Fri 6th Jul
Coffee Camp: Chiang Mai Coffee Cultivation

Industrial Promotion Center Region 1 held trip between July 6th and 8th to promote Chiang Mai coffee culture inviting Siraphun Wattanajinda, an awards winning actress, along with Chiang Mai Coffee City, Thai Coffee Association, The Federal of Thai Industries, and media to visit local coffee farms.

This long running project initiated in 2015 targets the whole supply chain of coffee industry, from cultivation, processing to distribution aiming to push Chiang Mai to be a ‘coffee destination’.

Visitors were introduced to the Mae Kampong Village where coffee has been the alternative income for villagers alongside fermented tea and tourism. With over five tonnes of coffee beans produced a year, the village is moving vertically on the supply chain – from production to merchandising.

Thepsadej Coffee in Ban Mae Ton, Doi Saket was the second model where the unique coffee influenced by the distinctive environment has received the Geographical Indication (GI) Thailand, among other certificates. The trip also introduced a long running coffee brand, Wawee Coffee, a significant player of Chiang Mai coffee who not only holds over 20 tonnes of coffee in trade but also initiated numerous projects in enhancing coffee farmers across northern Thailand.

This project of Industrial Promotion Center Region 1 targets over 300 coffee farmers, entrepreneurs and related businesses under the budget 25 million baht this year with more activities to come.

We will publish an article about this project in details on our August issue.

Thu 21st Jun
Pai Jazz and Blue Fest 2018 Press Conference

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mae Hong Son Office, together with HIP Magazine, invites all to join the annual music festival in Pai that will be jazzing up the village with warm music. This year Pai Jazz and Blues Fest 2018 will be held from July 20th – 22nd. Live performances will be held at various venues across the town, featuring both local and international artists. All are welcome. Free entry. For more information please contact [email protected].

Thu 24th May
Classic Thai Films Screening

The National Film and Video Committee from the The National Federation of Thai Film Associations has selected 70 outstanding films from over four thousands films that have been produced during the reign of His Majesty the late King Rama IX. Nine of these films are being screened here in Chiang Mai at SFX Cinema MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Centre, for free, between May 24th and 27th. The programme includes the Palme d’Or winner, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and more.

The opening ceremony was joined by the Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai and the legendary actor Sombat Metanee.

Sun 20th May
SF Cinema Screening Brother of the Year for Visually Impaired People using PANNANA

SF Corporation, GDH, KlongDinsor and ThaiHealth held a screening of a Thai romantic comedy, Brother of the Year, for visually impaired persons at SFX Cinema MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Centre.

PANNANA is available on iOS and Android, and provides audio access to numerous films. The application is user-friendly and syncs with the movie, so even if they leave the auditorium, the app will re-sync with the movie when they return.

Sun 29th Apr
Molecular Gastronomy

A panel discussion at Nasaraan after the screening of A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt with Anusorn Tipayanon, a Thai author whose works have been nominated for S.E.A. Write Award, Thailand.

Thu 1st Feb
Press Conference The Biggles Big Band at Imperial Mae Ping Hotel

On February 16 The Biggles Big Band will perform at The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, to celebrate the hotel’s 30th Anniversary, from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Biggles Big Band Amsterdam is a jazz orchestra from The Netherlands conducted by Mr Adrie Braat (musician of the renowned Dutch Swing College Band since 1988) that plays music from the great swing era, recreating the magical sounds of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and jazz singers like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The orchestra consists of 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, guitar, piano, acoustic bass, drums and vocalist André Rabini. An extra string quartet consisting of 2 violins, viola and cello adds a sensational musical experience to Biggles Big Band. At the Garden Bar, the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel. Ticket Price @Baht 900. – Net per person (Including International Buffet Dinner) RSVN: 053-283900 or 053-276420 Buy a ticket at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel’s reception counter.

This event is sponsored by Bangkok Airways, Thai Beverage, Thai-German Association, The Podology Center MFT, AIS Siam Food. The sponsors have generously donated for the Lucky Draw; Round Trip tickets for two persons from CNX to Hanoi by Bangkok Airways, Round trip from CNX to BKK, gift voucher 2 night stay at the Imperial Golden Triangle and gift voucher Imperial Spa Signature Massage.

For details of last year’s concert check out