Sponsors are businesses or nonprofit community organizations that pay a fee to be involved with the Expat Club (CEC) and market to its members. The CEC uses the fees to assist in club administration, reduce the cost of events for members and perform community service projects. The CEC is nonprofit.

CEC Member Profile

CEC members are generally over 60 years old, live in the Chiang Mai area, retired and speak English. Members come from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, France, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and many other countries. Club membership is open to people from all countries. Each month people who have recently moved to Chiang Mai join the club. The CEC reaches the largest group of expats over 60 of any organization in Chiang Mai.

Sponsorship Marketing Opportunities

Place ads or notices in the email newsletter that goes to more than 2700 people each week.

Place an ad on the website with links to a company’s website or Facebook page.

Place ads or notices on the CEC Facebook page which is open to several thousand people.

Have a table in the lobby of the monthly general meetings (10 per year) to meet potential customers face-to-face before and after the general meetings. Sponsors may have displays, pass out brochures and have personal meetings. From 100 to 220 members normally attend the meetings. The meetings have speakers on topics such as visas, legal issues, history and culture.

Have announcements of special events made at the monthly general meeting.

Attend club events, such as the twice a month breakfasts and annual BBQ and holiday parties, where sponsors can informally meet members and learn more about them. These events are not formal selling events.

Becoming A Sponsor

Potential sponsors should write to the sponsor manager at the email address below.  Typically they will set up a meeting at the sponsor location.  If a company wishes to be a sponsor and is approved, they enter into an agreement and pay at the time the agreement is completed.  New sponsors normally pay in advance for a 6 or 12 month period.  Continuing sponsors normally pay for a 12 months period.  Fees for companies start at 1200 baht per month.  Fees for nonprofit community groups start at 250 baht per month.

Business sponsors

The Board gives the sponsors the right to promote a particular product, service or activity to CEC members. Sponsors are selected after careful vetting and with a view to offering products and services of value to CEC members.

Community Sponsors

Many social, cultural and non-profit organizations in Chiang Mai can enrich and enhance the lives of both the expat and local community. CEC helps these organizations publicize their events and activities to the members of the club.

Sponsors are responsible for the legality of the products, services and activities they provide. CEC assumes no responsibility for any activities of the sponsors, nor are the sponsors acting on behalf of CEC.

We ask members to support our sponsors whenever possible.


Bridge Club of Chiang Mai

We play Duplicate Bridge at the Oak Tree Restaurant located on Canal Road, just north of the Phucome Intersection (Canal Road and Huay Kaew Road). Map link.

We play in the large, air-conditioned room which is behind the main building. The main restaurant opens at 5 p.m. and serves excellent Thai food. There will be staff available in the afternoon to serve drinks.

Monday 1:15pm Monday Pairs, beginners welcome.
Wednesday 1:15pm Summer or Winter Pairs Friday 1:15pm
Friday 1:15pm Pairs, a more relaxed game
Sunday 1:15pm Winter Pairs, high season only

Website here.

Chiang Mai Hiking Group

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.

David (chiangmaihiking@chiangmaihiking.wordpress.com)

Chiang Mai Photographic Group (CMPG)

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.

Wyndham Hollis & Mike See (organizer@cmphotogroup.com)

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.

Karen Sengel (karensengel@hotmail.com)

Chiang Mai Video Group

Small but perfectly formed including a BBC Cameraman. No formal meeting dates but getting together for projects as required.

Sid Perou (sidperou@btinternet.com)

Chiang Mai Travel Club

For interesting presentations about people’s travels around the world! 
We are currently “On Vacation” for the 2019 summer, but will return to monthly meetings in September 2019. We meet on the second Monday of each month (recently changed from the second Tuesday) at Food 4 Thought (https://www.facebook.com/Food4ThoughtCM). Presentations begin at 7:00 pm, and we encourage members to come early for a delicious dinner and good conversations with fellow travelophiles. 
Like to join our mailing list for updates? Just email us using the address below and we’ll add you to the list.

Coordinator: Jennifer Davis. Inquiries: chiangmaitravelclub@gmail.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/chiangmaitravelclub/

Computer Club

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) https://therivermarket.com/location/

Bill Dahm (ChiangmaiComputerClub@gmail.com)
Website http://chiangmai-geeks.forumotion.net/

Horseshoes with John

A new Horseshoe court has been built for playing Horseshoes with John.  For More Information, please contact John at 0958650624

Disc Golf with Chaz

Disc Golf with Chaz

A great new opportunity for playing disc golf with Chaz is happening weekly.

Location Huay Tung Tao.


Disc golf (often referred to as frisbee golf) is a flying disc game, as well as a precision and accuracy sport, in which individual players throw a disc at or into a target.  The object of the game is to complete a course (like golf, usually 18 holes) in the fewest number of throws.  It is one of the fastest sports in the world and is played in over 50 countries.

