Chiang Mai is a city of artists: no traveler can doubt this after having entered into one of the many handicraft centers located through the provinces, where there are flowing abundances of paintings, exquisite fabrics, umbrellas, furniture and silverware. It is no real surprise, therefore, that in January 2011 the governing body of Chiang Mai Homestay initiated a process to try to get a Creative City Status with UNESCO for the province as a joint effort between the municipal authorities, the communities of Chiang Mai, and the Chiang Mai University. Toward this, efforts have already been created to coordinate different sectors of the city’s economy, from cottage industrialists to hospitality to independent artists to produce human resources, increase jobs, and encourage the development of the arts.
While most travelers could be more readily knowledgeable about the evening Market and also the Walking Streets, both of which are inside the city center and for that reason more conveniently accessible, you might like to consider going a bit off of the beaten track and attempting the Baan Tawai, an OTOP (One Tambon One Product, a software program to encourage and sponsor Thai artisans) village. Found 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 hosts furniture shops that sell many of the most creative furniture and home décor items found around the globe: there you can find chairs and couches in flowing abstract wood, delicate forest nymphs, and exquisite bamboo lanterns. Prices are also ridiculously cheap for such workmanship, material and artistry; the only real possible concern you could have will be shipping logistics, but there is no doubt that when you’re buying furniture or decorating a brand new house then you can certainly certainly do worse-and do more expensively-than going through several Baan Tawai shops.
Your upcoming stop needs to be a few 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 low as $20. Zone 4 also includes a corner with upscale shops selling fantastic glassware, celadon ceramics, along with a little café that provides free WiFi, decent bakery, and killer frappe coffee created to order and also 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 elements of Asia) and the quality is consistently high: are you aware that some ceramics from Whittard of Chelsea are, actually, manufactured in Thailand as well as in Baan Tawai itself?
As the area is sort of remote from city conveniences, you will find a smattering of eateries throughout the village that will more than serve the need for light lunches and breakfasts. Pharmacies and convenience stores, such as 7-11 yet others, can also be scattered regarding the zones should you feel the need for a quick drink or have to top up Chiang Mai Homestay. The shopkeepers price their goods fairly, and quite 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 a lot more can likewise be found in the village. It’s an ideal option to shopping therapy in air-conditioned malls, and certain to offer everyone something to like.