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Travel Blogs from Chiang Mai
Wow, sitting in bed writing this I realise its Friday, and Friday the 13th at that. Cant get over how time is flying. Tomorrow will be four weeks since we left home and two weeks since the wedding.
Ut (spelt Aood as we found out at the end of the day) collected us at Dusit Island in Chiang Rai at 09h30 this morning and we …
We arrived in chiang Mai around 10 am. Realization: do not wait for the rest of the group by the train tracks because they literally empty the toilets right onto the tracks where the platforms are. Yummy. We met our local guide mr pong and went to the hotel which is actually really nice-- has robes, slippers, and my personal fave--laundry service. …
Sent from Chiang Mai 1400 Wednesday 27th October 2010
1700 Monday 25th October
Northern Thailand, written as we went along
No broadband of any kind up here amongst the hills and forest. Not sure when this will be published. We had a very early start, and as I slept very badly last night this is going to brief.
First day in Thailand - landed in Chiang Mai in the evening.
Staying at the Empress hotel - nice one.
Night market , a lot of Israelis.
Me and Shelley ate in Ping Ping restaurant - we ordered too much food , we had big eyes.
After that - one hour of greate foot massage , price - ~17 NIS!! (150 bhat) each.
Tomorrow we …
Après la journée d'hier, nous sommes perplexes quant aux excursions proposées par Best Tours... Néanmoins, nous sommes là pour découvrir et donc nous choisissons l'excursion "Découverte de la nature" pour 1330 THB la journée par personne. Nous passons alors une journée dans la beauté et le calme de la nature en faisant une promenade en charrette à …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Empress Hotel Chiang Mai
What a host.
I recently stayed at the Empress with my partner and from the minute we arrived, we received excellent service. The lobby and reception staff really made us feel welcomed. The hotel although an older one now, is in excellent condition and very clean too. The buffet breakfast is filling with plenty to chose from. The rooms are well appointed, clean carpets, bathrooms and bedding. Although the Empress is a little way out from the night market (approximately 10 min walking) it is still worthwhile staying here. The gardens and the floral arrangements within the hotel are fantastic. We would both stay here again. It's good value for money and nothing seems to be too much trouble for the staff to organise.
Decent location, nice room - no mosquitoes!!!
Stayed here thru part of a tour. Lobby area is very nice - large rose arrangement. Hotel room was very nice also. We scored with a king size bed - an oddity in Thailand it seems. Room decor was very nice. Tuktuk drive to night market was 20 baht. Would definitely stay here again.
Moderate old hotel in the city centre of chiang mai
good for a stay over in chiang mai, located centrally and easy accessible with taxi or tuk tuk. old rooms, not renovated, very small bathrooms. small pool, not heated and full of chlorine. very moderate. lot of tour groups stay at this hotel for it's nice price.
This was not the normal kind of hotel that I would go for as I prefer the more local hotel style rather than a high rise. However - the Empress Hotel was an excellent choice of hotel.
Nice stay at Empress
We found the Empress to be more than adequate in every regard. They provided Christmas decor, activities, and entertainment, to the extent that Buddhists understand Christmas... Nevertheless, they had a late night Christmas eve buffet which we found to be festive and delicious. Afterward, the Elvis impersonator was better than most American versions. They provided connecting rooms. The bath facilities were very "American". Abundant offerings at the buffet breakfast. It was clean, quiet, and comfortable, and an easy stroll to plenty of shopping and dining. Helpful, English-speaking staff.
A reasonable base to explore a lovely town
The Empress is a good average hotel with clean rooms, friendly staff. It's not in a particularly scenic part of town, about 15 mins walk from the old town but with plenty of tuk-tuks. It is close to the night market. There is lots of good local eating. Chiang Mai has a lovely feel, people are friendly, its easy to get around and there are lots of activities. One of our recommended bars is the Fai-Yen Cafe on Moon Muang Road, which serves good food and is used by a mixture of ex-pats, tourists and locals. Also has great music. Great for shopping with some more unusual clothing and jewellery shops on Tha Pae Road. We were there for the Loy Katong festival (full moon in Oct/Nov) which is a marvellous festival - the equal of the Notting Hill Carnival.
What a great value! This place is close enough to take a tuk-tuk to anywhere in the city and far enough away to not be bombarded. If you like to walk it is about a 10 minute brisk walk to the night bazaar.
Great place to stay
What a lovely place to stay ,good clean rooms,friendly staff
superb international resturant/brilliant chinese resturant,
whose managers and staff only want to please
food very well priced
bar entertainment good after abusy days sightseeing with
an exceptional Kuoni rep called Oi .
pool and sun deck clean with loads of sunbeds good sized swiming pool
hotel is ideal for visiting night market 10 minuts walk
or 30 barts by Tuk Tuk must be experienced
I recomend elephant treak and hilltribe visit
Gracious, grand hotel with well designed, spacious bedroom. Well maintained pool deck, and exceptional Chinese themed restaurant, amongst others within the complex. We were so impressed with food onsite, that we didn't eat anywhere else during the 3 days we were here!