My husband and I were visiting Chiang Rai to see the white temple. We were pleasantly surprised by this resort.
Front Desk - We were checked in by Ooey who escorted us to our room with a brief tour of the property. Her English was the best that we encountered in Thailand over a week and a half, and she was extremely helpful.
Restaurant - Breakfast buffet was quite good each morning
Bar/Lounge - Cheeky Monkey drink was really good and the staff were very attentive
Pool - temperature was a little too cool, but the lounge chairs were comfortable and we enjoyed a day getting some sun
Location - nice and close to the airport, however, there isn't anywhere to really walk to if you want to see the area (we walked for 20 mins one night to see what was nearby and were disappointed we didn't find anything that really interested us).
Gift Shop - reasonably priced shop but were disappointed our marble elephant was poorly wrapped and had a small chip in it when we got it home even with very careful handling in our carry-on luggage...
Concierge - Helpful staff and informative
Guest Rooms - best hotel sheets I have ever experienced. Absolutely the softest sheets and I want to purchase some for my home! The room decor was very trendy. Bed was extremely comfortable.
Overall I would recommend this resort... Approx 25 mins to the white temple (which is amazing).
- 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