Rimping Promenada launches their first wine tasting
Italian wines were served at the Rimping wine bar at the Promenada Resort
By Shana Kongmun
Rimping Promenada hosts not only a supermarket but a sushi bar,
oyster bar, restaurant and tucked in the back, a cozy wine bar. It was here
that a wine tasting event was held offering a variety of Italian wines. The
well catered event offered food from the restaurant along with a assortment
of some very nice wines.
The room quickly filled with wine lovers who came for the event as well as a
few people who joined on doing their evening shopping! President of the
company, the well-traveled Phairoj Phatphornpinyosakul was on hand to greet
CEO of ECC, the developer of the Promenada Resort Mall Tjeert Kwant who
dropped by for some wine after grabbing a few things at the mall.
Phairoj Phatphornpinyosakul is joined by Tjeert Kwant, CEO of ECC, Developer
of Promenada Resort Shopping Mall, Mike, Toby Allen and Julie Hastings.
Pakin Ploypicha and Toby Allen of Oasis
Spa also attended the event and congratulations were offered on the 10th
anniversary of the founding of Oasis Spa.
The event was quite a success and was repeated with Spanish wines on the
30th of August. The Wine Bar at Rimping plans on offering regular wine
tasting evenings, you can buy your tickets at the door, just be sure and
don’t’ forget your shopping on the way out!
Ploypicha joins friends Jennifer, Julie,
Scott and Toby at the wine tastng.
Chiang Mai International Rotary Club holds inaugural meeting
President Roger Lindley (far left standing) and Acting Secretary TJ Bouma
are joined by friends and supporters including Elsie Chou of Rotary Club
Chiang Mai North
By Shana Kongmun
The Rotary Club Chiang Mai International,, the first English only
club in Chiang Mai, held its inaugural meeting at the River Market on
Thursday, August 22, 2013. The club, while the first English only one in
Chiang Mai, is certainly not the only one in Thailand as Tjeerd TJ” Bouma,
Acting Secretary pointed out to the full house.
poses questions in regards to Rotary volunteer work.
Over 60 people attended the inaugural meeting to hear Acting President Roger
Lindley and Acting Secretary TJ Bouma talk about the goals of Rotary
International, and the responsibilities and duties of membership. Roger
explained the Rotary Code of Conduct which includes using vocational
experience and talents to serve in Rotary International, conduct all affairs
ethically, be fair and treat others with respect, offer one’s talents to
provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of those in
needs and improve the quality of life in one’s community among a few others.
There was considerable interest in the people attending the meeting in
regards to volunteer activity and projects. Currently TJ is involved in
distribution of eyeglasses to needy people in remote areas but as Roger
pointed out, they are open to any projects that assist people. He pointed
out Rotary International’s long term goal of eradicating polio nationwide
and how well it has progressed with tens of thousands of people involved
The Club will initially hold their meetings every Thursday at River Market
at 7:30 p.m. but with the large turnout of interested people that may
change. For further information contact Tjeerd (T.J.) Bouma at 080-126-1684
or Roger Lindley at 089-430-8067 or [email protected] for further
receives a congratulatory bouquet of flowers from the Rotary Chiang Mai
North club representative.
Expats club learns more about museums
Becky Wheldon is joined by members of the Expats Board and Nancy Lindley
before the start of the meeting.
By Shana Kongmun
Becky Wheldon was the most recent speaker at the Chiang Mai Expats
Club on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Le Meridien Chiang Mai Hotel. She spoke
on her passion; museums, in a very informative and interesting talk that
opened many of Chiang Mai’s long term and new resident expats to the many
museums that Chiang Mai has to offer.
Becky was the curator with the Mae Fah Luang Foundation at Rai Mae Fah Luang
in Chiang Rai and is currently working on the Prince Mahidol Museum Project.
Becky, who grew up in Laos, has lived in Thailand for more than 30 years and
was honored by the U.S. Consulate General as American of the Month for her
work as part of the celebrations marking 180 years of Thai – U.S.
Becky noted that the museums in Chiang Mai are not well known and not
publicized; pointing out that the Chiang Mai National Museum receives only
100,000 visitors out of approximately 2 million visitors to Chiang Mai
annually. Becky pointed members to the nationwide anthropological database
that is being translated into English for cultural visitors at
http://sac.or.th/en/, the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropological
Centre. The website lists the many museums in Chiang Mai and around
Members were quite interested in the projects of the Fine Arts Department
here in Chiang Mai with many expressing an interest to visit the museums
scattered around town. The next meeting of the Expats Club will be September
28 at 10:30 a.m. at Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai.
Ronny (standing) chat with Bob, Bruce, Kathleen and Alice at the Expats
meeting on Saturday, August 24.
resident Jerry (far right) shares a laugh with Uwe and Bill.
