Filled with beautiful temples and hidden gems

Filled with cultural sites and historical gems, Chiang Mai is a spirited city set amongst green, rolling hills. By day, explore centuries-old chedi and holy temples, such as Way Prah Singh or Wat Chedi Luang. By night, wander the lively night markets, savouring plates of fragrant Pad Thai as you go. A city break here offers a taste of traditional Thailand.

Things to do

The beautiful, old city – where so many of the temples and gabled chedi are housed – is a place of worship that’s ancient but very much alive. By contrast, Th Nimmanhaemin is an area of bustling ultra-modernism that comes alive by night.

From riverside fine dining to an intoxicating array of street food, the choice is dazzling. But for a hands-on flavour of Thai cuisine, book a private cookery lesson. Chiang Mai is known for its excellent food courses that often start with a guided tour around one of the city’s vibrant food markets.

There are many adventures to be had from your luxury hotel. A temple tour might include a visit to the 600-year old Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep near the summit of a 5,300ft peak above the city. Or, embark upon an elephant trek through the lush forests to a hill tribe village. Speak to your hotel concierge who can recommend an elephant orphanage to visit. 

Top Tip from SLH

Escape to the serenity of Dokmai Botanical Garden. There are over 1,000 exotic plants, plus birds and colourful butterflies