We arrived in Chiang Mai around 10:00am and grabbed a ride from the train to the hotel. There aren’t many tuk tuks in Chiang Mai. The main source of transportation for visitors are these pick up trucks that have been converted to “buses”. Basically, they have benches built into the bed of the pick up truck and a covering with windows and bars to hold onto. We were a bit early for check in at the De Lanna Resort, so we dropped our bags and explored the city until our room was ready.
When we arrived back and our room was ready, we were escorted to make sure everything was ok. We were very impressed with the room. We had a king size bed and a nice balcony overlooking the garden. We also had a fridge, safe and sink in the living area. The bathroom was large with a shower and bathtub as well.
The grounds of the hotel were very well kept. The pool was in the other courtyard along with a sitting area where live music was scheduled for the evening under the lanterns hung from the trees. We enjoyed a nice buffet breakfast in the morning before heading out to play with elephants for the day.
We felt that De Lanna is in a great location, as it is walking distance to many of the local markets and is in the old town square. All of the staff was very warm and welcoming. They made sure we were always happy and comfortable. The concierge at the hotel is also incredible and we highly recommend using Mimi (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any plans during your stay in Chiang Mai. To cool down from a hot day, you can also enjoy ice cream or a thai iced tea in the bar/restaurant area.
We were so happy with our stay at De Lanna that we decided to return after our trip to Laos for one more nights stay! If you’re looking for a nice hotel in a quiet part of town, but still close to everything, De Lanna is the place to be.
Follow your tummy…
-Jess and Steven
May 5-7, 2016 and May 13-14, 2016