The Hotel: Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai
The four-star Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai offers stylish accommodation and traditional hospitality right in the heart of the city. With numerous temples, ziplines in the surrounding forest, and the famous night bazaar just steps away, thrill seekers and culture enthusiasts alike will find something for themselves in no time. When not feeling like venturing out, guests can take a soak in the rooftop pool which doubles up as a viewing point. The hotel’s gym with weights and modern cardio equipment stays open from dawn till dusk.
When it is time to get away from the city’s buzz, Groupies can sit back and relax in their spacious, airy rooms which boast elegant decor reflecting the ancient Lanna Kingdom. World cuisine-inspired dishes, local specialities, poolside cocktails, indulgent desserts or Mövenpick ice cream - the hotel’s dining choices have foodies’ back whether it is time for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a midday snack.
Classic King Room
- Bed size/type: Twin or king bedding
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Third person (adult) with extra bed and breakfast: THB 800 per bed per night
- Third person (child 4-12 years old) with extra bed and breakfast: THB 800 per bed per night
- Child (4-12 years old) no extra bed but with breakfast: THB 200 per person per day
- This approximately 30-square-metre room features air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, in-room speed, ironing facilities, TV with international channels, sitting area, and a bathroom with a luxury shower, hairdryer, and plush towels and bathrobes
The Area: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand’s ancient northern capital is nestled into towering mountains shrouded in mist, scattered with traditional hill tribe villages and majestic elephants in their natural habitat. At the heart of the wilderness lies Chiang Mai; a vibrant city glittering with over 300 temples, designer boutiques and handicraft stores bursting with local textiles, rattan baskets, pottery, silverware and silk.
Although steeped in enchanting Thai history, Chiang Mai is now as famous for lively nightlife and modern spas as it is for ancient temples and hill tribes. Visitors enjoy easy access to ATMs, money changing services and pharmacies, with plenty of transport options on offer. Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern capital, serviced by regular international and domestic flights. By road, it is a ten-hour busride north of Bangkok. At 300m above sea level, it is cooler than other parts of the country and travellers should bring some warmer clothes.
Make a beeline for Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai’s most famous temple, which is perched on a picturesque mountain top and features a magnificent gold stupa. Visit the cuddly Chinese pandas at Chiang Mai Zoo, before heading into town to feast on delicious, authentic northern Thai cuisine and check out local handicrafts, fabrics, clothing and bargains galore at the Night Bazaar. For a culture injection, visit the traditional hill tribe villages of Doi Angkhrang, surrounded by spectacular scenery.