We booked the Amora Hotel* already from Bangkok via Booking.com. But according to our positive experience with a Guesthouse in Sukhothai, we would probably have preferred a Guesthouse here as well. What does not mean that we regret the stay in the Amora Hotel.
It is a large building that which offers all conceivable amenities. From the upper floors, you have a nice view over Chiang Mai.
The main reason for our decision was the location in the immediate vicinity of the old town. A huge wall with a wide moat surrounds the old town of Chiang Mai. The actual city center is further east on the banks of the Mae Nam Ping.
Chiang Mai is said to be a backpacker paradise and colony. This may be due to the low price level in the city.
Old town of Chiang Mai
Straight after the check-in, we make our way to explore the closer environment. We cross the moat on a wooden bridge and then turn left until we reach the Tha Phae Gate, through which we can pass the wall.
Behind the wall, we discover restaurants, small shops for the everyday use and cafés for having breakfast the next day.
Here you can still find a bookshop.
At a first impression, the city makes us think of a garden town because flowers and plants can be seen everywhere.
Only a few minutes’ walk to the north, in Moon Muang Road 6, lies the Somphet Market. On this day market, you find a huge offer of fruit and vegetables, but also meat and fish.
The market is also popular among Thai cooking schools. Here the participants get a first overview of the different products.
The Amora Hotel* has a pool and a spa area behind the huge lobby. Yet, we could not use both in the few days for reasons of time.
The rooms offer a generous space and the necessary technical equipment. Everything is clean and well maintained. The service works fine. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
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