Take yourself out of town and check into a nice hotel this January, escaping reality if for just a moment. If you don’t have much time, why not hang up a hammock and do the same but in your garden.
SugarCane Hotel and Restaurant
Fans of the Chiang Dao Nest, rejoice! If the one hour drive out of town is a bit much for you, you can now get to enjoy Chef Wicha Cavaliero’s cooking right here in the city. SugarCane, a new 30 room city hotel just behind Suriwongse Book Centre, retains all of the charm of its country sister — comfy wood panelling, potted plants, cozy nooks and corners, and importantly, the aromas of Chef Wicha’s cooking wafting from the kitchen. Stop by for a fresh cup of coffee and some mouth-watering baked goods, a healthy salad lunch, or a three course dinner which changes daily, depending on the freshest and bestest. Order a bottle of fine wine and dine on a duck breast salad, a pumpkin soup, Argentinean steak, a tender piece of buffalo fillet or a tender slice of salmon. If you have out of town guests, SugarCane is also a great option to put them up with its large luxe rooms, many with zcity views, surrounding a big swimming pool, all at great prices. But the highlight of SugarCane, as it is at Chiang Dao Nest, is Chef Wicha’s kitchen, which is a destination unto itself.
Flying Squirrel Hammocks
If you came to our recent Citylife Garden Fair — and most of you did! — Then you would have seen the little hillock overlooking the stage which was strewn with lovely turquoise and purple hammocks, large and small. These hammocks were one of the fair’s top hit activities and were swinging all day long as you and your children lay back and enjoyed the fair from the chilled vibes of a swaying hammock…or two. These special hammocks are made locally by Flying Squirrel Outfitters who specialise in high quality, durable and also unique hammocks, such as their giant 21 foot hammocks which easily snuggles up to six people, making it perfect for a party pad, a garden, a festival or any special occasion. You can get yourself a fabulous hammock while also knowing that you are supporting the many stay-at-home seamstresses whom the company supports.
Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort, A Vegetarian Retreat
This peaceful and natural style resort follows the simple concept of, well…keeping it simple. This vegetarian retreat focuses on keeping you happy on holiday, while well fed with the best, vegetarian and vegan food this country has to offer. It’s pronounced colonial character, with a few local cultural notes for good measure, brings about a sense of tranquillity. Set down a small soi near the busy Tha Pae area, their restaurant, cleverly named Moreganic, uses the best ingredients and sources their veg from Royal Projects. Khao Soy Moreganic is the dish to try. The meat has been replaced by all kind of grains including cashew nuts, red beans, peanuts and job’s tears. The menu covers not only vegetarian main dishes but also soups, grills, sweets and drinks like the passion fruit panna cotta with organic berry salsa and strawberry compote.