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Get up Stand up for Music

Kristina Kvien of the U.S. Embassy was joined by U.S. Consul Michael Heath, Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and HIP magazine to launch the concert.

Students and performers joined them onstage for a group photo.

Live music followed the speeches with the concert ending at 9 p.m.

By Shana Kongmun
The U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai and the U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Municipality and HIP Magazine, held a free music concert in front of the Lanna Folklife Museum on Sunday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. attracting visitors to the Sunday Walking Street market with the live music.

Held to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day the event was attended by U. S. Consul Michael Heath and the Economic Counselor for the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok Kristina Kvien as well as the chief of HIP magazine and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn. Kristina welcomed everyone to the event, noting that the U.S. Embassy was working hard to ensure the rights of artists to their own works.
The concert started off with a high energy band and groups including Migrate to the Ocean and others who played until 9 p.m.

Rock climbers meet for community crank bouldering contest

Visitors took part in the climbs which were divided only by age (adults and kids).

By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai is a popular destination for international rock climbers and that was evident by the international flavor of the climbers who participated in the Community Crank Annual Bouldering Competition at the Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures on April 18, 2015. The event was divided into several categories including Kids and Adults although one enthusiastic Chinese little girl took on the adults in main event. Unfortunately for the 6 year old, her arms were just not quite long enough to reach the top but her strength and effort had the adults cheering.

The event saw participants climb the wall at varying levels of skill and difficulty, using color coded hand and foot holds to follow the correct path. The event was well attended and saw a lot of great enthusiasm for the sport.

Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures holds this event every year and it is open to the public.

This little girl competed in the adult levels.

 Local climbers also joined the competition.

Anantara launches new restaurant with lavish dinner

Visiting chef Roger van Damme (2nd right) and Executive Chef Prabhash Prabhakaran with Anantara chefs after dinner.

By Shana Kongmun
The new/old restaurant at Anantara Chiang Mai launched with a fabulous 1920’s theme complete with waiters in knickerbockers, waitresses in flapper style dresses, wingtip shoes, stylish watches and a secret room with a door hidden in the bookcases.

The Service 1921 is the name of the new restaurant and it is as charming and evocative as one could expect from the original British Consulate building. Decorations are based on the residents at the time, including clothes and accessories. Secret agents photos on the walls and gentle lighting in the beautiful rooms.

However, gorgeous décor and a charming ambiance are not the only appealing aspects of dinner at The Service 1921, excellent food and great service as you would expect from a resort like Anantara are also there to make the meal complete.

The resort held a fantastic Asian dinner by Executive Chef Prabhash Prabhakaran and a special dessert from visiting Michelin chef Roger van Damme. The evening started out with an unusual cocktail mixed by the restaurant’s resident mixologist and involved a mix of pineapple juice, apple pie syrup and frozen infused tea that bubbled up in an exciting manner to befit the name; A Night To Remember.

The dinner opened with a spicy creamy curried fish mousse followed by crispy morning glory and chicken with banana flowers. The six course dinner also saw guests enjoying poached slipper lobster, duck breast with a delicious and unusual onion brûlée, monkfish and a fantastic tender braised beef shank in southern curry. Every course offered something different with a mix of flavors that embodied various Asian cuisines.

The dessert, created by visiting Michelin Chef Roger van Damme was delicious, offering diners a mix of desserts of differing flavors in bite size form. The aperitif topped off the evening with a delicious mix of herbs and spices.

The new restaurant at the Anantara is definitely worth a visit, not just for the unique historical décor, the romantic ambiance but for the new menu on offer.

Keeping with the 1920s theme, the wait staff wear knickerbockers and elegant flapper gowns.

General Manager Syahreza Ishwara (far right) with guests David and Wanna Thomas.

The décor includes personal effects and original 1920’s items.

“A Night to Remember” cocktail started the night to remember.

Michelin starred chef Roger van Damme presented a fantastic dessert to top off the evening.

40th Annual Laab Festival held at Kad Suan Kaew

The annual Laab Festival is a great opportunity for local chefs, both amateur and professional to show off their Laab making skills.

By Nopniwat Krailerg
The 40th annual Laab Festival was held at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center on April 4, 2015. The event, which is organized by the Chiang Mai Journalists Association, aims to preserve local food and maintain close relations between the media and local organizations with a Laab cook off before Songkran.

Chana Pangpibul, Deputy Chiang Mai Governor and Udonphan Jantarawiroj, Chairman of Singha Pattana Chiang Mai Co., Ltd. presided over the opening ceremony of the event that saw many different organizations and groups join in the laab creation

The winner in the Amateur category was Sala Laab Himdoi , the1st runner the Khum Phucome Hotel and 2nd runner Laab Nongbin. In the professional category the winner was the Amora Tapae Hotel, 1st runner Lamphun pig farm team and 2nd runner Furama Hotel Chiang Mai while the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel won for best decorated vegetables.

