15 Mar 2014 Luxury in Chiang Mai with AsiaRooms.com

Lobby, Le Meridien, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lobby, Le Meridien, Chiang Mai, Thailand

After traveling in Asia for the last eighteen months, I have to admit Thailand is my favorite country. I love visiting new places, but I think I could live in Koh Samui or Chiang Mai. I hope that you have the chance to explore Chiang Mai!

Are you wondering where to sleep in Chiang Mai, Thailand? There are so many choices for hotels near or inside the old city walls. While we are traveling I often search on AsiaRooms.com to filter properties and discover gems for where to stay. If you are looking for luxury, art, culture and a view, my recommendation is Le Meridien Chiang Mai. The food at Latest Recipe is tasty and the café is open all day! I loved the pool, Plunge, and the Spa is very inviting! The view of the city from the 11th floor was fantastic and I enjoyed the specially selected music around the property.

Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Le Meridien Chiang Mai

We went for dinner and drinks with friends and enjoyed the live music at Riverside Bar, which has a bar, boat and annex. There is always a space for you on one side of the road or the other. Our large table under some trees was a perfect spot to chat with traveling friends and listen to music on a Saturday night. Another night, we went to the mall to see a movie, which was a great treat!

You can get nearly everything done in Chiang Mai. We applied at the Indian Consulate for visas and went to the dentist. I enjoyed the shopping and the food at the Sunday Night Market. There are many streets to explore and discover all the Wats. I enjoyed visiting Doi Sutep, which George called, “Thailand’s Shwedagon Pagoda.” There is culture, shopping and many other towns nearby to explore. We have visited Chiang Rai, Pai, Mae Hon Son and Chiang Saen. I can recommend them all to you after you have had time to explore Chiang Mai.

Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Le Meridien Chiang Mai

I can recommend a few spots for great food: The Hut on Soi 6 has big portions and reasonable prices. Peppermint on Soi 5 is a lovely place with great food and very friendly service. If you are looking for great vegetable dishes, fresh baked bread and cookies go to Soi 9 for food at Blue Diamond.

We are always looking for a great fruit shake and found the Shake Lady on Soi 7! And Nice Kitchen on Soi 6 (which is closed on Mondays) has an excellent and large breakfast!

Speaking Thai is challenging. Languages with tones are not easy for me. When I try to speak Mandarin in China, often someone will look at me and say, “Sorry I do not speak English” and George will say, “She is not speaking English.” I am making progress in Thai and George has learned so much that he recently impressed our new friends in Koh Lipe with his ability to have a conversation although it was mainly to order dinner!

Wherever you decide to travel in Thailand, I am certain you will enjoy your explorations! Let us know what favorites you find! We thank Le Meridien Chiang Mai and AsiaRooms.com for inviting us to enjoy a wonderful time in Chiang Mai!

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Lisa Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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