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Chiang Mai Area - Tangata or others - advice please!

Chiang Mai Area - Tangata or others - advice please!

Sep 8th, 2004, 08:34 AM
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Tangata and others,
re: restaurants - how do you compare - Grand Lanna or The Gallery?
Need to make a choice!
thanks
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Sep 8th, 2004, 12:54 PM
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I have a stupid question. I already researched a lot's of stores in Bangkok and CM. I like Siam Celadon.
Usually I do not like to shop and buy often online.
What if I will order Siam Celadon and other staff from CM online ? Would I get same prices plus shipping? What I am missing here?
This way we can have more time on elephants, Doi Suthep, spa, massages, food ? Did anybody think of that?
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Sep 8th, 2004, 01:58 PM
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for me a big part of the pleasure of owning the object is to remember the trip I bought it on and the people I spoke to at the store etc. That's more important than saving money or time for me. It just wouldn't be the same to me if I bought it online.
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Sep 8th, 2004, 07:29 PM
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emtravel

I would opt for The Gallery, if only because it is on the river, is used by the locals and has an interesting shop attached to it and other shops adjacent to it. It is also likely to be a good deal cheaper.

La Grand Lanna is a lot more like the Four Seasons; the food tends to be prepared to western tastes and you seldom see locals there, unless they are connected with the place. The surroundings are very pleasant and it is an excellent spot for lunch if you are spending the day shopping on Sankampaeng Road.

If you buy online, will you not be charged duty when the goods enter the country? Whereas, if you take the goods with you, they should be covered by your duty free allowance.
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Sep 8th, 2004, 08:53 PM
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The problem with shopping online with Siam Celadon is they don't have a TENTH of the product for sale online compared to what you will find in their store. I did not see my chess set online, and until you see some of their more unique and upscale offerings, you've not really seen what they can do. My lovely celadon fu dogs, the different styles of earthenware, etc. all of that is not on line, that I could see. You will pay more online as well. Most everyone I knew who bought a lot of dinnerware had it shipped back, and the shipping was not cheap-but it was definitely worth it to them, because their dinnerware is unique. However, buying online definitely IS an option, and you CAN email them, and they WILL email you back with lovely color photographs of some of their product line that isn't online, -they're very nice and helpful in this way. It's just that you'll miss most of their unique product offerings by going that route.

As for restaurants, that's no choice at all. It's the Gallery by a mile-it was the best dining experience I had in Thailand-and you can see the bright fresh red snapper-like whole fish being grilled as you pass your way through to the riverside dining terrace in the back-and that grilled fish tastes as good as it looks. In addition, the restaurant has authentic northern Lanna Thai dishes on the menu, with the Thai musicians playing riverside, it's a truly enjoyable dining experience. Pictures of Hillary Clinton's visit are all over the walls as you come in. (she only visited Chiang Mai and Rai, btw, not BKK).

As Tangata mentioned, the other thing about the riverside street where the Gallery is located is that there are a number of Thai home furnishing stores located there-the stores are sort of like an upscale Thai Crate and Barrel-lovely product, a mixture of Thai antiques and modern Thai interior design pieces--well worth a trip just to visit these stores.

Also, don't give short shrift to Antique House, which is located quite close to the C.M. Plaza and the old city. That restaurant is really unique-it's kind of like eating dinner in Jim Thompson's house by candlelight-as the house is well over one hundred years old, and is filled with Thai and Chinese antiques-very romantic, and the food is quite good too.

As far as La Grand Lanna, I've never even heard of this restaurant from anyone in Thailand or even any mention in any guidebook until I saw it on this board, so I couldn't say what it's like, but if it's located on SKP road, that's THE tourist shopping area, and I should think it would tend to cater to a tourist's westernized tastes, rather than providing an authentic Lanna Thai dining experience, IMO.

P.S. Good shopping tip: Go and look on SKP road at all the factory stores, etc., decide what you like, and what you want to buy, (the rosewood and brass cutlery, for example). If you buy at the factory store on SKP road, you will pay fully 60% MORE than you will for the EXACT product in the Night Mkt.-in fact, you will get incredible deals on the above-mentioned cutlery in the Mkt.(I learned this the hard way!) A friend bought a beautiful silver belt in the Mkt. for somewhere in the area of $200US, she said it would cost 3x that in the States.

There are a few other great shopping areas in the city that haven't been mentioned, but if you have a good guidebook you can find out where they are-there's no lack of good shopping and eating, anywhere you look!

And Tangata, you're on. I'll email you when I'll be there, which should be around Jan. 7-8. Sorry about the Mumbai job, but definitely looking forward to the visit and get-together!
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Sep 9th, 2004, 02:34 AM
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Spygirl/Tangata, Great dining and shopping tips! They all sound wonderful. Can't wait to go.
Gloria, You were right. The mention of the blue and white ceramic shops near Lampang was in the Treasures & Pleasures book, which said there are dozens of workshops in the area, but didn't give any specifics. Does anyone know where they are located? I can imagine us with a driver, driving 'round and 'round looking for non-existent ceramic workshops and my husband rolling his and saying "you and your ceramics!" I love ceramics (can't wait to shop for celadon!) and have found wonderful pieces in out of the way places in Europe. This will be our first trip to Asia and we're very excited about it! This forum has been fantastic. Don't know how we would have planned without it.
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Sep 9th, 2004, 03:24 AM
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Oh, one more question. I had read that you should make sure the bronzeware is coated to prevent tarnish. Could the difference in price in the bronzeware at the night mkt vs. SKP Rd be because one is coated & the other is not? Does the coating last? Can you wash it in the dishwasher?
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Sep 9th, 2004, 06:14 AM
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Spygirl and Tangata,
thank you for your tips! If Siam Celadon can ship heavy dinnerware set that it makes sense. I cannot drag heavy staff with me.
CFW: the you can see store description and a map at www.siamceladon.com
The Gallery restaurant looks great.
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Sep 17th, 2004, 06:33 AM
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More Chiang Mai area questions. Will waterfalls be "dry" at end of January? Any that you would recommend? We are already planning to vist the well-known wats, Doi Suthep, botasnical gardens, and orchid farm, but would also like to see more of the countryside around Chiang Mai. What is the most scenic area for natural beauty around Chiang Mai, and what are some of the sights you would recommend with a car and driver?
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Sep 17th, 2004, 06:54 AM
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Actually, I think someone else asked this same question, CFW, and Tangata may have other ideas, but I would suggest Doi Inthanon National Park, which is about 30 mi south of C.Mai. There are a number of waterfalls there (but don't know whether they will be dry in Jan.) the one half-way up, Mae Klang, is the largest, and is a popular spot to stop, but there are more at the very top of the mountain - which has a great view of the surrounding countryside btw, and there are lovely patches of wild orchids to be found in the Park as well. I think a car and driver could easily arrange this trip, and I know there are any number of companies in C.M. that run trips to the Park as well.
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Sep 17th, 2004, 09:47 AM
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Waterfalls will be comparatively dry in January, but that depends on what you are used to. The Thais make a great fuss about their waterfalls, but personally, as a Kiwi, I haven?t seen anything that we would call a waterfall! OK, right now at the height of the wet season some of them may have some water in them, but not much.

If you are going to the Botanical Gardens, then it is worthwhile completing the circuit, rather than coming back on the same road as most tours would.

As Spygirl says, Doi Intharnon is quite nice. For a shorter trip, the area out past Sankampaeng is quite attractive.
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