Famed desserts chef
“A dessert should be like a drug”, said famed Dutch desserts chef Roger van
Damme, whose desserts pack a bigger punch than of another famous van Damme. The
owner of the Michelin starred restaurant “Gesture” Chef van Damme was actually
in Chiang Mai on holiday but roped into giving a cooking demonstration at
Anantara Chiang Mai by old friend Syahreza “Reza” Ishwara, the General Manager
of the hotel. In addition to the cooking course for staff and media featuring
fabulous brownies made out of almond flour and an intricate dish made out of
rice, coconut milk and pandanus. Reza said that they will be adding a few of
these fantastic rich desserts to the tea menu at the Anantara soon.
Duangtawan rebrands under own management team
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Under the Centara Brand for the past ten years the Centara
Duangtawan Hotel has rebranded to the Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai after
the expiry of the management contract with Centara Group. The Duangtawan
Hotel Company began management of its own hotel starting from November
The 24-storey building near the Night Bazaar also offers a wide range of
facilities including Thai and an International restaurant, Entertainment
Lounge, Lobby Bar, Bakery shop, Fitness Centre, Massage, Jacuzzi,
Outdoor Swimming Pool and large banqueting and conference rooms. Its
Grand Ballroom can accommodate 800 people and 9 meeting and conference
rooms can accommodate from 50 to 300 people. www.duangtawan
hotelchiangmai.com / www. facebook.com/duangtawan hotelchiangmai .
Cat lovers flock to Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport
Cat lovers and cat owners visited the Siam
Cat Show to show off their best and see the beautiful cat breeds there.
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport once again hosted the Siam Cat
Show from November 1 – 2, 2014 with cat breeds and cat lovers showing
off their best. The Vice President of the Cat Fanciers Association
Richard Callmeyer presided over the opening ceremony on November 1 and
took part in the all-breed cat contest.
The All – Breed cat contest was sponsored by CFA, Royal Canin pet food
company, and Krung Siam Cattery and held at the Chiang Mai Hall in
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport.
The Siam Cat show is held every year to promote the development of
various cat breeds and the conservation of rare cat breeds from all over
the world and bring them to Chiang Mai. Activities in the event included
the International Cat Contest, premium cat and dog food booths by Royal
Canin and booths offering various quality pet products directly from
manufacturers and distributors.
Prayer room for
Muslim visitors to the Zoo
The Chiang Mai Zoo opened the new Prayer Room
for Muslim visitors on October 28, 2014. Chiang Mai Ram Hospital supported
the budget for the new building which is near the front entrance of the Zoo.
The prayer ceremony held to open the building was presided over by
Kawingthorn Wongluekriet, President of the Chiang Mai Islamic Committee who
was joined by Kanchai Sawenwong, Director of the Chiang Mai Zoo, and
Thawatchai Tansatit, Director of Chiang Mai Ram Hospital.
The 4th International We Love the King Parade and Concert
Join the residents of Chiang
Mai; foreign, Thai and ethnic minorities in honoring His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej on his 87th birthday. The 4th annual International We
Love the King Parade and Concert will be held on December 3, 2014 in Chiang
at JJ market at 3:00 pm for a mini-concert by the North Gate Jazz Band then
join together in the parade to Tha Pae Gate where a candlelight ceremony
will be held at the portrait of HM the King.
This year we enjoy the support of the Chiang Mai Municipality, Tourism
Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai office, Police Region 5 and the Royal Thai
This event is for foreigners and people of all ethnic groups to gather
together with Thai citizens to show our mutual respect and love for His
Majesty and give His Majesty our best wishes. We want to promote harmony and
better understanding among people of all backgrounds. We also want to show
our appreciation for His Majesty’s kindness to the nation.
We want to invite our international guests, schools, foundations, hill
tribes and ordinary Thais to share together in friendship and joy to promote
harmony in Chiang Mai and Thailand. Please come along and participate in the
parade, musical performances, singing, dancing, national costumes and
greetings from all countries.
