City Buzz

 |  December 29, 2011

Paak Dang will tickle your taste buds with its famous spicy noodle soup, well acclaimed as one of the most delicious noodles soups in Bangkok, Paak Dang is the only place in Chiang Mai serving this unique dish. Paak Dang also offers a range of Thai and international dishes. This is a great restaurant to take friends and family for a relaxing evening, against the beautiful views across the river Ping. Paak Dang sits in an antique wooden house with original Thai Lanna features. The restaurant offers soft drinks, fresh coffee, cocktails, wines and beers, including special South African wines and Paulaner a delicious white German beer. Paak Dang can pick you up from your accommodation free of charge, if you are lucky you may get picked up in the restaurant’s MG!

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
The Ping River, R46/1 Wang Singh Kham Road
087 773 0614, 053 232 356

Gogi Jib literally meaning ‘meat house’ in Korean, is an exciting new restaurant in the Tha Pae area. It offers a traditional Korean barbeque with a modern twist valuing comfort and excellent service for each customer. The Korean and American owners intend on ‘making the Korean mums smile’ by providing authentic Korean cuisine using high quality meats and ingredients imported from Korea. The tables were custom made complete with a stone grill, where the action happens, made from South Korean lava rock. This style of eating is great to try with friends, and provides a novel and sociable occasion, where eating becomes an event enjoyed by all. Why not try the Soju, traditional Korean clear rice alcohol or Makoli a traditional Korean milky rice wine.

Open Mondays – Fridays 5 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. (closed Tuesdays)
Saturdays – Sundays 11.30 a.m – 11 p.m.
29/3 Kotchasarn Road, almost opposite Tha Pae Gate
084 454 1943

This new traditional Thai restaurant is much more than just OK. Co-Co-Ok is a family run business, the chefs have years of experience with Thai food. The unique recommended dishes are created from recipes passed down through family generations, each remembered and loved for their distinctive flavours and heart warming qualities. The staff at this restaurant are friendly and helpful, the menu is clearly presented and food and beverages are reasonably priced. There is a free delivery service available to those living in the local vicinity. Co-Co-Ok also offers cooking lessons tailored to suit your preferences, and the chance to experience giving alms to Thai Buddhist monks at a local temple. Above the spacious restaurant is a stylish functionroom which can be used to host any manner of event or party. The tom yam kung soup using young coconut flesh and served inside a coconut is a must.

Open Daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
49/21 Kad Rincome, Huay Keaw Road
053 227 427, 089 997 4593

With over 100 kinds of tea, tea lovers are bound to find something here that floats their boat. On the menu you’ll find teas from India, Nepal, China and even Thailand. To go with your tea you might want to try their chicken tikkha masala or a cheese and ham sandwich. Other western dishes are also available. You’ll find an assortment of tea products, too, such as tea pots, tea boxes and other knick-knacks, but if you really aren’t in the mood for tea you can always get on the wine, by glass or bottle, of which they have many kinds.

Open Daily 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Nimmanhaemin Soi 9 (near bottom of soi)
085 653 6224

In this thrilling show a crocodile challenger or crocodile doctor (in Thai) will feed 14 big crocodiles, kiss a crocodile, put his hand in a crocodile’s throat, put his head in a crocodile’s mouth, and if you dare the audience can participate in the show and take some snaps. The show will play every hour (from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and may increase to accommodate the number of the customers on the day. There is also the chance to feed 50 small crocodiles in the farm. The farm is about 2.7km down the Mae Rim – Samoeng Road. Tickets cost 300 baht a person.

053 044 064, 083 667 8880
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Bring your family to La Pin Café, serving your favourite European dishes such as barbequed meats, stews, steaks and pizzas as well as selection of wine, cocktails, coffee, ice-cream and panna cotta desserts all proudly presented by the experienced chef. Inside the seating is comfortable, there is also a nice garden at the back of the café. All ingredients used are fresh and of good quality, including vegetables from the King’s Royal Project. The café recommends tasting the Pizza La Pin, caesar salad and spaghetti carbonara. La Pin Café is convenient to find, drive down the Nawarat Road to the railway station and turn right at the first crossing, the café is located on the right hand side.

Open 12 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. and 5 – 10 p.m.
Close every Wednesday
081 539 9815, 086 672 3129