Nov 25, 2014

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Chiang Mai's Restaurants and Food Stalls:
Food prepared with Love

Your restaurant not easy to find? Try Chiang Mai Restaurant Google Map (recommended for Smartphone)

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Chicken in coconut milk

You don't want just eat a kind of food, you are looking for a way of living with love? Phongsathon Kitchawet is promoting that with Chiang Mai Vegetarian Project โครงการมังสวิรัติเชียงใหม่. He believes that Chiang Mai has the most vegetarian restaurants and presents them all on his website and on a map. In september 2007 he counted 28 vegetarian restaurants. He says: "We’d like to help people to have good health, have compassion for animals, protect the environment, mitigate pollution and global warming that are the result of meat consumption."

Of course there are other tastes. Therefore i'm going to collect reviews of restaurants and food stalls. And i put the locations to Chiang Mai Restaurant Google Earth Map, so you can find your eating choice near the place, where you stay or go to visit. Of course your comments will be helpful to keep this section of this blog fresh.



Thai

Just eat like the locals at Night Market in front of Pratu Chiang Mai Market: Every evening just before sunset on both street sides in front of the Market there are busy activities to see: Food stall owners preparing their mobile kitchens, every one with his specialities: Noodle soups, curries with chicken, pork, fish or vegetables, Pad Thai, Banana Roti, frutis, juices - a big and tasty choice for locals, who sit down at small tables after their work or just fill bags to bring the food home and enjoy it there. But also many tourists have discovered, that they can get a cheap and good meal here.

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Noodle Soup at Pratu Market: you add spices as much you like

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A tasteful choice of curries


Banana Roti with honey or chocolate sauce

Three-sixty Bar & Restaurant: 9 Doiview Chiangmai Bldg., 10th Fl., Soi 9 Nimmanheamin Rd. Indoor a live band plays modern jazz and blues. Outdoor you dine by a pool with a good view of Doi Suthep and Chiang Mai City. Many cocktails.


Aroon Rai อรุณไร: 45 Kotchasarn Road. Good IgoUgo Review, and also Tamarind and Thyme loved it. NarakMakMak notes on tripadvisor.com, that you don't find all the thai dishes on the English menu and that the really good ones are the Northern style dishes.


Baanrai Yamyen: 14 Moo 3 Faham Road. Northeast of the old town. Serves "Mueang Food", the food of Thailands Northern Region. "It's the perfect place to take visiting Thai friends wanting to taste the local food", writes Chanchao Fotopages. "The unpretentious fare includes kaeng jin gai hoom, a mild, northern Thai–style chicken curry with Kaffir lime, as well as a variety of insect dishes, like rod duan, crunchy, deep-fried bamboo worms, which are definitely an acquired taste", writes concierge.com. "Music is one of the main ingredients of this popular eatery, with a style that ranges from Lanna to bluegrass", writes chiangmai-mail.com. The show starts at 6.30 pm, singers are accompanied by guitar, mandolin, double bass and banjo - a romantic place for lovers.


Comedara Colonial House คำดารา: 193 Charoenrat Road. The house used to belong to Chinese tax collectors. A band is playing, but not deafening your ears, as chiangmai-mail.com notices.

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Dalaabaa Bar & Restaurant: 113 Bamrungraj Road. "The kitchen's take on contemporary Thai cuisine is innovative—order the crab-filled spring rolls, which are shaped like breadsticks and deep-fried", writes concierge.com The architecture "echoes art deco" according to the review of Thailand Tatler. "The midcentury modern bungalow is furnished with eclectic furniture, polished wood and tons of glass, as if Frank Lloyd Wright had gone East", wrote the New York Times.

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Hot Chilli: 27-32 Ratchadamnoen Road. "Don’t be put off by the name if you like your Thai food , since everything is prepared to order and can be adapted to your taste", writes Mark Whitman.


