Experience the Best of Northern Thailand at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai, Thailand

As far as travel destinations go, Chiang Mai is as well-rounded as they come, with something to offer everyone. Visitors to this uniquely situated land find themselves experiencing nature at its most uninhibited – with fascinating history and delicious local cuisine. Here’s what three people from across the world, who now call Chiang Mai home, have to say about the culture that connects this transformational destination.

“Where work-life balance truly exists”

For Moustafa Khalil, Director of Rooms and Residences at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, the city is one of those places where work-life balance isn’t just an abstract concept, but a reality. Having moved here four years ago with his wife, Moustafa is happy to call Chiang Mai home, and happier still to be raising his young son here. His favourite part of Chiang Mai? “It has to be Mae Rim valley, where I often head for a morning run. It is also where I recommend guests go as part of our Tour de Mae Rim, where couples can enjoy a leisurely bike ride at their own pace through paddy fields, experiencing first-hand how the locals live in this serene part of Chiang Mai,” he says.

“Take a piece of Chiang Mai home”

For Ashok Nair, Front Office Manager, the best souvenirs are the memories, which is why he recommends experiences offered at the Resort as the best way to discover Chiang Mai. From cooking classes to learn authentic Northern Thai cuisine and a rice planting experience that’s unique to the region, to a bespoke art tour and temple hopping, there’s plenty to do for curious travellers. If he had to pick just one, Ashok says he would choose the ancient temple called Wat Pa Dara Phirom, a local gem that’s just 5 minutes away from the Resort. “My insider’s tip would be to walk up to the small museum that features hundreds of beautifully designed Buddha statues,” shares Ashok. He also insists that guests should not miss a chance to learn to whip up some authentic local food. “Take home a delicious souvenir of skill at the cooking class, learning how to make an authentic Thai and Northern Thai cuisine with our master chefs at Rim Tai Kitchen Cooking Academy!” Ashok adds.

“Embark on your inner journey”

For the Resort’s Naturopath Sudha Nair, Chiang Mai’s lush natural landscape is perfectly complimented by the healing energies of its many temples, making it an ideal place to experience inner and outer wellness. “Chiang Mai is popular for yoga, spiritual and wellness experiences. Our outdoor Yoga Barn is the perfect setting with tranquil views of rice fields, lotus ponds and majestic mountain ranges, which allow me to connect with my inner self and feel balanced,” she explains. Her recommendation? A wellness consultation, followed by 2-7 days programs of wellbeing focused on holistic health, highlighted by wellness cuisine and authentic spa experiences at the Lanna-style Wara Cheewa Spa.