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CMBG networking for local entrepreneurs

Hosts and sponsors gathered for a group photo including the CMBG, BCCT, Chiang Mai Mail and British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson.

By Shana Kongmun
Local business people met at the Shangri La Hotel on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 for a business networking meeting held by the Chiang Mai Business Group (CMBG). Held on cooperation with the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).Chris Thatcher, Vice Chairman of the BCCT flew up from Bangkok for the evening, to meet with local businesspeople and entrepreneurs.
John Lewis of Anglo-Thai Legal joined the evening as did erotic lingerie entrepreneurs Ian and Korn Brotchie who manufacture high quality lingerie in Chiang Mai. Gary Orman, who gives advice on resettlement in Thailand, was on hand, he also known for his unique method of learning to read Thai. Jaffee Yee of NiHao Magazine dropped by to chat with Peter Malhotra, Managing Director of the Pattaya Mail Media Group, about the changing face of media in Thailand.
Richard Prouse of the CMBG drew the card of Istvan Orodan of Lanna Herbs as the lucky winner of a bottle of wine generously donated by the Shangri La Hotel. The evening saw many friends, both old and new, connect and chat at the networking event hosted by the CMBG.

A BCCT member shares a drink with BBCT’s Vice Chairman Chris Thatcher and Douglas Riach.

U.K. Vice Consul Panita Inthasan (center) and Ian Bushnell of Mentor International (right) are greeted by CMBG’s Richard Prouse at the start of the evening.

Peter Malhotra is joined by co-founder of the Chiang Mai Mail Xanxai Visitkul, Rotary International Past District Governor (District 3350)and Chiang Mai Mail’s Suthasinee Manikul and Peerasan Wongsri at the networking evening at the Shangri La Hotel on April 9, 2014.

Gary Orman of A Better Life in Thailand presents his card to Jaffee Yee of NiHao Magazine, the Chinese language magazine and Peter Malhotra of the Pattaya Mail Media Group.

Richard Prouse of CMBG presents Istvan Orodan with his lucky draw bottle of wine as British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson and Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group look on.

U.K. Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson is joined by Managing Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail Shana Kongmun, Colin Jarvis of ASEANA and Ian Bushnell of Mentor International.

Wine not? An evening of wine tasting at Rimping Promenada

Thomas Ruiter, Menno Keppel, Nickey Keppel and Ann Fink enjoyed the wine and canapés on offer at the Rimping. (Photo by Nicôle Rossetti le Strange)

By Shana Kongmun
It may have seemed odd at first, holding wine tastings in a supermarket. But the Rimping Supermarket at Promenada Resort Shopping Mall is no ordinary supermarket with its very own “wine cellar. The wine tastings in their special “wine cellar” have proven to be so popular as to require advance booking and selling out days in advance.
The wine cellar is cozy ensuring that the wine not only flows well but so does the conversation and conviviality. Friends old and new met up at the Australian wine tasting held on Friday, April 11 as people had one last taste of civilization before the mayhem of Songkran.

Irene Sukanya Tepper of Le Meridien Hotel chats with Richard Prouse of CMBG.

The affable Atistan Srisanga of Rimping Supermarket brings out a plate of canapés for the guests.

Songkran Splashdown!

Chiang Mai gets wet and wild for the Thai New Year

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra traveled to Chiang Mai to make merit on Songkran with local officials. (Photo by Harm De Vries).

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn bathes the Buddha image in a traditional ceremony for the Thai New Year. (Photo by Shana Kongmun)

Tuk tuk drivers take their roofs off for the water splashing at Tha Pae Gate (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

Water fills the streets as tourists throw water at Tha Pae Gate for the Songkran holiday (Photo by Harm De Vries).

Nobody is safe, not even passengers in songthaews on Huay Kaew Road. (Photo by Shana Kongmun)

(Above) Traditional activities took place including carrying the Buddha image to the temple. (Photo by Harm De Vries)

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her son pay their respects at the start of Songkran. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

Spidey senses didn’t stop this Spiderman from getting soaked in front of the Discovery stage on Huay Kaew Road.
(Photo by Shana Kongmun)

This boy perfected his water throwing technique in Chiang Mai city streets (Photo by Harm De Vries)

People dressed for the part with some going all out in costumes, here in front of Soho Bar & Guesthouse on Huay Kaew Road). (Photo by Shana Kongmun)

Everyone gets into the spirit of Songkran, young and old!
(Photo by Shana Kongmun)

Tourists from all over the world come to Chiang Mai to play at Songkran (Photo by Shana Kongmun)

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CMBG networking for local entrepreneurs

Wine not? An evening of wine tasting at Rimping Promenada

Songkran Splashdown!