Huen Phen: 112 Rachamankha Road. Authentic Northern Thai food. Try Khanom Jeen Namngeua, a beef stew in a hearty broth, means frommers.com. Fantastic Khao Soi (curry noodle dish), says also Confessions of a restaurant whore.. Have a look at a video and read New York Times. "Chicken wings grilled with sliced, aromatic lemongrass; a tart, fiery salad of grapefruit-like pomelo and wafer-thin slices of green chili", recommends concierge.com


Houn Soontaree Vechanont: Read the review in this blogs chapter Chiang Mai: Cool Nights


Kanon Bar Arjarn: 2 Soi.2 Meundamprakot Rd. Thai desserts and confectionery are renowned for their delicate feature, unique taste and exquisite decoration. This is exactly offered at Kanom Ban Arjarn, which ist well known for its "Pia". The original Pia has green bean paste with salted yolk inside the pastry layer. But there ar also new creates Pia's with other tastes. Or you try Saleetip, made from fresh coconut.





Kantoke Palace: 288/19 Chiangklan Road. Kantoke dinner and show. This place has adapted to Westerners: Tables and seats have been specially designed, so that you can dine on the floor in the traditional Lanna manner, but with plenty of leg-room.


Maha Naga: 431 Charoenrat Road. Thai dishes presented in European style, in buildings from teak and glass under big trees with a river terrace - one of the most expensive Thai restaurants in the North. Read the review of roughguides.com


Maze Café: 12/2 Boonruangrit Road and 8/11 Nimmanhaemin Road. Thai and International food. Read the review of Chiangmaitouristguide.com


Night Bazar: Many stalls to choose food from - for example the seafood stall.

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Seafood at Night Bazar


Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center ศูนย์วัฒนธรรม เชียงใหม่: 185/3 Wualai Road. Khantoke dinner, stage performances and hilltribes shows. You seat on cushions on the carpeted floor or at nearby tables. When a traditional Northern Thai family eats, they sit around a low table (called "toke") and eat "khan", finger food in small bowls. They break pieces of sticky rice ("cow neaw") and dip it into the bowls or eat it with meat. There are sweetm sour and spicy tastes.
In a Lanna-style building, the Saw-Hong House, you find the Lanna Folk Museum. This over 110-year-old teak building is a typical example of a northern dwelling called a “Kalae house”. Originally, this building stood near the east side of the Nakhornping Bridge in downtown Chiangmai and was owned by Nang Ping, the granddaughter of Nai Saw and Nang Hong Tae. The house was named the “Saw-Hong House” in honour of Nang Piang’s grandparents. Today you see here antique pottery, lacquerware, household items and waving demonstrations. Museum ist closed on Thursdays. Read the review of Tamarind and Thyme.

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River Ping Palace: 385/2 Charoen Prathet Rd. A collection of 100 year old teak houses and pavilions. The food is prepared from Thai recipes found in a cookbook dating back 70 years old. In the evenings there are performances by musicians and dancers. Read the review on Chiangmai-Mail.com.


Ruen Come In: 79/3 Sirithron Road. Thai-Northern Thai Cuisine after family recipes. And also suite and deluxe rooms.


Ruen Tamarind: 50/1 Ratchadamnoen Road. Authentic Northern Thai dishes prepared from original family recipes, that have been handed down from mother to daughter.


Thapae Soi 3: Pad Thai for 20 Baht. Many locals eat there, read a good review by Big Food Small World.


The House: 199 Moon Muang Road. A first class dining experience according to "The Nation". "Contemporary cuisine with a bit of an Asian twist", describes travelfish.org. "The Chiang Mai-born chef has created a menu that features fresh ingredients in a European style but with a touch of the Orient", adds ThailandTatler. "The most interesting dining option is the adjacent tapas bar", means concierge.com



Thai, Chinese, German

Palaad Tawanron ผาลาดตะวันรอน: 100 Huay Kaew Road. Outside the town near the zoo, at the foothills of Suthep Mountain and near a waterfall. From a wooden terrace you overlook a lake and the city. The standout is the seafood, according to ThailandTatler Very popular among the guests is Kah Moo Tawanron : deep fried pork leg with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, read the review of Chiangmai-Chiangrai.com and the review of The Makan Sisters.



Thai, Chinese, International

Monkey's Kitchen: Off Suthep Road. Behind Chiang Mai University. "Tom Yum Pizza, Baked New Zealand Mussel with Panang Curry Sauce & Cheese are just some of the interesting sounding dishes on the menu of Monkey's Kitchen", writes cm-eat.blogspot.com. Good salads. Opens daily (except Mondays).


