baht each.


Networking Evening: Thursday, May 13. Please be sure to mark your calendar for this important business networking event as the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand will be attending! AA Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd, the BCCT and Networking One invite you to this event from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m at the Rachamankha 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 canap้s.For more info email [email protected]

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

Songkran Escape: Picnic lunch with Amari: 600 baht net per person including smoked salmon, duck and more packed in picnic basket. For reservations 053-221130 or email sales

Italian Food Festival at Kantary Hills Hotel Nimman Bar & Grill: From May 30 – June 3, Chef Claudio Viale will prepare a selection of authentic dishes from his home country including homemade pasta, delicately prepared fish and cooked-to-perfection meat. Choose from the a la carte menu to feast on the special dinner buffets at Nimman Bar & Grill Restaurant on May 30 & June 1 & 3 from 18.00 - 22.00. The full buffet costs only 490++ baht per person with 50% off for children under 12 years old. For reservations or more information please contact Kantary Hills Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Chiang Mai. Tel. 0-5322-2111 or go to

Full Moon Party at Dokmai Gardens: Summer Sale: We wish to make room for new fashion and more books. Therefore, silk vests, Maiser hats, mother of pearl, Ban Celadon and lacquerware are at sale (10-50%). Only on the 28th of April! Raffle: Buy a cocktail as your lottery ticket. The winner of the lottery gets a life time membership card at Dokmai Garden. Registration: kindly send us an e-mail if you intend to come. ([email protected]) April 28th at 5 PM.. Lottery tickets sold until 6 PM. Free entrance!

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 volunteers

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

Free Argentine tango class in Chiang Mai . Every Thursday 18.30 - 20.00 at the LatinClub / Nimmanhaemin Rd. Soi 6 Contact Edward Tio  +66 (0)874947048


Tai Chi Classes: Yang &Chen style Tai Chi guide you to find internal soft Chi flow and intensive energy in your own body! Info: 085-5211-528 ,email [email protected]

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, 8th Dan. Info: 0834761752, 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 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

Many Lamps - One Light: multi-faith inspirational programmes.2.00pm for 2.30 start on 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month. Call Barbara 081 830 4281 for details. All most welcome. No fees. No donations

Baha’i Faith - Bahai Faith.  Why ?: For more information please call Nichola 0807 904 604 or Nasser 0817 652 003/053252382

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: greenpapayasangha

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.

FISU courses now in Chiang Mai: