Vieng Joom On is a famous Thai tea house from Chiang Mai, which opened on the ground floor Emporio Place on Sukhumvit Soi 24 in early 2012. They are well known for their blends of black, green and herbal teas and Thai inspired cakes and desserts. Although Emporio Place does not stand out particularly from the condos along Sukhumvit soi 24, you can’t miss Vieng Joom On Teahouse. With a bright pink facade and parasols in the same colour shading the tables on the front terrace, you probably won’t want to take off your sunglasses until you are inside – in fact the name means Pink City.
The colourful theme continues indoors and the first half of the Teahouse is a shop selling a variety of teas, jams and honey. Behind the wooden counter is a variety of loose teas in large tins and you can even buy Vieng Joom On embossed china. There is a real Moroccan feel to the teahouse, with swathes of magenta fabric pinned to the ceiling. The partition wall between the shop and the tearoom is decorated in jade and embellished with two beautifully painted golden peacocks. Alongside the floor to ceiling windows are some wicker chairs and tables, or you can sit surrounded by cushions on the low tables that occupy the raised platform at the back. Vieng Joom On has a relaxed atmosphere, and it is easy to linger longer than you anticipated.
If you love tea then you have definitely come to the right place. There are teas from around the world, split into black, green, white, red, herbal and Chinese. If you are not a connoisseur then you can ask the staff to talk you through the options and even smell some of the blends. The most theatrical of teas is the blooming tea with flavours including chrysanthemum and jasmine. Originally from China, the tea leaves are wrapped around flowers that open slowly in hot water. The rose tea (180 baht per pot with free water refills) is brewed with a handful of miniature pink buds and the Moroccan mint tea (150 baht) was strong and refreshing. If hot tea isn’t what you are after then Vieng Joom On’s range of iced tea is just as satisfying. We loved the chamomile cooler (120 baht), slightly sweetened herbal tea with a hint of lemon.
If you are looking for something to accompany your tea then Vieng Joom On also has a decent selection of light bites and afternoon tea snacks. The triangular sandwiches come stuffed with a variety of vegetables and amongst our favourites were the carrot blend and the club with egg and cheese. Each sandwich is pinned together with a pearl ended pick. Another favourite are the rotis filled with creamy mushroom sauce and served with a side salad. The sweet section includes blueberry cheesecake, crumble and panna cotta. Tea has been incorporated into a small selection of the desserts with a summer redbush tart and green tea white mousse. Thankfully these aren’t a token gesture but a fantastic way to highlight their teas in a difference guise. Vieng Joom On also does a great version of scones, the afternoon tea classic, served warm with two varieties of fruit compote and cream.
Vieng Joom On Teahouse
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- BTS: Phrom Pong
- Address: 93/332, The Emporio Place, Sukhumvit Soi 24
- Tel: +66 (0)2 1604342