Steeped in northern Thai heritage and vibrant cultures, Chiang Mai is a city in the midst of majestic mountains and verdant valleys. However, the beauty of Chiang Mai isn’t just in its enchanting natural views or blissful historic pagodas, but it’s also home to some of the coolest artistic surroundings. Here, you’ll be visually flooded with the city’s art spaces, spanning from design hotels to art cafés, each one boasting a unique character. Amongst the hundreds of art scenes in the city, we’ve picked these five must-visit places for you to check out.
Art Mai Gallery Hotel
Nestled in the bustling downtown of Chiang Mai, Art Mai Gallery Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that particularly stands out. Each of the rooms here is distinctively decorated with paintings from different Thai celebrated artists. With stylish artworks adorned on every wall, the property also offers a comprehensive accommodation package with an access to the art exhibitions within the space. Check out Art Mai Gallery Hotel to expand your art horizon.
Art Mai Gallery Hotel, 21 Soi 3, Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai, +66 53 894 888
The Gallery Chiang Mai
For serious foodies with an eye for arts, drop by The Gallery Chiang Mai. Endowed with a storied history, this household is owned by a Chinese migrant, who then turned this place into a unique restaurant with antique art displays. Situated on the banks of Ping river, the restaurant overlooks calming waters and nearby greenery vistas. Embracing the traditional Chinese touches and northern Lanna influences, the main building is tastefully furnished with polished teak wood and vintage molded motifs.
The Gallery Chiang Mai, 25-27-29 Charoen Raj Rd., Chiang Mai, +66 053 248 601
Woo Chiang Mai
Part café, part art gallery, Woo is a lovely space with a significant lifestyle concept. Fusing traditional Thai recipes and inventive fusion flavours, the café serves up a series of various dishes from hearty meals, smoothie drinks to sweet delights. If you’re up for some art, head upstairs to admire the abstract and conceptual artwork. Don’t miss its lifestyle shop at the back of the café, where you can also shop an exquisite collection of figurative art pieces and adorable home furniture.
Woo Chiang Mai, 80 Charoenrat Rd., Wat Gate, Chiang Mai, +66 52 003 717
An alternative art venue, Gallery Seescape showcases some of Chiang Mai’s most thought-provoking and exciting arts from professional and emerging artists. Since 2008, the place has hosted more than 74 art events and exhibitions, all reflecting on contemporary society. Apart from its captivating gallery walls, it also offers an al fresco space in its backyard garden for public activities and exclusive workshops, welcoming all art folks to spend quality time as a community in a laid-back setting.
Gallery Seescape, 22/1 Nimmanhemin Rd. Soi 17, Muang, Chiang Mai, +6693 831 9394
Art in Paradise Chiang Mai
A realistic 3D art museum, Art in Paradise Chiang Mai will let your imagination flow with plenty of creative dimensional illustrations on its massive, canvas-like walls, painted by talented Korean artists. The museum is divided in several zones, each with its own theme, ranging from shocking exotic animals to winter snow landscapes. Simply strike a pose and take photos, and all the artworks here will trick your eyes with its illusion of a visual reality.
Art in Paradise Chiang Mai, 199/9 Changklan Rd. Changklan, Muang Chiangmai, +6653 274 100
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