The Best Hotels In Chiang Mai
The Chiang Mai region of Northern Thailand is one of the most highly sought after travel destinations among tourists. It offers the best in cultural mystique of life in an ancient city, but it also has the amazing natural beauty of the countryside. Tourists in Chiang Mai have many choices when it comes to hotel accommodations.
From the upscale properties in the city’s center to the sprawling resorts in the Thai countryside – Chiang Mai has a plethora of hotel accommodations to suit any location preference or budget. Here’s a look at some of the best hotels in Chiang Mai and a brief overview of what each one has to offer.
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Veranda High Resort
The Veranda High Resort is located about 30 minutes from Chiang Mai City at the base of a mountain range and is surrounded by rolling hills and lush green landscape. The Veranda offers some of the best panoramic views of the Thai countryside of any resort in the region and is the perfect location for travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Rice paddies, tea fields, mountains and streams are all within viewing range from The Veranda. There are 69 well appointed guestrooms that are decorated in a modern Zen style, which features lots of teak wood and clean lines, as does the rest of the property, including the outdoor decking and interior buildings. The Veranda has a beautiful infinity pool, rooftop terrace, two restaurants and bars and offers free shuttles to the city center. Rooms at The Veranda start at $160AUD per night.
Dhara Dhevi Resort
The Dhara Dhevi Resort is designed to look like an ancient Lanna palace and guests at the Dhara will definitely receive the royal treatment. The Dhara is spread out over 60 acres of lush Thai countryside and includes several temple-like structures, Thai carvings and statues as well as beautifully landscaped Thai gardens. The resort buildings all feature Thai design elements like pointed roofs, open doors and windows and gorgeous teak wood. The guestrooms are actually private cabins also built in a traditional Thai style and feature stunning woodwork, staircases and beautiful Thai furnishings. Some of the cabins have private pools as well. The main pool at the Dhara is huge and features gorgeous tile depictions of Asian symbols throughout. The focus of the Dhara is health and wellness so expect lots of pampering if you visit. There are also four restaurants, two lounges, a health center and fitness center on the grounds. Rooms at the Dhara start at $600AUD per night.
Tamarind Village is located in the heart of Chiang Mai and is within close proximity of local attractions like Walking Street, Night Bazaar and Tha Pae Gate. Tamarind Village gets its name from the grove of tamarind trees that circle the property. It’s a small property, with just 45 rooms that are decorated in a Thai modern style. All rooms open onto a quaint green courtyard in the center of the property. Tamarind Village also has a pool, restaurant, lounge and full service spa on site. They also offer on-site car rental service, which is pretty rare for properties in this area. Rooms at Tamarind Village start at $160AUD per night.
137 Pillars House
If experiencing life in a traditional Thai village is on your To Do list, the 137 Pillars House is definitely the place to do just that. There are only 30 villas at 137 Pillars House, but meticulous attention to detail has been paid to each one by historians to ensure they were recreated as closely to their 1889 condition as possible to keep the historic charm of the village. The villas themselves are gorgeous – with a bold red and cream color scheme, modern contemporary high end furnishings and wood floors and trim. Each of the villas also includes a high speed Internet connection, TV with DVD player, air conditioning, ceiling fans and a personal bar. The other buildings of the resort feature dark wood details, gorgeous plush furniture and ambient lighting to blend seamlessly with the rest of the property while retaining its historic charm and Thai influence. 137 Pillars House also has a pool, lounge, two restaurants, full service spa and a fitness center. Rooms at 137 Pillars House start at just under $500AUD per night.