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Change of Venue

Post by bdahm on Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:53 am

Change of Venue

The restaurant at the Airport Greenery Hotel is under new management and they are looking to better monetize their returns by charging 500 baht/hour for its use. This is not a model we have embraced in the past, preferring instead to patronize the establishment through our food and beverage purchases. So our option is to pony up by charging meeting attendees or to look elsewhere for a new venue. 

Chris has initiated a search for a new venue and has identified several alternative meeting locations, which include but may not be limited to the following:

-       Sangdee Gallery
-       Coffee Monster
-       Guru Box at Kantary Terrace
-       Pun Space 2 near Thapae Gate

The purpose of next Tuesday’s meeting will be to determine our future meeting venue. If you have any suggestions and/or you want to express your preference for any particular location (some folks have said the Airport Greenery is just too far from they live) you might want to show up and have a voice in the decision.

Among the various criteria for deciding on the new venue would be location, parking, WiFi service and suitability of the meeting space, to name just a few. Since the display of information, videos and web sites have become very central to the way we operate, we will have to be able to find a place to hang our screen. It would be helpful if the new venue could also provide a projector. Chris has generously provided his in the past, but it would be preferable if that item were provided by the venue. Alternately a nice, large HD TV would work as well.

There is a lot to hammer out, so if you want your input to count for something, I urge you to show up to help make this crucial decision.

-Bill 


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Notes from Chris' Visit to The River Market

Post by bdahm on Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:13 am

WiFi
YES there is free wifi ... password is "rivermarket"
 
Food: 
The venue is lovely, but it doesn’t look to be that convenient for eating during the actual meeting so suggest you plan to eat before or afterwards.  Members can choose from River Market or The Duke’s menu, but to help the staff it’s probably best if those wanting Duke’s food place their orders together.  Alternatively, park at River Market and stroll across the bridge to Duke’s either before or after the meeting.
 
RM has a wide selection of soft drinks, beers (Heinekin, Beer Lao, Tiger, Leo, Chang) some in large bottles as well as small. Prices 115 – 125 for large bottles.
Even if you don’t want to have a meal, it’s important that everyone at least has a drink of some kind or, if you can’t bring yourself to even go that far, then leave the staff a decent tip instead.
 
Transport
If you’re in a car, remember that the road next to the river is one way and you have to approach from the end by the (old) Chedi Hotel.  Pedestrians and bikes can cut down Loy Kroh road from the Night Market (Burger King is on the corner).
 
GREAT PARKING facility!
 
When you enter the restaurant, turn right before you enter the main dining area and at the other end of the passageway you’ll find the stairs.  There’s plenty of seating and we’ll figure out how to arrange it so everyone can see the screen.  It could be a little noisy if they are busy, so make sure your hearing aid has fresh batteries…
 
We’re feeling our way here.  Please come early (12:00 at least if you want to eat) and be thoughtful towards their staff.  Don’t expect it all to work seamlessly on the first day!  If it turns out OK, this could be a good home for us.


http://therivermarket.com/
 
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p.s. APG came back with a modified offer of Baht 1,000 for three hours inc. ice/water.
 
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Chris

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Re: Change of Venue

Post by bdahm on Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:39 am

Things went quite well at our first meeting at the River Market. We will continue to meet there for the time being. Come early and sample the menus.

-Bill

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