Chala number 6
At the heart of the north of Thailand, set in a lush valley surrounded by mountains sits Chiang Mai, a city recently designated by UNESCO as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts. This old moated city is surrounded by crumbling brick walls and gate, marking its ancient boundaries. History, culture and temples define old Chiang Mai, which dates over 700 years. Over 30 temples stand in the one square mile old city, nestled amongst ancient communities of craftspeople, luxurious spas, an abundance of shops and boutiques, fine restaurants and numerous historical and modern attractions.
At the very heart of the city is the Inthakin City Pillar, known as the navel of the city, a revered piece of antiquity housed in the famous and beautiful Wat Chedi Luang temple, which is a few steps away from Chala Number 6, an elegant city hotel located a stone’s throw from the very navel of this historic city.
Located across the road from the historic Wat Chedi Luang temple, Chala Number 6 is a modern and exclusive city hotel featuring all the comforts and amenities of a five star property while being respectful and humble of its significant location.
The Lanna Kingdom, of which Chiang Mai is the capital, once spanned Southern China, eastern Myanmar and Laos, and was known for its abundance of natural resources. It is the lifestyle and plentiful nature of this era of Lanna that inspired the design of the hotel. Like living compounds in days past, Chala Number 6’s buildings are scattered around the perimeter of the property, looking inwards towards its communal area. Like traditional homes, living quarters are on the most part upstairs overlooking the compound crowned at its centre by a reproduction of a traditional lhong, or rice barn, exquisitely carved and created from hardwood by a renowned local crafts master.
True to tradition and belief, each aspect of Chala Number 6 is rooted in culture. The swimming pool at the centre of the hotel echoes the wells found at the heart of old family compounds. The stilted rice barn which traditionally contained the wealth of its owners would
This elegant restaurant is decorated in the hotel’s distinctive contemporary Lanna style, with objets d’art and works of art adding a sense of charm and whimsy. Guests can enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet which will get them fully charged for the day ahead or drop by throughout the day for a meal.
The menu offers a la carte traditional Thai and international cuisines as well as a Thai and international set menu for two persons which will surprise and delight.
This charming terrace attached to a cool air-conditioned café is the perfect place to while away a few hours over a hot cup of coffee, a refreshing fruit juice, a quick bite or simply to take in the fabulous views overlooking the entrance to Chiang Mai’s iconic Wat Chedi Luang. The drinks menu is comprehensive with a variety of hot and cold drinks from teas and coffees to sodas and smoothies.
The café also serves up a variety of baked goods, including a great selection of freshly
There is a new boutique hotel in town, and it is enviably located right opposite Wat Chedi Luang, with a charming outdoors café offering prime temple-views. But walk inside the hotel into its sanctuary of a courtyard and you will find an exquisitely crafted traditional rice barn, which is used to serve guests afternoon teas.
With both sweet and savoury delights, you can take in the contemporary Lanna hotel setting from the shade of the barn and sample a smorgasbord of delectable