It does take one’s breath away that we are now a couple of weeks away from Christmas, after such a surreal couple of years.
So if you are also scratching your head about where to do your Christmas shopping – now that the shopscape of Chiang Mai has been completely transformed – here is a destination well worth visiting.
Him Gong is a charming concept boutique which sits in front of the even more charming Raya Heritage Hotel by the Ping River. The boutique is tastefully decorated while being filled to the rafters with fantastic trinkets, home décor products, accessories, fashion ware, antiques, jewellery and a potpourri of enticing goodies.
It is clear when walking into Him Gong that the focus is on natural products, with earthen tones being predominant. Upon closer inspection you will also learn that most of the products featured are works of local craftspeople and artisans, with the occasional antique thrown in for a hint of exotica.
It is hard to resist the very attractive display and great variety of items in this carefully curated boutique. You can spend hours discovering all sorts of fascinating finds from a pair of miniature fishing basket earring to a jaunty straw hat, a stylish silk handbag to an exquisitely woven piece of handmade textile. The shop may be petite, but it packs a king-size punch.
Prices are, as can be expected from a boutique which has scoured Chiang Mai and beyond for high quality locally crafted products, not on the cheap side. However, there is something at every price range, from the hundreds to the…well, you can discover this for yourself.
Everything invites your touch, whether it’s the smooth shiny curve of a lacquer bowl or the rough exotic textures of a hemp handbag.
And if you aren’t doing Christmas shopping, stop by and get yourself a treat anyway!
HIM GONG, Curated Craft at Raya Heritage
Open Daily 8am-8pm
157 Moo 6, Tambol Donkaew, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180
Tel : (66-53) 111 670 – 73
Fax : (66-53) 111 674