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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018


HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI SPOTLIGHT Hippocampus Getaway Hippocampus is an escape from the chaotic city life for both the owners and their guests. The Thai couple fled their busy lives and settled on a beautiful piece of land in Chiang Dao – which offers a priceless mountain view. They first designed and built a comfortable abode and lived in the “Baan Noi (small house)” for a certain period. Now as proprietors, they offer a corner of their paradise to homestay guests. Hippocampus is a café, gallery (the male owner is an artist) and homestay rolled into one. The owners now stay in another house they have just built and the addition of another small house called “Baan Yung” has been added. Little in size yet comfortable, the wooden house was formerly a rice barn that has been renovated. Guests can come and share the beauty of nature with the two owners. It is highly recommended that you book in advance – for the reason that there are only two houses for rent but also because booking ahead allows one of them to prepare the ingredients for your meals. The food here is freshly cooked and freshly baked. Hippocampus serves a homemade breakfast and a nice gourmet coffee. Guests can stroll along the farm where people plant rice, mulberries, coffee and passion fruits, among others. There is no TV in the rooms so guests can enjoy what nature has to offer. At night, stargazers can marvel at the panoramic view of the sky – which sums up the very reason why the owners and their guests are there. 334 Moo 12, Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai, HippocampusChiangdao, open between Thursday and Monday from 9am - 6pm BOOKISH BUFFALO A relaxing shop with great coffee and second-hand English books for children and young adults, “Bookish Buffalo” just opened in October this year. The owners are book and coffee lovers so they have filled the place with a great selection of both. Firmly believing that all kids should be encouraged to read or have access to good books, the owners bought plenty of second-hand English books from the UK and sell them at very affordable prices. The shop has comfortable bean bags for kids to spend time reading or selecting books for as long as they wish. Outdoor tables let you enjoy the mountain views, while indoor ones allow parents to spend time with their children. Named after ‘Nong Khwai’, the sub-district where it is located, Bookish Buffalo is quite close to the Chiang Mai Night Safari intersection. Located on a large field where the owners plant organic vegetables for personal consumption, they are also happy to share produce with customers at reasonable prices. It opens from 8.30am to 6pm on weekdays, but closes every Wednesday, and from 9.30am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays. THE SWEETEST QUALITY What’s considered popular food in Chiang Mai isn’t just all about Northern specialties. One of the lesser-known gems in the city is a street food shop called “Tao Huay Savoey.” They sell Chinese desserts like “Tao Huay” (silken tofu in ginger tea) and “Bua Loy Nam Khing” (black sesame dumplings in ginger tea) with gingko as an add-on ingredient. Prices start at about 50 cents (USD) for a basic bowl and about $2 for a bowl featuring a combination of everything in ginger tea. What makes this shop stand out is the sweet tea soup which gives a strong and refreshing taste of ginger, unlike a new generation of commercially-made “Tao Huay”. Another main difference is the thinner flour wrapping for the sesame dumpling, giving it a softer bite with an authentic burst of the stuffed sesame. It opens twice a day – in the morning from 6am to 9am at No. 3 Soi Sirimangalajarn and in the evening from 5.30pm to 9.30pm at the mouth of Soi Sirorot off Suthep street, not so far from the morning shop. In case you can’t find the shop, call +66 (0) 86 916 9856 or +66 (0) 53 894 103. 98