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December 2014 Updates
for Nancy Chandler's Map of Chiang Mai,
20th Edition (More recent notes coming this weekend, we promise!)
Listings in purple (visible on our website, not our mobile-friendly site) are the most recent changes.
Below are select openings, closings, our advice, suggested special experiences, and more of note (new listings in purple) related to changes in Chiang Mai since we published this map. Scroll on down to check out specific areas of interest as listed (chapters are separated by images as we're still figuring out how to link from the list below). Entries are followed by grid numbers (eg. A3) so you can find the approximate location of places on our map.
TIPS FOR SELECTING A HOTEL IN CHIANG MAI
Decide first which area you’d like to stay in and search from there. Our recommendations:
OUR TOP PICKS FOR ELEGANT THAI STYLE AND SUBSTANCE
While there are many top end hotels in Chiang Mai now, our top picks for design, service and, most importantly, location would be the following:
... FOR MODERN LUXURY WITH A TOUCH OF THAI
Among more chic, modern hotels within the Old Town, there are two we would highly recommend:
… IN THE RIVERSIDE AREA
… AND OTHER NEAT FINDS IN THE OLD CITY AREA
AMONG NEW PROPERTIES OF NOTE
The Eastin Tan hotel (B 3,700+, www.eastinhotelsresidences.com) is getting rave reviews online not just for its luxurious rooms and stylishly rustic restaurant, but more importantly, its location on Huay Kaew just west of Think Park, within easy access to all the shopping, dining and clubbing attractions on Nimmanhaemin (see B2 on our map).
One of our recommended properties, the Manathai Village off Tha Phae Soi 3 (L1), which had Thai-styled rooms around a courtyard pool within walking distance of many sights, is closed.
VISITING TEMPLES DURING YOUR VISIT?
Please dress appropriately. Our tips for respectful temple visits nationwide in Thailand:
SUPPORT THE CITY'S YOUNG MUSEUMS
Show your support for the development of museums in Chiang Mai. Combine a visit to the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre Museum on Phra Pokklao (B2-C2, K1) with a visit to the two young museums that have opened up alongside. The Chiang Mai Historical Centre is tucked behind the main museum (the entrance near the corner of Jhaban and Ratwithi) and the Lanna Folklife Museum – showcasing Lanna traditions, crafts, and culture – across the street in the former courthouse. Both are open Tue-Sun 8.30am-5pm, entry to each B 90 for adults, B 40 for children (discounts reportedly offered for a three museum ticket).
WAT KATE MUSEUM
If you are planning some shopping in the Charoen Rat area (M1), do drop by Wat Kate to visit its museum of old Buddha images, Thai flags, textiles, banknotes, retro furniture and other common household goods. Singlehandedly run by the characterful Uncle Jack, eldest son of Scottish teak magnate William Bain who made Chiang Mai home in the early 1900s, it is open daily 9am-3pm. Donations to its upkeep are most welcome. Swing by the 137 Pillars House, the former Bain family compound on Nha Wat Gate Soi 1 (M1) for tea afterwards.
TRIBAL MUSEUM REOPENED
After a fire and a couple of years of abandonment, the Tribal Museum in Rajamankala (Rama IX) Park accessible off Nonghor 3 (B1) or Hwy 107 (B1, H1-I1) has reopened. Exhibits are simple but interesting. Time your visit on Tue or Thu at 10am or 2pm and you might get to watch the army horses go for a swim in the adjacent lake. Note: as with most places beyond the inner city, you will want to have a driver wait for you, getting transport back into town from here difficult. Hours are Mon-Fri 9am-4pm only.
FOR LOVERS OF OLD BUILDINGS
Do make an effort to visit the Traditional House Museum on Canal Road (A2-B2), its expansive grounds home to several old teak houses representative of traditional houses throughout northern Thailand. The venue is also available for private functions. Open daily 8.30am to 4.30pm, guides available Mon to Fri only.
SIGHTS FOR LOVERS OF ASIAN TEXTILES
A new Thai silk museum has opened in Lamphun, approximately 30 minutes south of Chiang Mai (see I2 on the map), featuring intricately woven pieces by a designer that used to work for royalty. Open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, it is located on the 2nd floor of the Pensiri Thai Silk shop. Call 053-510524 or 081-8814730 for directions and to ensure a guide is available to explain the works. Textile lovers planning to swing by the Bank of Thailand’s Textile Museum off Hwy 107 (B1) should call ahead to 053-931-182 to check it is open as hours can be irregular. If it is closed, replace it with a visit to Studio Naenna and the Patricia Cheesman Collection Gallery - see p. 29 of the directory. Call 053-226-042 for an appt.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL INTERESTS
Looking for something different to do?
