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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
- sometimes written as "Chiengmai" or "Chiangmai", is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province , a former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (1296 - 1768) and was the tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai from 1774 until 1939. It is located 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok, among the highest mountains in the country. The city is on the Ping river, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya river.

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While officially the city (thesaban nakhon) of Chiang Mai only covers most parts of the Mueang Chiang Mai district with a population of 160,000, the urban sprawl of the city now extends into several neighboring districts. This Chiang Mai Metropolitan Area has a population of nearly one million people, more than half the total of Chiang Mai Province.

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The city is subdivided into four wards (khwaeng): Nakhon Ping, Srivijaya, Mengrai, and Kawila. The first three are on the west bank of the Ping River, and Kawila is located on the east bank. Nakhon Ping district comprises the north side of the city. Srivijaya, Mengrai, and Kawila consist of the west, south, and east respectively.

/more: http://property-thailand.co/chiang-mai


/ SSC- Regional Thailand : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=604

/ ChiangMai CityNews : http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?cate=7

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Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand. With a population of over 170,000, it is Thailand's fifth-largest city.

Located on a plain at an elevation of 316 m, surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than the capital, and has a cosmopolitan air and a significant expat population, factors which have led many from Bangkok to settle permanently in this "Rose of the North". Inside Chiang Mai's remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.

Water Festival

Modern-day Chiang Mai has expanded in all directions, but particularly to the east towards the Ping River (Mae Nam Ping), where Thanon Chang Klan, the famous Night Bazaar and the bulk of Chiang Mai's hotels and guesthouses are located. The locals say you've not experienced Chiang Mai until you've seen the view from Doi Suthep, eaten a bowl of kao soi, and purchased an umbrella from Bo Sang. Ratchadamneon Rd, the main walking street from Thapae Gate to the very popular Wat Phra Singh, is fast becoming the place to go in the evening if you want somewhere a little more relaxed


An American Vlogger, about CM : Best and Worst of Living in Chiang Mai Thailand

Some Info on Thai Visas - - - - - - : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btkhDsb5gJ8 : Amer.#5

Setting up banking in Thailand -- : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cavOm17diwk

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Chiang Mai ( From Wikipedia )

October 2014:
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Location of the city within Chiang Mai Province

Top left: view of Chiang Mai's east moat; top right: the chedi of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep; middle left: view from Doi Suthep of downtown Chiang Mai; middle right: Thapae gate; bottom left: aSongthaew share taxi; bottom right: Wat Chiang Man


Location of the city within Thailand Coordinates: 17px-WMA_button2b.png18°47′43″N 98°59′55″E / 18.79528°N 98.99861°E / 18.79528; 98.99861Coordinates: 17px-WMA_button2b.png18°47′43″N 98°59′55″E / 18.79528°N 98.99861°E / 18.79528; 98.99861 Country 23px-Flag_of_Thailand.svg.pngThailand Province Chiang Mai Province Government • Type City municipality • Mayor Tatsanai Puranupakorn Area • City Municipality 40.216 km2 (15.527 sq mi) • Metro 2,905 km2 (1,122 sq mi) Elevation 310 m (1,020 ft) Population (2008)City Municipality 148,477 • Density 3,687/km2 (9,550/sq mi) • Metro 960,906 • Metro density 315.42/km2 (816.9/sq mi) Time zone Thailand (UTC+7) Airport IATA: CNX – ICAO: VTCC Website Official website


Chiang Mai (/ˈjɑːŋˈm/, from Thai: เชียงใหม่ [tɕʰiəŋ màj] (13px-Speaker_Icon.svg.png listen), Northern Thai: ᨩ᩠ᨿᨦᩉ᩠ᨾᩲ᩵ [t͡ɕīaŋ.màj] (13px-Speaker_Icon.svg.png listen)) sometimes written as "Chiengmai" or "Chiangmai", is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province, a former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (1296–1768) and was the tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai from 1774 until 1939. It is located 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok, among the highest mountains in the country. The city is along the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Chiang Mai means "new city" and was so-named because it was the new capital, founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai (founded 1262) in the capital of the Lanna kingdom.


In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city and has been attracting over 5 million visitors each year, of which between 1.4 million and 2 million are foreign tourists (depending on the year).


Chiang Mai gained prominence in the political sphere in May 2006, when the Chiang Mai Initiative was concluded here between the ASEAN nations and the "+3" countries (China, Japan, and South Korea). Chiang Mai was one of three Thai cities contending for Thailand's bid to host the World Expo 2020 (the others were Chon Buri and Ayutthaya).[1] However, Ayutthaya was the city chosen by the Thai Parliament to register for the international competition.[2][3]


It has also recently positioned itself to become a Creative City, and is considering applying for Creative City Status with UNESCO.[4] Chiang Mai is one of two tourist destinations in Thailand on TripAdvisor's list of "25 Best Destinations in the World", where it stands in place 24.[5]


Chiang Mai's historic importance is derived from its close proximity to the Ping River and major trading routes

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Chiang Mai has a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen Aw), tempered by the low latitude and moderate elevation, with warm to hot weather year-round, though nighttime conditions during the dry season can be cool and are much lower than daytime highs. The maximum temperature ever recorded is 42.4 °C (108.3 °F) in May 2005


> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Mai

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Chiang Mai Creative City Vision



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Website www.creativechiangmai.com

Chiang Mai Creative City (Thai: เชียงใหม่เมืองสร้างสรรค์) Chiang Mai Creative City is an initiative to develop Chiang Mai into a Creative City.[1] A Creative City is a city where cultural and creative activities are an integral part of the city's economic and social functioning.[2] The experience of other cities which have implemented such strategies has shown that they can be more successful (with meeting their development objectives) than cities which have not


The vision may include the following aspects:

“Chiang Mai will become a recognized center for IT, digital content, and other creative sectors, activities and talent. Technology, design, creative thinking and innovation support existing key industries as well as the social, environmental and economic objectives of the city, province and people. It is attractive as a place for living, investing, retiring, visiting, studying and working.”

The mission of the Chiang Mai Creative City initiative includes

  • Developing talent to better meet the needs of industry and society
  • Marketing Chiang Mai as an attractive location for investment and business
  • Developing the creative industries in Chiang Mai, including IT, software and digital content cluster – leverage to develop existing industries
  • Develop city into a stronger growth engine and service hub for the rest of Northern Thailand
  • Creating more business opportunities and jobs
  • Promoting creativity (creative thinking, innovation, etc.) at all levels
  • Ensuring that Chiang Mai's historic and cultural heritage are preserved and that development is sustainable
  • Embracing and creating benefits for all key stakeholders groups


> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Mai_Creative_City

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I may be posting from Chiang Mai later this week


Meantime, I am looking at a few videos like this:


Things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand | Top Attractions Travel Guide




Published on Jun 1, 2014

When deciding on a base in Southeast Asia we carefully thought about where to go. Soon it became a no brainer that Chiang Mai would be the perfect fit. Considering how affordable it is to live there in tandem with the amazing dining options certainly won us offer. Moreover, the Chiang Mai offers numerous top attractions and things to do. In our latest travel guide we attempt to highlight as many of our favorite attractions in Chiang Mai as possible:

1) Chiang Mai is famous for its night markets. We suggest starting off at the Sunday Night Market which is best explored from Thapea Gate. From handicrafts to silverware and from souvenirs to silks, you'll shop until you drop. In my opinion, an even better thing to do at the market is to indulge in as much Thai street food as possible.

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"Forget me not"

- a magazine article about Alzheimers patients in Chiang Mai, in today's Sunday-SCMP


European Alzheimer patients and their Chiang Mai care homes


Luxury facilities in Chiang Mai are taking in Western Alzheimer's sufferers whose families cannot find

or afford, adequate care at home (by Carol Isoux)


+ Care provided in Faham, near CM: Baan Kamlangchay care home

+ Founder was Swiss: Martin Woodtli (2003), who saw his own parents suffer in Switzerland

+ Has taken in more than 100 patients in 10 years

+ Patients accommodation is scattered, spread across a working village

+ In Thai culture, they take good care of elderly people

+ Thailand is like the world's Florida, with people from:

British, French, American, and Japanese pensioners


Care Resort : another home, opened by a Brit, Peter Brown, for healthy seniors

(Care Resort is for those where only one partner has Alzheimers)


Vivo Bene Village, is a 5-star 400 million baht (HK$95 million) resort


These last two have provided 400 jobs for locals

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Thailand’s Bar Girl Princess is ‘Disappeared’


Written by Our Correspondent / 30 NOVEMBER 2014

All vestiges of the prince’s former consort are purged from royal society


The purge of all relatives or associates of Thai Princess Sirasimi, the swiftly-departed consort of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, is continuing, with an order from the prince’s office stating that anyone using the royally-granted family name Akharapongpreecha stop using it and go back to his or her family name.

Despite the attempts to characterize the affair as a dramatic cleanup of a deeply corrupt Central Investigation Bureau headed by the now-arrested and disgraced Pongpat Chayaphan, it appears directed at dispossessing the couple’s nine-year-old son, Dhipangkorn, who was diagnosed two years ago with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, officially putting him out of the succession process.

Thailand has been wracked behind the scenes for several years with uncertainty over the succession process. According to a new book on Thailand, A Kingdom in Crisis by former senior Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest serving monarch at age 86, suffered a stroke in July 2012 that ended his ability to play an active role in Thai political life.


A struggle has been taking place between factions backing either Vajiralongkorn or his sister, the beloved Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, over who would achieve royal primacy. Maha Chakri, however, has shown no interest in men, has vowed never to marry and apparently has never had any intention of producing an heir.


The 60-year-old prince, on the other hand, is said to be regarded with loathing by many within royal circles for his associations with Chinese gangsters, his womanizing and his apparent refusal to adhere to royal rules, according to official US cables leaked in 2011 by the Wikileaks organization, verbatim copies of which were carried in Asia Sentinel. The King, before he apparently became incapacitated, came down firmly on the part of Vajiralongkorn despite his behavior.


Thailand’s lèse-majesté rules, which have been tightened down in the past several years to forbid even the most innocuous criticisms of anyone connected to the royal family, have precluded all discussion of his demeanor. Nonetheless, much of conservative Thai society has been profoundly shocked by the prince’s behavior and that of Srirasmi.


A video apparently made by a servant several years ago made the rounds, showing a 2001 birthday party for Srirasmi at the Nonthaburi palace in 2001. The topless crown princess later crouched down like a dog in the video. Thus the reputation for probity that the royal family aspires to has repeatedly been put in tatters by the prince’s behavior.


“It is a part of a preparation for a smooth royal transition by eliminating the consort who could taint the process because of her undignified past,” said a Thai source. “The crown prince has a new wife, who has been promoted fast in the military and just gave birth to a baby boy. There seems to be a deal between the crown prince and the palace elites to eliminate Srirasmi, (also referred to as Srirasm), who has to this day been viewed with disgust because of her low-class background. Some elites even said that they would not prostrate in front of a bar girl.”


While supposedly the stripping of use of the royal name is aimed at a team of people connected to Pongpat, the former head of the Central Investigation Bureau, Thailand’s FBI, who allegedly was involved in loan sharking, citing the monarchy to obtain benefits and money from others and crimes, it is actually aimed at making sure that nobody connected to the consort has any royal powers


> http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/thailand-bar-girl-princess-disappeared/

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Expat Business Community, Chiang Mai, Thailand



Published on 11 Sep 2012

Chiang Mai is touted as the 'Digital Nomad Capital of the World'. It has a large community of expat business owners who mainly work in the online arena.
One person who knows this community better than most is Scott Underhill. Scott has set up a local business meetup group and has run a business in Chiang Mai for close on a year. I ask Scott why he thinks Chiang Mai has become such a magnet of expat business and what type of business people are running.
Information on Scott's Chiang Mai Business Meetup Group can be found here : http://www.facebook.com/events/517589...
Thanks to John Bardos of jetsetcitizen.com for putting me in contact with Scott : http://www.jetsetcitizen.com/cheap-tr...


What I learnt from bootstrapping my startup from Thailand in ...

Oct 12, 2013 - That fits in well with starting your own business. ...

When I first arrived in the northern city of Chiang Mai — one of the hubs for remote working ...

Increased focus

Moving to the other side of the world gives you an insane amount of focus which you can channel to really get anything done that you’re working on.


In these six months, I grew my already profitable business — a YouTube network called the Panda Mix Show — by automating most of my tasks and hiring two employees to do the rest. Besides that, I built and launched a YouTube analytics startup which is now gaining traction with its first users signing up.

I worked with a level of focus that I have only really experienced before when I was 12 years old and my parents still took care of me. Back then, my housing, food, laundry was taken care of although I had school, I’d have lots of time to focus on my own stuff (back then learning design with Photoshop). Due to the cost of living, it’s kind of the same here.

You can stay at hotels with daily room cleaning, free towels, free Wi-Fi and you don’t have to worry about utility bills. You can eat outside for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Instead of an expensive phone subscription, you can get a cheap pre-paid SIM for $20/m with 2GB data and free WiFi in most major cities. Your hotel can do your laundry for you and they’ll even iron and fold it. Since I never had to cook food, I also never had to deal with the pain of grocery shopping and doing the dishes and I needed a lot less stuff to live. And as my hotel was always near my office, I didn’t have the awfully long commute to work many people have to make daily. I calculated all this saved me at least 6 hours daily. That’s one-third of a waking day!

. . .

The Thai startup scene

For all its events, meet-ups and hackathons, the Thai startup scene is still very much in its infancy. There’s a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm going around, but Thai culture is still so intrinsically corporate focused. For example, most Thai developers I met coded in Microsoft’s proprietary language C#. Why not open source languages like C, Java or Python? I quickly found out that’s because most programming courses in Thailand are C# focused to land students corporate jobs. The enterprise loves C# coders. But that’s not necessarily the best language for a startup stack.

With so much poverty around and such a large income divide, the majority of Thais are more concerned with getting any income at all and are not able to take the risk of working months/years on a web or mobile app. And that’s unfortunate, as it makes startups an activity privileged to Thai’s wealthy elite. And that’s not necessarily where the big ideas are.

dtacAccelerate_9305.jpg The Thai startup scene appears to be struggling with the same issue many other newly sprung up startup scenes around the world are dealing with: there’s too much talk and not enough action. All major Thai telcos — TRUE, DTAC and AIS — have incubators that offer workshops, competitions and awards, but they’re not even giving out capital! These are huge corporations with buckets full of money. If they are not even ready to take on the risk to invest in Thai startups, then who is? Obviously, it’s more of a promotional vehicle for them than an actual incubator.

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CM's Central Business Park (CBP) near the Bus station and the Central Festival Mall




V Group is the leader real estate and land developer company in northern area of Thailand, found by Mr. WacharaTantranont in 1987 and well-known among local and regional investors.
V Group has 14 sub- businesses in 4 business categories which led under the sole and motivated concept.

" Private business in Thailand should be involved in the sustainable development of Thai society. "

(Developer of the Hillside Condos, and CBP, Furama hotel, and various other projects.)


/ source: http://www.chiangmaibusinesspark.com/develop.php?lang=TH

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CM's MTR / MonoRail : Delayed by the military coup, I suppose.

But the logic remains strong:


Chiang Mai Municipality has one existing monorail system, Chiang Mai Zoo Monorail, but uses for excursion, not commercial.

Later, there is a plan to build a monorail system which has four lines (red, blue, yellow, and green line) linking notable places.[5] Now, there is no progress.

/wiki: xx



The Chiang Mai Monorail? A Dream Come True?

Looks Like It. Jul 18, 2013


CityNews – The people of Chiang Mai are feeling the strain of the heavy traffic burden, and it only looks like more cars will arrive in the city. Then when the new malls are finished, and the roads to Laos, Burma, China open up, how will that affect at already congested city?

Route Map-1 : source : Skyscraper City, Regional Thailand, page-1762


Route Map-2 : source : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=101602&page=1549


Part of the solution: The Chiang Mai Monorail.

Chiang Mai Administrative Organisation has said it will invest over eight billion baht for this high-tech public transportation system. The government has already approved the investment and it is expected that the monorail will be up and running within five years.

