Chiang Mai is actually a town of artists: no traveler can doubt this after having stepped into one of the numerous handicraft centers located through the entire provinces, where 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 ป่าสนวัดจันทร์ 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 build up human resources, increase jobs, and encourage the development of the arts.
Some travelers could be more readily knowledgeable about the evening Market and also the Walking Streets, each of which are within the city center and for that reason more conveniently accessible, you might want to consider going a bit off the beaten track and seeking 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 from the city center, it provides recently streamlined into convenient “zones” of shops, eateries and cafes while the main street itself houses furniture shops that sell some of the most creative furniture and home décor items found around the globe: there you will find chairs and couches in flowing abstract wood, delicate forest nymphs, and beautiful bamboo lanterns. Prices are also ridiculously cheap for such workmanship, material and artistry; the sole possible concern you may have could be shipping logistics, but you can be assured that in case you’re buying furniture or decorating a brand 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 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 may be had for as little as $20. Zone 4 also includes a corner with upscale shops selling fantastic glassware, celadon ceramics, as well as a little café that provides free WiFi, decent bakery, and killer frappe coffee designed to order in addition to a small menu of traditional Northern Thai fare. The style of goods generally are very particular to Chiang Mai, quite distinct from that seen in other regions of Thailand (or some other elements of Asia) as well as the quality is consistently high: did you know that some ceramics from Whittard of Chelsea are, in reality, produced in Thailand and even in Baan Tawai itself?
Whilst the area is sort of remote from city conveniences, there is a smattering of eateries through the village that can a lot more than serve the need for light lunches and breakfasts. Pharmacies and convenience stores, including 7-11 as well as others, will also be scattered regarding the zones in the event 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 and also the same. Incenses, novelty candles, papier-mache dolls, Thai silks and a lot more can likewise be located in the village. It’s the perfect option to shopping therapy in air-conditioned malls, and guaranteed to offer everyone something to enjoy.