NEW 3D ART MUSEUM A MUST FOR THOSE WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR
We admit the experience of visiting the new Art in Paradise illusionary art ‘museum’ is not exactly traditional or culturally enriching, but it is great fun. Take a fully charged camera and you’ll find yourself able to spend two hours or more posing for silly photos as you move through the three floors of the art-filled building, the displays designed to encourage you to pick up a paintbrush in front of the Mona Lisa, pretend to surf, do a head stand while actually lying flat on the floor, etc. Doors are open daily 9am-9pm but staff told us it is least crowded after 6pm, when school kids have gone home to eat.
OTHER NEW ATTRACTIONS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Chiang Mai offers all sorts of activities for those travelling with children. Among those we feel worthy of special mention:
THAI NATURE & FARMING PARKS
The young Fair Earth Farm (fairearthfarm.weebly.com) on the east side of the river north of the 2nd Ring Road (as shown on in I1 on the map, not between the 1st and 2nd Ring Roads as in the directory) offers half day tours of its organic farm (B 200, bring your own translator), organic meals, and, with advance booking, planting and harvesting parties and educational hands on workshops. Walk ins are welcome Mon, Wed, Fri, or by appt (for English language tours, call 083-572-4597).
ELEPHANT CAMP DAY TRIP SUGGESTION
For those who want a less touristy elephant camp experience, we recommend a day trip to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (I2) about an hour south of Chiang Mai, followed by sunset drinks and dinner in Lampang, about twenty minutes further south, ideally on a weekend when the small town hosts a very Thai (not touristy) walking street market with reasonably priced snacks, knick knacks and cultural activities. The elephant camp's unique drawcards are its range of programs doing good for elephants and its lack of commercialization. Entry is a reasonable B 200 (B 100 for children), most signage aimed at Thai visitors rather than tourists. We'd urge you to skip the elephant show due to the questionable methods used to train elephants to perform at any elephant show. Take the tram into the park to the Elephant Hospital and Nursery, then walk back to the camp gate and up the hill to the north to find the Elephant Dung Paper-Making Factory, where the manager will happily take guests through a hands-on demonstration although he speaks very little English. The camp is also home to a mahout training school, a vet training center, the National Elephant Institute library, and a homestay program. For information about these programs and others (such as the Elephant Adoption Project), visit www.thailandelephant.org/en.
FOR A GUILT-FREE ELEPHANT CAMP EXPERIENCE
The Elephant Nature Park (www.elephantnaturepark.org) in Mae Taeng (H1), north of Chiang Mai, is a community-based elephant sanctuary treating rescued animals and allowing them to roam free on the grounds, no shows, no tricks. It offers day trips, overnight packages, and week-long ‘volunteer’ programs allowing paying tourists to stay and help with the feeding, bathing, and caring of elephants. The park is also home to rescued buffalos, dogs, cats, birds, and other animals.
As we joke, Thai cooking, massage and mediation classes are so passe. Check the map's directory for all sorts of ideas on how to spend your holiday in Chiang Mai picking up special skills (art and craft classes on page 34, for example, see FABB below which offers full day intensive barista courses, and the Chiang Mai Drama Center, also below). Among new venues offering a range of opportunities are the following:
FOR THOSE STAYING IN OR VISITING THE SANSAI AREA
Interested in healthy eats? Oh Ka Jhu (www.facebook.com/ohkajhu) opened on the 2nd Ring Road just north east of Hwy 1001 (I1) as a large open air farm-to-table restaurant with organic garden, fronted by a colorful 'organic coffee' bus flanked by a life size statue of Mao and two mini buffalos. Tel: 081-980-2416. Closed: David's Kitchen@909 (new location in town under French Restaurants below).
