Old-world Thai charm in historic Chiang Mai
There’s no city that better symbolizes Thailand’s diverse cultural heritage and modern aspirations than Chiang Mai: Tour buses crowd Burmese-style temples and ornately carved teak houses; vendors in hill-tribe costumes sell souvenirs beside fast-food outlets. Almost hidden from the surrounding city, this charming and traditional boutique hotel is an enchanting slice of old Thailand. Like an ornate cake fashioned from chocolate and cream, Puripunn is lovingly designed, satisfying to experience and guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
Wow factor All rooms are attractively decked out in old-world Thai-colonial style, with rich greens, warm woods and cream hues. Little touches such as porcelain-handled taps, ornately framed paintings and brass ceiling fans make staying in Puripunn like stepping into Far East yesteryear.
Rates Low season, THB4,600–14,720; high season, THB5,635–18,975, including breakfast. (From about $130.)