My sister and I visited Chiang Mai 11/26/11-11/29/11. We stayed at the Sirilanna because we saw a discount on the room rate just before we departed for our trip. It was a very quiet location in the Old City and it was a good location. They had a wonderful free breakfast every morning by the pool which wasn't huge but good enough after a long day of site seeing. There was free internet on the 2nd floor by a small library - the only free hotel internet we found on the trip! The staff was very friendly and the hotel/room was clean. We emailed the staff just before we arrived to ask for an airport pick-up. They did not email back but a nice air conditioned van was waiting for us with the driver holding a card with our name on it at the airport. This was free and they also took us back to the airport for free when we left - also the only free hotel airport transfers we found on the trip. We were able to walk to any of the street markets at night. The Night Bazzar was about a 20 minute walk (we enjoy the exercise) but we only needed to go there one night and it was worth the walk. The River was just past the Night Bazzar so also about a 20 minute walk. We took a river cruise through Mae Ping River Cruise Co. It stops at a turn around point for some tea and fruit at a little cooking school. The guide didn't really speak English well so there was not commentary along the cruise about the sites. Overall not too exciting but we had 2 hours to kill and it was 200 baht. We ate one night at the Tamarind Village not far from the hotel - the wine was more expensive than the food but we sat out by the pool and the setting was beautiful with a few musicians playing softly in the background. The dinner for the 2 of us was 1,500 baht ($52) - pretty much our most expensive meal the whole trip. Strongly advise eating dinner from street vendors at the night markets - it's much cheaper and much more delicious. While in Chiang Mai, we went on a day mountain biking trip through Chiang Mai Mountain Biking. The office was in the old city, run by American/British group who spoke English as did all the guides. They were very friendly and knowledgeable. It was 1,400 baht (about $40) for a van ride up the mountains, all equipment, the guided ride down and a nice lunch. If you enjoy exercise and want to see what's outside the city, this is recommended. Must get a Thai massage - lots of places to choose from - you can find them for 150-200 baht. FYI, if you want to spend a day with the elephants, do it in Chiang Mai but book it before you go on your trip. They book out a month in advance. Patara Elephant camp let's you spend the day caring for the elephants not just riding them. It's expensive but worth it.
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