New UK Ambassador visits Chiang Mai
Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson (left) is joined by Advisor to the
Governor’s Foreign Relations Office Maj. Gen. Bhumiphat Chawiphat at the
By Shana Kongmun
No stranger to Chiang Mai, Ambassador Mark Kent spent two months here
studying Thai before starting his post in Bangkok, he was happy to be back
on his first official visit outside of Bangkok since starting in August. He
noted in an interview with the press that the past few months have been very
busy ones as Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Thailand and then he
accompanied Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on what he felt was a very
fruitful trip to London.
Ambassador Mark Kent is a Chiang Mai Football Club fan.
He noted that the Prime Minister had shown a clear interest in pushing
forward the long-stalled EU Free Trade Agreement and that she had given
indications that the discussions would begin in the New Year. He was in town
to meet with the Governor, Police and Immigration officials on the issues
that concern British nationals including the high number of resident expats
living here and the bureaucratic hurdles they must overcome as well road
accidents and elderly indigent British citizens. He said that on average one
British citizen died per day in Thailand, usually from natural causes he was
quick to add. The Ambassador reported that the Thai Immigration would be
interested in foreign volunteers to help explain things to foreigners; they
are looking for native English and German speakers as well as any other
languages that would be interested in helping. The British Honorary
Consulate can help facilitate that.
The Ambassador attended a cocktail reception organized by the British
Chamber of Commerce Thailand and by the Honorary Consulate at the Shangri La
Hotel on Monday, November 26, 2012 that saw around 70 attendees including
local business people and members of the Lamphun and Chiang Mai Chambers of
Loo of Brainwave Exports chats with Lamorna Cheesman about exporting at the
reception, they are joined by two friends of Peter’s from the Netherlands;
Huub and Robert.
the Chiang Mai Chamber and the Lamphun Chamber join the U.K. Ambassador and
British Chamber of Commerce of Thailand members and executives at the end of
JJ Christmas Fair a roaring success
and her band entertained the crowd of families, friends and shoppers.
By Shana Kongmun
The Christmas Fair moved to JJ Market this year and it proved to be an
excellent venue for the event, with plenty of shopping, food and best of
all, parking! The fundraising Christmas Fair exceeded expectations with
organizers sharing that they had garnered ten percent more than predicted.
The funds will go to benefit disabled Thai veterans through the Royal
British Legion and Lanna Care Net which works to help aging, infirm and
indigent foreigners resident in Chiang Mai.
There were many stalls selling used and new goods as well as businesses
offering services, nonprofit organizations including Care for Dogs with
puppies, and restaurants such as the Steak House, Butter is Better, kebabs
and Thai food. The incomparable Ana Gracey entertained the crowd and silent
auctions were held with many very nice donated prizes including buffet lunch
at the Dusit d2 hotel, spa treatments, massages and more. Finally, there
were raffle prizes handed out and with a few more prizes on hand, raffles
will be held at upcoming Royal British Legion meetings.
eyeing the German stollen at J and S Bakery’s stand.
Dave and his
family enjoyed a hotdog from the Steak House.
Cheeseman had a stall selling second hand goods and also many unique and
lovely items from her shop Adorn at Studio Naenna.
Yi Peng 2012 in pictures
Barge Lantern Sculpture at the 3 Kings Monument lights up the area and
honors HM the King on this, the year of his 85th birthday.
By Shana Kongmun
Yi Peng, or Loy Krathong as it is known around the rest of the country, is a
special time in Chiang Mai where the city streets light up with color and
glow with mystical creatures poised at the gates and in the moat. Parades
fill the city streets and Khom Loy fill the night skies. The event features
two parades; the Grand Parade which took place after the deadline of this
newspaper and the Small Krathong Parade, Mr and Miss Yi Peng contests,
children’s contests, and traditional performances.
President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert
Buranupakorn and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn set the lotus flower in place
to launch the Yi Peng 2012 Festival at 3 Kings Monument on opening day,
Sunday, November 25, 2012.
Commander Prayoon Thammathiwat held Loy Krathong Festivities at Wing 41 for
personnel and their families with a Little Miss Loy Krathong contest seeing
many very cute girls in traditional costumes to Miss Loy Krathong with
lovely young women and Mrs. Loy Krathong. There was a Laab contest as well
along with food and drinks.
release at Mae Jo is an amazing sight as thousands of hot air balloons fill
the sky. (Photo by [email protected])
the city streets as schools and organizations vie for the most beautiful and
Skål elects new committee members
Meridien’s excellent staff Chef Peter and Winfred
Skål, the travel and tourism
professionals organization held their Annual General Meeting at Le Meridien
on Wednesday, November 21 where they elected three new committee members and
discussed finances and plans for next year as well as finalized the upcoming
Christmas Party at the Four Seasons on December 14, 2012.
Tim McGuire of Segway Gibbon, Frans Betgem, General Manager of Tiger Trail
Thailand and Shana Kongmun, Managing Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail were
elected as new committee members for Skäl Chiang Mai and the North.
The meeting was preceded by a cocktail party attended by both members and
non-members alike with many new faces visiting including Barry Main of Vizon
Media, as well as many regulars including Lamorna Cheesman of Adorn at
Studio Naenna who announced a textile show at Studio Naenna, Andrew Bond who
is launching a new course on travel writing at Unitefl and Frank Sethi of
Fashion King who announced the upcoming Bollywood Spectacular Party to be
held at the Empress on December 10 by the Lions Club Saraphi to aid
The evening concluded with a spectacular meal at La Favola at Le Meridien
headed by Executive Chef Peter Zimmerman and overseen by Michael Hofsteter
and Winfred Sanders. The event saw more than 40 members and guests attend
and many stayed on to enjoy the fine coffee and wines after dinner was
Charoenpakdi (far left) travelled up from Bangkok to join Skål regulars for
the rooftop cocktail hour.
group photo meeting of all Skål meeting attendees at Le Meridien on November