August 1, 2005
As you are escorted out of the reception area into the courtyard, the beautiful garden with swimming pool invites you for a relaxing dip. Wicker cloth-covered tables and chairs with Lanna-style umbrellas are smartly tucked away amongst the flowers and plants.
After removing your shoes, the thick, antique teakwood door is opened to your room, which is awash in stunning colors of red and gold. The large canopy covered bed is draped in silk. The bed sheets and pillows are also made of silk. Each pillow has a sweet-smelling jasmine necklace laying on it for you to place around your neck. Although the bathroom is not large, it is finely decorated and more than adequate. Fresh, fragrant, colorful flowers are in an antique bowl on the bathroom sink counter.
Once you have inspected your room, you are taken to the restaurant, which is in made with rich teakwood. Again, Lanna antiques are everywhere, and the walls have photos of Chiang Mai 100 or so years ago. The food here is very famous with the local people, and reservations for dinner should be made in advance. Most guests in the evening like to eat in the courtyard, where reservations are not needed.
On staff are professional massage therapists for the relaxing massage by the pool or in your room. Many herbs and spices are available for your massage, and your therapist will recommend the one best for whatever ails you.
Tri Yaan Na Ros is only a year old and not yet well-known by visitors to Chiang Mai. Because they have only eight rooms, you should make reservations well in advance. The rack price is 3,500 Thai baht and should rise as it gets more popular.
Chiang Mai is starting to build more guesthouses like this, as they are becoming ever more popular for the independent traveler rather than the standard high-rise hotel.
From journal Tri Yaan Na Ros Colonial House