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Spend a few minutes reading about the latest news and events taking place in Chiang Mai and northern Thailand. Dining treats, art exhibitions, concerts and great savings on shopping can be yours. The Editor welcomes local business announcements and comments. Please forward news and club events to editor@chiangmai-chiangrai.com


Alliance Francaise presents French cinema with English subtitles each Friday at 8 pm. Charoenprathet Road. Tel. 053 275277.

Clubs and Group News

  • DAILY SWIMMING. Center of the Universe Pool. Mobile 0814730746. Saturday Aerobics, 6.30 am until 7.30 pm. Restaurant stays open until last customer departs
  • Bridge. For meetings dates: rlholt99@gmail.com
  • Chiang Mai VFW meeting. First Saturday monthly at The DUKES, Night Bazaar Branch, Changklan Rd. 10:30 am.
  • Chiang Mai Expat Club meetings at the Shangri-la Hotel on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 10.30 am.
  • Cancer Support CM group. To find more details, please contact "Erica" erica@maeram.com
  • The Dining Out Group for people who appreciate good food. Try out a different restaurant every two weeks alternating between Asian and Western. To join the e-mail list: diningoutcnx@hotmail.com
  • Expat Ladies Group meets on the FIRST and THIRD TUESDAYS of every month...the first being an informal get-together at the Grandview Hotel, and the third being a slightly more formal luncheon, held at a different venue each time. Information at e-mail: franybill@gmail.com
  • Friends of Chiangmai Group meets monthly. To join events, contact : Tel 053 206121,  Tel. 053 449242.
  • Latin Club free dance classes. Soi 6, Nimmanhaemin Rd
  • Salsa dance club at Latin Club, Nimmanhemin Rd. Soi 3. Every Monday evening at 6 pm
  • Tango dance club at Latin Club, Nimmanhemin Rd. Soi 3. Every Friday evening at 6 pm
  • Long Yang Social Club promotes friendship among gay men and lesbians. Regular social events, including dining out, sports, charitable activities, and entertainment. Email: lyc.cnx@gmail.com
  • Lunch Bunch meets monthly on the second Wednesday for lunch. June 9th at Kantary Hills, Nimmanhemin Road. Book in advance at margaret@chiangmai-chiangrai.com
  • NARIT Observatory Visitor Center at Km 31 on Doi Suthep. Group booking is required. Please call 053 225-569.
  • Opera Society, on Tuesdays. Information from howardgraves@gmail.com
  • The Royal British Legion Chiang Mai, First & third Wednesdays at 7 pm. Old Belle Restaurant & Pub, Loi Kroh Rd.
  • Skal International Chiang Mai. Diner meeting on the fourth Thursday evening. Please enquire reply to Ms. Naphat Nutsati: gm@tamarindvillage.com
  • Sunday Bicycle Club. Cycling Excursions Program by the Chiang Mai Sunday Bicycle Club. For the monthly trip schedule, email nirandorn_bikecm@yahoo.com
  • Travel Experience Sharing Group meets at Tusker's Bar meets every second Monday. Amateur and professional photographers and travel writers share travel experiences. Get there early for a good seat.
  • Textile Lovers Group contact Nancy nllindley@msn.com

Elvis Presley Festival

Starring Lek Presley, Thailand's foremost artist and Elvis sing-alike. From 9 pm until 10.30 pm in the Fueng Fah Restaurant in the Suriwong Hotel. May 1 to July 31 (Except no show on Sundays).  Advance booking recommended.

Ana Gracey - Singer

'FUNKY FRIDAYS PARTY' every Friday at the newly refurbished Gallery Jazz Club, Charoenrasd Road. Enjoy this night of Funk - Soul - Jazz - Blues! Come on down to the party with Ana Gracey and The Band for an evening of great music and dancing.

The Friends of the Chiang Mai Music Festival Series present:

  • Thaya Kongpakpaisarn
    The brilliant 19 year old Thai pianist is studying at the prestigious Eastman Music School, New York. Friends of the Chiangmai Music Festival meet at Anne Murases home. For advance booking, Phone JP on 084 868 1017. Free for members. Guests are welcome at 250 Baht each. Doors open at 7 pm. On Friday, June 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm
  • Sek Thongsuwan
    The wonderful Thai pianist pursuing his Masters Degree in St. Petersburg, Russia, makes a welcome return to Chiang Mai at Anne Murases home.. For advance booking, Phone JP on 084 868 1017. Free for members. Guests are welcome at 250 baht each. Doors open at 7 pm.  On Friday, July 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

"Songs of Memory"

Traditional Music of the Golden Triangle, an exhibition highlighting ancient songs and ceremonies of the Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Akha, Lisu, and Karen peoples through a remarkable array of musical instruments, clothing, documentary films, and photos. At the Tamarind Village daily 8:30 am- 5 pm, until July 31, 2010 . Contact: Tamarind Village Guest Service at (053) 418-896 for more information.

