D FOR DESIGN: Expect the furnishings at D2 Hotel to be injected with a dose of colour and fun.
100 Chang Klan Road, Tambol Chang Klan, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
The D2 is a modern hotel sited beside the night market in the centre of Chiang Mai. It is design-led - from quirky glasses to the cool toiletries. A great juxtaposition of the elegance of Thai design with European styling.
Rates: From US$154 (S$227) a night for a deluxe room
Tamarind Village Resort
50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Chiang Mai 50200
Built in a typical Thai style with long balconies and overhanging roofs, the hotel is a beautiful place to get away from the city's hustle and bustle, yet is close enough to its tourist attractions.
The restaurant by the pool is good for meals if you do not want to step out of this oasis of calm.
Rates: From 4,200 baht (S$196) for a superior room
Chedi Chiang Mai
123 Charoen Prathet Road, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
Located in town by the river, this hotel allows you to be in the middle of the action (shops, restaurants, temples) yet still imparts an air of calm because of its layout. Book a club suite and breakfast at the club lounge is on the house.
Rates: From 10,400 baht for a deluxe room
Kaomai Lanna Resort
1 Moo 6 Chiangmai-Hod Road, Ban Klang
Sun Pa Tong, Chiang Mai 50120
Located 30 minutes away from the city, this charming gem embodies the true Northern Thai experience. The combination of lush greenery, antique furnishings, spacious rooms and friendly staff makes time pass a little slower.
Rates: From 2,600 baht for a superior room
Photo: Nazir Keshvani
This article was first published in The Straits Times on Oct 7, 2007.