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Travel to Lampang, in the North of Thailand

Today I host an article of the friend Aommy that will share some info and details about Lampang, a small nice city in the North of Thailand

Hello Spring!!! ūüĆě
Where should we go? This is a basic questions from everyone. I know.
Do you know Thailand? Have you ever been to Lampang? Where is Lampang? ūüėē
I think this spring I would like to share my experience from Lampang to you.
First of all, I want to tell you why I choose to start my journey at Lampang this Spring.
Lampang is the province in the north of Thailand which is full of the trees, national park, hot spring, old temples and ceramics’ house and when I knew that all of this and it has so many places interested so, I want to pack my backpack and go!
How to go there?
– 1st by Airplane, have only 2 airlines: Nok Air and Bangkok Airways
Р2nd by coach bus: I would like to suggest you for 2 companies 1. Sombat Tour 2. Nakhonchai Air, they have first class seat and nice service, it is very convenience to travel.
– 3rd by car just drive from Bangkok to the North (about 8 to 10 hrs)
– 4th by train: I would like to recommend you to book early because the first class is fully book very quick.

Accommodation:
I have booked the room via a booking website and have selected the hotel close to downtown because it is convenient for me to travel around the city.
The hotel that I booked is not far from Rachadapisek Bridge so, you can walk and see the houses and many local shops around. If you travel on Saturday or Sunday at night don’t forget to go to the Kad Kong Ta market: it¬†is near the Rachadapisek Bridge, you will see many local stuffs and paraphernalia for collectors, you can try¬†local food typical from this city and¬†you will¬†take some beautiful pictures of the¬†river also.
I have checked the places to visit: for sure there are Temples! So I went to Wat Phratatlampangluang, that was built in Chiangsen Era about 800 years ago, the architecture of this temple is Lannan style including the Buddha and the wall paintings which are well preserved and beautiful.
If you like to visit the city and don’t want to walk or take the local bus, I have good choice for you, because Lampang¬†have¬†2 symbols: Chicken and… magnificent¬†Horse cart! So the horse carts can take you to travel around the city. Try to negotiate with the driver before take a seat.
Foods and Market:
Wowwww…In front of my hotel¬†next to¬†the river in the morning you will see the local market sell the local stuff such as vegetables, fruites and ready to eat but the price is little and people are¬†so friendly¬†that with only¬†100¬†baht (2,5 Euro)¬†you will get a lot of food. I like Sai-oua, the northern style¬†sausage and I¬†just want to recommend you to try. So good trust meūüėĄ

The other place that I wanted to recommend is Indra Ceramic Factory.¬†This old¬†factory produce everything from mugs to vases, from¬†rice bowls¬†to sake¬†cups. The company has bee in business for 80 years and they have a small lab where they are happy to teach you how to make the bowl and give you the good information of ceramic. I have tried to paint on dish …ahaha it doesn‚Äôt look good but I loved itūüėä If you would like to paint they can recommend you how to do and they have service to delivery to your place wherever you live.
I wish Lampang will be the good place for you to pin on the map and don’t miss all the places that I have recommended to¬†you.
Bye Bye
Sawaddee Ka! ŗł™ŗłßŗłĪŗł™ŗłĒŗłĶŗłĄŗłį

Article by S. Aommy S. – April 23, 2017

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MAME Milano, decorations lab

Finally I had the chance to find MAME Milano,  a tiny, cozy shop, where big projects come to life. A place for orientalist collectors, where architects and designers can practice with workshops and find inspiration. The owner, L. C. just opened few weeks ago and together with her partner, through a solid experience in decoration of ambience,  can manage to decorate your house, restaurant, office and other ambience.

In MAME you can also find inspiration for your own projects: there is a display of many hand crafted furniture and arwork collections with a peculiar style from Asia. MAME is a¬†hub where every arts’ seeker will feed its passion.
You can find accesories and rare pieces from China, statues and ceramics from Thailand and paintings from Japan as well.

Check the gallery below:

MAME is in downtown Milan, Italy, in Via Pier Capponi 4 very near subway station Wagner of the red line.

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Books from Asia: a landmark shop for collectors and globetrotters

In the beautiful city of¬†Parma, Italy, there is an amazing source for travelers and scholars: Libri dall’Asia – Books from Asia, a unique¬†bookstore¬†full of¬†thousands of rare titles about every country of this wonderful area named Asia, that¬†attracts thousands of clients from all over the world.

