The capital of the cultural north, Chiang Mai is a delightful contrast to the bustle of Bangkok. Visit for its many Buddhist temples and access to the hill tribes and elephants of northern Thailand.

This university city has a charming atmosphere and is without doubt the city of temples. Some of the most striking include Chedi Luang, Chiang Mun and Phrasingh with strong architectural influences from Lanna Thai and Burma.  A short way out of town, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is an important sacred site for many Thai people and one of the most spectacular temples in Chiang Mai. The steep climb up 290 steps is worth it for the panoramic views once you reach the top.  Out of town and 290 steep steps, or a popular cable car journey later, Wat Phra atop Doi Sutherp Mountain is a spectacular temple in its own right and very rewarding for the panoramic views alone.

Beyond the temples, Chiang Mai’s night bazaar is a delightfully lively place full of handicrafts, antiques and plenty of kitsch. Wander the stalls enjoying the atmosphere of this bustling market and stopping to sample some delicacies from the street vendors.

Out of the city, the landscape here is rural and beautiful. Activities on offer include trekking, white water rafting or cycling through hillside villages. For those wishing to encounter elephants, we have made sure we work only with the most ethical responsible so you can view these magnificent beasts in the most respectful way.

One of the highlights of this region is a visit to the Thai and Burmese hill tribes. Once again, we make sure to work with the most ethical organisations, ensuring you have a conscious and respectful visit to these warm and welcoming communities.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Villa Mahabhirom, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Villa Mahabhirom

Meaning, ‘a villa of great pleasure’ in Thai, this hotel has been designed for friends, families and couples to relax and enjoy time together. The buildings are old Thai houses, built on stilts and a charming mix of modern amenities with traditional Thai style. Each suite benefits from a covered balcony offering views of the gardens, courtyard, mountains or pool. Guests can reserve villas together to form larger villas with private pool. Enjoy a sunset cocktail on the verandah overlooking the pool after a day exploring and the food is excellent.

137 Pillars House, Chiang-Mai, Thailand

137 Pillars House Chiang Mai

A delightfully intimate hotel combing traditional indulgence with modern luxury. The 30 suites are decadent and hark back to the old Orient. Each features luxury details such as a walk-in closet and outdoor shower and the views are over the charming hotel’s gardens. Guests can choose from 5 dining options including Thai and international cuisine as well as a refined afternoon tea in The Parlous Lounge. Guests can take a dip in the infinity pool surrounded by the lush gardens, a perfect end to a day exploring.

Anantara Chiang Mai, Thailand

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa

The Anantara is located on the Mae Ping River and is a tranquil haven from the bustling city of Chiang Mai. The design here is modern and sleek with 84 stylish rooms and suites. Each offers a spacious balcony, with a view over the river. The pool is situated riverside, making it a delightful spot to relax and enjoy a swim. Enjoy a varied cuisine incorporating Indian, Thai, Korean and Western dishes. The spa is perfect for a relaxing treatment and guests can take advantage of yoga classes in the fitness suite.

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand

Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Nestled among emerald rice fields, Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is a sanctuary of well-being, perfect for unwinding. 30 minutes outside of Chiang Mai, the 64 Pavillions, 12 Pool Villas & 23 Residences make up the flawless property, all designed to complement the scenery of the Mae Rim Valley. There are wonderful mountain and garden views, a number of pools plus a state-of-the-art health club, an organic spa and four different dining spots which cook up an international range of cuisine. The Concierge can assist guests with a variety of leisure and sporting activities.