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Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Mountains of coffee ...
A cool new cafe in Nan which hasn't even opened yet.
there be any better place in the world to enjoy cafe culture
than northern Thailand, where a lot of the freshest grinds are actually growing on the hillsides
nearby to many of these uber-chic cafes?
Household coffee brands in Thailand
like Doi Chang, Doi Tung and Wawee are all named for mountains in the north
small lanes, huge student population, easygoing attitudes and plethora of
small, family-run spots to grab a bite and a fine cup of java, Chiang Mai is
the perfect place to sit and watch people go by while chatting with old friends
or making new ones.
One lane off of Nimmanhaemin Road (Soi 9) is known
as ‘Soi Kafe’ by locals, jing jing.
I imagine it to be redolent of parts of old Asia when opium was at its peak, with ubiquitous dimly lit dens. Instead it’s side-by-side coffeehouses ... a caffeine addict's dream.
Now you can have your cake, and eat it too.
is following similarly, now developing a bona fide cafe culture as it comes of
age with a bit more boho chic.
As for Pai, well, it’s The Chilling
Fields already, and Nan is rapidly gaining in the cool cafe stakes, as I've blogged recently.
So no need to pack the large bottle of Nescafe 43 beans when you travel to Thailand. We've got mountains of coffee here.