If you plan on visiting Chiang Mai and need a good place to stay -try the
Two Dutchman and Thai boyfriends own the place and several of our friends have stayed there and recommend it.
Room rates are very reasonable, food is excellent and within walking distance of the Night Bazaar and moat.
gay friendly – run by gays
I’ll try and get down and take some photos – maybe, you know how busy I am – ha ha
But give it a try if you plan a visit.
Well it was Opening Night at the Golden Ball Restaurant in Chiang Mai. I posted the business card before and here are the images from this afternoon/evening.
Bon was busy setting up for the first customers so I really didn’t bother them – more pictures will follow when the full staff is there and the place is running smoothly. But here are the first shots:
Here is Bon – a little nervous and really excited about getting started. Here’s his menu – in Thai of course – I’ll get the English version soon.
Full training of the staff wasn’t possible – the final paperwork for the purchase was delayed and so this was a hurried opening – but as they say the show must go on.
Here are shots of the rest of the Restaurant and Bar– There is a inside and a outside restrauant area and the bar area itself. Very, Very nice
Stay tuned – the staff pictures will be posted soon and I am sure you will want to stop by just to say hello – – – But of course we want you to have something to eat and wash it down with a great drink and warm conversations.
I feel like I’m coming down with a cold and I have to do another shoot at the Temple tomorrow morning at 6 AM – soooooo I’m gona take my Thera-Flu and go to bed. It’s 9 PM now – hope I can sleep.
P.S. Here is a link to the Golden Ball staff website gallery Tasanai made for them – enjoy and plan a trip here to savor the food and service.
Now lets talk about Chiang Rai “Beach”:
The water front area is lined with vendor food stands – here are some shots ( No names are used – just candid shots) but aren’t these some beautiful people:
We stopped for lunch here and watched the vendor next door build the bamboo constructed eating area over the water’s edge – both his sons were helping out – and then were treated to a diving show put on by some boys on the other side to us. — what a great lucheon show.
In the next picture you can see where they were building the new sitting area. Sorry Tasanai was cut out of the image– you can just see his hair in the left of the picture. Jerry and Art in the foreground.
Tas and Art had “Spicy Dancing Shrimp Salad” – live shrimp in a pot with spices – the spices cook the shrimp but they still jump when you open the bowl lid so they call them “dancing” – ha ha. Jerry and I passed on this one.
Here are some images from Tao-Garden Health Spa & Resort in Doi Saket, Chiang Mai. I really liked the massage, lunch and just simply relaxing and walking around the grounds. When you come to Chiang Mai be sure a reserve sufficient time to visit the Resort – just visit or better yet get a massage – they offer a full menu of services. But now the pictures, enjoy:
As you can see from the photos this is International quality Retreat. Check out their website for more info:
We just got back from a great dinner at a new restaurant in Chiang Mai. The “Spirit House” Owners, Wanchai & Steve just opened it and we went there tonight for dinner. The Spirit House is a garden restaurant that surrounds a ancient Chedi. The bar area has classical music, antiques and a art gallery. Entertainment consists of classical concerts, opera and ballet DVD’s. They fly the rainbow flag and have sufficient space for large parties.
We had several dishes, steamed rice, pork & kale, sweet and sour chicken, asparagus with shrimp, shrimp cocktail and Thai salad with soft drinks – total bill 450 Baht = $11 US Not bad for a full dinner for two – excellent taste, no MSG (that’s my real dread in most of the local shops), and large servings so we couldn’t eat it all and had to leave a lot – too much for us.
When you come to Chiang Mai be sure and stop by. They are going to have a web site in the near future and I will put a link to it here on our blog.
We are planning on visiting more local venues and report about them in the blog – I would want to develop a list of the best places to eat, stay and find entertainment in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and surrounding area and post it here so when someone comes for a visit they will be assured that they will fully enjoy themselves without the worry of being ripped off.
We’ll cover more spots as time permits.