Charming Little Places
As we wrote in one of our articles once, Cute is the new Cool, and Chiang Mai knows how to do both. Check out these adorable little places guaranteed to charm.
Take a turn down a small soi off the busy Chotana Road, and you will immediately exhale as you enter the surprisingly tranquil and green gardens of this villa. The shade under the generous canopies of big trees adds to the colonial charm. Each villa is composed of bits and pieces of old houses: windows, balcony, old warehouse and stairs are creatively redesigned to all come together in harmony. As the villa is set amidst a local community, you will be able to enjoy the lifestyle of people living nearby such as a visit to the Saturday organic market held by community members. There are only fourteen rooms available, ensuring guests a real sense of privacy. The villa is only 10 minutes away from Nimmanhaemin and the old city, and it is also on the road leading to popular destinations such as Chiang Dao and Mon Chaem.
Chotana Road, T. Chang Phueak (near Rama IX Lanna Park)
Tel. 052 000 448
This is yet another venue that adds to the charm of the popular Ram Poeng Community. Funded by 12 partners who rounded up some cash and built this guesthome from the ground up, each using their field of expertise to create a part that makes the whole a thoughtfully designed concept, it oozes a casual and welcoming vibe. The space is compact, but it comes with a cute little garden, a perfect place to hold a live acoustic evening. The architecture, although newly developed, blends in with the rustic ambience of the space and the community. There are only a few rooms available with one house and a sharing kitchen space. The whole place has the feel of staying at a friend’s house and perfect for the arty crowd who want to blend into the local community.
Moo 10, Soi Wat Umong, T. Suthep
Tel. 081 847 5805
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This homestay tucked away in Mae Rim is surrounded by paddy fields with views of the mountains on the horizon line. The name says it all: stepping into the wooden house you will spot a variety of items from the good old days — toys, books, etc. The place is furnished with rustic decorative items and there is even a whole room displaying vintage toys. Stay here and you will get to taste delicious family dishes prepared from home-grown ingredients freshly picked from their garden. The place welcomes those who just want a nice meal away from the city, so take the drive and make sure you try the mackerel in spicy sauce with shrimps and young coconut which uses the homemade chili paste. If you want a cup of tea, there are very good homemade scones to go with it.
Moo 7, T. San Pong, A. Mae Rim
Restaurant opens 10am – 6pm.
Tel. 080 638 5259