Continue my trip in Chiangmai. This will be a long passage as I have too much to share! So we joined the cooking class from Thai Farm Cooking School. The teacher told us that there were actually more than 100 cooking schools in Chiangmai!! which is a bit unbelievable. So it’s really hard to pick the best one if you have not yet experienced. I just picked it randomly in google and also read the reviews from Trip advisor. Have seen that they are one of the best cooking school which have more than 14 years experience. Their price is a bit higher than others, it is about 1300 THB / person. However everything was worth and I think I have spent less than what they have been given. So let me tell you more in depth of what I have experienced!
We reserved in advance by emailing them from their web site ( will share later). As they only offer full day class from 08:30 -17:00. So if you don’t plan to spend a whole day, you have to look for another school which provide an alternative. As far as I know there are lots of school do offer half day! However as a full day class, it includes more than half day.
SP chicken – Don’t ask me what’s stand for SP as I have no idea. My hubby has requested to go to try one of the famous local restaurant in Chiangmai. Their roasted chicken is so famous and featured in different travel magazine. The location is a bit hard to find and the signage is not very obvious. It is only a little yellow square stand out from the iron house located in an old town.
Don’t expect this is a nice restaurant in terms of decoration, as it’s in an old town and there’s no air conditioner, thus flies might come on your dish but I guess this is something I expected. Anyways, they have 2 kind of sauces, one is sour sweet and the other is chili, so you can just pick your favor.
I haven’t share the hotel i stayed in my previous Chiangmai trip after i few post, so here you go! We chose to stay in ART MAI Nimman Hotel, as far as I know they opened only a couple of months. The hotel is very new! We got the offer from expedia around hk$600. I think that’s not pricey with such a 5 star hotel.
The location of the hotel is very convenience, it’s just a few blocks after the main street. The exterior was so cool and stylish decorated with different geometric lines.
When we made our check-in in the concierge, the staff brought us the lovely welcome drinks. The gradient purple and blue drinks looks so lovely! As we were a bit early to check in, so they have asked us take a seat and enjoy their welcome drinks. Also have tell us in advance the restaurant and facilities they have in the hotel. That was so warm and sweet.While we’re waiting for our room to be ready, we spent our time to the gallery next to the concierge. There are different artwork of local artist nicely displayed in the gallery and if you love to buy it, you do can! I guess this is something what they mentioned where Arts meet Style!
In the ROOM
When we were ready to get our keys, our room was in no.615 which is the Renaissance theme. There are different themes in each floor and were uniquely designed by Thai local designers. The room was simple but stylish. There was a easel in the room, I guess that’s part of the Renaissance theme. The ceiling and everywhere in the room was decorated in wooden strips and in a white look & feel. There was a black chandelier hanging above the table. I am not familiar with renaissance style but it looks really nice to me. The bathroom was big enough and have all the things you need. Also coffee, tea and 2 bottles of water are free.
We also enjoyed our breakfast in the hotel at lobby by the next morning. To be fair, there wasn’t lots of choices and I think there’s room to improve in regards of the food. However they do have good service.
So if you don’t want to stay in the traditional lanna style teak wood hotel and would like to try something new, modern and stylish. I guess Art Mai should me one of your choice in the list.
How to get there?
Address: 21 Soi 3, Nimmanhaemin Road, Muang, Chiang Mai
Ristr8to is a coffee shop in Chiangmai which specialized various coffee from different countries. I was attracted due to their skull coffee glass and of course with their great range of coffee selection. If you are not a coffee lover? No worries, they do also offer non-coffee drinks and sweets! Such as waffles and their Brazilian Cacao drinks.
Continue of my last Bangkok trip. I stayed in Grand Centre Point Hotel. The location is very good as it takes only 10 -15 minutes to Siam from skywalk. Also 5 mins to BTS. I made my reservation through Expedia from their special offer. It costs HK$2725 – 4 nights (2 persons)! So it’s around HK$680 /night include tax which I think is a good deal in such a convenient location.
I didn’t take photos at the lobby as haven’t thought of sharing my stay in blog. Anyways, the interior is a bit apartment feeling, not like normal hotel. However the interior do looks pretty nice! A bath tube with open wooden window and a balcony to enjoy such a beautiful night view in Bangkok.
Have been quite a while not having a new post. Anyways after a busy week, would like to share some great food of my previous Bangkok trip in June. As I arrived before my husband because of my free redeem ticket of Asia miles! So my first dinner was alone. I planned to have my dinner at the Dock located in Siam paragon super market – Gourmet market. It is actually not a restaurant but a seafood bar. Thus it is a good idea if you have no partner to enjoy the dinner but yourself. Although it is only a bar however they do provide the freshness oysters and lobsters. Their oysters import from France, Tasmania and Japan.So you are like tasting the oysters around the world in this little bar!
I ordered the oyster set and come with a little glass of champagne also a lobster pasta. The lobster was so fresh as they were kept in tank and still alive before they picked and cooked! Price was reasonable and with only 12 seats around the bar table. So if you plan to enjoy the seafood with a group of friends then it might not be a good idea to go but a great location if you are enjoy with 2 or alone.
That’s one of the restaurant I visited in my past Bangkok trip. Laemgate is on my check list which I must go! It attracts me as it is ALL YOU CAN EAT for SEAFOOD!!
Laemgate have 2 branches in Bangkok, one in Phaholyothin11 and the other in Ari 4. How to go? The Ari branch is very close to BTS Ari Station exit 3, it takes you about 10 mins walk from the station OR if you decided to go after your plan to Chatuchak Market, then I would suggest you to go to Phaholyothin11 by Duk Duk. It takes approximately 15 mins Phaholyothin11 and is situated in between Ari station and Saphan Khwai Station.
We went to Ari 4 branch and the restaurant is REALLY REALLY hard to see. We have passed by several times in the same ari just walking back and forth!! We for sure we didn’t go to the wrong Soi (street) and the GPS did showed that we already there! As it was situated inside the gate and what you can see is the view below when you pass by. Lamgate was hidden at the dead end of the road. So that’s explain the reason why we passed by so many times!
There was a piano at the front door with the royal blue paint on wall, also some old books on shelf which have the european looks & feel. The waitress was so nice and allow us to get into the restaurant much earlier than the booking time because of the heavy rain that night. Which is much appreciated!