Le Meridien Chiang Rai is a must-do destination because of the incredible warmth of Justin, the GM, and Renaud, the Restaurant Manager. Both were constantly flitting about to ensure that their guests were happy and the hotel was running smoothly. Justin and Renaud are the kinds of hosts who not only want their guests to have a good hotel stay, but sincerely want their guests to have a perfect vacation in the region. They were caring, approachable, helpful and truly made our stay memorable, providing for our every need and also taking time to give us recommendations for day trips. Yes, the breakfast buffet is fresh and varied, but the little touches like toasted (instead of raw) cashews, perfectly-flaky croissants (so rare to find outside of France!), fruit smoothies made to order, and unique offerings like vegetable maki, grilled panini, and rice spring rolls made for a uniquely creative and satisfying daily start. Coffee quality WAY above average for a hotel chain. In general, a lot of thought is put into the hotel offerings: there is a lovely, quiet, airy library with an abundance of interesting books about the region as well as enough kids ' books to keep my three (ages 2, 7, and 10) occupied for hours. The kids' club is tiny but welcoming and well-appointed. For New Year's Eve, the staff set up a delightful outdoor carnival with local games and snacks - our children were so excited to win several prizes and we were all heartened to know that the carnival would benefit a children's charity in the region - very, very nice touch on the part of the management. Following this there was an extensive buffet dinner and then a festive celebration at the bar near the river, complete with fireworks and lantern launching, Thai-style. My only tiny negative is that I wish there was a full-on Thai restaurant on the hotel grounds, or at least more selections for strict vegetarians on the dinner menu of the two existing restaurants. We also yearned for a tennis court, as the climate is absolutely perfect for this sport. But I would not hesitate to recommend this excellent hotel - it's a wonderful and peaceful resting point from thailand's cities, and a great base for exploring northern thailand's fascinating culture. Thanks to Justin and Renaud for an outstanding stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort occupies an idyllic 26-rai site directly on the banks of the Mae Kok River, moments from Chiang Rai town and a one hour drive from the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge. The resort is set at the heart of beautiful landscaped gardens complete with a tranquil man-made lake and two majestic 100-year-old rain trees. Surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery, the neighbouring community is a jewel waiting to be explored. Nearby attractions include Rai Mae Fah Luang, Le Méridien's chosen UnLock Art site, and Oub Kham Museum which houses a collection of objects from the ancient Lanna kingdom, Myanmar, southwest China, and Vietnam. Nearby attractions include Wat Phra Kaew, the temple that once housed the Emerald Buddha, and the Hill Tribe Education Centre with its fascinating display of tribal artefacts and handicrafts. Boat trips along the Mae Kong River are available from the town of Chiang Khong, with stops along the way at villages of interest. Ethnic groups living in the province include Karen, Lisu, Lahu, Akha, Meo, and Yao, and it is possible to arrange treks into the hill tribe villages with experienced local guides. Mae Sai is 62 kilometres north of Chiang Rai and makes for an interesting day trip. This busy trading post borders Myanmar, and it is possible to cross the bridge to visit the bustling market in Tha Khi Lek. Phu Chi Fa is a spectacular viewpoint. The impressive views are best enjoyed early in the morning, particularly in the cool season when mist covers the valley floor. A highlight to any trip to Chiang Rai is a visit to the Doi Tung Development Project. Started as a royal initiative to help eradicate opium supply, drug use, and rural poverty, the project offers villagers with a practical and sustainable alternative. The project focuses on development, education, training, humanitarian activities, environmental conservation, agriculture, and the production of quality crafts. At the summit of Doi Tung, visitors can visit Phra That Doi Tung, a chedi constructed in 911 A.D and one of the oldest and most sacred sites in northern Thailand. The chedi is said to contain the collarbone of Buddha. Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand is located close to the town centre and a short drive from Chiang Rai Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Chiang Rai Hotel Chiang Rai
- Meridien Chiang Rai