“Thailand is a place where people come to escape and relax.” – that’s written under Thailand’s easing of entry rules headline on a newspaper. It’s true, Thailand really is a country that is well packed with amazing nature, friendly people, and sunny weather. But while we’re pondering the fact, these questions came up… how long can one take a break from cold days and hectic life in their own country? And why do we have to "escape" from our everyday life just to be able to feel relaxed for a short while here in Thailand? …Are there other options?
Among almost 8 billion people in the world with different life purposes and lifestyles, we've met a community of like-minded people who've found themselves a balanced life after they escaped to Thailand and decided to stay here for a workation – a period of time for working and exploring the country.
The place that provides that lifestyle to those people is CLBS, the biggest employer for European nationals in Northern Thailand and a community of multinational people who enjoy living life in Chiang Mai. CLBS welcomes native speakers from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and other nations to join their team. The company takes care of visa, work permit, health insurance, and a good life inside and outside work for their employees, such as events, company trips, and even free childcare for all employees with small children.
At CLBS, there are people who escape from cold days and hectic life in Europe, people who fell in love with the relaxing atmosphere of Chiang Mai, people who enjoy exploring the city and the country, and those who’ve already found themselves a life that they wanted to live in different definitions of "for a period of time", CLBS employees decided to stay here and living a balanced work-life and life outside work, a life that allows them to take a break from escaping.
With the relaxing travel policies of Thailand and many other parts of the world, this is a perfect time to set up a new journey and look forward to embarking on new life experiences. If you are looking for a chance to live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, CLBS is now hiring and offering unlimited work contracts to native German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Swiss speakers who are willing to work with them for at least one year. If this sounds inspiring to you, visit www.clbs.co.th to learn more about all the benefits and perks at CLBS and apply for this job opportunity.
Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd. (CLBS)
Airport Business Park Building C 92/1 Mahidol Road, Tambon Haiya, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
Tel: +66(0)81 024 8080
In 1982, Oldenburg and Brissett coined the term “Third place”, referring to the places where people meet to enjoy each other’s company. While home is the first place and work is the second, being able to go outside and hang out freely allows us to seek out our “third places”; places where we feel a connection and a sense of belonging to something other than home or work.
Throughout the pandemic, normal human interactions have been severely restricted, and slowly but surely, we have all experienced some form of emotional isolation. Now, however, for the first time in a long time, the situation is stabilising, and we are starting to feel a glimmer of hope and a sense of excitement for the new freedoms and socialising opportunities that are again becoming available.
Today we hear from CLBS, a Chiang Mai-based company that has been the “second place” for their employees from Europe and around the world, for the last 16 years. Hearing what they have learned from their experiences, when trying to keep their employees feeling supported and connected, even when the world was an unpredictable place and the usual “third places” were no longer accessible.
“We always try to offer our team members a broad range of activities, both in the office as well as in and around Chiang Mai, throughout the entire year. By organising events, we give our employees the chance to experience something with us, other than just working. We inform and encourage them to integrate into local communities, both Thai and expat, with the goal of them experiencing a sense of belonging, and hopefully, finding a new “Third Place” within these communities.”— said the CLBS Corporate Branding team.
One vital insight the CLBS team has offered is how important it is to maintain a sense of community and strong supportive bonds between all employees, regardless of whether they are in the office, an ASQ hotel, or at home. They organise and encourage employees to attend smaller, more meaningful social gatherings, with the hope of strengthening these bonds and building friendships.
CLBS are currently expanding their existing office space and workplace facilities, by filling yet another floor in Airport Business Park. They are always seeking out new and cosy accommodation for their new employees, which is provided free of charge for any new employee’s first two weeks in Chiang Mai, to give them a good start and the time they need to settle and find a home. Every step they take is to provide the smoothest and most supportive onboarding process for new recruits.
“We put a lot of time and energy into giving our employees creative, relaxing, and joyful outlets. We did some small things like making snack packs to mail to our new employees during their 14-day quarantines in ASQ hotels, holding ‘workshop weeks’ to provide a space for our employees to share their passions and hobbies with their colleagues, providing intensive Thai language lessons and even offer to cover costs of other online courses that will further people’s careers. During all of this, we used online platforms to collect feedback about everything, giving our team members a chance to take part in future decisions and to know that they are being heard.”