The monorail will provide four different routes: (see map-1)

The Gold Line A1 will go from 700 Year Stadium to Chiang Mai Night Safari.

The Red Line A2 will go from 700 Year Stadium to Samyak Market in Sansai.

The Blue Line A3 will go from Chiang Mai Zoo to Buakkrok Village.

The Green Line A4 will go from Thapae Gate to Changklan Road.

Each route, as the map shows, will go through various parts of Chiang Mai, covering much of the city.

Each car will be able to take up to 40 people, and there will be three cars for every line. It will travel at around 28 kilometres per hour and will pick up passengers every 500 metres. Each route should take about 30 minutes.

Boonlert Buranupakorn, the president of Chiang Mai Administrative Organisation, told the press that the monorail would run on the ground. It is not a skytrain, he said, or an underground train.


> http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=2084

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Chiang Mai's malls - old article, check mall sizes


SF eyes Chiang Mai retailing

SF Cinema City, the cinema chain operator, is ready to develop its first lifestyle shopping complex in Chiang Mai this year at a cost of 3 billion baht.
The diversification into retail development is part of its plan to accelerate cinema growth while generating more revenue.
It recently set up Maya Development to operate Maya lifestyle mall in Chiang Mai.
The six-storey mall will be built on a nine-rai site on Nimmanhaemin Road opposite the Think Park project owned by Tan Passakornnatee, the founder of Ichitan green tea.
He will also develop a community mall on land opposite Maya mall by year-end.
An SF Cinema source said funds to develop the mall will come from bank loans and its own cash flow.

The project, with retail space of 100,000 square metres, will be developed under the concept of "Vertical Nimmanhaemin".
Tenants will come from the fashion, food, information technology and entertainment sectors.
Chiang Mai has retail outlets including department stores, community malls, lifestyle complexes and hypermarkets.
Giant retailers include Robinson Department Store, Central Department Store, Big C, Tesco Lotus and Promenada Resort Mall.


Central Pattana Plc is also spending more than 6 billion baht to develop Central Festival Chiang Mai on 68 rai on the Chiang Mai-Doi Saket-Chiang Rai Superhighway.
The shopping complex, covering 250,000 sq m, is pegged for a November opening.

The source said SF Cinema is set to spend 1 billion baht to open 12 new cinema complexes this year.
Eight will be upcountry, in Udon Thani, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Lop Buri, Rayong, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Sakon Nakhon provinces.
The other four will be in and around Bangkok, in the Rangsit, Pin Klao, Srinakarin and Bang Na areas.
SF Cinema expects sales of 4 billion baht this year, up by 30% from last year, with the opening of new cinemas accounting for the growth.
ที่มา : http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/...-mai-retailing

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Canon's green projects boost Thai tea industry, clean energy



Company's Thailand unit sets up hybrid power system in Chiang Mai

Atop a mountain in the northern province of Chiang Mai, a hybrid alternative-energy system is generating power for the Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang's new tea-processing plant under a Canon Thailand initiative.

"Not only will it lower our electricity costs but it will also reduce greenhouse gases," said the station's senior official, Montri Yanont.

The station had been spending about Bt300,000 a month on electricity before the new plant, located at Ban Nor Lae, started operation.

"We handle 29 tonnes of tea leaves each year," Montri said, adding that tea farmers were mostly hilltribe people.

Working with wind turbines and solar cells, the alternative-energy system promises to lower the station's annual electricity bill by Bt22,192 and carbon-dioxide emissions by 4 tonnes a year.

"This hybrid wind-solar energy set is a part of Canon's Clean Energy for the Green World project," said Alan Chng, president and chief executive of Canon Marketing (Thailand) Co.

He headed to Chiang Mai recently to attend the ceremony to hand over the clean-energy set, which comprises two 1-kilowatt wind turbines and 2KW solar panels, to the Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang. Royal Project Foundation chairman Mom Chao Bhisadej Rajani represented the station at the ceremony.

Located in Chiang Mai's Fang district, the station aims to produce 3,500 kilograms of fresh tea leaves and 700kg of dried tea leaves per week. The Royal Project's high-quality tea products are famous in both Asia and Europe. Their overseas markets include Japan, France and Germany.

