Around Town

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and municipal administrators attended the ceremony to pour holy water on the Phra Sitangkhamanee and Phra Sila Buddha images, marking the beginning of Songkran, the traditional Thai New year celebration this year at Wat Chiang Marn on April 1.

Orachorn Chantarawiwattana , 4th from left, Acting Director of Region 5, and General Manager of Central Plaza, Chiang Mai Airport Shopping Center, and executives of Central Pattana Chiang Mai Co., Ltd . presented a donation of 50,000 baht collected from firms and shops in the shopping center to Khruba Noi, Techapanyo, Wat Sridonmool, in Saraphi district, Chiang Mai. The donations will help go towards the construction of chedi / stupa, pavilion, and temple walls at the Wat Sridonmool.

Magrin Promyothi (front row - fourth from left), General Manager of Kantary Hills Chiang Mai recently welcomed staff from Bangkok Airways led by Mr.Thanakrit Reunggan (front row - fifth from left) Bangkok Airways’ Station Manager at Chiang Mai Office, during their Training Course on ‘Station Crisis & Emergency Response Team’ at Kantary Hills Chiang Mai.

Jean-Pierre Kirkland lectures on music and piano to the audience at a concert at Santi School of Music on Monday, April 4, 2011. The concert featured Achira Assawedechirat (Ken) on the piano and drew a small crowd of music lovers.

Princess Maja von Hohenzollern (center) joins CEO of the Chiang Mai Night Safari Dr Sarawut Srisakul and Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon of the Podology Center Clinic in naming one of two new baby albino tigers at the Night Safari.

The U.N. Irish Pub hosts a weekly pub quiz night on Thursdays. The quiz is popular with both local residents and tourists and sees a good turnout from those who wish to challenge themselves. Sandy Cullen, the owner does warn, no cheating with the phone however!

Mrinali “Tina” Rai celebrated her birthday at the 2nd Floor Gallery located at the intersection of Ratwithi and Ratchapakinai Roads inside the moat. The party was attended by many well known Chiang Mai faces including pianist Jonas Dept, Scott Taylor of Soho Bar, Jessica Loh of Payap University and many more. Tina is seen here blowing out the candles of her cake.

Colin Jarvis poses here with his Hanuman puppet after discussing his work promoting Thai culture and arts in the United Kingdom at the latest Chiang Mai Friends Meeting at the De Lanna Hotel on March 29, 2011.

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