Head south from Mahidol Rd. junction along Route 108 Chiang mai-hang Dong Rd. for approx 9km, past two ringroads until you reach The Golden Triangle (see Adv. Shopping) on your left, about 600m before the traffic light turn to Baan Tawai.
Back in the car, turn left at the Baan Tawai sign for the main shopping strip. About 250m along on the right, look for the huge De Siam (see Adv. Shopping) showroom. Park here and cross the road to Big Boss / 081 568 5974 / piakantique.com / for creative/kitsch furny in bamboo, teak n’ water hyacinth. Cross back, and next to De Siam is De Gallery / 053 441 575 / a Chinese antique emporium, while across the road and along is Chilli at #125 M.4 / 053 433 281 / chilliantiques.com / for good quality Buddha images. 100m on is DNK International / 053 441 357 / dnkthailand.com / for mod, bright Thai lifestyle and furny. A little way along is The Mandala / 081 490 9251 / for Japanese cabinets, and next door Maharaj Interiors / 087 692 1691 / maharaj-art.com / for Indian chattels n’ antiques. Hop back in your jalopy and whisk along another 300m to Crossroads (see Standout Stores) on your left. Need a break? Park your bot in Gini Restaurant’s garden / 053 433 013 / 10.30am-6pm / just opp. for Italian and Thai bites. 150m on the right is mega pot-stop Lanna Thai (see Adv. Shopping). Motor over the little canal and 100m further to Srimudra Arts & Décor / 053 434 380 / open Sun / srimudra.com / for some OTT semi-antique French wares, plus ornate Chinese, Burmese and Indian pieces. Next along is Asana / 053 433 753 / for contempo oriental accessories in wood, bamboo, metal and resin, then cross to Don Designs / 053 433 909 / for stylish mod furny and accessories. Next door is At Home / 084 043 6738 / greenandsienna.com / for recycled Brazilian peroba wood furny. Last, but not least is Pan’s Shop / closed 12-1.30pm / 053 434 395 / for creative monkey wood bedroom and living room design. Bet you need a break now? Waan Café just next to Pan’s / 085 604 5000 / has coffee, tea, juices, cakes and light meals and A/C! More? Take the right turn after Pan’s to Baan Tawai, a shopping ‘village’ crammed with handcrafts and faff. If not, head back to Chiang Mai, and on the way, treat yourself to a massage at spiffy Oasis Spa Baan Saen Doi off Chiangmai-hod Rd. / 199/135 M.3 / Baan Nai Fun 2 / Chonpratan Rd / 053 920 199 / oasisluxury.net / and delicious Thai bites just a few doors along at Saenkham Terrace / #199/163 / 053 838 990 / saenkhamterrace.com. Done!