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Monday, 26-Apr-2004 00:00
Siam Celadon Tea House / Old Architecture
We have to admit it, Thailand can be a bit of a cultural Sahara when it comes to architecture, not including temple architecture of course. Over the centuries most common homes have mostly been constructed of wood, which means the really old ones mostly aren't around anymore, or were knocked down to make space for the typical concrete shoebox design that's not all that pleasing to the eye.

If you look long and hard though then you can find some nice older buildings in Chiang Mai and other Thai cities. Many you won't notice at first glance because they may be run down a bit or have a huge billboard in front.. But recently many of the old houses are being restored and turned into boutique restaurants or shops. Or both, in case of Siam Celadon Tea House.

The front room of this very nicely renovated house is a shop selling celadon ceramics, the back side is a tea house that now also sells some food items such as cakes, salads and sandwiches. There's a small but nice garden in the back, too. Obviously a lot of money and effort has been spent here, giving the place a truly 5 star look, and that in an actual old authentic building too. I've never seen it very busy with customers though, and preparing the club sandwich I ordered did take a looonngg time; this with only two customers there, one of them being myself.

But then again this is not a place where you should go when in a hurry.. It really reminds you of a more leisurely time, you can sit around the garden area, have a cup of tea while reading the newspaper or soaking up the atmosphere.. it's that kind of place.

The food or drinks aren't even the main attraction I'd say, I ordered an iced green tea & honey drink and a club sandwich. Sandwiches go for 45-65 baht or so, hot and cold drinks, mostly teas, for 30-45. I spent exactly 100 baht on the sandwich and drink. So moderate prices, but given the 5 star surroundings I'd perhaps rate it as a pretty awesome bargain.. when you're not in a hurry.

Siam Celadon Tea House is on Thapae Road, one of the busiest in town, just before you get to the Mae Kha Canal and that weird road towards the Big Market where traffic is on the right hand side.. When walking from Thapae Gate towards the river, it would of course be on the left and side, just after the canal.

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