The Gallery: 25-27-29 Charoen Rat Road. The front building with the Art Gallery has been built in Chinese style, the restaurant at the riverside in teak-wood in Northern style, in the original building from 1892, which used to be a silk store. Hillary Clinton has been eating here. "Ask for a waterfront table beneath the vaulting tamarind tree, and order Chiang Mai specialties such as kaeng ung lay, a coconut milk–free pork curry slow-cooked with ginger, garlic, chili, and tamarind and served with sticky rice", advises concierge.com.



Chinese

Jia Tong Heng: 193/2-3 Sri Don Chai Road. "Some of the best fish dishes in town", says Chiangmainews.com, fish in ginger is the speciality. Jia Tong Heng is 50 years old. Also stewed duck with Chinese herbs is recommended by Chiangmainews.com. Read also the review of Chiangmai-mail.com



Chinese (Muslim)

Khao Soi Islam: 24 Charoen Prathet Road, Soi 1. A mix of Yunnan (muslim) and Shan cuisine. "Calling it curry noodles is oversimplification", writes lastappetite.com The oily and slightly coconut-creamy curry is cut through with sides of tart pickled cabbage and lime juice, served over flat egg noodles. It is finished with a handful of deep-fried on top. Also vegetarian dishes. Read background about the Legacy of the Spice Trade in Chiang Mai and read the review of muntae.com.


Khao Soi Lamduan: Faham Road. The best Khao Soi-restaurant according to lastappetite.com, where you also find recipes for Khao Soi. The original owner prepared her noodles for the Thai King, whenever he stayed in Chiang Mai, as you can read on eatingasia.typead.com.

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The kitchen at Lamudan Kao Soi



Khao Soi Samer Jai:
391 Mu. 2 , Charoenrat Road. Known by the locals for Khao Soi. Very good review by Mcdang.com. The favourite restaurant of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai Premierminister.

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Khao Soi


Just Khao Soy Restaurant and Art Gallery 108/2 Charoen Phrathet Road.



Vietnamese

Dara: Chang Moi Kao Road. Fabulous Vietnamese food as Fresh spring rolls, Naem nuang, shrimp wrapped around sugarcane, lemongrass wrapped around chicken, pho and more food with a lot of green vegetables and fresh herbs for low prices, as you can read on Chiang Mai City News. "I've never found any good Vietnamese in Chiang Mai, except for this one", writes diningchiangmai.com. "Fantasic" say the reviews on tripadvisor.com. You find Dara in a wooden house with garden. Take some mosquito protection with you. See this video.



American

The Dukes: 49/4-5 Chiangmai-Lamphun Road. Steaks, Ribs, Seefood, Pizza. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com. There is also a branch at the Night Bazaar.



Burmese

Burmese Restaurant and Library: Nimmanhaeminda Road, Soi Hillside 3, Opposite Soi 13. Recommended for tea leaf salad, green mango salad (with peanuts) and curry chicken with potatoes (slow cooked tender, no coconut milk) by reviews on tripadvisor.com. "The actual place (or plastic chairs outside a food stall) is not very impressive, but the food more than makes up for it", writes Market of Eden.

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Coffee

Akha Ama Coffee กาแฟอาข่า อ่ามา: 9/1 Mata Apartment, Hussadhisewee Road, soi 3. Families of Mae Chan Tai in 2007 began producing “Akha Ama Coffee” instead of selling the green beans to middlemen for a low price. Lee Ayu Chuepa runs Akha Ama Cafe in Chiang Mai, where you not only get Akha Ama Coffee but also a variety of teas and fruit juices as well as delicious cakes and muffins (9/1 Mata Apartment, Hussadhisewee rd, soi 3). Read more about this project here.


French

Chez Daniel ร้านอาหารเชส แดเนียล: 255/18 Mahidol Rd. Roast lamb, wild boar, boeuf bourgignon as well as Frech cheeses and desserts. Read the review of Yahoo Travel. Much value for not so miuch Baht, according tho Fodor's.


Le Coq d'Or: 11 Soi 2 Koh Klang Road. Lobster, oyster, duck leg, Foie Gras, tiger prawns... Read Frommers.com. "One of Chiang Mai's oldest and most distinguished fine dining venues", says ThailandTatler



German

Original German Food: Cheewan (Thai) and his wife Carmen (German) served German food in German Bistro at Kad Suan Kaew earlier. After this has been closed Chewan now has startet e home delivery service: Original-German-Food.com. The food, prepared by a german chef, is packaged and frozen to retain quality. From 1000 Bath delivery is free in Chiang Mai.



