Travel Blogs from Chiang Mai
... we will both soon be limber enough to join the circus! This evening, we made our way to the Sunday Walking market. We thought this was just going to be a few more stalls than the night bizarre, we were very wrong. The market was massive and packed full of people and stalls. There were blind musicians, arts, crafts, food, music, police, an overwhelming amount of people and stuff in every direction you turned. You had to move with the tide of people ...
... stay put! The hooks are also a deterrent for the elephants and as inhumane as they might look they wouldn't be able to pierce a elephants thick skin. He went on to say that they actually love the elephants like family and they don't want to hit or hurt them they only use them in extreme circumstances for safety of the mahouts and tourists. It could be a load of rubbish that they were spouting but it made sense and to be honest the elephants seemed really ...
... worst thing I’ve had here to date. It wasn’t even Pad Thai as the noodles were glass noodles and there was absolutely no spice to it. Lynne’s choice of chicken basil was a bit more bearable but definitely have had better elsewhere. With the rain passed we went out to wander the market a bit more and while I went for a massage Lynne continued wandering before we caught the hotel shuttle back to our hotel. Next day we were ready to go for our ...
... His English is good but his intonation is constantly surprised...or maybe he is just really enthusiastic...either way he is a delight...he hardly pauses to breathe...He's 20 years old, he's an artist, he shows me his work on his smart phone, he is a very talented artist. He's gay he whispers, is that ok he asks? Yes, no problem I smile...his family don't know he confesses...only his new friends he meets traveling know...am I his new friend he asks? Sure, no problem I smile ...
... all day... It's definitely different here than other parts of Thailand! They even say thank you (Korp Kun Kaa) a little different here but it's awesome to experience a new side of Thai life! We went and had dinner at a little place in town and I definitely learned that Thai spicy is totally different than american spicy! my chicken was SO hot that I was literally sweating! after recouping from my ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rachamankha Chiang Mai
We stayed for two nights at the beautiful Rachamankha and couldn't have been more pleased. Helpful and friendly staff, gorgeous grounds and a quiet setting made for a terrific stay. We were treated to delicious complimentary dinner on our first night as well as complimentary breakfast both mornings. Would definitely stay there again.
Oasis in the city
We stayed here with our 17 year old daughter and all of us loved it. It is a beautiful oasis in the old city. The decor is authentic and all rooms open up into a beautiful courtyard. The staff is excellent and the service is great. The library is very peaceful and has free internet access with fast, updated computers.
I was a little disappointed with my experience at the Rachamankha. I will admit, the design of the exterior and grounds are beautiful and it is a wonderful setting. The pool is also very nice. The rooms are a bit stark and lacking in detail. I can understand the stark, minimalist style, but my room was plain white plaster walls with nothing on them. The tileing and other finishing details were also not well done and took away from the high end feel that I think they were going for. I also asked for a Queen or king bed and got 2 twins pushed together.
You must stay here
I read about this hotel in Travel and Leisure magazine and decided to give it a try. It surpassed all my expectations. The hotel grounds are that of old thailand/china w/ antique furnitures throughout the property and in the rooms.
THe rooms are a very nice size and the furnishings are very proper for the hotel. Antique doors, cabinets, etc.
THe hotel is located in Old Chiang Mai so you are close to the temples, markets and restaurants.
I have stayed at the Four Seasons in Chiang Mai and I must say this place is right up there. It's very quiet, not many rooms so it's very private and the servie is wonderful.
I am definitely going back again.
After the Ritz, Peninsula, Anantara and others over three weeks in Asia, the Rachamankha wins hands down. It is a beautifully designed, peaceful and relaxing hotel with fantastic staff and facilities for only 26 rooms. Bathrooms are not wonderful and it doesn't have the resort/chain perks like 24hr room service - but everything else is outstanding. If you are in Thailand, you must stay here even if it's only for one night. The property is beautiful.
We stayed here 2 nights, and had a very peaceful time. The rooms were very spacious. The lana architecture is very calm and soothing, felt more like a home than a hotel. The restaurant had excellent food, and the ambience with the cental couryard was romantic and cozy. Great hospitality and excellent service by one and all.
The downside was that the bedrooms (we had a 2 bed Suite) were very dark with little natural light, and the pillows so hard, that we actually slept without them.
Would recommend the hotel to those seeking solitude, ambience and yet within walking distance to the city.
One year old on April 2. Lots of attention has been put into this new property made to look like traditional Lanna temple is very calming and well laid out. Wandering around is very relaxing. The place is very lovely.
Full of Character
This hotel is full of character; filled with antiques, beautiful open air courtyards, and wonderful flower arrangements. The staff are extremely welcoming and friendly. Even the owner was around and gave us a box of chocolates before we left. The hotel is in an excellent location which is right next to a wonderful buddhist temple and quietly tucked away for an afternoon next to the pool. The rooms are not overly luxurious but full of character and have what you need. This hotel is reccommended for travellers that appreciate character, and peace & quiet.
The Rachamankha is a superb boutique hotel in every respect. It is stunningly designed with tastefully sophisticated decor, gorgeous grounds, and impeccable service. It is right in the heart of old-town Chiang Mai but, once inside its tranquil walled garden, you are transported into a zen-like oasis of elegance. Quite simply, one of the nicest hotel properties I have experienced...
A hidden gem
A small boutique property with excellent facilities. Its a rather small hotel and a true thai experience. Teak furniture and its open concept architecture sets this hotel apart. The staff is always ready to help and always smiling! Very clean and well maintained hotel. The rooms are huge...the bathrooms are very clean...the showers could be better but thats a small issue! Given its location, price and quality its one of the better choices in Chiang Mai.