Top-end Shopping and Authentic Chiang Mai Dining
In Chiang Mai city, Khiri Travel recommends that visitors take in some of the great galleries along Charoen Rat Road, parallel to the Ping River. For example, we recently explored the original Vila Cini, set up in an ancient shop house. It offers exquisite silk and cotton textiles. Even though Vila Cini has outlets at Le Meridien and the fabulous Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, their downtown shop is the original and has the largest collection. In fact, the shop is an attraction by itself. Ask the staff to guide you through the backyard to the adjoining Oriental Style boutique which itself is a delightful example of ancient Chiang Mai architecture. It’s a short walk that will take you back in time.
Inside are original decorative materials for sale, such as lamps and photo frames. Opposite these two great shops is the famed Gallery Restaurant, located on the river. Here you can sample some great northern Thai cuisine such as Nam Prik Num (fiery chilli paste), Kaeb Moo (crispy pork skin) and Gaeng Hang Lae, a rich curry. For an extra local culinary experience, ask your Khiri guide to take you for a bowl of Khao Soy egg noodles. One of the best shops for this Chiang Mai speciality is hidden nearby.