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Chiang Mai is a city of artists: no traveler can doubt this after having entered into one of the numerous 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 ป่าสนวัดจันทร์ ที่พัก initiated a process 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 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 growth of the arts.
While many travelers will be more readily acquainted with the evening Market as well as the Walking Streets, both of which are within the city center and therefore more conveniently accessible, you may want to consider going a little 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. Located on Route 108 in Amphur Hang Dong, about fifteen kilometers south from the city center, it offers recently streamlined into convenient “zones” of shops, eateries and cafes whilst the main street itself is home to furniture shops that sell some of the most creative furniture and home décor items found around the globe: there you will discover 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 would be shipping logistics, but you can be assured that when you’re buying furniture or decorating a new house then you could certainly do worse-and do more expensively-than going through several Baan Tawai shops.
Your next stop needs to be some 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 which can be had for less than $20. Zone 4 also comes with a corner with upscale shops selling fantastic glassware, celadon ceramics, and 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 style of goods generally are incredibly particular to Chiang Mai, quite distinct from that present in other regions of Thailand (or some other areas of Asia) and the quality is consistently high: did you know that some ceramics from Whittard of Chelsea are, in fact, produced in Thailand and even in Baan Tawai itself?
While the area is almost remote from city conveniences, there is a smattering of eateries through the village that can more than serve the necessity for light lunches and breakfasts. Pharmacies and convenience stores, such as 7-11 and others, will also be scattered regarding the zones in the event you feel the need to get a quick drink or have to top up ป่าสนวัดจันทร์. The shopkeepers price their goods fairly, and frequently the salesperson coriyo the artist (or sculptor, or weaver) is one and also the same. Incenses, novelty candles, papier-mache dolls, Thai silks and much more can likewise be located in the village. It’s an ideal option to shopping therapy in air-conditioned malls, and certain to offer everyone something to enjoy.