Old City of Chiang Mai

Nov 12th, 2006, 05:19 PM
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Old City of Chiang Mai

Hello! (me again) this time with a question regarding the old city of chiang mai vs. the new modern city.
We would like to make sure we stay within the old city and not in a hotel with backdrop of skyscrapers. For some reason I am finding it difficult to get an actual name, or names of the area that comprises the old city, and therefore having difficulty choosing a hotel. Can anyone help by just jotting down which name or names of city/areas I should be looking for?
Many many thanks in advance!
sneep is offline  
Nov 12th, 2006, 06:23 PM
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Hi sneep,

I just returned from my third trip to Chiang Mai this year.

There's not that much difference between the "old" and "new" cities, particularly around the area of the moat, which is the border between the two. You can pass from one to the other and never know it. Chiang Mai has very few (at least for now) tall buildings - and none that I would call "skyscrapers."

There are certain areas that are more commercial, and some hotels that are not conveniently located (Sheraton), but if you look at the recommendations that have been previously made in other CM posts here, I think any of those hotels would be great places to stay (Yang Come, Baan Orapin, Tamarind VIllage, Rachamnkha, Chedi), assuming you want to be within the city and not out in the countryside (Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental).
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Nov 12th, 2006, 06:34 PM
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Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I have a much clearer view of placement now, much appreciated!
We are trying to decide whether to stay at the Four Seasons or Mandarin, as you suggested in the countryside, or in one of the more localized hotels.
We are really just winging this and throwing it all together last minute, we need to book before we have had any real opportunity to research CM properly!
Again, many thanks!!
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Nov 12th, 2006, 07:44 PM
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The Four Seasons and Mandarin are really quite a way outside the city (30 minute drive). If you are interested in the city, stay in the city.
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Nov 12th, 2006, 10:58 PM
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agreed with kathie. for first timer, staying in the city is far more convenient and rewarding. staying in a luxury hotel like FS and Mandarin will probably tie you down the whole trip.

Tamarind Village and its sister hotel (forgotten its name) are charming enough.
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