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Vol. XI No.1 -January 1 - January 31, 2012

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Birdwatching Tales
Care for Dogs
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Heart to Heart with Hillary
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Community Happenings

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The Community Happenings page is an opportunity for all clubs, galleries, businesses, hotels, restaurants and entertainment outlets to inform Chiang Mai Mail’s readers what new “happenings” are coming up.

Send us your happenings by email to: [email protected] The Community Happenings page is updated online every Wednesday and Saturday


Updated January 4, 2012


Dokmai Garden: Eric Danell will lead an excursion to help you identify Tropical Garden Weeds. We also discuss how to cope with these weeds. Sunday, January 29th 3 PM at Dokmai Garden. 100 Baht. Kindly register your participation at least two days in advance: [email protected]

Welcome Bachata Dance from San Francisco: January 8, 9:00-9:30 pm Bachata musicality class beginner (understand and connect with the music and your partner on a deeper level) (Flexible schedule) 9:30-10:00pm Intermediate Bachata class (Flexible schedule) 10:00pm-midnight+ social Bachata, Salsa and Merengue dancing with DJ KGB. 2nd Floor Gallery.

Mountain Mist Muan Rally; Mountain bike rally at Sobmoei, Mae Sa Riang, Mea La Noi.  15th January. Join the mountain bike rally along the beautiful scenery of Sob Moei, Mae Saeriang and Mae La Noi route, in Mae Hong Son. 053 611 385.

Hash House Harriers : CH4 Mixed family hash runs every Sunday. Pick up point is The Hash Pub in Kampaengdin Road at 15.30. You can even bring the kids. Great running and fun with a few drinks after discover unseen Chiang Mai with residents and expats. Hash Pub phone 053-449695 or [email protected] or [email protected] or phone 0817241313.

Care for Dogs urgently needs both Thai and Western volunteers for their stall at the Sunday Walking Street Market, to help raise funds for the shelter’s ever-increasing needs. Volunteers will be selling Care for Dogs merchandise, collecting donations and spreading public awareness of Care for Dogs. [email protected]

Dance Jam! A weekly Chiang Mai dance event open to all styles. Sundays from 5-7pm. Cat House Restaurant and Bar # 10 Soi 3 Sirimungkalajarn. Free. 'Dance Chiang Mai Group' on Facebook for more information.

Free Meditation Instruction and Vegetarian Cooking Classes: The Master Ruma Foundation and Meditation Center in Baan Pong 9AM Group Meditation in the Light and Sound Method, Q&A for beginners, 11AM cooking class, followed by free vegetarian 5-course meal. Sundays at Praipanwana Resort on the Samoeng rd. 0878012117. [email protected].

Classic Cars of Lanna: Meets the last Sunday of every month at Nim City Daily near Airport Plaza.


Chinese New Year: Parade starts from Tha Pae Gate to Warorot. Activities in Kad Luang.

Hash House Harriers Monday Hash (Bi-weekly): Male only hash, presently, runs start @ 5.00 PM. Directions can be found on a notice board near the male toilet @ Number 1 Bar. Free bus to the run departs Number 1 Bar, Loi Kroh Soi [email protected] 4.00 PM. Dyke Converter on 0817241313.

Theatre Playshop at Healing Light: Drop in sessions 250B, Mondays 6-7.30pm at Healing Light, Suk Kasame Rd (off Nimmanheiman Rd ).


Informal Northern Thai Group: INTG; Tuesday, January 17th 2012: “Getting Real about Food in the World: Food Security and Small Farmers”. A talk and presentation by Professor Lindsay Falvey

Sax Night at The Chedi Chiang Mai: Every Tuesday & Wednesday evening from 17-9 PM at The Terrace Bar and Cigar Lounge located on the second floor. Ladies buy one get one free of the same item. Valid on standard drink and house wine. Any snack for 200 baht per item. Reservation is highly recommended. 053 253 385 or

[email protected]

Tuesday Merengue Dance night: 2nd Floor Gallery: from 8:30 to 11:30 PM. Ratwithi & Ratchapakinai Intersection (above Kodak Store).

