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.
CityNews – On September 20th, the governor of Chiang Mai joined in a ceremony to officially dispatch the first lot of donations in aid of flood victims in the north eastern region. The goods are to be delivered by the military forces. The donation centre will be opened until September 22nd from 10am – 8pm at Tha Pae Gate.
The formidable army of Michelin starred chefs continues its march towards Shangri-La with the arrival of Chef Leung Yu King, Executive Chef of Island Shangri-La Hong Kong’s one starred Summer Palace Restaurant.
CityNews – October 3-4, 2019 Bangkok will host GlobalWarm 2019, the 2nd International Conference on Global Warming and Climate Change. Focusing on global warming and planning for a sustainable future, the conference will bring to Thailand researchers, scholars, policymakers and industry experts, biomedical specialists, environmental scientists and meteorologists from around the world on a single … Continued
CityNews – On September 19th around 3pm near Wat Lao on highway 4024 in Muang Kai, Mae Taeng District, a hundred year old tree collapsed on a car. The casualties were a couple who were driving by. The driver Udom Rukdee, 61, was pronounced dead upon the arrival of the rescue team. His wife, Tongsorn Rukdee, 56, was found unconscious and urgently sent to hospital. Police stated that the collapse is … Continued
CityNews – Following a tree planting activity held at a national reserved park in Li District, Lamphun, AIS AIS has held another activity at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Uthai Thani Province This is a collaborative effort between AIS and local administrative organisations. A total 3,700 saplings were planted. The activity is part of the corporate sustainable strategy which concerns enviro … Continued
CityNews – On September 19th, a press conference was held to address a chemical leak which occurred the previous evening at Maharaj Hospital. Asst. Prof. Wichai Churnchongkolkul, MD, director of Maharaj Hospital stated that the chemical substance was sanacide – R8 used in sanitising medical machine and equipment. It has similar compound with vinegar but more intense. The leak is sourced from a he … Continued
CityNews – Nantaram community in the south of the old city is facing floods after heavy rains last night. Today (Sep 19th) the neighbourhood is still hard to traverse. Citizens are warned to avoid the area. The authority is now working to drain water and the flood is expected to be relieved soon providing there is no more rain this evening.
CityNews – On the night of September 14th, the Satamai family faced a devastating fire that killed three members of the family. The only survivor is Manasiri “John” Satamai, a 6 year old boy who was fortunately rescued in time. John is a kindergarten student at Prince Royal’s College and the school is raising funds to help him. For those who are interested, donations can be transferred to 501-4268 … Continued
CityNews – On September 18th, members of Karen Thai Group (KTG) led by Loy Por, 52, rallied at The General Consulate of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to demand the release of Nho O-la, leader of Karen Women Council who was arrested during the Karen Union 69th anniversary held on August 12th in Myanmar. At the rally, KTG underlined that the arrest is unjust and violates the rights and freedo … Continued
CityNews – The Bank of Thailand, along with domestic financial institutions are urging citizens to replace the magnetic strip ATM or debit card with chip cards for transaction security. The replacement can be done at banks, free of charge. Users are required to display ID card, the current ATM/debit card and book bank. The magnetic stripe card will be disqualified starting from January 15th 2020. … Continued