Governor wishes Chiang
Mai Zoo a happy birthday
African Zone expanded to include more animals
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo
congratulated the Chiang Mai Zoo on the 37th birthday and presided over the
launch of the new expanded African Zone.
Chiang Mai Zoo celebrated its 37th anniversary on November 15, 2013
with Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo presiding over the birthday ceremony. The
Zoological Park Organization of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of HM the
King celebrated its 50th anniversary and it marks the 75th anniversary since
the founding of the first zoo in Thailand.
The Zoo also launched a newly expanded African Zone. Landscaping has been
added to mimic the savannah that many African animals inhabit and more
animals have been added in the expanded space, including ones rarey seen
today. The Zoo already has giraffes, zebras ostriches, hippos and pygmy
Doi Inthanon makes number 2 on Trip Advisor top parks list
Doi Inthanon was listed as number 2 National Park in
Thailand due to Trip Advisor reports. The highest point in Thailand this time of
year it is popular with tourists wanting to see the frost. (Photo by Kereish,
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Trip Advisor, the popular website that allows users to offer reviews and
information has released a survey of the top national parks in Thailand based on
the number of trips presumed to have been taken to the park based user posts and
Doi Inthanon came second after Phang Nga Bay National Park, in Phang Nga
province which was popular as it is a day trip from Phuket. Third was the more
remote Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani. Doi Inthanon is slightly more than
100 km from Chiang Mai and a two hour drive. It is Thailand’s highest peak and
is very popular this time of year as temperatures drop and tourists go to see
frost on the mountain.
The survey did not take into account gate receipts, just member reports. Reports
on ticket sales place Khao Yai National Park outside Bangkok as the most popular
National Park in Thailand. Two northern parks that make it into the top ten
highest grossing national parks are Phu Sao Doi in Uttaradit at number 6 and Phu
Hin Rong Kla National Park at number 8.
Tea for two at the Four Seasons
Four Seasons General Manager Titya Chootoo is joined
by Food and Beverage manager JJ and the talented pastry chef who created the
cookies and sweets to go with the teas.
By Shana Kongmun
The Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai has opened a new tea room on its
expansive and lushly landscaped grounds. On offer are four seasonal tea blends
from tea and ingredients grown specially for the Four Seasons. If you are having
a cup of tea of course you need a sweet to go with it and the Four Seasons
pastry chef has concocted cookies and muffins that complement and contrast with
each tea blend.
The Tea shop offers a Spring Tea combination with a blend of white tea, jasmine
and golden osmanthus served with a delightful jasmine scented white tea almond
cookie. The Summer tea is a refreshing green tea and lotus flower blend served
with a green tea and lotus seed muffin while the Autumn tea is a blend of Four
Seasons Oolong tea and roasted jasmine rice served with oolong scented mango
sticky rice. The Winter tea is a blend of Pur-erb and petals from the
Chulalongkorn Rose developed by Princess Dararasamee in honor of her husband,
King Rama V. This is served with a rose infused Pur-erb tea macaron. Each sweet
goes perfectly with the tea and while it is certainly ok to drink any of the
teas out of season be sure and have them in season to see if they suit the
season as well.