IN THE HANG DONG AREA SOUTH OF THE CITY
The 'Chiang Mai Grand Canyon' is a freshwater lake that has formed in an abandoned quarry, beckoning cyclists, picnic groups, swimmers and others interested in a different experience. It is located off Canal Road, south of the Hang Dong Golf course (see H2 on our map). Look for the PT gas station, then turn left to cross the canal and follow signs. There is a small restaurant - the Thuang Thong Canyon View - which overlooks the abandoned quarry and offers Thai and German dishes. Note: Caution required. People have drowned here. Please be aware that you swim at your own risk and you should check for the small beach before jumping off the edge of one of the 'cliffs'. Closed: Dokmai Garden off Canal Road (H2).
STAY ON TOP OF CHIANG MAI’S TOP SHOPS
Pick up a copy of the latest issue of ‘Art & Culture Lanna’. It describes itself as “the definitive Northern Thailand guide to studios, shops and special places”. With profiles of the highest quality, local brand name outlets, it’s the perfect complement to Nancy Chandler’s Map of Chiang Mai for the most serious of shoppers even if all listings are in fact ads. Better yet, it’s updated more regularly, keeping you on top of what’s where now, and gives details of some of the highlights of shops in the Sankampaeng and Hang Dong/Baan Tawai areas that we simply don’t have room for. Available free, look for it in hotels, restaurants, and travel agencies.
OUR TOP TREASURE TROVES
Among places on the map worthy of special mention is Kesorn Arts, in a lovely old teak building on Tha Phae (E) which stocks a wide range of tribal art, beads, jewelry and textiles. One of the owners is a specialist in beads, making for some very interesting conversation as well.
FOR ASIAN TEXTILE LOVERS
FOR ART LOVERS WITHIN THE MOAT
Make a bee line for the Ratchadamnoen-Phra Pokklao intersection (K1), now surrounded by several artsy little shops/galleries incl. I’m Fine Art on Phra Pokklao just north of Things Called Art and the Glang Viang and 88 Gallery opposite, Supachet Studio east of the junction, Naris Art photo gallery west, past U Chiang Mai, and By Design south of the junction. For lovers of more traditional arts and crafts, visit the Rare-Earth Tribal Art gallery on Loi Kroh (see L1-2 on our map).
GALLERIES IN THE OLD CITY AREA
Top among those we would recommend visiting is The Meeting Room Art Cafe (080-627-9219, daily 11am-8pm) on Charoen Rat (L1-M1) which has delicious eats, a library, and regular talks in addition to art for sale. In the Night Bazaar area, art fans should tour the basement of the Night Bazaar Building (G), now home to more small galleries, studios and portrait artists than ever before. Nearby, the Baan Tuek Art Center (085-030-1345, Tue-Sun 3-8pm) is an impressive non profit gallery for young and emerging artists.
NEW ART GALLERIES IN THE NIMMANHAEMIN AREA (B2)
We love it when customers let us know of neat new finds and this was one of the best finds referred to us just before we went to print with the 20th edition: Chiangmai Art on Paper (C.A.P. Studio) (087-810-8860) is a quality printmaking studio and gallery with very reasonable prices on Nimmanhaemin Soi 17. Another highly recommended art gallery/boutique shop for those who love things colorful and fun is Suriyan Chandra in its signature studio/showroom on Sirimangkalajan Soi 11 which is hard to miss, one of its hand-painted terracotta figurines standing tall outside.
NEW ART GALLERIES IN GREATER CHIANG MAI
MORE FOR ART LOVERS
For those looking to create their own art, the Noina Art Studio (084-042-8021) on Moon Muang Soi 9 (K1) offers drawing and painting classes of 1-40 hours. The Nacha Artists Residence (053-252-983, daily 10am-7pm) on Tai Wang (L1) offers classes for all ages in oil, acrylics, watercolors, as well as paint your own souvenir bags/shirt workshops. Also see Elephant Parade above under Sightseeing for another artsy way to spend a day in Chiang Mai.
Good news for those looking for maps (and other books) at Chiang Mai International Airport: The Booksmith has opened two bookshop branches in the airport, one on the 2nd floor of the Domestic Terminal and another in the International Terminal.
For tribal chic, peek in the designer’s boutique at the gorgeous Tamarind Village hotel on Ratchadamnoen (C2, K1), which is stocked with Northern Thai inspired clothing, jewelry, crafts, and home decor, open daily 8am-8pm. For vintage finds, check if the Kad na Warm market still operates every Sunday 4-11pm in front of Warm Up on Nimmanhaemin (B2).
