Built in 1889 to accommodate the manager of the British East Borneo Company, 137 Pillars House has been restored into a 30-suite boutique hotel. The hotel's white-washed buildings are laid out in a traditional 'lanna' style and of which the former house is the center piece, are set around a beautiful lawn on which High Tea is served every day.
Lisu Lodge, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Fully integrated into the local community, the Lisu Lodge actively contributes to village life and supports various aid projects. Designed in the traditional hill style, it is staffed mostly by villagers and has been modified for western tastes with en suite European-style toilets, comfortable beds and the highest standards of hygiene.
The Lisu Lodge team operates an unsurpassed range of adventure activities including mountain biking, whitewater rafting, ox-cart rides and trekking. Over the past few years Lisu Lodge has won five international sustainable tourism awards.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located near the Ping, on the eastern edge of Chiang Mai, the Amata Lanna is a lovely boutique option if you're looking for a charming place to stay in a great location for walking into the heart of the city.
With the night bazaar only a mere 10-minute walk, this is by far the best centrally located hotel in Chiang Mai.
Palatial surroundings, traditional craftwork and a range of cultural activities make this delightful resort with top-notch facilities as much as lesson in local history and culture as a glorious place to stay.
Located in 20 acres of gardens in the beautiful Mae Rim valley just outside Chiang Mai, the Four Seasons is one of the most luxurious hotels in the area.
Set in a quiet part of Chiang Mai yet close to the main sights, Rachamankha is a stylishly designed hotel inspired by local culture and heritage. Traditional design and decor combine with modern amenities to create an ideal base for exploring the historic city.
This charming little property has an envious location and a good pool to cool off in after a hard day's sight seeing.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
This one day tour will take you to Chiang Mai's most popular sites but will also give you a true flavor of daily life in the city. See the old trader community of Wat Gatekaram, markets, temples and a vast array of unique 'street life'. Explore ancient ruined temples by bicycle, before boarding a long-tail boat on the Mae Ping River. End the day with a tuk tuk ride to Waroros Market to join the bustle of locals as they buy their fresh food and spices.
The Elephant Nature Foundation is a non-profit organization that advocates and acts on behalf of rights for elephants in Thailand. The park offers visitors a rare experience to get involved with the elephants from an educational perspective.
Experience a typical day in the life of a Thai family and experience home cooking in a real Thai neighborhood. Among other things your Thai family will also demonstrate their basket weaving skills, a tradition that has been in Thailand for centuries.