Quiz Night at The Olde Bell, 8.30 p.m. 087-811-9468, [email protected]

Alcoholics Anonymous: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the YMCA’s Nawarat Room. 084-485-0100, [email protected]

Hash House Harriers (Bi-weekly): Male only hash every other Tuesday at 5.00pm. Pick up point is Number 1 Bar, Loi Kroh Soi 1 at 4.00pm. Great running great fun and raise a beer with resident. Dyke Converter on 0817241313.

The Grand Opera  Society Of Chiangmai: If you wish to be a member and attend these evenings which include a delicious pot-luck buffet, email Dr. Howard: [email protected]


Wednesday Night Drum Circle at CMU All are welcome, any language, any country, young and old, to a relaxed and very casual gathering of drummers and noise makers. Just bring a chair, a drum (or a plastic bucket and some sticks, or anything similar that makes a nice sound). CMU Art Museum

The Mahler Symphony Cycle: Reservations: [email protected]. Include the name(s) of the people and your telephone number.

Beginning Painting for Adults: Beginning Painting. Wednesdays 2:00-5:00

Quiz Night at the Garden Bar Lotus Hotel Chang Puak. Teams of 4 - if you cannot put a team together - come along and we will try to find you a team. categories this month include General knowledge, literature, the oscars,  current affairs, geography, disco music and 5 difficult questions. [email protected]

Co-dependants Anonymous: Support group for those having problems with healthy relationships with others. Every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Seven Fountains, 97 Huey Kaew Rd. 085-863-9898

The Royal British Legion, Chiang Mai. Social meetings 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month, 7 p.m. at The Olde Bell British Pub on Loi Khroh Road. Not just for UK ex-servicemen and women, but for anyone who supports the Legion’s aims and objectives. New members welcome.

Chiang Mai Chess Club: 7pm, Wednesdays, The Pub, on Huay Kaew Rd. All welcome. John on 085-7109-926.

Open Mike Night at the UN Irish Pub every Wednesday, from 8.30 p.m. Instruments provided or bring your own, Lindsay on 089 523 1363.

Chiang Mai Friends: The last Wednesday of every month. 300 THB for member and 350 THB for non-members. for further info or reservations: [email protected]. 350bht dinner or 80bht meeting. for further details [email protected] 

Chiang Mai Photographic Group: Wednesdays at 7.00pm every fortnight in The Red Mango Bar and all those with an interest in photography, be it film or digital are warmly invited.  For details of meeting dates please visit  Meetings are conducted in English but all nationalities are welcome.


January's "Formal" Expats Ladies Lunch: Thursday, January 5 at 12:00 noon. Su Casa, 28 Nimmanheiman Soi 11, midway between Nimmanheiman and Sirimangkalajarn Roads (same building as Mi Casa) Map at 250 baht, including VAT, service charge and beverage (soft drink, water, coffee or tea) for starter and two tapas.  Desserts available by advance order, 50 baht. [email protected] by January 4 for menu choices and reservations.

UK/US University day at the Kantary Hills Hotel on 19 January all afternoon until early evening for further details Khun Goy (Watinee) at [email protected]

January's "Informal" Expats Ladies Lunch:  Thursday, January 19 at The lunch buffet at the Grandview Hotel, on the Superhighway, about 500 meters north of Huey Kaew Rd.  The Superhighway is the road that becomes Nimmanhaemin once it crosses Huey Kaew. Plan to arrive at 11:45 to miss the noon rush at the buffet line.  Later arrival is fine, but we'll start without you! 170 baht.  Cost includes water, coffee and tea and a modest tip. [email protected] by noon, Wednesday, January 18.

Skal dinner networking event: 26th January at the Rati Lanna Hotel at 18.30.  More details to follow.