Kad Na Warm Vintage Market in front of Warm Up Nimmanhaemin bar every Sunday 4-11pm. For something a bit different, drop by Kanjana Studio on Samlarn at Ratchamanka (K1) to browse its super comfortable eco-friendly tie dye clothing, available in all sizes. Also see For Asian Textile Lovers above.
Closed: Dokmai Garden off Canal Road (H2).
FOR THE HOME
Adding to the growing number of options for those settling in Chiang Mai is home furniture and supplies warehouse Home Sukkapan, which has opened in the Doi Saket area (see I1 on the map).
OUR TOP FINE DINING VENUES
In town, we highly recommend the Anantara on Charoen Prathet (F1) which offers truly special candelit dining on the river, an intimate little bar upstairs in the historic premises of the former British Consulate, and weekend High Tea brunch buffets. Tel: 053-253-333. Also offering a most memorable dining experience is the 137 Pillars House on Nha Wat Kate Soi 1 (M1). Built around a heritage house dating back to the 1880s, the luxury boutique hotel offers high tea in The Parlor, cocktails in the Library Bar, and international dining in The Dining Room. For true opulence, venture out to the luxury Dhara Dhevi’s Le Grand Lanna (Thai), Fujian (Cantonese in an old mansion in the Kad Dhara shopping village), Farang Ses (French overlooking rice paddies), Ryu (Japanese), or Akaligo (Mediterranean) restaurants (I2). The latter hosts a Sunday jazz brunch as well. Tel: 053-888-888.
NEW AMERICAN RESTAURANTS
Hip New Tea Shops
Tea lovers should make it a mission to at least stop by the luxe little tea room Kalapela on Ratchadamnoen (K1) (note: it has air con and doubles as a wine and sake bar too) and/or the beautifully decorated Tichaa (Tea Room by Haarn) (092-269-2776) at the end of Nimmanhaemin Soi 19 (B2). Closed: What was the new Princess Tearoom on Sukasame.
Trendy New ‘Coffee Bars’
Coffee bars with beans from around the world on offer were all the rage when we last updated the map.
For Those With a Sweet Tooth
New Cat Cafes (and one Boardgame Cat Cafe)
Whether Japanese-style cat petting cafes are here to stay or not is uncertain, but they've now spread from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, offering visitors the chance to pet cats while sipping on cool drinks and maybe having a bit to eat.
We loved the atmosphere of the Saturday jazz brunch at the delightful Good Morning Chiang Mai at 29/5 Ratchamanka Soi 6 (J2-K2), which specializes in American breakfasts and brunch (eggs, granola and more – the kid’s menu includes Mickey Mouse pancakes and French Toast Sticks). It's open daily 8am-5pm (breakfast to 2pm) and also offers European style breads and sandwiches. Tel: 053-278-607. Also worth a mention: Bake & Bite’s garden cafe on Kaew Nawarat Soi 3/2 (M1) which is an expatriate favorite, although a bit out of the way for those without transport.
IN INTERNATIONAL RIVERSIDE RESTAURANTS
The Edge offers reasonably priced gourmet twists on international favorites from a riverside location on Wang Singkham south of Rama 9 Bridge (C2). It has gotten rave reviews, many advising you save room for dessert so don’t say you weren’t warned. Open Tue-Sun eve. only. Tel: 053-232-277. Closed: David's Kitchen@909 in San Phi Sua (I1), which has reopened in town (see French Restaurants below).
NEW FRENCH RESTAURANTS
The highly regarded David's Kitchen, formerly in the suburbs of Chiang Mai, now serves up fabulous French dishes from its new premises at 117 Bumrung Rat near Duc De Praslin (M1). It is open Mon-Sat evenings only. Call 091-068-1744 for reservations.
NEW GERMAN RESTAURANTS
Sangsuma German Restaurant (which originally opened in 2014 as Rasstube) is new in the San Phi Sua area near Joy's House (I1) offering quality German dishes in a fancier setting than available in downtown Chiang Mai. Tel: 053-230-388 for reservations and directions.
NEW ITALIAN RESTAURANTS
It's on the map but we've had several map users suggest we give it a plug here too: For those seeking good Italian, try Casa Diverso on Ratchamanka (J1). They say it is delicious. Thai and other European fusion dishes available too. Tel: 084-174-0699. Meanwhile, among new openings is Ragu Rustico Italiano in the Promenada (D3-4). Owned by the people behind Duke's, it is getting good reviews, although a bit pricier than other Italian venues in the city and out of the way for most visitors. Tel: 053-142-665.
