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CM’S funki­est clus­ter of shops starts with rather irk­some con­struc­tion at the top of Nim­man­haemin (cnr Huay Kaew), but swing into Soi 1, to find on your right mod fur­nish­ing at Am Home / 091 071 9770 (grab the handy Nim­man­haemin Road Life­style Map), and Paothong’s at #4 / 053 217 715 / closed Mon / for Chi­nese-style silk cloth­ing and an­tique furny. Con­tinue along to Koland / 053 214 715 / for a mu­seum of Mao in­spired ob­jets d’art and Wit’s Col­lec­tion (see Stand­out Stores). Then across the soi you’ll find Adorn With Stu­dio Naenna at #22 / 053 895 136 / stu­dio-naenna.com / for hand wo­ven cot­ton cloth­ing and eco-tex­tiles, fin­ish­ing near the end with home­ware at #30 Gongdee Gallery / 053 225 032 / gongdee­gallery.com. From here, turn right down the short con­nect­ing al­ley to Soi 3 where you’ll find Wit’s Col­lec­tion 2 right across the soi, and fur­ther up is the flag­ship Ger­ard Col­lec­tion (see Adv. Shop­ping). So, now you’re back on the main road. Thirsty or famished? Op­tions: For North­ern Thai treats cross Nim­man and bear right for the comfy air-conned Hong Tauw Inn (see Lunch) at #95/17-18 or, bear left and find juicy dim sum on Soi 5 at #10 Yangzi Jiang. For coffee n’ latte-art afi­ciona­dos don’t miss Ristr8to (see Coffee) or, for the sweet toothed seek out the ex­otic cakes and ice cream at Mont Blanc / 053 222 992 / on the cor­ner of Soi 7. If not, head left out of Soi 3, past Soi 5 and cross over to mini-mall Nim­man Prom­e­nade on Soi 4 to find a jolly blast of colour at Chabaa at #14/32 / 053 221 824 / atch­abaa.com / with hip­pie-chic eth­nic tunics and jew­ellery, and The Dolls House / 053 221 028 / the­do­ll­shouse-shop.com / funky dresses off the rack or MTO. Go in­side the mall for Boho Rhap­sody / 081 167 6768 / bright pool­side dresses for pretty young things; Lily Field for trad and con­tempo casj cloth­ing in veggy dyed cot­ton and silk; and Ma­neesilp / 053 289 252 / msm­footwear.com / made-to-mea­sure and ready-to-wear men’s and women’s cob­bler. Out onto Nim­man again, head left and in the block opp. Soi 1 look into Ger­ard Col­lec­tion shop 2 for more bam­boo fur­ni­ture and bags made from wa­ter hy­acinth; Clas­sic Model at #6/22 / 053 216 810 / for RTW and made to or­der women’s cot­ton and silk fash­ion; and Ginger (see Stand­out Stores) at #6/21 for shop­ping ex­cess. Carry on and pot­ter past Hong Taew Inn to find char­i­ta­ble Doi Tung Life­style / 053 217 983 / doitung.org / for re­fresh­ments, ce­ram­ics, cloth­ing, rugs and cot­ton bags with a char­i­ta­ble cause. Back where you started, sharp shop­per. Howzat!

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