Fah Thai March 2014 - page 104

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FAHTHAI
1 _
WHAT WE
RECOMMEND
Head out of the city to visit
the eerie yet magnificent
Wat Umong, a temple
situated in a serene forest
at the end of Suthep Road.
2 _
KNOW THE
NUMBER
300 – the approximate
number of Buddhist
temples in Chiang Mai.
3 _
BUA NGERN
This traditional spa with
immaculate treatment
rooms is in a two-storey
wooden villa on a narrow
lane between Moon
Muang and Phra Pokklao
Roads. Well-trained spa
therapists offer a host of
massage treatments along
with body scrubs and
facials. Unlike most of the
other day spas dotting
Chiang Mai, Bua Ngern
gives guests the option
of using rooms with or
without air-conditioning.
(Moon Muan Rd, Soi 2)
COUNTRY
CODE
+66
EXCHANGE
RATE
THB30 = US$1
FREQUENCY
7 flights per day
(from Bangkok),
7 flights per day
(to Bangkok), 1
flight per day to
Koh Samui
SPIRITUAL
Chiang Mai
is home to
numerous
Buddhist temples
N O R T H E R N S O U L
Top 3
insider
travel tips
Rest Your Head
SHEIK ISTANA HOTEL
A complete departure from the
Lanna-inspired designs typical
of Chiang Mai hostelries, Sheik
Istana sports a Moroccan-
Arabian look and is located in a
quiet spot overlooking the Ping
River and historic Wat Chedi
Lium. Just 10 minutes from the
airport, the hotel is home to two
saltwater swimming pools, a
coffee house, fitness centre and
an indoor-outdoor restaurant
that serves delicious Moroccan,
Mediterranean and Thai dishes.
(sheikistanahotel.com)
Top Tables
DASH! RESTAURANT & BAR
Set in a wooden house deep in
a soi off Moon Muang Rd, this
eatery features an atmospheric
pavilion dining area and serves
tasty Thai food that won’t drain
your wallet. Spicy salads are a
speciality and the menu also
includes a fine selection of
vegetarian dishes.
(dashchiangmai.com)
Bottoms Up
NORTH GATE JAZZ CO-OP
Popular with both Thais and
expats who work and live in
Chiang Mai, this (very) colourful
bar is owned and operated
by a collective of young local
jazz musicians. While there
are live music performances
nightly, the club is best known
for its packed, no-holds-barred
Tuesday night jam session.
Chiang Mai has a robust and
well-established nightlife, but
even in the face of increasingly
stiff competition, this joint is
one of the best spots in town.
Don’t miss it!
(facebook.com/northgate.
jazzcoop)
Stop to Shop
COLOUR FACTORY
An offshoot of Elephant Parade,
run in partnership with the
non-profit Asian Elephant
Foundation, this small shop near
Wat Ket specialises in one-of-
a-kind, hand-painted fibreglass
elephants. It also sells handbags
by designer Miguel La Salle.
(colourfac.com)
Chiang Mai
TEXT: JOE CUMMINGS
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