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Northern Thai Character

23/02/2012


Small, stylish and brimming with character, Thailand’s laid-back second city has a host of stays to match. Story and photographs by Marisa Marchitelli

Published on Feb 23, 2012

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Rangsit Villas

You won’t find a signpost to Rangsit Villas. The key word here is discretion. Nestled in the rolling hills just north of Chiang Mai’s old city, the all-but-hidden property’s two spacious Lanna-style villas conceal five bright, contemporary rooms adorned with stylish wooden furniture (reclaimed-teak table tops; an Indian rosewood chair) hand-picked by globe-trotting Thai owner Vippy Rangsit. The place fosters an atmosphere of quiet relaxation: strategically placed mirrors and wind chimes are a subtle nod to feng shui, while accommodations overlook a tranquil lily-pad-filled pond and lush vegetation. Don’t miss lunch at the property’s casual open-air dining room, where chef Tiew Wanphen serves up exceptional pad thai, delicately wrapped in a paper-thin omelet. T+L Tip Book the aptly named Turquoise suite, a sleek 100-square-meter space with stained-teak flooring and white-washed walls. 229/10 Suan Kaew, Mae Ram, Mae Rim; +66 53 861 515; rangsitvillas.com.

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