A Thai billionaire has turned 60 acres of farmland on the eastern outskirts of Chiang Mai into one of Asia's most extraordinary hotels, re-creating a walled Lanna city surrounded by a moat. Guests can sip their evening cocktails while watching farmers work the rice paddies with buffaloes. Various traditional buildings house hotel amenities—the spa, for instance, is an exact replica of the royal palace in Mandalay, Myanmar. The suites and the regal, two-story "residences,"
with private gardens, are the last word in luxury; the most expensive even have pianos. U.S. President George W. Bush stayed here during his Chiang Mai visit in July 2008. Even if you're not staying the night, book a table for dinner and visit the pavilion-like restaurant; it's known as the "king's room," because the king once dined here.
Apr 7, 2010
We stayed in this hotel as part of our honeymoon in March. We were pleasantly surprised when they upgraded us to a villa from a colonial room! It was a very nice surprise. The room was really nice....2 stories, although we really didn't use the first floor as you had to go outside to get into it. Pretty much just stayed upstairs. It was really a nice room though, and they filled our tub with rose petals as well as our bed which was so nice. The buggy
service worked really well too. Very prompt. The property is huge...so you need this. We were right on one of the rice paddies which was really interesting to see. We went out one day with the water buffalo and the workers just to check it out up close. The pool is gorgeous and the shops there were very nice and affordable. We only had breakfast on the property, but it was very good! The hotel is about 15 min away from all the street markets and restaurants. I definitely recommend this hotel.