Fine Art Exhibition

Until June 30th the Melody of Nature fine art exhibition of over 50 paintings by four notable Thai artists Eng-on Homsuwan, Jay Surasan, Somsak Raksuwan, and Sumrith Pechkong at the 116 Art Gallery open from 11 am to 6 pm daily except closed on Mondays. 94-120 Charoenmuang Road, Tel. 053 302 111. (Between Nawarat Bridge and Sanpakkoy Market)

Meo Jai Dee Gallery presents

"SACRED EARTH" Solo Art Exhibition by Mongkol Pliengbangchamp Painting & Poetry on the wall. 13-30 June 2010. Mongkol is a painter, poet and performance artist from Thailand. He has performed since 1995. he is part of ASIATOPIAB committee and has always been involved in art & social movements groups. His performances are usually very intense, mostly dealing with political sphere of thai politics and Global situation. He has published 2 books of his drawings and poems "Inner & Outer" and "The Man numbers Zero". He has performed in many performance art events and festivals, both in Thailand and around Asia. He has performed throughout southeast Asia. He also participated in Poland's International art festival and the 8th OPEN International Performance art festival in Beijing, China. At the Meo Jai Dee Gallery Soi 2, Nimmanhemin Road
"SACRED EARTH" from June13-30, 2010

Svannabhumi Art Gallery presents

"Message from Heaven" Art Exhibition at 116, Chareonrat Road, T. Watgate
Chiang Mai, Call for more information at Mob. 081 031 5309

Friends of Chiang Mai Group

Volunteers are needed for teaching English language to children 7-14 years old who are cultural performers. Please contact Khun Nid, Tel : 053 206121 This months' meeting takes place on Wed 30th Jun.

Turtle Viewing Festival

Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium arranges a turtle festival to create awareness of this fascinating creature and its endangered status. Visitors will have the opportunity to see many sea turtles and freshwater turtles from all over the world during June 5 - August 4 at Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium or Tel. 053 893 013 �" 7

President of Thai Russian Chamber Visits

The newly appointed President of Thai Russian Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Phisak Navatnaphand came to Chiang mai to survey for the upcoming visit of the Russian Ambassador to Thailand. At that time, Chiang Mai businesses will set up an exhibition with small booths to show the Ambassador and other visiting Russian entrepreneurs, the wealth of the products and services that Chiang Mai can offer to the Russian market. Contact The Editor for exhibition dates booth information.

Party with Remy Martin

Remy Martin Pool Party at the Furama Chiang Mai (formerly known as Grand Heritage) - Five cognac serving recipe stations including Piper Heidsieck Brut & Contreau cocktails such as Margarita Cosmopolitan etc. three stations of snacks and finger food. Ten Pretties show Remy parade, DJ music. Lucky draw with some great prizes - for further details call 0816712306 Phiraphong or 053415222 ext The Grill. On the 17th floor swimming pool on Saturday, June 12th from 8.30 pm until 11.30 pm  Baht 888 per person 

Open for Breakfast

The West Restautant in the Fah Tani Square, Nimmanhemin Road is now serving breakfast. Of course, Dave, the owner and chef is not serving any typical ordinary menu. Breakfast is normally not the meal where we look for creativity. Rather, what we look for is something fast to help us get going in the morning. You will find yourself enjoying breakfast in a new and inspiring way. Find out what's the early bird special in the morning at 080 122 7136

Mid-Year Sales 50% Off

Throughout the month of June, The Tao Garden bookshop has discounted books by popular author Master Mantak Chia. Also available are a wide chice of DVDs also reduced by 50%! Keep your family entertained with great reading material that will challenge their minds and let them explore their imagination.  Preview the list of good books and DVDs online. Every book on the list has been discounted by an additional 50%! Do not miss out on this exceptional promotion. UNIVERSAL HEALING TAO CENTER, 274/1 Moo 7, Luang Nua, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai. Tel: 05392 1200. Email: orders@universal-tao.com

SUNDAY ROAST at Oriental Village

The Sunday roast is a traditional British main meal served on Sundays (usually in the early afternoon for lunch), consisting of roasted meat, roast potato together with accompaniments, such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy. The Oriental Village located before the Sankampaeng Hot Springs offers a lovely scenic restaurant and swimming pool with delicious western and Thai food. Every Sunday, go out for a swim and try the Sunday Roast spread in the simply charming Resort. Here visitors can relax in comfortable Deluxe and Premier Bungalows all situated in the heart of nine rai of countryside surrounded by mountains. After the meal you can enjoy a swim in the pool or play table games in the health center pavilion. Making a booking. Please phone Mrs. Took or Mr. Roy at mobile 081 018 7544. Your friends and clients will certainly enjoy the genuine rural location, delicious cuisine and friendly service. An experience to remember forever.