New Pizza Joints
One of our neatest new finds for the 20th edition was the hole-in-the-wall that was Street Pizza tucked down an alley opposite Book Corner (E, G, L1). Still earning rave reviews in early 2016, it is now opposite it's old location on the 2nd floor of an older building which is also home to The Wine Houzz. Among other discoveries: the By Hand Pizza Cafe on Moon Muang Soi 7 (K1) serves highly rated reasonably priced ‘artisan pizzas’. Tel: 091-071-0003. Outside of town, Yummy Pizza on Canal Road opposite Bai Nai Fun 2 has earned rave reviews from map fans, who say it is worth driving out to test. Tel: 080-122-2561.
In the Doi Saket Area
Retirement numbers in the Doi Saket (I1) area a ways out of town must be climbing dramatically, with several new restaurants opening in the area. Among them:
Note: The Italian restaurant listed on our map as Laconda is in fact named Locanda, and now describes itself as offering Swiss-Italian dishes.
In the Mae Rim Area
Mae Rim Plaza (H1-I1) hosts a number of popular restaurants, among them a pizza parlor called I Don't Know which boasts some of the best thin wood-fired pizzas in the region. It's sister restaurant next door Steak of the Day is also very popular.
NEW JAPANESE RESTAURANTS
NEW MEXICAN RESTAURANTS
Miguel’s Cafe & Bar in 89 Plaza (C4), just south of the Superhighway, became the Tex Mex Cafe, which is still open daily 9am-11pm at last check in June 2015.
NEW MIDDLE EASTERN (HALAL) RESTAURANTS
See mention of the all-halal 1st Time below under 'New in the Night Bazaar Area'.
NEW SWISS RESTAURANTS
Rossli is a fine new Swiss restaurant and bakery in the Vivo Bene Village estate in the Doi Saket area, on a road leading to the Mae Kuang Reservoir (I1 on our map). It's a bit out of the way but getting decent reviews, possibly worth a visit if travelling to/from Chiang Rai or the area's sights. Call 053-496-000 for directions if up for an adventure.
NEW THAI RESTAURANTS
In the Mae Rim AreaThose in the Mae Rim area may want to try the scenic Mom Tri's Krapood Kitchen, which serves Thai-European fusion dishes using its own organic ingredients grown on site in the Prem International School area of Mae Rim (see H1 on our map). Open Tue-Sun for lunch, sunset drinks and dinner. Tel: 053-044-707. See www.krapoodrestaurant.com for directions.
Guided Thai Food Tours
For those who would rather munch their way through a day than spend hours learning to cook Thai food: Chiang Mai Street Food Tours offers three hour morning and evening tours for a minimum of two persons, maximum eight. Tel: 085-033-8161. More personal are four hour morning market tours by the creative owner of Elliebum on Ratchamanka (J1-K1) who can tailor to vegetarians and other special needs on request. The cost was B 750 per person at last check, plus food (which she estimated won’t go over B 200). Call 085-018-7400 for more details.
Highly respected May Kaidee (www.maykaidee.com) has reopened in Chiang Mai, now offering its creative vegetarian Thai cooking classes at 29/4 Chang Moi Kao Road opposite and north of Sakura (see L1-K1 on our map). Tel: 092-778-8594. Closed: Dokmai Garden off Canal Road (H2).
Thai Snack Souvenir Shop
Love Thai and other Asian snacks? The small Memo 'cultural gift store' on Nimmanhaemin Soi 11 opposite Mango Tango (see B2 on our map) offers a selection of packaged treats for those with Asian taste buds - instant khao soy, fried caterpillars, rice crackers, Japanese ice cream, dried seafood, and more.
NEW VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS OF NOTE
NEW HEALTHY EATS IN THE OLD TOWN
Gourmet health food is Chiang Mai’s new biggest attraction.
OTHER NEW HEALTHY EATS
Boonsom Farm has added a Green Cup cafe, dishing up spirulina ice cream, cake and waffles to the health conscious customers at its Star Avenue Viva Terrace branch (see C4 on the map), open daily 9am-6pm. More recently, Oh Ka Jhu (www.facebook.com/ohkajhu), a farm-to-table restaurant, has opened a branch in Nim City Daily (B3). Tel: 092-268-6639.
