Not a coffee lover? Read on to discover some of the best tea houses in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand!
Honestly, starting to look for tea houses in Chiang Mai might a bit challenging. Thai people do not drink tea that much, although they grow it. Then, considering this, to open a tea house for the westerners, who, accordingly to massive amount of cafés in the old city, prefer coffee and sandwiches, is basically a bit of a mad decision for potential businessmen.
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Best tea houses in Chiang Mai
Siam Seladon Raming
Location: 158 Tha Pae Rd
An elegant and bright place with a small shop of traditional ceramic in the front part and a nice garden in the backyard, with French chansons floating in the air. It’s more a place perfect for a European breakfast than for Asian tea.
The tea list contained just a few choices without specifying which kinds of tea they were. Although the staff was very kind, they couldn’t tell us more about the tea we asked for. The taste of white and jasmine tea we ordered was mild and delicate, though.
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Vieng Joom On
Location: 53 Charoenraj Rd
If you are more into luxurious and fashionable interiors, then the next place is what you will appreciate a lot. The Vieng Joom On is one of the most stylish tea houses in Chiang Mai, often called a Pink Tea House in Chiang Mai. Here, either you relax indoors on comfortable sofas, surrounded by shiny boxes of tea and some accessories to prepare tea, or you might be more pleased to sit on their patio outside.
Maybe you would even like to choose a romantic table for two just next to the Ping River. The staff is very kind, and as we were the only early customers that day, I personally had a feeling like there was a movie shoot going on with two people on the scene and the crew running around them.
The tea was served in a manner totally matching the milieu, with style and grace, accompanied by jazz music. Together with a good selection of teas, you might fancy ordering appetizers, salads or desserts that are fresh and remarkably tasty. The place is a bit pricey, but how many times in your life have you had your dessert spoon and fork wrapped in a pink bag? Worth the visit.
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Location: Nimmanhaemin road, Soi 17
The next place we discovered randomly was the Tichaa. Although it is not a proper tea house, as they focus mostly on tisanes and beauty products, it is worth the visit if you are keen on herbal infusions and fashionable interiors. You can find a decent choice of tisane, in combination with essential oils, too. We went for red roasted rice & white mulberry tisane and ginger & white mulberry tisane.
The taste and fragrance were indeed unique, especially of the first one. The staff is polite, filling your pot with additional hot water just before you reach the bottom of your first pot. All in all, the ambience and tea went well together.
The place is furnished in style, with massive wood pillars, stone floor and richly embroidered pillows all around. Nice jazz music at the background. You need to be a fan of this particular style of place to enjoy it.
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