Please join us and show your support for HM the King and
Consumers and investors cautious in spending
BoT reports on the state of the economy
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Bank of Thailand Northern Region Office director Dr. Singchai
Bunyayothin reported on the overall economic conditions at a press
conference on November 4, 2014. He reported that the economy in September
remained similar to that of August with growing industrial productivity and
slowly expanding tourism. Consumption and private investment remained
relatively stagnant as consumers and investors remained stagnant due to
decreased income from farms and agriculture.
The unemployment rate remains low and the inflation rate dropped slightly,
deposits had expanded while loans had slowed.
The Private Investment Index decreased 2.6 percent from the same period last
year. Although quantity of sales of construction materials rose from the
repair of public infrastructure, the private sector also slowed investment
to await the government’s economic stimulus measures.
Export rose by 14.9 percent due to new electronics components in
communications and automotive equipment. Additionally exports of consumer
goods across the border expanded in every market. Imports increased by 19.9
percent, mainly due to the importation of raw material and intermediate
goods to produce and export electronic components. Tourism has grown,
although slowing from the previous month, reflected by the number of Chinese
tourists especially in the upper north, as a result of the measures to
exempt the Chinese from visa fees.
Economic conditions in the 3rd quarter of 2014 improved from the previous
quarter; demand improved slightly, the decline of private consumption
slowed, consumer confidence improved steadily although it was weak in the
last month of the quarter. Export grew well due to foreign demand and the
increased role of the government in targeting the export sector. Although
the private sector slowed investment to await the government’s economic
stimulus measures the economic outlook remains good and a higher growth rate
is expected next year.
International Dance Festival comes to Chiang Mai
The Press conference of the ‘International Dance Festival 2014’ was held
recently to announce the exciting cutting edge contemporary dance companies
around the globe will be performing in Bangkok and Chiang Mai this month.
Ten highlight performances from dance theatres from Italy, Spain , Korea,
Israel, Turkey, India, Singapore, China and Thailand. The event was
organized by the Friends-of-the-Arts foundation.
The International Dance Festival 2014 in Chiang Mai this month offers the
highlight performance of “Rhythms of Human” by Ambiguous Dance Company
(Korea) On Friday 28th at 7 p.m. at the CMU Art Centre, Chiang Mai
University . This performance will be a treat to Chiang Mai dance lovers; 5
strong male dancers will entertain the audiences with their humour in the
dance piece called “Rhythms of Human”
Additionally there will be a workshop open for all ages from 10:30 a.m. to
12 noon on November 29 at the CMU Art Center. Tickets available at
www.Thaiticketmajor.com or at CMU Art Center. 1200/600 baht students under
22 half price. www.friends-of-the-arts.info or www.dance-festival.info
Seeties International Blogger Networking event brings
together tech minded people
Thirty Chiang Mai based bloggers gathered to network with international
bloggers during the Seetis International Blogger Networking Event held on
November 1, 2014 at the Mahasamut Library Chiang Mai. Seeties is a new
information sharing platform and mobile app which helps users find events in
their city. Led by David Lim (middle, first row), a founder, Seeties is a
fast growing platform - currently available in Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan. This was the first Seeties event in
Thailand, and the young start-up is looking to expand its service to other
countries. The event is a first of a kind, exclusive networking session for
bloggers and online reviewers from Asia, Europe and America to learn and
inspire each other and connect with fellow bloggers in the ASEAN community.
New import-export company opens in Ban Pong
Mayor of Ban Pong sub-district Pol. Sen. Sgt.
Maj. Praphon Wiangnak (middle) congratulates the newest company to open its
doors in the area, THM Thaimarket Co. Ltd. THM is an import – export company
and offers international trade services. He is joined by Dieter Richard
Still (4th left), Marketing Director of THM Thaimarkt, Wipansa
Phadungcheewit (5th left), and executives of THM Thaimarkt Co.,Ltd. at Baan
Klang Doi Resort, Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Motor Expo
opens at Promenada
The North’s largest auto show opened at
Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai on October 31, 2014 with Deputy Governor
Navin Sintusa-ard presiding over the opening ceremony where he was joined by
members of the organizing committee and guests of honor. This year the event
was organized under the theme “Drive to the World Beyond – Unlimited Auto”
and was held from October 31 – November 9, 2014 by V-Sign Media Co. in
cooperation with leading carmakers to bring recent innovations to the North.