Step back in time at this quick-shop strip clustered in and around some fine old teak houses by the Ping River, in the most charming part of town. Start this walking tour by heading out of the city across Nawarat Bridge and turning left onto Charoenrat Rd., keeping the river on your left. On the right at #14 is Rarinjinda Wellness Spa’s (see Spa) Blooming Shop for signature essential oils and suds, and take note of The Riverside 1 on your left (see Rest./ Relaxed) at #9, with the second branch opposite. Then it’s onwards to Vila Cini at #30-34 / 053 246 246 / vilacini.com / for flowing silks, cushions, shawls, Sino-style lacquer and teak boxes. Next door, sister shop Oriental Style at #36 / 053 243 156 / has elephant logo-ed cotton products. Keep right, cross a road and come to Nussara at #66 / 053 302 072 / for trad Thai cotton, hemp clothes and shoulder bags. Cross the road for The Meeting Room / 080 627 9219 / a convivial little hybrid coffee shop/resto/wine bar and art gallery with amazing lamps and silver jewellery. At #86 is Circle Source / 053 302 719 / for locally-made mulberry papers. Coming up at #116 is Suvannabhumi Art Gallery / 081 031 5309 / suvannabhumiartgallery.com / for two floors of Burmese art. Keep on for fairtrade Sop Moei Arts (see Standout Stores) at #150/10 with modern tribal silk, cotton textiles and gorgeous wall hangings, then at #152 Tanita House / 053 243 755 / anteaks.com / has plenty of décor and antiques displayed in pretty wooden Thai houses in a courtyard. Next door at #154 is Colour Factory / 053 246 448 / colourfac.com / with an Elephant Parade (see Standout Stores) on the ground floor and handbags in snake skin on the top floor. Options, if your stomach’s about to eat itself, simply cross from Tanita House to Comedara at #193 / 053 248 751 / a twostorey colonial house with trad Lanna art in the gallery and Thai bites by the river, or whiz back to The Riverside 1 for more relaxed Thai, or a pamper at Rarinjinda Spa-aaah.