Contact: Chaz Burton  chazburton@hotmail.com   or 095 786 2677

Location: Running/Riding track in front of Huay Tung Tao Park

Times: Tue, Thus and Sun 4:30pm (apx)  or, contact and suggest a time


For More Information, please contact Chaz at 095 786 2677

Expats Ladies Lunch Group

The Expats Ladies Lunch group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome. We try and pick a new place every time. Please email Susie Gerber (ladiesgotolunch@gmail.com)

Hypnosis for Health

Hypnosis for HealthWhile 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.

Contact: arnoldlasky@aol.com

Landscape Gardening

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.

Since 2015 many members of the group have been involved as ‘Friends of the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery’ helping to beautify this international resting place.

Cathy Andrews (gardeningchiangmai@gmail.com) Facebook Page

Writers Aloud

Writers Aloud Chiang MaiFormerly “Performing Artists”, now meeting at Apt. # 1508 Nakornping Condo (off Huay Kaew , west – towards Doi Suthep – across from the Shell Gas Station) every Monday at 8 pm.

The purpose is to read 5 or 6 minutes of your own work (or dear favorites) to a group of your peers.

No fee. Only rules: practice your piece aloud before you come . . . and please bring your own refreshments.

Information: Arnold Lasky 083-209-1583 arnoldlasky@aol.com

Reading Group

Our Chiang Mai Reading Group is a friendly, mixed group of couples and singles. We meet at a member’s home in the morning on the 2nd Thursday of each month for a lively discussion. Periodically we select books for discussion a few months in advance, accepting whatever genre members recommend and choosing democratically. We are always open to welcome new members.

Contact Janet Greenleaf by writing to  cmreadinggroup@gmail.com for more information.

Writers Without Borders

This group is dedicated to everyone who has an interest in writing

Place: Khun Mor Restaurant, Nimmanhaemin, Soi 17

Time: Every Thursday evening 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Fee: None

Contact: Lee Thomas (lifewb@gmail.com)

Scrabble Club

The Chiang Mai Scrabble Club now meets every Wednesday at 1:30 pm at Gecko Gardens Restaurant, near Pantip Plaza.
This is a fun, friendly, open minded group of people who get together for the love of the game. All levels are welcome. For further information please feel free to contact me at gregoryjoyner@gmail.com

Here’s a link on how to get to Gecko Gardens.


Democrats Abroad

dems-thailandDemocrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We strive to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote. Democrats Abroad has committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The Thailand Country Committee keeps Americans in Thailand informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. In addition to assisting voter registration for Americans in Chiang Mai the group also holds debate watching parties and will participate I the Global Presidential Primary which enables the Democrats Abroad to be recognized as a “state” Party in its own right by the Democratic National Convention and send a representative to the Democratic National Convention to select the Democratic Presidential candidate.



EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique

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.

For details please contact Michael Allman at michael@dramatic-success.com  

Exceptions to meeting times and further details on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/EFTChiangMai



Bird Watchers Group

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: masuk39@gmail.com


Chiang Mai Gay Men's Group

The Chiang Mai Gay Men’s Group is a social organization of gay men and their friends. The objective of the Group is to foster and develop friendships within the gay community in Chiang Mai, both expats and Thai. We meet regularly every Saturday morning at 11:00 AM in the large open dining area adjacent to Vanilla Coffee Shop on the lower level of KadSuanKaew Shopping Center. Newcomers are invited to come to these Saturday get-togethers for a one-time visit, or regularly, and to have their names added to the membership roster of the Group.  In addition to the regular Saturday meetings, we strive to organize a variety of social events at various times throughout the year; such events will be announced to members of the Group.

Organizer: Robert at ChiangMaiGayMensGroup@yahoo.com

Chiang Mai Vegetarian Club

Chiang Mai Vegetarian ClubThe Chiang Mai Vegetarian Club is a place for vegetarians and vegetarian-friendly people to get together once or twice a month for meals and other events.  We aim for improved health AND increased deliciousness! 

Email Judith gypsyjudith@gmail.com for a current newsletter.

Positive Ageing

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: mikepartner.1@gmail.com.  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!

Chiang Mai Pickle Ball

pickle-ball-chiang-maiA bit like tennis but more fun. Chiang Mai Pickleball 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.

Chiang Mai Pickleball meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30am (earlier in summer), just minutes from the city centre. See facebook page for full details and a quick video of where the courts are and how to get to there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChiangMaiPickleBall/ John, the group co-ordinator supplies paddles, balls and equipment for everybody to use. Contact John: Phone 0829-829 396 or email JohnBayer25@gmail.com

Chiang Mai Lawn Bowls

The current lawn bowling green was opened with a lavish affair on September 6 2015. (See here for more photos courtesy of City Life Magazine. We are the first world class lawn bowling green in Northern Thailand. Situated at Tong Kai village, near the Chiang Mai night safari park the inks are constructed of Supergreen II imported from Tigerturf from New Zealand and installed by the SEARA Sporting Systems of Bangkok.

