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Chiang Mai, Thailand - High Tea

Updated on July 28, 2011

High Tea Time

Tea at The Chedi in Chiang Mai
Tea at The Chedi in Chiang Mai
Vieng Joom On Tea House
Vieng Joom On Tea House
Raming Tea House
Raming Tea House
Mandarin Oriental Tea Shop
Mandarin Oriental Tea Shop

All the Tea in Thailand

What could be more luxurious than an afternoon sipping tea while eating little confectioneries and savories from a three-tiered, hand-painted china dish while taking in the afternoon sun with good friends in Chiang Mai, Thailand? Not much.

Tea time varies from location to location, but the enjoyment of a huge selection of teas being picked locally or from majestic faraway lands such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Kathmandu, Tibet and Kunming China, make each sip of a hot afternoon tea even more inviting.

This is a short-list of locations for scouting afternoon tea in Chiang Mai, Thailand; the city of Sabai Sabai (relax, relax).

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Places To Go for Tea

  • Vieng Joom On, lovingly referred to as the pink tea house, boasts the most beautiful pink painted building in Chiang Mai. Decorated with painted peacocks and carefully decorated with beaded velvet pillows, vintage furniture and dark hardwood floors, this cafe will transport you to a different era. Try the Lapsang Souchong, which is a smoky tea from Tibet. The smokiness is a perfect balance to their sweet custard desserts. This is one of the more affordable tea houses and they offer afternoon teas all day long.
  • The Chedi, a once British Consulate, turned beautiful, clean and minimalist Japanese-owned hotel, is sure to make you feel like a millionaire. Sit by their swimming pool with a view of the Ping River while enjoying afternoon tea. This place makes afternoon tea feel like an epic event. The tea selection goes on for pages and the food that accompanies a set for 2, is certainly enough for lunch and then some. The price is a bit steeper at about $18 a head, though with recent economic events, you may expect a discounted price to about $14 a person. Well worth it for an afternoon surrounded by tranquil luxury.
  • The Mandarin Oriental, which is a little further afield, will take you to a fantasy-land which is fitted with it's own rice field, roaming hair-styled buffalo, mirrored temple, giant swimming pool and little temple-like structures that make up hotel residencies throughout their fairytale land. The dim-sum restaurant on the premises is famed within the borders of Chiang Mai as the best Chinese restaurant. And, their tea time, which is unusually affordable for such splendor, offers a gorgeous array of delectable desserts created by on-site chefs. Every day, they are made fresh and are decorated for royalty.
  • Ginger Cafe, which is centrally located in the same parking lot as The House Restaurant and was created by the same owner, has a wonderful, eclectic atmosphere that makes it feel as if you aren't even in Chiang Mai, but in a well-groomed Asian-themed museum carnival. They do not have any special menu sorted for high tea, but their funky menu with all kinds of fusion food at reasonable prices is highly recommended. Of course, they do have a selection of teas and sweets, well worth the walk from the center of town. There is also upscale shopping for those looking for one-of-a-kind gifts with a western price tag attached.
  • Su Casa is a local favorite, located near the trendy Nimmanhaemin Road. This place is a small, airy glass box hidden in an oasis of Banana trees. The feel is contemporary-modern. The owner is very friendly and is always changing up the menu. Here you can find tapas-sized desserts and light fare, reasonably priced. There is a huge selection of "specialty drinks" both with and without alcohol. Even though it's not tea, try the Lynchee Martini or Lynchee Daquiri for something unique and wonderful.


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      Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Hi SimoneSmith, Thank you very much! Funny, I thought I had already put that little map capsule in this hub...Thank you for that info - I added one for Chiang Mai and put links in for each tea house. So, now when you come to visit (because you know you want to just for the tea! ;)), you'll have direct links to their websites! Cheers!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      This is an absolutely lovely hub! I've never had high tea anywhere, let alone Chiang Mai, Thailand, and now I simply must.

      Just as a side note- for this to count in the contest, it must include at least one map capsule. I'd recommend putting one map capsule for each location to the side- right next to your written descriptions. You can also mark all of the locations on one map at the top or bottom of your hub. Just make sure you include the map!

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      It may be a strange thing to remember; no matter how humble a home was, we would still take our shoes off before we went inside, even the ones with dirt floors, Laura.

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      Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Hi DiamondRN, That must have been a crazy time to be in probably could write a book about those tea houses!

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      Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

      Your article reminds me of some of the places I frequented in and around Saigon during the mid-sixties, Laura.

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      Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Thanks Michael Jay! My pleasure - I'm always happy to share tea time!

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      Michael Jay 7 years ago

      Great hub, Laura! Thanks a lot for sharing.

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      Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Thanks hafeezrm. I'm sure if you haven't visited Chiang Mai in a few years, it's changed considerably. Hope you make it back out again!

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      hafeezrm 7 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice hub, brought back old memories of my visit to Chiang Mai. Thanks for sharing.


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