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Chiang Mai celebrates HM King Bhumibol’s birthday
International We Love the King Parade 2014
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by police, consuls and organizers to
hit the ceremonial gong to start the parade.
By Shana Kongmun
The community of Chiang Mai turned out for events honoring HM the
King for his birthday for several very busy days starting with the
International We Love the King Parade and Celebration on December 3 to
official ceremonies at the Chiang Mai University Convention Center, Sala
Klang and at Tha Pae Gate on December 5, 2014.
The first event on December 3, 2015 saw over 2,000 people take part in a
parade on its 4th year this year. Organized by local residents, both Thai
and foreign, the event gives everyone a chance to honor His Majesty in a
public parade and candlelight ceremony.
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn was joined by Akhiko Fujii, Japanese Consul
General and Michael Heath, U.S. Consul General, at both the opening and the
parade which started from JJ Market and ended at Tha Pae Gate where Acting
Commission of the CIB, Royal Thai Police Pol. Lt-General Prawut Thawornsiri
presided over the ceremony joined by Acting Commission of Region 5 Police
Pol. Maj. Gen. Thanitsak Theerasawas, Consuls- General, Consuls, Honorary
Consuls, leading Royal Thai Army officers, Wing 41 officers, and
multinational groups from around Chiang Mai including members of the
American, Canadian, Scottish, Irish, Filipino, Burmese and German
communities among many others.
The evening ended with a beautiful candlelight ceremony with everyone
singing the Royal Anthem after distinguished members of the community took
to the stage offering their birthday wishes to HM the King and phan phum or
offerings, to the portrait of HM the King. There were also music and dance
performances including one by a talented local Nepali girl.
The parade and event was a great success event organizers said, with over
2,000 people taking part and the close involvement of local residents of
Chiang Mai, both foreign and Thai, coming together to show their love and
respect for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (Photos by Nopniwat
Commission of Region 5 Police Pol. Maj. Gen. Thanitsak Theerasawas and
Acting Commission of the CIB, Royal Thai Police Pol. Lt-General Prawut
Thawornsiri join organizers on stage after the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of
the local community joined together to show their love and respect for HM
The Rotary International Club of Chiang Mai
joined in the parade on December 3, 2014.
Marchers were encouraged to carry portraits of
His Majesty the King, This couple came with their favorite photo of His
Majesty and an elephant.
Members of the Thai Turkish Business Association
wore native costume in the parade.
Education and Culture Center joined the event with local members wearing
traditional clothes for the parade.
Even the littlest fans of HM the King joined the
Members of the armed forces including Army, Air
Force and Police carried flags of Thailand and the Royal Flag.
British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson and
American Consul General Michael Heath joined the parade along with Japanese
Consul General Akihiko Fujii and other consuls.
Samlors joined the parade carrying local
residents along the route.
Mai International joined the parade.
International Balloon Festival fills the Gymkhana Club with light and sound
of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and
Napassanan Aom Krainara of Earth, Wind and Fire (center) are joined by event
sponsors and pilots in toasting the launch of the mini-balloons to start the
festival. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai International Balloon Festival filled the skies of
Chiang Mai once again as balloons took flight early morning on December 6
and 7, 2014 before returning to the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club for a fabulous
light and sound show at night.
There were booths selling food and drinks along with local businesses and
charitable projects, a magician and dog show along with a large bouncy
castle and donut shaped air filled balls that kept the kids entertained.
Adults stuck around for the light shows as the tethered hot air balloons
flashed their fires for a night glow show to music followed by fireworks.
Rachel enjoy the festival with their two daughters, the festival had many
great food booths from local hotels and restaurants.
Additionally the Chiang Mai
International Rotary Club held a golf ball drop fundraiser, with over a
hundred golf balls dropped from the tethered balloon by Laurence O’Keeffe,
the winner won a 30,000 baht cash prize. The fundraiser earned the club over
100,000 baht to fund service projects such as eyeglass clinics with
AmigoVision Thailand, the Mae Tao Clinic and others. President Roger Lindley
said the club was thrilled that in their very first year they were able to
hold such as successful fundraiser and thanked event organizer Napassanan
Aom Krainara for all her help and support in letting the club use one of the
balloons for the drop.
Rotary International Club members Laurence and Patty are joined by team
members of the balloon that carried them over the golf course to drop golf
balls for the club’s fundraiser.
