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Favourite shops BAAN TAWAI

Less a shop, more a com­mu­nity of wood-carvers: get lost among the in­cred­i­ble sculp­tures, home dé­cor items and cus­tom-de­signed fur­ni­ture, all made from beau­ti­ful hand-carved wood.


This an­cient-look­ing gar­den is ac­tu­ally an art stu­dio filled with ter­ra­cotta pot­tery. En­joy tea and cof­fee among the cool shade of trees and ferns. Search for ‘Clay Stu­dio Cof­fee’ on Face­book. Favourite restau­rant


This open-air, gar­den-style restau­rant serves au­then­tic North­ern Thai dishes. Be sure to or­der sev­eral; por­tions are small. huen­muan­

Favourite mar­ket WARO­ROT MAR­KET

Like a mod­ern-day su­per­mar­ket out­doors. You’ll find ev­ery­thing from fresh pro­duce and fresh cut flow­ers to hand­crafted ac­ces­sories, home dé­cor items and kitchen­ware. Off Chang Moi Road, near the river.

Favourite ho­tel BAAN BOO LOO

For a unique ex­pe­ri­ence, spend a night in a tra­di­tional stilted bun­ga­low. baan­booloovil­

Places to see by night

The Iron Bridge that crosses over the Ping river, and the Sil­ver Tem­ple, which is just off the Satur­day night walk­ing street mar­ket of Wu­lai Road. Both are lit up at night with beau­ti­ful rain­bow lights.

Favourite way to spend an hour

Hands down, it has to be a Thai mas­sage! Mas­sage prices are so af­ford­able here that any­one can en­joy one in Thai­land. Try Daracha Thai Mas­sage, a minute’s walk from Chi­ang Mai Gate.

Best view

The view from the Wat Phra That tem­ple. From its grand mar­ble bal­cony on the moun­tain­side, you can see the Old City in the val­ley be­low. It’s en­chant­ing in the morn­ing as the sun rises, when you can hear the monks chant­ing.

CHRIS AND AN­GELA SCOTT set up their travel and life­style blog, tieland­tothai­, in 2013, af­ter leav­ing the US and set­tling in Chi­ang Mai. Through ar­ti­cles, pho­tog­ra­phy and live video stream­ing they hope to in­spire oth­ers to visit; on Twit­ter @tielandthai­land.

1 More down to earth, but no less beau­ti­ful is the shady gar­den of Clay Stu­dio Cof­fee.View to a thrill: Doi 2 In­thanon moun­tain’s over­look point. 3 Gaeng Hunglay (Thai pork belly), at Huen Muan Jai restau­rant. 4 A Bud­dha statue at Chi­ang Mai’s stun­ning Sil­ver Tem­ple

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