Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai in the Mae Rim Valley

A one-hour flight from Bangkok, Chiang Mai is literally and spiritually a long way from the capital to the south. Here in the green and mountainous north, the air is noticeably cooler, the orange-robed monks far more numerous, the pace of life — and even the spoken language — slower. Known as "the Rose of the North" for its lush landscapes and rich culture, Chiang Mai is in the heart of an area once known as the Lanna Kingdom, meaning "the land of a million rice fields." Still enclosed by ancient walls, and filled with peaked-roof temples, Chiang Mai is also the artistic heart of Thailand, where scores of galleries and workshops offer outstanding paintings, weavings, carvings and hilltribe handicrafts. Northern Thai cuisine is another lure, distinct and delicious. Located in the beautiful Mae Rim Valley just outside the artistic and cultural center of Chiang Mai, The Four Seasons Resorts Chiang Mai was designed to create a traditional Thai Lanna Village. Nestled against a backdrop of majestic mountains on 20 acres of tropical gardens, lakes, lily ponds and terraced rice paddies with two resident water buffalo, The Four Seasons is not just a resort – it's a rejuvenation for the mind and inspiration for the soul. It was also our home for five glorious days.

Designed to create a traditional Thai Lanna Village, the Four Seasons resort sits against a backdrop 
of majestic mountains on 20 acres of tropical gardens, lakes, lily ponds 
and terraced rice paddies with five resident water buffalo

The Rice Barn can be reserved for private dining under shimmering moonlight 
overlooking the Resort’s rice paddies and lake

The Ratree Bar & Lounge, named after a variety of Thai jasmine, is the place to relax with a cocktail and watch the rice workers end their day serenaded by local Thai drummers

With sweeping views of the Mae Rim Valley, Sala Mae Rim serves Northern Thai specialties

Pad Thai Goong

Local Pork Sausage

Som Tum – Green Papaya Salad

Thai Spiced Satays with Peanut Sauce

View over the valley, lake forest covered mountains and rice paddies, 
the harvest from which is distributed to the local community

The Lanna Pavilion at the Four Seasons Chaing Mai

Lanna Bathing Pavilion

Our outdoor Private Sala 

The upper and lower swimming pools overlooking the lush Mae Rim Valley rice fields