Expats Club July Meeting – Frans Betgem

fbThis month’s CEC General Meeting at Le Méridien Hotel. Frans Betgem, owner of CEC Sponsor Green Trails presented a program on tours in Northern Thailand. Starting soon, guides from Frans’ gtcompanies will offer overnight or one-day tours of Northern Thailand, custom designed just for us.
Green Trails offers active, adventurous tours that involve trekking, cycling, rafting and elephant experiences. Their other main brand is called Chiang cmalcMai a la Carte, specialising in customized tours in North Thailand. They promote lesser visited destinations such as Lampang, Phrae, Nan and Mae Sariang and also promote nationwide and local festivals. Lanna Cycling Tours and Tong Bai Elephant Tour are also part of the company.

Frans is from the Netherlands and graduated in contemporary history at the University of Amsterdam. Frans has more than 20 years experience in the region and has travelled very extensively. He has designed tours for a variety of travel agents around the world. After having worked for almost 20 years in the travel industry he has decided to devote his time and boundless energy and enthusiasm to Tiger Trail Thailand. Besides travelling Frans loves the outdoors, music and sports, in particular football. He is an enthusiastic hiker and cyclist. 

An interesting morning. Some of the tours sound inviting.

Dining Out Group – Cafe’ Des Artists

IMG_8090

Entrance to the Restaurant

On Thursday night the Dining Out Group ate at the Cafe’ Des Artists, located in the  Hotel Des Artists, at 181 Chareonraj Rd, Wat Kate,  Chiang Mai. It is on the banks of the Ping River.

It is a fairly upmarket hotel and exoensive restaurant. Charges are plus10% service and 7% VAT.

We shared a starter of shrimp rolls, which were delicious. Then Toy ordered Pork Ribs and I had a Pork Chop. Toy said his rib, which was a very small serving, was too salty and not very tender. My pork chop was overcooked and tough. There was no salad, vegetables, or chips. All in all, poor food for an expensive restaurant. We wont be back

For afters we  shared a coconut and cream cake

Decor was tasteful and the service attentive.

AS usual thank you to Toy and Nop for the pics.

13819388_1822734884624161_1570670828_n

Ribs

13819395_1823640644533585_1931477679_n

Ruth, Toy, and me enjoy the evening

13820623_1822734904624159_200486503_n

Pork Chop

13819537_1822734917957491_983360132_n

Coconut and cream Pie

GetAttachmentThumbnail

Prawn Rolls

 

Toy’s Garden

13618069_1815433465354303_305987226_n

Stump Feature, decorated with bromeliad, orchids, etc

Toy is very proud of his garden. He works in it every day. It is a credit to him and It is admired by friends and visitors.

13595664_1815433458687637_922788384_n

Our Backyard Bower, Covered in a Passionfruit Vine with Blue Pea on the Corners

Here are some photos of the garden and nature it contains.13624432_1815433498687633_700686810_n      

A few months ago a birds nested in the garden. It was interesting to see the birds hatch and mature, then fly away.

13617452_1815433478687635_1113258301_n

Our Friendly Lizard

We also have a pet lizard, water dragon, I think. He (she) lives inside the waterfall and sun bakes on the top. Real five sar accommodation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13624996_1815433505354299_1658607590_n13624513_1815433508687632_479874983_n13578458_1815433518687631_822326393_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

13599477_1815433538687629_1307178686_n

This Flower has a Strong Perfume at Night

13624455_1815433482020968_893773567_n

There are Many Orchids in the Garden

 

 

 

 

Dining Out Group – Kafe’ Vino Bar and Bistro

IMG_8037

Kafe’ Vino

Last night he Dining Ou Group ate at the Kafe’ Vino Bar and Bistro in Think Park. This is not really a park, but a number of low-rise buildings, consisting of restaurants, coffee shops, souvenir shops etc with plenty of walking space. We used to dine there regularly when we had an apartment at Green Hill. Nine of us enjoyed the evening.

It had rained earlier in the evening, so we sat inside in the air-conditioned area.

Toy ordered two Thai dishes; Spicy Beef Salad and Fried Pork with Chilli and Onion while I settled for Fish and Chips. Toy declared his food fine and mine was fine too. Service was fast and pleasant.

Another very pleasant Dining Out Group fuction. Thanks Nop and Toy for the photos.

13624883_1816258361938480_396779098_n

Our Table

13624527_1816258348605148_1766666229_n

Nop and Toy

13617980_1816258345271815_402853484_n

Spicy Beef Salad

13643977_1816258371938479_750993397_n

Fried Pork with Chili & Onion

13625364_1816258355271814_379400159_n

Fish & Chips

04 July

47

Promotion Poster

13618096_1815002452064071_402006049_n

The Platter

13608304_1815002878730695_1716842098_n

Grilled Prawns

Norden restaurant had a promotion last night to celebrate the 4th of July,  American independence Day.

They served an excellent platter consisting of grilled prawns, onion rings, calamari rings, ribs, chips, chicken wings, and fish pieces. We finished it but were stuffed at te end.4j

We really enjoyed the platter. Funny, there weren’t any Americans there!

Norden Again

13578492_1813717558859227_2017592723_n

Hawaiian Pizza

13563641_1813717562192560_638789182_n

Swedish meatballs

13578689_1813717565525893_1146982055_n

Apple Pie & Ice-cream

We went to the Norden restaurant again for dinner last night. It is developing into our favourite restaurant. It has an emphasis on Swedish cuisine. It is not the cheapest and the practice of adding 7%  VAT onto the components of all checks is irritating. The food quality however and the standard of service are outstanding. Phil, the Swedish proprietor, keeps a watchful eye on proceedings.

Last night, Toy ordered Hawaiian pizza, while I had Sweetish meatballs We fished off with apple pie and ice-cream. All meals were up to te usual high standard.

Perhaps we will go again on Monday night for their 4th of July, American independence Day promotion.