City Buzz

 |  July 1, 2011

Sister Sandwich is a sandwich bar offering a very varied menu. The cafe provides order sheets on each table should you wish to create your own sandwich masterpiece, however they also have a list of ‘special’ sandwiches such as the pork hung-le northern curry and the beef panang Thai curry, both include French fries and salad (129 baht each).

All day breakfast is served with everything from waffles with apple cinnamon compote (99 baht) to hazelnut granola with yoghurt, banana and mango (69 baht) on the menu. If you don’t feel like a sandwich for lunch, order one of the massive hamburgers with fries and salad (139 baht). For the health conscious, Sister Sandwich also makes a large variety of gourmet salads.

Nimmanhaemin Road between soi 9 and 11
Open daily 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tel: 053 217 472

Our House Chiang Mai is a guest house that also hosts a cafe-bakery and art gallery. Conveniently located in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city, guests won’t have trouble finding a songtaew the moment they step outside, and with the moat being a few minutes away, the location is ideal. With a total of five rooms, Our House has a choice of double beds, single beds, and bunk beds offered at daily, weekly, and monthly rates starting at 300 baht. Guests can enjoy free wi-fi, coffee and snacks, and amenities akin to those of a hotel. The best room on the second floor has a balcony with a view of the moat and the pagodas of the old city’s temples. The owner is also happy to give recommendations and help plan trips around town, free of charge.

271 Moon Muang Road, Sriphum Corner
Tel: 053 213 819, 089 433 5943

The dream of the owner of Gord Chiang Mai has always been to open a homely and friendly guesthouse to make all customers feel like home when they stay there. Located right in the centre of town, this guesthouse is primely located and a few short minutes’ walk from a bustling local market. In each of its eight rooms, Gord offers its own unique style of decoration, and the decor is charming while offering all modern amenities. Gord provides single and twin beds as well as family rooms (2 floors) to meet your needs. Additionally, a shuttle service to the airport, breakfast, free bicycle, room service, coffee corner, wireless internet, security and much more is offered here. The starting price is 790 baht.

Rachamankha Road, Soi 6
Tel: 053 280 923 or 081 951 8875

Wake up and freshen up from any fatigue at Dollar Coffee, a coffee shop combining modern and classical elements ideal for all coffee lovers. The warm tones of the decor as well as the enticing aromas, will mean that you can sink into a seat with your steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee and while away the time. The owner creates each cup himself and is proud of his creamy and frothy offerings, unique in Chiang Mai, he insists. A variety of books, magazines, chilled music and wi-fi, is available for your entertainment. If you are not that into coffee (gasp!), Dollar Coffee also provides other beverages such as peach tea, green tea, apple tea, milky tea, strawberry smoothie, banana smoothie and much more as well as variety of freshly baked cakes such as crepe, strawberry cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake and tiramisu.

Open daily 9 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Located next to Sompetch Market on Moon Muang Road
Parking is available on Soi 9 or in front of the coffee shop

A new mode of transport connecting Chiang Mai to Phuket has come to town: Chaipattana (transportation) Chiang Mai Ltd., also known as Green Corps, has introduced a new Chiang Mai to Phuket route to their Green Bus transportation services, the first bus line to directly connect the northern and southern provinces. With a distance of about 1,594 kilometres between the two cities, the trip lasts 22-23 hours and costs 1,770 baht (each way). In addition to the route, Green Corps is unveiling a redesign of their buses that includes new technology catered to the comfort and safety of the passengers. These VIP buses, consisting of 24 seats in a 12-metre length bus, will have four drivers and two attendants for passenger safety and comfort. On board amenities include bathrooms, electronic massage chairs, and a personal screen that offers a selection of films, music and games that will help the bus ride seem much shorter. The Chiang Mai – Phuket bus only leaves once per day at 3 p.m. from the Arcade Bus Station, so don’t miss it!

For reservations call: 053 242 214-5

Just off the road from the hustle and buzz of the city, Good Morning Chiang Mai is a cafe restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and a wide selection of coffee and tea in a light and airy atmosphere. Taking its name from the film Good Morning Vietnam, the cafe is decorated with a retro feel, in addition to having a small garden and a space for open mic and performers. The breakfast menu, prepared by an American chef, boasts such options as gingerbread that you’d be hard put to find around most of Chiang Mai. The lunch menu also serves Thai food, of which the barbecue ribs are highly recommended. Open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Good Morning Chiang Mai does not serve dinner, but is available as a venue for small evening parties; guests would have access to the two floors and would be able to play music.

Ratchamanka Road, Soi 6
Tel: 053 278 607