- Heart of the Old City
- Peaceful and shaded
- Traditional Buildings
- Swimming Pool
The Tamarind is one of our favourite hotels in Chiang Mai. This luxury boutique hotel is named after a tamarind tree over 200 years old that keeps most of the property in welcome shade during the hot summer months. The hotel is located in the heart of the old City, yet offers guests a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of city life amidst beautiful gardens and traditional Lanna architecture.
There are 41 guest rooms and five suites at Tamarind Village spread amongst a number of courtyards filled with colourful flowers and lush vegetation. All accommodation is designed to be contemporary and stylish, with polished concrete floors, soft white bedding and a range of tribal fabrics giving the rooms a sense of elegance and character. Amenities such as air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, complimentary toiletries and a minibar/fridge are provided, while all bathrooms are fashioned with marble and come fully equipped. There’s plenty of room provided, though for more space and comfort, any one of the five suites is recommended.
Guests staying here can make use of the full-service Village Spa, which has a good range of indulgent treatments on offer. The Tamarind Boutique is the hotel’s on-site gift shop and sells a variety of designer clothing and jewellery, as well as local artefacts. For dining, there’s the Ruen Tamarind Restaurant, which is open for three meals a day, as well as afternoon tea, and offers both indoor and outdoor dining; in-room dining is also available until 10pm every day. The menu consists of both international cuisine and authentic Thai dishes from across the country.
Those wanting to immerse themselves in the local culture and traditions can take advantage of the many activities offered by the hotel, from joining in with hill tribe and flower garland weaving sessions, as well as umbrella painting. The hotel also offers daily walking tours of the historic sites in the area for no added cost, while the travel desk can arrange an array of both private and public tours to many of the city’s top places of interest. Trips to gardens, scenic spots and national parks are also available for those interested in seeing the captivating mountainous nature of northern Thailand. As the hotel is so centrally located, guests can always step out and explore the city at their own pace.
Children of all ages are welcome here, with cots, extra beds and a babysitting service all available on request. A limited number of interconnecting rooms are available. Parents should keep an eye on their children when by the pool.
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A perfectly balanced 2 week family holiday in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, a stunning rural village lodge, guided rafting and biking and then a week's beach time on Koh Samui.
Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019