Time: An evening
Cost: 45 baht an hour – it depends on how long your game is!
This is definitely an alternative activity for any budding young (or old) traveller. We’re used to our travels being full of bustling days out and nights fuelled by cheap alcohol, but an evening playing board games at Chubby Cat in Chiang Mai gives you a chance to exercise your intellect and use your brain, that has probably slipped into a dulcet doze since you left home.
Why play board games in Chiang Mai?
As I’ve already mentioned, playing board games is a great way to exercise your brain and practice strategic thinking. Sure, it might destroy a few friendships (here’s looking at you Julz), but it’s all for a good cause – having fun. People stereotype board games with being a massive nerd, but if you think that watching a film or TV series is great, wait until you’re the one playing in it. It opens your mind to a whole new way of thinking which is always a good thing.
We personally tried a couple of games, including playing Game of Thrones twice. The thing about these board games is that they take a couple of hours to complete, and take a while to understand properly. Luckily, the man that works at Chubby Cat speaks good English, and will explain the rules to you as if he’s learned them all off by heart, which is pretty bloody impressive.
What about food whilst you are playing board games in Chiang Mai?
Chubby Cat advertises itself as a café, which is a bit strange as they don’t sell food, and rather than a load of chairs and tables, it’s actually pillows and coffee tables. At the end of the turn-off onto the main room there’s a 7/11 so you can get yourself snacks and beers, and Chubby Cat are fine with you bringing them in.
The best part about the location is the restaurant on the corner. It sells a huge array of vegetarian and meat-eater food, and if you pay when you order and ask them to bring it down to Chubby Cat, then they will. I highly recommend the mushroom soup (I ask for an extra slice of the bread) and the ‘grilled cheese mushrooms’, even though they don’t seem to have anything to do with grilled cheese.
Plying board games in Chiang Mai at Chubby Cat is a great way to spend a relaxing evening. It might be a little bit out of the way, in the Suthep area of the city, but if you have a moped it’s easy to get to (it shows up on Google Maps). If you have a few days in Chiang Mai, and you can’t be bothered with traipsing to Zoe’s for another night surrounded by basic bitches grinding on each other, then try something a little alternative and play board games in Chiang Mai!