January 1, 2001
Our luggage was whisked to our rooms, while we were being formally checked in. Within 20 minutes, we were in our large, air-conditioned room. The entire resort could rate 4 stars on the American scale.
While at the hotel, we enjoyed a 1 1/2 hour, in-room Thai massage for under $20 per person. If you don’t mind being climbed on and contorted, this form of massage is rejuvenating.
The hotel is located in the Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex, the largest and most complete Shopping arcade in Thailand''s northern region. Since my mother and I are shopping fanatics, we visited the mall before dinner. To get to the mall from the hotel, we walked down a long hallway along the beautifully landscaped gardens. The indoor mall is air-conditioned and very clean. Imagine an American mall, then change the small central shop carts to full sized, open stores, and you would see a Thai shopping mall. Don’t wait until you get to Bangkok for your shopping! The prices were better in Chiang Mai. Two-piece batik outfits went for $6. Underwear and bras were $1 each, and they were practically giving the shoes away. The prices at the mall were similar to the night market, but bargaining at the mall is frowned upon, whereas at the night market, it was expected.
The hotel has 2 Thai restaurants, a coffee shop, bar, nightclub, and karaoke lounge. There is also a fitness and aerobic center, sauna, gym, tennis courts, game room, and large swimming pool.
Throughout our stay, the hotel offered daily entertainment in the form of traditional Thai dancers. These graceful women were dressed in traditional costumes and entranced the audience in the lobby. While we saw many different performances, the dancers at this hotel were the most graceful and professional.
When I visit Chiang Mai again, I will stay at this hotel. Why mess with perfection?
From journal Chiang Mai, Thailand; the Land of Smiles.