A really good ladies’
I am a foreign lady with quite unruly hair. I find the
regular Thai hairdressers do not know what to do with my hair at all. They
don’t cut it so it falls nicely and they can’t seem to understand that I
don’t want my hair blown dry dead straight. Is there someone, anyone, who
understands unruly western hair?
Just call me Little Orphan Annie
I have had had several recommendations. One curly
haired lady friend of mine swears by Wit at Hair Pro on Huay Kaew. He used
to have a shop out of town but has now closed that one and moved back to the
Rin Kham Market. She said he is the only one who understands her curly hair.
I like Ong at Absolute Hair also on Huay Kaew Road but
he is down on the corner just before the Shell Station on the side street
that goes past the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel. Ong does a great job with my
hair. Compared to strictly Thai hairstylists they may cost a bit more, but
really to have a hairdresser who speaks English and can cut your hair the
way you like it is worth every extra baht. Hair Pro is on Huay Kaew Road in
the Rinkham Market. 053 400253 While Absolute is on Huay Kaew on the small
road next to Chiang Mai Orchid. 053-894492.
For colour I understand that New York New York on
Nimmanhaemin soi 13 is excellent but I have not yet tried it myself. You
can’t miss the shop, there is a giant Marilyn Monroe perched over the shop.
Ask for Toom. 053-215-199
I love Khao Soy. The crunchy noodles, the spicy soup.
Delicious! Everyone has a favorite but I must confess I haven’t yet fallen
in love. Can you or your readers recommend a great Khao Soy place to me?
Khao Soy lover
As you say, everyone has their favorite! A friend
swears by the small restaurant on Doi Pui, but that is a bit of a drive to
satisfy your Khao Soi craving so you may want to look a bit closer to town.
There is a popular Khao Soi place in Santitham on Rachaphuek Road. Look for
the big A. Another Santitham favorite is on Santitham Road, called Khao Soi
Islam. You can try the oldest Khao Soi place in Chiang Mai, just down from
Wat Faham on Chareonrat road, Khao Soi Lam Duan. Another is Khao Soi Samoer
Jai, right next to Wat Faham. As with all the popular places its best to get
there before noon if you want a seat and something to eat!
Buying a house
My girlfriend is urging me to buy a house. I am not sure
how comfortable with this I feel and I would like to find out the legalities
of owning a house. Is it even possible? And what about the land? I have
heard a foreigner cannot own land and she is saying its not a problem, I can
put it in her name and then it will be ok. While this may be true, I also
have heard the horror stories and am concerned that I will find myself
caught in one of those clich้s. What should I do?
First of all, ask yourself “Why do I need to buy a
house?” Then if you can’t really come up with a good answer you know you
don’t need to at all! There is nothing wrong with renting in a country where
you cannot own the land outright. However, if you feel that you can come up
with a good reason then you should consider hiring a lawyer before doing
anything. Check the property developer, see who owns the land. Find out if
you can register a lease on the land, but its only for 30 years so consider
how long you want it for! Another alternative is called a usufruct which
allows you use of the land for your life and is legally registered on the
land title. But then again, ask yourself, if it all goes pearshaped do you
really want to be living on land belonging to a now angry and unhappy
In the end, Confused, it is really up to you to decide
but do so by weighing all the considerations, not just the one that makes
your girlfriend happy for now.
I took up Pilates in the United States and it did wonders
for my back problems. Aging is not easy! I have checked many of the big gyms
and while they offer Yoga classes they do not offer Pilates. Can you help me
find Pilates Yoga in Chiang Mai?
You are in luck! There is a Pilates place in Punna
Place on Nimmanhaemin soi 8 called Pilates Plus. Also the Chiang Mai Ballet
Academy has a Pilates instructor, they are found on Charoenrat Road between
Rama IX bridge and the Superhighway. Those are the only two I know of for
certain so if any kind readers know of others please feel free to write in
to the editor for inclusion. [email protected] Additionally, if you
have any other questions or problems for Emma feel free to email the same