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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 other resources.

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 with the help of a small team of freelance professionals working remotely from their own location, this is why we don't have a physical office.

Partner sites

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

Landolia: the World's Picture Database with miraculous pictures

Chiang Mai News: Everything about Chiang Mai in French

Blog d'articles (Blog posts): World articles

DatesDesSoldes: a French Website

Annuaire Zeleur: Link Directory

Tipo Directory: Link Directory

Loumina - The Earthling Princess: a science-fiction novel by Simon Laroche

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.

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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Admin Posted on February 06, 2024 at 21:23:43
@Reid: this website is still active, but we don't have many ratings for trades people in Chiang Mai
Reid Posted on January 24, 2024 at 12:59:01
Hi. Just trying to check if this website (project?) Is still active? I was trying to find ratings for tradespeople in Chiangmai. Thank you
Mike Posted on June 26, 2022 at 01:20:38
Waqar Posted on April 10, 2021 at 00:00:29
Please guide me what will be total cost of 1 year tuition fee & Visa?
and what will be payment schedule? I have to pay full payment in one go or can be paid in installments?
Waqar Safdar
Eano Posted on October 01, 2019 at 20:31:09
Do you only collect data for Chiang Mai City or the outer areas also (Hang Dong, San Patong, San Sui etc)?
VIRENDER GUPTA Posted on November 26, 2018 at 12:01:50
Please let me know your address in phuket and Krabi
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.