I can't recommend this hotel enough - it was absolutely stunning with the old furniture and antique manuscript cases dotted around the courtyard. Rooms were equally stunning and very clean, and ours did have a bath as well as a shower. It only had about 24 rooms so it was always peaceful, even at the pool, which you could easily have to yourself a lot of the day. Breakfast was fantastic, if a little excessive, with set menus consisting of about 5 courses - we just opted for 1 or 2 things off a menu instead though. Dinner in the restaurant was also really nice - the one thing you must try is the mango and sticky rice pancakes for dessert - they might sound strange but they were so delicious. The staff were always so helpful and courteous as well. This has to be one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at and I would urge anyone going to Chiang Mai to stay at this hotel!
Also if you do visit Chiang Mai, please don't visit any of the elephant camps that are geared up for tourists - many of them treat the elephants appaulingly, and make them perform like circus animals - if you wouldn't visit a circus in your own country why would you visit a place like one in a different country? Visit Elephant Nature Park instead (just google the name), it's dedicated to the conservation and wellbeing of elephants and almost all of the elephants have been rescued from horrific pasts. You get to see elephants acting like elephants, get to feed them by putting food into their trunks and getting to wash them in the river. You don't get to ride elephants there because riding on a seat on an elephants back is damaging to an elephants fragile spine - we saw elephants there that had disfigured spines and scars from the straps of those seats. It's a full days trip and was so worth while, please visit as you'll be contributing towards a great cause.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located in the center of the old moated city of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Rachamankha is just one minute’s stroll to the old city’s most important and impressive temple, Wat Phra Singh; just 2 minutes stroll to the city’s newest and most exciting night market the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market, and a wide choice of bars and restaurants from local to international in style all within a few minutes’ walk of Rachamankha. Unique for a city hotel Rachamankha is renowned for its peaceful and very private atmosphere, and it’s incredible architecture. The hotel, just 22 rooms and 2 suites, is set in 2 acres of manicured grounds and the architecture pays homage to Chiang Mai’s golden age, the Lanna period, offering guests a unique stay in a unique property with a true sense of place. Rachamankha is also the only Secret Retreats property in northern Thailand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rachamankha Chiang Mai
- Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai