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This New Indigenous Culture-Inspired City Hotel Lets You Explore the Artistic and Spiritual Heart of Chiang Mai. Here’s a Look Inside.
Your next trip to Thailand could see you making umbrellas and pottery with local crafters.
BY Jen Paolini  |  March 28, 2023
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Northern Thailand is blessed with a wealth of holiday must-haves: stunning nature, characterful history, distinct local cuisine, and contemporary excitement. Chiang Mai, the capital of the former Lanna kingdom, has retained all of these cultural riches, and this blend of old and new is what forms the DNA of the upcoming InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping.

All-day dining restaurant

What began as the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel is entering a new chapter under IHG after more than 30 years of operations. InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping is poised to carry on that storied legacy starting summer 2023.

Mountain-view guest room

Centrally located within walking distance from important landmarks, such as the thirteenth-century Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, and Wat Chedi Luang temple complex, the new hotel marks itself as the go-to choice for travellers with cultural exploration on their minds.

240 rooms and suites overlook either the old city or the verdant Doi Suthep mountain, home to that famous gilded sacred site of the same name. For a spiritual moment closer to home, simply step out onto the lawn to take in Wat Chang Kong, a 600-year-old stupa on hotel grounds.

Guest room bathroom

Designed as a “living museum” to showcase the beauty of indigenous Lanna culture, the craftsmanship of local artisans serves as the driving force behind the property’s architectural personality. Woven fabrics, geometric patterns, and lacquerwork are prominent features throughout the rooms and common spaces, elegantly interpreted through a modern lens.

Lobby Lounge

Dive deeper into local art with hotel-curated activities, such as toy-making, umbrella-crafting, and pottery-making, led by artisans living and working in Chiang Mai. Five different restaurants and bars, from rooftop to lobby, will offer cuisines ranging from northern Thai to authentic Chinese.

All images courtesy of InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping.