Advantages: Lovely rooms, great location, nice breakfast Disadvantages: Not believing we had booked a suite, expensive spa
...My husband and I visited this hotel on our honeymoon, earlier this year. We spent 3 nights in Bangkok, and then flew direct with Bangkok Airways to Chiang Mai. We were met at the airport and transported to the Chedi, arriving late afternoon.
We arrived at the hotel to a lovely warm welcome; we received arrival drinks and a cold towel and were sat on comfy sofas in reception to check in. We...
Advantages: variety of everything, lots to do, cheap, locals very friendly, beautiful place Disadvantages: nothing major - humidity a little annoying/ thai toilets if you're at thai boxing are pretty nasty
...be worth a visit if you have time. I especially recommend Chiang Rai where you can see the white temple and the golden triangle, and pai which is well known as a pretty river town.
I didn?t go to Chiang Mai with the intention of going out every night although I did go out a few times during my stay. Nightlife seemed reasonable with different kind of bars/clubs. The rooftop bar is...
Advantages: Little pollution, friendly people, opportunities to explore the countryside Disadvantages: Not a big nightlife if you like that sort of thing, for some people a limited range of things to do.
...worth going no matter what interests you have.
There is the usual heat but the air is much cleaner than Bangkok so you don?t notice it as much.
Update - Oct 2002. I managed to pay a quick visit to Chiang Mai coming back from Chiang Rai. The city centre is now as developed as almost every other tourist destination in Thailand and there seems to be even more souvenir shops round the night market...