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Skål Chiang Mai travels to Chiang Dao orphanage on donation trip

Skålleagues and friends gathered at the Makro on the Superhighway to shop for goods and food for the orphanage trip, Nim See Seng sent their truck and driver at a discount. The same driver volunteers for this trip every time, clearly enjoying the time with the kids.

By Shana Kongmun
Members and friends of Skål Chiang Mai traveled to the Mae Mha Orphanage in Chiang Dao on a trip to deliver food, supplies and toys to the kids. Ranging in age from around 4 years old up to 17, the students greeted the visitors with great excitement.

Even more excited were the older students who helped unload the sewing machines that were donated so the students can learn a skill. Also excited were the kids who were going to learn how to cut hair with electric clippers donated by New York New York Hair Studio and other hair cutting supplies.

School director Saneh Jai-ut thanked the travel and tourism organization for their generous support of the school, citing an old proverb “Give a man a fish and you can feed him, teach him to fish and he can feed himself”. He said the school was very excited to receive the sewing machines for the students and a teacher from the nearby government offices would be coming to teach them how to sew and another teacher was going to teach them how to cut hair. He pointed out that it was important that the students learn a skill so that when they leave the orphanage they will be able to find work.

Frank and Vanita Sethi of Fashion King donated sewing supplies and Jimmy from Jimmy Fabrics donated a huge supply of fabric remnants for the kids to practice with. Roessli Restaurant at Vivo Bene donated muffins for the kids to enjoy as a special treat as well.

The kids enjoyed a wonderful lunch before playing with newly arrived hula hoops, volleyballs, Frisbees and footballs. The school has been working hard to improve life for the kids and are in the process of constructing a new dormitory for the girls. There are around 150 kids at the school, including some kids from the village who now go to school there as well. Skål Chiang Mai holds a gala fundraising dinner every December, this year the event is scheduled for December 8, 2015.

Skål Chiang Mai President Tim McGuire and Events Director Tim McGuire help the driver, his assistant and older students in unloading the sewing machines donated by Skal Chiang Mai.

Students, teachers, Skålleagues and friends join in front of the donated goods at the school on June 21, 2015.

Everyone joined in the dance with the kids, Skål Chiang Mai Events Director Manfred Ilg joining in the fun.

Antique Angkor Wat – amazing vintage photos take you back in time

French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude introduces the curator from the École at the opening party held at Anantara Resort Chiang Mai on Friday, June 5, 2015.

By Shana Kongmun
Anantara Resort Chiang Mai’s fabulous vintage style restaurant The Service 1921, set in the old British Consul building, is the perfect backdrop for antique photos of Angkor Wat. The photos are set on pillars around the building and track the progress of clearing and restoring this incredible World Heritage site.

The photos come from the archives of the École française d’Extrême-Orient (French School of Asian Studies) and will be on display until June 30, 2015. There are fifty amazing photos ranging from the 1860’s to the 1960’s and depict different temples such as the Lady Temple before and after conservation covered in huge banyan trees and surrounded by tropical forest. There is also a wonderful documentary film on the site that can be enjoyed with a cocktail at the colonial bar.

Dated to 1941 this wonderful photos shows the amazing sandstone carvings at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Taken in 1943 this photo was taken before the collapse of the pyramid’s corner.

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Update June 23, 2015

Skål Chiang Mai travels to Chiang Dao orphanage on donation trip

Update June 8, 2015

Antique Angkor Wat – amazing vintage photos take you back in time