Chiang Mai Design Week is packed with creative activities.

Chiang Mai’s march toward full-fledged “creative city” status continues, as Chiang Mai Design Week returns this December. The annual event takes over the city until Dec 15, with workshops, exhibitions, concerts, pop-up markets and panel discussions held everywhere from the TCDC Chiang Mai to the Three Kings Monument. Some of the standout events on the agenda include a design for the blind exhibition, food stylist-led talks held over a set lunch of Lanna cuisine and workshops on scent-making, natural indigo dyeing and basic drip coffee (it is Chiang Mai, after all).