“With ever fewer restrictions for the fully vaccinated entering Thailand, we look forward to welcoming many more people into our CLBS community. We are very excited to see our team continue to grow, and to see new members truly enjoying life in Thailand, and the many perks and benefits of working with CLBS. Our goal is to hear them say, or even just to know that they think, that working with CLBS “is more than just a job”.
If you are a German, French, Italian, or Spanish native speaker who is looking for an opportunity to live and work in Thailand, with visa and work permit, in a caring company that can be your future second and third place, check out WWW.CLBS.CO.TH/JOBS or visit them on https://www.facebook.com/clbsjobs.
From time to time, we all need to find ways to get our mojo back to make work and life exciting again. Rather than forcing that inspiration and creativity to ignite at the same working desk, you sit every day, sometimes you should go outside to try something new.
Here are 7 out-of-work activities from CLBS, a multinational company based in Chiang Mai who induced community-based activities to keep their team members inspired and enhance a strong bond among colleagues. If you are looking for an ideal and professional working environment at modern office facilities and values its employees as the biggest asset of the company, look up all open opportunities at www.clbs.co.th.
1. In a mud field
During the external team meeting, CLBS sent their German and Swiss team colleagues to learn all about Thai rice at Ginger Farm Chiang Mai. They suited up in Mor Hom, the traditional Thai farmer’s outfit, learned how rice is processed, how to cook rice in the traditional Thai style, met and took some pictures with a water buffaloม and got dirty like they enjoyed it as they were kids.
2. In a potter’s house
While two teams enjoyed fresh air and mud, another German team went to a therapeutic hand-building pottery workshop to learn how to shape clay, glaze and fire their masterpieces at Yanim's Ceramic Studio which helped ease away extra stress and reveal their artistic side at the same time.
3. In front of a canvas and an easel
Brushstroke and pigments are good at keeping you focused. Need proof? The German, UK, and Spanish teams can guarantee that. They spent hours in front of their canvas without even noticing how much time had passed during the Acrylic Painting Workshop at The Warehouse - Paint Club. Since then, they found that their office looks a lot better with all the masterpieces hanging on the walls.
4. In the shade of Suthep mountain
Another German team discovered a peaceful forest house called Studio Naenna at Soi Chang khian where they joined a natural indigo tie-dye workshop, learned, and played with shibori techniques to make patterns and brought home the pieces of art they created. How happy were they? Look at those beaming smiles on their faces!
5. In a kitchen
While other teams enjoyed getting into art and crafts, CLBS Italian colleagues went to Buddha Raksa Nature Farm to pick up some fresh ingredients for plant-based cooking. The workshop started with a farm tour before getting in the kitchen with fresh-picked vegetables. They learned how to cook banana blossoms deliciously, made Khao Soi, had pumpkin in sweet coconut milk as the dessert, and turmeric tea as an immune booster drink. Who says cooking is mundane? Forget that! It’s super fun and inspiring.
6. In the most beautiful miniature golf course in Chiang Mai
For the person who gains energy from being outdoorsy, CLBS French and Italian teams had recommended Hansa Mini Golf, a beautifully designed miniature golf course in Sansai that offers the guest a journey through fascinating world’s architectures at every pit stop: Stonehenge, Easter Islands, Pyramids, Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and many more. It’s a combo of challenging activities and wonderful sightseeing, good for team building!
7. In a kayak
Last but not least, there’s nothing like an exhilarating kayaking excursion surrounded by natural splendor! CLBS French colleagues had a superb opportunity to experience nature while working together as a team in a fun and scenic environment of Mae Taeng Forest Reserve Jungle with Chiang Mai Mountain Biking & Kayaks.
Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd. (CLBS Ltd.)
+662 10706 68
CLBS Ltd. - an employee focused company in Chiang Mai, took their employees on an adventurous field trip at the 8Adventures camp in Mae Taeng to build a culture of teamwork and to support local businesses at the same time.
"Our 2- hour whitewater rafting sounded like a very long journey, but the time went by so fast and was filled with lots of fun. Some of the sections gave us adrenaline rushes, some of them were surprisingly relaxing and calm. Every second of this 10 km rafting trip was breathtaking scenery; Spectacular flora and fauna, bright blue skies and bubbling white waters."
"At first, the surging white rapids looked a little intimidating for some of us, but once we were all sitting in our places, paddles in hands, we felt confident because there were so many safety professionals around us. Each group had its own trained leader from 8Adventures, and we felt like they truly knew every single rock in the river."
Those are messages from the staff. They all had an exciting wet 'n' wild day out joining the 10 km whitewater rafting activity where they gained teamship and new adventurous experience.
Despite the fact that some of the team members were first-time rafters, the organizer had less concern since they've already made sure that the team was getting excellent services and being under the protective and caring wings of the 8Adventures team. Quality proved by the team of world class adventure enthusiasts; two-time world champion kayaker Eric and his crews.
Was everyone safe and sound and happy being surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Mae Taeng river? All evidence is in the photos!
“The well-being of our team members, our CLBS family, and all who visit our office, is our highest priority. We remain diligent in our commitment to provide a safe, hospitable environment for all who enter our doors” says Matthias Schenk, Managing Director of CLBS Ltd.
When it comes to the health and safety of their employees during the COVID 19 pandemic, Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd., really works hard to deliver a hygienic environment, both inside and outside its working spaces.
Now, during this difficult period, their work as an outsourcing-company, assisting small and medium-sized companies, has been in even more demand.
That is why they have set very high standards to give their team members the safest and most enjoyable working environment. And this comes with the following measures:
- Regular disinfection of offices
- Systematic cleaning of frequently touched areas
- Provision of hand sanitizers at all entrances
- Each employee provided with the following pack
- An alcohol spray
- A hand sanitizer gel
- CLBS washable face mask with filters
- An organic dry clean hand sanitizer
- CLBS cutlery set (to avoid sharing cutlery in the kitchen)
- CLBS tumbler (to avoid sharing cup)
- CLBS reusable and washable seat cover
- Transparent workstation screens installed to protect employees from spittle and splashes
- Communication channel created to disseminate official COVID-19 information
- Situation updates displayed on the communal kitchen’s TV and company news board
- Prominent display of house rules
- Wear a face mask while talking to colleagues, when entering the office and the meeting rooms/areas
- Disinfect hands when entering the office, before and after the meeting
- Keep social distancing
- Limit numbers of people in the meeting rooms to ensure social distancing
- Encourage all employees to use messenger, video chats and other tools to communicate virtually instead of in-person
- Set health and hygiene measures for CLBS massage room and CLBS Kindergarten
- Sterilize all passports by using UV sterilizer
- Confirmed all employees are covered for the COVID-19 medication by the company’s private health insurance
CLBS has always been a pioneer in high care standards for their staff, which is why, a few years ago, they created a kindergarten plus a massage room within the office’s premise.
Parents can go to work with complete peace of mind, and everyone can enjoy a complimentary massage during work time. COVID-19 precautions have been extended to these two areas as well.
Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd. (CLBS Ltd.) is an outsourcing- company which assists small and medium-sized companies as well as freelancers throughout Europe and Asia. They are supported by the Board of Investment of Thailand. For further details, please contact: www.clbs.co.th or call 053-904 748
For the last 15 years, Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services, aka CLBS, has taken great joy in celebrating its “birthday”, with its many employees, at some of the ritziest venues in this fine city. Five-star venues such as Le Meridien and the Shangri-La hotels have hosted huge parties with fine-dining, free flow cocktails, the best of local entertainment and grand prize giveaways. At the beginning of 2020, plans were already underway for the fifteenth CLBS birthday bash. 2020 however, had other plans...
