Explore Nimman Area in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai called the "Rose of the North," is famous for its ancient wats or temples, bazaars, markets, and vibrant nightlife. Tourists are finding out what the Thai people have known for years, that Chiang Mai is one of the trendiest places in Thailand for a holiday. Although Chiang Mai is Thailand's second largest city, the population is approximately 200,000. Many Thai residents spend their holidays here, and tourists are finding out how beautiful Chiang Mai is.
Some of Chiang Mai's most well-known attractions are:
- Elephant Camps
- Tiger Kingdom
- Butterfly and Orchid Farms
- Saturday and Sunday Markets
- Night Bazaars
- Buddhist Temples
- Night Safari
- Old City Chiang Mai
The Thai people of Chiang Mai are friendly, hospitable people who welcome visitors. Chefs who are famous for their cooking schools, create culinary delights served in the many restaurants. Exquisite handcrafts are sold in the shops all over the city. One of Chiang Mai's neighbourhoods known for its restaurants, shops, galleries, and cafes is Nimmanhaemin Road, also known as Nimman or "Coffee Street." The shopping district features antique shops and art galleries, apparel shops, and shops that sell handcrafts and silks.
Nimmanhaemin Road (Nimman)
Although there aren't as many attractions in Nimmanhaemin as Chiang Mai's Old City, there are tours and fascinating places to visit.
Chiang Mai Zoo
Many people don't like zoos because of the cramped quarters in which animals are kept. However, the Chiang Mai Zoo in the foothills of the Doi Suthep Mountains. The 200-acre compound is the habitat for more than 400 species. The zoo emphasizes education, conservation, and providing the animals with a natural environment in which to live.
The Minimal Gallery
This gallery is one of the most unusual you'll ever visit. The first floor features art exhibits and has a mini-bar so the visitors can sip their favourite drink while viewing the exhibits. The upper level of the gallery is an academy and studio for local artists. Opening night events are held for new exhibitions.
Chiang Mai University
The grounds of a university aren't usually considered to be a tourist attraction, but Chiang Mai University is an exception. The campus features exotic gardens, an artificial lake, and traditional Thai architecture. Bicycle rentals are available to tour the campus at your leisure.
Huay Kaew Arboretum
While visiting Chiang Mi University, spend some time at the Huay Kaew Arboretum, a tranquil green space with hundreds of tropical trees. Lush flowers flourish in the shade of the mountains and waterfalls tumble down the rocks. The arboretum is open each day at 9 a.m
The 700-year-old forest temple is worth a visit, with tropical gardens and a towering stupa. The pond is a peaceful spot to feed the turtles and fish, and the ancient tunnels beneath the temple are believed to date back to the 13th and 14th-centuries.
Wat Suan Dok
Wat Suan Dok is one of Chiang Mai's most spectacular temples. Although the temple isn't actually on Nimmanhaemin Road, it's a short walk from the neighborhood's attractions. To get to the temple, you must walk to the south end of Nimman to Suthep Road. The gold stupa rise high above the lush, landscaped grounds. The 14th-century temple features a pagoda that contains relics of Buddha.
The Shopping Experience On Nimmanhaemin Road
Whilst many tourists visiting Chiang Mai visit the shops of local artisans in the Old City, Nimman is where the younger crowd and students shops at trendy boutiques and shopping malls with entertainment venues. The neighborhood offers the most contemporary choices for shopping. These are the top shopping malls on Nimman Road.
The Gerald Collection features an array of handmade furniture created at a factory in the country outside Chiang Mai. You can buy a selection of funky-style lighting, decor, and accessories that can be packed easily for transport home after your holiday. The shop is on Nimman Road, Suthep, Muang District.
Kad Na Mor is the Student Night Market near Chiang Mai University. The market is mostly focused on food stalls that sell primarily Japanese and Thai foods. On most nights vendors sell apparel, shoes, makeup, and accessories at low prices. The market is opposite the main gate of Chiang Mai University, Huay Kaew Road.
Kantary Terrace is one of the newest "lifestyle malls" in Chiang Mai that features bars, restaurants, and the Cafe Kantary along with the upscale shops. The mall is smaller than many of the other shopping venues, and an ideal place to find clothes by local designers in a variety of styles and price ranges.
Nimman Promenade is a collection of small, independent shops on either side of the sois or streets leading to Nimman Road. the shops sell fashion items and accessories. Some of the stores in this area sell handcrafts and artwork. Nimman Promenade is located at Nimman Soi 4.
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre is a modern, trendy mall that has given new life to the shopping district on Nimman Road. The mall offers a large selection of apparel and accessories by local and international designers, leisure, and entertainment options. The world-class centre on six levels features boutiques and leisure venues. The fourth floor is a mix of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and chain restaurants.
