Sil­ver/eth­nic Bits/tem­ples

LUXE City Guides - Chiang Mai - - Thapae Road -

Start this sight­see­ing n’ retail quickie at #158 Siam Celadon / 053 234 518 / siam­ce­ / look for the ‘Ram­ing Tea’ sign / in a gor­geous old cream teak villa with ter­race, gar­den, resto and sa­lon de thé. Exit right and head across the road to Wat Bup­pa­ram, a small, dark, well-pre­served peaky, teaky, gold-tipped treat. Back across the road at #214/216 is Achara Sil­ver / 053 251 349 / closed Sun / acha­rasil­ / for high-end, wo­ven sil­ver chok­ers, beads and other hill­tribein­spired de­signs. Want some­thing a lit­tle more jazzed and con­tem­po­rary? Cross the road to NOVA (see Adv. Shop­ping) at #179 for a snazz se­lec­tion of me­tals and fin­ishes, and then Taste From Heaven at #237 / 053 208 803 / taste4heaven. com / serves veg and tofu treats. Cross back over the road to Hill­tribe House / 087 507 7908 / hill­ / for a beau­ti­ful teak house with mod­ern cloth­ing, fab­rics and ac­ces­sories in­spired by hill­tribe tex­tiles and cos­tumes. Stop for a photo op in front of Wat Ma­hawan’s large, or­nate doors, be­fore tot­ter­ing along to­wards Tha­pae Gate. To­wards the end, on your right, pop into Herb Ba­sics / #344 / 053 234 585 / herb­ba­sic­schi­ang­ / for home­spun, nat­u­ral bath and body prod­ucts; a lit­tle fur­ther along at #390 Lanna Sil­ver / 053 232 892 / has a wide range; then look out for two, side by side, sign­less, yel­low and or­ange shops at #400-402, which both have amaz­ing value cos­tume jew­ellery from Viet­nam; while at #401 is Boots the Chemist (see V. Use­ful). Fi­nally, swing right into Soi Chang Moi Kao next to Boots for two good used book shops: Gecko Books at #2/6 and Back Street Books at #2/8. Famished? Pop your pants into Pul­cinella at #2/1-2 / 053 874 189 / for a quick Ital­ian, or for a dif­fer­ent taste, dou­ble back down Tha­pae a lit­tle way to the tiny Chang Moi Soi 2, and walk along to ‘W’ (see Rest./ Re­laxed) for a spot of lunch or tea and Parisian cake. Bon!

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