Having afternoon tea in the garden or on the terrace of Raming Tea house is an enjoyable way to end a busy day exploring Chiang Mai. This pretty teak house was renovated in 2002 and now houses a shop for Siam Celadon, the famous pale green pottery, baked and glazed in northern Thailand. Towards the back of the shop you will find the Raming Tea House and garden where you can enjoy the peace and quiet and a cup of tea.
Located on the Tha Pae Road, Raming Tea House is not hard to spot; this is one of the more carefully restored buildings in Chiang Mai – a beautiful white colonial building dating from the 19th century. Inside is just as well preserved as the outside, with the shop taking up the majority of the ground floor, with the pretty tea rooms at the back overlooking the leafy garden, perfect for enjoying a cup of tea and a light snack. The walls of the terrace are covered in plates and mugs from the clay collection. If you want to enjoy a different view of this Raming Tea House then be sure to head upstairs. There is a beautiful outlook onto the covered courtyard and delicately carved balustrade, but it is not part of the restaurant or shop so be sure to double check with the friendly staff before heading up.
The pottery is well-displayed in the front of the Raming Tea House, with plenty of beautiful dinner sets and tea earthenware to pick from. The pottery technique is originally from China, but the methods were taught to those living in the north of Thailand in the 12th and 13th centuries. The designs and colours have remained popular, but the potters have diversified from the original Siam Celadon colour which is a pale jade to include vibrant blues (using cobalt) and smoky blacks. Patterns are inspired from Thailand and include watermelon, mangosteen, frangipani and lotus flower. The time and effort that is put into the creation of these beautiful clay dishes is certainly reflected in the price, although there are plenty of small items that would beautify any dinner table that fall into the affordable category, including the elephant salt and pepper shakers or a lotus-decorated tea light holder.
Once you have stepped inside the Raming Tea House you’ll be sure to want to stay a little longer, and the cafe at the back is set up for light lunches and afternoon teas. This has also been exquisitely renovated, with an enclosed tea room behind French windows as well as plenty of space in the main dining room, terrace, or even outside amongst the greenery. The menu offers a great variety of international snacks and Thai dishes, ranging from beef burgers to a Thai tea set including fresh spring rolls and seasonal fruits. The highlight of the menu, however, is the great selection of teas which includes green, black and fruit blends. The smoothies and juices are also noteworthy, made with plenty of fruit.
Raming Tea House Siam Celadon
- Opening Hours: 09:30 until 18:00 daily
- Address: 158 Tha Pae Rd, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (053) 234 518