COVID did what COVID does and all plans were cancelled, much to the dismay of many employees who had already experienced one of these parties. Months passed being either holed up at work or locked up at home. Holidays were cancelled and plans were ruined. Businesses were closing left and right, and it was impossible to enjoy even the simple things, like going out for dinner or for a walk in a national park. They were dark times that left a lot of people feeling sad and emotionally worn out. There was, however, a light at the end of the tunnel.
As new COVID cases in Chiang Mai slowly reduced to zero, measures were reduced, and people were allowed to get back towards some semblance of normality. It was at this point that CLBS decided that the normal celebration of drinking and dancing the night away, although fun, might not be what was needed by their employees at this time, and it was here that the “CLBS Rise & Shine Wellness Retreat” was born.
All employees were invited to Veranda High Resort for a one day, one-night stay in their five-star facilities. More than 120 employees joined the wellness retreat, designed to allow them to recharge and balance their energies in a stunningly beautiful and natural location.
During the day, wellness workshops were hosted by employees who wished to share their knowledge and skills. Employees could pick and choose which workshops they wanted to attend. The workshops included cooking demonstrations teaching easy healthy recipes such as Zoodles (noodles made from zucchini), aromatherapy candle making, reiki energy balancing techniques, energy ball making with raw and natural ingredients, an organic facial scrub making course, yoga, fitness classes, meditation with our resident ex-monk and even a morning alms ceremony the following day.
In the afternoon, retreaters were left to recharge and soak up some sun and some positive energy by one of the three pools; or to take an adventurous hike up to Wat Phra That Si Mueang Pong with some local guides. Once all the activities and lounging were done for the day, it was time to head back to the luxurious rooms, to dress for the evening's dinner ceremony. The dress code for the evening was all white, representing the wellness, light and purity that was the theme for the event.
Sunkissed, smiling faces, dining on local cuisine, and fancy imported treats, amongst some of Chiang Mai’s lushest mountainous forest, seemed a long way from the worries and confusion of “the new normal”. After dinner, prizes were given out including a number of vouchers for Veranda High Resort’s award-winning spa, and then it was time for some soulful acoustic music from yet another of their talented employees.
After a restful night’s sleep in Veranda’s extremely comfortable beds, the early birds of the company were up for morning alms and a yoga session, before they joined the lay-in lovers for a healthy breakfast. It was then, once again, time to enjoy the sun and the swimming pools until check-out.
CLBS would like to thank Veranda and all its staff for the wonderful stay, its event team for all their hard work arranging the wellness retreat, and finally their employees for volunteering to host workshops and for representing our company during their stay, in a way that made us all proud.
Written by Michael Hole
Tuesday, 12th November, CLBS invited all their staff and members of the public to join their annual DIY Krathong workshop at Kad Klang Wiang, to celebrate the most beautiful and meaningful festival in Thailand, Loi Krathong.
Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon in the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar. Loi literally means 'to float,' while krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which floats on the water. Regardless of the composition, a krathong will be decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. During the night of the full moon, Thais will float their krathong on a river, canal or pond lake. The festival is believed to originate in an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirits of the water. The host of the free workshop, CLBS Ltd., provided the material and instructions on how to make the krathong to all participants. It was a bit tricky to learn the folding techniques but once one got it, everyone let their creativity run freely. All participants left with a smile and hopefully, everyone let go and make a wish.
CLBS is an international company in Chiang Mai that offers professional business support with an emphasis on secretarial services for European companies. They not only provide the opportunity to work at modern office facilities in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai, but they also value their employees as the biggest asset of the company. CLBS hires German, Swiss, English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Japanese native speakers, as well as Thai professionals, and they provide their employees with all the necessary assistance to obtain a visa and work permit. If you want to work within a fun, innovative and multicultural atmosphere, contact them through their website.
Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd. (CLBS Ltd.)
02 107 0668
Studying in Thailand will reward you in countless ways. From lifelong friendships to exceptional knowledge; A strong sense of self to a deep understanding of Thai culture. Plus, that little gem on your CV could be all the difference you need to nail that dream job.
