Get up Stand up for Music
Kvien of the U.S. Embassy was joined by U.S. Consul Michael Heath, Mayor
Tussanai Buranupakorn and HIP magazine to launch the concert.
performers joined them onstage for a group photo.
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
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
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
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
Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures holds this event every year and it is
open to the public.
girl competed in the adult levels.
climbers also joined the competition.
Anantara launches new restaurant with lavish dinner
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
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
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
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
the 1920s theme, the wait staff wear knickerbockers and elegant flapper
Manager Syahreza Ishwara (far right) with guests David and Wanna Thomas.
includes personal effects and original 1920’s items.
“A Night to
Remember” cocktail started the night to remember.
starred chef Roger van Damme presented a fantastic dessert to top off the
40th Annual Laab Festival held at Kad Suan Kaew
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
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.
Pangpibul, Deputy Chiang Mai Governor and Udonphan Jantarawiroj, Chairman of
Singha Pattana Chiang Mai Co., Ltd. launched the Laab Festival at Kad Suan
contestants took part in the Miss Laab Festival Beauty contest.
down to business in the cook off.
Weeber-Arayatumsopon got in on the action making his own “Farang Laab”.
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
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
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
Kishore Ladsaria of the Peabody Boutique Hotel
is presented with a Skål baseball cap for his birthday.