Best luxury hotels in Chiang Rai 2022
At the heart of Thailand’s heritage and cultural trails, Chiang Rai is home to many of the country’s most breathtaking wats, including the White Temple. Its mountainous interior landscapes offer atmospheric vistas, often encapsulated in mists at the start of the day. Part of the Golden Triangle, the area is where the Ruak and Mekong rivers meet (don’t forget to look for the many shrines and Buddha statues along the banks), home to many communities of hill tribes. Chiang Rai is also the best place to visit if you want to explore the remnants of the ancient Lanna kingdom in Thailand.
Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
Featuring classic architecture with a modern twist, this waterfront property spread over five wings is surrounded by century-old flora and fauna. Le Méridien’s culinary offerings include a signature restaurant, Latest Recipe, and the riverside Italian Favola. There are several pools, a fitness center, a library for some quiet time, and the Parvati Spa for replenishing treatments to combat tired limbs after long days of exploring (bicycles are available to borrow if you want to adventure on two wheels). Spacious rooms feature signature bedding, sitting areas, and private balconies with stunning views.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Would you like a bucket list hotel experience? Retreat to a luxury resort with a difference; this tented camp places you among jungle trails, bamboo forest and wildlife like rescue elephants, which roam outside your handcrafted teak door. Expect “rooms” with outdoor showers, wooden hot tubs, and lamp-lit verandas. Sample Thai, Laotian and Burmese cuisine under a thatched-roof restaurant and drinks from the property’s wine cellar. Take a Land Rover tour through the heart of the jungle, before being served rooftop sunsets and enjoying a picnic lunch (prepared just for you) by the river.
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
Built into the hillside and surrounded by 160 acres of grassland and forest, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa is another wonderful choice if you want to commune with elephants, as it is next to a foundation that takes care of these gentle giants. The Lanna culture clearly runs through the resort; from architecture to hospitality, Northern Thai cuisine, design in its 61 rooms, and spa treatments (which are performed in a three-story wellness temple). There are also tennis courts, an infinity pool overlooking the valley, yoga sessions and kickboxing classes.