Wood Carving, Chiang Mai
We found the Village of Wood Carving by accident; we were just out for a drive and came across it.
A whole village of craftsmen, it was absolutely fantastic to see their way of living, their workshops and the studios which are located under their very basic houses.
It certainly was worth the visit to see the carvers at work and the finished products.
The art of wood carving has been handed down from village to village.
Then during BE 2500-2505, three villagers, Pho Naan Daeng Puntusa, Pho Jaima Inkaew and Pho Huen Puntusart left Baan Tawai to learn how to carve at Nomsilp, a manufacturing shop on Wua Lai Street, Chiangmai Gate.
They then brought their new skills back to Baan Tawai.
Over the years Baan Tawai has become known world wide for its master carvers and this is where all the exporters and wholesalers go.
The wood carving village directions are same as below, once you turn off the main road you will see it after about 4 kilometers.
But to make it easier make sure you have a map!
The OTOP Village at Baan Tawai is the largest in Thailand, its so big you will need a map.
There are many different zones with banks, restaurants, market stalls and many beautiful exclusive shops selling goods at much cheaper prices than anywhere else in Thailand.
Its the perfect place to buy good quality souvenirs at a fraction of the price you would pay in the city.
To see everything I would allocate a full day as there are also great places to stop along the way.
To drive to the OTOP Tourism Village at Baan Tawai, turn left off the main road (Highway 108) at the intersection with a big sign advertising To-Sit Restaurant, the town is called Hang Dong and is on the way to San Patong.
If you do go further on to San Patong there is a fantastic wood carving museum there called Ban Roi An Phan Yang.
When you like woodsculpture, you could spend one day in the district of Hang Dong, in the famous village of Baan Tawai. Here everyone is living from wood sculptures, furniture, antique statues. Just walk around along all the shops, every one has his own speciality.
Don't stay only around the shops, but walk around in the small alleys, where you can meet the real sculptors, who are working normally in the open air.
When you like woodscultures of Bhoudha of other antique or new statues, the only problem is; how to get this in your bags?
But there are many small offices of international transportation companies, like DHL and many others, who can take care of sending these to your home.
PS. When you return on a motobike, don't take again the Chiangmai hod road, but take right when leaving Baan Tawai, direction Ping river and follow the west riverside back to Ch.M. nice trip.
No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without a trip to the village of Ban Tawai to buy some teak wood sculptures. You can easily spend a few hours wondering from shop to shop if you let yourself. You will see some repeats, but most shops are surprisingly unique. Remember, bargaining is a must. Ask around about prices before you go.
That was one of the interesting places I visited here, it was all about wooden art of Chiang Mai made of forests woods. I even had the pleasure to try and to work a bit there :)
As you wander around Chiang Mai you will see lot's of Temples. Some look Ancient and others are quite new. I love the wooden doors and windows. They have some wonderful carvings!