Seeking something other than the full moon parties and bar-hopping excursions that other parts of Thailand are known for? Explore the northern city of Chiang Mai for a blissful afternoon relaxing in an urban park or an evening spent by the serene Ping river. There are also plenty of fun activities around the city, including visits to the famous elephant sanctuaries and the Doi Suthep Buddhist temple.
If you are looking for something off-beat – and love eating in the company of cute pets – hit up one of the cat cafés across town like Catmosphere, where you can sip or sup alongside felines. If you prefer your dining fluff-free then go local and sample khao soi noodles in Khao Soi Lam Duan, or khao kha moo – braised pork leg with rice – at Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak.
Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai
Deal: Buffet breakfast
Four restaurants and bars, 277 rooms and suites, a pool and a spa – Chiang Mai’s Shangri-La is a tranquil sanctuary in an already tranquil city. Each of the rooms showcases Northern Thai design alongside modern fixtures, while the urban, rural and mountain vistas through the windows serve as beautiful backdrops.
The hotel also has a fully equipped fitness centre, and a workout is best followed by a soothing Thai massage at CHI, The Spa. Eat at Kad Kafé, an all-day dining restaurant serving a wide range of Asian and Western specialities, or chow down at China Kitchen, which offers Sichuan and Cantonese dishes.
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