City Scoop: Chiang Mai

28 February 2016
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When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!

We asked Tricia Willis, copywriter for Minor International, for her insider scoop on Chiang Mai including where to eat, drink and play, along with a quality day trip and a tip she's always found useful.

Chiang Mai restaurant Chiang Mai has some excellent dining establishments


The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar - This new hot spot at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa blends colonial eccentricity and riverside luxury with weekday afternoon tea and weekend high tea served on the verandah.

After Dark

HOBS – House of Beers - This street-side bar – in the hipster neighbourhood of Nimmanhaemin – offers a wide range of Belgian beers and retro DJ tunes, along with great people-watching.


Baan Tawai Village - Half an hour south of the city you’ll find more shops, boutiques and factory outlets than you can wish for, selling everything from antiques to wood carvings.

Mae Ngad Dam Mae Ngad Dam makes for a rewarding day trip (Image: Getty)

Day Trip

Mae Ngad Dam - Take a long-tail boat across this lake-like reservoir to swim, eat and chill out at the rustic Thai restaurants and guesthouses.

Secret Tip

Insider info - Ask questions on Chiang Mai’s many Facebook pages to find out everything you need to know from locals who are happy to share tips and advice.

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Chiang Mai.

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