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.
A look at floatation therapy
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