Skål Chiang Mai twins with Skål Yangon
Skål Yangon President Sonny Aung Khin (center) and
Skål Kualu Lumpur President Jean Wasser (left) exchange banners with Skål Chiang
Mai President Tim McGuire (right) at the twinning ceremony.
As part of the push by Skål Chiang Mai to create connections with
different Skål groups members and guests recently traveled to Yangon with Air
Bagan to hold a twinning ceremony with the newly created Skål Yangon.
Skål Chiang Mai President Tim McGuire was joined by committee members and Skål
supporters in the trip that saw Skål International Yangon President Sonny Aung
Khin sign the official twinning certificate at the Padonmar Restaurant. The
ceremony was witnessed by Skål Kuala Lumpur President Jean Wasser standing in
for Marco Battistotti, President of Skål Asia and Annette Kunigagon, Past
President of Skål Chiang Mai as well as committee members Manfred Ilg and Shana
Kongmun. The clubs then exchanged banners before citing the Skål toast in Thai,
Burmese and English.
The clubs plan on holding joint activities and are certain that the increased
number of direct Chiang Mai – Yangon flights will enable more frequent visits.
Skål Yangon President Sonny Aung Khin said that “Good friends make good
The group spent the weekend in Yangon visiting Shwedagon Pagoda, the Reclining
Buddha, as well as viewing the old colonial buildings around town and other
sights. The group also traveled to Bago to visit the famed Shwemawdaw Pagoda and
the rebuilt Grand Palace there as well as the War Cemetery. They dined at Skål
Yangon member the Governor’s Residence and the Green Elephant Restaurant to meet
with other Skål Yangon members and forge close ties between the two groups and
the two cities.
Skål Chiang Mai President Tim McGuire said, “What an honor and pleasure to twin
Skål Chiang Mai & North Thailand with the wonderful members of Skål Yangon. The
city was nothing short of spectacular and the food and tours magical. I can’t
express enough the warmth and sincerity I saw in the people I met. My entire
outlook on Myanmar has changed and I can’t wait to return to this beautiful
Sonny and his team could not have done a better job in welcoming us and
providing us with a completely awesome journey. I thank you from the bottom of
my heart and very much look forward to working closely with you all in the
future to strengthen the bond between our countries and to support and assist
one another in any way possible....Skål!”
AirAsia launches new route to the islands
The airline will launch the new route with a
special one way price of 590 baht booked online at airasia.com.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Thai AirAsia announced the launch of their newest direct route
of out Chiang Mai, connecting the province with Surat Thani, gateway to
Koh Samui and Koh Pha-ngan in the Gulf of Thailand. The new route will
begin on November 1, 2014 and departs from Chiang Mai daily at 12:30
p.m. arriving in Surat Thani at 2:20 p.m. The Surat Thani flight departs
for Chiang Mai at 2:50 p.m. and arrives in Chiang Mai at 4:45 p.m. The
airline will offer land and ferry transfers to the islands. The route
will use the 180-seat, all-economy Airbus A320 aircraft.
The CEO of Thai AirAsia Tassapon Bijleveld said, “We are focusing on
diversifying our routes this year. Chiang Mai-Surat Thani is an exciting
addition as it allows for travellers from Chiang Mai to make their way
to the ocean.” He added, “The island transfer via car and ferry to Koh
Samui should be another great allure for Thai travellers as well as
visitors from China and Europe who appreciate convenient and cost
TEDx; creating connections in Chiang Mai
Architect Pitupong Chaowakul onstage at TEDx
Chiang Mai on September 27, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
An astronaut-in-training, a heart specialist, a construction
industry evangelist, an IT applications developer, filmmaker and others
from different fields in Asia, came together on Saturday to share their
stories, innovations and ideas on “Creating Connections”, the theme of
this year’s TEDxChiangMai 2014. More than 800 participants attended this
fourth TEDx event, held again at Le Meridien. Many more watched it live
elsewhere on http://livebox.me/tedx.
Organizer Martin Venzky-Stalling and Le
Meridien’s Michael Hofstetter take a break during the TEDx talks.
