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Ricemill Market: Socializing in a Chic Barn
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Ricemill Market: Socializing in a Chic Barn

 

From a shabby building, the 50-years-old family's mill and warehouse was amazingly transformed into a cozy place to meet and hang out. Nestled in the heart of Kalasin town, the Ricemill Market of Kalasin is a chic destination where the locals socialize, chill out, and dine.

With the old structure maintained, the rice mill was adapted into a lifestyle mall. Today, the 3-acre market houses more than 50 food stalls, café, and restaurants. You can get anything you want, from Isan cuisine to coal-fired pizza and fusion food. As dinosaur is the province's icon, it is creatively used with the food offered here. You will find various dishes decorated with dinosaur-shaped stuff like dinosaur Bingsu. Definitely, no one wants to miss dinosaur-shaped roti and Khao Jee, grilled sticky rice with egg.

Besides the chic mall, Kalasin town houses a number of charming old buildings which can be traced  back to 50-100 years ago. Lak Muang Theatre on Sompamitr Road shows an architectural design from the 70s-80s, while on the opposite side locates an old wooden liquor warehouse which remains in its excellent shape. A hundred yards away is the Chinese shrine of Pung Shap Kong Ma, which is beautified by colorful tiles and Chinese-style decoration.

Thanaphol Road houses many colonial style buildings such as a concrete-built fish sausage factory and fine wooden shophouses. Street arts can be found around the corner, enlivening to your town exploration trip.

An easy evening stroll through the town Kalasin may mirror the hidden, serene side of the town.

How to get there: Kalasin is 323 miles northeast of Bangkok via highway 2.