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Vol. XIII No.16 - Sunday August 10, 2014 - Saturday August 23, 2014


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Exquisite éclairs at Le Meridien

Le Meridien Chiang Mai launched the hotel group’s famed éclairs at the hotel on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 with media and local residents there to try their hand at filling and decorating éclairs made on site. Executive Chef Filippo Morelli gave a demonstration on crafting a delicious éclair before the group set to making their own. The éclairs on offer range from traditional chocolate covered to a delicious passion fruit, mango and others. The éclairs are now available at Le Meridien every day.


Chiang Mai brides can now custom order Aunchalee gowns

Shana Kongmun
Famed for her luxurious and intricate wedding gowns and cocktail dresses, many a Chiang Mai bride will no longer have to make the trek to Aunchalee’s boutique in Sala Daeng in Bangkok but can view, order, and fit a fabulous wedding dress in Chiang Mai with the opening of the new Aunchalee Boutique in Promenada Resort Shopping Mall. The original Aunchalee started in 2001 and at first sold gowns from a French bridal label before Aunchalee embarked on developing the Aunchalee collection. Tipaporn Ajanant, Director of Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai said “We are proud to present Aunchalee Boutique, a leader in quality bridal fashions and evening wear from Bangkok. Other than our business collaboration, Promenada appreciates the Thai inspired twist and unique range of fashion forward merchandise found in Aunchalee Boutique which further enhances the shopping experience our resort mall has to offer”. Aunchalee Tam Soivimon center with ECC International Marc Vermeulen and Director Tipaporn Ajanant.


Brainstorming on UNESCO Creative City development

President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn chaired a seminar on developing Chiang Mai as a UNESCO Creative City.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai Provincial Administration (PAO) recently held a brainstorming forum on the drive to become a Creative City under UNESCO. The seminar, “The Drive Chiang Mai to be a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts of UNESCO” was chaired by President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn and was held at the Chiang Mai City Arts & Culture Center on August 2, 2014.
The forum was organized to bring together organizations to exchange views and brainstorm on guidelines on the integration of creative city development. The development of Chiang Mai as a creative city and the drive to apply for UNESCO status as a City of Crafts and Folk Arts needed to see community organizations and government agencies form partnerships towards the goal.
The President said that the PAO is working in coordination with the Municipality and the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University to study the feasibility and potential of the city as the UNESCO City of Craft and Folk Arts. Preliminary data from studies in the area of the city and 8 districts by Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University found Craft and Folk Art majors from a total 87 sources. Socioeconomic, environmental benefits will also include the development of creative industries and new tourism opportunities for visitors to understand the culture of the city.
He noted that the Chiang Mai is a city rich in cultural heritage and the center of the Lanna Kingdom for the past 700 years. Other cities that have been declared as Creative Cities of Craft and Folk Art include Kanazawa in Japan, Santa Fe in the United States and Incheon in South Korea.


Improving vision and improving lives

International Rotary Club joins Amigo Vision to provide eyeglasses for the needy

This little girl was a bit nervous with the equipment but quickly settled down to get checked (Photo courtesy of Jerry Nelson)

Shana Kongmun
Migrant workers and refugees living in Chiang Mai were given the gift of sight recently when Amigo Vision and Chiang Mai International Rotary Club held eye tests at Thai Freedom House recently. From the elderly lady who broke into a huge grin when the right prescription was obtained and she could finally read again to the girl readying for college who had her prescription updated to the little girl whose new glasses means a better chance at school, the two nights in a row saw Free Bird Cafe filled with people who could not afford glasses and who often desperately needed them. In addition to the few whose vision was seriously impaired and required glasses to function were the aging parents and grandparents of students at the school who were thrilled to receive reading glasses that meant they could once again read to their children.

Chiang Mai International’s own TJ Bouma checks one girl’s eyesight at the two day event held at Thai Freedom House.
(Photo courtesy of Jerry Nelson)

Over two days the teams tested 80 people with 50 people requiring glasses of some kind, ten of those needing more than mild reading glasses. The children at the school were also tested and a few of them needed glasses as well, but as per the usual rates only a few of the kids needed glasses.
Hoya Co. kindly donated the lenses and Chiang Mai International Rotary Club paid for the grinding of those lenses while the huge supply of glasses came from Amigo Vision. The need for frames is huge as more and more communities, both remote and local, are visited by teams of Rotary members from Chiang Mai and around the North. Anyone with access to an optician who has a supply of older frames is encouraged to contact Chiang Mai International Rotary Club. The next event will take place in Mae Hong Son over Christmas where 40 schools are expected to take part. Rotary clubs from Chiang Mai will travel north to meet with Mae Hong Son clubs for this herculean effort.

Frank Sethi from the Lions Club dropped in to lend a hand and discuss future collaboration.

Elsie Cho helped with the eye charts
(Photo courtesy of Roger Lindley)


Mae Hong Son looks to boost trade with China

Chinese businesspeople traveled to Mae Hong Son recently to sign trade agreements and increase economic cooperation.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Mae Hong Son Governor met recently with Chinese businesspeople from Kunming and the ASEAN - China Economy and Trade Promotion Association, and officials from state enterprises in China to negotiate on co-investing, boost border trade and increase direct flights. The group had already visited Phrae and Nan for similar agreements.
Mae Hong Son Governor Surapon Panasampon said that the group of investors was interested in every dimension of the local economy; from trade to tourism, education, e-commerce, spa businesses and construction as well as the improvement of logistics to ease the transport of goods to China.
Governor Surapon said that although Mae Hong Son is a small province it is ready to boost its economy, trade and tourism. The province not only has its natural and adventure travel tourist attractions, but also borders Myanmar for 500 kilometers and currently has five points where people are permitted to enter temporarily. The commercial value of the Mae Hong Son’s border trade is valued at 400 million baht and is expected to grow after the opening of the AEC next year.
The plan is to boost border trade by opening permanent border points in order to reduce cost of transport to Myanmar’s hub. Also, they approved to implement new air routes from Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son to some towns in Myanmar such as Naypyidaw, Mandalay, and Loikaw.
“The association aims to promote trade, cultural investment, tourism, health and aesthetic business between Thai and ASEAN, and ASEAN and China. And in the near future, our mission will cover boosting tourism and trade of Mae Hong Son,” said Mr. Wichit Yang, the president of ASEAN-China Economy & Trade Promotion Association.
“As Mae Hong Son’s topography is similar to Yunnan’s, I can guarantee that road and tunnel construction in the province will be no problem,” said Mr. Zhu Shufu, the civil engineering director of China Yunnan Sunny Road & Bridge Co., Ltd.
Supoj Klinpraneet, Chairman of Mae Hong Son Private Sector Cooperation Committee said that Mae Hong Son, particularly Pai and Muang district, had seen the growth of Chinese tourists for the past two years, with the number of Chinese visitors growing 60%. China and the province’s Phuklon spa products recently signed a cooperation agreement over the spa business. He added that he would continue to push the province’s products so that they become more well-known and increase awareness of Mae Hong Son.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Exquisite éclairs at Le Meridien

Chiang Mai brides can now custom order Aunchalee gowns

Brainstorming on UNESCO Creative City development

Improving vision and improving lives

Mae Hong Son looks to boost trade with China

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