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Fah Thai Magazine Sep-Oct 2018

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI / CHIANG RAI THAILAND KOH CHANG Luxury, a unique design, and the tranquil banks of the Ping River set the scene at X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort, immersing guests with a good balance of Lanna heritage and an active Chiang Mai city. X2 (pronounced “cross-two”) Chiang Mai Riverside Resort blends modern design elements with the traditional Lanna style that is a hallmark of northern Thailand, with touches of the local architectural influence through decorative motifs and red brick walls. Two Tamarind Suites overlook X2’s green courtyard, while 20 Riverfront Suites offer picturesque river views from the balconies. The six Grand Suite River View include a separate indoor seating area and the two Pool Suite River View open SPOTLIGHT Luxury and Indulgence onto their own gardens with 10 metre private pools. The resort, built on grounds formerly used for rice wine making, found inspiration from Chiang Mai’s widely-known Wat Umong, a temple for meditation retreats. X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort aims for peacefulness, also for exhilaration of the senses through pampering at its spa or spending time at the rooftop bar. 369/1 Charoenraj Road, Wat Ket, +66 (0) 53 931 999, x2resorts.com/ resorts/chiang-mai-riverside SPOTLIGHT Chilling with a View After a refreshing fun dip in the ocean, what makes it even better is a great meal with an amazing view at Oasis Koh Chang, whose restaurant offers such an experience. Nestled in the jungle and built like a pirate’s hideaway, the restaurant overlooks the beautiful coast itself and nearby small islands. It’s a perfect place to enjoy both Thai and international dishes, deliciously prepared in picturesque surroundings. The restaurant’s signature dish of “Los Pollos Hermanos” is not to be missed with its hearty homemade chicken burger topped with melted brie cheese and cranberries, served with breaded onion rings and potato wedges. Guests are also welcome to soak up the laidback atmosphere up on the restaurant’s tree house where everyone can linger over a glass of wine or a cold beer to further enjoy a spectacular sunset for every moment that counts. oasis-kohchang.com/ koh-chang-restaurant JAVA IN CHIANG RAI Chiang Rai in the north of Thailand distinguishes itself with its temples and also the infamous Golden Triangle. With a high altitude, cool climate, and plenty of sun, Chiang Rai now makes a further mark as fertile ground for growing Arabica coffee. When in the area, get a caffeine kick and experience the local coffee culture as an addition to the roster of must-dos. Visit Chivit Thamma Da, a beautiful coffee house in a colonial style setting that serves coffee with a seriously good apple crumble pie in an English garden by the river. Their coffee is rich and fragrant, especially The Chivit: iced coffee cubes with milk poured over them. Also in Chiang Rai, Local Coffee – a friendly coffee house with a cosy ambience – is an ideal destination for coffee sipping since it has a large collection of local and international beans. Within a 15-minute drive from the Chiang Rai Airport, Time, a stylish coffee house-cum-coworking space, creates the link between coffee and creativity. It serves local brews along with light, organic fare. About 10 kilometres north of Baan Dam Museum, Hacienda Coffee House & Restaurant serves its coffee in a cottage and English garden. Savour a cup inside the cottage, or bring it outside for some fresh air in the garden. Meantime, in the isolated highlands of Mae Suai, Doi Chang Coffee Farm is known for beans with a strong caramel sweetness and a nutty undertone, as well as its strong community involvement in producing organic coffee beans. chivitthammada.com, facebook. com/LocalCoffeeandHomeRoaster, facebook.com/ Time-Chiang-rai, hacienda-coffee-house.business. site, facebook.com/DOICHANGCOFFEEFARM 124