We spent four nights of our honeymoon at the Huen Come In and absolutely loved it. It's a beautiful, classic teakwood mansion, but with modern amenities. The surrounding gardens are lovely, and we really enjoyed eating breakfast (usually alone) on the outdoor patio by the koi pool or in the back garden. The owner/family made our trip even more special. Nid, the owner/manager, is a lovely woman who did everything possible to make our stay perfect. All of our meals were made to order (and delicious -- she's a great chef). Make sure to try her traditional Thai breakfast with homemade sausage. Two of her sons and her husband were kind enough to take us around Chiang Mai and show us some of the out-of-the-way places that other tourists might miss.
The residence is a bit off the beaten path, which we liked, but if you want to be in the middle of the city, this may not be the place for you. It's private, quiet and lovely, but you'll need transportation to get anywhere. That said, it's only about a 5-10 minute tuk-tuk or taxi ride to the old city, and the hip Niemenhammen Street (sp?) is even closer, where you'll find great shopping, restaurants, bars and massages. (We found that tuk-tuks are the best way to get around town.) The family will also drive you anywhere you want to go for a reasonable fee. (Chiang Mai is pretty compact, so it's not too difficult to get anywhere.)
We can't say enough good things about our stay and would highly recommend it. Just a couple of other recommendations for Chiang Mai visitors:
-- shopping: Ginger (and surrounding shops), celadon factory, antiques. The night market is worth a trip, too.
-- dining: The Chedi (at night on the river, but it's pricey), the restaurant at the Huen Come In
-- massage: Just about everywhere we went in Thailand was great for massage. "Traditional Thai massage" is fully clothed (you wear pajamas that they give you) and similar to a deep-tissue massage in the U.S. For men, a "Thai oil massage" may lead to something sexual, so beware.
-- sightseeing: The wot on the mountain (Doi-Sutep) was nice, but Wot Jet was a better (and much less crowded) visit, in our experience.
As for Chiang Mai, we liked it better than both Bangkok and Phuket.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ruen Come In is a boutique teakwood resort decorated in contemporary-northern Thai style. Please come and enjoy our family style accommodation and dine savory Thai & northern Thai dishes from our family recipes at Ruen Come In restaurant in the same compound. ... more less
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