City Buzz

 |  February 1, 2012

Khun Pat is located above Sweet Treat Nail Bar in The Mee Chok Plaza, so it’s a great place to rest your weary body after a shopping trip to Rimping supermarket or the many other shops in the plaza. Anyway, apart from the convenient location, Khun Pat has a wide range of treatments to suit different people with different needs. Rejuvenate yourself with a traditional Thai or aroma massage, or for those who are more adventurous there are alternative therapies such as a massage using hot jade stone to a total skin detox. You can also get a facial done, waxing and a spa manicure or pedicure. Khun Pat use high quality products, though treatments are still at reasonable prices. The owner has over 10 years experience with massage and beauty therapies. Khun Pat emphasise their attention to detail, cleanliness and hygiene.

Open Daily 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mee Chok Plaza (Rimping Mee Chok Branch)
053 230 156, 086 406 4702, 081 951 1177

Pickles is one of Chiang Mai’s best kept secrets. The restaurant, which can take a bit of finding, sells outrageously large, incredibly delicious sandwiches, along with many other dishes including pork chops, pizzas, salads. But if you enjoy your meat you have to try their corned beef sandwich. The owner of Pickles has for a long time been making his own corned beef, which has become so popular he now sells it in bulk. Not only is the beef perfect, but the portion would make any man with a big appetite happy. They also serve beers and other drinks and have cable TV. If you haven’t yet been to Pickles, then you should go there now!

Open Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on Mondays,
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
18/3 Ku Tao Soi 3, Chang Phuek
089 637 0835

Located in a new contemporary styled shopping complex on Soi 9 Nimmanhaemin, That’s Wine is one of the latest wine bars to hit the growing Chiang Mai wine drinking scene. This establishment is true to its word and specialises in wine, the only other drink sold is water. In spite of the unfortunate font display on the logo, That’s Wine is pork free! The food menu is appealing due to the fact it is short and concise, and the chef told Citylife that they update the menu regularly so customers do not get bored. The food is a mix of Thai and international dishes, fish and chips, and pasta with seafood. If you’re lucky, or interested, you may catch the odd dara or two sipping a glass of an evening, as this wine bar is owned by Tai Penpuk, a semi-retired Chiang Mai model who is known for her, ahem, risqué body of work. The atmosphere is relaxed, there is no dress code, we were told the owners want the wine bar wants to be rid of the usual stereotype of hi-so wine drinkers, they have also tried to price bottles fairly.

Open Daily from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Soi 9 Nimmanhaemin Road, past Monkey Club
053 218 823, 081 111 3312, 089 434 4442

If you are lucky enough to be able to design your own home or business Plan Next Step could be of use to you, they offer architectural, interior design and landscaping services for commercial and residential properties. Whether you already have a particular design in mind or need a little more assistance the company can help you achieve your goals. The president of the business said he is aware and conscious of current changes in the environment and global warming and therefore he prefers designs which are suitable to and sustainable in the environment in which they exist. For example, houses in Thailand need to be built in accordance with the positioning of the sun, so that they are cooler inside. The guys at Plan Next Step give free consultations and some employees speak English.

Open Mondays to Saturdays
8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
72 Moo 7, Tambon Rimnuer, Mae Rim
053 299 623, 085 553 2528

Not another moo baan you say?! Well what makes Jirung Residences special? Firstly it is the first housing development in a colonial Lanna style in Chiang Mai. The style was influenced by Princess Dara Rassami’s elegant home in Chiang Mai. Princes Dara Rassami was a famous and respected benefactor of the Lanna people and one of the many wives of King Rama 5th. Jirung Residences can tick quite a few boxes for your housing requirements, including a good location and a peaceful and safe area, there are also three luxury house styles, Maneenaka, Daralai and Hatai Rassami for you to take your pick. And if you’re still uncertain, Jirung Residences even throw in a health program at the Jirung Health Village, a holistic health retreat, for all residents. And if you’re not moving house, a nice day trip in Chiang Mai can be taken to see the famous princess’s house in Mae Rim which is now a museum (053 299 175).

99 Moo7, Rim Tai, Mae Rim
086 189 0123, 087 304 0034

This beer and wine bar that sits in the garden of 94 Coffee shop on Nimmanhaemin, is an ultra chilled, inexpensive, place to spend the night. They have a live acoustic (quiet!) band that plays a wide range of tunes from The Beatles to Radiohead in the style of jazz. Bacchus was the Greek God of wine, so it’s not surprising that the restaurant offers a wide range of wines by the bottle, or you can get a decent (and very large) glass of house wine for 140 baht. They also serve cocktails, beers, etc., and have lots of food choices, including bread and cheese for those who turn their noses up at fried rice. Another bar on Nimman? Yes, but well worth checking out for quality and price.

Open Daily 7 a.m. – late
Soi 9 Nimmanhaemin Road
053 215 544, 083 577 1272