Thai culture is enduring as it is endearing. Dwell in the vibrant culture – from the food to the people to the very room you’re living in – at these heritage resorts that bring out the best of Thailand.
In Chiang Mai, try Pingmivan Hotel, where Northern-Thai style rooms feature the comfort of classic wood-carving funrishings. The hotel is centrally located in the old city; a complimentary shuttle service takes you to the ever-so-popular Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
NEXT: Little Nyonya Hotel, Phuket →
Old meets new at the Little Nyonya Hotel in Phuket, a boutique hotel housed in a Sino-colonial mansion dating back to over 200 years ago. Little Nyonya – often pronounced by Thai as “Yaya”, translates literally to “little ladies”, a term for female Peranakans, the descendants of Chinese immigrants living in Phuket, as well as Indonesia, Singapore and Malacca.
NEXT: Maryo Resort, Chiang Rai →
Maryo Resort is an urban oasis that offers understated elegance amongst spa-like waterfalls and lush gardens. Retreat back here after a day of exploring the city’s many temples and cultural gems, and knead those knots with a classic Thai massage.
NEXT: The Legend Boutique River Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai →
What you’ll love about The Legend, resting on the banks of the Mae Kok River: the Thai Lanna architecture, spacious rooms, the infinity pool surrounded by lush greenery, to name a few. Tours of nearby temples can be scheduled at the resort’s tour desk; or, rent a bike and explore the city on two wheels.
NEXT: Praya Palazzo, Bangkok →
This elegant riverside mansion that is Praya Palazzo (Have their private barge take you across the river!) is a graceful oasis in the middle of the busy city of Bangkok. Beyond its Italian-style facade are tastefully furnished rooms – think earthy hues, intricate wood carvings and more.
NEXT: Soneva Kiri, Ko Kut →
East of Bangkok – almost at the Cambodian border – lies Ko Kut, a drop-dead gorgeous beach paradise. And at Soneva Kiri, it gets even better – think luxurious villas with private pools and private white-sand beaches. Plus, dine at a floating tree pod restaurant where food is ziplined to you!
NEXT: The Peninsula, Bangkok →
This might be a modern, 37-story tall building, but The Peninsula Bangkok stays true to the heritage of its city. Thai silk-clad finishes, marble bathrooms, rich wood furniture give the space an opulent look. One-on-one Muay Thai classes on the Chao Phraya riverbank, exotic cooking classes and more set this hotel apart from the rest.
NEXT: Pingmivan Hotel, Chiang Mai →
By Pinky Chng, September 2017
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