It was just over a generation ago when the mountains of the north of Thailand were peppered with opium fields. The efforts to eradicate opium growth by not just Thai, but international groups, have shaped much of the growth and development of the region.
Chiang Mai has a spring to its step now that the high season has arrived along with the (slightly) cooler weather. With the year-long period of mourning for our beloved late King over, we are beginning and tentatively, looking towards the future. So there could be no better time for our city to receive the designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art, which was announced on the 31st October 2017 by Director-General, Irina Bokova. We are now one of 116 cities in 54 countries labeled a Creative City with the aim to “create a network at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development”.
It is that terrible time of the month for me called ‘deadline’, and, once again, I have nothing. Dreadful word deadline, because it’s, well, got the word dead in it. Dead is never particularly positive. Deadbeat, deadlock, deadwood.
Christmas in the tropics can be an odd experience for many people used to snowy window ledges, steaming mulled wine, last minute Christmas shopping in the cold and constant in-your-face Christmas songs and décor. So this year we help you to get into the Christmas spirit with all things Christmassy in Chiang Mai so that you are not rushing around on Christmas morning begging for spare crackers from your friends. Whether it’s where to find the perfectly festive wrapping paper, ideas for stocking fillers, where to get a turkey, who makes the best chestnut puree or where to get a Christmas tree…we’ve got you.
Lovers of bikes will know that while the thrill of the sport is in the riding of the bike itself, the moment of purchase of a new bike comes pretty close!
Our office is half way from town to Mae Rim and we have been having a ball discovering new places to explore. Our latest favourite place is Mae Rim Plaza, packed with splendid shops and services, a delicious range of food options and much more.
One of Thailand’s most beautiful school campuses is a portrait in serenity – teachers cycling down shaded paths wending their way lazily through school buildings, play grounds, sports halls and flower gardens. The odd butterfly flutters between lotuses blooming in fountained ponds and tropical trees swaying in the early winter breeze, the occasional sounds of laughter spilling out of classrooms.
The Visionary, a book by a project called Fulfilling Father’s Legacy, revealed that there were a total of 4,685 projects under the royal initiative throughout the 70 years of King Rama IX’s reign. Over 2,000 of those projects involved the management of water.
When I arrived at the lab, the smell of chocolate filled my nostrils and my blood pressure grew, anticipating that next coco hit. A machine whirred in the corner and pure 100% chocolate was churning away — conching is the official term — and I couldn’t help but just stare at the silky dark chocolaty mass as I anticipated my first taste.
If you love food, whether it’s cooking it, eating it or nibbling it while enjoying a good pint, we have a few new places to recommend to you.
Unknown to most residents of Chiang Mai, the 1981 backpacking adventures of an unassuming young Englishman hailing from Prestbury, Cheshire would go on to immortalise our fair province as part of a worldwide publishing phenomenon and international ‘playground craze’ of the early-to-mid-1980s.
December 1st is World Aids Day and Citylife is pleased to say that we will be donating part of our fundraising this year from the Citylife Garden Fair event to the Love Foundation in support of their efforts to help raise awareness about AIDS and offer support for those affected.
Get sweaty and juiced up on adrenaline as you visit one of these gyms in Chiang Mai. Whether you are looking for some cardio, endurance or just to lift something heavy, we’ve got you covered.
Troops of perfect condition Tetsujin 28 robots line the walls as original Japanese versions of Power Rangers sit in corners — some caught in a permanent state of mid-transformation, just like the cartoons. This bizarre shop is the only place in Chiang Mai that both collectors and toy enthusiasts can now come and experience some of the region’s rarest toys.
Chiang Mai is metastasising. The city is expanding in all directions and the population is bursting at the city-seams. Our industries are spouting noxious fumes and our investors are building towering condos. Our roads are congested and congealed and our cityscape is morphing into something unrecognisable. For the first time we are facing urban issues and challenges that are common to many cities around the world — traffic, pollution, waste, lack of resource management…the list goes on.
Obesity may not have been an obvious health concern for Thai people in the past, but with a growing (in all senses of the word) population, it has become obvious that there is a need to start paying attention to it.
Häfele is an international company providing hardware and fittings for kitchens, homes, bathrooms and offices. With stores across the globe, they have grown over the last century to join the ranks of the world’s premium brands, known for the high quality and exacting standards of each and every product they offer.
It’s shocking that it’s taken this long, but Chiang Mai finally has an air conditioned songtaew – just in time for the swealtering summer, and with air filters to ward off the pesky PM2.5 particles.l to boot! As yet there is just one, the brainchild of this young songtaew driver turned engineer, who says his songtaew cost 1.2 million baht to purchase and modify. He insists on still charging the st … Continued
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Chiang Mai Chiang Mai along with the Public Health Office raided bars along Loi Kroh Road late last night to check on their licenses and, “Check on the wellbeing of all.” Upon inspection, five bars were found to be illegally selling laughing gas, or Nitrious Oxide, which they were selling at 50 baht per small balloon and 100 baht per large balloon. As laughing gas sales are illegal in Thailand, a … Continued
Over 2,000 people, including a troupe of 300 nail dancers, gathered yesterday at Three Kings Monument to express their love and concern for Princess Sirindorn, who has been suffering from heart problems.
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Twenty Thai and international couples tied the knot this Valentine’s Day at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens in this second annual event organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Couples received bouquets of flowers, gift vouchers for accommodation in Mon Jam amongst many gifts.They also participated in an astrological reading by a famous astrologer.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, twelve LGBTQ couples paraded in the traditional ‘Kan mak’ custom to the Chiang Mai District Office where they requested authorities to give equal rights under the law to LGBTQ couples. As rose petals paved their way, thrown by their supporters, the couples were greeted by a senior member of the District Secretary, Head of Administrative Administration Group, Chiang Ma … Continued
Members of the communities surrounding Chang Puak Gate have been voicing their concerns over the number of vulgar graffitis found on the Chang Puak Gate monuments along Chotana Road. “It is deeply disrespectful and we will be cleaning it all up as soon as we see anymore,” said one villager.
A Chinese tour guide has lodged a formal complaint after members of his tour group, posing for photographs in front of Tha Pae Gate were made to pay 100 baht each by the pigeon food vendors, claiming that it was their territory. The guide said that members of his group were not interested in the pigeons, only wanting to take photos of the gate. However, some of the vendors began to accost them and … Continued
Park authorities released camera trap images featuring a herd of ten wild elephants seen roaming the forests of Mon Jong, Om Koi District, explaining that it shows how healthy the ecosystem is. Visitors may explore the park from now until the 13th February when it closes for the season.