Italian

Caffé Gourmet: Opposite Wat Phra Khao on Ratchamankha Rd. Home-made Italian dishes, small garden and jazz stage, where bands perform Saturday night. Caffé Gourmet was opened by Stefano Roncoroni (former La Gondola). Read Chiangmainews.com


Girasole ร้านอาหารอิตาเลี่ยน กีราโซล: Kad Klang Vieng Plaza, Wat Pan-On Intersection, Ratchadamnoen Road. Pizza, pasta, risotto, meat and fish - and a large section of vegetarian cuisine. Read the review of Chiangmai-Mail.com Good review on tripadvisor.com "So so"-review by Chiang Mai Epicurean See some pictures of dishes. Girasole is a creation of Stefano Roncoroni, who closed one of Chiang Mai's most beloved Italian restaurant, La Gondola after leasing problems.


Mr Chan and Miss Pauline: 1st branch 16/1 Huay Kaew Rd., 2nd branch Canal Rd. Pizza, pasta, steaks and fish, big wine card. Nice garden area with open kitchen and excellent service. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com. Read reviews by Things Asian and Chiangmainews.com Review in Thai by มาเชียงใหม่ กินอะไรดี.


Piccola Roma Palace:144 Charoenprathet Road. Run by Angelo Faro for fifteen years now. "The freshness of ingredients is what makes this restaurant stand out from among the dozens of Italian establishments in town", writes ThailandTatler. Home-made pasta as well as meat and seafood and fine italian wines, also ask for the speciality of the day. Reviews on YahooTravel are mixed. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been dining here. Read also Kit Marshals Commentary.



Mediterranean

Mi Casa: 60/2 Moo 14 Soi Wat Padaeng. Mediterranean cuisines by Spanish Chef Kike and Tapas Corner. He opened his restaurant “Mi Casa Stanley” in Hong Kong in 2002. It was a holiday in Chiang Mai, that turned him here. ThailandTatler recommends saffron infused lobster paella, which has to be ordered two days in advance, as highlight. Good selection of Rioja wine. Good reviews by tripadvisor.com and spicemag.net. See video by OpenChiangmai.



Mexican

Miguel's Café: Good reviews by tripadvisor.com and cunyqueen.



Sandwiches

Amazing Sandwich: 252/3 Pra Pokklao Road. Open daily 10am to 7pm (Sunday close 5pm. With free internet service. Choose from 14 meats including Roastbeef, Pastrami, Salami, Parma ham, smoked chicken and turkey breast, 8 types of cheese, 10 vegetables, 8 dressings & sauces and 6 herbs & spices and pack them into your chosen "vehicle".



Tea

Raming Tea House Siam Celadon: 158 Tha Pae Road. The tea shop serves cakes and teas. Enjoy your tea in a lovely garden. The two storey teak house has been built in 1915 by Anukonburi, a Thai of Chinese anchestry, it served as a store. 2002/2003 it has been restored to its original beauty. See pictures by nenegogogirl and hmigliaccio

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Tea House by night

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Tian Zi Tea House and Garden: 119/1 Kampangdin Road. Opposite of the Mae Ping Hotel's beer garden, tucked among big trees. Not many places have the famous Pu Er Tea, but here you get it. First try, then buy! And the organic meals (for exampla salads) with herbs and roots known to support vital health functions are delicious. "The Brown Rice Salad was lovely, made from organic brown rice, herbs, seeds, nuts, vegetables and seasoned with organic apple cider vinegar, sea salt and cold pressed sesame oil", writes cm-eat.blogspot.com. Excellent reviews on tripadvisor.com. Read more about the Tian Zi projects in Yunnan (China).

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Vieng Joom On Teahouse: 53 Charoenraj Road. Delicious desserts in a garden along the Ping River. Vegetarian menu. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com. Read the reviews by anothertravelguide.com and foodspotting.com.



