a resort style hotel a little way from the centre, very upmarket but good value when we stayed, still out of the main high season. The rains were still with us for parts of the day, but the hotel works well in rain or sun. There is a layered pool, dropping down, infinity edge after edge, down towards the muddy river Mae Nam Kok. The gardens are immaculate and the hotel buildings have been built around two huge old jungle canopy trees that shade the courts.
There are two restaurants, Italian and Thai/international. The Italian is very atmospheric, with tables outside looking over the river. Th eother restaurant lacking atmosphere but a good range of food - this is also where they serve a serviceable buffet breakfast.
We stayed in one of the larger 'luxury' rooms, which was very generously proportioned with a huge bathroom, itself as big as some rooms I've stayed in in the past. We upgraded to this on arrival (£130 inc internet and breakfast, compared with £90 for standard room EXCLUDING internet and breakfast) because we were told that the internet charge would have been £10 per person per day, and we got the breakfasts thrown in. So no more expensive but a much better room.
Excellent service throughout from good staff, efficient without being too formal.
My one negative is that like most large chains they still charge for the internet (whereas smaller hotels provide this for free). £20 per day for both of us is way too much for this. More if you have more than one device you want to connect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort occupies an idyllic 26-rai site directly on the banks of the Mae Kok River, moments from Chiang Rai town and a one hour drive from the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge. The resort is set at the heart of beautiful landscaped gardens complete with a tranquil man-made lake and two majestic 100-year-old rain trees. Surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery, the neighbouring community is a jewel waiting to be explored. Nearby attractions include Rai Mae Fah Luang, Le Méridien's chosen UnLock Art site, and Oub Kham Museum which houses a collection of objects from the ancient Lanna kingdom, Myanmar, southwest China, and Vietnam. Nearby attractions include Wat Phra Kaew, the temple that once housed the Emerald Buddha, and the Hill Tribe Education Centre with its fascinating display of tribal artefacts and handicrafts. Boat trips along the Mae Kong River are available from the town of Chiang Khong, with stops along the way at villages of interest. Ethnic groups living in the province include Karen, Lisu, Lahu, Akha, Meo, and Yao, and it is possible to arrange treks into the hill tribe villages with experienced local guides. Mae Sai is 62 kilometres north of Chiang Rai and makes for an interesting day trip. This busy trading post borders Myanmar, and it is possible to cross the bridge to visit the bustling market in Tha Khi Lek. Phu Chi Fa is a spectacular viewpoint. The impressive views are best enjoyed early in the morning, particularly in the cool season when mist covers the valley floor. A highlight to any trip to Chiang Rai is a visit to the Doi Tung Development Project. Started as a royal initiative to help eradicate opium supply, drug use, and rural poverty, the project offers villagers with a practical and sustainable alternative. The project focuses on development, education, training, humanitarian activities, environmental conservation, agriculture, and the production of quality crafts. At the summit of Doi Tung, visitors can visit Phra That Doi Tung, a chedi constructed in 911 A.D and one of the oldest and most sacred sites in northern Thailand. The chedi is said to contain the collarbone of Buddha. Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand is located close to the town centre and a short drive from Chiang Rai Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Chiang Rai Hotel Chiang Rai
- Meridien Chiang Rai