NEW IN THE NIGHT BAZAAR AREA
1st Time might more aptly be called One of a Kind. As Citylife magazine reported in mid 2014 this new venue on Charoen Prathet Soi 6 near Le Spice (F-G) offers an international spread of dishes including rare fish and beef tongue, as well as paella, moussaka, Mediterranean salads, Egyptian kebabs, and Spanish rice pudding - all halal and all organic. Staff speak Thai, English, Spanish and Arabic too. Might be interesting to check it out... Tel: 093-136-7025. Open Mon-Sat 9am-11pm.
Most bars and restaurants in Thailand now close at 1am. A few after hours clubs come and go each year, all unofficial of course. The drinking age is 20 and more upmarket clubs and bars do check for identification (we recommend you carry a copy of your passport, not the real thing). Also, all air-conditioned restaurants and bars are supposed to be smoke-free now, as well as hotel lobbies and all public areas. This law has yet to be strictly enforced however do beware with the fine for lighting up in restricted areas B 2,000.
NEW SPORTS BARS
Closed: What was the new The Game Chiang Mai in Kad Farang on the Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road (H2).
FOR BEER LOVERS
Those yearning for craft beer should head to Namton's House Bar, which is on Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road just south of the Rathuthit Road below Somnuk Kopee (see M2 on our map). While its menu covers international dishes, most head there for the selection of global craft beer. Note: Stop by an ATM enroute. Prices for craft beer in Thailand are always high. Closed: What was one of the city's first craft beer outlets, Beerbox in Tall Teak Plaza on Nimmanhaemin. It operates as a pop up beer bar only as of early 2016.
NEW WINE BARS
OTHER NEW BARS OF NOTE
For sky high drinks, check out the Nimman Hill zone in Maya at Huay Kaew (see B1 on the map). The rooftop plaza is lined by bars and restaurants with views over the city. Among the coolest are Myst for molecular cocktails, Buckets Siamese Bar (traditional Sang Som rum, hard-to-find Mekhong whisky, and uniquely Thai signature cocktails), and The Roof Bar for those on more of a budget. Closed: What was the new Nap Gastrobar on Nimmanhaemin (B2).
OUR ODD HOURS FOR ALCOHOL/TOBACCO SALES
In an imaginative ‘social order’ move, general stores in Thailand are officially banned from selling alcohol outside the hours of 11am-2pm and 5-10pm, unless they are located near schools or temples, in which case there is supposed to be a total ban on alcohol and tobacco. The stated purpose of this new policy is to protect minors from indulging and drunk driving. Enforcement varies, but it is worth noting that hypermarkets and other wholesalers may sell alcohol outside the permitted hours as long as customers are buying in bulk (officially, in ‘wholesale quantities’ - a case of beer and bottle of wine should do). On the other hand, some Thai restaurants will not allow diners to order alcohol outside official hours. Hotels however have the right to sell to visitors whatever the hour.
Among new expatriate groups is a branch of InterNations which organizes a wide range of events and activities. See www.internations.org/chiang-mai-expats for more information.
The Chiang Mai Christian Fellowship is tucked down a road off Hwy 1001 and the Superhighway, impossible to show on our map in the I1 area. See Facebook for directions if heading there for Sunday services beginning at 10am. In the same back streets near Thep Panya Hospital (see C1-D1 on the map) is the Hope Chiang Mai Church with Sunday service at 9am. Also not included on the 20th edition map due to lack of space in the area was the All Saints Church, a Christian liturgical community that meets on Kaew Nawarat Soi 2/2 (see M1 on the map) every Sunday for Holy Communion at 11am.
FOR CINEMA FANS
The Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai on the Superhighway (see D2 on our map) is officially open now, offering high level quality care. Tel: 052-089-888.
NEW VETERINARIANS AND PET HOTELS
IN SUPERMARKET NEWS
Tasty treasure trove Kasem Store has closed its branch on Nimmanhaemin opposite Soi 3 (B2) and reopened on Sanam Bin Gao (see B2-3 on our map), also known as Wing 41 Road, south of Suthep on the east side of the road, north of Sesto's, doors open daily 8am-8pm.
NEW GOURMET DELIS
Among the many new gourmet-style health food eateries in Chiang Mai are two of note with neat little delis attached: Anchan on Nimmanhaemin Soi 8 (B2) sells tea blends, organic coffee, low sugar jams, herbs, hummus, and guacamole, while Rustic & Blue, which has moved nearby to 119/2 Nimmanahemin Soi 7, offers marinated mushrooms, eggplant escabeche, beer mustard, flavored butters, and more. In new additions to the gourmet scene:
FOR ORGANIC PRODUCE
The Fair Earth Farm & Organic Cafe (fairearthfarm.weebly.com) is located north of the 2nd Ring Road as shown on our map (see I1), not between the 1st and 2nd Ring Roads as listed in the directory to the map. Our apologies.
CRAFT BEER AVAILABLE IN CHIANG MAI NOW
Expatriates hankering after the taste of craft beer might want to swing by Circlelifes (www.facebook.com/Circlelife) wholesale distribution outlet at 37 Tippanet, which is in the block where the Monk Chats description is on the map in J2. Among labels on offer when we last checked: Czech beer brand Primator, Herrljunga Cider, Mikkeller, Hitachino Nest, Brewdog and Evil Twin. The Bangkok-based Wish Beer (www.wishbeer.com) also delivers nationwide, with Beer Club offers of six to 12 bottle surprise care packages each month.
The new Chiang Mai Drama Centre (www.chiangmaidramacentre.com), located down a soi off Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road between EQ Square and Klaimor Hospital (B4), offers English language classes for children aged 6-8, 9-11 and 12+, with private tuition available as well.
Thai Language Classes
Among Thai language schools we've recently learned about is Talk Talk (www.talktalklanguage.com) which offers short courses of 60 hours and year long 200 hour classes off Sukkasame in the Nimman area (see A1-B1 on our map). Tel: 053-401-085.
WI FI IN CHIANG MAI
Wireless internet is widely available throughout Chiang Mai, most cafes and restaurants offering free access to customers.
The Chiang Mai Mail newspaper is available online at www.chiangmai-mail.com. Chiang Mai Citylife magazine is at www.chiangmaicitylife.com.
NEED A PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER?
As mentioned on the acknowledgements page of our index, the last three editions of this map would never have been completed without the assistance of Mr Jeff. Reliable, honest and now familiar with almost every backstreet in town, Mr Jeff can be reached at 083-039-7489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, but please note that we have first dibs on his services when we’re in town!
NEW FITNESS CENTERS / GYMS
Maya Lifestyle Mall on Huay Kaew (B1) is now home to Touch Shape & Fitness Center, which offers cycling, yoga, zumba, and more.
MUAY THAI AND OTHER MARTIAL ARTS
For those looking for a good training camp, we've read several good reviews of Team Quest Thailand (tqmmathailand.com) which teaches Muay Thai, MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, and western boxing off Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road and Khamuk 2 (see B4 on our map and directions on the gym's website). Tel: 086-091-1536.
NEW SKATE PARK OPEN
The Promenada mall (D3-4) has opened Skate4Fun, a roller skate park, not an ice skate park as originally planned (as in our directory). Entry is only B 40 for those with their own skates, rentals B 100 per hour, classes and 10 day packages also available. Meanwhile, the Sub-Zero Ice Skate Club at Central Festival (D1) now hosts glow-in-the dark and disco skate nights (sounds like fun to us), and we understand they also have an ice hockey coach on staff now too.
YOGA AND PILATES UPDATES
The Pilates Plus Studio has opened a new Thai and expatriate-oriented branch in Mee Chok Plaza on the 1st Ring Rd (I1), offering yoga, pilates, TRX, and personal training options. Somewhat more alternative, the Kalyanamit Chiang Mai Community (KCCA) which has opened at 4 Sri Phum Soi 7 behind Wat Kuan Ka Ma (see J1 on the map) offers Osho Kundalini yoga classes, Tantra workshops, laughter yoga classes Wed at 5pm, and related movie screenings, some a bit bizarre. See Kalyanamit.Chiangmai on Facebook for a more informed idea of what they do - it might not be for everyone. Expatriates in the Sankampaeng area might be interested in checking out the Yoga Cottage, which is on Sankampaeng Road between the 1st and 2nd Ring Roads offering various yoga classes and teacher training. Tel: 086-924-4921.