I’ve put together a fun list of my favorite, places to stay, coffee spots, Co-Working Spaces, restaurants, eat out spots and other fun hangout spots around the Nimman area of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Perfect for those who have just arrived in the area looking for some awesome places to check out.
They’re totally random and alternative, but these are the spots I most frequently enjoyed visiting most often during my time here in Chiang Mai.
My Number one Condo of choice, this place is set at the perfect price point and offers everything I could possibly have needed: bedding, weekly room cleaning, swimming pool, Double sized Spring Bed, spot on really, can’t wait to return again in the future.
Sort of like a Japan pod hotel, this hostel is new to the Nimman area and will set you back 250 Bhat per night, if you need your first night sorted before you start Condo shopping, be sure to use this place as a base, it’s just across from the Maya shopping mall which makes a perfect location for Nimman and the owner is friendly and offers free wifi, hot drinks and laundry machine to use, bonus!
Co-Working Space: Camp
Camp is located on the 5th floor of the Maya shopping Centre, across from the cinema. Yes, a travel blogger recommending that you spend your whole entire time in Chiang Mai within a shopping center, I get it, but wait till you see it. The Maya shopping mall is newly open and Camp is top class, loads of open spaces to choose from with comfortable chairs and a large selection of pillows to make yourself comfy.
The cost? All you have to do is purchase a drink up to the cost of 50 Bhat (£1) which entitles you to a two hour WIFI internet code. Alternatively You can buy an AIS SIM card (located on the 3rd floor of Maya) Top up a one month AIS wifi bolt on for 69 Bhat (£1.40) and you can use this at Camp to access AIS WIFI unlimited for a months worth of unlimited access. AIS WIFI is faster, more reliable and constantly connected compared to Camp in house WIFI, its a wise investment if you plan on using camp.
Then you can purchase bottles of water for 15 Bhat, cans of coke for 20 Bhat, you get the idea……
Camp is also 24/7 which comes in handy when you want to wake up early or work late into the night.
Another plus to Camp is having a top class cinema located on the same floor, Every Wednesday the cinema has late night showings for 80 Bhat, this makes a nice break from work and you can enjoy the wonderful air conditioning whilst you relax.
When you are feeling hungry, Maya has a huge food court in the basement with a large variety of dishes to choose from ranging from 30-50 Bhat, which makes a perfect spot for lunch.
(Recommended by Gianni from Nomad is beautiful)
When I first visited, I thought this place must be a scam, it was too good to be true. Surely an eat all you like buffet For 209 Bhat (around £4) must be a typo? And it includes Desert, unlimited Ice cream and drinks?? What’s the deal? It’s for real people!
Sukontha is worth a visit just for the experience of trying a Thai BBQ style grill in a place that can easily sit 2,000 people. Most importantly its fun with a group of friends. You have a large selection of cooked meats, fried snacks, fresh vegetables and a selection of meat and seafood you can grill at your table.
This place is so big that all the food goes by the end of the day so you can ensure that the food is fresh the next day when you visit. I love taking friends here for the first time, it’s sort of like a wow holy whaaaa moment! Great fun and tasty too!
The coffee guy along Nimman road (has a pickup truck)
This guy without fail, each morning arrives at 6:00am and will put together a big bag of ice coffee for 20 Bhat for you which you can carry home, perfect way to start your morning, this guy is super friendly and fun to watch as he crafts your brew.
For those that want to get into the Camp working rhythm I would like to introduce you to my favorite hidden secret that has since caught on and become popular amongst other Travel bloggers in town. Rimping for some crazy reason located in the basement of the Maya shopping mall do a breakfast for 59 Bhat (around a pound). Check this out for 59 Bhat: Sausage, bacon, two eggs, a slice of tomato, two slices of toast, butter, jam, Coffee and freshly squeezed Orange Juice. Guess where I went for Breakfast each day. Also would like to add it starts at 6:00am which is perfect for morning risers and it goes on till 11:00am.
For those living in Baan Thai, Smoothy Blues located just on the corner, is the place to be for brunch. They have an incredible menu choice that you will spend hours scanning to find what tempts your fancy, the coffee is really decent too. Bagels, English muffins and a decent fry up and of course the Smoothies are worth trying.
This place (Sorry it’s in Thai!)
Located next to the Burmese place (which is another great spot) across from the salad concept restaurant you will find this place. I almost eat here every day and the prices are between 34-45 Bhat. Noodles, soups, pork and rice sets, really friendly staff and be sure to order number 4 with an egg, my classic favourite. I went to this place so many times that I walked in sat down and without ordering my food would magically come along, haha I went there too many times.
I like to grab a coffee in Wawee sometimes because they have an awesome Coy fish pond (OK, I’m starting to sound like an old man!) which I find very relaxing, nice for reading a book on the weekends, the coffee starts at only 50 Bhat and they make a brilliant brew which is way cheaper than its Popular American coffee giant neighbor next door, which I would like to add, doesn’t have a coy pond (wink wink), Wawee has free wifi for two hours as well, AIS WIFI also works here (again wink wink).
This hip and trendy Espresso bar puts together a decent brew. I like to come here because they don’t charge you for the ice like many other Coffee stores do, Try an espresso on the rocks, you won’t be disappointed, makes for a quiet working space too, with decent Wifi.
Cherng Doi Roast Chicken
After a scan on Foursquare with a friend, we located and found possibly the best crispy chicken money can buy in Chiang Mai, I eat here more often than I should have, but for the price and the quality its hard to say no to this place, for sure visit with friends and enjoy a tasty feast. They do a deep fried papaya which is worth trying for sure, the dipping sauce is amazing.
Guu Fusion Roti & Tea
My favorite late night hangout spot, roti is a type of pancake and at Guu Fusion they serve roti’s in many varieties, sweet or savory. My favorite is soft Roti with a scoop of Chocolate Ice Cream, they also serve bottomless tea and I’ve been known to spend a few hours here chatting away, the tea keeps coming and so does the conversation, its a great hangout spot in Nimman.
The best espresso based coffee you will find in Chiang Mai? At least I think so. I’m a huge coffee fan and if you’re into Espresso based drinks as much as I am then you must check out this place. It’s important you don’t come here to work on your laptop, you should visit Ristr80 as if you were off to a spa. Grab a menu, check out the large selection of choice and dive into the coffee experience. It’s great fun, the coffee is fantastic, and it at least something you should do once if you’re a big fan of coffee like me.
Open 24/7 this place is great for late night owls looking for a spot to work, free, open wifi and water all day, Coffee is decent and affordable, its my favorite quiet spot for when I need to work on a big project at its normally empty throughout the night which makes it perfect for early mornings.