Zonta International Chiang Mai

Newly installed President Jiamjit Boonsom is participating in the Zonta International Biannual Conference in the USA as her first order of action during her two year term. The Club's Adopt an Orphan project is continuing to draw interest and support from concerned persons wanting to assist the children in the program. Would you like to know more details? Please contact Mrs. Daranee Parker, the committee chair person at Tel. 053 21 8377, 053 40 6127 

Soroptimist International Chiang Mai

  • 16 June : Christopher Freeland an expert on the topic of Radiesthesia, a method of detecting the energetic radiations that come from the earth and the universe and investigating their positive and negative impact on humans and other organisms.
  • 21 July : Prof. Jinda Sornsrivichai shares her knowledge about using Thai herbs in your home cooking and their benefits for your health.
  • 18 August : Cory Croymans-Plaghki : What can a Reiki Energy Massage do for you? At 6.00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel,  318/1  Chiangmai-Lamphun Road, (near the Mengrai Bridge), T. Wat Kate, Chiangmai .Tel: 053 275300 Ext 1086.

Just DO It

The Hillside Fitness Thailand offers its full facilities to service members with a fitness room, aerobic class, swimming pool and herbal steam and sauna. Please get all details with Ms. Khwanchanok Maneerat (Kwan) informed t at 081 027 7339.

Evening Dinner Suggestion

When you are looking for a cool setting to enjoy a meal, try the three choices of set lunch or set evening dinner at the Prince Khum Phaya Hotel in the Khum Khantoke Complex behind CarreFour. The all day tea/coffee break is a real treat also. With indoor and outdoor seating the contemporary Lanna restaurant offers Fusion Oriental taste and international cuisine, including Northern Thai dishes, as well as traditional Thai favorite. The combination of fresh ingredients was prepared skillfully by the chefs. The restaurant is open daily from 7.00 a.m. until 11.00 p.m. and has seating for up to 90 guests. All at reasonable prices. Located behind the Lobby area. 053 415555

Dokmai Garden

How do you know if you have an orchid or not? What characters separate orchids from other flowers? How do you pollinate them to make seeds? This and other questions about orchids will be answered at the Dokmai Garden afternoon talk. We study growing orchids, and use a dissecting microscope to learn more about orchid anatomy. Fee 300 Baht includes supervision of PhD Eric Danell, coffee and entrance to the garden. Please bring your own orchid for dissections, or we shall have none left to show in the garden. An option is to pay 50 B per flower here. Driving instructions can be found at our websit.  Please send an e-mail  to facilitate the booking (info@dokmaigarden.co.th

Kalare Night Bazaar Guesthouse

+ + Price: 500 to 650 baht + +. Air conditioned room clean and safe. 3BBB Wi-Fi and TV. Convenient car parking, Clean and safe. Located in central Chiang Mai at the Night Bazaar. Large Food Center. Many shopping choices. 7-11 mini store. Near to Chiang Mai Walking Street about 5 minutes. Special Promotion! Stay. 1 night (500 baht / night). Guests can choose. 1. Fish Spa treatment for 30 min for 1 person / 1 room Or, 2. Massage or Foot Massage for 45 mins for 1 person / 1 room. Today until October 31, 2553. Advance bookings ONLY by calling 08-5706-6648 or 08-1950-1247 or 053 820320, 053 272067

New product from Boonsom Spirulina Farm

Spirulina is nature's richest whole-food source even more wholesome than meat and vegetables. The most well known producer in Thailand is Boonsom Spirulina Farm known for their tablet containing 100% pure natural ingredients.  Just introduced into the market are JayJay Spirulina Crisps perfect for snacking. JayJay crisps are an ideal snack when drinking beverages with alcohol! The satisfying flavor of spirulina accented with spicy hot flavor will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Pick up this snack in an aluminum foil pouch at the Boonsom Farm Ice Cream Shop in the Nim City Lifestyle Plaza on Mahidol Road

Moxie at D2

After a sleep in on a lazy Sunday morning try the Sensational Sunday Lunch Buffet from noon to 3 pm. Baht 899 for adult. (For free flow of selected alcohol beverages). OR, Baht 599 for Adult. (Food Only). Book a table for family and friends at 053 999 999

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