The owner, Mr. Mario, is a traveler and all over his life, has been in many countries driven by his passion for collecting travel diaries and rare edition forgotten in some dusty library.
If you have the chance to visit Parma, in downtown near the spectacular Teatro Regio, in via Nazario Sauro 21, there you will find this precious shop for travel addicts. The amazing collection of Mario counts over 6000 volumes related to arts, religion, novels, history and many other topics.
Most of the editions are in European languages, however you will find also some titles in Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Urdu and other languages.

Experience a visit in this hidden bookstore that will make you dream of places thousands miles away!

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BALTOM chocolates, made in Italy lands to Asia

It is official: the luxury chocolate brand, BALTOM, is in Asia. This finest¬†product of¬†Italy is a new entry on the market, but¬†just a month¬†after the end of the exclusive Milan’¬†Salon du Chocolat fair, is already present in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. The motto of the company is Baltom always wonder: it is a promise, a vow to the clients to create great expectations within the collection of¬†the 8 flavors available.

I am an enthusiastic consumer of chocolate and before leaving Italy, I gave myself a full set of Baltom. The promise is maintained: multi-sensorial experience and tradition. Starting from the modern packaging textures with a groovy touch and wonderful search for colors, you immediately get the identity and the quality of the brand: is a heavy chunk of chocolate. These details entice the customer to unfold the chocolate plate with care: the bar, in opposition to the package, has no texture: it looks actually a smooth ingot of gold itself! I find this care for the details proper of a gourmet consumers.

It is encouraging to see this product approaching Asian market: chocolate is an important matter also here: Hong Kong is the right city to bring this hand made chocolate, if it works there, it will work in the main cities of Asia. This umber bar from Italy is a perfect pairing for rum and whisky and  Japan, Taiwan and Thailand are all players and producers of these products for good.

The quality of life standard is quickly increasing in South East Asia, with ten countries hitting almost 600 million citizens, and I believe that the population here is ready and eager to try new food products from Europe. In addition, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand are also great producers of coffee and so far they are also great consumers of chocolate.

It is the right time for Baltom to amaze customers and swim comfortably in a large pool where to grow in the upcoming months.

In conclusion, you can buy your chocolate by clicking here, and I wish all the best for this new comer from Italy in the great Asia!

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Polly Ceramics, premium ceramics made in Italy with Asian influence

Few weeks ago I happen to visit a little shop in Milan, Italy specialized in Asian furnitures, tableware and decoration: MAME Milano.

There is a wonderful collection, but a couple of vases attracted then my attention: some of them looks like made in a style that recalls Japanese taste for vases, but indeed I found they are made in Italy! The author or, better, the ceramic master is Polly Ceramics.

However, I have had the chance to call and meet her the week after my visit to MAME. She gave me a wider view on her art projects and inspiration that nowadays comes from a globalized world, but with a particular attention to the process and sustainable business. By travelling and collecting small amount of clay and material in Italy, for example near rivers and caves, Polly is keen in portraying nature in a variety of shapes, her style is organic but always with attention to the perfect harmony of lines. Her glazes are patiently developed and chosen to get special textures and effects.

That day, during a brief interview, I see her love an passion for creating unique pieces only addressed to real art collectors, not for the mass market for sure. I hope she will make her business grown for good, since I see the link between a globalized culture and love towards art in every shape. A vase, a jar and rice bowl or any ornamental shapes created by Polly Ceramics have a magical specific weight and texture; by touching them you will be given a sensorial experience that will bring your memories up to the surface of our consciousness.

However, take some time to pass by the wonderful Milan and visit MAME in via Pier Capponi 4, 20145 and see the beautiful collection of the shop, very unique in the business city of Italy.

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Beautiful Lampang, home town of ceramics

In the heart of Thailand there rises Lampang, a small city of 50,000 people famous for ceramics.
The land is rich of kaolinite, a white stone that once crushed and made in powder, is important to create the amazing ceramics as rice bowls, plates, vases, jars and sauce dispensers.
I have been there to visit the city and try the amazing coffee of the region, there I found out that Indra ceramics and other factories have actively produced for almost 90 years ceramics.
Once a small family business brought by a Chinese family, now they are the biggest producers of articles for tableware and hospitality business.
Symbol of the city is the running rooster, a bird you will find depicted in many places. Take time to visit this beautiful hidden paradise.

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Antique books passion in Bangkok

The Bangkok Post has recently published an article regarding the new trend of collecing old books.
It seems that social media and smartphone aren’t the only way left to get information: the traditional tool is still attracting many people.
Here in Thailand there are many publishers able to find and or reprint forgotten textbooks and novels.
Take a look at White Lotus Press : other details will follow in the next articlesFeatured image