Moving on from Bangkok with Destination Asia we flew to Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand and to the Kantary Hills Hotel. Again a faultless transfer from airport to hotel by this company. We were met by a young man called Lee who was as knowledgeable as he was pleasant and he was assigned to us for the three days of our stay.
The hotel again is of a very high standard. We again had a suite of rooms with a washing machine which came in handy for our smalls!! The restaurant is impressive with lovely food and an added bonus of a very talented duo playing and singing at dinner. The décor is modern and stylish with swimming pool and a useful lounge with books and newspapers and a ready supply of tea, coffee, biscuits and cake for residents to make use of at any time.
We visited the Sunday market with thousands of stalls and it would be impossible to find nothing to buy! Our second day was spent with Lee, our guide at an elephant sanctuary where we watched elephants painting pictures and playing football and darts. By elephant ride we visited a Burmese hill village where the women had elongated necks due to the gold rings they wore round them. Then to an orchid and butterfly farm, silver, jade and silk factories and then to a tiger sanctuary where we cuddled up with tigers in their cages. I can't believe that we did that! The animals all seemed to be well cared for and trained with love rather than cruelty.
Our last day was spent at a village high in the hills where there is Chiang Mais biggest temple and a cruise on the River Ping to a farmers collective where we watched the processes of grinding wheat, preparing rice and looked at the crops of lemon grass, Chinese gooseberries, pineapples and mangos. Like everywhere in Thailand the area is lush and green with amazing tropical blooms. Colours and smells are amazing!
Chiang MaI is a beautiful place and the Kantary Hills Hotel a very good hotel of a very high standard and the perfect base for exploring the town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kantary Hills, Chiangmai is the latest addition to the stylish Kantary Group of Hotels and Serviced Apartments, renowned throughout Thailand for offering the very finest in service and facilities. Featuring a range of spacious, elegantly appointed and fully furnished studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments, the accommodation at Kantary Hills is unrivaled for style and comfort. ... more less
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- Kantary Hills, Chiang Mai Hotel Chiang Mai