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Big Clean Up Day in Chiang Mai

Remy Martin Pool party at Furama Hotel results in wet, wet, wet

Elephant hospital fundraiser

 

Big Clean Up Day in Chiang Mai

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

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 activities.

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 tourists.

Ratchadamnoen road, starting from Thapae Gate grounds, to Wat Phrasing was cleaned up in the morning with trees planted in the wats on Ratchadamnoen road.

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 communities.

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 monument.

At Central Airport plaza people are given seedlings for planting.

Residents of Chiang Mai join in the street cleaning
for 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 Association,
Somrit Hikham, Surat Patong, General Manager of the Montri Hotel
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 brought
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 passed.

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 the hospital.

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.



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