Latin Night at the Bear Bar on Loi Kroh with Nok "La Fiesta" and Del Ritmo. Happy hour from 6-10pm - 3 large Chang/Leo for only 199B.

Sizzling Salsa Night: every Thursday, 2nd Floor Gallery, Ratwithi & Ratchapakinai Intersection. From 8 PM. Free with a 100 baht minimum purchase per person to support the venue.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the YMCA’s Nawarat Room. Info: 084-485-0100, [email protected]

JJ Market: Jing Jai Market Walking Street, every Thursday and Friday from 5 to 11 PM

Quiz Night at the UN Irish Pub. 053-214-554

Meditate with the Green Papaya Sangha in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Yoga Studio 65/1 Arak Road. Beginners welcome. [email protected] .

Open night at Sangdee Gallery: all are welcome to perform. Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 from 8 PM.


6 HANDS 1 PIANO; January 6th & 7th, 2012 – piano recitals will be held at Chiang Mai University Art Museum Theater and the Rachamankha Hotel, respectively. Nicolas Collinet and Matthieu Normand are two Frenchmen who will visit from Belgium to join their friend and

conservatory colleague, Jonas Dept, a Chiang Mai resident. Jan 6 at CMU Art Museum 400 Baht. Wine tasting and charity concert Jan 7 at Ratchamanka 1,800 Baht. Marisa (Thai/English) Tel. 082-388-6515 or Donjai (Thai/English) Tel. 081-993-9035 for tickets. Book now.

Piano Recital by “Ken” Achira Assawadecharit at CRK Recital Hall, Payap University Kaew Nawarat Campus. January 6. 086 920 6927. 200 baht

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings: Sixth Annual Thailand Travellers Meeting, January 13-14, 2012, Riders Corner

Chiang Mai Expats Club Coffee Morning, Friday, January 13. 2nd Friday of each month, 10 am - noon. Brix Bar and Restaurant, Hotel M (formerly Montri) inside the Old City at Thapae Gate. Information [email protected] or

Life Cycle Yoga with Preaw at The Yoga Tree (Soi M Apartment), 65/1 Arak Road. Asana, Pranayama and guided relaxation. Therapeutic yoga which works on all levels(physical, emotional and mental): Postures represent each period of life from birth through maturity and back to the source. All levels welcomed, no experience required

Every Friday evening at 5.30pm. 250THB

JJ Market: Jing Jai Market Walking Street, every Thursday and Friday from 5 to 11 PM. 084-043-9821.

Chiang Mai International Balloon Festival at The Next Mee Chok Intersection. More than 30 balloons from 15 different countries Stand a chance to win a ride in a balloon. January 20th - 22nd

Alliance Francaise Films: Every Friday at 8 PM. Friday, January 6, 20h00: Inspecteur Lavardin (1986) de Claude Chabrol avec Jean Poiret. Friday, January 13, 20h00 Betty (1992) de Claude Chabrol avec Marie Trintignant. Friday, January 20, 20h00 L’Enfer (1994) de Claude Chabrol avec François Cluzet. Friday, January 27, 20h00 La Fleur du Mal (2003) de Claude Chabrol avec Benoît Magimel

Film Fridays at Sangdee Gallery. Come and join us at 7:30pm every Friday for a film, hand-picked by a member of our Sangdee community. Sangdee gallery Sirimangkalajan Soi 5


Harvesting Melodies: 7th - 8th January. Participate in our organic farming activities in the morning, enjoy creative vegetarian & raw food and spend the afternoon discovering diverse melodies from tribal instruments to 6 hands on a Piano! Entrance Fee* 1day ticket - 200 Baht 2days pass - 300 Baht Email: [email protected] Free camping, please bring your own tent. At Baan San Payang, Mae Taeng .081 142 8575

Harp Concert: Duriyasilp College of Music, Payap University present Duo Harp by Lorelei Barton and Judy Utley, Harp, With Deb Childs, soprano. January 7 at CMU Art Center

Chiang Mai Photographic Group Exhibition: January 14 opening Northern Village 2nd Floor Chiang Mai Photographic Group 4th Annual Exhibition 2012 at 2nd Floor, Northern Village, Central Airport Plaza. Featuring over 100 pictures by 25 photographers from half a dozen countries now living in Chiang Mai.  This year’s exhibition will be opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University on Saturday 14th January at 4:00pm and runs daily from 11:00 to 8:00pm through to 6:00pm on Sunday January 29th.