Vegetarian

Your restaurant not easy to find? Try Chiang Mai Restaurant Google Map (recommended for Smartphone)


Anchan Vegetarian: Nimmanhaeminda Road, Soi Hillside 3, Opposite Soi 13. They make their own curry pastes (without shrimp paste). Delicious and exceptional food according to reviews on tripadvisor.com. "All of Anchan’s curry dishes are spectacular", writes boundingoveroursteps.com. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Special tea blends by Anchan

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Delicious curries

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Mango salad

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Anchan Juice


Aum Vegetarian: 65 Mun Mueang Road. One of the oldest vegetarian restaurants with Thai and Chinese dishes and Hilltribe Organic Coffee - and over 3500 books to read while drinking coffee! See the menu and read reviews of Yahoo Travel. "If you just want delicious Thai food done right, and meat-free, then it definitely it's at", recommends Market of Eden.

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Blue Diamond: 35/1 Mun Mueang Road, Soi 9. Not 100 procent vegetarian. Superb, according to reviews by happycow.net. Also herbal teas. "Marvellous" is one comment on chefmoz.org. "They have it all. They make their own soy yogurt, baked goods including cinnamon rolls, cookies, and bread, soy ice cream (about 15 flovors), fresh juice, and soy milk.", writes xviolettx. Read also Earthworm Envy.


Brown Rice Organic Bistro: 85/5 Samlarn Road. "Don’t miss the Thai herbal salad", writes Chiang Mai Citylife. The restaurant also offers cooking classes. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com.


Free Bird Café: 116 Maneenopparat Road. Try Burmese green tea leaf salad or Kao Som, a Shan traditional dish: Tomato sauce rice balls topped with green onion and fried garlic and served with local herbs and a clear broth (made with red rice). Profits go to Thai Freedom House (a non-government, non-profit language and arts community and learning center dedicated to assisting families and individuals who are refugees from Burma and members of minority groups of Thailand. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com.


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Kao Som, a Shan traditional dish


Imm Aim Vegetarian Café: 10 Santitham Road. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com. "The restaurant is connected with an organic farming and seed preserving initiative and serves a variety of healthy, vegetarian fusion food – meaning you can find Thai curries and fried brown rice, but hummus, wraps and falafel are on the menu as well", adds a Nomad's Dream. Read more on Chiang Mai City News.


Dindee ร้านกาแฟ: Food in an earth house at The Art Museum of Chiang Mai University, opened by Japanese Ayumi Loenthaisong in March 2007. Thai and Japanese dishes and a wide tea selection. Read more at muantae.com






Khufa Mangsawirat: 152/6 Kaew Nawarat Road. Very good review by happycow.net. See pictures by rheanna2. And see description of Chiang Mai Vegetarian Project.


Khun Churn: 120/2 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 17. Northern cuisine with influences from China and Burma with affordable prices. Read the review of The Nation. Excellent review at happycow.net. See also Chiang Mai Vegetarian Project and look at video


Magical Garden Cafe: 24 Sriwichai Road. The profits serve educational projects for ethnic minorities children. Magical Light Foundation "builds schools in Myanmar, gives out much-needed items to refugee camps and gives children free English and Thai lessons", reports Market of Eden. A lovely garden and excellent food according to reviews on tripadvisor.com. Read more on Chiang Mai City News.


Mangsawirat Suan Dok: 15 Suthep Road. Read the review of happycow.net.


Morning Glory: 46/32 Ratchawithi Road. Formerly known as Mai Kaidee’s, owned and operated by Duan Kaidee, sister of the Mai who runs multiple locations in Bangkok. Here you get "some of the best (and healthiest) vegetarian curries in town, along with unique specialties like pumpkin hummus", comments City Life Chiang Mai.


Pun Pun: Inside Wat Suan Dok under a large old Boddhi tree. Pun Pun, run by a Thai/American couple, cooks organic vegetarian food, grown at Pun Pun Organic farm in Mae Taeng, outside Chiang Mai. "Amazing", according to earthoria.com. Read background on the blog Stomachs ond legs. Pun Pun is a project in the owners words "aimed at supporting local organic farmers, farmer networks, and propagating biodiversity. By producing organic produce on our own farm as well as buying from farmers producing organically, we support farmer’s transition to sustainable food systems. Since we ourselves are a seed center we aim to propagate rare and indigenous varieties of edible plants for the public to reintegrate into their diets, improving our health and stabilizing our environment through biodiversity." To get to Pun Pun, at Wat Suan Dok walk down the road to the left of the main temple towards the back of the temple grounds, it is on your right near the back. See pictures by flickr.com. They just opened a new branch on Suthep Road behind Chiang Mai University, as City Life Chiang Mai notes.

