It was only after I had started to write this post that I realised that I don’t have a name for this restaurant we visited today. This is very much a “secret” place as you won’t see too many non-Thais here. Worth a visit if you are out in the San Sai area of Chiang Mai – about 20 minutes drive from the centre.

We had been introduced to this restaurant by a friend of ours otherwise you would never find it and I am sure it doesn’t rate on Trip Advisor. I have given you the GPS coordinates at the end of this post but shhhh don’t tell.

Hidden away in a small soi off the 1001 even by the time you get to the carpark you’d here no idea of what lies beyond.

Nothing much to grab you this far.

Nothing much to grab you so far.

However walk through the archway behind Gaun and you enter a totally different world of timber, greenery and water.

Through the entranceway.

Through the entranceway.

The Thai owners are a family that live above the restaurant.

Lush greenery everywhere you look here.

This is a family business with the main home situated above the restaurant. I am told many of the staff are family members.

Plenty of greenery both around and above the restaurant providing a cool and relaxed environment for a lazy meal.

Plenty of greenery both around and above the restaurant providing a cool and relaxed environment for a lazy meal.

Huge supporting timbers.

Huge supporting timbers.

The central pond overlooked by the family home.

The central pond with fish overlooked by the family home.

Looking from front to the back of the restaurant.

Looking from front to the back of the restaurant. A waterfall to the left next to the spirit house.

Mark, a friend of ours and Gaun checking the menu.

Mark, a friend of ours and Gaun checking the menu. The extensive use of timber give the place a very rich and solid feel.

The menu is in Thai but they will give you a farang version, which has some photos and descriptions in Thai and English. Prices range around $1.00 – $3.00 for main dishes. A lot of the menu is “real” Thai so good to take someone who knows what they are ordering and try something a little, or a lot, different.

Looking forward to lunch.

Looking forward to lunch. Soft drinks and ice bucket. Always order Nam Keng – ice.

The pretty conventional meal we ordered.

The pretty conventional meal we ordered.

The five dishes shown above, three bottled soft drinks, ice and a small rice cost $11.00. From nine o’clock – fried prawns, prawn packets, fish “balls”, sour pork “balls” and spring rolls.

Our friend Mark never eats at his home. He is a Thai food enthusiast and can eat as a local. When a main course costs 35 THB or $1.10 why would you bother getting the plates dirty?

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GPS: N 18 49 361 E099 02 116