Jennifer Gampell
868/75-76 Soi Vanich 2
Songwad Road
Bangkok 10100 Thailand
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June/July 2006



Thailand's second city continues to reinvent itself as a lifestyle destination. Here Chiang Mai's latest crop of offerings.

Studio Kachama
The off-white walls in this stark high-ceilinged space create an ideal backdrop for the stunning 4- to 15-meter panels woven by textile designer Kachama Perez. Kachama studied and worked for eight years in Japan and Perez uses the Japanese technique of cutting fabric-in this case mainly traditional Hmong pieces-into strips and interlacing these through the warp. She weaves in beads and metallic threads, alternating colorful sections with ones of sheer organza (10-12 Nimanhemin Soi 1; 66-53/219-499).

Ginger @ Living Space
Located upstairs at the lacquerware boutique Living Space, this pistachio-green outlet of Chiang Mai's renowned Ginger Shop tones down the whimsy, ramps up the style and boasts a new line of casually chic fashion and housewares. Expect velour-trimmed votive holders alongside bags and slippers adorned with Swarovski crystal beads (276-278 Thapae Rd.; 66-53/874-156).

The Restaurant
Occupying a handsome 1913 building on the grounds of the recently reopened Chedi hotel, this riverside eatery offers Thai and Western selections. But with two Indian chefs from a famous Muscat restaurant creating a range of authentic North Indian specialties like sabji milone, who needs them? (123 Charoen Prathet Rd.: 66-53/253-333).

D2 Hotel
D2 is daring, delightful and definitely nothing like Dusit, its staid parent company and Thailand's oldest hotel chain. Its 131 compact yet modish rooms incorporate details-like sufficient lighting for the make-up mirror-that several of the city's pricier hotels lack. The restaurant Moxie serves up yummy passion-fruit margaritas and fusion dishes 100 Chang Klan Rd.; 66-53/999-999;; doubles from US$154).

Bann Tazala
The best of Chiang Mai's burgeoning boutique-hotel scene, this ingeniously designed eight-room property sits on a 12 x 145m sliver of land across the road from the sprawling Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Each uniquely styled room is sumptuously furnished, and the French dining room is superb. (55/5 Moo 1 Chiangmai-Sankampaeng Rd.; 66-53/850-111;; doubles from US$215). - Jennifer Gampell

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