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Thaivisa celebrates annual party in Chiang Mai

Alliance Française hosts charity Ramwong night


Thaivisa celebrates annual party in Chiang Mai

By Shana Kongmun

Thaivisa may be unfamiliar to a very few of our readers but anyone who goes online and searches for Thailand related information will recognize this forum. A plethora of information and advice can be found here and oftentimes its one of the best sources for current information regarding visa issues that others may have had. Social networking online has grown massively, as can be seen by the overwhelming success of Facebook, now crossing the 500 million mark. And while Thaivisa hasn’t quite grown that massively, it is still the largest social networking site for expats in Thailand with nearly 110,000 members.

Local proprieter Pedr and his lovely wife of the Olde Bell on Loi Kroh hosted the annual party for the online social networking site.

The annual party was held here in Chiang Mai at local favorite The Olde Bell and host Pedr did a terrific job in fitting in the many people who showed up. Some wearing their real names, others their online pseudonym. A good time appeared to be had by all and many noted that it was really nice to put faces to names and meet in person someone they had chatted with online.

Sausage king sponsored the event as well, offering up some of their delicious food.

Thaivisa members enjoyed meeting each other in person.


Alliance Française hosts charity Ramwong night

Arreerat Jantama a social worker for the Protection Center and of the organizers
 for the event wore her prettiest country frock to the event.

By Shana Kongmun

The Alliance Française hosted a charity event on Boxing Day, December 26, to benefit the Juvenile Observation and Protection Centers for Chiang Mai, Lamphun and the Northern Region. Proceeds from the event will go to the Center for things like sports and musical equipment.

The evening featured many locals dressed up in “country” costumes as well as traditional rural Lanna dress. Youth from the center performed for the crowd and attendees were given the opportunity to dance with the “Ramwong girls” on stage. Traditional northern food was on offer as were traditional fair type games like the ring toss. The evening was enjoyed by Thais and expats alike and many people enjoyed the dancing greatly!

Chief of Provincial Police Region 5 Chaiya Siri-amphankul presents a gift to French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude at the Ramwong night held at the Alliance Française.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Naruemol Palwat, second left,
joins party-goers for the evening’s entertainment.

Ramwong pretties ready to dance with the party-goers.

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