6)Where To Stay: Stay at Some of Thailand's Best Hotels
Each island is unique with a great diversity of activities, accommodations and cuisine which offers options for the jet- setter to the backpacker, for couples and families alike.
U Chiang Mai Hotel - Chiang Mai
The U Chiang Mai Hotel is a deluxe five- star hotel in Chiang Mai, the largest and most culturally important city in the north of Thailand. This hotel offers 41 luxurious rooms with all the expected amenities.
Guests are welcomed in the Resident's Lounge located in the restored former residence of Chiang Mai's governor. The rich heritage of the Resident's Lounge is enhanced with modern Thai decor. The hotel offers guests the use of a gym, spa and swimming pool.
The hotel is only a few minutes away from the city's famous walking streets such as the well-known shopping area of Tha Phae Road. Many major temples are within walking distance of the hotel such as Wat Chedi Luang, a must-see for visitors to Chiang Mai and Wat Phra Sing, famous for its fine examples of Lanna art.
The U Chiang Mai Hotel provides the ideal base for guests wanting to enjoy diverse activities such as hill-tribe tourism and trekking, the Elephant Nature Park and Thai cooking courses at many of the city's schools.
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
"Anantara" is Sanskrit word which means "without end." The word evokes the freedom, movement and harmony that are the spirit of the "Anantara Experience".
Each Anantara Resort draws its strength from the rich cultural traditions, historic heritage and natural beauty of its destination. As such, every experience is a unique voyage of discovery and inspiration that is distinctly Anantara.The Anantara in Thailand's far northern Golden Triangle region, with the unique and world-renowned Anantara Elephant Camp Experience brings a unique brand of laid-back luxury, intuitive service and sense of discovery.
Amari Emerald Cove at Koh Chang
This five-star Koh Chang resort set on secluded Klong Prao Beach offers 165 rooms and suites, all with views of either the sea to the west or the jungle-covered hills to the east. While the soothing modern Thai interiors of the rooms and suites tempt you to relax inside, Koh Chang adventures await just outside your door.
Start your day with a refreshing swim in the stunning 50-metre beachfront pool before breakfast. Experience the healing touch of Thai massage in an open-air sala at Sivara Spa. Kayak among green islets and steep cliffs along Koh Chang's stunning coastline. Sample the best of traditional Italian cooking or surprise your taste buds with exotic Thai flavors.
Six Senses Resort and Spa - Soneva-Kiri -Koh Kood
Remote but accessible aptly describes the Thai island of Kood, on which the Six Senses Resort and Spa -Soneva Kiri is set amidst lush tropical rain forest, off the southeast coast of the Gulf of Siam. International guests are personally met on arrival at Bangkok's airport and transferred to the resort's own airplane for the one-hour flight to the Soneva Kiri airfield. From the air the beauty of untouched Thailand and Koh Kood, with its white sandy beaches is immediately evident.
Upon stepping ashore an electric buggy arrives, a testament to environmental responsiveness and intelligent luxury of the resort.The buggy is a private discovery vehicle during the duration guest's stay.There is also a self-sustaining Eco Villa for those wishing to be on the cutting edge of innovation.
Orchid Ocean Tower Hotel and Resort - Pattaya
Just a relaxing stroll to the beach, the Ocean Tower soars 20 stories into the sky, offering contemporary rooms and suites with stunning views of glittering Pattaya Bay. The Ocean Tower envelops you in a picturesque oceanfront panorama with 297 spacious guest rooms.
For relaxation, soak in this scenic tropical panorama and unwind on a shaded beach lounge, or experience bliss at the Sivara Spa.
By Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss
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