The International Balloon Festival
entered its 12th year this year and offered full size and mini hot air
balloons and tethered rides for lucky draw winners. The event featured music
from international acts like Drums United from the Netherlands, Neung
Lakkawal from Thailand and others. The grand opening ceremony was presided
over by sponsors including Provincial Administration Organization President
Boonlert Buranuapakorn and visiting TAT Dubai Director (and former Chiang
Mai head) Chalermsak Suranont. President Boonlert welcomed the visitors to
the event noting that this popular event was a great event for Chiang Mai
offering fun for the entire family.
glow show was spectacular, filling the Gymkhana Club with glowing balloons
clowns and a dog show kept the kids entertained.
(Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
As the night
fell the balloons inflated to put on the light and sound “nightglow” show.
Rimping in the Park brings local producers out of the market
Rimping Executive Chef Khun Noppaklao
Kengkoompol offers up delicious food for visitors to the Rimping in the
By Shana Kongmun
The highly successful Rimping in the Park returned to fill the
middle plaza at Promenada Resort Shopping Mall at the end of November and
saw throngs of people enjoy food and drink tastings including everything
from locally produced goat cheese, take me home tomatoes, sausages, chicken,
ice cream and many many other delights. Also on hand were local producers
selling handcrafted goods, informational booths and more.
The huge event was one of the highlights of the local calendar this year as
thousands of people flocked to the sold out event. In addition to food and
drink there were live music concerts, performances and other events to keep
the whole family entertained. The cowboy theme saw not only vendors dressing
up but many visitors got into the swing of things with checked shirts,
cowboy hats and actors dressed up in full Native American regalia. Kids
loved to see the farm animals and spend time feeding them and petting them
too. Everyone said they were really looking forward to the next year’s
Rimping in the Park as this one was such a huge success.
Cowboys were the theme of the day with these guys presenting a pretty good
rendition of banditos.
The littlest visitors enjoyed the cowboy theme too, taking advantage of
cowboy hats and gear on sale.
Take Me Home Tomatoes offered up delicious food with, of course, tomatoes!
The farm animals were a big hit with many people trying to guess which were
sheep and which were goats.
These guys went all out with one in full Native
American regalia. Or a rendition thereof anyway!
NAP Fair bigger than ever
15th annual Nimmanhaemin Art & Design Promenade
The 15th annual Nimmanhaemin Art & Design
Promenade showcases local artists and artisans at the popular 5 day fair
held on Nimmanhaemin Soi 1 on December 5, every year.
By Shana Kongmun
The 15th annual NAP Fair as the Nimmanhaemin Art & Design Promenade
is popularly known saw the area hugely expanded with a side road for foods
and almost all of the shops on the North side of Nimmanhaemin Soi 1
re-opened and revitalized. With lots of new vendors and many returned
favorites the NAP Fair was hugely popular this year seeing the road filled
with visitors and locals alike.
The Fair offered parking at the CMU Convention Center and many too advantage
of this far more convenient way to get to the Fair. The cool and funky arts
and crafts ranged from clothes to jewelry, stuffed animals, leather goods,
pottery, sculpture, art, health products and far more. There was also a
great section featuring Northern Thai Food including the popular Khao Soy
noodle dish, rice and more. Desserts were also on offer with My Secret
Café’s Jaja back with her famous brownies.
The event was greatly expanded this year and as a result was even more
popular than ever. Wisut Buachum, Director of the Tourism Authority of
Thailand, Chiang Mai office, joined Fair sponsors and organizers at the
opening ceremony on December 5 with a fabulous dance and music performance
and a candlelight ceremony singing the Royal Anthem in honor of HM the King
on his 87th birthday.
The NAP Fair is one of the highlights of the high season, offering visitors
and guests a view into the crafts and arts that have made Chiang Mai a
Pottery and sculpture were abundant at the Fair.
TAT Head Wisut Buachum (2nd left) joins NAP
sponsors at the start of the event in a candlelight ceremony to honor HM the
King on his birthday.
The popular Sabu Sabu, natural health products
and body products, had a fun and colorful booth. Here is owner Virginia Bird
and her daughter Marisa Marchitelli.
Monsoon Teas had a booth offering their
delicious special blended teas taken from sustainable farms. Owner Kenneth
Rimdahl (far right) chats with Wouter and Jennie, both enjoying a refreshing
Delicious northern Thai food was also available
at the NAP Fair
Down to the tiniest crocheted elephant, the arts
and crafts at the NAP Fair are always unique and interesting.
Amp and her daughter joined in singing the Royal
Anthem for HM the King on his birthday at the opening of the NAP Fair.