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The Service Secret Mission night at the Service 1921 Bar

Secret Martini Missions!!

Dashing F&B manager of Anantara Chiang Mai poses with Siegfried at the entrance to the party.

Glamour was the catchword for the Anantara Chiang Mai’s first spy themed party on July 25, 2015. Secret missions and spies set the tone for the evening with a great backdrop for photos, toy prop guns, new cocktails and tapas dishes for the evening.

The old colonial building set the scene with its dark wood, leather couches and chairs, high bar, and bookshelf lined walls. Live music and the promise of a glamour-filled evening brought out much of Chiang Mai society. General Manager of Anantara Chiang Mai Syahreza Ishwara said that the resort plans on holding a James Bond party each month, noting that people here enjoy a nice venue with great drinks and the chance to really dress up. Food and Beverage Manager Arnaud Béril added that each month will have a different theme based on the movies, next month is Goldfinger so while you don’t need to paint your body gold, dust off the tuxedos and the gowns and get ready to go glam!

007 themed cocktails were the stars with the Walther P99 a favorite amongst many other delicious flavors.

Chiang Mai society turned out for the evening, enjoying the chance to dress up and enjoy the fabulous ambiance at The Service 1921 Bar.

Norden Restaurant hosts Skål Chiang Mai in July

Skal Chiang Mai President Tim McGuire and Racha “Jazz” Soontorncharoen of the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai chat over canapés.

By Shana Kongmun
Norden Restaurant hosted the July meeting for Skål Chiang Mai on July 23, 2015 where members enjoyed a delicious buffet of Scandinavian food and a lively discussion of the latest tourism issues affecting Chiang Mai businesses.

The night started off with President Tim McGuire reminding members and guests of the planned December fundraising dinner to be held at the Dhara Dhevi on December 8, 2015 as well as a reminder that vouchers will be needed for the silent auction. Also plans are in place for a trip to the Mae Mha Orphanage for the delivery of two more sewing machines donated by a friend of Skål. Tim added that if anyone wants to go to please contact him. There was also a live auction of vouchers to Le Meridien Chiang Rai generously donated by Lori Ashton of Art & Culture Magazine; proceeds of the auction will go towards purchases for the Mae Mha Orphanage.

Ken Dyer, Armelle “Coco” Chungchareonsuk Pennors of Chang Puak Magazine, Paul Walker of Rachamankha Hotel and Racha “Jazz” Soontorncharoen of the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai before the dinner.

The evening also included a lively discussion of the recent call by Chiang Mai based tourist guides for a crackdown on illegal foreign guides. Members and guests enjoyed the give and take discussion with a discussion of what brought about the call for the crackdown, the need for improved language instruction for local guides and a suggestion that foreign guides could possibly be paired with local guides to ensure that the information visitors receive is factual and correct.

The evening ended with lucky draws and the Skål toast given by Richard Johnson and Jasmine Kunigagon recently returned from Austria before everyone enjoyed the sumptuous buffet. A very successful evening with great feedback from guests, the next event is scheduled to be held at the Four Seasons Resort on August 27, 2015.

Kishore Ladsaria of Peaberry Hotel is joined by Stella Jacobs of Holiday Inn and Robert Lohrmann.

President Tim McGuire chats with Stella Jacobs and Riddhi Diskul of Le Crystal at the bar at Norden Restaurant.

Jasmine Kunigagon and Richard Johnson did the Skål toast at dinner.

Norden owner Philip Pålsmark and the staff are presented with a certificate of thanks by Skål President Tim McGuire for an excellent event.

Skål Chiang Mai meets at the Sibsan Rimping Resort

Richard Murray was the winner of the lucky draw, here he is seen with President of Skal Chiang Mai Tim McGuire.

Skål members and guests gathered for cocktails on the terrace before dinner in the traditionally styled wooden restaurant.

Alex Brodard was presented with a Skål cap for his birthday by President Tim McGuire.

Frans Betgem receives a certificate of appreciation for his speech on June 25, 2015.

By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai Skålleagues met at the Sibsan Rimping Luxury Resort on Thursday, June 25, 2015 to enjoy cocktails al fresco on the terrace of the lovely resort. The group enjoyed mixed drinks and networking before retiring inside where President Tim announced the results of the trip to Mae Mha Orphanage as well as reminded members that Skål Chiang Mai would need donations for the Christmas Fundraising dinner at the Dhara Dhevi Hotel on December 8, 2015.

Frans Betgem of Tiger Trail Thailand then took the floor to talk about the development of community tourism in the Philippines and his role in promoting sustainable tourism for communities around the country. He pointed out that the Philippines is still developing its tourism industry and despite the fact that nearly everyone in the country speaks English, tourism in the Philippines lags far behind that of Thailand and other South East Asian neighbors. Frans is working to develop community based tourism in the Philippines including home stays in more remote areas.

The Skål toast was given by Armelle “Coco” Chungcharoensuk Pennors, Assistant Events Director, and Racha “Jazz” Soontorncharoen of the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai before everyone sat down for a buffet dinner of Thai food in the lovely restaurant.

The July Skål dinner will be held at Norden Restaurant on July 23, a week early as the 30th is the major Buddhist holiday of Asarnha Bucha Day followed by the start of Buddhist Lent or Khao Phansa on July 31. Norden offers Scandinavian food and is located just off the Superhighway after the Nongprathip Junction. As always, book online only at

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Update July 27, 2015

The Service Secret Mission night at the Service 1921 Bar

Norden Restaurant hosts Skål Chiang Mai in July

Update July 4, 2015

Skål Chiang Mai meets at the Sibsan Rimping Resort



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