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Lost Heavens, Chiang Mai

234 Thapae Road
Chiang Mai
Tel: 66 53 251 557's insider take:

Antiques shops dot Thapae Road, an artery running east from the old city's main gate, but this store stands out. Its tasteful inventory includes Tibetan rugs and hand-made hill-tribe textiles, artifacts, and old silver sourced from across Southeast Asia, especially from the Yao, a highland group renowned for its embroidery. Nearby Lanna Antiques specializes in Buddha images (63–65 Thapae Rd.; 66-53-275-001); a special license, available at Chiang Mai National Museum, is required to export antique Buddha statues. Achara Silver displays contemporary pieces fashioned by its 500 hill-tribe silversmiths (214–216 Thapae Rd.; 66-53-251-349; Sunday, when vehicles are banned from the busy thoroughfare, is ideal for browsing.

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