This year’s mix of scientists, designers, architects, IT developers,
anti-human trafficking organization founders and artists, went on stage
to share their passions, research and ideas on community tourism, a new
approach to education, organizing arts festivals, making polycarbonate
saxophones and more. There were projects and ideas aplenty to stimulate
the audience to mull over, discuss and plan for action.
Whether a project was still in the idea stage or in development, the
distinct thread that ran through the talks was that we should continue
dreaming, believing, and innovating in different ways, using or
re-working the ‘old’ as well as coming up with new technology and ideas
that ultimately connect people and help improve their lives. These ideas
can be as beautifully ‘banal’ (Pitupong Chaowakul, architect) as
creating street wire covers that are safe for people yet still manage to
insulate wildlife like birds and snakes from harm; or as ambitious as
using crowd funding to pay for solar cells and projectors to capture
images of the open sky, or, as Pok Kobkongsanti (one of Thailand’s
leading landscape architects) puts it, “to return the sky” to BTS users
and people in Bangkok.
U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and his
wife Michelle are greeted by speaker Hossein Farmani and his wife Apple
Leewiraphan at the TEDx sign that holds hand crafted goods made by TEDx
Another presenter, Suthat Ronglong, Founder of Do in Thai, uses IT
software to build applications and prototypes like The Braille Eye
equipped with a small camera placed inside spectacle glasses that will
‘see’ and send data to an IPad or tablet, to enable the
visually-impaired experience and touch raised images. This innovation
will greatly assist them in their learning. Pirada Techavijit from
Lampang dared to dream and worked hard towards being an astronaut after
winning last year’s competition by AXE Apollo and Space Expedition
Corporation (XCOR). She will make history by being the first Thai
astronaut to go to space next year.
There were others who called for a holistic education (Haresh
Khoobchandani, CEO, Microsoft Thailand); to preserve and to re-invent
new ways of using old standalone theatres as places for the community to
come together (Philip Jablon), while other speakers like the founder of
the Hug Project (Boom Bean) shared their work on protecting children
from exploitation by human traffickers. Finally, in the midst of all our
attempts at sustainable social, educational and technological advances
and growth, heart specialist Dr. Rungsrit Kanjanavanit reminds us to
switch off our computers and mobiles to take time out to re-connect with
nature, which can also be a springboard for further scientific and
social innovations as well as a source of relaxation. Videos of each
talk will soon be available online, look out for their announcements
There were also interactive booths at Saturday’s event offering art and
other activities for attendees. They could browse through books, buy
natural made-in-Chiang Mai products and/or sign up for technological and
design clubs and upcoming events, while stretching their legs. Those
with aching shoulders and necks could also get free head and shoulder
The TedxChiangMai committee of volunteers will continue to organize
smaller events and activities the rest of this year. The next one coming
up on 16 November is TEDxChiangMai YOUTH, organized by students, schools
and universities for their peers and more information can be found on
the TEDxChiang Mai page.
Golden Myanmar Airlines launches new Chiang Mai route
Golden Myanmar Airlines celebrated the launch of
their new Yangon – Chiang Mai route at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel recently.
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya congratulated Mr. Khin Maung Aye, President
of Myanmar Aung Business Development Enterprise, along with the company’s
executives and staff. The airline flies from Yangon to Chiang Mai every
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6:30 a.m. arriving in Chiang Mai at 8:20
a.m. and returns to Yangon from Chiang Mai every Tuesday, Thursday and
Saturday at 9:05 a.m. arriving in Yangon at 9:55 a.m. The airline offers a
free 20kg checked baggage allowance. Tickets can be booked online at their
English language website www.gmairlines.com.
Chiang Mai Cabaret Theatre ready for high season
Chandee Apiradeesathit is
joined by Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul and Chinese Consul General Chao
Xiaoliang at the grand opening of the newest tourist attraction in Chiang
Mai; the Chiang Mai Cabaret Theater.
