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11/1 Soi 3 Bamrungburi Rd., T. Prasingh,
A. Muang., Chiang Mai 50200
Tel. 053 - 814 455-6 Fax. 053 - 814 457
E-mail: guidelin@loxinfo.co.th
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A DAY OF DANCING FOR CHIANG MAI'S SPIRITS

It's all very sanuk, very enjoyable, the way things usually are in Thailand

John Cadet

It's not full-scale War... it's just Paintball !!!

Colin Hinshelwood

A quick ride to Jaesorn National Park

A Crazy Fun Park for Golfers

Go Putt Putt: a new mini golf course in Chiang Mai

Being Robin Hood in Chiang Mai



Regulars

What's on in Chiang Mai and Beyond
Your Film Page
Gourmet
Recommended Dishes
A Thai Legend
Weatherwise



Message from the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Message from the Tourism Authority of Thailand on the occasion of S.P. Publishing 10th anniversary.

.gifWe all know that Chiang Mai is the city that travelers both Thai and foreign value highly for its charm, extraordinary sites, and people. Also, the reputation for craftsmanship has made Chiang Mai become the center for exports in the North of Thailand. These are the reasons that visitors are impelled to come here again and again. Therefore, information is always the priority for tourists. Publicizing and updating all events needs a professional helper of which S.P. Publishing Group Co., Ltd. is a fine exampleóone of our best promoters of tourist events and services for many years.

.gifOn the first of every month, we always receive stacks of Guidelines and Chiang Mai Tourist Guides. Then a week before the end of the month, we get another pile of COMPASS magazines. It provides information about the entrepreneurs that are trying to realise TATís plan to promote Chiang Mai.

.gifOn the 10th Anniversary of S.P. Publishing Group Co., Ltd., we wish you success in growing and continuing to enlarge the Chiang Mai economy and helping the community.

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Mr. Chalermsak Suranant
Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Northern Office Region 1

A WARM WELCOME FROM THE EDITOR

.gifThe primary objective of this magazine is to assist you - whether youíre a new-comer or an old hand - to enjoy and get as much benefit out of your stay in and around the Northern capital as possible. Thatís why weíre providing you here with a brief description of Thai customs and religious practices, as well as offering accurate information and advertising about the shopping facilities, restaurants, hotels and crafts for which the North is famous.

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.gifYou will also find information about sightseeing, trekking and historical sites, while we try to keep you abreast with the many festivals and other events that month by month make life in Chiang Mai so attractive.

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.gifWe hope this magazine proves as helpful as we intend it to be. So enjoy yourself here, and if you have any suggestions about improving this magazine, do write and let us know.

Sivaphol Saengsangkom, Editor

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.gifChiang Mai ('New City'), the Northern Capital of Thailand (often referred to as the 'Rose of the North'), was founded by King Mengrai at 4 a.m. on the 14th April 1296.

.gifSited approximately 700 kms. north of Bangkok on the Ping River in the fertile Chiang Mai valley, it is some 310 metres (1,027 feet) above sea level, which accounts for its slightly drier and cooler climate than most other parts of this country. The population is estimated to be 250,000 persons. The province itself is large, measuring 130 kms from east to west, and 320 kms from north to south. As well as Thai nationals, it is the home of various colourful minorities, many with Thai citizenship, including the Lua, Mon, Karen, Lisu, Akha, Hmong and Muser peoples.

.gifTo the west of Chiang Mai is Myanmar (Burma), while the provinces adjacent are Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lampang and Lamphun.

.gifLike its culture, Chiang Maiís architecture reflects Lanna Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Mon influences. There are some 300 temples in the city and on its outskirts.

.gifThe Golden Age of Lanna-Chiang Mai lies some 500 years back in the time of King Tilokarat, but the city has recently been undergoing a process of regeneration, and while full of the bustle of modern life, it hasnít lost touch with its glorious past.

.gifChiang Mai will fascinate you, you can be sure of that. And its people will welcome you with their traditional charm and hospitality. Enjoy your stay!

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A DAY OF DANCING FOR CHIANG MAI'S SPIRITS

It's all very sanuk, very enjoyable, the way things usually are in Thailand

John Cadet

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It's not full-scale War... it's just Paintball !!!

Colin Hinshelwood

A quick ride to Jaesorn National Park

A Crazy Fun Park for Golfers

Go Putt Putt: a new mini golf course in Chiang Mai

Regulars

What's on in Chiang Mai and Beyond

Your Film Page

Gourmet Visits:

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Recommended Dishes

A Thai Legend

Weatherwise

What to expect in MARCH 2005

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