Chiang Mai is actually a town of artists: no traveler can doubt this after having entered into one of the many handicraft centers located through the provinces, in which there are flowing abundances of paintings, exquisite fabrics, umbrellas, furniture and silverware. It is not surprising, therefore, that in January 2011 the governing body of ป่าสนวัดจันทร์ initiated an operation to apply for a Creative City Status with UNESCO for the province as a joint effort between the municipal authorities, the communities of Chiang Mai, and also the Chiang Mai University. Toward this, efforts happen to be 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 many travelers will be more readily knowledgeable about the evening Market and the Walking Streets, each of which are within the city center and therefore more conveniently accessible, you might want to consider going a little off of the beaten track and attempting the Baan Tawai, an OTOP (One Tambon One Product, a 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 provides in recent years streamlined into convenient “zones” of shops, eateries and cafes whilst the main street itself hosts furniture shops that sell some of the most creative furniture and home décor items found all over the world: there you can find chairs and couches in flowing abstract wood, delicate forest nymphs, and delightful bamboo lanterns. Prices are also ridiculously cheap for such workmanship, material and artistry; the only possible concern you might have could be shipping logistics, but you can be assured that in case you’re buying furniture or decorating a whole new house then you can certainly certainly do worse-and do more expensively-than looking at several Baan Tawai shops.
Your next stop should be some of the inner zones. Zones 2 and 4 are particularly popular, flourishing with little art galleries filled with oils and acrylics in styles both modernistic and traditional Thai, unique pieces which can be had for as little 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 made to order as well as a small menu of traditional Northern Thai fare. The design and style of goods generally are very particular to Chiang Mai, quite distinct from that present in other areas of Thailand (or other elements of Asia) and also the quality is consistently high: are you aware that some ceramics from Whittard of Chelsea are, in reality, produced in Thailand as well as in Baan Tawai itself?
Whilst the area is sort of remote from city conveniences, there is a smattering of eateries through the village which will a lot more than serve the need for light lunches and breakfasts. Pharmacies and convenience stores, like 7-11 as well as others, are also scattered regarding the zones should you feel the need for any quick drink or must top up ป่าสนวัดจันทร์ ที่พัก. The shopkeepers price their goods fairly, and quite often the salesperson coriyo the artist (or sculptor, or weaver) are certainly one and also the same. Incenses, novelty candles, papier-mache dolls, Thai silks and much more can likewise be based in the village. It’s the perfect alternative to shopping therapy in air-conditioned malls, and certain to offer everyone something to like.