Hiding in plain sight on a well-trafficked thoroughfare less than 100m from the mid-section of Canal Road, JC Hill Place is in fact located just inside the still very local neighbourhood of Jed Yod. And, rather handily, its namesake open-air plaza is right next door to the condo with the square itself home to a big 7-Eleven, a central roofed food court and, every evening, a healthy turnout of mobile food carts selling cheap and cheerful Thai eatables.
But for the ultimate microcosm of foraging and retail fixes, condo inhabitants don’t have to look any further than the bags of shophouses dotting both sides of the through road and its associated sois [lanes]; everything from cafés, mom-and-pop restos, roadside food stalls and convenience stores (including Tesco Lotus Express) that stay open around the clock to pharmacies, jewellers, beauty salons, dental clinics, mobile phone vendors, clothing/footwear outlets and plenty more!
Eventually, the road connects to the multi-lane Super Highway and from there, a stone’s throw to the iconic Maya Lifestyle mall and also the funkiest part of town, Nimman; all in all, a mere quarter of an hour on foot from JC Hill Place.
Directly across Khlong Chonprathan lies the leafy, and no less Thai, area of Chang Khian backed by the forested mountains of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Among the myriad highlights of this particular corner of Chiang Mai, and walkable from the condo in not much more than a handful of minutes, is the must-do and always thronged Monday afternoon farmers’ market.