Chiang Rai is abuzz with creativity, and with that comes a variety of exciting new places to eat and drink. Here are a few new hotspots to get you started.
Starting with The Polyphonic Spree, there was an early 2000s trend of American indie rock bands with more members than could fit on a stage. These so-called ‘collectives’ of often 20-plus musicians and singers seemed to use their size as more of a gimmick than an actual benefit to the group’s sound.
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You, like me, have probably had cause to mutter recently: ‘Christ it’s filthy hot in Chiang Mai’, while coughing up a lung or two and wondering if a trip to the optometrist might be in order because you can’t see quite as well as you used to. Because most of us feel like we have a permanent hangover in this dirty heat, I have decided that this month we should take a brief look at wines with slightly less alcohol in them.
• Conflicting Criticisms I have to say I agree with some of the remarks made by Terry Reardon in February’s Citylife, although not his solutions. Your content seems to have lost its way, the articles headlined having little to do with Chiang Mai; they have become the sort of anodyne pieces that can be found in any magazine Please focus on Chiang Mai, there are enough local problems and contentio … Continued
How many journalists have been assaulted by North Korean bodyguards while conducting a video interview with a king in a country far from Pyongyang?
01 Anan, 49, Writer, Thai The temporary street art performed at Three Kings Monument last year. There were 3D paintings and it surprised me because I’d never seen something like that before. I didn’t even know it was possible! 02 Zhang Yan, 23, Student, Chinese Lost in Thailand, because the film shows the different sides of Thailand in a funny way, such as the traditional customs, foods and landsc … Continued
God doesn’t exist. The air whooshed from my lungs as I allowed the thought to rise to the surface of my consciousness, giving in to the struggle I had worked months to keep at bay. I broke into a cold sweat, momentarily paralysed by both fear and exhilaration.
In spite of being named after a Buddhist temple, Chiang Mai’s Wat Gate area is, surprisingly, home to a thriving Muslim community. Walking around, you pass by men in white caps and women in flowing headscarves. There is the green and white mosque audible by its haunting daily calls to prayer and visible by the high dome topped by a minaret.
“When I first moved to Chiang Rai in the early 80s, the city’s cultural events consisted of parades blaring international and Thai pop tunes carrying along beauty queens in white tulle western style dresses on foam and plastic floats,” recalls Rebecca Weldon of her early years in the northern city.
“TCDC is an incubator for ideas,” said Apisit Laistrooglai, national director of the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC), at the centre’s official opening last month. “It encourages dancing with your imagination.”
Chiang Mai’s little sister, Chiang Rai, long known as little more than a backwater base for trekking, is ready to show the world its true colours – a whole artful mix of them, in fact.
Oasis Spa Baan Saen Doi Heaven is a place on earth, and it can be found at Oasis Spa Baan Saen Doi, the renowned spa chain’s latest Chiang Mai locale. From the moment you enter the property, a teakwood palace ripe with Lanna flavour and surrounded by lush gardens, trickling fountains and mountain views, you’ll feel the worries and stresses of daily life fall away. Tucked away in a quiet, tree-line … Continued
Chiang Mai is full of live music, from jazz to pop to Thai country. Here are just a few of the city’s top rockin’ venues. It was hard for us to pick just seven, so we cheated a little…
Amidst the ancient temples and modern souvenir stalls, Chiang Mai is a city on the rise, growing ripe with youthful culture and a broad mix of people coming here to travel and live. Walking down any given street you’ll see a hodgepodge of fashion choices, from backpackers wearing the ubiquitous printed harem pants and Chang singlets (come on guys, it’s not a uniform!) to local teens sporting the latest version of anime character Arale’s winged trucker hat, to chic young co-eds in gauzy tops and patterned leggings (regardless of temperature). While diverse and interesting, the city’s fashion palette does show a preponderance of trends, with various pockets of culture looking as though they all called each other the night before to coordinate their outfits.
Every afternoon for six months, I heard the same thing from twenty four tiny faces punctuated with shiny black eyes, whining in unison: “Teachuuuuur.” It was like a mantra, delivered in a way that only Prathom Four students can really get away with – dorable and, as a result, terribly, terribly manipulative. “Teacher…gin nom?” Milk. They wanted to drink milk during class, just like they did eve … Continued
Diana Sabreen originally came to Thailand to rock climb. A professional photographer living in Colorado, USA, she was invited by some friends to join in a kind of working holiday to take some photos, enjoy a good workout and relax amidst the country’s famous mountain vistas. The trip was ultimately cancelled, but Diana decided she still wanted to take the journey to Thailand by herself. This was about seven years ago.
