The Ambassador and his wife are joined by Maj
Gen. Bhumiphat Chawiphat, Chamaiphan and Thomas Baude and Phairoj Pinyosakul
of Rimping Supermarkets.
By Shana Kongmun
The French Ambassador confessed to the gathered crowd of French expatriates
and guests that he had only been in office briefly but had heard of the
amazing beauty of Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai and wanted to come see it. He
also arranged to meet with French residents and to chat with government
officials and administrators at Chiang Mai University.
Honorary Consul Thomas Baude arranged a cocktail reception in the lovely
gardens of the Alliance Franšaise, and while brief and unseasonal rain moved
everything under shelter, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the guests as one
called out “Vive la France!” after Ambassador Thierry Viteau finished
Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun greeted the Ambassador and his lovely
wife to Chiang Mai and wished him a very happy Loy Krathong.
(from left) French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude,
Consul Pierre Blondel, U.S. Consul General Ken Foster and HE Ambassador
Thierry Viteau and his wife.