With the 20 weeks of language course and accommodation being completely free, the CLBS “Work and Study” program in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is an adventure you don’t want to miss. What’s more, you work and gain valuable experience in the field of B2B Customer Service. It also helps you develop skills such as communication, teamwork, interpersonal and workplace-relevant English language skills. So, get ready to move to Asia!
Working at CLBS, the company will take care of your visa and work permit to stay legally in Thailand,for the 6 months of the course.You will get Thai social insurance, which includes compulsory health insurance. Upon arrival, they will pick you up at the airport and accompany you to your free accommodation which is nearby the company premises. You can choose between an English (with optional TOEIC exam) or a Thai language course. Your language course will occur 3 days per week
at CMU, making it a total of 6 hours studying per week. Furthermore, your working time consistsof 30 hours per week, 6 hours per day from Monday to Friday, at CLBS, including salary and performance - related bonuses. If you are looking for a chance to discover new perspectives on life, Chiang Mai is the place to be!
Can’t wait to claim your spot for the CLBS Work and Study program? Then apply online via www.clbs.co.th by providing your contact details and CV. You can also reach them by phone at +66 (0)81 024 8080.
MEET WITH Matthias Schenk
As the Managing Director of CLBS-Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd., Matthias Schenk believes the best approach to growing a business and to changing the world is to focus on the individual development of each person in that company. That is why CLBS, a software and customer care service company in Chiang Mai, has quickly become the biggest employer of Europeans in Northern Thailand (180 European employees) as well as the biggest employer of German people all over Thailand.
Where are you from and for how long have you been working at CLBS?
"I am from Berlin. I started working at CLBS 11 years ago. Before that I was working in one of their partner companies in Germany."
What do you like most about CLBS?
"I like the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the company but, most of all, I like the idea of working within a multicultural team and environment. Having so many people from so many different backgrounds is always interesting. Of course, being located in the fascinating city of Chiang Mai is another reason why we all love working here."
Name one of the biggest challenges in your profession?
"With 180 foreign employees, one of the biggest challenges is to adhere to the regulations of the Thai government. Thai laws are revised often, and we must be up to date at all times. But we were very proud to be invited by the Thai government to be one of the first five companies in Thailand to test the new online work permit service. Another interesting challenge is to help our employees by trying to be a kind of substitution for family and friends to our team members when they, sometimes, feel lost or homesick. Living in a different country with a different culture can be difficult sometimes, but not for long."
Does your company also employ students?
"Yes, we have a "Work and Study" project which allows younger employees to work at CLBS and study English or Thai languages at Chiang Mai University. At the end of their six-month contract, they receive a certificate from us. Most of the time, they enjoy living here so much that they want to continue the experience: that's why they usually sign-up for a one-year contract with us in Chiang Mai, before going back to their country."
In Chiang Mai, what do you like to do during your days off?
"I like to discover new coffee shops, then just sit in and relax."
What is your favourite restaurant?
"There are so many! But I like Street Pizza's balcony a lot."
CLBS-Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd. is an outsourcing- company which assists small and medium-size companies as well as freelancers throughout Europe and Asia. They are supported by the Board of Investment of Thailand. For further details, please contact: www.clbs.co.th or call 053-904 748.
CLBS, a young and fast growing international company, is now offering a Work & Study Program for young European females, which gives them the possibilities of not only studying abroad, but also gaining work experience in a multi-cultural environment.
For 6 months, participants can develop their languages skills in either Thai or English. They will be immersed in Thai culture and receive. In order to offer a high standard of accredited education for the young professionals, CLBS has partnered with the Chiang Mai University. After completing the language course, participants will be rewarded a language certificate which they can use to their advantage in their future career choices.
In addition to the free language course, the company offers free accommodation! The young professionals will also receive a monthly salary which will allow them to fully enjoy their Chiang Mai experience!
On March 9th, a lot of guests like Khun Kanchana Noppun and Khun Krongkanaoke Managitjonggol (Board of Investment, Bangkok), representatives of BOI, Chiang Mai, representative of Immigration Chiang Mai, representatives of the Language Institute of Chiang Mai University joined the opening ceremony to celebrate this new venture.
Working with CLBS and studying at Chiang Mai University is a once in lifetime opportunity to enjoy Thailand’s great hospitality!
Chiangmai Lanna Business Services Ltd.
Airport Business Park. Mahidol Road. Chiang Mai.
How good a cup of coffee can be when you are working on your computer? Well, at CLBS-Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd. this cup of coffee will be twice as good as anywhere else as it is locally produce and company staff has now met with the manufacturers.
Last November, CLBS organized a field trip to visit the family of Hmong Doi Pui Coffee plantation, which is the coffee brand they will use in their office. Staff got to see how they grow, roast and brew Hmong Doi Pui coffee Plantation is a small Temple. It was important for CLBS to select a local company to work with.
CLBS-Chiang Mai Lanna Business Service Ltd, is the biggest employer of European experts in Northern Thailand. The company offers customer management services to international companies overseas. They now also provide staff with coffee machine at every floors.
92/1 Mahidol Road. Chiang Mai,
Chiang Mai Lanna Business Ltd. was well presented at different cultural and social occasions throughout Chiang Mai in the first half of the year 2014 to show its social responsibility as well as cultural and regional interest. It started with a sponsorship of the Trio for Justice charity walk in January 2014.
Next they attended the Flower Festival, which constituted a venue where current as well as potential employees of CLBS Ltd. got the chance to get together. The company offered The Stratton ABC Foundation, a gladly supported charity, to use the CLBS Ltd. stall to spread the word about its ambitions and ongoing projects. The company as well as the charity found a lively response and also spent another wonderful time together. Last but not least, CLBS Ltd. Sponsored the International Music & Heritage Festival. The company enjoyed two days of beautiful music and delicious cuisine and convinced its employees one more time about the culture variety of ChiangMai
International is what CLBS Ltd, is! If you are interested in working the CLBS Ltd. team personally do not hesitate to contact then for a walk-in interview at their office premises.
CHIANG MAI LANNA BUSINESS SERVICES:
See city map C6
Adv. page 62
Tel. 081-0240 8080
"Get together and do something good" is the motto that CLBS Ltd. chose for early January. With its sponsorship of the Trip for Justice the company made its own mark for social justice in South East Asia. The charity walk has been running for the last 5 years and is growing increasingly popular. As team spirit and social awareness are distinctive attributes of the corporate culture of CLBS Ltd. the company involved its employees in the Trio for Justice Project. Some of them indicated their athleticism by their participation in the run and others supported the charity event by volunteering. The company rewarded great athletes with major sporting achievements and honorable social awareness. By participating and sponsoring this event, CLBS Ltd. not only strengthened the cohesion amongst its staff but also demonstrated social responsibility. To double the good deeds the company also invited the children of The Stratton ABC Foundation to take part in the charity walk. CLBS Ltd. have helped to support the children’s home for a couple of years now and so knew about the kids’ new hoppy. One of their current projects is called "Walk for their futures". The idea behind this new found hobby fits perfectly with the ambition of the Trio of Justice charity walk. For CLBS Ltd. it was a sport start to the New Year and a clear sign for internal and external solidarity. Learn more about the job opportunities at CLBS Ltd. and find further information on the company’s homepage.
In August 2013, Chiang Mai Lanna Business Services Ltd. (CLBS) celebrated its Anniversary and looked back on the success of the business during the past 8 years. CLBS is well known as one of the biggest employers of Europeans in Northern Thailand, but it is not only the number of foreign employees that has steadily grown in the last years, as CLBS is a distinguished employer of a rising number of Thai professionals as well.
CLBS thrives on their professional and highly motivated employees. To honour their high-quality work and to celebrate the 8th birthday of CLBS, a glamorous gala evening was held at the Dusit D2 Hotel. Distinguished guests like the Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai Province, Director of Chiang Mai Employment Office, Director of TAT Chiang Mai Office, Board of Director – Airport Business Park, German Honorary Consul and many more joined that unforgettable event. “CLBS got talent” – the motto of the evening is true not only at work but also on stage. The wonderful anniversary celebration brought some of the unexplored talents that the workers possess.