Chiang Rai is abuzz with creativity, and with that comes a variety of exciting new places to eat and drink. Here are a few new hotspots to get you started.
Starting with The Polyphonic Spree, there was an early 2000s trend of American indie rock bands with more members than could fit on a stage. These so-called ‘collectives’ of often 20-plus musicians and singers seemed to use their size as more of a gimmick than an actual benefit to the group’s sound.
For those of you with questions regarding Thailand, Thai culture, history, tourism, laws, rules, food, nightlife, subcultures, dating; generally anything as long as it is relevant, we have a panel of experts ready to respond to all your enquiries.
You, like me, have probably had cause to mutter recently: ‘Christ it’s filthy hot in Chiang Mai’, while coughing up a lung or two and wondering if a trip to the optometrist might be in order because you can’t see quite as well as you used to. Because most of us feel like we have a permanent hangover in this dirty heat, I have decided that this month we should take a brief look at wines with slightly less alcohol in them.
• Conflicting Criticisms I have to say I agree with some of the remarks made by Terry Reardon in February’s Citylife, although not his solutions. Your content seems to have lost its way, the articles headlined having little to do with Chiang Mai; they have become the sort of anodyne pieces that can be found in any magazine Please focus on Chiang Mai, there are enough local problems and contentio … Continued
How many journalists have been assaulted by North Korean bodyguards while conducting a video interview with a king in a country far from Pyongyang?
01 Anan, 49, Writer, Thai The temporary street art performed at Three Kings Monument last year. There were 3D paintings and it surprised me because I’d never seen something like that before. I didn’t even know it was possible! 02 Zhang Yan, 23, Student, Chinese Lost in Thailand, because the film shows the different sides of Thailand in a funny way, such as the traditional customs, foods and landsc … Continued
God doesn’t exist. The air whooshed from my lungs as I allowed the thought to rise to the surface of my consciousness, giving in to the struggle I had worked months to keep at bay. I broke into a cold sweat, momentarily paralysed by both fear and exhilaration.
In spite of being named after a Buddhist temple, Chiang Mai’s Wat Gate area is, surprisingly, home to a thriving Muslim community. Walking around, you pass by men in white caps and women in flowing headscarves. There is the green and white mosque audible by its haunting daily calls to prayer and visible by the high dome topped by a minaret.
“When I first moved to Chiang Rai in the early 80s, the city’s cultural events consisted of parades blaring international and Thai pop tunes carrying along beauty queens in white tulle western style dresses on foam and plastic floats,” recalls Rebecca Weldon of her early years in the northern city.
“TCDC is an incubator for ideas,” said Apisit Laistrooglai, national director of the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC), at the centre’s official opening last month. “It encourages dancing with your imagination.”
Chiang Mai’s little sister, Chiang Rai, long known as little more than a backwater base for trekking, is ready to show the world its true colours – a whole artful mix of them, in fact.
Oasis Spa Baan Saen Doi Heaven is a place on earth, and it can be found at Oasis Spa Baan Saen Doi, the renowned spa chain’s latest Chiang Mai locale. From the moment you enter the property, a teakwood palace ripe with Lanna flavour and surrounded by lush gardens, trickling fountains and mountain views, you’ll feel the worries and stresses of daily life fall away. Tucked away in a quiet, tree-line … Continued
Chiang Mai is full of live music, from jazz to pop to Thai country. Here are just a few of the city’s top rockin’ venues. It was hard for us to pick just seven, so we cheated a little…
Amidst the ancient temples and modern souvenir stalls, Chiang Mai is a city on the rise, growing ripe with youthful culture and a broad mix of people coming here to travel and live. Walking down any given street you’ll see a hodgepodge of fashion choices, from backpackers wearing the ubiquitous printed harem pants and Chang singlets (come on guys, it’s not a uniform!) to local teens sporting the latest version of anime character Arale’s winged trucker hat, to chic young co-eds in gauzy tops and patterned leggings (regardless of temperature). While diverse and interesting, the city’s fashion palette does show a preponderance of trends, with various pockets of culture looking as though they all called each other the night before to coordinate their outfits.