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Taste From Heaven: Used to be on Thapae Road, now reopened on Ratchamanka Road. Highly recommended by Bounding over our steps.

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Tea Tree Cafe: Moon Muang Soi 6. "The dishes are primarily vegetarian and vegan, with tantalising tofu combos and nature-sweet smoothies sitting side-by-side with the humble and wholesome omelette", writes Culture Lover’s Guide to Chiang Mai.


Thai Orchid: 419/24 Witchayanon Road.


Thai Vegetarian Food Restaurant: 65 Inthawarorot Road. Good review by happycow.net. See pictures by Rheanna2.


Vegetarian Society of Thailand: 42 Mahidol Road. "Didn't have the variety, that most Thai veggie places in Chiang Mai have", means a review on happycow.net. See pictures on flickr.com


Whole Earth: 88 Sridonchai Road. A vegetarian Thai and Indian restaurant, but some meat and fish dishes are available. Mixed reviews on happycow.net and tripadvisor.com.





Others

Des Gourmet: 413 Moo 12, Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphur Hang Dong. Owner Peter has Dutch dishes on his menu, "including a rijsttafel offered on Fridays", notes chiangmai-mail.com. This is an Indonesian rice table, many small dishes of rice prepared in different ways. It's served the last weekend of the month, according to very good reviews on tripadvisor.com


Rio Restaurant & Wine Bar: At RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort. At the buffet restaurant you get a Brazilian BBQ. Imported meats are grilled right at your table.


Room-Bar: 61 Nimmanhaemin Road. The Room complex includes also a coffee, a boutique and decor shops. The restaurants special in main courses is a deep fried chicken with mixed herbs, as you can read in Chiangmai-Mail.com. Elegant interior decoration in red and purple.


Rose Restaurant: 87 Ratchamanka Road. See video at Chiangmaipods.com English or American breakfasts, burgers and pizzas, fish and chips. And also Thai food.


Sojo's Café: 169/4-5 Sridonchai Road and 178/178 World Club Land – Nongkwai, Hang Dong. American, Asian, Mediterranean Bistro and La Mesa Latina.


The Drunken Flower: 28/3 Soi 17 Nimmanhaemin Road. The funnny name comes from the time, when it was Chiang Mai's first wine tasting club and also sold importet flowers. Cocktails, house wines, Thai, international and Mexican food. And music from a big CD-Collection or from live performances. All this attracts a mix of young and old Thai and Westerners.



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Oct 7, 2014

Temples inside the Old City Wall of Chiang Mai - for your individual Walking Tour

See the locations on Chiang Mai Wat Google Map

Chiang Mai is very rich of ancient, mostly Buddhist temples, some dating back to when the city was founded in 1296. You like to plan a walking tour? First you may discover the temples inside the walls of the old town. Therefore we show you, which roads you can follow and what you will see, when walking along them.


Ratchadamnoen Road

Wat Sum Pow วัดสำเภา (also: Wat Sam Pao): One of the Buddhist temples built during the reign of the Mang Rai dynasty.

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Entrance from Ratchadamnoen Road

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"Our massage make your body sing"

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Viharn at Wat Sum Pow with Burmese style lions in front

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Inside the Viharn

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Door of Ubosot at Wat Sum Pow



Wat Phan On วัดพันอ้น: Built in 1501 the original Wat, Chedi Khwan, has been built. Wat Phan On was erected later, then both temples were combined. Inside you finde two golden sitting Buddhas.

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Sareerikkatartsirirak Pagoda, named by His Majesty King Bhumipol on 9th June 2550 B.E.

See the Buddha inside Wat Phan On by photos.3scape.net, it's a copy of Phra Buddha Chinarat in Phitsanluak. And see a video on youtube.com.

Look at the ubusot which sits above the viharn. You see there stucco work, done by the Buddhist monk Phra Bun prasert, read about Thai wood carving here.


