Check into a Boutique Hotel and Check out Chiang Mai

Check into a Boutique Hotel and Check out Chiang Mai

Amy Van De Casteele

The Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai has become a highly popular holiday destination, combining fascinating cultural sites with a cooler climate and beautiful landscapes on the edge of the city. It lacks none of the modernity of Bangkok and is home to numerous shops, restaurants and bars but has more of a laid-back feel to it. If you’d like to see what the city has to offer, check into a boutique hotel and check out Chiang Mai with

In Chiang Mai City next to Tha Pae Gate you will find the elegant De Naga Hotel Chiang Mai, a traditional building providing charming 4 star accommodation and friendly staff,. On the Riverside, just three kilometres from Chiang Mai International Airport, Sheik Istana Hotel is another 4 star hotel boasting tastefully furnished guest rooms and a variety of business and leisure facilities, while in historic Wat Ket the Puripunn A Baby Grand Boutique Hotel is the epitome of 5 star class and luxury.

Whatever your interests, Chiang Mai is guaranteed to have a sight or activity to interest and entertain you. History buffs will want to tour the city’s temples, such as the beautiful forest-located Wat Umong near Chiang Mai University and Wat Phra Singh, named for its venerable Lion Buddha image and well-known for its stunning religious artworks.

Nature lovers may prefer to explore Doi Suthep-Pui National Park which sprawls across tracts of the city’s two sacred mountains and is home to pristine wilderness, hill villages and over three hundred species of bird. You can go hiking and mountain biking or just enjoy several relaxing hours of bird-watching in this picturesque natural haven.

If you want a unique animal-related experience head to Patara Elephant Farm and get up close and personal with their resident pachyderms to learn more about their habits and training. If, however, you would rather indulge in some pampering then why not book a traditional ‘tok sen’ massage at the Dheva Spa, located in the Dhara Dhevi Hotel Chiang Mai. After dark head to the beautiful Spirit House restaurant on Soi Viangbua and enjoy the delicious menu and quirky décor.

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