She was wailing, sobbing uncontrollably, her face twisted in despair. My heart went out to her. I didn’t know her from Eve, but this well dressed woman in her mid twenties, very pretty under the streaked mascara and smeared lipstick, was blubbering inconsolably about her loss. We passersby were looking on with great concern. She had obviously just lost someone. “But what am I going to do without mun? (Mun in Thai is anything from a very close ‘she’ or a ‘he’ to a mere ‘it’.) Mun has been with me for years. I don’t know where to start,” she moaned to the increasing distress of a gathering crowd.
ปรากฏตัวในอาคาร 3 ชั้น สไตล์ร่วมสมัยรูปทรงแปลกตา ในย่านเหมืองแก้ว อ.แม่ริม Chic 39 ให้ความรู้สึกกลมกลืนไปกับธรรมชาติด้วยการหยิบจับเอาวัสดุพื้นถิ่นอันหลากหลายมาเป็นส่วนประกอบสำคัญ ห้อมล้อมไปด้วยพื้นที่สีเขียว ที่นี่จึงเป็นมุมสงบที่ให้เราได้หลบพักผ่อน เติมเต็มช่วงเวลายามเหนื่อยล้า ด้วยอาหารและเครื่องดื่มที่พร้อมเสิร์ฟให้ด้วยความตั้งใจ หากไม่รีบร้อนไปไหน อยากชวนทานมื้ออร่อยด้วยกันที่นี่
Prajon Prachsakul, Governor of Chiang Mai announced earlier today that three high risk areas in Chiang Mai have been ordered closed in an effort to contain the pandemic. Dorms in a doll factory in Doi Saket’s San Pu Loei sub district will be closed until the 2nd December, a cluster of buildings in Rachabhat’s Mae Rim campus will bev closed until the 3rd December, and VL Academy in Saraphi’s Nong P … Continued
On the 19th of November 2021, the German ambassador to Thailand, Georg Schmidt visited the CDSC Forest in Mae Rim where 1,500 trees were planted by the students of the Christian German School Chiang Mai (CDSC) in 2020 and 2021. The ambassador was welcomed by David Nescholta, the chairman of the CDSC school board, and Markus Brandtner, the principal of CDSC, at the CDSC Forest in Ban Mae Mae, Mae R … Continued
The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency has developed an iMap Platform which will be implemented here in Chiang Mai, as well as in four other provinces as pilot projects. The aim of this platform is to connect Covid-19 data using satellite systems to help combat the pandemic. The governor of Chiang Mai oversaw the launching of this platform today at the Le Meridien Hotel, Chian … Continued
Due to the pandemic and general doldrums this year’s loy krathong waste has been far less than previous years with authorities at the Padad weir reporting that not only was there a relatively small amount of krathong waste to learn up, but that 99% were all made from organic materials, causing far less damage to the ecology of the Ping than in previous years.
On the last night of this year’s Loy Krathong festival (20th November), there were parties and celebrations held across the city, with some groups releasing lanterns into the skies, said the Muang Chiang Mai Sheriff. In a press conference earlier today he cited dozens of lanterns released from the Baan Tor community in Patan, saying that these lanterns were released into what has been declared a d … Continued
https://youtu.be/tNyRLXguKic A ceremony was held in front of the white chedi (in front of the municipality by the Ping River) earlier this morning, presided over by Mayor Assanee Buranupakorn. The purpose was to ask for pardon for any transgressions against the river over the past year and for blessings for the year to come. This event marks the first activity of the upcoming Loy Krathong (Yi Peng … Continued
https://youtu.be/cXRgA9p8Bak The Chiang Mai municipality is preparing the city for the upcoming Loy Krathong (Yipeng) festival this weekend. Stores selling krathongs, lanterns and other festival paraphernalia are reporting brisk trade.
The Covid Response Centre has announced that 90% of deaths have been amongst the unvaccinated, with 83% of those infected who are listed as ‘yellow’ are also unvaccinated. Yesterday 271 people tested positive in the province, with 99 being added to the critical list. The number of deaths yesterday was three which brings the total number of deaths from Covid in the province to 99, a concerning numb … Continued
https://youtu.be/IhnUINCWrN8 A CCTV camera has caught footage of five men aged between 20-28, as they ruthlessly beat up a 43 and a 29 year old mala bbq vendor in front of a convenience store in Sansai on the 13th November. According to the two victims, four youths and one local security guard from a nearby housing estate attacked them, leaving one of them with a broken tooth and both of them with … Continued