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The Quirky Black Guide To Thailand | Chiang Mai Edition

The Quirky Black Guide To Thailand | Chiang Mai Edition

Ok, so you’ve made it to Thailand.

Now, I don’t know if it’s your first time or your 30th,

But you’re here



And ready to go

But where?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve come with no expectations


To run into adventure and meet like-minded souls like you!

And I think I have just the places:


Chiang Mai, my favorite place!

Writer Notes

I spent the majority of my time in Chiang Mai, in the northern part of Thailand. But, I also moved between Udon Thani* (northern region) and Bangkok** (southern region). If you want to be in walking distance to everything that a Westerner could want in Chiang Mai, you want to stay near Nimmanhaemin Road.

If you would like more traditional surroundings, be sure to find a place outside of the city center, maybe in Old Town or just far, far away from the shining beacon of consumerism, Maya Mall. You will know it when you see it, friend. My favorite place to stay is The 51 Hometel, but if you real fancy, I also love Hyde Park Chiang Mai.

Stay in Udon Thani if you want a rural, more traditional Thai lifestyle.

Stay in Bangkok if you want to live with no inhibitions.


Where To Eat If You’ve Got A Millennial Diet

Rustic and Blue, my favorite place for breakfast!


Rustic and Blue

Farm to table food. The stuff of Portlandia hipster dreams- with gluten free options!


Colorful, Indian place with tons of vegan and vegetarian options.

Salsa Kitchen

Mexican food with full vegan menu options.

Good Souls

Vegan and CLASSY.

Beast Burger

Big portions and vegan options.

Pancake House

Gluten and vegan free food when you’re sick of eating traditional Thai breakfast.

BB Burger

Late-night option when you’re missing the West and you want a good veggie burger, damn it.

Dose Factory*

Vegan, vegetarian cafe that gives you strong espresso and good wifi.


Where To Nerd and Geek Out The Right Way

Art In Paradise Museum

Siriraj Medical Museum**

It’s nothing to see the bloods, brains, and guts of your fellow humans encased in glass.

CAMP @ Maya

When you’re doing late night research and you found your groove- this place is 24 hours.

The Lost Book Shop

This is the book store of Matilda’s dreams. Books on books and books- and if you return them, when you’re done, you get 50% back.

Art In Paradise

An augmented reality museum that lets you play with optical illusions and 3D video opps.

4D Movies @ Central Festival

It’s like you’re on a rollercoaster, but still eating popcorn watching your favorite movie. Not a good move if you’re trying to lean in for a kiss, though.


Where To Get A Little Taste Of Adventure

Khao San Road, Bangkok

Chiang Mai Skinart Tattoo Studio

Chris is the bomb and he has vegan ink. I’m in love with the ink I got from him.

Thapae Boxing Stadium

Yo- Muay Thai fights get wild. Make sure you bring money if you want to get it on the betting opps. But, you didn’t hear that from me.

Khao San Road**

I ate three scorpions on this road. Just saying.

Fly Flow Studio

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Where To Let Your Free Spirit Fly

Lotus Lake!

Lotus Lake*

Take a long boat into the middle of the lake and you will literally get lost in floating flowers.

Shambhala Fest

This is seasonal- happens in February. But, if you’re lucky enough to be around- you can spend 10 days of hippie bliss in the mountains, getting high. Off life, of course.

Elephant Sanctuary

Bathe and feed the elephants. And stand in their poop while doing it. I’m telling you because no one told me.

Lucky Stones

If you’re into crystals, I found some beautiful pieces of amethyst and selenite here. The owner is really informed about his crystal selection, but also go in with an open mind, and see what draws you.


Where To Find Other Black People

We at Sunday Dinner! I’m the little one, with the locs, between the two head-wrapped beauties. And yes, we would love it if more Black men came. 🙂

Sunday Dinner

If you’re in Chiang Mai, a group of amazing Black people meet at a different restaurant around the city every week. You can always meet someone new, exciting, and quirky here. Promise.

Blackpackers Connect In Southeast Asia

I think the title is self- explanatory, no? But, this is the Facebook group you want to join if you want to know about events to go to that Black people are hosting or attending together, mostly in Chiang Mai.

Brothas and Sistas of Bangkok and Thailand**

Different Facebook group from above, same concept. EXCEPT that these events are primarily in Bangkok.


If I missed anything, add your 2 cents in the comments! And, if you want to see what else I’m up to in Thailand, follow @waitfortheq for updates!


*indicates Udon Thani locations

**indicates Bangkok locations

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