My first experience with Thailand began with 2 nights and 2 days at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, which I have to admit spoiled me a little bit – OK, a lot. If you want to have a luxury stay in Chiang Mai, this is the place to stay! My friend, Misha, planned an amazing 10 day luxury Thailand itinerary for us so I cannot take any of the credit for how awesome our trip turned out, but I can take credit for the millions of photos I took and the unforgettable memories we made together along the way.
Set on cascading, terraced rice fields, Four Seasons Chiang Mai offers the perfect setting to experience the beautiful, mountainous region of Northern Thailand, and the nearby capital city of Chiang Mai. In the Old City area, you can still find remains of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center, along with hundreds of intricate Buddhist temples, including Wat Phra Singh, (Chiang Mai’s most revered temple), and Wat Chedi Luang (built in 1441). But the real draw of this area, in my opinion, is the calm and laid back aura that welcomes you to wander, relax and reflect, immersing you in an overwhelming feeling of peace and tranquility.
My Experience At Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
As soon as we arrived at Four Seasons Chiang Mai I found myself wishing we could stay forever. Except the fact that there is no beach nearby, this place has everything you could ever want and need. We were spoiled with a Pool Villa that boasts water on all three sides, including a 258-square-foot private pool. Of course, I had to strip and jump in immediately to cool off before we headed to a delicious Thai dinner overlooking the rice terraces.
The next morning, we opted for an in-villa breakfast in our bikinis, in our private dining pavilion. After breakfast, I walked the bamboo forest-lined path to gym where I had a great workout before retiring to the main pool to tan and enjoy cocktails surrounded by rice terraces. Closing my eyes, the only sounds I could hear were birds chirping and the faint echo of children laughing from across the lake.
Your stay at FS Chiang Mai includes complimentary: rice planting, yoga classes, an introductory Thai language class, and Kid’s club access for children 12 and under, but my favorite activity was washing a water buffalo! There is also a selection of activities for kids, including family cooking classes, mountain biking, and city tours. But from what I saw, the children, like me, seemed to most enjoy water buffalo washing too!
What To Do & See In Chiang Mai
There is much to do and see in Chiang Mai, but being tired from our travels, Misha and I opted to spend our first evening and day in Thailand relaxing and dinning at the hotel. On our second night, we visited the Chiang Mai Night Market, which did not disappoint. There are street vendors and food stalls everywhere as well as live music and street performers. As two girls wandering the streets at night we felt perfectly safe which is a great feeling to have in a country you are visiting for the first time.
The next day, we enjoyed breakfast overlooking the rice terraces and then headed off to our next stop, FS Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Siem Reap. Four Seasons set up a private driver transfer for us, and on the way we stopped to explore the White Temple which was stunning! FS Chiang Mai is a destination in itself so I highly recommend spending at least 4 days here relaxing and doing on-property activities as well as exploring the nearby city and beautiful countryside!
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