Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Being around a 30 minute drive from central Chiang Mai affords this resort a peaceful, retreat-like atmosphere. Rice paddies and mountains surround the spacious private pavilions, each with their own veranda. A free shuttle bus can take you into the city, while there’s a spa and cookery school – as well as the pool – on site.
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.