"Tea is considered a significant cash crop … If Thailand can produce more high-quality tea, this will not just bring more revenue to the country but will also provide more income to local farmers, creating sustainable development of the community," Chng said.

He said the efforts were in line with Canon's Kyosei corporate philosophy, which encourages the society to live and work together for the common good into the future.

Launched in 2008, the Clean Energy for Green World project has installed wind turbines at 38 rural schools throughout Thailand.
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Chiang Mai Creative City: Martin Venzky-Stalling at TEDxBKK

Published on Nov 26, 2012

Martin Venzky-Stalling gave this whilst working as a Senior Advisor at the Chiang Mai University Science & Technology Park (CMU STeP). Martin works on technology transfer, innovation management, creative economy and regional economic development issues. Prior to working in Chiang Mai, he held senior management positions in high-tech and strategy consulting firms in Bangkok, London and Hong Kong.


He is fluent in Thai and lived/worked in Thailand for twelve years over the past 24 years. Martin has been one of the key drivers of the Chiang Mai Creative City (CMCC) initiative since early 2010. The CMCC initiatives aim to develop Chiang Mai's economy leveraging creativity and innovation. He is married with two (twin) boys. More info at http://www.creativechiangmai.com/



We are in love with this little clip we did for our TEDxChiangMai teaser

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Chiang Mai Design Week 2014
6 – 14 December 2014

TCDC Chiang Mai presented Chiang Mai Design Week 2014, a multiple-day event made up of design showcases, workshops, citywide installations and tours, business programmes and creative dialogue. Shining the light on design as the powerful force that can better the quality of life and determine the future of business, CMDW2014 bridges creative workers’ potential with business opportunities in the international market.

Throughout the second week of December, Chiang Mai will come alive with the presentation of stories about design and the city, design and the society, and design and life through diverse activities. Under the theme “Born Creative”, CMDW2014 reflects Chiang Mai’s transformation from a tourist destination into a place that nurtures creativity. No matter where the seeds are from, Chiang Mai has the capacity to nurture them to grow, flourish and reveal endless possibilities.

CMDW2014 will link architecture, product design, fashion, graphic design, art, etc. with local communities, educational institutions, international organizations, state and private agencies. This annual festival seeks to accentuate the city’s unique flavors and stimulate growth in the local creative industries.


> http://www.tourismchiangmai.org/en/view-news-36/Chiang-Mai-Design-Week-2014/

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Charles Landry greets Creative Chiang Mai and other cities
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Published on May 8, 2014

Charles Landry (http://charleslandry.com/), author of "The Creative City", sent this greeting and message to Creative Chiang Mai and other Southeast Asian Creative Cities for their first meeting on 3 April 2014. https://www.facebook.com/groups/seasi...

About Creative Chiang Mai Promoting Innovation and Creativity for the development of Chiang Mai

Creative Chiang Mai (CCM) is an idea, vision and initiative to promote creativity and innovation in Chiang Mai. CCM’s mission is to promote Chiang Mai as a Creative City, special economic zone and creative hub. The aims are to generate economic development and diversification, attract new investment, and create new jobs and opportunities.

The initiative is coordinated by the “Chiang Mai Creative City Development Committee”, which was established by the Governor of Chiang Mai in August 2010. The Committee is a think-tank, network and sharing platform. Its members include 50 representatives from the academic, private and government sectors. All members join on a voluntary basis. It is a local initiative - not a government funded entity.

Many other organizations and individuals join and support the goals and activities. The secretariat of Creative Chiang Mai is the Chiang Mai University Science & Technology Park (CMU STeP). Creative Chiang Mai is not a project, but a long-term vision and network of people and organizations that work together to achieve this vision. Creative Chiang Mai encourages everybody to take action and work together to continue improving Chiang Mai as a place to live and work.


The Creative Chiang Mai initiative promotes creativity and innovation in Chiang Mai. In line with the Thai government’s vision, CCM builds on Chiang Mai’s existing strengths to develop its creative and knowledge economy.


Creativity, collaboration and innovation impact on economic and social development and lead to a more attractive urban environment.

Marketing Chiang Mai is also an important goal of CCM. By highlighting other strengths as well as the areas for which Chiang Mai is already well known, new investments, business activities, jobs and new opportunities are created.

