Rooms here come in the form of 98 stilted Lanna-style pavilions that echo the former dynastic residences of the kings of northern Thailand.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The rose of the north. That’s what locals call Chiang Mai. It’s a more than appropriate moniker because the city is Thailand’s sanctuary. Far removed from the edge and attitude of Bangkok and the luxury of the beaches of the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand coast, it is charming, carefree, and laid back. In the historic square mile centre, there are a multitude of stupas, spas, sacred spaces, meditation courses, spiritual centres, and massage parlours.
It’s a modern metropolis, too: traffic congestion can be fierce and the city’s urban sprawl can easily awaken you from your meditative repose. Away from this less-than-peaceful clamour, the city is a gateway to dozens of northern hill tribes, elephant camps, and primeval villages. These are places where you can hike into the cloud belts of the lush Doi Suthep and Doi Pui mountains, bamboo raft down steamy jungle rivers in the Mae Sa valley, or come face-to-face with the kind of multi-coloured, smiling Thai personalities that most visitors only see on a postcard. Escape to any of that and you’ll easily feel at peace once more.
What to doView all
See what’s up at the WatsCultural
Visit the elephant nature parkNature
Learn how to cook a proper Pad ThaiFamily
Walk the Walking Streets
Every weekend, pedestrians mob the full length of Th Wualai (Saturday) and Th Ratchadamnoen (Sunday) for two weekly markets like n...Family
Book yourself on a trek into the hills
Beyond the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai, a whole new world awaits: the surrounding area is close to bursting with trekking opp...Adventure
Where to stayView all
Check in to this palatial combination of renovated colonial-style mansions and Lanna-style private villas, guest can be assured of a pampering experience at this luxury resort.
The hotel features 84 opulent rooms and its location on the banks of the Mae Ping River gives soil-to-sky views of the surrounding blanket of paddies.
Where to eatView all
A romantic evening awaits at this fine dining French-Thai hybrid on the eastern banks of the Mae Ping River.
Pun Pun is a community project born through a shared desire to support local organic farmers and propagate biodiversity and seed preservation.
Built in 1892 and housed in a former cotton and silk store, this riverside restaurant-cum-art gallery is perfect for those wanting to combine culture with culinary arts.