The fifth floor is for family entertainment with an arcade and karaoke center, a multi-screen cinema, and a 7D Galaxy Zone. The top level of the shopping centre features an observation deck and the Myst Rooftop Bar. Myst is one of six bars at the top of the mall with spectacular views of the sunset and Chiang Mai's mountain ranges. Myst is a favourite gathering place for Thais and expats, and the staff all speak English. Signature cocktails are available by the glass or bucket and are delicious.
Nimmanhaemin Road Restaurants
Many of Chiang Mai's most tourist-friendly restaurants, bars, and cafes are located along Nimmanhaemin Road or Coffee Street. The neighborhood is famous for its diverse selection of places to dine and have drinks with friends, so there are plenty of places from which to choose.
Khun Nai Dern Sai is one of the most rustic restaurants in Chaing Mai and serves Thai and Western-style cuisine. Sit inside to see the retro and vintage artwork, or lounge outside in the garden. The menu in English and Thai, has a large selection that's reasonably priced.
Little Lanna is one of the newest restaurants with Thai and fusion, Japanese-style dishes. Many of the dishes are traditional Northern Thai, and are low in price. Little Lanna serves wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks.
The Pasta Cafe is in a quaint bungalow. Chefs were trained at one of the leading culinary arts schools in Bangkok, so the food is excellent. The kitchen is open so you can watch your food being prepared. Penne Arrabiata and Caesar Salad are exceptional.
The Cafe de Nimman is a combination cafe, and restaurant just steps away from the central section of Nimman Road. The design is sophisticated and partially open-air, so there's plenty of space for groups and families. The extensive menu has a large selection of fish and stir-fry and rice dishes that are very reasonable. Cafe de Nimman is open until 10 p.m.
At Nine Nimman is a great place to people watch and enjoy inexpensive drinks. The upscale restaurant/bar is right on the main road. They serve a large selection of traditional dishes and pub-style, finger foods. The atmosphere is funky and fun and is a good nightspot to meet with friends.
ITALICS Italian restaurant, is located in the boutique hotel Akyra Manor Hotel, positioned just outside of Chiang Mai’s Old City. With another location in Bangkok that opened back in the spring of 2015, Michelin-starred chef James Noble is taking his innovative concept up to Chiang Mai to show off the restaurant’s use of Thai ingredients in Italian cuisine.
Nimmanhaemin Road Cafe Culture
Nimmanhaemin Road is deserving of its nickname "Coffee Street." The coffee culture here in Nimman is as trendy as it is in Seattle. Chiang Mai is the home to four universities and coffee beans are grown in the area. The cafe culture started to grow when some Chiang Mai University architecture students created The Barn: Eatery Design as their final project. There are a lot of reasons people love coffee shops. They like to meet friends and chat over coffee, take some downtime to read, or just to people watch. Here are some of the coffee shops you may want to check out.
Ristr8to is known for its single origin brews, meaning only one type of coffee bean from one grower, roasted one way is used to brew their coffee. The coffee is made from an Espresso or Ristretto base to create the best tasting cup of coffee.
Librarista got it unique name from two words, library, and barista. Librarista has floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the sunlight and shelves with hundreds of book selections to browse. Patrons sit on deep cushions or the floor around tables while enjoying their coffee.
Rustic & Blue is a cafe for brunch and farm dinners. The cafe serves a variety of loose tea blends and tea-infused cocktails and spirits. Farm dinners are served for special occasions like Thanksgiving.
Wake Up Cafe doubles as a cafe and co-working space, and is open 24 hours a day. The Wake-Up Cafe uses coffee beans from Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia to brew its excellent coffees. The cafe serves delicious smoothies made with peppermint or mango combinations, and cocoa from the Netherlands.
Nimmanhaemin Road's Five Star Hotel
Inside the ancient walls of Chiang Mai is the beautiful Akyra Manor Hotel, one of the city's most luxurious, boutique hotels. The modern and sophisticated interior invites you to unwind the moment you enter. The hotel is a delightful base to explore the sights and sounds of Chiang Mai.
The Akyra has features not found in other luxury hotels. Guests can relax in an open-air tub in their private courtyard at the centre of their suite. Hotel Suites feature panoramic views of the mountains or the city. iPod and iDock, Large screen TVs, and WiFi are complimentary. Mini-bars, safes, and coffee/tea-makers are all standard.
Whether you're on a business trip, a family holiday, or celebrating your wedding or honeymoon, the Akyra is the best choice in Chiang Mai for luxury accommodations.