Skålleagues meet at the Rati Lanna Resort and Spa
and Skål President Annette Kunagigon chat with Marc Miller and Mary at the
By Shana Kongmun
The August Skål meeting was held at the Rati Lanna Resort and Spa
where General Manager La-iad Bungsrithong was on hand to greet guests and
Skål members. President Annette Kunagigon welcomed newly approved by Skål
International member Ann Fink, as well as new member Patrick Arnoldus,
General Manager of CityLife Magazine and Young Skål member Patrick Hennessey
who joined the evening along with his father, local member Ed Hennessey
after a serious motorbike accident.
Venzky-Stalling and Colin Jarvis share a laugh at the Skål meeting.
Marc Miller, the
Political/Economic/Public Diplomacy Officer for the U.S. Consulate General
in Chiang Mai, was the guest speaker for the evening, discussing Thai
politics and economics; he noted that these were his personal opinion. Marc
piqued everyone’s interest when he added that he had studied Chinese and was
posted in Beijing prior to his Chiang Mai posting.
Marc gave an overview of the political scene since the troubles, including
the election of the current government and populist promises that the
government made, noting that while some have come to fruition others have
become stalled in Parliament.
delighted to see Young Skål member Patrick Hennessey attend with his father
Marc also took questions from the
crowd, many of whom were interested in his Chinese experience given the
growing number of Chinese tourists coming to Chiang Mai. Marc said that they
were now the world’s number one source of outbound travelers and added that
Chiang Mai was the top destination for Chinese for this year’s Chinese New
Year. A sequel to the blockbuster Chinese movie “Lost in Thailand” is being
filmed, expecting to boost Chinese tourism even more. He noted that Chinese
were now the top arrivals in Thailand and that Chinese were also the top
spending tourists, adding $125 US to the Thai economy per person each day.
The evening concluded with everyone enjoying a fabulous buffet as well as
the famous churrasco, Brazilian style barbeque at the Rio Restaurant at the
Rati Lanna Resort. Paul Humphreys gave the Skål toast in English while Pim
Kemasingki gave it in Thai.
The next Skal meetings will be informal and held on at Fiore Rosa Italian
Restaurant, Doi Saket, on Sunday, September 8 and Thursday, September 26
where the hosts will be Skål Members Toby Allen and Pakin Ploypicha at The
Green Table at Kantary Terrace on Nimmanhaemin Road.
of the August Skål meeting held at the Rati Lanna Resort & Spa (photo
courtesy of CityNow!)
Doing business in Thailand
Chiang Mai Business Group seminar
Hurenkamp (far right) is joined by Dr. Kanlaya Kaewma of the Chiang Mai
Chamber of Commerce, Richard Prouse of the CMBC, Ben Svasti Thomson, British
Honorary Consul, John Svengren of the EABC and Greg Watkins, Executive
Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand.
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Business Group together with the European ASEAN
Business Centre (EABC) held a seminar on doing business in Thailand
presented by Rob Hurenkamp, Managing Partner of Mazars in Thailand at Le
Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai on Friday, September 30, 2013. The EABC is a
Bangkok based organization set up to help facilitate market access for
European business in Thailand. Ben Svasti Thomson introduced the CMBC and
visiting EABC Executive Director John Svengren and then Rob took the stage.
Director of the BCCT Sarinthorn Sachavirawong (second left) traveled up from
Bangkok to join the event with Ben Svasti Thomson and members of the Chiang
Mai Chamber of Commerce.
Rob began the seminar by going over
some of the basics with discussion of the various types of businesses,
noting that the only company formation that is able to obtain a work permit,
at least in Bangkok, is the Limited Company. Rob also emphasized that
manufacturing does not fall under the Foreign Business Act and can be 100%
foreign owned so long as they export. He mentioned that the government is
talking about updating the FBA and believes that with the implementation of
the AEC that they will be forced to make changes. He noted that the Act
itself was quite old and needed modernization.
of Mentor International joins John Svengren of EABC for a chat.
He reminded business owners that
nominee shareholders is not allowed under Thai law but that a preferred
share structure whereby the shares of the Thai partners are the legal owners
but allows the foreign owner economic control is still legal but suspects
they may try to phase that out in the future.
Rob then discussed the rather complex process of setting up a Board of
Investment (BOI) company adding that the BOI have done a fantastic job of
promoting Thailand and has brought in a lot of companies to invest in
manufacturing here. He said the BOI is talking of changing from Zones to
Clusters adding that Chiang Mai is being considered as a “jewelry” cluster.
Finally he brought up the Taxation code and its complexities before breaking
for the cocktail and networking period, catered by Le Meridien’s excellent
chef, the food, wine and beer were enjoyed by all.
staff welcome Rachan Maneekarn and his Bangkok Bank colleagues for the
seminar and networking evening.