City Buzz

 |  November 30, 2011

This recently opened coffee shop, situated in Mae Hea area, is shaded by huge trees, that gives it its garden feel. There’s also a cute little strawberry and vegetable patch and even a small stream into which you can sit and dangle your feet. Enough said really, it sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? On offer is coffee, tea, bakery goods, ice-cream, some dishes and soft drinks. Located behind Royal Park Rajapruek, heading to Doi Come Resort, go down the hill, turn left and go straight about 900 metres, then you’ll notice a huge tree in front of the café.

Open daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tel. 086 027 1042

Coming late in December, for those with a penchant for getting their nails done, a nail spa will be opening at Star Avenue shopping project, near Arcade bus station. You can get your nails shaped, cut, or polished, plus if it floats your boat you can have them painted. Prices start at 200 baht, and 250 baht for toenails.

1st Branch – Sirimanklajarn Road soi 9 Tel: 053 894 118
2nd Branch – Central Plaza Chiang Rai Tel: 052 020 808
3rd Branch – Star Avenue, Arcade Bus Station

de chai the elegance spa is the second branch spa of de chai hotel, a boutique hotel located on Tha Pae Road Soi 4 providing their own style of spa massage. This branch is situated on Huay Kaew Road in an 80 year-old European cream coloured house that sits in front of a beautiful garden. The spa offers a combination of massages, from a more western style to a very much eastern style (Indian head massage) as well as the well known Thai herbal massage with a hot press. The Thai massage uses a herbal compress and golden oil, which is just divine. (Citylife readers get 30% discount on all packages if you bring a copy of the magazine).

Open daily 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Huay Kaew Road
Tel: 053 215 210

Calling all ice cream lovers or anyone who loves experimental and concept food. You really have to see and try their creations to believe what these ice cream designers come up with.

This concept café has everything ice cream related from simple scoops to quirky and creative designs. The flavours provide a unique take on ice cream favourites like mint chocolate chip renamed Global Warming and other more unique flavours like Japanese beer, Kamikaze and Energy drink. You can get a mini trio set for 79 baht or one scoop for 59 baht. If you are feeling daring then go for their Japanese theme selection with Tonkutsu or Teriyaki (149 baht) which is made using fried ice cream. You should also try their pie sets and frappes, both using ice cream of course. To top it off, they also have a custom made service to make all your ice cream wishes come true and make that special event stand out from the rest.

Free wifi also available
Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat-Sun 11a.m.-9 p.m.
The Ring, Soi 17 Nimmanhaemin

Another condo offering loads of cool facilities, such as a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a sauna, as well as a security service with a proper 24 hour-security guard, CCTV, key cards and finger scanning. Each room looks well designed and has plenty of utilities, including storage cupboards, a kitchen, built-in furniture, and more. This condo only has 56 rooms, which is pretty small for a condo, and so should be quiet. It’s also located in pleasant setting, not far from Chiang Mai University and Nimmanhaemon Road.

Contact their sales office for further information
Located on Irrigation Canal Road, Chang Phuek
Tel: 053 210 346

Magic In Chiang Mai! Prostar Magic offers magic products and magic performance courses given by Jonathan, our local magician. For over 4 years, Jonathan has become popular on the internet showcasing hisbasic magic shows. DVDs of his magic for self learning are available, including methods of how to conduct full magic performances, magic on stage, short range magic, street magic, fancy balloon magic, illusions and much more. His shop is located on Kochasarn Road, next to Duang Kamon Book Centre and Chiang Mai Commercial College.
Tel: 089 756 2341, 083 703 1769

There are some activists in Chiang Mai who are keen to have a book shop for readers who are looking for rare books about Thai politics, history, social sciences, anthropology and much more. Come to this place to have a chat or exchange ideas about politics, culture, arts and so fourth. Additionally, every other Saturday, there is a small association and discussion about politics, cultures, arts and whatever else you would like to talk about. Coffee is available at the entrance. Free computers and internet inside. Book donations (Thai books or English books) are appreciated.

Open daily (closed on Mondays) 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (coffee shop opens until 6 p.m.)
Situated on Irrigation Canal Road
Tel: 085 617 3825

For a man who once found brushing his teeth a major imposition, it’s surprising that one day he would become motivated enough to learn about dental health care, and then go on to open Tooth Teeth Toy. Whatever you think about this dental clinic and toy shop there is no doubt that it is original. All their products, mainly stools and chairs, are shaped like teeth. So why not pick up a couple of tooth stools after you’ve had your fillings? The teeth are made from fiberglass which is pretty solid but easy to move around…and you can bet not many of your friends have teeth seats! 24 hour online orders are available with free delivery cost. Visit their showroom for more information.

Tooth Teeth Toy
Located on Irrigation Canal Road (between Suthep Municipality Office and B2 Premier)
Open Mondays – Fridays 1 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Facebook: toothteethtoy
Mobile 66+83+9409929
Tel/Fax : 66+53+329432

French veteran photojournalist Francois Berthillier, who has worked with national French magazines and world renowned agencies for almost 30 years, is now holding 5 day photojournalism workshops in Chiang Mai. His workshops will not be ‘basic’ photography training, but “how to tell a story”, choosing the right subjects for a story, finding an angle, learning about behaviour in the field, ethics, how to sell a story, and photojournalism in the present day. Over the five day course you will learn some theory, choose an assignment, go out and shoot your assignment, which will then be critiqued and edited. Lastly you will add the finishing touches, add captions, and perhaps have a piece of work you can then sell. The cost for the five days is 4,500 baht. You’ll need transport, a digital camera, a laptop with Photoshop, and be able to speak English. For more information log on to his website.