In a city as chaotic as the Thai capital, finding areas to explore beyond traffic jams and high-rise buildings may seem impossible. However, the leafy suburb of Ari (also called Aree) in Bangkok’s north is an up-and-coming district with some cool eating, drinking and shopping spots to discover.
Chiang Mai may not be able to compete with Bangkok’s myriad wining and dining establishments, but what it lacks in options it makes up for in charm and accessibility. The town’s Nimmanhaemin neighbourhood – or Nimman for short – is the place to go for the latest trendy cafes, crafty boutiques, perfectly plated meals and speciality cocktails.
Lonely Planet Local Alana Morgan first moved to the northern Thai town of Chiang Mai thinking she would stay six to eight months. Seven years later and she’s still living and working in the city and writing all about it.