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About our home
We designed our home ourselves and it took three years to complete. It is in the best area of Chiang Mai, close to the city centre yet in a quiet suburban area at the foot of Doi Suthep. It is set in a 3000 square metre plot and is built in an ultra modern style, with a huge open plan kitchen - dining room - living room. The dining room and living room are double height with a gallery walkway.
There is a very large swimming pool and a games room with full size snooker table and dartboard.
We have a resident housekeeper and gardener. The housekeeper will look after any guests, clean the house, make the beds and do any washing /ironing that is necessary.
Our neighborhood feels quite rural although its only a ten minute drive into town. We are one road away from the boundary to the Doi Suthep national park, so it is not very built up. Our road is quite narrow - not quite single track, but not quite double, either, but its easy to pass.
Being Thailand, restaurants are never far away, and nor is shopping!. There are some great shopping malls within a ten minute drive if that's your thing.
Please note - the map shows us as being very close to the airport. This is not the case. We are about 2.5km further north than shown on the map and we only occasionally get aircraft coming near us.
More about us
William is an accountant who held several senior financial positions in international companies.
Kay was a professional trainer and project manager and now runs a real estate agency.
The house & Ginger Restaurant, if you feel like splashing out when in Chiang Mai then this is definitely a place you should think about going. World class in terms of design, service and food, it is a stunning restaurant experience. The overriding antique vibe is enhanced by the eclectic combination of textures, colour and hand-painted Chinese antique furniture. Open: 18:00-22:30
Nimmanhaemin road, popularly known as Chiang Mai’s hip street, Nimmanhaemin Road is filled with stylish galleries, art cafés, boutique shops and hotels with distinct personality. After sunset, it comes to life with a colourful range of chilled out bars, clubs and restaurants. For live music, dancing and a lot of local party vibe, the city’s trendy types head to Monkey Club on Soi 9 (open 22:00-1:00) or the more youthful Warm Up, opposite Soi 17 (open 18:00-2:00).
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Anyone who comes to Thailand will be struck by the availability of massage and how reasonable it is to have your weary body given the once over by an attentive therapist. In the case of Chiang Mai it is an active city in which to get better acquainted with, you have to put in some serious leg work. Thai oil, Thai traditional and hot stone massages come highly recommended if you are eager to free yourself of any insufferable knots or rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. The back streets and main thoroughfares of Chiang Mai have an abundance of massage parlors which offer anything from quick, simple, face and foot massages, to month-long courses in the art of Thai massage A foot massage is always a good call after a visit to Doi Suthep or some jungle trekking. Note that Reflexology is a treatment the area is renowned for so you might want to go with this option.
Bit of culture
70% of the land in the north is mountainous and in the past was densely forested, making overland communication difficult. As a result each valley developed slight variations in customs and language. People practiced wet-rice subsistence agriculture and were self-sustaining, making what they needed. Customs and beliefs associated with the agricultural cycle were passed down from their ancestors.
Walks in the park
Chiang Mai is certainly not a spectator sport. Sure, it has great food and fantastic shopping but if all you do is sit on the sidelines then you'll miss out on half the fun. The lofty peaks, lush forests and mighty rivers of Chiang Mai offer a wealth of opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Chiang Mai activities are well suited to a range of tastes and abilities, but they all deliver a once in a lifetime experience.
Spot of exercise
Chiang Mai is home to several excellent golf courses that have hosted numerous international competitions. The lovely northern Thailand landscape makes a perfect backdrop for a round on the links. The courses themselves are challenging and inventive, having been created by some of the top designers in Asia. Full facilities are available, including club and cart rentals, restaurants and caddies. Green fees average around 1,500 baht with rates slightly higher during weekends and holidays.
The vast expanse of Chiang Mai’s lush, forested mountains offers a refreshing escape for those in search for tranquility and an adventure alike. These top 10 Chiang Mai tours highlight all the must-see and must-do experiences while visiting this attractive northern province, touching on a wide range of sites and activities from elephant trekking to visiting hill-tribe villages, white-water rafting to cultural discovery at various temples dotting the Old City area. All you have to do is simply book and go!