Chiang Mai was a big surprise for us in our Thailand trip. We are so glad that we saved some time to go up to this beautiful city and got to know it a little bit. The history, people, architecture and food here have captured our hearths.
There are lots of things to do in Chiang Mai so 3 days were not enough to know it all. It was just a sip of the city and now we want more!. I am going to list the things to do in this northern Thailand city but first I want to tell you about the food you should try there. Lets see what you can eat in Chiang Mai…
Thai food varies in different regions of the country. So Chiang Mai has its own local food as well. One of the things that you would probably see in every restaurant is Nam Prik Num, a spicy paste made of pork. It is usally served with pork skins (Kab-moo) It is like patatoes and ketchup in Chiang Mai. They love it so much. Another commonşy consumed dish is Sai Aua which is a sausage type special to Chiang Mai. The most popular dish is Khao Soi Gai, curry noodle with chicken or beef.
Grand Lanna at Dhera Dhevi Hotel: If you would like to try the above mentioned Chiang Mai dishes or Thai classics in a historical resturant then you should definitely go to The Grand Lanna. One of the oldest restaurants in Chiang Mai. Once it was visited by Princess Diana as well. Then it was sold to the current owner. He decided to open a hotel and now the restaurant is part of this breathtaking hotel called Dhera Dhevi. The Grand Lanna offers set lunch menus which is similar to Japanese bento boxes. So you get the chance to try different food at the same time.
Clay Studio in the Garden: Chiang Mai is city which offers restaurants and bars with unique concepts such as Clay Studio in the Garden. It is literally a clay studio but at the same time a coffee place. Just like a hidden mysterious garden with all the clay works are spread around the green garden. Such a beautiful ambiance… Try their matcha ice latte. So good!
The Riverside Chiang Mai: Live music is the thing in Chiang Mai. You will hear jazz, rock and etc… performances all around the city. There are several restaurants and cafes alongside Ping River. Our lovely friend Ratana took us to this place called “The Riverside” which is a restaurant next to the river which offers live music. Their food is delicious. Try Pad Ki Mao and Tom Gai soup. They also have seafood in red curry which is served in coconut shell. If you wait for a while you can find a table next to the river. However be aware of the mosquitoes.
Bus Bar: If you would like to have couple of drinks after dinner then this place is a good alternative. The bar has a unique concept. A two deck bus and tables around. Live music. They have huge colorful cocktails but I think they are too sweet. But instead you can have a bottle of Thai beer and enjoy the riverside and the music.
Rotie: I fell in love with this dessert! Very simple. A flat thin dough on a pan. Inside the dough they put fresh bananas. They cook it until it gets brown. Then slice it, add condensed milk and some sugar. Ready! It is delicious. I will try to make it at home for sure! You can find it anywhere in Chiang Mai as a street food.
AS Cafe: It is a pancake place but not a usual one. They make a photo of your face on the pancakes. And they make it very good. You would want to ruin it and eat. You would want to keep it and hang it on the wall. They serve it bananas, vanilla ice cream and apple soda. The cafe is located inside Maya Shopping Mall which is one of the most beautiful shopping malls in Chiang Mai.
Sunday Night Walking Street: The weekend markets in Chiang Mai are so big. Especially the one on Rachadamnoen on sundays. It is huge and it is a never ending market. You would feel so exhausted after shopping here. To get the energy back, you can try the delicious street food; noodles, beef skewers, fruits… Try the fresh fruit juices. You will love them. I tried passion fruit, mango and guave juices. They were so good! Don,t forget to eat fresh mango too! Super sweet!
Lemongrass: We passed through this restaurant couple of times and thought that there should be something with it sinceit was pack always. Right before hours from our flight to Bangkok, we went to Lemongrass to try their food. The palace is a hole in the wall however their food is really good. Try their spicy beef salad, chicken satay, tom gai soup…
Food Market at Night Bazaar: The everynight bazaar in Chiang Mai. There is a food court in this bazaar called Ploen Ruedee where you will find lots of food kiosks from different cuisines. There is also a stage and you can listen live music while you are enjoying your food & dirnks outdoors. We tried beef on a bamboo stick from a Japanese food kiosk and loved it. Try Thai style ice cream. It is served in several flavors and with a fun presentation!