Wat Tung Yu วัดทุงยู:

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Viharn

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Phra Pok Klao Road, from North to South

Wat Phan Tao วัดพันเตา: The name means "The Monastery of a Thousand Kilns". The building was originally constructed as a royal palace building (ho kham) for Chao Mahawong, the ruler of Chiang Mai. The front gable end is decorated with the image of a peacock standing over a sleeping dog. The dog is the symbol of Chao Mahawong's birth year. Read more on orientalarchitecture.com.



Does the dog know, that he is the symbol of the birth year of the former ruler of Chiang Mai?








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Wat Chedi Luang วัดเจดีย์หลวง: Also: Jedi Luang. King Saen Muang Ma, 8th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty, began building it in 1391. He planned to enshrine the ashes of his father Ku Na, but the construction was only finished by King Tilokaray in the mid of the 15th century: 82 m high and 54m large at the base, then the largest building of Lanna. In 1545 the upper part collapsed during an earthquake, in the 1990s the Chedi was reconstructed, about 60 m high. Have a look at the massive tree to the left of the entrance. A legend says that if this tree should fall, a catastrophe will happen. A small building near the tree enshrines the "Spirit of the City" (Sao Intakin). Read more and see pictures at orientalarchitecture.com and read the guide of chiangmai1.com.

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The Viharn was constructed in 1928 and renovated in 1999.

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Wat Chang Taem วัดช่างแต้ม : It is the home to The Sacred Bronze Buddha of Chiang Mai Province, the Fon Saen Ha Buddha (one hundred thousand drops of rain). He was brought to Chiang Mai by King Tilokaraja after a war with Lamphun. Every year in may it is transported during a parade on a chariot to the City Pillar at Wat Chedi Luang, where it stands for 7 days and 7 nights. During this time the locals come to pay respect. They guild the image with gold leaf paper, pour water over it to bath it and present flowers to the City Pillar. The Fon Saen Ha Buddha is believed to bring wealth and happiness to the people of Chiang Mai. The Inthakin City Pillar was made by King Meng Rai, when he built Chiang Mai city in 1296. It is in front of Wat Chedi Luang, inside a small temple and made from a giant tree, fixed underground. See a picture of the Fon Saen Ha Buddha and read more about the Inthakin ceremony. See also a video.

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Wat Fon Soi วัด ฟอน สร้อย: Wat Fon Soi is mentioned in The Chronicle of the Lan Na Thai Legend as a temple dedicated to Phra Tera, a high-ranking patriarch between 1562-1601. See gallery by Azchael


Wat Muen Toom วัดหมื่นตุม:

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On the wall of the compund. See more pictures by brickroadcafe and by wat9chiangmai.com.


Wat Chedlin: Also: Jet Lin. Go out on the back and you will discover an old pond with bamboo huts around, where monks live. See pictures of the pond with the huts.

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One of many huge gongs in a line.

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Looks ancient: The stone Buddha in the courtyard. More photos by brickroadcafe.


Phra Pok Klao Road Soi 4

Wat Pan Waen วัดพันแหวน: See video of chanting monks. Oui Come, meaning “granny Come,” is one of the most famous songs sung by Lanna music singer Charan Manopeth. Its lyrics depict the story of a lady, who lived near Wat Pan Waen. Read more on compasscm.com

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Special: Vor faces on top of the Chedi



Moon Muang Road

Wat Dok Kham วัดดอกคำ:

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Ratchaphakinai Road

Wat Chiang Man:

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Viharn

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Under the full moon


Wat Ban Ping: See night-pictures by JChris F and hlchen1220 and a gallery by Fred.



Singharat Road

Wat Pha Bong วัดผาบ่อง:

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Viharn


Wat Dap Phai วัดดับภัย:

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Viharn at Wat Dap Phai

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The door of the Viharn

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Details of the door


Sam Lan

Wat Phra Singh วัดพระสิงห์วรมหาวิหาร:

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Murals and bronze engraved windows

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Naga detail


Ideas for walking tours you find on templecd.com

More temples in Chiang Mai:
Phra Doi Suthep
Temples outside the Old Town

Where to eat:
Chiang Mai's Restaurants and Food Stalls: Food prepared with love

Discover more:
Your Guide to Chiang Mai


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