• Anantara Resort and Spa in Sleepy City Chiang Mai of Thailand
  • Anantara Resort and Spa in Sleepy City Chiang Mai of Thailand
  • Anantara Resort and Spa in Sleepy City Chiang Mai of Thailand
  • Anantara Resort and Spa in Sleepy City Chiang Mai of Thailand
  • Anantara Resort and Spa in Sleepy City Chiang Mai of Thailand
  • Anantara Resort and Spa in Sleepy City Chiang Mai of Thailand
  • Anantara Resort and Spa in Sleepy City Chiang Mai of Thailand

Chiang Mai is a sleepy city and very different from the popular Thai destinations of Bangkok or Phuket. But somehow it offers something quite refreshing in comparison to those busy beaches and party towns. The city is more chilled out, relaxed, and surrounded by beautiful misty mountains which offer much in the way of exploration. While the city centre and surrounding temples are easily explored in a day, venturing out further into neighbouring Chiang Rai or even just into the villages nearby can be rewarding and a different way to experience Thailand altogether. For those of you who have a plan to visit Chiang Mai, we would love you to take a peek at the beautiful centrally-located resort and hotel known as Anantara Chiang Mai Mai Resort and Spa. This resort is sitting on the edge of the peaceful Mae Ping River, only 15 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport. The place is also famous because the Night Bazaar is only five minutes away while a ten minute walk will take you into the old city. If walking is not for you, catching a taxi, tuk-tuk or song taew truck is infinitely easy. If you are worry about the property being used for more than a decade, do not worry because the resort wears its age well with a variety of deluxe rooms and suites on offer. For those who would love to see the river, you can stay in the Kasara River View Suite which offered a lounging day bed inside, soaking tub, and a large balcony with another day bed. Retractable doors on the bathroom help add to the space of the room, though you are never really wanting in that area. Well maintained and extremely comfortable, the rooms are perfect to while away a rainy day.

As for dining in, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa has recently opened The Service 1921, situated in the colonial house built on the property in 1915. In those days, the property was owned by the British government and became the consulate of the country in 1921. A beautiful colonial structure, the house offers breezy open balconies and private dining areas. In a colourful reimagining of the colonial heyday of the property, The Service 1921 takes inspiration from the British secret service, creating a fictitious background for the restaurant that adds to the great food and playful cocktails served right at your table. Light touches, from the spy peep hole at the entrance to the secret doors that lead to other private dining areas, to the amusing chains in the dungeon-cum-whisky tasting room, add to the sense of fun and pleasure in the space. The food is a mix of contemporary Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese that works in terms of authenticity and tastiness. The restaurant does offer sweat-inducing khao soi gai, the signature Northern Thai curry noodles, as well as a delicious range of curries. Not to be missed are the cocktails which are created with flair and pizzaz right by your table. Like any other modern built resort, the resort has a great pool, beautiful, and well furnished gym as well as an Anantara Spa that offers up indulgently relaxing treatments with a local twist. But what really stands out are the excursions that can be arranged by the resort that takes you out further afield from the city to explore the countryside of Chiang Mai. You can book a Mae Wang trek which could took you to the south-west, traditional city of Mae Wang on a day-long exploratory journey through the countryside. The trip included a short elephant trek, one hour walk through the jungle, a delightful lunch, and a fourty-five minute bamboo rafting experience.

Along the way, you also have the opportunity to visit indigenous Karen tribes who still live in the region preserving their way of life. In total, the tour took seven hours including transport to and from the hotel and cost you around IDR 1.500.000 per person. It is quite costly but it is definitely worth to take. While one is certain to find cheaper tours in the city, the guide provided by the resort and the services are spot-on, not to mention private transport and general professionalism. Upon your return to the hotel, you will have a chance to do a little tour of the Mae Ping river. It will be themed with a sunset cruise plus with your very own private butler and a delicious spread of Indian delicacies to enjoy during the trip. It will certainly be a very relaxing experience to close your daily trip. At the end of the river, you will find a small organic farm where it is possible to learn a bit more about the rich vegetation and native plants of Chiang Mai. Overall, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa is a great place to stay with a fantastic location and excellent service that really adds to the whole experience. Getting out of Chiang Mai is definitely worth the drive if only for a chance to see other aspects of Thai culture that does not involve a beach. For those of you who would love to stay at the resorts and their Kasara Suite, a night at the room will cost you around IDR 9.200.000. For more information about Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa, feel free to visit their official site via several links above.

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