Upon our arrival in Chiang Ria, and thanks to a recommendation from Chris on our bus, we headed to Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort for our two night stay. We decided to “splurge” and stay at one of the best hotels in the area. We had a king room with a huge tub, rain shower and private balcony looking out to the beautiful grounds of the resort. Everything was very clean and the staff was attentive and friendly.
We arrived fairly late and decided to stay at the resort and enjoy the seafood buffet for dinner. They had a great selection of raw fish that you could have grilled in a variety of sauces. There were snails, shrimp, prawns, mackerel, clams, and crab. We each made a plate and then ventured inside to enjoy some of the already prepared dishes. The rest of the buffet included cau soa, a traditional northern thai dish, a chinese style station and a fresh salad station. We enjoyed our dinner over fantastic dirty martinis! They also had some frozen yogurt and an incredible dessert selection.
Le Meridien has bicycles for rental and we took advantage of this. We definitely recommend biking around town and, if you’re up for it, to the white temple. Keep in mind that it is EXTREMELY hot, so you should plan to head on any of the longer rides very early in the morning. It doesn’t really cool down throughout the late afternoon, so that won’t save you. The pool was an amazing amenity. We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon after our bike ride by the pool. They have an infinity pool that overlooks the river, which runs around the town. Across the river is a monastery, so you can see monks swimming and bathing throughout the day from the pool.
Both mornings we were there, we enjoyed the breakfast buffet. They had a station with traditional thai breakfast options such as green curried pork, steamed vegetables and noodle soup. There was also a station with dimsum, miso soup and a variety of steamed buns. Additionally, there was yogurt with toppings, a salad bar, frozen yogurt, fresh fruit, and pastries. They had some western style options such as pancakes, bacon and an egg station. Everything was very good!
Follow your tummy…
-Jess and Steven
May 7-9, 2016