TEDxThapaeGate on the 21st of January - Chiang Mai's creativity event of 2012. Pre-event reception dinner on the 20th at Ping Nakara (invite only), The event itself - 12-14 talks and performances including lunch and coffee breaks (apply for a ticket here: Broadcast from Chiang Mai to the world.- and post-event networking reception at Kantary Terrace on the 21st 6:30pm onwards – open to all.

for further details contact [email protected]

Elephant Art Sale at Taste From Heaven restaurant, Thapae Road. January 21. Meet the artists and try your luck at the silent auction of many and varied items concerning elephants. The Sale is to raise funds for Pang Pornsawan, the latest land mine victim now recovering in the elephant hospital, Lampang. See (This event was postponed in November due to many items being held up due to flooding). Delicious vegetarian food, gift bags, and many members of Save Elephant Foundation on hand to answer questions.

Traditional Thai Kite Festival: In celebration of Thai kite flying history and culture Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning is hosting their inaugural Traidhos Kite Festival 2012.  This is a family event, open to the public and will include a colorful display of BIG kites flown by professional kite flyers, traditional Chula (male) and Pakpao (female) kite flying competitions and kite making workshops,history of royal kite flying exhibit and a chance to practice flying a kite with the professionals! Food and Music. January 21 & 22 at CMU Art Center and Rachamankha Hotel. 053 301 500 or Facebook: Traidhos Kite Festival 2012 (Chiang Mai)

Chiang Mai Friends Anniversary Party Sat 21st January from 5.30 p.m. at JJ Markets. 800 THB including Buffet Dinner. 4 bands including Santi Jazz band, Aussie John, Ralph Thomas and a Thai band. Food from Khun Jim at Girasole and Drinks from Joon at Horeca. We will have door prizes, Costume competition- Topsy Turvy- come in a national costume other than your own! [email protected]

Chiang Mai Jazz in the City Festival; 21 & 22 January at Nim City Daily from4 PM. Free

Music in the Park- Chiang Mai University's Environmental Study Centre on Huay Kaew Road, just before you get to the Zoo. 053-941451-2. Free from 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.. Jan. 14th- Studio Mango Band. Jan. 28th  --  Music Way Group. Feb. 11th  --  Melody House. Feb. 25th  --College Of Music, Payap.

NIS First Community Charity Fun Run Nakorn Payap invites all runners to attend the charity fun run in aid of care for dogs and helping hands.  3km race and 10km mini marathon starts 5.30am 200bht adults 50bht kids further info 053110680. January 28

Live music at 2nd Floor Gallery: Every Saturday night from 9 PM. Ratwithi and Ratchapakinai Rd. Intersection (Above Kodak Store).

Flea Market: First Saturday of every month at JJ Good Place, JJ Market (Behind Tesco Lotus). For Stall bookings, contact Akejirach Khadli (First) Tel: 053-231520-3. 089-4343443, 082-1960919. [email protected]. Saturday, October 1

Al-anon: Support group open to those affected by alcoholism in a relative or friend. Every Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m, Seven Fountains, 97 Huey Kaew Rd. Info: 087-300-4668,,

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Foundation holds Experience in Meditation every Saturday 3 p.m-4:30 p.m. at 218/6 Chotana Rd. 053-214-904.

Hash House Harriers: hash runs every Saturday at 4.30 pm  Catch a free bus to the run site at 3.30 pm from The Hash Pub in Kampaengdin Road phone 053-449695 or from the Hash House in Moon Muang Road.

