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Chiang Mai’s a pretty small place and after being here for a while sometimes I slip into ‘nothing to do, nothing to see’ mode. It feels like I’ve seen it all. I know the ‘hidden’ places, have walked most of the little streets and been to all of the restaurants that interest me.
So when I find something new to me, in a way it’s even more surprising and special than when I was first exploring the area and everything was new and different.
Like last week when I stumbled across an unassuming shop that left me speechless while checking out the nearby woodcarving village of Baan Tawai.
Part storefront, part workshop, part museum, part unbelievably intricate, hand carved works of art – the space was incredible in terms of size, craftsmanship, finished products and displays. I’ll write more about the shop and Baan Tawai soon, but here’s a glimpse of what I saw…and these wooden face carvings are nothing compared to what they had in their showrooms…