Anantara Chiang Mai
A former British Consulate, this is one of the highest-end hotels in Chiang Mai. Mixing minimalist and colonial styles, private courtyards lead off to the immaculate rooms. It feels incredibly tranquil thanks to the lush gardens and riverside location, and the restaurant and bar are among the best in the land.
With a proud history stretching back to the 13th century, this is one of Thailand’s most dynamic destinations, growing rapidly year on year. It’s a stark contrast to the beaches of the south, with lush hills, monks, and of course the indigenous hill tribe people, whose handicrafts you can buy at the markets.