From leaving the city of Bangkok to Chaing Mai, Thailand's second city the comparison is huge. From a sprawling mega city with the futuristic sky train to the laid back, old town qualities. We took a midday flight and landed around 2pm to rain but in the short 20 minute drive from the airport to the hotel it had dried up. We had opted to stay inside the crumbling old town walls and made the right decision. We arrived at the Tamarind Hotel, (which is situated off one of the main roads, down a private lane and planted each side with towering bamboo) to be greeted at the semi open reception with a cool towel and soft drink. We then had a quick and easy check in and were shown to our room.
We had decided to pay for the upgrade in this part of our holiday to a Lana Deluxe and for the extra £40 for the 5 nights, this was well worth it. We realised from the moment we arrived that we had picked a special boutique hotel. The rooms had a charm about them, from the swing doors on the bathroom to the comfortable beds. Our room was situated off the main courtyard with the impressive 200 year old Tamarind tree (which I got to see a large blue iguana climbing up one morning). The room had a TV and mini bar but we didn't use either. There was ample storage for clothes and had a lovely big spacious bathroom with a shower.
The hotel pool was just situated next to the reception and while some people have commented on the temperature of the pool being too cold, we experienced the heat-wave of over 40 degrees each day, so at the end of a long day sightseeing it was like climbing into a large bath! Perfect for floating around and relaxing in. There were ample free towels at the pool used for you to use. The restaurant for breakfast was at the other end of the pool and for the mornings that we had something to eat, the food was excellent (especially the various homemade jams!!) and at the omelette station, the chef made anything you requested. We didn't make use of the spa or the restaurant in the evenings but other reviews are positive.
The hotel does include free wifi but only for hour increments which you have to get a new token each time. This was one bug bear but apparently that is how a lot of wifi works in Thailand.
The hotel was situated so that everything was either a short walk or a tuk-tuk journey away. We would really recommend on your visit to Chaing Mai that you do the following: Tiger Experience - its a little bit out of town so you will need to get a proper tour company to take you there and if you can afford it, pay to have a photographer as you get significantly more time with the tigers, Flight of the Gibbons - styled like the Go Ape in the UK but with guides and a lot more zip wires. Fantastic morning and the meal they provide at the end is very good quality Thai food. Also with Flight of the Gibbons you can get reduced priced entry to Chaing Mai Zoo - you can just get a tuk-tuk there and back and make sure you get the upgrade so you see the Giant Pandas and enough space on your memory card as you will take a lot of photos!
The food in Chaing Mai was c.20-40% cheaper than Phuket.
If you are going to Chaing Mai, then make sure you are there for more than just a couple of days. There is so more to see and do, such as temples, waterfalls. We would recommend again and again to anyone going to Thailand - the people, the food and the scenery make it a visit you will remember for ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tamarind Village is a unique and charming boutique property that nestles in the heart of historic Chiang Mai. Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, it takes its name from a magnificent 200 year old tamarind tree that shelters the hotel in a shady embrace.Tamarind Village is situated at the center of Chiang Mai’s old town. Many of Chiang Mai’s historic landmarks and temples such as Thapae Gate, the Three Kings Monument, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang are located within a few minutes walk of the hotel. Each week, Chiang Mai’s famous ‘Sunday Walking Street’ takes place just in front of the hotel’s entrance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
- Tamarind Village Hotel Chiang Mai