and dine by the river...
of the most popular restaurants and
highest quality shops are located
on a short stretch of Charoen Rat
road, from Nawarat Bridge to Wat Gate.
It's worth visiting this area around
7:00 PM, exploring the Vila Cini and
Oriental Style shops, checking out
the art exhibit at The Gallery restaurant
before it fills up for the night,
and then having dinner at The Good
View or The Riverside just next to
it. If you like live music, The Riverside
generally has two bands playing, one
on either side of the restaurant.
Later, at around 10:00 PM, for those
that love acoustic guitar, walk back
up past The Gallery to Le Brasserie
to hear 'Took', one of Thailand's
the Secret Silk Street...
visiting Chiang Mai all shop the Night
Bazaar, but few realize that just a few
blocks north, on Kuang Mane Road, are
the dealers of silk and handicrafts who
sell to vendors at the Night Market. Granted,
many are now retailers as well, but if
you price goods in the Night Market first,
you are still likely to get better bargains
Take the time to learn something new...
Mai's biggest attraction these days
isn't it's sightseeing, restaurants
or trekking. It's the Thai cooking
schools in old teak houses (Chiang
Mai Thai Cookery School and Thai Kitchen
School), massage schools (Lek Chaiya
Massage School), Thai language schools,
and meditation schools (Raya Yoga
Meditation Centre) Recently, I've
even seen an advertisement for private
Thai dancing lessons! The biggest
complaint I hear from visitors to
this city is, in fact, that they didn't
leave enough time to take a course.
Have fun, everybody!
Chiang Mai Addresses to know...
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Office at 1-3 Moon Muang Road. Tel: (66-53)
Thai Kitchen School
25 Moon Muang Soi 9. Tel: (66-53) 219-896
Raya Yoga Meditation Centre
218/6 Chotana Road
9/12 Hutsadhisawee Road. Tel: (66-53)
offers some of the world's best values
on precious and semi-precious stones.
offers excellent buys on gold and silver
best quality jewelry, with styles appropriate
for Westerners will be found in shops
around the major hotels.
tarnishes, is not dishwasher approved,
and is a constant headache to keep clean
and spotless. If you buy bronzeware,
ask for the "nickle bronze" version
(Source: The Treasures and Pleasures
of Thailand, Impact Guides)
your own tampons. Thai women generally
use sanitary napkins and what tampons
are available are 'small' by western standards
so bring your supply from home. Other
toiletries are widely available. If you
require prescription drugs, pick them
up at your pharmacy before leaving. You'll
get exactly what the doctor ordered. This
isn't always the case when you're travelling.
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