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French Ambassador pays a visit for Loy Krathong

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 speaking.
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.

Classic car buffs rejoice at Ping Nakara

Alberto and John Richardson pose with the book in front of a beautiful old Bentley at the Ping Nakara Hotel.

By Shana Kongmun
Resident Chiang Mai Photographer Alberto Cosi’s new book “Treasures on Wheels” debuted at the Ping Nakara Hotel to a parking lot filled with amazing classic old cars. Sadly the lighting was not at its best to appreciate the many old beauties that filled the lot but the crowd was happy to mingle and discuss their favorite cars.
Alberto Cosi’s new book traces the history of the automobile in Thailand and with the help of his friend Pravut Kanchanwat, Vice President of the Mercedes Benz Club of Thailand and a man connected to nearly every car club in the country it would seem!
Alberto also offered his gratitude to Chiang Mai’s very own amazing car collector John Richardson who funded the book and to Bob Tilley who helped co-author the book. The amazing photos that fill this book make it a must-have for auto buffs and even those who just love history and beautiful things.

Pravut Kanchanwat, Vice President of the Mercedes Benz Club of Thailand also chose the Bentley as his favorite car among many.

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French Ambassador pays a visit for Loy Krathong

Classic car buffs rejoice at Ping Nakara