For as long as I can remember I have had a love affair with Thailand. In fact, I can probably even pinpoint the moment it happened and the love affair began. I was nineteen years of age when I first visited Thailand. On that trip I travelled straight to Phuket, spending a few nights in Bangkok on the way home to Australia.
But since that trip, I’ve been desperate to seek out more of the country. In particular, I have wanted to visit Chiang Mai.
One of my closest friends Sophie wrote about her time in Chiang Mai here on World of Wanderlust some five or so years ago and it was her sheer enthusiasm for Northern Thailand alone that put this city on the map for me.
And so when I found myself with an invitation to Bangkok to visit and write about the newly opened Four Seasons Bangkok, I took it upon myself to make an entire trip out of it! I booked flight to allow two weeks in the country, finally ticking off all of the destinations I had long lusted after, now that travel is back.
Checking in to the Four Seasons Chiang Mai
I’ll be honest and share that I didn’t do too much planning before this trip. I knew when we would fly to each new destination (Golden Triangle, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Bangkok), but beyond that I had very loose plans. I suppose after the last two years waiting to experience travel again, I’m just grateful for the opportunity to do so. And as such, I left our fate in the hands of the destinations and what they offered once we were there on the ground.
As it turns out, there’s a lot to do in Chiang Mai and also plenty to do inside the resort itself. The resort is located a twenty minute drive outside of the city, making it quite a peaceful oasis to let time pass you by. But of course if you have more than a couple of nights here at the resort, be sure to take day trips into Chiang Mai and explore the surrounding areas, as there are some exceptional temples to check out and my personal favourite, oodles of cafes!
Around the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
It has been a really long time since I’ve checked into a resort. With the last two years of a travel pause, that time has been amplified even further. But in all honesty, I wouldn’t consider myself a resort person. I much prefer to visit cities and be in the hustle and bustle, or be in a remote area somewhere off the grid. However I was pleasantly surprised by our time in Chiang Mai and after spending a few nights here, can see why travellers would opt for a resort atmosphere (particularly if you’re travelling as a family or in a group!)
The resort has everything on offer – from bicycles to explore nearby cafes (I highly recommend Fleur cafe), motorcycles for rent, yoga classes and even crystal sound healing experiences (which I can also recommend!) There are a number of eateries on the resort property as well, ranging from more casual fare all the way through to opulent six course dinners, depending on what you fancy.
For me, the highlight of our dining experiences was a dinner in the rice fields, complete with a local musician and private dining on the water. The atmosphere was like something out of a movie, but it was the food the really stole the show! Everything we ate during our time at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai was fresh, full of flavour and locally sourced. So even if you don’t stay here, be sure to make a reservation for dinner one night and enjoy a walk around the hotel grounds.
Book your stay
If you’re looking for a relaxing escape in Northern Thailand, this is it. The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is idyllically located a short 20-minute drive from Chiang Mai city centre, meaning you get the best of both worlds! Relax by the pool by day and check out the cocktail scene by night.
Visit the Four Seasons Chiang Mai to book your stay.