ASEAN puppets take the stage
elaborate puppets on display were a big hit with both kids and adults.
By Shana Kongmun
Puppeteers from around South East Asia showed off their puppets and
their skills at the ASEAN Enchanting Puppets show and exhibition held at
puppet show at the Traditional Lanna House Museum on Canal Road behind the
CMU Art Center. Talks, exhibitions and performances were held from February
22 to February 24 and both children and adults alike were delighted by the
The Joe Louis Puppet Troupe from Bangkok was joined by performers from Laos,
Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore water puppets
from Vietnam, shadow puppets from Nakhon Si Thammarat in the south of
Thailand as well as Chiang Mai’s own Hobby Hut Puppet Troupe led by K.
This is the first such showing of ASEAN puppets and we can all only hope
that the Center for the Promotion of Arts and Culture and CMU Art Center
make it an annual event.
the Tourism Authority of Thailand Suraphon Svetasreni joined the event with
Chiang Mai TAT director Wisoot Buachoom and other members of the CMU Faculty
of Fine Arts.
Svetsreni (right) is joined by a visiting puppeteer.
puppet maker from Nakhon Si Thammarat displays his craft.
Wine and tapas opening
and Michael dropped in to congratulate their friend on his new venture.
By Shana Kongmun
The newest hot spot to hit Nimmanhaemin is just around the corner
from the very popular Beer Republic. Their opening night was held on Friday,
February 22 on Nimmanhaemin soi 11 and saw not only foodies attend but wine
lovers as well as there is an extensive wine menu and a knowledgeable owner.
The Spanish chef cooked up a giant dish of paella for the opening night and
it was quickly eaten up by the guests. Keep an eye out for the food review
in the next issue as we planned to go back and try more than a few samples.
A charming place to relax and enjoy good wine, the new tapas and wine bar is
a welcome addition to the Nimman scene.
chef making paella in a giant wok!
owner, is the go to man for wine suggestions.
Burmese Puppet night at Rachamankha
Phanichphant joins Vilawan Svetsreni and two traditionally dressed staff
members at the start of the evening.
By Shana Kongmun
The Rachamankha Hotel took advantage of the visiting puppet troupes to host
a Myanmar troupe and their elaborate marionettes. The elegant evening saw
staff decked out in traditional Myanmar clothing and guests wearing
everything from traditional Lanna to Burmese textiles. The evening started
with a beautiful al fresco dinner and ended with the puppets taking the
stage to traditional music.
More than 15 puppets were on hand and used by the four members of the troupe
to great effect. The puppet troupe was enthusiastically received by the
crowd that also enjoyed a fine Burmese meal in the beautiful setting of the
puppet troupe wears all black so that they fade into the background behind
One of the
beautiful puppets used for the show.
Chiang Mai Airport celebrates 25 years
Netrakavesna (center) joins the award winners at the party.
By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai International Airport executives and staff celebrated its 25th
anniversary on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Royal Rajapruek Park. Over 400
guests attended including Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri, Chiang Mai
University President Assoc. Prof. Niwes Nantachit,MD and U.S. Consul General
Ken Foster as well as Indian Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and Chinese
Consul Liang Lin.
The spectacular backdrop of the lovely Royal Rajapruek set the tone for the
evening which saw traditional dances, a kad Muang market and awards
presented to Airport staff.
Chiang Mai International Airport was ranked no. 4 on the Airports Council
International (ACI) list of the world’s best airports in the category of
airports with annual traffic of under 5 million passengers last year. Mrs.
Rawewan Netrakavesna, Executive Vice President of the Airports of Thailand
and General Manager of Chiang Mai International Airport thanked the gathered
crowd of friends, supporters and airport staff who enjoyed the show and the
dinner for their support over the years.
Chiang Mai International Airport has become a regional hub for Air Asia and
continues to add direct international flights with a link to Shanghai
expected this year.
Consul Dhirendra Singh Garbyal (far left) and Chinese Consul Liang Lin (3rd
right) join Malinee La-orpunskul of the Foreign Relations Office of the
Governor’s office (center) friends and family for the evening.
Netrakavesna (2nd left) welcomes Chinese Consul Liang Lin and Indian Consul
Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and his wife to the party celebrating Chiang Mai
International Airport’s 25th anniversary.
Le Beaulieu hosts Skål meeting
photo before the start of dinner.
By Shana Kongmun
Le Beaulieu in Chiang Mai Land was the scene for the most recent
Skål dinner where over 40 members and non-members attended to enjoy the fine
French dining in a charming atmosphere thanks to Dominique Leutwiler and
Manager K. Nussara. The evening started with a hearty congratulations given
to the newly formed Skål in Pattaya, led by President Tony Malhotra, also
holding their inaugural meeting at the same time.
Director Tim McGuire chats with Gill Dobson and 137 Pillars House General
Manager Manfred Ilg.
Several announcements were made by
President Annette Kunagigon; submissions are now being accepted for the
Sustainable Tourism Award until April 30 with applications available on the
Skål International site, as well as welcoming new members and renewals. Skål
committee member Jaffee Yee is working on setting up a Skal Yangon, and she
informed members that a portion of the membership fees would be donated to
the Florimond Volkaert Fund, which is used to aide Skål members.
Then committee member Shana Kongmun took the floor to encourage members to
use the Skål International site and to reap the benefits of being a member
which include discounts at participating members. She mentioned that Chiang
Mai members could log in and use the site to add their own promotions to
help promote Chiang Mai and their businesses to Skål members around the
New member, Mr. Jerome Sim, GM of the lovely Khum Phaya Resort and Spa was
introduced to the group and birthday bouquets were handed out. Dinner was
held and the chef and staff were applauded for the fantastic meal. The next
meeting will be held on the 28th of March at Rachamankha.
member Jerome Sim and his partner were welcomed to the party.
Chutima, Deputy Managing Partner Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center, was on hand
to inform everyone of the upcoming antique textile exhibit. Here he is
joined by designer Tatyana Zakrevskaya, and Paul Humphreys of Destination