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Cafes in Chiang Mai and place to stay around Nimmanhaemin Road

Posted by travelinchen on 4/2/2011 at 18:09

Hey guys,

ok, I know, that sounds very unusual, but my boyfriend and I are very much into cafes. That means, we very much choose places to travel to by whether there are attractive cafes there.
We heard that there are many cafes in Chiang Mai and are very excited about going there.
We don't care so much about posh hotel cafes or anything like that, more the cozy, cute or unusual ones, or those where you could hang out all day long.

So if you can think of any such cafes in Chiang Mai (but also in Bangkok or Ko Phangan, where we'll also be), PLEASE share! :)

Also, we are thinking of staying near Nimmanhaemin Road for a couple of days. Can anyone recommend a guesthouse/hotel within walking distance (no more than 20 USD for a double room)?



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Posted by Captain_Bob on 5/2/2011 at 01:19

Of course you can read the section on Eat and Meet in Chiang Mai (although I see just a couple errors on it) and from that list I would recommend the U.N. Irish Pub which despite being a pub serves great meals and has nice balcony seating upstairs where you can people-watch for hours, and they show sport events on the big screen inside. Nearly across the street from that is The Wall, which has roadside seating on this fairly busy tourist street. Used to sit there in the old days when it was called "No Name Restaurant". Just around the corner near where busy Moon Muang road meets Ratchawiti road (the "bar street") there's a long-standing cafe called... "The Cafe" which again has roadside seating and pretty good food. Also check out the Chiang Mai Saloon which specialises in western food but has some Thai dishes as well. Two locations, one next to the U.N. Irish pub and another on Loy Kroh road out toward the night bazaar.

Not a lot of guesthouses around Nimmanhaemin road. I know a couple but not in your price range. For example Pooh Cottage. Hope that helps though.

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Posted by laurenladky on 5/2/2011 at 14:26

Hi! You absolutely must eat brunch at Khun Churn vegetarian restaurant. Its an all you can eat vegetarian buffet with several curries, delicious fresh teas, fruits etc. Easily the best buffet deal in Thailand. 90 baht and incredibly fresh and healthy.

Located on one of the sois off Thanon Nimmanhaemin. Definitely a place you stay all day. (at least all morning til the lunch and dinner crowd rolls in) They also serve Beer Laos.

If you can ride a motorbike I suggest checking out Huay Tung Tao. Its a man made lake with mountain views. Here, locals flock to eat cheap fish and thai dishes. Some ladies walk around selling grilled insects and fruits. Go here if you want to avoid tourists. In certain areas you can also swim or rent a paddle boat. Its about 20 minutes outside the city center.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 5/2/2011 at 19:48

Also for vegetarian food check out "Blue Diamond" in Moon Muang Soi 9 and "Ohm" on the Moon Muang / Ratchadamnoen corner next to Black Canyon Coffee.

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