Fri 7th Sep
Opening of Unseen Lanna 2018
Unseen Lanna 2018 is held at the International Exhibition and Convention Centre featuring top OTOP products from Chiang Mai and across the country, pavilion, ethnic handicrafts, and ‘Pracharath’ village Chiang Mai, Mouthwatering cuisines from throughout the northern region and other parts of the country, OTOP village tourism exhibition, Lanna performances, lucky draw and more. Now – 16th September from 10 – 8pm.
Wed 5th Sep
Unseen Lanna 2018 Press Conference
Unseen Lanna 2018, held by the Chiang Mai Provincial Development Office will be promoting a marketing channel for local entrepreneurs bringing over 580 OTOPs and SMEs products to the fair. Activities include live concert from celebrities, food sampling, lucky draw and more.
The fair will be held from September 7th – 16th at the International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Thu 23rd Aug
U.S. Ambassador visits Governor of Chiang Mai.
U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Glyn T. Davies, paid a courtesy call with Chiang Mai Governor, Supachai Lamsuwan. The Chiang Mai’s Consul General Jennifer A. Harhigh also attended the high-level talks. Following the meeting, the Ambassador held a press conference with local media discussing many topics including the new Consulate General’s Office to be built within the next 5 years. Just what economic impact is the new consulate campus expected to have on Chiang Mai? What are some of the Governor’s priorities? For these answers, read the full Diplomacy Briefing in our upcoming September Issue of Citylife Magazine.
For related news, check out CityNews http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com
Wed 15th Aug
Indian Independence Day in Chiang Mai
The Indian Consul of Chiang Mai, Shirish Jain welcomed guests from the Indian community and their friends, at the Indian Consulate for the 72nd Indian Independence Day.
The occasion also was the start of the Indian Food at le Meridien Hotel with two top chef’s from Indian. 15 August A La Carte (Live Cooking) Dinner / 16th – 18th August Lunch: A La Carte (Live Cooking) Dinner: A La Carte (Live Cooking) and on the 19th August Signature Brunch with Indian Highlights; reservations at Le Meridien call 053-253-666.
Sun 22nd Jul
Candle Offerings for Buddhist Lent Day
As the Buddhist Lent Day is coming up, local people have gathered to do the traditional candle offerings at three temples, Wat Tha Luk, Wat Sikong and Wat San Sai Ton Kok. Participants were travelling by boats and dressing up in the traditional costume.
Fri 20th Jul
Opening of Big Bang 2018 at Chiang Mai Hall
Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society presided over the opening ceremony of Big Bang 2018 at Chiang Mai Hall, Central Airport Plaza.
Big Bang 2018, under the theme of ‘Digital Transformation Thailand’ is open to visitors from 20 – 22 JUly 2018.
Wachara Tantranont, the Honorary Consul of Republic of Korea held a reception at Khum Kham Convention Center to mark the 60th Anniversary of Thailand – Republic of Korea Diplomatic Relations. Guests of honour were H.E. Mr Noh Kwang II Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Thailand and The Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart.
Fri 22nd Jun
Grand Opening of Lanna Expo 2018
The Grand Opening of Lanna Expo 2018 at the International Exhibition and Convention Centre by the Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Mr Wissanu Krea-ngam
The Lanna Expo 2018 takes place until 1 July 2018, open Monday – Friday 10am until 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am until 9pm. FREE ENTRANCE
Photos of what to expect are on http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/social-pics/opening-day-lanna-expo-2018/
Wed 20th Jun
Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce Fair 2018
Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce will be holding the thrid Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce Fair during Lanna Expo 2018 at Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre from June 22nd – July 1st. The fair aims to create market opportunity for entrepreneurs, promote local products and services and generate economic growth in Chiang Mai along with the northern region. The expo is expected to attract over 250,000 visitors generating over 50 million baht during the event.
Featured institutions and projects include Digital Super Cluster Thailand 4.0, Cross Border E- commerce, Lanna Tourism Enclave, Cosmetic Valley, Northern Innovative Startup Thailand: Batch 2, and more. Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University will be showcasing the potential of Halal market presenting high quality local products that are targeting international market by start out with ASEAN countries.