Creative Chiang Mai is a local initiative with a focus on creativity, innovation and collaboration. CCM aims to promote an appropriate and sustainable development approach for Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Creative City Development Committee

The Chiang Mai Creative City Development Committee was established by the Governor of Chiang Mai in 2010. It consists of representatives from the education, private and government sectors. Other organizations, associations, groups, and individuals are welcome to join the Creative Chiang Mai network and Committee meetings.

Chiang Mai University chairs the Development Committee (together with Payap University and North Chiang Mai University) and the Chiang Mai University Science & Technology Park (CMU STeP) serves as the secretariat and point of contact.


> http://www.creativechiangmai.com/content.php?info_id=9#about


EXAMPLE of cooperatioon : Streaming from Vancouver...

> http://www.creativechiangmai.com/event_view.php?event_id=41

16 Mar 2015 TED 2015 Conference in Vancouver

Watch out for further announcements. We will be hosting a half-day near-live streaming event (TEDxChiangMaiLIVE) of brand new TED Talks under the theme "Truth & Dare" from the TED 2015 Conference in Vancouver (16-20 March). For TED2015, we're on a quest to magnify both facets. We will seek to challenge and reshape our core beliefs about today's reality. And at the same time celebrate the thinkers, dreamers and mavericks who offer bold new alternatives. Welcome to ... Truth and Dare.

This event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. To get notice of when tickets are available, join the TEDxChiangMai community on Facebook and check for updates from 1 March.


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Notes from Landry's presentation on Creative Cities - Video for N. Palmerston



+ Chance encounters

+ Serendipity

+ Cross-fertilization

+ Deep knowledge & expertise

+ Catalytic action



(my own notes)

These things are more likely in a walkable place, which is not highly structure,

and where property prices are low enough, to allow flexible use of space



+ Attracting and Keeping talent

: Including in thought and business

+ Knowledge centres

+ Bottom up innovation

+ Participation


Big Cities & Small Cities have different...

+ Critical mass & Centrality
+ Acting as Transactional hubs
+ Working as a "collective thinking brain"
+ Future proofing & resilience


My notes:

One way to increase "Transactional activity" is to build and expand

markets, by providing space for existing and new markets to develop


QUESTION : Where are the MARKETS happening in a city?

ie. where do people meet or gather for certain types of transactions.


A would-be creative city, may want to:

+ make an inventory of its markets

+ think about what types of new markets it might create

+ link those markets with its places of craft & knowledge

+ grow businesses and other enterprises around those markets

+ Link the markets to TRADE in & out of the city

+ Promote the products of those markets globally


> LINK to here: http://tinyurl.com/CM-CreateMkts-0

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Chiang Mai's Famous Night Market ... many tourists visit there



Focus : Food, Clothing, Trinkets and souvenirs:

The Chiang Mai Night Market is located at Changklan Road which can be found at the heart of Chiang Mai's downtown. The entire Changklan Road is occupied on both sides by stalls that operate everyday from 6:00 pm until 12:00 midnight.


Sunday Market


Focus : Food


Warowot food market (Daily)


Woman selling fresh ripe sweet strawberries at her booth in the daily Warowot food market in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Muang Mai Market (Fruit)


Focus : Fruit

Muang Mai Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand "may be the greatest fruit market in the world."

Muang Mai Market is a huge, rambling collection of about a dozen large wholesale operations clustered in big buildings and probably more than 50 smaller vendors selling produce at or near wholesale prices from their carts, stores, and stalls.
There are almost a dozen produce markets in Chiang Mai, but these are filled with resellers. Muang Mai is a wholesale market, where the city's restaurants, cart vendors, and the resellers that work at other markets come to pick up their produce.

> http://www.raw-food-health.net/Muang-Mai-Market.html

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Art is Sold, in the Sunday market




Artists work, at Night Market


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Computer (& Accessories) markets



BLUE Computer Service @Pantip Plaza 2nd floor


Computer Plaza


> Source: http://www.chiangmailocator.com/page-chiang-mai-computers-shops-41


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Motors Markets


Mae Jo, Chiang Mai Sunday Motorcycle Market


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