A January 2007 trip
to Chiang Mai by smallplasticman
Quote: What a wonderful contrast Chiang Mai was compared to Bangkok.
The Chiang Mai Orchid is centrally located in Meung, Chiang Mai and was a real treat for this frugal traveler. The cost to stay here varies from room to room, but even the lesser-priced rooms still offer the four-star treatment that one can expect from the Chiang Mai Orchid.
The first thing I noticed was the small refrigerator stocked with a few beers and whisky. The prices were not ridiculous and were probably worth the extra couple Baht. The visitor could choose to not to use these items and take a short walk across the street to the 7-11, where Thai beer and whisky are also readily available for a few Baht less.The rooms are beautiful. The hardwood trim and style of the woodwork was incredibly gorgeous. I was taken back in my mind to the construction and the craftsmanship, which must have gone into it. I wondered too how many other visitors sat on their bed to admire the beauty of these rooms.
It was the little things that let me know I was not in a cheap or non-guest oriented hotel. Aside from the wet bar the bathroom seem well stocked with small luxury items. I was most impressed with the cotton buds, or what we call in America, Q-Tips. I’d never seen this small useful item available in any room I had ever rented in my entire life. Of course they also offered the plastic shower cap, shampoo, and hand cream. The nicest treat for me was that there was a bottle opener mounted near the bathroom sink. This is a necessity for many travelers, and I did not have to improvise to open my ice-cold bottle of Singh beer.
When staying in a four-star hotel you can expect great service and attention to the little details. Chiang Mai Orchid definitely delivers.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 22, 2007
Chiang Mai Orchid
23 Huay Kaew Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 (53) 22-2099
Attraction | "Royal Flora Ratchaphruck Exposition"
According to the Bangkok Post the Royal Agricultural Research Center’s Royal Flora, Ratchaphruck, and International Horticulture Exposition for His Majesty the King may not be a permanent fixture in Chiang Mai now that the exposition has ended. I hope this is not the case, as it was a nice attraction to visit while staying in Chiang Mai.The exhibit officially ran from November 1st, 2006 to January 31st, 2007, and I was lucky enough to be part of the hundreds of thousands who visited it. I do not know much about flora but was still impressed by all the beauty of the plants and the exhibitions. Of course, Thailand’s pavilion and their newly built temple on the grounds was one of the more beautifully built structures there.
The cost to return to our hotel from the exposition was two hundred Baht. This seemed high compared to Bangkok, but with ten of us in our party, I suppose it was a fair price for Chiang Mai. The red-canopied Toyota truck taxi was fast and the amount was negotiated before we left by one of my in-laws.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2007
Royal Agricultural Research Centre
Mae Win, Mae Wang
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Attraction | "Doi Suthep – Wat Prathat"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2007
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep Temple)
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300