• Chiang Mai Lawn Bowls Club play regular matches on Tuesdays at 8 am and Thursdays at 4 pm (under lights). The price is 50 Baht per hour in daytime and 60 Baht per hour under lights.

• Bowls are available for free.

• Free tuition available for newcomers from our experienced bowlers.

• Relaxed dress code although flat sports shoes recommended.

• Tong Kai bowling green can be hired for private use when not used by the club.

• Give it a go and join in the fun, whether you’re young or old, fat or thin, professional or a novice, we guarantee you will enjoy the experience.

• We also have a bar and food available so you can relax after your game and meet new friends over a cool drink and your favorite dish.

For further information contact Don Bishop at 0877280465 to book the green or Malcolm Tetley at 0868203635 to join the club. Contact Don at 087 728 0465 or  website chiangmailawnbowls.com

Chiang Mai Cinema Club

This group will view, analyze and discuss intellectually stimulating films such as documentaries, art films, foreign films, independent films, and the occasional quirky Hollywood anomaly.

Place: Arts Center Chiang Mai University, 239 Nimmanhaemin. Free on-site parking available.
Time: Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Fee: None
Contact: Brian Hull, brian@lush-life.com.au


Lannacapella Chiang MaiLannacapella is back with a new director, Clare Lyons. If you enjoy singing then this group is for you. The group meets every Wednesday at 1:30 – 3 pm at All Saints Church.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/uMne4StLKSN2

If you are interested in joining the singing group, contact Clare Lyons at clarely65@gmail.com.

Chiang Mai Badminton Recreational Group

Join this group of badminton enthusiasts who get together on Tues & Fri at 2 pm to enjoy a social game at the Municipal Stadium in town. The hall offers 6 courts and there are usually between 10 to 16 people playing mostly doubles games. Players of all levels welcome. Cost is B50 per player.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/631388276900921/
Contact: June Unland

Chiang Mai Badminton Recreational Group

Health as a Hobby

Each person’s health journey is an individually unique one. Our brain is the computer that controls our body.

If our computer (brain) is properly programmed it will serve us well IF we provide all the necessary elements needed to nourish the WHOLE body.

These include –

Taking responsibility for your own health has many rewards…..BUT….it requires courage…effort….stickability….AND time!

SO….is this you?

If you would like to join the Health as a Hobby Network and would enjoy sharing information to aid anyone and everyone who is seriously focused on their own good health then please feel free to contact Heather Crofskey 

Email:  Heather.crofskey@gmail.com 


Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous Chiang MaiAre you obsessing about food? Your weight? Are You a Compulsive eater?

If you want to stop your compulsive eating, OA welcomes you to their weekly meeting every Monday at 4 pm at Nakorn Ping Condominium on Huey Kaew Rd, at the 12-Step room on the 1st Floor. Contact: 087-579-0755.

This group is affiliated with Overeaters Anonymous (OA) which offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating, using the Twelve Steps of OA. OA is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

Chiang Mai Disc Golf

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The sport shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). It is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

We play Wednesday and Sunday afternoons at running/riding track, and other times can be arranged. See flyer for map.

Contact: Chaz Burton burtonchaz@gmail.com or 093 171 4525


Writers and Readers

You are invited to the Writer’s Club to hear authors reading from their writings. Come celebrate the spoken word. We meet on Wednesdays, 1:00pm at the Writer’s Club & Wine Bar on Rachadamnoen Rd. Come listen or participate with live authors!

Contact: Steve Mellow

Chiang Mai Scrabble Group

chiangmaiexpatsclub Chiang mai Expats Club Scrabble ClubThe Chiang Mai Scrabble Group meets Sundays and Wednesday at 1:00 PM. On Sundays we’re at TOPS Supermarket Chotana and on Wednesdays we play every week at varying venues. We welcome players of all skill levels.  For Wednesday venues or to get on our mailing list contact Frank at fwheby@pobox.com .

Friends of Bill


Informal Northern Thai Group

The Informal Northern Thai Group (INTG) is delighted to share our information with the Expats Club. Our website is: www.intgchiangmai.com or rebecca.weldon@gmail.com

Contact is Rebecca Weldon Convenor, Informal Northern Thai Group

Magic Theater Poetry Reading

The contacts are Matthew J Wells and Connie Mudore. The email is magictheatrechiangmai@gmail.comMagic Theatre does not have a website but does have a facebook page., Magic Theatre Poetry

Not Chiang Mai Hiking Group