Nestled right within the ancient walls of Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Rachamankha hotel is many things – architectural triumph, tranquil haven, house of antiquities. Beyond all else, however, it simply an exquisite accommodation.
Designed by one of Thailand’s most renowned architects, with the help of one its foremost interior designers, The Rachamankha wasn’t so much built as lovingly curated. The hotel is a monument to Thai Lana culture – a mix of Chinese, Dai, Laotion, Lua, and Burmese influences – and has the historical artifacts to prove it.
This peaceful 24 guestroom hotel’s philosophy is to revive the Lana style and showcase the city’s architecture of yesteryear. It is adorned with the owner’s cherished objects d’art, family heirlooms, and original artworks including rare scriptures and illustrated leaves from Buddhist moral tales, and contemporary abstract works from famous and up and coming artists.
Each accommodation at The Rachamankha features one-of-a-kind pieces, along with bamboo window blinds and reed floor mats. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with DVD players, a personal safe and minibar. En suite bathrooms come with a hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers.
The on-site restaurant, decorated with Ming and Qing Dynasty porcelain, serves Thai cuisine fused with flavors from Vietnam, Japan, China, and continental Europe.
The library invites one to rest both body and mind. The aroma of cognac laced with vanilla and Asian spices fills the air. Outside, an opalescent swimming pool and old gnarled trees offer up an unexpected theatrical flair.
Rachamankha Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport.