Chiang Mai, Thailand

After a crazy first few days in Bangkok–where the huge time difference and hectic city combined to make you less adventurous than you expected–you’re off to the Kingdom of Lanna. Time to finally immerse yourself in Thai culture in Chiang Mai. You have tons of things you’d like to experience: the night bazaar, a mountain trek, and temple exploration. Don’t forget a real Thai massage. And maybe a cooking class. The list just keeps growing.

Photo: 137 Pillars House
Photo: 137 Pillars House

Despite wanting to see and do as much as possible in this mystical walled city, there’s one trip aspect on which you won’t compromise: a great hotel. Located in the Wat Gate district along the Mae Ping River, 137 Pillars House combines old-world elegance and modern, boutique-hotel conveniences. It’s next to the Wat Gate Khar Rham Temple, and the nearby Sapan Khaek footbridge brings you to the city center.

Photo: 137 Pillars House
Photo: 137 Pillars House

The suites at 137 Pillars House have tropical garden views and indoor/outdoor showers. You’ll be surrounded by mimosa trees and chirping cicadas. Have breakfast on your veranda and high tea in The Parlor. Do yoga in the morning or book a late-afternoon Luk Pra Kob massage. A post-treatment bath will be drawn when you finish. The cold pool is always available for you to cool off in the steamy weather. Eat dinner in the courtyard, before heading out to the night market. The staff will even pack a picnic lunch before your excursions.

Photo: 137 Pillars House
Photo: 137 Pillars House

You’re adventurous spirit has returned thanks to the New City’s relaxed lifestyle. You’ve eaten delicious food and done way too much shopping. You may even be ready to venture to the Golden Triangle. Time to play with elephants at a conservation center.

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