Chiang Mai City is distinctively divided into the areas inside and outside the old city wall. Tha Pae Gate, the main entrance to the Old City in the past, remains the most happening place and the centre for cultural activities and festivals. East of Tha Pae Gate is the main shopping street with a lineup of craft shops, guesthouses, open-air restaurants and the Night Bazaar, where luxury international hotels are located.
Cross the river and Charoenraj Road is peppered with upscale clothing and craft boutiques on one side and open-air beer gardens with live music on the river-facing side. A handful of independently run, resort-style hotels can be found here and around the central train station. Inside the city wall is home to ancient temples and, quite fittingly, small boutique hotels in traditional Lanna style. This area enjoys a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere.
West of the Old City, Nimmanhaemin Road beckons. Known for its quaint wooden shop-houses and art cafés, this area is ideal for those with a leaning towards art, design and a hip lifestyle.
Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa Chiang Mai
5-Star | Jacuzzi Pool | Gourmet Dining | Luxury Spa | Golf Course | Cooking Class
Close to Gymkhana Golf Club, on the opposite side of the River Ping, Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa offers a relaxing retreat for those in search of peace and serenity. The 70 rooms and individual villas are set on an expansive landscaped garden, complete with a small rice field. All rooms are meticulously decked out to evoke the splendour of contemporary Lanna design. The lush green landscaping sets an ideal stage for indulging in a spa treatment, plunging in for a swim, or learning the secrets of Thai cooking. Dining at the three elegant venues brings you the tastes of Asian, northern Thai and creative tapas cuisine.
Furama Chiang Mai
4-Star | Good Value | Business Centre | Two Pools | Rooftop Dining | Close to Shopping Street
Ideal for business or leisure, this high-rise hotel offers 295 rooms decked out in a contemporary style with Doi Suthep or city views. Rooms range from Superiors to Two-Bedroom Suites, all featuring 32” LCD TV, Jacuzzi bathtub and shower, work desk and high-speed internet access. Other facilities include an infinity-edge lap pool (25m), a whirlpool, health club with gym equipment, sauna and steam bath, a business centre, two restaurants (one rooftop) and a coffee shop with freshly-baked patisseries. Across the street is the Nimmanhaemin shopping street, famous for its lineup of art cafés, craft shops and souvenir boutiques.
De Naga Hotel Chiang Mai
4-Star | Boutique Hotel | Free Wi-Fi Internet | Art Gallery | Close to Tha Pae Gate
Situated inside the old city wall, steps from the Tha Pae Gate, De Naga is an ideal base for exploring Chiang Mai’s temples as well as its shopping and dining scene. Featured on our website as one of Chiang Mai’s Top 10 Best Boutique Hotels, De Naga envelops you in its elegant, contemporary Lanna interiors. Statement art pieces adorn the walls and public areas, and the outdoor pool is set in a lovely courtyard, complete with a Jacuzzi. Enjoy traditional northern Thai fare, Asian dishes as well as a delectable selection of French and Italian cuisine from the main restaurant, bakery and café.
The Rim Chiang Mai
4-Star | 24-hr Butler Service | Gourmet Dining | Mixologist | Inside Old City
Situated inside the old city wall, close to Suan Dok Gate on the west side, this 36-room hotel is housed inside a converted traditional Lanna estate. The interiors, decked out with dark wood, local art and silk, evoke a sense of serenity and elegance. All guestrooms feature a balcony, Wi-Fi internet access, LCD TV, mini-bar and 24-hour butler service. The main restaurant highlights classic Asian flavours and textures; a dedicated mixologist is on hand to whip up delicious concoctions from the extensive cocktail list – to be enjoyed at the rooftop terrace or the landscaped outdoor pool.
Shewe Wana Boutique Resort & Spa
4-Star | Rooms with Balcony | Free Internet | Spa | Shopping Arcade
This cosy 18-room resort is a true hidden gem. Set in a lush courtyard abounding with tropical plants, the resort’s design embraces nature in its look and layout. Rooms come with a balcony overlooking the garden and pool, evoking the feel of tropical Lanna through the polished teakwood floors, hardwood furniture and decorative motifs typical of northern Thailand. The restaurant is open air, with a shaded seating area while the spa offers a combination of massage, body scrub and aromatherapy packages as well as a tailored therapeutic treatment programme.