The grand opening of the new Chiang Mai Cabaret Theater located behind
Rimping Superstore Chotana was held on September 19, 2014 and attended by
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul and Chao Xiaoliang, the Chinese Consul
The Chairman of the Chiang Mai Cabaret Theater Chandee Apiradeesathit
donated funds to help victims of the earthquake disaster in Yunnan Province,
China as well as donated money to the Province to assist Chiang Mai people
affected by natural disasters. Each donation was at 90,000 baht and an
additional 20,000 baht was donated to veterans and members of Division 93,
the lost army of KMT soldiers who settled in Thailand.
Chandee Apiradeesathit noted in his opening speech that Chiang Mai has
several million tourists each year and that the opening of a fully
professional cabaret theater will give tourists in the city even more
entertainment to enjoy during their stay.
The company has invested more than 20 million baht in the venue featuring
state of the art equipment, modern lighting, sound systems and comfortable
seating with top performers on the bill. The new theater will create jobs in
the local economy and promote tourism to the city.
The theater has 468 seats and ticket prices of 500 – 700 baht. The theater
will have one show a day to start but hopes to add more as the high season
East-West-Seed to cooperate with corporate giant Monsanto
Bruno Lefeuvre,Group Sales and Marketing Manager
East West Seed Group , Wichai Laocharoenpornkul , General Manager East West
Seed Thailand, Wenjo Lapez, Asia Business Strategy Manager, Monsanto Co. and
Boonlert Aphinaiprasit, Key Account Manager-SEA, Monsanto Thailand signed a
distribution agreement recently.
East - West Seed (EWS) signed a business cooperation contract with
Monanto Co. on September 22, 2014 a Suan Paak Chiang Mai as the two
companies hope to promote winter vegetables into the Asian markets and
increase choices for growers to enter the global market, according to East –
West Seed executives.
Bruno Lefeuvre,Group Sales and Marketing Manager East West Seed Group ,
Wichai Laocharoenpornkul , General Manager East West Seed Thailand, Wenjo
Lapez, Asia Business Strategy Manager, Monsanto Co. and Boonlert
Aphinaiprasit, Key Account Manager-SEA, Monsanto Thailand jointly signed a
business cooperation contract to build an important partnership for the two
leading seed companies to expand business opportunities for both.
Bruno Lefeuvre, Group Sales and Marketing Manager for East - West Seed Group
said that the partnership can expand market opportunities for EWS as the
dominant company in the tropical vegetable seed market with a market share
of 38% from a total market value of approximately 2,200 million baht The
company will be able to expand its product lines of winter vegetable seeds
with the Monsanto brands “Seminis” and “De Ruiter” as exclusive distributors
under East West Seed packaging. Additionally, the company will act as the
exclusive agent for marketing and after sales service, to allow farmers
access seeds of Monsanto through a strong dealer network of East West Seed
in 4 countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
This Distribution Partnership at an ASEAN level will help develop the
potential and strength in the seed business and add more choice for farmers.
EWS also researches plant breeding under the operation of Seeds Research and
Development Centre in San Sai, Chiang Mai; the center is the only one
private center that uses DNA Maker, valued at 30 million baht to shorten
Dewdrop to install
solar rooftops at factory
As part of their aim to use clean energy to reduce global climate change,
reduce the use fuel and encourage other factories to turn clean, Dewdrop
Chiang Mai Co. Ltd, the drinking water producer in the North, will be
installing solar rooftops. Dr. Wichai Wongchai, Managing Director of Dewdrop
Chiang Mai Co., Ltd. signed a contract on the with Uthai Phuangsaijai, a
representative of V. Energy Engineering Thai Co., Ltd. at Dewdrop Chiang Mai
Company on September 17, 2014.
Travel Around Thailand Without Limit to support disabled people
The Tourism Authority of Thailand launched the new
project to promote tourist routes for the elderly and disabled titled Travel
Around Thailand Without Limit with TAT Chiang Mai Director Wisut Buachoom
launching the event at the Ratilanna Riverside Spa & Resort on September 21,
2014. The project aims to not only promote ease of tourism for the elderly
and disabled but to also raise awareness among tourism operators of the
importance of ensuring facilities have ease of access for the disabled.
Chiang Mai, as a major tourist destination will take part in the pilot
project which will start with surveys and testing of routes.