Thu 14th Jun
Press Conference Lanna Expo 2018
The Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart held a press conference to announce the Lanna Expo 2018 will take place from 22 June until 1st July 2018 at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Opening hours Monday – Friday 10am until 8pm and Saturday – Sunday 10am until 9pm.
Lanna Expo 2018 theme is ‘Lanna Arts & Wisdom; Create the value of Sustainable Thainess’. The event goal is to showcase world cultures, international products and promote cultural exchange and opportunities for international education and tourism. Last year 22 countries participated in the 3-day event that attracted over 180,000 visitors. Lanna Expo will feature many OTOP porducts from the Northern Thailand. In the evenings there will be concerts from top Thai singers to entertain guests.
A long side Lanna Expo 2018 there will be the Chiang Mai World Fair and the Wellness and Thai Massage Convention. On June 22 Chiang Mai Sundowners hosted by AustCham Thailand and Australian Alumni – at Leelawadee 1 Room, Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre – part of the opening of World Fair – Time: 17.30 – 21.00 (Last drink served at 20.30) Cost: Baht 550 for AustCham members, partner Chambers’ members, and Australian Alumni Members / and Baht 800 for non-members and all walk-ins – includes cocktail-style food, and free-flow beer, wine, soft drinkshttp://www.austchamthailand.com/event-2939047
The press conference was held at U Nimman Convention Centre.
Chiang Mai Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn joined many local organisations and schools for the World Environment Day at Three Kings Monument. Over 200 cyclists rode around the old city promoting ‘Say No to Plastic; if you cannot reuse it, refuse it’.
Sun 27th May
Tree Planting at the Scar of Doi Suthep
Members of the Armed forces were joined by local government officials and residents of Chiang Mai, including ethnic minorities planting trees at the ‘Scar of Doi Suthep’.
The National Parks Wildlife and Plants Conservation Department (Chiang Mai Office) has been assigned to manage the reforestation of the judicial residences on Doi Suthep, following a long fight between the Chiang Mai people and judicial officers came to conclusion.
Credit last 2 pics from Chiangmai Paramotor Club
Thu 17th May
Consular Corps for Northern Thailand Reception
A reception was held last night at the Diplomat Single Malt Club to acknowledge and farewell the Dean of the Consular Corps for Northern Thailand, the Consul General of Myanmar, Kaung San Lwin, who is returning to his home country. The Corps also welcomed the next Dean of the Consular Corps, the Consul General of the USA Jennifer Harhigh. It was also an opportunity for the Corps to farewell the Governor of Chiang Mai, Pawin Chamniprasat who will be moving to a new role in Bangkok and thank him for being a good friend and for engaging with the Consular Corps on many matters over the past years.
Innovative Power of Lanna Women at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport – hosted by Jennifer Harhigh, US Consulate General. Guest of honour was Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart. The event was partnered with Chiang Mai University’s Technology Licensing Office, Science and Technology Park and College of Arts, Media and Technology, and Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport.
Innovative Power of Lanna Women celebrated World Intellectual Property Day under the theme “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Technology.” They highlighted many northern Thai women who use a range of technology and products to help improve our quality of life, strengthen the economy, and preserve Thai culture.
Fri 11th May
Inthakin City Pillar Festival 2018
This year the City Pillar Festival is held between May 11th and 17th. The first day of the festival was carried out with an opening ceremony from the governor of Chiang Mai, Pawin Chamniprasart and a parade from Wat Chedi Luang to the Three Kings Monument.
Wed 25th Apr
ANZAC Day Commemorations in Chiang Mai
Pastor Jonathan Vickers led the service of commerations for ANZAC Day at the House of Praise International Church. Ron Elliot. This year’s event was attended by over 100 people, the largest crowd in recent years. Australian Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai welcomed the Chiang Mai Vice Governor Prachuap Kanthiya, along representatives from the Royal Thai Army and Royal Thai Police force. Australia was well represented by the Australian Defense force as well as personnel from HMAS ANZAC.
