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Networking One getting ready for the rainy season

Chiang Mai gets back on track!

Bollywood night glitters at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi

Free seminar for Chiang Mai businesses


Networking One getting ready for the rainy season

(l-r) Peter Smith, Director of AA Insurance Brokers Co. Ltd shares a drink with Richard Mark Hefner, Office of International Marketing and Communications of Payap University, Ralph Van den Berg of Horeca Supply Co Ltd and Darryl Crist, Business Manager of Movaci Co. Ltd.

(l-r) George Chow talks about his recent retirement to Chiang Mai with Zane Crosby-Emery of Modern Build Chiang Mai, Colin Scobbie, and Richard R. Plamondon.

Shana Kongmun

The latest Networking One evening took place once again at the lovely and serene Rachamankha Hotel just near Wat Phra Singh. The event was well attended with as many familiar faces attending as new ones. The outside courtyard of the hotel was warm but once again the food and drink were well presented and the fans kept the temperature reasonable.

Eric Lynn of ICT Consultants chats with June Unland, Technical Director of Asia Engineering Co. Ltd, about his recent trip to Germany.

Naturally, the state of tourism was on everyone’s minds and talk centered on what could be done to help promote Chiang Mai once again. The government’s plans were discussed as well as what residents of Chiang Mai could do to help. The Chiang Mai Back on Track Peace festival at the Playhouse was a major topic of discussion as quite a few attendees planned to not only attend but several of the spas and Chiang Mai Mail had booths there as well.

Duenpen(Boong) Chaladlam of the Friends of Chiang Mai talked about the Chiang Mai Big Cleaning Day starting at 3 Kings Monument on the following Saturday, coinciding with World Environment Day, she was enthusiastic about the event, expecting a very good turnout, which ended up being the case.

Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail presents the bottle of wine to winner Richard Prouse.

Author and travel writer Stu Lloyd dropped in for a visit, with a great tan showing off his many trips around Thailand. Eric Lynn of ICT Consulting said he returned from Germany just in time for the curfew, but didn’t mind as it gave him a chance to get over his jetlag. Ben Brandes of Fusion HQ, a new IT venture just outside the city, attended his first ever networking event.

Darryl Crist of Movaci talked about the influx of new tech companies (his included) saying that Chiang Mai is a great place to position IT businesses but that the government really needs to work to improve the infrastructure as many had complained to him about internet drop offs and other issues.

Dean Webster of Surfcoast talked about a trip he had made up to the Golden Triangle with an Thai Army officer friend, on a fact finding mission of sorts, they ended up straying into the wrong sorts of areas and their car had been shot at. “You expect it on the Golden Triangle,” he said, “but not Bangkok!”

Prouse won the bottle of red wine in the lucky draw and Peter Smith of AA Insurance announced that the next Networking One meeting would be held at the Shangri La because of the oncoming rainy season. And is if on cue, the winds picked up and drops of rain started. And while it developed into a sizable storm that night, replete with lightning and heavy rain, everyone had left the hotel before it hit.

(l-r) Dean Webster of Surfcoast, Duenpen Chaladlam, President of the Chiang Mai Friends’ Group, Phitsanu Thepthong, Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail, George Chow and Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of the Chiang Mai Mail talk about the lives of expats in Chiang Mai.


Chiang Mai gets back on track!

The Playhouse Entertainment Complex hosted the Chiang Mai Back on Track Peace Festival Sunday evening, June 5. Food, booths, games and dancing kept the event fun and lively.

Some of the Festival goers enjoyed the 5 minute neck massage offered by Mana Thai Hotel and Spa.

California Wow, Hug Academy, the Chiang Mai Mail, Nok Em Dead Jewelry design and X Sports Centre and the Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium all had booths at the event. Oasis Spa gave out 50% off coupons to attendees and other spas sold scrubs and lotions, while Mana Thai Spa offered free 5 minute neck rubs. I didn’t avail myself of the neck rub, as it was a bit too hot, but others who did said it was fabulous.

There was a performance by the Spring Song Band out by the bar and a fashion show was given from the collection of Warin “Icy” Inthayot of Backstage Design on Wualai Road. Finally, the stage was opened for a series of performances from local dance academies and groups.

Korben Unland enjoys the miniature golf on offer at the Festival.

There was b boyz style break dancing, salsa, flamenco, a tribute to Michael Jackson by some very talented kids, K-pop style boy bands and more. Everyone really enjoyed the amazing display of talent that Chiang Mai has to offer and were quite impressed by how professionally so many of the performances were and how quickly they had managed to get it organized in time for the festival.

The Playhouse is to be commended for not only offering up such a fun festival on their grounds but for offering so many kids such a thrill, their first performance on a real stage in front of a large audience. Here’s hoping the need for a Back on Track Festival isn’t necessary but that doesn’t mean we can’t find some reason for another party!

Joachim Koller of the Dining Guide, Shana Kongmun, Managing Editor
and Tony Malhotra, Managing Director for the Chiang Mai Mail share
a laugh with Toby Allen, CEO of Oasis Spa and Nopparat (James) Kaewrat,
Sales & Marketing Director for the Playhouse Entertainment Complex.

Backstage Fashion show models pose in some
of the designs displayed for the crowd.

Bollywood night glitters at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi

Dirk Weeber Arayatumsopon wore an elaborate
gold outfit for the evening, outshining nearly everyone.

Dancers sparkled at the Horn Bar on Friday night, June 4.

Shana Kongmun

Chiang Mai beauties came out in force for Bollywood night at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi Hotel on Friday June 4. A delicious Indian buffet was on offer before the party started at the Horn Bar but once it was party time, ladies in elegant saris, Rajistani style clothes, men in turbans and even a whirling dervish showed up. Some managed to pull a spare sari or two out of their closets while others went all out and bought lavish outfits. And, I suspect, the rental costume stores experienced a run on Indian costumes for the evening.

Ms. Chaleenuch Visith, Public Relations Director of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi said they plan to have theme nights every month. Here’s hoping it will be something equally fun next time around!

Glamorous costumes were the order of the night for the Bollywood
party at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi’s Horn Bar.

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi Hotel’s Bollywood
night attracted a whirling dervish for the show.

Free seminar for Chiang Mai businesses

Chiang Mai tourist businesses will benefit from a free seminar on e-marketing and web promotion supported by the leading tourist organisations in the city. The three-hour workshop is planned for June 22nd at the Chiang Mai Grandview Hotel, and anyone with a tourist related business is encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by well-known tourist magazine Guidelines, the event aims to give tourism in the city a boost by encouraging businesses to use the internet more in their marketing. Complimentary lunch will also be served to delegates afterwards.

The keynote speaker is Andrew Bond, publisher of the successful 1stopchiangmai.com website, and an expert in search engine success and e-marketing. A second talk on designing attractive websites will be given by Steve Carson of local design company ThinkMonkeys.com. The seminar will finish with an open forum to discuss case studies of local businesses succeeding through their use of the internet.

Those attending the seminar will learn; how to top the search engine results in Google, ways to promote their travel business or hotel on booking sites, and the use of social networking like Facebook and TripAdvisor. The keynote speech will also reveal the best ways to advertise on the internet, how to increase enquiries from the web, and even new ways to earn money using your website.

The event has the support of the Tourism Authority Thailand (Chiang Mai), SKAL (Chiang Mai chapter), the Chiang Mai Hotel Association and the Chiang Mai Restaurant Owners’ Association. It’s an initiative organised by local internet development company Insiteful Web Services to boost Chiang Mai’s tourism profile on the world wide web.

“We hope businesses will take advantage of this free seminar, it’s very important that local businesses start using the internet more