Every afternoon for six months, I heard the same thing from twenty four tiny faces punctuated with shiny black eyes, whining in unison: “Teachuuuuur.” It was like a mantra, delivered in a way that only Prathom Four students can really get away with – dorable and, as a result, terribly, terribly manipulative. “Teacher…gin nom?” Milk. They wanted to drink milk during class, just like they did eve … Continued
Diana Sabreen originally came to Thailand to rock climb. A professional photographer living in Colorado, USA, she was invited by some friends to join in a kind of working holiday to take some photos, enjoy a good workout and relax amidst the country’s famous mountain vistas. The trip was ultimately cancelled, but Diana decided she still wanted to take the journey to Thailand by herself. This was about seven years ago.
She was wailing, sobbing uncontrollably, her face twisted in despair. My heart went out to her. I didn’t know her from Eve, but this well dressed woman in her mid twenties, very pretty under the streaked mascara and smeared lipstick, was blubbering inconsolably about her loss. We passersby were looking on with great concern. She had obviously just lost someone. “But what am I going to do without mun? (Mun in Thai is anything from a very close ‘she’ or a ‘he’ to a mere ‘it’.) Mun has been with me for years. I don’t know where to start,” she moaned to the increasing distress of a gathering crowd.
CityNews – 21st January 2020, since the beginning of the year this new virus, known as 2019-nCoV, which is reportedly a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans has been causing alarm in Wuhan, China, where it originated in a local market which sold illegal wildlife. Chiang Mai airport together with the public health office, and the disease control department of … Continued
Woke Folks Festival is an arts and education festival; a showcase of everything that makes Chiang Mai a haven for conscious creatives: a year’s worth of music, meditation, art, spirituality, education, and enlightenment—all packed into a single week. All events are hosted in venues scattered throughout the Old City. Each morning starts with guided meditation or yoga taught by practitioners from di … Continued
CityNews – On 22nd January 2020, Chom Thong police were alerted to a minivan which had plunged off a steep incline after veering off the road as they were driving down from Doi Inthanon. The mini van was from Khon Kaen province and had 11 passengers including the driver. Upon arrival, police saw that the van had crashed over 10 metres down a ravine, but while there were some injuries, no one suffe … Continued
In celebration of PremTinsulanonda International School’s 20th Anniversary, we are delighted to offer 20 substantial new scholarships across a wide range of disciplines. These are open to students joining Prem in Grades 9 to 11 (age 14 to 17) for Academic Year 2020-21. Arts Scholarships (3 scholarships available for 50% reduction in tuition fees): Applicants should demonstrate outstanding achieve … Continued
CityNews – 20th January 2020, Kanchana Srikaew, 24 years old, reported to the investigative police of Chiang Mai police station that some unknown person had entered the Line group which speculated in money and paid off dividends to members, in Thai called tao share, of which she was the organiser. The Line group, which has over 80 members, she told police, was run by her. However an unknown person … Continued
CityNews – On 20th January 2020, Sankampaeng police were alerted to a drowning and rushed to Nong Phaya Prom, a body of water near a resort in the area. On arrival, police and rescue workers found the body of a man who was later identified as Jirayu Argasgarn, 27, an employee of a local company which had held a new year party at the resort on the night of the 18th of January. According to reports, … Continued
CityNews – On 21st January 2020 at Kawila Military Camp, the commander of Circle 33 inspected the preparations to combat the upcoming pollution season. Appointed the centre of command by the central government, Circle 33 will be helping out those facing danger from fires, fighting jungle fires, reducing air pollution, providing vehicles, equipment and manpower as well as strategy to fight the prob … Continued
31st January – 2nd February 2020 For many of us, Jai Thep Festival has become one of the highlight and favourite annual events here in Chiang Mai. Set in a bucolic and picturesque valley flanked by gentle green mountains and with a ridiculously pretty stream running alongside it, you don’t get much better of a setting than that for a three day festival. Thousands of locals, tourists and festival a … Continued
CitNews – 21st January 2020, police at Lamphun Industrial Estate arrested Verachai Techo, 38, and found in his possession two yaba tablets, four .45 bullets and over 1,000 ladies’ underwear. Following interrogation, Verachai confessed to being highly sexual. He said that after taking yaba he would ride his motorbike to various condos and dormitories in and around the Lamphun Industrial Estate, fro … Continued
Diageo Moët Hennessy (Thailand) is partnering up with Spice Garden Chiang Mai to host a contest for mixologists from all over the northern region of Thailand to serve out their best shots. Winners from this regional round will proceed to compete in the national stage in Bangkok. Spice Garden will turn its flamboyant Brasserie & Bar, an outlet with dual concepts to be the venue for these contes … Continued