Sun 15th Apr
Annual Thai New Year Procession
To mark the beginning of the Thai New Year; local government officials, business people and representatives of local ethnic communities joined together in a procession delivering ‘Salutation Ornaments’ to pay respects to the Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart.
Wed 11th Apr
Pre-Opening Dinner at King Mengrai Hall
To celebrate the completion of the new King Mengrai Hall there was a traditional Khum Khantoke dinner with guest of honour; Dr. Chao Doungduan Na Chiang Mai. King Mengrai was the founder of the Lanna Kingdom and the new hall is part of the celebrations to mark the 722th year anniversary of the establishment of Chiang Mai. The King Mengrai Hall is located behind the Three Kings Monument.
Sun 1st Apr
Press Conference Songkran 2018
The Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart held a press conference at Three Kings Monument to announce the Schedule for Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2018.
Songkran 2018 will officially last for 3 days; from 13-15 April 2018, there will be a Government holiday from 12-16 April 2018 and all Government offices will be closed during that period (including Immigration). Highlights of the Songkran Festival are as follows;
April 1 – 12 Various temples including Chang Man Temple, Phra Sing Temple, Lok Ma Lee Temple and Jed Lin Temple there will be Bathing Rites of Buddha Images.
April 4-6. 9am until 10pm; Poy Sang Long (Tai Novice Ordinance Ceremony) at Pa Pao Temple.
April 12 6am until 8am; Three Kings Monument; Alms-Giving Ceremony in the celebration of722nd Anniversary of the establishment of Chiang Mai City.
April 13 08.09am until 08.39am; Thapae Gate; Opening Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2018.
April 13 7am until 12noon; Cycling Parade of women riding bicycles holding umbrellas along Thapae Road to Thapae Gate.
April 13 – 14 7pm until midnight; Thapae Gate; Miss and Mister Songkran Contest.
April 14 1.30pm until 5pm; Iron Bridge – temples along Thapae Gate; procession of Holy Bodhi Tree Supportive Wood and Sand Offerings to Temple.
April 15 1.30pm – 6pm; Klangwieng intersection; procession for the Salutation Ornaments for the Governor of Chiang Mai.
April 15 7pm until 11pm Thapae Gate Songkran Kids Contest.
On February 27, TMB has arranged the “TMB SME on Tour 2018: Digi up your life, inspire your business” event, welcoming over 100 SME owners to share ideas, learn from digital gurus and create inspiration from successful SME owners. Surrounded by nature, the event was held at the Pack Squadron (Tak Sin Camp), Mae Rim.
TMB sees the importance in responding the needs of SME customers. They offer numerous benefits for their customers including “TMB SME WOW,” “TMB Business Touch,” “TMB SME One Bank,” “TMB SME Advisory,” and “Lean Supply Chain by TMB.” Apart from this event, customers can also open the TMB SME One Bank account at the TMB caravans parked in the landmarks around Chiang Mai.
“TMB SME on Tour 2018: Digi up your life, inspired your business” will soon be held in Chonburi, Khon Kaen, Phuket.
Wed 21st Feb
Great and Good Friends Exhibition
In commemoration of 200 years of friendship between the United States and the Kingdom of Thailand, U.S. Consul General Jennifer Harhigh today announced in Chiang Mai the U.S. Government is organizing an exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles displaying the official gifts exchanged between the two nations at significant moments over the past 200 years. The museum is in the Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building, The Grand Palace Bangkok.
The exhibition, titled Great and Good Friends, will be the marquee event to celebrate the bicentennial of U.S.-Thai relations. It will open March 21, 2018 and run through June 30, 2018. Museum hours; open daily 9am until 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Admission Fee; Adults 150thb, Seniors (over 65) 80thb, Students (with ID) 50thb, Youth (12-18) 50thb, Children under 12 Free/
“The Great and Good Friends exhibit will celebrate the lasting, durable bond between the people of the United States and Thailand. I first learned about this friendship as an exchange student in Bangkok in 1992, and I am particularly excited about the opportunity to share this remarkable history with a whole new generation of young people.” said Consul General Jennifer Harhigh. “We will be traveling all over Thailand with a virtual exhibit and mobile roadshow so people throughout the country can share in the bicentennial celebration.”
