Chiang Mai is actually a city of artists: no traveler can doubt this after having entered into among the many handicraft centers located throughout the provinces, in which there are flowing abundances of paintings, exquisite fabrics, umbrellas, furniture and silverware. It is no surprise, therefore, that in January 2011 the governing body of Chiang Mai Homestay initiated a process to get a Creative City Status with UNESCO for the province as a joint effort between the municipal authorities, the communities of Chiang Mai, as well as the Chiang Mai University. Toward this, efforts have been made to coordinate different sectors of the city’s economy, from cottage industrialists to hospitality to independent artists to develop human resources, increase jobs, and encourage the growth of the arts.
Some travelers will be more readily familiar with the Night Market and the Walking Streets, each of which are inside the city center and therefore more conveniently accessible, you might want to consider going just a little from the beaten track and seeking the Baan Tawai, an OTOP (One Tambon One Product, a treatment program to encourage and sponsor Thai artisans) village. Located on Route 108 in Amphur Hang Dong, about fifteen kilometers south in the city center, it has lately streamlined into convenient “zones” of shops, eateries and cafes while the main street itself houses furniture shops that sell many of the most creative furniture and home décor items found anywhere in the world: there you will discover chairs and couches in flowing abstract wood, delicate forest nymphs, and beautiful bamboo lanterns. Charges are also ridiculously cheap for such workmanship, material and artistry; the only real possible concern you may have will be shipping logistics, but you can rest assured that when you’re buying furniture or decorating a whole new house then you can certainly do worse-and do more expensively-than looking at several Baan Tawai shops.
Your upcoming stop should be a number of the inner zones. Zones 2 and 4 are particularly popular, flourishing with little art galleries packed with oils and acrylics in styles both modernistic and traditional Thai, unique pieces that can be had for as little as $20. Zone 4 also features a corner with upscale shops selling fantastic glassware, celadon ceramics, and a little café that offers free WiFi, decent bakery, and killer frappe coffee made to order as well as a small menu of traditional Northern Thai fare. The design and style of goods generally are incredibly particular to Chiang Mai, quite distinct from that found in other regions of Thailand (or other parts of Asia) and the quality is consistently high: did you know that some ceramics from Whittard of Chelsea are, in reality, produced in Thailand and indeed right in Baan Tawai itself?
Whilst the area is sort of remote from city conveniences, there exists a smattering of eateries through the entire village which will greater than serve the requirement for light lunches and breakfasts. Pharmacies and convenience stores, like 7-11 and others, can also be scattered concerning the zones should you want to get a quick drink or need to top up ป่าสนวัดจันทร์. The shopkeepers price their goods fairly, and often the salesperson coriyo the artist (or sculptor, or weaver) is one as well as the same. Incenses, novelty candles, papier-mache dolls, Thai silks and more can likewise be located in the village. It’s the perfect substitute for shopping therapy in air-conditioned malls, and guaranteed to offer everyone something to like.