One of northern Thailand’s most enchanting destinations is now home to InterContinental Chiang Mai The Mae Ping. Guests are immediately greeted on property with melodic gong chimes, connecting them to the site and story of the adjoining Wat Chang Kong, a preserved, 600-year-old stupa built by a local gong-making community.
With 240 guestrooms and suites facing the old town or slopes of Doi Suthep mountain, the hotel invites guests to explore the surrounding region, including Chiang Mai’s walking streets, the night bazaar and Tha-Pae Gate dating back to the 13th century. In addition to elegant rooms and suites with soft and minimalist-style décor, guests staying in premium rooms and suites enjoy Club InterContinental benefits like a deluxe breakfast served in a private zone, daily afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping boasts its own organic garden growing fresh produce, some of which appears in its restaurants and bars showcasing northern Thailand’s rich flavors and ingredients. The Gad Lanna, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serves comforting northern dishes using traditional cooking methods. Kam Lobby Lounge overlooks the hotel’s main pool and features light meals, coffee and organic Monsoon tea produced in the mountains of northern Thailand, with craft cocktails served in the evenings.
Guests can also head up to the 16th floor for access to signature restaurant Hong’s Chinese Restaurant & Sky Bar. The property offers a wide array of immersive experiences for guests to take part in, from tea blending workshops to jungle walks to local chocolate tasting and more.
The property is also home to The Ii Spa, where traditional massage techniques of the north are combined with other relaxing elements for the ultimate escape.
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