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Does anyone know of an English-speaking Buddhism study/discussion/meditation group in Chiang Rai? or if any of the local teachers in monasteries or temples give talks in English?

If this is not happening here, is anyone interested in starting a group up?

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LiCatCh

Hopefully someone has sent you a PM with information on the ongoing cycling group and maybe even where to look for meditation classes. I’m more of a lone wolf than a group person, so can’t really help with the group stuff.

If by some sad chance no one has been forthcoming let me at least extend to you a warm welcome to our sleepy little forum. Sometimes people actually answer posts but it may take a while.wink.png

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Yes I have received two messages and thank you for the welcome.

I am looking to move to the area soon, maybe when the monsoon rains die down.

Thanks again

Li

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Does anyone know of an English-speaking Buddhism study/discussion/meditation group in Chiang Rai? or if any of the local teachers in monasteries or temples give talks in English?

If this is not happening here, is anyone interested in starting a group up?

Here is the best meditation place i've found. It's so nice and quiet there. http://www.thongsuk.org/contact.php not sure if he can speak English but good to try

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Does anyone know of an English-speaking Buddhism study/discussion/meditation group in Chiang Rai? or if any of the local teachers in monasteries or temples give talks in English?

If this is not happening here, is anyone interested in starting a group up?

Here is the best meditation place i've found. It's so nice and quiet there. http://www.thongsuk.org/contact.php not sure if he can speak English but good to try

Your link doesn't seem to work.

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Not exactly a Chiang Rai community event but did anyone else notice the news about our local Norwegian roller-skiers making the trip all the way from Chiang Rai to Pattaya on their roller-skis? I’m sure most of us have seen at least one of these guys, shirtless, skiing on the side of the road as we drive around Rai. An amazing physical effort.clap2.gifclap2.gifclap2.gif

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I see plenty of events happening in Chiang Rai - who organises these? where is the best place to keep up to date with whatis on (apart from the banners accross the street)?

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Not exactly a community event but another good writeup in the Nation about Chiang Rai that doesn’t include drugs or murder. The article is copied below.

Singha plans agro-tourist site in Chiang Rai

Kwanchai Rungfapaisarn

The Nation

January 21, 2013 1:00 am

Singha Corporation will spend over Bt200 million this year in turning its 8,000-rai Boon Rawd Farm in Chiang Rai, which boasts extensive barley, tea and fruit plantations, into a tourist attraction and estate with 20 poolside villas worth Bt100 million.

At the end of last year the farm's name was changed to Singha Park to highlight the area as a new agro-tourism destination with a farm tour that is seeing 300-400 visitors a day in the trial stage. Attendance is expected to rise to about 1,000 by the next high season from November-February.

The 120-seat Phupirom restaurant will move into a nearby location within the farm and be expanded to 300 seats, while the old restaurant area will undergo a major facelift as a teahouse.

About a 30-minute drive from downtown Chiang Rai on Den Ha-Dong Mada Road, Singha Park is hard to miss thanks to the giant lion sculpture that guards its entrance. Established in 1983, the park grounds cover four districts of Chiang Rai and are home to a 2,600-rai rubber tree plantation, 600-rai tea plantation, 50-rai jujube orchard and 30-rai barley field. There are also gardens for strawberries, star fruit, mushrooms and salad vegetables.

Ittikorn Banjobdee, manager of the managing director's office, said last week that Singha tried to raise barley as a fermentable ingredient for its beer, but due to the short winter and unpredictable weather, the quality and quantity weren't satisfactory.

"What we produce now is used for malted drinks and health foods. The highest output of the farm today is oolong tea. Set up around 2003, our tea factory is the largest in Southeast Asia and can make about 15 tonnes of Chinese oolong Jin Xuan (oolong 12) tea a month and it all goes to Taiwan and China," he said.

The company is starting to penetrate the Middle East and European markets for its oolong tea.

"We are also planning to set up an agricultural educational centre at our farm to give visitors enriched knowledge about tea," he said

The company was promoting the agricultural industry at its park by commercialising fresh and processed fruits produced by the farm, such as jujubes, star fruits, mulberries and strawberries.

Last week the first 200-kilogram lot of fresh jujubes was shipped to Villa Supermarket for sale its Bangkok branches. The farm can produce about 25 tonnes of fresh jujube fruit per week.

"We have processed our fresh fruits into juices and jams and they are now selling at our farm under the Boon Rawd Farm brand. The processed products will be sold in other retail outlets in Chiang Rai and beyond," he said.

