5 Hip Havens in Chiang Mai
History and hipsters coexist on the leafy, laid-back streets of Chiang Mai’s Wat Gate quarter. BY JENNIFER CHEN
Published on Apr 25, 2013
1. A former base of 1800’s teak exporter East Borneo Company has been revived as 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, a hotel whose 30 suites are decorated with four-poster beds, claw-foot tubs and bright orchids. Second floor rooms boast a well-shaded veranda. 2 Na Wat Gate Soi 1; 137pillarshouse.com.
2. The open-air Hinlay Curry House serves terrific (and super-affordable) Indian dishes, like pumpkin curry, aloo gobi and flaky rotis. Save room for the house-made coconut ice cream—a perfect salve for the tropical climate. 8/1 Na Wat Gate; +66 53 324 621
3. Unpretentious Japanese fare is on the menu at Kitchen Hush, in a two-story wooden house. You’ll find street-stall classics including takoyaki (octopus balls) and such mainstays as katsu-don (rice topped with deep-fried pork) and shiratama (rice cakes filled with red-bean paste). 18/1 Kaew Nawarat Soi 2; +66 53 247 731
4. Vila Cini stocks handwoven silk table runners, betel-nut boxes and a selection of antiques from around the region. 30 Charoenraj; vilacini.com.
5. A lively crowd of well-to-do Bangkok weekenders and expats gathers at Deck 1 for alfresco cocktails, live jazz, traditional Thai cuisine (try the giant prawns in tamarind sauce)—plus unbeatable views of the Ping River. 14 Charoenraj; thedeck1.com