Chiang Mai Expats Club (CEC) helps expats expand friendships and improve their quality of life. CEC is a non-profit social organization operating with a theme of “Expats Helping Expats” to reside safely and legally in Thailand and to adapt and understand the local customs and traditions.
Hike Leaders offer their hikes on the Website. This active group offers hikes, special treks and other events in and around Chiang Mai province. Newcomers are welcome to this friendly group, especially hike leaders. There is usually a variety of hikes and walks coming up.
The CMPG meets every other Wednesday and all those with an interest in photography, be it film or digital are warmly invited. See the website for dates and locations of meetings. The CMPG aims to further all aspects of the picture taking abilities of its members through the sharing of skills and mutualsupport in an informal, inclusive and enjoyable atmosphere.
CMPG is run solely for the benefit of its members and a fee of 40bht per person is collected at each meeting to help defray expenses. Meetings last two hours after which we encourage you to stay for a while and chat with other members over a drink in the bar. We can’t cover everything in the formal bit and this is a good time to explore interests you share with other photographers.
Chiang Mai in Stitches (Quilting and Textile Workshop)
We are open to persons who have an interest in or enjoy doing most anything with textiles, be it weaving, quilting, knitting, embroidery, etc. We come together to learn, receive help from each other, and always have a good social time. We meet every other week.
The goal of the group is to educate and help each other. The club members are from all levels of computer experience from novice to expert.
Day: Every Tuesday; Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm (13:00 – 14:30 h); Place: River Market Restaurant at the end of Loi Kroh Road on Charoen Prathet Road. (link to a location map) http://therivermarket.com/blog/contact-us/
The Expats Ladies Lunch group meets on the first and third Thursday of the month. The lunch on the first Thursday is at a different restaurant each month. Lunch on the third Thursday is at the Grandview Hotel for their splendid low-cost buffet.
While many people have an interest in hypnosis, often their biggest hurdle is finding someone to practice with. In this group we help each other learn real-world skills in both conventional and conversational (covert) hypnosis. In other words, we get together to learn hypnosis and to practice it. We also share experiences on how to use self-hypnosis for such things as changing habits, increasing confidence, overcoming fears, self healing and reducing pain.
Garden enthusiasts meet in people’s homes, parks and other interesting venues to learn about and discuss garden topics.
After the meetings we usually share a meal because we also enjoy the social side of being in this group.
We meet at the “Beer Garden” in front of Sritana Condo 2. To get there, start at KadSuanKaew; proceed toward the mountain to the Shell station; proceed another 50 m, and turn LEFT into an un-named soi; proceed 200 m down the soi to a large parking lot; the beer garden is in the ground level of the adjacent parking garage. Ample parking for bikes or cars is available in the parking lot.
Beer and soft drinks are available for purchase in the adjacent minimart, as is food that most folks find good-tasting. They even make decent Western-style sandwiches (Grilled Cheese, BLT, Chicken Club, etc.).
All players are welcome, in any language, and of any skill level. We have two or three English-language boards and access to a French board (when and if there any French-language players appear). Players in other languages: please bring the appropriate board, and — of course — an opponent conversant in that language.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in the Scrabble Club, please send (or bring along) their addresses or the persons themselves, and I’ll add them to our membership list.
We play by standard published rules: No peeking at word-lists or dictionaries before making a play; players agree on which dictionary governs (usually Collins for UK players or Merriam-Webster for US players); no need to furnish meanings of words used; loss of turn for unsuccessful challenger; etc. We do not use a timer, but aim for plays in less than 5 minutes.
Practice tapping, a self-administered, gentle but effective energy healing technique focusing on a topic that the group suggests or one provided by Michael, the facilitator. 6 pm every Tuesday at Wawee Coffee Nimmanhaemin, Soi 9.
The Bird Watchers are meeting for the first time this coming Friday, September 26, 2014 at Wawee coffee shop, 200 metres along Soi 6, Nimman at 10:00 a.m. All welcome! For more information please contact Adrian Martin: [email protected]
The objectives of the LGBT group would be to foster and develop friendships amongst LGBT people in and around the CM area, both expats and Thai; to hold regular, monthly meetings, whenever possible, and to organize ad hoc social events during these meetings.
Meetings of the new LGBT group will be held at various gay friendly venues within the central Chiang Mai area.
For more information and signing up, please contact David Cartwright at [email protected]
The Chiang Mai Vegetarian Club is a place for vegetarians and vegetarian-friendly people to get together once or twice a month for meals (we try to keep group meals under 300 baht) and other events. We aim for improved health AND increased deliciousness!
We are bombarded with information on how to change our behaviour to live better, more fruitful, more satisfying lives. This information is sometimes confusing and generates more questions than answers –what should we eat (eggs? fish?), drink (alcohol? coffee? tea?), do and how often? (exercise? sleep?). What is now clear is that we are not simply slaves of our genes but can, to an extent, control how we age. Therefore we have to make decisions about how we live and we can only make good decisions with good information.
This outside group is created to:
Share information about how to combat the effects of ageing by changing our behaviour. There is a great deal of research-based evidence that can help with this but it is of variable quality. It therefore needs careful consideration before we make changes.
Help change any behaviour and habits that are likely to limit the quality and length of our lives.
Assist members to determine how they may change their lifestyles and habits to use this knowledge.
Test out ideas and generate information as to the viability of making particular change and find better ways of making change generally.
Provide specialist input (e.g. yoga, tai chi, meditation and more) that is known to benefit the ageing process in ways specifically adapted to an older audience.
The style of the group is informal, interactive and humorous in order to encourage change. The group will be responsive to particular issues that members may want to pursue. You don’t have to be committed to any change, but check out what is known so that you can “audit” your present lifestyle.
Contact: Mike Partner, email: [email protected]. I am sociologist/psychologist by training and have been involved in helping people change in various settings. You don’t need to be a member of CEC to join us. Come and learn, maybe change and enjoy yourself!
Pickle Ball is a great way to exercise at any age. It’s a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
The Pickle Ball Group meets Mondays at 9 am at the park in the south west corner of the Old City inside the moat. John, the group co-ordinator has paddles and ball for everybody to use. Join us for this fun activity! [email protected]
Lawn bowls is a very popular sport for retirees worldwide, and there is now an enthusiastic group of expats and Thais playing lawn bowls in Chiang Mai on a regular basis. They usually play a round robin pairs match on Tuesdays at 8 am and Thursdays at 4.30 pm at TK Lawn Bowls – a new synthetic flood-lit green in Tong Kai village near the Night Safari Park at Hang Dong. They are all beginners so come along and try your hand. Their objective is not to take life too seriously and to foster camaraderie – in other words have a good time. Bowls and lessons are provided free. Contact Don at 087 728 0465 or website chiangmailawnbowls.com
If you like to sing for fun and improvement then the new acapella group is for you. They would love to welcome more singers into the newly formed group.
The Expats Singers meet every Thursday at 3 pm in Deb Child’s Studio, Payap University, Kaew Nawarat Rd, right behind the Payap University Pharmacy. If interested in joining the singing group, contact Denise at [email protected]