I cannot sing the praises of Pai Yan Yai highly enough; it's cosy, it's cute, it serves THE best iced Matcha I've ever had in my life, and it's quiet and welcoming. Above all however..... it has Hello Kitty! There's something very cool about sitting on a plush, squidgy sofa, doing some work on your laptop, with a large Kitty White sitting next to you! It's our go-to place!
The ambience in PYY is wonderful; downstairs has unintrusive music playing in the background, lots of Thai students studying (or sometimes asleep on one of the sofas, cuddling a soft toy!), and the occasional farang doing some work. Upstairs has no music and more of a study library atmosphere, which is great for those days when you really need no distractions.
The staff are super-lovely, and not just because when we returned, after being out of the country for nine months, they remembered us and also what we like to drink!
"Sawatdee ka! Welcome home! Same, same?!"
Pai Yan Yai is a haven for those seeking peace and quiet in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where no one minds if you stay there all day. It really is my absolute favourite café in Chiang Mai. Oh, and the WiFi is excellent too!
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