No event is complete without a beauty contest and the winner of Miss Laab 2015 was Miss Patchawan Kaewjaidee, a 22 year-old fourth-year student at Thammasat University, Lampang Center. Second place went to Number 31 Miss Jiaranai Tangbanditkul, third to Number.11 Miss Jiranuch Butta, fourth to Number 9 Surarat Panyawai and fifth to Number 46 Miss Natchayapa Srijumpol.

Chana Pangpibul, Deputy Chiang Mai Governor and Udonphan Jantarawiroj, Chairman of Singha Pattana Chiang Mai Co., Ltd. launched the Laab Festival at Kad Suan Kaew.

Forty-six contestants took part in the Miss Laab Festival Beauty contest.

Chefs got down to business in the cook off.

Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon got in on the action making his own “Farang Laab”.

Imperial Mae Ping’s elaborate vegetable basket also won a prize.

28th International Cricket Sixes comes to town

Ready for the party!

By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai once again fills with cricketers from around the world as the 28th annual Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixed kicked off with the opening party held at the River Market on Saturday, April 4, 2015 and many aching heads taking to the pitch the next day for the opening day of play.

As hungry players and guests lined up for Dave’s famous ribs others enjoyed catching up after a year. Players came from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, and the Middle East to play in this very popular feature in the cricket calendar.
Match play started Sunday, April 5 and the final will be played on Saturday, April 11 as teams vie for the plate and the cup. Full match schedules can be found online and the matches, which are held at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club starting at around 9 a.m. every day, are free and open to the public. More information online at

Local Frank Sethi shares a laugh with some of the Awali Taverners.

Almar, the South African team flew in for the competition.

Skål Chiang Mai meets at the Rio for Brazilian barbecue

Secretary for Skal Chiang Mai Frans Betgem of Tiger Trail Thailand joins Margaret Bhadungzong and General Manager of the RatiLanna Spa Resort La-iad Bungsrithong at the registration desk to greet arrivals.

By Shana Kongmun
The lovely Rio Restaurant at the RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai was the latest venue for Chiang Mai Skålleagues dinner meeting. Hosted by the General Manager and President of the Thai Hotel Association Northern Chapter La-iad Bungsrithong, the evening saw nearly 30 people attend for an interesting talk on team building activities that involve local landmarks, tourism and information by Reiner Jansen of TabTourThailand.

The evening started out with a hearty thank you from President Tim McGuire to members of the Skål committee who held down the fort while he was in the United States and also mentioned that the second visit to Mae Mha School in Chiang Dao will be held in June to deliver goods purchased from the Christmas fund raising party. Half of the funds were used in January to deliver food, supplies and games to the kids. The second half of the funds will top up whatever has been used and also purchase fresh foods and other items the school needs.

Vice President Annette Kunigagon and President Tim McGuire chat with Joe Buranasilapin, the incoming Membership director.

RatiLanna Spa Resort generously donated two vouchers for dinner at the Rio Restaurant and Phillip van Driesten and Ed Hennessey were the two lucky winners. In member announcements General Manager of 137 Pillars House Manfred Ilg said that they will be offering a fabulous Khantoke dinner with a live band every Saturday night at 7 p.m. and invited everyone to come check it out. President Tim McGuire presented birthday boy Kishore Ladsaria of the Peaberry Boutique Hotel with a Skål baseball cap.

Hostess and General Manager La-iad Bungsrithong meets with committee members and the guest speaker Reinier Jansen.

Guest speaker Reiner Jansen then took the floor to talk about the use of technology and social media interaction in team building exercises and tourism in Chiang Mai. He noted that the use of tablets during team building exercises held by companies, hotels and other businesses allows for not only tracking of team tasks, but also allows teams to communicate with the operator, follow the progress of other teams and see their own location as well. The program allows organizers to obtain full data on progress, an overview of the teamwork and results of the game. He noted that the games allow participants to step outside their regular environments and use personal skills so that other team members can see the real person.

Members then held the Skal toast before sitting down to a marvelous Brazilian Churrascaria barbecue with fish, steak, sausage, chicken and pork. The next open meeting will be held at the Anantara Chiang Mai on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Ed and Patrick Hennessey are greeted by Vice President Annette Kunigagon.

Events Director Manfred Ilg of 137 Pillars House presents GM La-iad Bungsrithong and staff with a certificate of appreciation.

Kishore Ladsaria of the Peabody Boutique Hotel is presented with a Skål baseball cap for his birthday.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Update April 27, 2015

Get up Stand up for Music

Update April 21, 2015

Rock climbers meet for community crank bouldering contest

Update April 16, 2015

Anantara launches new restaurant with lavish dinner

Update April 7, 2015

40th Annual Laab Festival held at Kad Suan Kaew

28th International Cricket Sixes comes to town

Update April 1, 2015

Skål Chiang Mai meets at the Rio for Brazilian barbecue