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Vol. XII No.22 - Sunday November 3 - Saturday November 16, 2013


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Authentic Cantonese food with Chef Jacky Chan

Shang Garden, opened recently at the Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, is an authentic Cantonese restaurant featuring Chef Jacky Chan, a Hong Kong Chef who gained more than 30 years experience in Cantonese cuisine from many hotels and restaurants, including Nikko Hong Kong and American Club restaurant. Chef Jacky and his team will develop unique dishes and the menu will push the boundaries of culinary innovation as he regularly introduces new creative dishes. Shang Garden is located on the first floor open every day. Lunch from 11.30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information and reservations, please call (66 53) 253 888 ext. 6437 or e-mail restaurants. [email protected]


Hong Kong Express inaugural direct flight

The inaugural flight of Hong Kong Express airline’s direct Hong Kong – Chiang Mai flight was greeted by TAT and Hong Kong Express executives at Chiang Mai International Airport on Sunday, October 27, 2013 (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

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The inaugural flight of Hong Kong Express, a low cost Hong Kong carrier that serves 9 destinations in Asia, including China, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Thailand, landed in Chiang Mai on October 27, 2013. On hand to greet the latest direct international flight were head of the Chiang Mai Tourism Authority of Thailand office Wisut Buachoom where he was joined by Hong Kong Express executives and staff at Chiang Mai International Airport.
The newest direct international flight will offer daily service from Chiang Mai and Hong Kong. Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday the flights will depart Chiang Mai at 8 p.m. and arrive in Hong Kong at 11:45 p.m. The Hong Kong flight departs at 5:15 p.m. and arrives in Chiang Mai at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday it departs Chiang Mai at 8:05 p.m. and arrives in Hong Kong at 11:50 p.m. It leaves Hong Kong at 4:55 p.m. and arrives at 7 p.m. Thursdays the airline departs Chiang Mai at 9 p.m. and arrives in Hong Kong at 12:50 a.m. The flight leaves Hong Kong at 6 p.m. and arrives in Chiang Mai at 7:30 p.m.
Hong Kong Express does offer a website in English and does take bookings online. www.hkexpress.com.


New General Manager appointed to Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai

Franz Richter joined the Shangri-La Hotel team in Chiang Mai after working in China for some years.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, has appointed Franz Richter as the new General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai.
Originally from Germany, Mr. Richter has enjoyed over 30 successful years in the hospitality industry throughout Asia. He began his career with the Shangri-La hotel group at Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong as Resident Manager and as Hotel Manager at Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai, where he proved his leadership successfully with strong customer relations and the success of both hotel’s major renovation and extension projects. Prior to re-joining Shangri-La hotel group and Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, he was the General Manager of The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Tianjin in China.
“Chiang Mai is a treasure of Asia and I believe genuine care and comfort for our guest, combined with an engaged and dedicated team, will establish our Hotel as the prime destination for both leisure and business travelers,” Mr. Richter said.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages more than 80 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000. Shangri La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. (PR)


Five colored vegetables

Rimping keeps the consumer informed

Take Me Home Tomatoes provides hydroponically grown tomatoes; they get a white label.

Shana Kongmun
Rimping Supermarket has recently launched a new product labeling system to make it easier for consumers to better identify organic fruits and vegetables, pesticide safe and others. The system labels each type of vegetable with a different color. Additionally, over the produce section is a label identifying each type. This system was set in place to help raise consumer awareness and to provide Rimping Supermarket customers with as much information as possible on the foods that they purchase so that they can make informed decisions.
Rimping is known for its organic and pesticide safe vegetables and the new system makes them easier to identify. Green; organic- no chemicals in any part of the process, Blue; pesticide free – chemicals used only during propagation but nothing during planting or growing, Yellow; pesticide safe – vegetables cultivated using an appropriate amount of chemicals, chemical free for the last ten days before harvest. White; hydroponic – vegetables cultivated without soil using synthetic nutrients and Red; general vegetables – those grown from an unidentified source of cultivation and harvesting. These vegetables are checked randomly and any found over safe limits will be removed and the vendor terminated from the store’s buying process.


Chiang Mai named best destination for cultural experiences

Lonely Planet Traveler choice

The TAT Chiang Mai held a party to congratulate winners of the Thailand Tourism Awards as well as celebrate the recent award as Best Destination for Cultural Experiences from Lonely Planet Traveler.

