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Vol. XIII No.23 - Sunday November 16, 2014 - Saturday November 29, 2014


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Famed desserts chef visits Anantara

“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 1, 2014.
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.

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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 Mai, Thailand

Meet 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 Army.

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 Thailand


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.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Famed desserts chef visits Anantara

Duangtawan rebrands under own management team

Cat lovers flock to Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport

Prayer room for Muslim visitors to the Zoo

The 4th International We Love the King Parade and Concert

Consumers and investors cautious in spending

International Dance Festival comes to Chiang Mai

Seeties International Blogger Networking event brings together tech minded people

New import-export company opens in Ban Pong

Chiang Mai Motor Expo opens at Promenada

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