The Good View Village Restaurant & Karaoke


The Good View Village Restaurant & Karaoke

 We visited this new venue last night. The place is huge and must have cost a great deal of money to set up.

One area is for dining and another area has private karaoke rooms. The entire complex is set over an artificial lake. Construction is first class.

It is located at 13 Charoen-Raj Road, Watgate, Chiang Mai, just off Canal Road, and is owned by the Good View Group that has one other restaurant in Chiang Mai, and in Bangkok, Pattaya, and Vientiane. A Japanese restaurant and wine shop are on the premises.

We started with a fried prawn dish and then shared a whole sea bass (one side was sweet & sour and the other side herbed), steamed vegetables, and rice. The meal, the ambiance, and the service were great. Corkage on our wine was 150 baht, which was a little high by Thai prices.


Steamed Vegetables


Crumbed Prawns


Our Waterfront Table


Sea Bass


Centre Stage


Which is the Clown?

Studying the Compressive Menu (Click to Enlarge Panorama)

New Condo


Clearing the Block

A new condo is going to be constructed on the north corner of our apartment block. It probably will be seven levels high, which is the building code in this area.

It probably won’t spoil the view from our balcony, but no doubt we will suffer constrution noise and dust for a year or more. Hopefully it will only be in daylight hours!


Clearing the Block


Cleared Block



 We will follow the construction with interest.





10945958_1611722169058768_2090175177_nHere is a panoramic photo taken today from our north eastern balcony.






Australia Day 2015

flagToday, 26 January, is Australia Day.

Ever year, prior to Australia Day, Meat & Livestock Australia, promotes lamb. Here is their 2015 effort featuring Richie Benaud, former captain of the Australian cricket team and cricket commentator.



And last years’.

I love lamb!

Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ reworked into the unofficial national anthem of ‘Straya’ (a.k.a Australia). Thanks, John.

If you’re an Aussie. Oi! Oi! Oi! Happy Australia Day.

Bird of Paradise Bar and Restaurant

bp1Last night we ate at the Bird of Paradise Bar & Restaurant. Chiang Mai is city full of hidden surprises.A little gem, tucked away in the back-streets, not far from Chiang Mai University is Bird of Paradise Restaurant. The cuisine is Thai with a modest menu of popular dishes at very reasonable prices.

We shared mixed tempura mushrooms for a starter. For a main course I had fish and chips, while Toy ordered a dish of noodles and prawns. House wine was reasonably priced.

We both enjoyed our meals and the pleasant ambiance. I’m sure it’s not the last time we’ll eat there.


Noodles & Prawns


Fish & Chips

Expats Meeting – January 2015


Erwin Schurtenberger

The Speaker at this morning’s meeting of the Chiang Mai Expats Club, at Le Meridian Hotel, was Erwin Schurtenberger.     

Erwin was formerly the Swiss ambassador to China. His topic was “Thailand and China´s Economic Return to the Global Stage”. He maintained that the shift to the middle class by the Chinese population will provide huge trading potential for Thailand. Already Chinese are buying what they desire not necessarily what they need. Fast rail services will be important. “The Chinese Dream” is a reality.His presentation was fairly complex but well supported by slides and graphs.


Erwin Schurtenberger with President Nancy

The meeting was well attended.


myanWe are going on a short holiday to Myanmar. At first I was deterred by how expensive it was, but in the end I decided to go because it  is  on my bucket list.

We leave on 08 February.

Here is the itinerary.

Dining Out Group – Lapin

lapinLast night 16 members of the Dining Out Group ate at LaPin Restaurant. Yes it’s another Italian restaurant. We last ate  there several years ago. The address is 14 Sanphakoi Rd, T. Wat Ket, Muang Chiang Mai, not far from the Narawat bridge.

No, rabbit is not on the menu, the owner was born in the year of the rabbit.

The restaurant was very busy. I ordered cheese & tomato bruschetta as a starter and pork chop for a main course. Both were delicious! Meals served to other diners looked excellent. Another pleasant Dining Out function.


Nop & CityNow! Photographer, Steve


Jeff & Dale from Toronto


Judith & Don


Tomato & Cheese Bruschetta


Pork Chop


Don, Me, & Jeff. Photo by Steve from CityNow!


Chiang Mai Expats AGM

President Nancy opened the AGM of the Chiang Mai Expats Club  just after 9 am and closed it just after 10 am. It was heldcec upstairs at the River Market restaurant. She gave a comprehensive report on the year’s activities and outlined previous historical  difficulties with the earlier board. There were reports on membership, sponsorship, OGAs, financial etc. After a brief question time new members of the board were introduced. No election had been necessary because nomination matched the position available.

An excellent meeting, well chaired by Nancy. Members then retired to the restaurant for a complimentary brunch. I did not take my camera. Here are some photos thanks to Steve from CityNow!


Before the Meeting


Part of the Members Present


President Nancy Makes a Presentation to Retiring Secretary, Lucy


Before the Meeting



Return to Chiang Mai After Golden Triangle

We departed the Sabai Hotel in Chiang Saen in the morning of Christmas Eve for our return to Chiang Mai.

On the way we called at Lerm’s (Toy’s sister) place to pick up a cabbage, brocoli, passionfruit, and bananas. After that we proceeded to Toy’s mother’s house to meet some other members of the family. His mother is 85 years old.

After lunch and pie at Charin Resort, we visited the King Naresuan Memorial, and then enjoyed mango and sticky rice at a roadside restaurant which specialises in this dish.

We arrived back in Chiang Mai in time for the lucky draw at The Pub. First prize was 10,000 baht and had to be won that night! It was, unfortunately not by me!


Toy with his Family Front Row Sisters Chan & Lha, Mother, Toy, Sister Lerm Back Row Sister-in law Pin with Husband Kaew


Rob & Pam with Family Members

The Edge Restaurant Re-opens, Again!


Me, Ken, & Don


Don’s Friends


Christopher, Judy , & Ron


Used to be Roast Pork and Mixed Satay


Sweet & Sour Chicken

edgeThe Edge Restaurant in Wangsingkham Road has reopened. It has a new Thai menu and a new Chef, Air. Wine is competitively priced at 60 baht per glass. Corkage is free.

Our party of 10 were the only customers. The food was excellent and well priced but it was not served hot enough. The waiting time also was not acceptable. Fortunately our waiter, Clare, kept the supply of wine up. A power problem, when we had no power for about 15 mins did not help.

We ordered a mixture of pork and chicken satay and fried pork as starters and chicken sweet and sour with rice as a main course. Everything was delicious . Sorry about the poor food photos. I was so hungry and maybe a little intoxicated so I forgot!

We wish the restaurant every success but they will need to improve their performance. Lauren was a good host and she apologised for the slow service. She rewarded us with complimentary Thai desert.