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.
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!)
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
“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!
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
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: