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MACKS Approved: Chiang Mai, Thailand

We love Chiang Mai—so much to approve of! Click through to the map here. 1. Ristr8to Coffee: Where else can you get a Gibraltar in Northern Thailand? This place made us feel like we were back in San Francisco in that we were too scared to ask the barista for sugar. Someone should tell them about toast. 2. Huen Muan Jai: As of press time, this is Blake’s favorite restaurant of our trip so far. Her definitive ranking is coming soon, stay tuned! 3. iberry: Ice cream by the Seinfeld of Thailand. 4. SP Chicken: An Andy Ricker favorite, this place specializes in spit-roasted chicken. You can order a half-bird or a whole one (don’t dick around, get the whole; they’re small), and the meat is accompanied by two sauces, one sweet and one vinegary. They also do a great papaya salad. 5. Wat Chedi Luang: This 14th-century temple is a stunner and also hosts Monk Chat. 6. Krua Phech Doi Ngam: Another Ricker rec, this was the only place in Chiang Mai where we …

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway: Chiang Mai

iberry According to iberry’s website, “iberry is a compound word derived from ‘i’ which stands for ice cream and ‘berry’ that are small berries,” so that clears things up. iberry is less of an ice cream shop and more of an ice cream complex, with a central garden area surrounded by various treat kiosks, sculptures, and a gift shop. The whole experience strikes a balance between juvenile fun and Jeff Koons-inspired artiness with ice cream at the center. iberry is owned by Udom Taepanich, a famous Thai stand-up comedian. Both times we visited, the place was crowded with tourists snapping pics by the many Udom Taepanich-likenesses, so Donnie and Mark should take note in case they’re looking to open a Wahlburger outpost in Southeast Asia. (Donnie Wahlberg tanget: If you’ve ever thought, “I wonder who the NKOTB of Thailand is,” it’s these guys. At the very least they’re the 98 Degrees of Thailand.) Back to the ice cream. It’s expensive by Thai standards, normal by American standards, and we recommend the tamarind sorbet. Highly. Itimpad …

3/๓ from Chiang Mai

Scene-setter: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives takes place in Isan, a region of Northern Thailand. It’s the only Thai film to ever win the Cannes Palme d’Or, and this trailer makes it look like way more of a suspense thriller than it actually is: Pound-the-table recommendation: Do you have burning questions that only a monk can answer? You’re in luck as several temples in Chiang Mai host Monk Chat. “Our” monk at Wat Chedi Luang talked with us about his daily routine (being a young monk seems sort of like being in school, but with more chanting), attempts to learn Chinese (he’d like to practice with some of the many Chinese tourists who visit Chiang Mai, but they’re not interested in Monk Chat), and options for women who want to enter a monastery (Thailand says , but Sri Lanka and Myanmar are down). Back-pocket fact: Chiang Mai is undergoing something of a tech boom, with foreign companies lured by the city’s tax incentives, skilled labor, and quality of life. In the backyard …

Twee Thailand

The internet is a wonderful thing. You’re probably using it right now, unless you’re our moms and have printed out our whole blog to read at your leisure over your morning coffee (hi Cindi and Sophie!). One downside of the internet, however, is that tastes and trends take on a global sameness. And while we’re definitely guilty of opting to stay in the spare, Danish modern-style hotel instead of the traditionally appointed guesthouse, there is something depressing about landing in Northern Thailand and finding yourself drinking out of mason jars. It’s not that we want our Thai dining establishments to be all teak and thatch. It’s just that at this point, there’s maybe something depressing about drinking out of mason jars anywhere in the world, Midwestern county fair included. We rely a lot on Instagram to find restaurants and bars and coffee. We follow the fashion and the tilework and the latte art. Sometimes this leads us to places that are really great (Penguin Shokudo in Ishigaki), and other times it leads us to places …