Chiang Mai, Thailand
Room: VORRA-TEERA SUITE
I came back to Chiang Mai for various reasons. Firstly, I was somehow looking to rediscover Chiang Mai which I have visited a few years back while backpacking through Thailand. And then I also wanted to see if the city was still as relaxed and beautiful as I remembered it and attend the Digital nomad summit.
Upon landing at Chiang Mai International Airport, I was met by a staff member with a big smiley face and signboard with my name on it. Then after a quick 15 mins ride in a private luxury minivan, I arrived in The Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel where I was greeted by lovely, smiling members of staff who took my bags and another smiley face processed my check-in. The whole process took only a minute or two and right after I was then accompanied to my room and made familiar with the room’s features and amenities. The Chiang Mai Riverside hotel is a modern luxury with Lanna touch.
Chaing Mai is the best place if you’re looking for a break from the hustle bustle of the city of Bangkok. It’s quite busy as well, yet a little more refreshing. The food is amazing, the markets are big and colorful and the surrounding boasts with incredible nature and adventure activities.
The Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel is in a great location right by the serene Ping river and its pristine surrounding. As you walk in the reception you can see clean, classy and beautiful decor inspired by the ancient Lanna architecture and smiling faces of the staff. This beautiful boutique hotel is the 14 of 1 and 2 bedroom suites with modern design, impressive service, and highly rated local cuisine. No wonder they have won multiple awards like the prestigious World Luxury Hotels Awards 2017.
The Old City in Chiang Mai is only 15 minutes drive from the hotel. It is also easy to arrange uber or grab to pick you up or you could grab a Tuk Tuk for at most 300 baht ($11 AUD) that will take you to the Old City.
Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel sets the new standard in service and satisfaction for the city’s luxury boutique hotels scene. The decor is beautiful and elegant and yet very comfortable and homey.
The luxury hotel also offers Butler service. I really like this special touch as it is a dedicated service in which no request was too small. When you check in, your butler will familiarize you with hotel’s services and surrounds, and if you like, he/she will assist in unpacking your luggage and arranging your items. They shall be your point of contact during your stay and shall ensure that all your needs are answered promptly.
Upon walking in the first thing my eyes caught were the beautiful chandelier and the stunning aesthetic of the room.
My suite was absolutely beautiful. When I first walk in, I enter the living/dining/ kitchen area. The dining/kitchen area was greatly set up with the kitchen being very basic but having all the essentials such as cooking hob, full-size fridge, kettle, microwave that also works as a grill, and is decorated very beautifully. With the kitchen being open plan it allowed a natural flow to the dining table and chairs to be placed as well. Personally, I loved the look and feel of a stunning chandelier, lovely flowers, marble-topped dining table, 40 years of finely crafted wooden chairs, minibar and classic photographs on the wall. It definitely gave the sense of home away from home.
Then my room extended to the living room where the cozy sofa was, and television with numerous channels for entertainment along with Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV and Apple Music as well! With the hot humid temperature outside, Air conditioning can be vital in Chiang Mai and I’m glad to report it worked like a charm here in Chiang Mai Riverside Hotel. Then a clean balcony overlooking the beautiful swimming pool and garden view with pretty lights on evenings. They also had nice outdoor furniture to relax. Everything was thought of and catered to.
On to the bedroom, the most comfortable bed/mattress in Chiang Mai with the sophisticated soft linens and feathered pillows. I remember feeling like I was melting into the most comfortable pillows I had had the pleasure of using. My suite came with the bedroom that leads to a walk-in closet, and bathroom that is accessible from the bedroom, or living room. The walk-in closet was spacious and bathroom well designed with every little thing you might need or desire during your stay. Everything was top of the line materials including Molton Brown, London’s bath, body and beauty connoisseurs since 1973. My bed was huge comfortable with a television on the wall for entertainment and also had access to a bathroom with its own toilet, shower, and toiletries. I felt everything was designed and finished to a high standard, both luxurious and stylish in line with the theme of the hotel. You can also view list of luxurious amenities here
Glance at my full stocked minibar 🙂
Some little extras that I loved were the butler service, room service, water bottle covers, the tours on offer throughout the week at the hotel, the comfortable robes, and slippers, the complimentary coffee and tea available for guests. I also loved the lighting is zoned and adjustable to create the perfect mood or ambiance. Oh, and did I mention the butler service? That was the cherry on top!
Food & Beverage at The Vorra Bistro:
I had two different set of breakfasts every morning and both were fresh and tasty. I had pancakes and the other day Lanna breakfast. Then for lunch, I had Squid Pasta with seafood which comes with garlic bread as a side. I must add it was the tastiest pasta I had in Thailand. For dinner, I had Thai set menu which was amazing as I got to try the authentic northern Thai food.
The live Band Duo was awesome, added nice touch to the evening 🙂
I can wholeheartedly say The Vorra Bistro at The Chiang Mai Riverside has the best Thai and western foods in town. Plus the interiors decoration is easy on the eyes and pleasant. I loved it! Oh, and how can I forget their buy 1 and get1 free cocktails Happy hours!
If you are also looking for luxury in Chiang Mai, and a truly unique experience while exploring the area than I can highly recommend this place. Consider staying here for a few days, immerse yourself in the luxury, delicious food and speak to local staffs and just enjoy Chiang Mai Riverside!
I was very happy with the room, food and service I received and definitely Instagram worthy. I loved it and wish to return sometime.
Thank you for amazing stay The Chiang Mai Riverside.
This beautiful boutique hotel sets the new standard for the luxury hotels in Chaing Mai. Hope you get to enjoy it for yourself soon!
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Until next time,
Hi! I am Anna, Nepali-Australian who, not too long ago, left my career in corporate Information Technology and Services to become a world traveller. Since then, I’ve travelled to over 37 countries, lived in 4 and have ticked some big adventures off my bucket list. I enjoy travel writing, travel photography, and a minimalist lifestyle. I have written for Ariana Huffington, Matador Network, TripZilla and collaborated with Hyatt Regency Hotel, National Geographic Australia, Uber, Red Cross, Lightroom, SilkAir-Singapore Airlines, Kerala Tourism Board, and some more. My goal is to show you how you can travel the world easily, safely, and adventurously on your own. I hope to inspire you to live a life you love.