Spice Garden Comes to Chiang Mai Singaporean property tycoon intends to spice up Chiang Mai’s historic quarter with a significant redevelopment project

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Chiang Mai, September 2019, Dr. Stanley Quek, an international property developer and self-styled restaurateur, is set to unveil Spice
Garden, his innovative lifestyle development currently under construction in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city, by the end of October, 2019.
The Chiang Mai project is the latest in a series of urban renewal developments that reflect Dr. Quek’s vision of cities of the future. This
forward thinking Singaporean business leader is credited with breathing new life into numerous inner-city districts around the world, from
Sydney to Dublin, and his Chiang Mai project promises to do the same. This new community complex will share similarities with the
successful redevelopment of Kensington Street in downtown Sydney, which features the award-winning Asian restaurant Mekong. And 20
more acclaimed restaurants and eateries.

Set in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city, near the historic Tha Phae Gate and Sunday walking market, the Spice Garden project sees
significant inward investment in the province. The centerpiece of this groundbreaking new venture will be a lush tropical garden where
residents and tourists alike can relax and enjoy casual al-fresco dining. Alongside the project’s two restaurants, two bars, brasserie and
boutique hotel, there will be a line-up of hawker-style eateries in an area called “Spice Alley” – another element replicated from Sydney’s
Kensington Street development.

As a property tycoon, Dr. Quek has spent much of his career working on mega-projects but has always been interested in the smallest
details of each space as well. He also has a great interest in working on projects in which the inherent character of the location and its
surroundings needs to be strictly preserved.

“Chiang Mai’s old city, with its many small streets and alleys, has roots and heritage which are irreplaceable,” Dr. Quek explains. “Through art,
food, music, performance arts and our relationship with the local community, Spice Garden will be a place to come and spend an hour or a
full day, enjoying yourself in this unique city.”

Dr. Quek’s thriving Kensington Street Precinct in Sydney’s Chippendale is recognised as a vibrant center for art, food and music, which sees
up to 3000 people each day.  He intends, to bring the same energy and innovation to Spice Garden Chiang Mai by engaging with both local
and international artists.  The “chili” sculptures of Singaporean artist Kumari Nahappan will form the centerpiece of the garden, while the
works of various local artists will be featured in the future.
The jewel in the crown of the new development will be Mekong, the French-inspired Indochine restaurant which will feature the same
cuisine that made its sister restaurant in Sydney an award-winner under the direction of awarded Chef Tiw Rakarain. Originally from the
north of Thailand, Chef Tiw will be returning home to helm the kitchens at Spice Garden.

“Our cuisine aims to bring innovation but without destroying what’s inherently already there,” remarked Dr. Quek, who is keen on all aspects
related to food and beverage and refers to himself as “an accidental restaurateur”.