Living in San Sai on the edge of Chiang Mai we certainly aren’t spoiled for choice for pleasant places to sit awhile and have a coffee or iced drink. I was therefore both surprised and pleased to come across this cafe on Route 1260, which links the 1001 to the 107 beyond Maejo.

Driving away from Chiang Mai city on the 1001 you will pass Maejo university on your right and a couple of kms after that come to a set of traffic lights with the 1260 heading off to the left. Drive down this road for a few km, over a bridge and just after a huge blue water tower you’ll find Biscotti on your left.

The 1260 is a busy road but the cafe is situated a little away off it so although you are still aware of the road noise it isn’t too intrusive.

The cafe itself is beautifully set up, very modern and comprises an inside air conditioned area and an outside veranda overlooking the pond with an overhead fan for cooling.

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It is easy to look happy at a good cafe with a latte and home made muffin on the morning’s agenda.

This is the outside veranda beside the pond. Usually we are the only people here and even if there are others they tend to stay in the air conditioning.

This is the outside veranda beside the pond. Usually we are the only people here and even if there are others they tend to stay in the air conditioning.

The ramp down to the veranda. Good quality furniture. You can just see the main road in the background.

The ramp down to the veranda. Good quality furniture. You can just see the main road in the background.

I am sure she said that was a low fat blueberry muffin. Note my self control in not having cream. The truth being that Thailand doesn't do cream much except out of a can, so I wasn't offered any. A good thing too.

I am sure she said that was a low fat blueberry muffin. Note my self control in not having cream. The truth being that Thailand doesn’t do cream much except out of a can, so I wasn’t offered any. A good thing too.

The café's drink menu. To convert to $A multiply the Thai Baht by three, put a decimal point two places to the left and add 10%. Easy! So 60 THB = $1.80 + $0.18 = around $2.00. There will be a test later.

The café’s drink menu. To convert to $A multiply the Thai Baht by three, put a decimal point two places to the left and add 10%. Easy! So 60 THB = $1.80 + $0.18 = around $2.00. There will be a test later.

Not for the weak willed - like myself.

Not for the weak willed – like myself.

The coffee is the best I have found out this way and the cakes, which are made on the premises, are tasty, fresh and reasonably priced. The lady who manages the cafe is from Taiwan and runs a very tight ship. The service is excellent and iced water brought to the table before whatever you’ve ordered. Crockery and cutlery are of a high standard.

It is a little far from us to make it a regular drop in place for us but we are sometimes tempted to head there for a relax – yes retirement is stressful sometimes – and decent coffee. See you there.

GPS: N 18 54 590 E098 57 112