Creative Chiang Mai Ecosystem Directory

This is the fourth edition of this publication, which we have renamed the Chiang Mai Creative Directory (previously Chiang Mai Creative Mapping)—a report on the creative diversity of Chiang Mai. For this fourth edition, we have updated key contact information and added or revised more than 20 entries across all categories. The information is also available online, in PDF format and as a searchable database.

Nana Jungle is a family-owned bread and bakery business that was founded in 2011. Khun Rattikarn started her venture by selling fresh croissants and breads among Thai and foreign friends. But as her reputation spread, she decided to open a bread market in an open, grassy area inside Suan Phailom village near the Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on Canal Road.

Perhaps the trendiest sub-street of the Nimmanhaemin road, Nimman Soi 1 is a tiny street where one can find many established local brands of home décor stores, galleries, cafés and cake shops, restaurants and a boutique hotel.

The Northern Handicrafts Manufactures Exporters Association’s (NOHMEX) objective is to handle and help with issues and problems faced by the handicraft industry in Northern Thailand. Currently numbering more than 250, member companies have grouped together to promote and support the development of the handicraft industry and to assist each other in marketing their products.

An important institution under the control of the Faculty of Agro-Industry is the Center for Agro-Industry Business Services (or ‘Agro-Biz’) which was established with the role of offering academic services to society. The center does this by collecting knowledge and professional experiences, alongside the results of research in the field of Agro-Industry, and passing it on to society in various ways. The vision of the Faculty of Agro-Industry at Chiang Mai Uniersity is to be ‘the leader in agro-industry academics in both Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion’.

The MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum is a significant new addition to the contemporary arts scene in Chiang Mai. Founded by Jean Michel Beudeley, his late wife Patsri Bunnag and their son Eric Bunnag Booth, the museum opened its door to the public in July 2016.

The Food Innovation and Packaging Center is an organization that provides academic services, research and food innovation development. The Center aims to promote, support and link work done between the public and private sector by using knowledge and expertise that it has gained through research to develop and create innovation, thereby leading to an increase in value of businesses in the food industry.

Founded in 1996 by Amarin Plengrasamee (Ood), Gabfai Community Theatre Group is a private organization that aims to use the art of theatre as a communication vehicle for social change. The group employs community art, contemporary art, alternative media and creative activities to empower and enhance capacity as well as create alternatives or spaces for exchanging knowledge between individuals, communities, organizations and alliances.

JaiBaan Studio is the architectural/landscape design company based in Chiangmai. Studio keen to work on design/planning process concerning on environmental/cultural/social aspects.

We believe that good design and planning can improve living condition together with nearby elements.

The Little Chef Changes The World is a food campaign initiated by Gabfai Theatre Group core member, Sasithon Kamrit (Ann). The initiative was born in 2013 from the worrying fact that green areas in Chiang Mai have been declining rapidly. Since the city’s land has been developed for other usage, families, communities and schools who depend on agricultural land to grow vegetables for their daily consumption need to find ways to manage limited land more efficiently. By using theatre as a tool to raise awareness about food stocks, how to cook meals using locally grown vegetables and food safety, the campaign reaches out to local communities and schools to change their dietary behavior and attitudes.

The Little Hum studio was founded by two former members of the Khon Jai Baan architecture group, which uses a participatory approach to work with local communities. The studio founders are particulary interested in community life and use of illustrations to communicate with local people. The studio has focused on illustration as a medium with communities in Fang district, Baan Bua in Prayao province and Baan Pong Thawi in Wieng Pa Pao district.