Great and Good Friends underscores the significant bilateral ties—in trade, education, health, and people-to-people exchange—that helped established Thailand as America’s oldest treaty ally in the region. The exhibition will feature royal gifts from Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, King Prajadhipok, King Chulalongkorn, and King Mongkut to and from respective American presidents. Most of these gifts have never been seen by the public, and many will be displayed in Thailand for the first time. The gifts tell a story of two worlds uniting on the basis of goodwill and understanding.
Tue 20th Feb
Consecration of new Chapel at McCormick Hospital
Consecration of new Edwin B. McDaniel Chapel at McCormick Hospital. as part of the 130 year anniversary of the hospital. Guests of honour included the Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart and the Consulate Generals from U.S.A., China and Japan
The Governor of Chiang Mai Pawin Chamniprasart held a press conference for local media at Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa. He was joined by Associate Professor Dr. Woralun Boonyasurat Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts C.M.U., Pirat Tawiwat Chiang Mai Social Enterprise and Chaipin Kathya ThaiRak Newpaper.
The press conference discussed objectives and goals for the coming year.
Chiang Mai is a UNESCO Creative City and keeping Lanna culture and heritage.
Promoting Tourism in other areas within Chiang Mai City, and the surrounding areas. Emphasis on culture tourism – which will create a market all year round for both domestic and ASEAN customers.
Sustainable Growth in agriculture. Government and private investment available to local farmers
Chiang Mai Charity Golf Tournament. It was announced there will be a tournament on 10 March 2018 at Mae Jo Golf Course and Spa to raise funds to combat pollution. Teams of 5 players. Entrance per team 40,000thb. For further details call 08-1980-6469 or 08-1867-1182
The Deputy Governor, Puttipong Sirimart held a press conference at Suan Bauk Haad to announce the 42 Chiang Mai Flower Festival will be from 2 – 4 February 2018.
The flower festival will center round Suan Bauk Haad, the park on the south-west corner inside the moat. There will be live bands and performances every evening in the park. There will be a parade of flowered floats on Saturday 3 February, starting at Nawarat Bridge at 8am, then up Thapae Road to Thapae Gate, then clockwise on the outside of the moat to Suan Bauk Haad. The parade is expected to arrive at the park about 11am. The floats will then be on display until the evening of 4 February 2018. During the afternoon of 3 February there will be the official opening of the flower festival followed by cultural performances.
For details of last year’s flower festival check out http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/social-pics/chiang-mai-flower-parade-2017/ AND http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/social-pics/first-day-chiang-mai-flower-festival/
The Thai Travel Agents Association of the upper north region in cooperation with domestic and international tour agents, airlines, hotels, and car rent companies join hands to arrange the “Thai International Fair 2018 (TITF #6).” This event will be held during February 9th to 11th, 2018 at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport. With the intention to promote local travel agents and flying routes from Chiang Mai, this event will feature package tours and airfares with special prices. There will be over 20 booths of travel agents and airlines that will support any travelling plan. Airways featuring Nok Air, Air Asia, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, etc. will also be offering an exclusive price at the event.
Fri 26th Jan
RatiLanna Recieved Green Hotel Standard Award
Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort, Chiang Mai led by Khun La-iad Bungsrithong, General manager is honored to be awarded with the ASEAN Green Hotel Standard Award period of 2018-2020. The awarding was held on 26 January 2018 during the “Asean Tourism Forum 2018” in Chiang Mai, Thailand and attend by the Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports.
The ASEAN Green Hotel Standard is an ASEAN initiative dedicated to promote sustainable tourism through the adoption of the environmentally-friendly practices and energy conservation in ASEAN Green Hotel practices. This standard deals with essential elements of Green Hotel operations which are environmental plan, green product, human resource and environmental management.