Yes, everyday life and living tranqui in Thailand is either fun or boring, busy or relaxed. Much like everywhere else in the world - just with a different culture to frame it.
May and June 2018 have come and gone. The Australian Consulate Chiang Mai was active with consular assistance & support, supplying information and undertaking public diplomacy.
An 'Australia Pavilion' will be showcased at this year Chiang Mai World Fair, held jointly with Lanna Expo 2018, a popular annual event which targets Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son provinces and last year attracted over 400,000 visitors to the 10-day event.
The Australian Embassy Bangkok undertakes Consular Service Outreach visits to Chiang Mai at Le Meridien Hotel - Next Outreach visit is on 5 October 2018.
If you are going to the Australian Embassy Bangkok for notarial or passport services you will need to book an appointment online from 4 July 2018.
Getting a New Australian Passport - From 1 July 2018 new passport photos must be taken without glasses. This will further strengthen the integrity of the Australian passport. Research commissioned by DFAT has shown that glasses adversely affect passport facial matching – matching is more accurate without glasses. Other passport photo standards are unchanged, such …
Living tranquil in Chiang Mai - March and April 2018 have come and gone at an amazing pace. In this post I talk about surviving the burning season, getting out and about, spending time around home, medical matters and being busy.
Here is the consulate activity report for March and April 2018
Over March and April the Chiang Mai Consulate was active with consular assistance & support, supplying information and undertaking public diplomacy. There were 222 activities involving 122 hours of honorary consul participation.
This bi-monthly post covers highlights of my activity, some statistics on the scope and volume of service as well as upcoming events and information for general awareness.
Consular Outreach & Public Diplomacy Highlights
Among other duties one of the functions of the Honorary Consul is to engage in public diplomacy by representing and promoting Australia. There are often events and ceremonies and invitation that provide this opportunity. While I can’t attend every activity the following highlights (in no particular order) some of the engagement during March and April:
CP International Australian Education Fair
It was an honour to present the opening address and cut the ribbon at the CP International Australian Education Fair held a U Nimman Hotel…
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ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Chiang Mai Thailand on 25 April 2018 - A collaborative effort between the Australian Consulate Chiangmai and the House of Praise International Church.
Please safeguard your Australian passport (& other valuables) during Thailand's traditional New Year festival, called Songkran. With lots of water throwing going on you need to keep your passport dry.
Living Tranquil in Thailand - This month of March marks our 4 year anniversary in Chiang Mai - where has the time gone? I am still creating bi-monthly posts to share a little perspective on our retirement living in Chiang Mai.
Here is the Consulate Monthly activity blog for January & February 2018
Over the months of January and February 2018 the consulate was fairly active with consular assistance & support, supplying information and undertaking public diplomacy. This bi-monthly web-post covers highlights of my activity, some statistics on the scope and volume of service as well as upcoming events and information for general awareness.
Consular & Public Diplomacy Highlights
One of the functions of the Honorary Consul (who volunteers his time), among other duties, is to engage in public diplomacy by representing and promoting Australia. There are often invitations for events and ceremonies that provide this opportunity. While I can’t always attend every event the following highlights (in no particular order) some of the engagement during January and February:
Sabai Sabai Retreat (Function Centre) – It’s the place to be according to their website. It was a business liaison visit and I had an enjoyable afternoon at this venue in Mae On…
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The Chiang Mai Flower Festival held annually, in early February, is a grand celebration that also marks the end of the cool season and with plenty of flowers is one of the most colourful events of the year.
If you know of any Aussie students who might be interested to study in Thailand the Australian Department of Education has created this guide-book of information.
Australia Day 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Some of our large Australian community in Chiang Mai took the opportunity to celebrate "Australia Day" at a couple of local Australian businesses. The special day offered a chance to come together, socialise and enjoy - a "bit of Australia in Thailand".
The Australian Honorary Consul, on behalf of the Consulate in Chiang Mai was busy with consular assistance and undertaking public diplomacy in November and December 2017. This post covers highlights of the activity statistics, volume of service as well as some upcoming events.
Living Tranquil in Thailand is a lifestyle blog of an expat in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I usually post every couple of months on experiences in Chiang Mai but lately it has been a challenge to complete a blog so this one covers September to December 2017 living tranquil Thailand.
We headed out on the Thailand roads again - this time our destination was to Mae Hong Son province in the northwest part of the country. We had visitors staying with us and it was an opportunity to explore this part of Thailand we had not visited.
The Australian Consulate Chiang Mai was active providing consular support and undertaking public diplomacy in September and October. This bi-monthly post covers highlights of the activity, statistics on the scope and volume of service as well as some upcoming events.
Its been awhile since we got out on the open road and steered our wheels to explore some new territory and Thailand experiences. This chronicles our journey in the highlands of Chiang Rai and through the Provinces of Nan and Phaeo.