It’s that time of year where the winter wardrobe starts to emerge and new glad rags are to be bought. Doll yourself up with some fancy clothing this month or even get tagged if you can handle the commitment!
We don’t really have a theme this month; we just wanted to share some of the new finds we made last month and make sure you hear about them too!
So began my cover story, ‘Doi Suthep in Crisis’ in our August 2006 issue of Citylife. Over a course of three months, I’d interviewed over a dozen people on the ‘health’ of Doi Suthep; from the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the infamous Plodprasop Suraswadi, to the abbot of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as well as a number of botanists and entomologists. My conclusion was grim; water resources were diminishing, encroachment on national park land was rife, overpopulation had resulted in lack of waste management, wild plants and animals were disappearing, and the mountain was getting ‘sick’. A botanist from Chiang Mai University told us that only about 25% of the park remained somewhat close to its original condition, explaining that the rest was, at best secondary growth, and at worst developed. Coming across that old issue recently, I thought that it was time to revisit this topic and I shall be borrowing liberally from the past to ease the step into the present so that perhaps we can navigate a path towards a healthy future.
Like most of you, I dare say, I don’t give much thought to what happens once my rubbish has been collected, assuming it ends up somewhere far away and that someone is sorting it all out. But this month I got curious and decided to look into how much garbage we produce as a city, who manages it, where it goes and generally sticking my nose into some stinky business.
On September 16th of this year, the excise department finally released their much anticipated tax overhaul regulations on cigarettes and alcohol.
Remember the harrowing descent into Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak airport? A strong gust of wind would have the plane wobbling from side to side as passengers peered out in alarm straight into the living rooms of equally alarmed residents whose apartments lined the approach.
Last month something remarkable happened. On three separate unprovoked occasions I found myself confronted by a subject I think we’ll all agree is of utmost importance considering the general state of everything in the world right now.
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Citylife is proud to announce that our independent committee of volunteers led by Dr. Joanne Robinson has chosen the following organisations to be the beneficiaries of our upcoming fair.
This month we talk to a couple of the club’s most valued members who fell in love with the big biking world after moving to Thailand and buying their first Yamaha bike.
Karaoke is for (nearly) everyone, as long as you find the right venue. Private, public or even impromptu, we’ve got you covered.
From family-friendly bestsellers like Agricola and Catan to Dungeons & Dragons and a broader role-playing resurgence, the global popularity of tabletop and board gaming continues to rise — and Chiang Mai has not been spared. Around our beloved city people are putting aside their phones and tablets, and looking away from their screens (for a while at least!), in order to flip cards, connect til … Continued
We’ve all experienced the irritating feeling of walking into a room and forgetting what it is that we’re looking for. Or the embarrassment of forgetting someone’s name, even though they just told you. But imagine forgetting where your own home is, or what your own family members look like.
Just over eleven years ago our cover featured my story ‘Doi Suthep in Crisis’, where I offered up an alarming prognosis of a mountain range being sucked dry of its natural resources — water, wildlife, biodiversity, land — while at the same time being inundated by the alien —people, waste, traffic, development. Thankfully, much of the damage many experts anticipated at the time never materialised due to the Herculean efforts of so many, from academics and researchers to the private sector.
CCTV footage, released by the police, showed the last moments of renowned Thai TV Host, Centimetre’s life.
A pickup truck flipped into the canal leading to another fatal accident in recent days on the canal road.
Due to the tropical storm Pabuk Bangkok Airways announces cancellation of all flights to and from Samui Airport, Surathani on 4th January 2019 for safety reasons.
Centimetre, a famous TV host, has died in a traffic accident on Canal Road.
A 58 year old mahout has died at Elephant Nature Park.
Jai Thep, the only 3-day music and art festival in Northern Thailand is gearing up for their 2019 event, taking place over February 1-3rd, just outside the world famous Old City.
A film about the world famous rescue mission of 13 young footballers earlier this year, titled The Cave, is set to screen this year.
Over 15 million visitors come through Chiang Mai every year, and I felt like the only one who wasn’t in love with the city.
Apart from the obvious – Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon, et all – our team came up with this eclectic bucket list for 2019.
Put a bounce back in your step, wow your friends with a magic trick or spoil yourself rotten with a spa…choices choices.