Chiang Mai Chess Club: Saturdays 2-4 PM, The Pub, on Huay Kaew Rd. All welcome. John on 085-7109-926.

Art Film Space:  At Media Art& Design Building, Chiang Mai University Art Museum 6:30 PM. Tel. 053 944 846.

Fairs, Festivals and Exhibitions

The Floral Miracle of Chiang Mai: from 24 December 2011 - 14 February 2012 at the 80th Anniversary Commemoration Garden. With lilies, tulips and more. 053 248 604

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek until March 14

Chiang Mai International Balloon Fiesta: 20-22 January. The Next, Mee Chok intersection.

The 3rd Thailand - Japan Sculpture Symposium: 6-27 January, CMU Art Center. Contemporary Thai-Japanese sculpture exhibition. Opening will be on 6th January at 6 p.m.

Kyee Myint Saw at Suvannabhumi Gallery: Celebrate the life and artistic works of one of Myanmar's great contemporary masters. 116 Chareonrat Road

Two Master Artists: an art exhibition of two legendary National Artists Inson Wongsam and Pichai Nirand: until January 31, 2012 at Galerie Panisa  189 Mahidol Road (opp. Toyota showroom near Chiang Mai Int’l Airport), Tel. 053-202 779. Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed on Sundays)

Chiang Mai Red Cross & Winter Fair at Chiang Mai Provincial Office. December 30th until January 8th January

ABLE Surviving the flood - an affordable art show. December 17th until January 14th - Sangdee Gallery Sirimongkalajarn Soi 5

International Visiting Artist Painting Exhibition by Thep Tavonsouk at Tita Gallery, Mae Rim. Thep's artworks has been in museum and corporate collections, namely the Glenbow museum Calgary Canada, the Singapore museum, the Gulf oil, Swedish forestry, and Canadian airlines. through 2nd February 2012.

Chiang Mai Has Talent: BlackMoss Productions is promoting ALL available talent in and around Chiang Mai. CHIANG MAI HAS TALENT is an OPEN TO ALL competition from 2 to 202 years of age, Read all about this exciting and unique event and also how-to-enter the competition here:

Playhouse Entertainment Complex Promotion: special promotion for newly opened Playhouse show. Aopi 08 40 2045 63. [email protected]


Rotary Club Chiang Mai West: Meets every Tuesday evening at the Kantary Hills at 7 PM.  Meetings are dual language - English and Thai. For information email: [email protected].

Chiang Mai Computer Club: meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at D'Lite Food and Bakery, directly across from Immigration.

The Baptist Group meeting for old-time worship and fellowship every Sunday morning at 11.00am at the CH Hotel (soi opposite Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel, off Sidornchai Road).084 378 1440 [email protected].

Chiang Mai Chess Club: Saturdays 2-4 PM, The Pub, on Huay Kaew Rd. All welcome. John on 085-7109-926.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the YMCA’s Nawarat Room. Info: 084-485-0100, [email protected]

Chiang Mai Bridge Club: The Pub on Huay Kaew Road. Sunday, 1:15 pm, duplicate bridge. Monday, 12:45 pm, bridge coaching session. Wednesday, 12:45 pm, duplicate bridge. Friday, 12:45 pm, relaxed duplicate bridge. [email protected]

Dining Out Group: Once a fortnight, alternating between Western and Asian food. 100 baht - 500 baht per head. [email protected]

Chiang Mai Readers & Book Discussion Group: Monthly over lunch to discuss a previously agreed book. [email protected]

Travel Club: Monthly at Tuskers.:[email protected]

Chiang Mai Gay and Lesbian Club: Regular meetings.

