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Beautiful Resorts in Chiang Mai

Northern Thailand's tourism hot spot, Chiang Mai is a city known for its temples, old town, and famous Night Bazaar market and is also filled with hotels for all budgets and styles of travelers. So whether you are visiting this ancient city to celebrate a romantic honeymoon or as a family hoping to teach your children about another culture, Chiang Mai offers many places to lie your head at night.

From budget to luxury, most of the properties are located either right in the old city or just outside it, with almost everything under a 30-minute walk from one of its most famed attractions, the Night Bazaar. Many of the properties are also located along the Ping River, which is a lovely side attraction.

If you're looking for a hotel on the river in the luxury bracket, check out the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort or 2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort, which both also check off another Chiang Mai lure: artistic appeal. For a more affordable river stay, properties like the Chiang Mai Siam pamper guests.

Finally don't be surprised by how small most of the properties are: whether budget or luxe, nearly all the hotels listed here would be classified as boutique or guesthouse when it comes to size. Find a great base for your next vacation with our list of the best places to stay in Chiang Mai.

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137 Pillars House Chiang Mai

The boutique 137 Pillars House, in a building dating back to 1889, has just 30 suites, which are all spacious and comfortable and mix historic Thai architecture with contemporary design. Located in the artsy Wat Gate district, which is just a 15-minute walk from the Night Bazaar, this luxury property has a distinct romantic atmosphere that is perfect for couples.

Away from the rooms, amenities include a 25-meter lap pool surrounded by sun beds and private relaxation salas. Also on-site is a cooking school, spa, gym, and restaurant. Breakfast is included in the rate and cooked to order.

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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Another popular luxury pick, the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort has an excellent location right by the Night Bazaar and on the Ping River and features modern contemporary architecture throughout. The beautifully appointed rooms are spacious and have floor-to-ceiling windows with private, furnished balconies facing the river and plenty of wood design elements.

The hotel is family friendly, and extra cots and beds for kids can be arranged (sometimes with a fee). Babysitting is also available. Away from the rooms, amenities include a fine-dining restaurant, a spa, and a lovely swimming pool with more awesome river views.

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X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort

Right on the Ping River, the luxe X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort is a mix of modern and traditional Thai design and is a boutique property with just 30 sophisticated suites. These have an artsy modern but minimalist look and feature bright accent walls, charcoal bed frames, and black-and-white striped rugs.

On-site amenities include a wonderful courtyard with 100-year-old tamarind trees and a rooftop swimming pool and gym, which overlook the river. There is also a spa and a fine-dining restaurant. The property is a popular pick for young couples celebrating a honeymoon.

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Na Nirand Boutique Resort

Another boutique luxury property right on the Ping River that caters to couples, Na Nirand also has a good location within walking distance of the Night Bazaar.

Decor in the spacious and comfortable suites is a throwback to the colonial-era with a touch of modern style. Expect plenty of color and handcrafted furnishings, as well as high-end linens on comfortable beds; polished wood floors; and, in some cases, dark wood ceiling beams. All rooms feature balconies and sitting areas, and some have claw foot-tubs in the bathrooms.

On-site amenities include a fine-dining restaurant fronting the river and serving international fare, as well as an outdoor pool, gym, and spa. There is also free parking on-site should you be traveling with a car.

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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

About a 30-minute drive from the city, amid the mountains surrounding the Mae Valley, the tranquil Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai immerses guests in lush landscapes and rewarding cultural activities. Elephant experiences, Thai cooking classes, and bespoke art tours are some of the offerings here, and guests can also sign up for hot air balloon rides and excursions to nearby waterfalls, temples, and farms.

Accommodations are in stunning and spacious Thai pavilions and villas, as well as private residences with multiple bedrooms, which are perfect for large groups. Typical features include sumptuous fabrics, Siamese antiques, and original paintings, as well as breathtaking views over emerald rice paddies and the distant mountain peaks.

Three on-site restaurants focus on Northern Thai cuisine, and other amenities and services include nature trails, family and kids' activities, a full-service spa, and a shuttle to the city of Chiang Mai.

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Le Meridien Chiang Mai

With views of the Doi Suthep Mountain Range from its 383 rooms and suites, Le Meridien is a top luxury hotel in Chiang Mai. The decor is a fusion of European and local Lanna style, and accommodations are clean and comfortable. The location is also excellent, right next to the night bazaar.

Amenities here include a swimming pool, restaurant, and workout room. There is airport transportation available, as well as valet parking. If you are traveling with the kids, the hotel is family friendly.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai

Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri-La Hotel is a 5-star property in a central location about a 10-minute walk from the Night Bazaar, Tha Phae Gate, and Sunday Walking Street. The rooms and suites are well appointed with Northern Thai decor and modern amenities, including flatscreen TVs and a pillow menu. Beds are topped with feather duvets.

Amenities include a well-known spa that offers a range of services, from massages to beauty treatments. There are also a few different restaurants on-site including one serving authentic Szechuan and Cantonese dishes. This family-friendly hotel has a great pool with a waterslide that children will ejnoy,

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Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa 

Ping Nakara

The colonial-style Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa features beautiful gingerbread architecture with teak fretwork right in the Wat Ket neighborhood and is a lovely option if you're looking for affordable luxury. The hotel features hand-crafted furnishings in its elegant, contemporary rooms, which come with sitting areas and often balconies facing the garden area. Some rooms also have Jacuzzi tubs.

If you're traveling with young children, it's a good choice as children under two stay with parents at no extra cost. A breakfast buffet is also included, and there is an airy restaurant in which to enjoy it or other meals. On-site amenities also include a spa and swimming pool.

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The Chiang Mai Riverside

On the Ping River, the Chiang Mai Riverside is an all-suite property that offers affordable luxury to families and couples alike. It features one- and two-bedroom suites, which are done up in modern, chic style with plenty of neutral hues. All come with separate living rooms, dining areas, kitchens, and even washer/dryers.

Away from the rooms, amenities include an outdoor pool, gym, and a trendy restaurant on the river. Laundry service is also available on-site.

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Rimping Village

A solid mid-range option, the Rimping Hotel is kid friendly and in a good location, less than a 15-minute walk from the popular Night Bazaar and other central attractions. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable with Thai wood furnishings. The suites have extra space for families with separate living areas.

Breakfast is included in the rate, and parking is free if you have a car. On-site amenities include a low-key restaurant with an outdoor dining space, as well as a swimming pool and laundry service. Bike rentals are also available.

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