About us

Last edited: February 09, 2018 at 12:26:01

The Grapevine Project

Originally, this site started as Chiang Mai Grapevine in the beginning of 2013 when two crazy Frenchmen and longtime Chiang Mai lovers decided to map the entire city and list each and every businesses, shop and restaurant that could interest foreigners. Of course, that's hardly doable especially because Thai businesses often flip ownership every few months or so, but the idea was admirable, though a bit crazy.

One of them went around on a scooter every day for a period of more than a year to take pictures of every place and map it with exact coordinates. After he had listed more than 6,000 businesses he felt a bit tired and decided give up and leave the city.

By that time, the online directory had become the best in Chiang Mai, actually, the best in the country.

A few new people stepped in to let all this work not slip down the drain, they restructured and added a lot of in-depth articles and Chiang Mai Locator was born.

Right now, Chiang Mai Locator has more than 7,000 (!) businesses listed with exact location, decription and pictures. No other website or organisation can offer such detailed and extensive information. Google Maps is often incorrect because many Thai shop owners don't know how to read a map, and Tripadvisor tends to be dominated by short-term tourists, to name a few.

Of course we can't keep all this information up-to-date all the time, so we rely on you to help us suggest edits or new businesses.

Chiang Mai Locator operates in Thailand through L.W. Ideas Ltd., registered under Thai law.

Partner sites

Chiang Mai Locator endorses / associates with the following partner sites:

Landolia: the World's Picture Database with miraculous pictures

Dining Chiang Mai: critical, honest food reviews about restaurants and food in Chiang Mai

Thailand Travel Pro: get inspired for your trips in Thailand

Burma Travel Pro: get inspired for your trips in Burma

Chiang Mai News: Everything about Chiang Mai in French

QpidConnections: dating foreign men for Thai ladies

Annuaire 1two: a French Web Directory

1annuaire: Link Directory

Acknowledgements for past and present contributions

Chiang Mai Locator expresses gratitude for contributing:

Richard Palumbo - co-founder of Chiang Mai Grapevine (predecessor of Chiang Mai Locator) and photographer of many of our pictures.

Alan McArthur - Professional photographer and host of Chiang Mai workshop 'A Day of Photography'

Chalermsak Viboonnattakul - Hobbyist photographer

Krittipong Paiboonsombat - Hobbyist photographer

Katy Cha Johansson - 'Taste Guru' and food and business reviewer

Michael le Gourmand - Food critic

Mark S. - Freelance writer

John S. - Freelance writer

and others

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彭榮輝 Posted on February 17, 2016 at 10:16:15
Laura Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:49:35
I have a pretty extensive Cafe blog with a listing of over 100 cafes.(please see http://www.chiangmaicoffeeculture.com). I was wondering if you were interested in a partnership of some kind? I am looking to promote my blog and share the cafes with the local chiang Mai community.
Let me know what you think and if you have any ideas about how we can work together.