A new heritage hotel in Northern Thailand pays tribute to the former Lanna Kingdom

Feb 19, 2019

As ever-popular Chiang Mai expands beyond the old city and the hip Nimman streets, new shops, designers and cafés are making a home in Mae Rim, just a 20-minute drive away on the banks of the lush Ping River. The latest place to stay here is Raya Heritage, a 33-room boutique whose interiors present traditional Lanna craftsmanship with a pared-back, design-led slant—think minimalist rattan furniture with natural, indigo linens; locally made mulberry-paper screens; and handmade ceramics in the dining spaces. The spa also takes a traditional approach, with a bamboo massage and herbal treatments mixed by a 75-year-old master herbalist from a nearby village. With a dining menu influenced from across the region—Lao, Khmer, Shan, Yunnan, Burmese, as well as Northern Thai—this riverside retreat is a modern ode to a rich history.

rayaheritage.com; doubles from Bt12,500.

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