This morning, meet your guide and depart Sukhothai on the approximately four-hour drive to Chiang Mai, making a full day of it with interesting stops along the way • First stop at Si Satchanalai, located just north of Sukhothai • A 12th-century Khmer outpost, Si Satch became a royal residence of the Sukhothai period and an important pottery-producing center • Next stop in the town of Lampang, which was an important center of the international teak trade and was influenced by the British Raj because of his familiarity with the teak industry in Burma • After a local lunch, visit the most impressive sites yet: Wat Phra That Lampang Luang as well as Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao which once housed the sacred Emerald Buddha • While in Lampang enjoy a special visit to the Elephant Conservation Center • The center houses the country's only dedicated hospital and recovery center for elephants, funded by the Foundation "Friends of the Asian Elephant" • Late in the day arrive in Chiang Mai and check in at your charming, boutique hotel, located in a traditional neighborhood, but just a short ride from the heart of town and Chiang Mai's famous Night Bazaar • Enjoy the evening at your leisure • Overnight 137 Pillars House (B, L)
Nights 6 – 8: 137 Pillars House The importance and wealth of a property owner in Chiang Mai was often recognized by the size of their Lanna style Thai houses, and in particular how many pillars (sao) the house had…the more the pillars, the more important you were. On one occasion a publisher wanted to write about ‘the house with the most number of pillars’. So Jack Bain decided to count the number of pillars which came to 137… and as noted in the old map of Wat Gate, there is reference to ‘Baan 137 Sao’, which translates to 137 Pillars House. 137 Pillars House Suites are havens of tranquility with every imaginable convenience — large terraces with expansive daybeds and signature planters rattan rocking chairs – high ceilings with large super king size beds, en suite dressing room with walk-in closet and views to the tropical gardens. Large bathrooms with separate indoor /outdoor garden showers, and Victorian baths make these suites unique in every sense.