Secret Chiang Mai - 'Lan Na Traditional Houses Museum'
Under the wing of the Chiang Mai University's Fine Arts Department, and the vision of Ajan Vithi Phanichphant, this lovely collection of old Lan Na houses has been assembled behind the CMU Art Museum on a verdant site. Once part of a large farm surrounding an early 20thc. colonial style house (formerly the home of a representative of the Bombay Burma Company) the site now features seven other northern Thai vernacular houses, including a Tai Lue home, two 'galae' houses, a typical merchant's house from the Anusarn area downtown, and a very nice rice storage barn.
Under the elegantly designed rice granary is a small, but good assemblage of old carts and long drums. Intact carts are rarely seen these days, as they are usually disassembled for their decorative carvings and wooden wheels.
It's also worth noting that every first Tuesday and Wednesday there is a market of traditional handmade products and produce in the yard beside the colonial house (along the Canal Road), sponsored by the Center for the Promotion of Arts and Culture of CMU. One can visit the old houses daily from 8:30am-6:00pm.