Big Clean Up Day in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai celebrated World Environment Day with a Big
Cleaning Day on June 5. Chiang Mai Municipality along with Chiang Mai Iam
project, Suay and Horm Green networks, Chiang Mai City Development Networks,
Chiang Mai Facebook Group, organizations, members of the public, students,
government and private sectors representatives attended the day’s
Chiang Mai Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn planted a tree at
Chiang Mai Art and Culture center for World Environment Day.
Organized by the 100,000 Seedling Trees Project, everyone
pitched in to help clean up city roads with former Deputy Governor of Chiang
Mai Pairote Saengphuwong and Chiang Mai Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn
presiding over the opening ceremony at the Three Kings Monument.
June 5 was designated by the United Nations as World
Environment Day at the UN Conference on the Human Environment held at
Stockholm, Sweden 33 years ago to increase environmental awareness and has
been held annually since then.
Chiang Mai hopes that the Big Cleaning Day will improve
Chiang Mai’s image as a livable, peaceful and beautiful city with a
population that lives in harmony.
They said they were ready to welcome Thai and foreign
tourists and visitors to Chiang Mai, Under the slogan, ‘Chiang Mai people
get together, we can do’, Chiang Mai residents welcomed Thai and foreign
Ratchadamnoen road, starting from Thapae Gate grounds, to
Wat Phrasing was cleaned up in the morning with trees planted in the wats on
In the afternoon, the crowd gathered together to launch
the promotional campaign for the city’s cleaning –up, while Chiang Mai
people joined hands in planting trees in their residences, shops house and
Mayor Tassanai said that on behalf of Chiang Mai
residents he and Chiang Mai people are ready to help solve the problems and
beautify the City.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization and
Chiang Mai Central Airport Plaza also organized activities marking World
Environment Day at the department store with Boonlert Buranupakorn, the
President of Chiang Mai PAO presiding over the opening ceremony. Activities
included booths, exhibitions, workshops on environment, Thai youth group
show, fashion shows, and the Wonderful World of Colo show with taks about
plants and a new generation youth contest.
Seedlings were distributed to festival goers to take home and plant.
Chiang Mai residents join World Environmant Day at 3 Kings
At Central Airport plaza people are given seedlings for
Residents of Chiang Mai join in the street cleaning
the clean up day on World Environment Day.
Remy Martin Pool party at Furama Hotel results in wet, wet, wet
By Shana Kongmun
Yes, it did rain on the pool party the night of Saturday,
June 12, and while the elegantly dressed crowd held onto the umbrellas along
with attentive Furama Hotel staff, the rain came down. Everyone was lucky
enough it didn’t last long and the only thing that got wet were some shoes.
The cocktails, cognac and champagne poured by the eager Remy Martin
bartenders flowed freely both before, during and after the rain. The rain
didn’t do much to dampen the enthusiasm when the promotion girls showed up
to perform for the crowd. And while the girls did get wet in the pool,
everyone else managed to stay dry.
Supannika ‘Ying’ Supasri, Hotel’s Public Relation charmingly emceed the
party through the night.
Furama Chiang Mai General Manager Chen Dhipvarodom
chatted with guests where conversation ranged from the rainy season, so far
with not much rain, to the low season, which continues on. Language students
from Chiang Mai University dropped in and talked about the difficulties of
learning the Thai language and the need for practicing it more and more.
Singapore’s Silk Air Manager for Northern Thailand Tan Chay Chun dropped in
to the party as well as well known singer Pung (Prakasit Bosuwan).
The evening ended with prize giveaways to the crowd, with
some lucky members winning stays at the Furama Chiang Mai and the grand
prize a trip to Phuket.
Furama Chiang Mai owner Watchara Tantaranon (right) chats with guests at
the Remy Martin Pool Party at the Furama Chiang Mai Hotel.
(From left) President of the Chiang Mai Tour Guides
Somrit Hikham, Surat Patong, General Manager of the Montri
join Wirachart Watthaphanich, Director of Sales for the Furama Chiang
Mai poolside at the Remy Martin pool party.
Pratheep Luthra, Business Development Director of
PJE Global Solution brought his lovely wife, Jenny Utomo Luthra to the party
for one of her first social outings since arriving in Thailand.
Dr. Howard C. Graves enjoys a massage generously
by Hideo Matsumoto, GM of Prince Khum Phaya Resort and Spa Chiang Mai.
Well known singer Prakasit ‘Pung’ Bosuwan and Chiang
Mai Mail MD
Tony Malhotra enjoying the atmosphere.
(From left) Tan Chay Chun, Manager Northern Thailand for
Silk Air hides under
the umbrella with Furama Chiang Mai GM Chen Dhipvarodom,
Shana Kongmun, Managing Editor and Tony Malhotra, Managing Director of the
Chiang Mai Mail.
Dancers performed for the crowd after the rain shower had
The dancers then jumped into the pool to uncover
more Remy Martin stashed away in the pool.
Elephant hospital fundraiser
By Shana Kongmun
Friends of the Asian Elephant held a fundraiser at the
Sangdee Gallery on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 on Sunday, June 13.
Khun Soraida Salwala, founder of the Friends of the Asian Elephant,
enjoyed chatting with visitors to the fundraiser.
With live music and a screening of Galen Garwood’s well
known documentary on elephants: Panom, cousin to the clouds, the event was
well attended. Proceeds from sales of t-shirts, art, and drinks went to aid
Friends of the Asian Elephant was founded by Soraida
Salwala in 1993 to improve the standard of living for domesticated elephants
and is the site of the first ever elephant hospital. Located in Lampang, the
hospital has now treated over 600 elephants, some with natural ailments,
others caused by humans. It is also the site of an elephant sanctuary, where
Khun Soraida hopes to be able to reintroduce elephants back into the wild
and also provide a home for handicapped, unwanted and aging elephants to
live out their days in peace.
Sangdee Gallery curator Marisa Marchitelli and owner Po
Garden are joined
at the fundraiser by Victoria Vorreiter whose show,
Passages, Patterns and Prayers is currently running at the Tamarind Village.
One little girl really
enjoyed the sounds of the traditional music
being played at the fundraiser and put on little show for the crowd.