Singha Park was developed from the concept of Santi Bhirombhakdi, president of Singha Corporation, to make agriculture, nature and the community all co-exist. Santi also wants to make the farm a tourist magnet in Chiang Rai that everybody can access.

"We expect Singha Farm to increase its revenue of about Bt100 million last year up to Bt500 million-Bt600 million within three years, of which 60 per cent will come from tourism and 40 per cent from the agricultural business," he said.

Singha Farm employs about 500 workers, mostly locals from the province.

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Meng Rai Maharaj Fair will be held from the 26th of January to the 04th of February at the runway of the Old Airport of Chiang Rai. Tents are already being set up. Should be interesting. I wonder if it will be anything like the 750th Anniversary of the Founding of Chiang Rai (last year's event). Will be visiting to look for nice souvenirs. I hope they will have a parade like they did last year.

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The International Cycling Competition Starts sometime this week. Unfortunately, There are no details as of yet. Will post details as I receive them.

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I asked Fat Free Bike Shop for schedule of the International MTB Challenge 2013. They have the info on their FB page fatfreebikeshop. BTW, the race will be held over this coming weekend 9th and 10th of February. Two stages will be held each day. This is going to be rather challenging.

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Details of the 14th Chiang Rai International MTB (Mountain Biking) Challenge 2013

Route

SS1 Morning of 9 February

08:00 Start from Rim Kok Resort (Free Run – meaning not part of the race – more like a warm up) total distance of 15.2 km to the starting point of SS1 which is at the Akha Foundation (Mulaniti Sangsarn Akha) on Route 1211 (Ban Nong Mor which is along the Denha – Dongmada Road).

09:00 Start of Stage 1 at the Akha Foundation on off road trail.

International Class will end Stage 1 at will end at the Lam Nam Kok National Park – Huai Mak Liam hotspring (approx 30 km).

Sports Class will end at Wat Doi Hang Nai (dist 18.3 km). Thereafter, the Sports Class division will cycle (free run style) a distance of 15.4 km to the Lam Nam Kok National Park – Huai Mak Liam hotspring.

Lunch at Lam Nam Kok National Park – Huai Mak Liam hotspring.

SS2 Afternoon 9 February 2013

13:00 h. Start of stage 2

International and Sports division will start from the Lam Nam Kok National Park – Huai Mak Liam hotspring, cross the hanging bridge over the Kok River and end at Ban Ruammitr village (9.7 km). Thereafter, the International participants will ride an elephant and carry their bicycles across the river to the Mae Kok Foundation. They will transfer into longtail boats with their bicycles back to the Rim Kok Resort Hotel.

SS 3 Morning of 10 February 2013

07:30 h. Start from Rim Kok Resort (Free Run – meaning not part of the race – more like a warm up) total distance of 7.4 km to the starting point of Stage 3 which is at Wat Phrathat Jom Sak.

The race will start from Wat Phrathat Jom Sak and end at Nam Tok Huai Mae Sai (Huai Mae Sai waterfall) on dirt track.

International Class – 40.4 km

Sports Class – 35.0 km.

Lunch at Huai Mae Sai Waterfall

SS 4 Afternoon of 10 February 2013

12:30 h. Start of Stage 4 at Huai Mae Sai Waterfall and end at the junction before reaching Ruammitr village. Total distance of 9.0 km. Free run back to the Rim Kok Resort hotel (total distance of 13.0 km) after the race for souvenir medal and group photograph.

18:00 h. Awarding ceremony and farewell buffet dinner at Rim Kok Resort poolside.

20:30 End of activities.

INTERNATIONAL CLASS

CLASS A1 15-20 yrs MALE

CLASS A2 21-30 yrs MALE

CLASS A3 31-40 yrs MALE

CLASS A4 41-50 yrs MALE

CLASS A5 51 yrs above MALE

CLASS B 15 yrs above FEMALE

SPORT CLASS

CLASS C1 15 above MALE

CLASS C2 15 above FEMALE

CLASS C3 Below 14yrs MALE & FEMALE

Cash prize (Exclusively for International Division). First place - 3,000 Baht. Second place - 2,000 baht. Third place – 1,000 Baht.

Registration fee: Thai Nationals 1,000 Baht. International Participants 3,000 Baht.

For more details, please call 089-755-4676 or 053 - 740088

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Jet Ski water-cross races going on at Chiang Rai Rajabhat University lake, May 11th and 12th.

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