Nicotine Anonymous: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 p.m., Building 11, behind McCormick Hospital. 086-194-6300 or 081-027-6836

Baha'i Faith -Why ?: Nasser 0817 652 003/053252382

Sri Sathya Sai Baba, spiritual master. Study and discussion group for Chiang Mai devotees. Info: 053 261 582 or 08 1473 0430, 8 AM to 10 PM

The Gentleman’s Club: The Pub, first Monday of the month. Beer and a roast lunch. Info: 053-211-550, email [email protected]

The Chiang Mai International Women’s Book Club: English speaking book lovers. 7 p.m, last Monday of month. [email protected]

Courses, classes, educational opportunities

Education Conference: Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat University and Division of Industry and Community Network, University Sains Malaysia in a conference titled ‘University-Community Engagement for Empowerment and Knowledge Creation’. It aims to create questions to integrate the global effort and maintain a just and sustainable world. 9th - 12th January at Le Meridien Hotel. Visit:

Art Classes: Sangdee is now offering art classes for both children and adults. Sirimangkalajarn soi 5. [email protected]

FISU courses now in Chiang Mai:

Reiki training courses: all levels. [email protected] or

Advanced Aromatherapy and Energetic Aromatherapy classes: contact Cory for full details including tuition, classes are limited to 4 and start in August. [email protected]


Join Bike for Elephants event to support Thai elephants, in collaboration with the Elephant Nature Park. The dates for 2012 are: January 14 and 15.

Zumba at Payap: Latin inspired fitness program. Every Monday from 5-6pm (from 7 March 2011 to 16 May 2011, unless otherwise specified). Open space between Sirindhorn Learning Resource Center (main library) and library annex building (i.e., next to library) on the main Mae Khao Campus (behind Carrefour), Payap University. Free & Open to the public.

Badminton: Every Tuesday from 2-4 PM at the Municipal Stadium Badminton Hall. Open to all. 20 baht/session.

Tai Chi Classes: Yang &Chen style Tai Chi guide you to find internal soft Chi flow and intensive energy in your own body! 085-5211-528, [email protected]

Chiangmai International Taekwondo: All ages taught in your own home, private lessons by World Master Tom Zuza, 8th Dan. 0834761752, [email protected]

Tai Chi Classes: Experienced Tai Chi Sifu gives lessons. 084-600-5268, [email protected]

Tai Chi – Chi-Kung every Monday and Wednesday 8 am at Suan Buak Hat Public Park by Master Patrick Stahl.  085 276 4700. [email protected] or

Karate Practice: Monday/Wednesday 5.30 p.m, Free. CMU’s Student Services building. Karatedo Fed. Wado-kaj karate. [email protected]

Yang style Tai Chi class for beginners/intermediate students.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 AM to 10:45 AM at Hillside 4 Condo, 4th floor, exercise room.  Call 0899-5553-350 or  Private classes also available

Chiang Mai University Judo Club: Training Times: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 830 AM to 10:30 AM. Contact Khun Nigel 0819264210. [email protected]

Chiang Mai Fencing Club: Classes for all ages. "Chiang Mai ChinaTown" complex, just off the Superhighway, left at the beginning of the  Mae Rim/ Chang Pueak exit road at the Chiang Mai ChinaTown sign.08 -1382-8124 (English) 08-7325-5476(Thai).


The U.S. Consulate encourages all American citizens to register with the US Consulate General.  Please visit to register and/or update your current information. American Citizens are reminded that all services are provided by appointment only. To make an appointment or view additional information on our services,

"De Mortuis: the story the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery" : Stories of the 150 persons buried in the foreigners' cemetery since 1898 a pocket history of some aspects of Chiang Mai life and of some of the foreigners who lived and died there. 200 baht, available at the Cemetery, The Pub, The Writers Club, Gymkhana Club. Or, by post A. C. Tucker, PO Box 228 CMU, Chiang Mai 50202. Cheques to "A. C. Tucker" Baht 230 (mailed to Thailand), 5.50 £, and US$ 9.00 (worldwide).These donations used for maintenance and upkeep of cemetery.

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