I had finally returned to Chang Mai, Thailand for the first time in over ten years. I was very excited to return to both relive some of my old memories and experience some new. This glorious northern city is always gaining in popularity both within Thailand and outside, becoming a center for digital nomads, artists, and anything trendy. My first stop was at Tamarind Village which is a small luxury boutique hotel in the center of the city. Actually, a few weeks previous, I had completed a review of the Rayavadee Hotel in Krabi, Thailand which was incredibly amazing and actually part of the same company. Read about Rayavadee here. Anyways, after experiencing Rayavadee, I knew I was in for a treat at their properties in Chiang Mai!
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To get to Tamarind Village, I flew from Bangkok and was promptly picked up at the airport by the hotel staff. The flight from Bangkok was even shorter than I imagined, just over an hour. The staff was holding a sign and waiting for me at the arrival area. Soon I was in the van which had a back massager in the seat and off to the hotel which only took 15-20 minutes.
Tamarind Village is located within the old city walls of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai was founded in 1296, and it was capital of the Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Its Old City area still retains remains of walls and moats from its beginning. From the hotel it’s easy to get anywhere in the metro area of the city by foot or other mode of transport.
Tamarind Village is truly gorgeous. From the moment you arrive you will be impressed by the vegetation and architecture. Even though you’re in the middle of a bustling city, Tamarind Village is an oasis that feels peaceful. Some of the aspects I took note of at Tamarind Village were the pool and massive tree. There are lots of trees but this one huge one is truly impressive. I’m really happy they kept it and basically built the hotel around in. The pool is great for exercise or relaxing after a long day of exploring. There are also lots of comfortable seating areas surrounding it.
For my stay at Tamarind Village, I secured a Lanna Suite. This accommodation reminded me a lot of their sister property Rayavadee. It had the classical Thai charm that I’ve come to know well. The suite was 45 meters squared and included a bedroom area, living room area, minibar, coffee and tea facilities, and a desk. The dark wood floors and exposed wooden beams really illustrated the rustic yet elegant vibe I mentioned before. The Lanna Suite felt more like a home than a standard hotel room.
I slept very well in the king size bed with it’s comfortable bedding. Tamarind Village offers drip-coffee which was a nice small touch that went a long way in Thailand’s north which is famous for it’s coffee.
The master bathroom of the Lanna Suite included a dual sink vanity, large closet with safe, standalone bathtub, and shower stall. This was a spacious bathroom that ran the entire length of the suite and utilized a lot of white marble. The toiletries smelled great as well, and the ginger top shampoo was one of my favorites.
Ruen Tamarind Restaurant
During my stay at Tamarind Village I had a chance to experience their Ruen Tamarind Restaurant for both breakfast and dinner. First let’s discuss breakfast. The breakfast consists of both buffet and à la carte options. I must say the buffet was rather extensive and featured all kinds of dishes to make everyone have a happy tummy. There was also some à la carte options available as you would expect which include things like eggs, pancakes, omelettes, French toast. Great food, good service, and sitting next to the gorgeous pool was very enjoyable.
The dinner at Ruen Tamarind became a lot more intimate with the lighting changes as the sunset. For the dinner, I got to sample several items from the menu and must say that I enjoyed several of them. My favorites being the Burmese Tea Leaf Salad, Yam Som O, Vegetarian Penang Curry with Lychee, as well as the stir-fried beef. The desserts were beautiful to look, and combined interesting flavors but were nothing to write home about. Throughout both breakfast and dinner, the service was attentive and friendly.
I enjoyed my two night stay at Tamarind Village in Chang Mai, Thailand immensely. It’s rustic charm really captured my interest and has a beautiful aesthetic everywhere you turn. This beauty and quality accompanied with the warm and friendly Thai hospitality was very delightful. In conclusion, without a doubt, I can recommend Tamarind Village for your next stay in Chang Mai, Thailand!
50 Rachadamnoen Rd Soi 1, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 301 1861