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The TAT Chiang Mai office held a party to celebrate the Lonely Planet Guidebook choice as Best Destination for Cultural Experiences as well as to reward the 12 Chiang Mai based winners of the Thailand Tourism Awards and to honor the 9 top tour guides in Chiang Mai on October 25, 2013 at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.
Joining Wisoot Buachoom, the Head of the TAT Chiang Mai, were Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat to congratulate the Chiang Mai winners of the Thailand Tourism Awards. Chiang Mai destinations took 3 Best of and 9 Outstanding Awards recently; Best Destination for leisure learning to the National Elephant Institute Lampang , outstanding awards in destinations were Outstanding Natural Attraction to Jae Son National Park, Outstanding Destination for leisure learning to Chiang Mai Night Safari, Outstanding entertainment destination to KhumKhantoke and Maesa Elephant Camp.
The Best in Health Spa and Resort went to Tao Garden, Health spa and Resort while Outstanding in the same category went to Oasis spa, Cheeva spa, Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort, and Lanna Come Spa. Best Tour went to Flight of the Gibbon and Outstanding Hotel to Rati Lanna Riverside Spa Resort.
Nine tour guides were awarded as well; Miss Chuleeporn Suksabai, Mr. Saneh Yodkeaw, Mr. Pongsak InTham, Miss Taweeporon Sirisujin, Mr. Masukreekuetae, Mr.Noppachat Suwan, Mr. Boonsong Sanlah, Mr. Tongdee Sangchan, and Mr. Chawalit Duangdee.


Airport departure fees to be raised

Departure fees from all commercial airports in Thailand will be increased by Bt100, the Airports of Thailand (AoT) announced today.
AoT chairman Sita Divari said the passenger service charge will be adjusted from Bt100 to Bt200 for domestic flights and Bt700 to Bt800 for international flights. The new rates will be submitted to the Civil Aviation Committee for endorsement before final approval by the Transport Ministry.
Mr Sita said AoT will earn an extra Bt400 million from domestic passengers and Bt2.4 billion from international passengers. AoT’s current departure fee revenue is Bt16 billion annually. He said that the airports authority has been shouldering losses from the collection of departure fees at lower than cost. The actual cost is Bt335 per domestic passenger but AoT charges only Bt100 per person or Bt236 below cost, he said.
“In addition to insurance for passengers, AoT will in the future issue a new ticket to passengers who are stranded at the airport for over three hours, entitling the passenger to a free flight in compensation,” he said. (MCOT online news)


I’ll Be Watching U.S. TV here in Chiang Mai soon

Purchasing DISH shares as we speak!

Don Freeman
As expats, we all have things that we miss about our home countries. For me, I have to say what I miss the most is American television. I miss having hundreds of channels (all in English) that I can watch whenever I want.
The first thing I did when I knew that I was moving to Thailand was sign up for Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) thinking I could watch shows online. After all, Netflix is one of my favorite stocks and has been a huge winner for me. The stock is up about 375% in the past year! Unfortunately, when I got to Thailand I discovered that Netflix doesn’t work here.
I was explaining my situation to a regular attendee of my seminars for the Chiang Mai Money Club and he told me that he has a Slingbox. He said that a Slingbox is hooked up to your cable box and you can then watch cable TV wherever you have an Internet connection. The problem I have is that I cancelled my cable service back home since I’m gone for so long.
I started thinking that one of the cable or satellite providers must offer the type of service I’m looking for. As a shareholder in Sprint (NYSE:S), I soon realized that the CEO of DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH) has the same vision as I do. DISH CEO Charlie Ergen believes in cutting the cord and that TV should be viewed on mobile devices anywhere at any time with Dish Anywhere.
This is the future of television. That’s why DISH wanted to buy Sprint. DISH wants to bundle its satellite television service with your mobile plan and connect all facets of your life. Even though DISH lost the bidding war over Sprint, DISH has been buying wireless spectrum to fulfill Ergen’s vision. Even here in Thailand, the government has been selling spectrum licenses worth billions of dollars. Spectrum is extremely valuable.
While I have not signed up for the DISH Anywhere package yet, I have purchased shares in DISH. DISH Network has a market cap of $20 billion and is the second-largest satellite cable provider in the U.S. after DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV). I also like Direct TV stock as its price has moved up 200% since March 2009.
Shares of DISH Network are up 44% in the past year. The company is sitting on almost $10 billion in cash for acquisitions and the forward P/E is a reasonable 22. What I like most about DISH Network is the vision of CEO and Founder Charlie Ergen. He knows the business and has built a fortune of over $10 billion for himself in building the company.
As we know here in Thailand, the demand for all things American is huge and there’s a growing middle class that is becoming more sophisticated with computers and mobile devices. Just take a look at how many Thais are using Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google and Skype these days.
Don Freeman is president of Freeman Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor with the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), based in Phuket, Thailand. He has over 15 years experience and provides personal financial planning and wealth management to expatriates. Specializing in UK and US pension transfers. Call 089-970-5795 or email: [email protected]


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Authentic Cantonese food with Chef Jacky Chan

Hong Kong Express inaugural direct flight

New General Manager appointed to Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai

Five colored vegetables

Chiang Mai named best destination for cultural experiences

Airport departure fees to be raised

I’ll Be Watching U.S. TV here in Chiang Mai soon

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