Okay, I know I've been severely lacking on the "blogging my favorite coffee shops" front. So here's the first in a long string of posts about what Chiang Mai is highly known for in Thailand and SEA: cute cafés. I visited Jaiboon one morning on a work errand out toward San Kamphaeng, having seen a poster advertising it at one of our favorite restaurants, Rustic & Blue

It was pretty obvious that the two places have a similar vibe: so much green, it was like stepping into a secret garden upon entering the courtyard where the "cabin" was hidden. Twinkle lights spread out across the yard, ready for the sun to set, though it's a little dang hot for that at the moment.

Inside consists of little details like paper flowers and cute embellishments. Stamps and postcards, hand drawn posters, etc. The menu is a doodler's dream, and the cake display boasts a great selection of amazing desserts. I've had the red velvet cake, and Lyna and I ordered the lemon coconut cake this time: both wins.

It's easy to lose track of time here. The light is dreamy, and you feel like you're on a retreat instead of in the middle of a highway filled with auto repair shops and the like. The coffee is delicious and smooth, the atmosphere takes you out of Chiang Mai, but the Thai feelings stay with all the cute little Asian details. It's worth the drive, and worth a second (or third) trip out of the city center.