Between a fantastic coffee (and tea) culture, and the laid-back vibes you’d only find far, far out of Bangkok’s buzzing city centre, Chiang Mai provides an ideal escape for those who prefer lush greenery and mountain breezes over the scorch of the sun on the Southern islands. It’s where culture and creativity meet to fall in love. It’s where the classic and the contemporary come to play. And it’s where the amalgamation of Lanna living and artistry sits as the backdrop for a growing digital nomad and hipster epicentre. Chiang Mai is charming – and being the hidden-not-so-hidden holiday gem that it is, has also given rise to a beautiful selection of idyllic boutique hotels.

From urban oases to romantic riverside views, we’ve put together a list of our favourite boutique hotels in Chiang Mai. If like us, your dreamy weekend wanderlust consists of an ode to a snowy duvet and a great book, or a soothing massage and hearty Northern food (khao soi we hear you calling!), read right on.

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