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... A third man used herbs and traditional medicine which we are told is pretty common.
I'm not known as one who loves to shop, but I can appreciate how important and ageless this experience is for these people. Like it must have always been here, a trader can offer his goods as he has for centuries on this well worn trading route. On the corner or street side the merchant continues to sell as he wishes, with no bother, fine nor duty, and maybe a few shoppers will stop, clap and dance to the music from his old radio.
... the Chiang Mai marathon was being hosted on Sunday, December 22nd so we decided to partake. Brooke is going to run the half marathon and I am doing the 3k fun run (probably with a bunch of 5 year olds). On our journey to the expo I spotted my favorite coffee shop from my first visit to Chiang Mai called Ratchadumnern Coffee. The drink of choice is a honey dripped coffee which we both ordered then continued our walk to the Thapae Gate for race registration.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTamarind Village Chiang Mai
Very central location
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
Great place to stay!
We stayed here June 14-18, 2005, and we enjoyed it very much. The rooms aren't luxurious, but were just fine for us and we enjoyed the atmosphere of the place very much. The rooms were clean, bed comfortable, laundry affordable, breakfast delicious, cashew chicken great, transportation anywhere by tuk-tuk available and cheap, location fantastic!
We had some mosquitos, but used a coil and had no problems after a couple the first night. We would stay there again. We had a basic room and paid nowhere near $135 a night!!!! Look on the discount sites.
Only problem I can think of would be if you were a "pool person". It was not the greatest. Maybe it had something to do with the rainy season.
I was pleasantly surprised with this hotel. Chiang Mai is a village city and I didn't want to stay in one of the high-rise hotels that have no personality and no character. The Tamarind had plenty of atmosphere and charm. This is a village hotel; it is quaint, it is Thai, and has a lot of character.
The setting was lovely making one feel that one was away from the city. The gardens were very natural looking with large mature trees, heliconia etc. The pool, unfortunately, filled up with leaves as soon as there was a bit of a breeze which made it look less than clean.
I have stayed at this boutique hotel three times over two years. It's a little garden oasis in the city. The location is great. Not many nicer hotels in the old city-which is surrounded by beautiful wats (temples). If you don't stay in this area, your other main choice is in the tourist ghetto by the Ping river with all the package tourists.
I have just arrived back from my stay at the Tamarind Village.
Ideal location!! Close to temples and Sunday Street Market. Internet cafe across street. Beautiful open-air lobby with great staff. Concierge extremely helpful. Greatly enjoyed the room and amenities.
I agree with the post by the person who says you have to remember where you are to truly enjoy this hotel. The city is ancient.. so to be in a high rise hotel would just not be fitting.
Just came back from the Tamarind Village - the hotel grounds are kept very nice - although it would have been nice to have had a "wet paint" sign up the day I was checking out so my jacket could have avoided being painted when I sat down near the column. Also, the rooms are quite standard - nothing spectacular - stone cement floors - a rather uncomfortable mattress (no boxspring) and a lamp shade so large it was impossible to see your face in the mirror (unless you hunched over like Quaisimodo). Also the room, for the windows it had was quite dark - really not an ideal room to relax in. The pool could definitely be cleaned and updated as well. The orchids were spectacular though.
Remember that you are in the Old City
If you remember that you are staying in the center of an ancient city you will enjoy your stay at Tamarind village. The deluxe room is not spacious yet larger that the standard room. There are more windows and larger bathrooms. The property is an quiet reprive from the chaos of the old city. Be prepared for mosquitos! The staff seemed overworked from the constant flow of guest and wasn't as attentive as expected. Once again, remember where you are and you will enjoy your stay.