As we all know, Chiang Mai is more than the sum of its old city. So if you fancy staying by the river or near the bustling Nimman, we’ve got you.
Hidden away in a soi so small that a car and barely pass and the road is bumpy and packed with rocks, this humble Little Shelter will welcome all who seek a serene getaway amidst the bustling city. The distinctive façade is a modern interpretation of northern Thai architecture while the inside is cool, clean and minimal in look. There’s no lobby. Step in, chat with a barista or head into your room. There are also lovely seats by the Ping River where you can indulge in Lanna fusion dishes and a cool cocktail.
208/25 Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road, T. Wat Gate
Tel. 081 611 9797
Fun is the name of this game, as the hotel is embellished with quirky — even peculiar — collectables. A giant geometric lion’s head sculpture, a spinning track cog ceiling light and silhouettes of a mysterious couple are just some of things you will be surrounded by. The rooms are spacious, so much so you can even invite friends to come hang out and the river front garden with its lush green grass under the canopies of trees invites you to sit back with a good book.
96 Wang Singh Kam Road, T. Pa Tan
Tel. 080 071 2946
Mere minutes from Nimman is this brand new Novotel which is designed for comfort and convenience. The design is modern, with bright and fun colours and local art to give it a sense of place. Dine at the Food Exchange restaurant and feast on some superb dishes from the its French executive chef, or go up to the room for a pool with some splendid views. The rooms are up to the exacting standards of AccorHotels and soon there will be a wine bar and some meeting rooms to add to the overall service.