City Buzz

 |  May 31, 2010

Private and peaceful, with a homely vibe, Baan Thai Resort and Spa offers monthly or daily accommodation in 49 basic, standard, deluxe and villa rooms. The old teak buildings are designed in elegant Lanna style and surrounded by trees, while the spa is located in the garden in front of the main building. The rooms are spacious, with big, colourful bathrooms complete with bathtubs. Chill in your air-conditioned room with cable TV and wi-fi, or in the comfortable cigar lounge and Sanook pub where you can enjoy live sports and BBQ bites. A remarkably authentic Lanna Thai experience right in the heart of the city, and at astonishingly low prices. A great place to recommend guests to stay who want a real traditional vibe.

Wiang-Ping Tud-Mai Road
Tel: 053 275 938 or 053 272 301

If you’ve come across this mouthwatering brand of home-baked goods in Rimping Mee Chok, you’ll be happy to hear there’s now a Butter is Better restaurant, offering a smorgasbord of delicious confectionery as well as breakfast and lunch dishes. Butter is Better sticks to good old fashioned cooking principles, adding no margarine or preservatives to any of their products or dishes. Stop in for a breakfast of delicately flavoured cheese blintzes served with youngberry jam and sour cream, dip into the restaurant’s Department of Peanut Butter for a Yankee-style snack, or choose homemade soups, salads, sandwiches or Thai dishes from the diverse lunch menu. And for a late afternoon sugar rush, don’t miss out on Butter is Better’s sweet indulgences: flaky buttercrust fruit pies, cinnamon rolls, melt-in-the-mouth chocolate concoctions and more. Yum.

Open: Monday, Wednesday to Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday: closed
183/8-9 Chang Klan Road
Tel: 053 820 761

Le Coq d’Or has been offering customers superb cuisine for well over 30 years. It has been selected as one of Thailand’s Best Restaurants by Thailand Tatler since 2002 as well as enjoying the lofty heights of inclusion in the Miele Guide as one of Asia’s best restaurants. There are a multitude of fine French dishes to choose from, including occasional imported delicacies on promotion – kobe, wagyu, lobster, foie gras, caviar…the list goes on. The restaurant also offers a selection of excellent wines for diners to match with their dishes and encompasses a recently renovated Glass Room that provides views of the greenery outside. For special occasions, or simply to spoil your tastebuds, Le Coq d’Or leaves many other restaurants in the dust for exceptional quality.

11 Soi 2, Koh Klang Road, Nong Hoi
Tel: 053 141 555, 084 370 5455

Inspired by the more than century-old Nawarat Bridge, Nawarat Chiang Mai: Boutique Living integrates modern and traditional elements of Thai design and lifestyle. The warm, friendly atmosphere and efficient service will make you feel right at home and ensure you have an unforgettable stay. There are fifteen airy, tranquil rooms and a simple but classic lobby with a coffee shop and mini bar. The hotel has wireless internet and breakfast is included in the room cost. It is located right at the foot of Nawarat Bridge, close to Rim Ping Superstore, the Night Bazaar, Tha Pae Gate, and the Sunday walking street.

30-38 Jaroen Muang Road
Tel: 053 242 365, 053 242 475

Enjoy lunch with your lover or friends at Salee Banyan Restaurant, located in Siripanna Villa Resort Chiang Mai. This superb restaurant offers Thai specialties such as Khao Soi, Pad Thai, Rad Na and Khanom Jin, as well as Italian cuisine, western-style salads, desserts and a wide choice of beverages. For the perfect ending to a hot-season meal, they also have an array of ice-cream in flavours such as sherbet, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, mango and more. You can enjoy your meal in the air-conditioned interior, decorated in modern Lanna-style, or in the outdoor area, where smoking is permitted. Dishes start from 36 baht.

Open: daily Midday – 2.36 p.m.
Salee Banyan, Siripanna Villa Resort
Rat Uthit Road
Tel: 053 241 636

Located in the heart of the city, Spa de Siam is a boutique spa providing modern treatments, ranging from body scrubs to massages and beauty services. The therapy rooms are themed in the style of the four regions of Thailand; the north, central, northeast and south, as well as featuring sauna and steam rooms. In the northern style room you can choose to shower or have a languid soak in the Jacuzzi while surveying the city through a window. After relaxation, massage options include traditional Thai massage, an aromatic four elements oil massage, hydrotherapy or a body wrap treatment. Spa de Siam even provides calming herbal teas and scrumptious snacks to be sampled while being pampered.

Spa De Siam
Open Daily 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Surmsuk Road
Tel. 053 211 471
Free transportation