Marndadee Heritage River Village
What We Love
- A peaceful riverside sanctuary, including breakfast, a set dinner and dining and spa discountsCooling off in the outdoor mineral pool with a Jacuzzi that overlooks the Mae Ping River
- Being just 20 minutes from the wood-carving village of Baan Tawai
- The daily breakfast, set dinner and dining and spa discounts
- The unique design and antique flourishes in the villas
What To Know
- Daily free cultural activities include Tung flag-making, bamboo weaving and dried-leaf card-making
- It's 30 minutes away from Chiang Mai; there's a free shuttle bus, but depart/return times are limited
- The Thai decor is done up in dark woods, rich hues and local textiles
Satisfy your craving for a cultural getaway to Chiang Mai at Marndadee Heritage River Village. Thisfour-star playground along the Mae Ping River excels in two things: keeping you busy, and helping you wind down. The first is accomplished through the property’s daily cultural afternoon activities, which include vegetable carving, folding Pandan leaves into rose flowers, Tung flag-making, bamboo weaving, and dried-leaf card-making. Meanwhile, total relaxation comes in the form of an outdoor mineral pool with a Jacuzzi, plus gracious hospitality and a heavenly day spa with an excellent treatment menu.
The property is also home to a signature restaurant overlooking the river, where you can enjoy delicious Thai cuisine indoors or on the terrace. When you dine (or spa) yourself into an early slumber, you’ll find your room – one of 23 unique accommodations – decked out with antique furnishings, all the high-tech gadgetry you’ll need and thoughtful extras, like bathrobes, slippers and well-stocked minibars. And, appropriately, the décor is typically Thai, with polished floors, dark woods, rich hues, local textiles, tasteful artworks and decorative items from Bangkok’s Sra Pathum Palace.
Antiques and rich hues are the defining design features of the 23 unique rooms, situated in villas with different architectural styles and stunning views over the Mae Ping River. Sino Colonial rooms are housed in a cool concrete Western-Chinese fusion-style villa and offer an eclectic mix of design elements. All rooms feature double or twin beds and promise you plenty of conveniences, and Rice Barn villa rooms are set in an antique rice barn-turned-luxury villa.
Creative Thai cuisine is showcased at the signature restaurant overlooking the Mae Ping River. Choose to dine al fresco on the terrace or in the air-conditioned dining room. Alternatively, room service is available during select hours. Please note that a casual dress code applies.
Enjoy top-to-toe pampering at the gorgeous Ploenchit Spa, a peaceful haven, complete out with a steam room and Jacuzzi. Using all-natural products, treatments include Thai massages, foot massages, aromatherapy massages, herbal scrubs and more.
Set in the district of Saraphi in the Chiang Mai Province, you’ll be right on the banks of the Mae Ping River and just 20-minutes from the wood-carving village of Baan Tawai. Both the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek National Park and Nong Hoi Market are nearby. For a true taste of Chiang Mai, be sure to shop at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, marvel at the splendor of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, see pandas at Chiang Mai Zoo and explore the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam.
How to Get There
We stayed one lovely week at the Marndadee Heritage near Chiang Mai. We stayed in both the colonial room and in the hay loft villas (very unique). This is a very relaxing place directly on the Ping in the country 20 minutes from the Old City. The architecture is traditional Lanna style and the whole place abounds with antiques from all over the world. The restaurant serves good food at reasonable (but more than you would pay in the Old City) prices. Service is excellent; the staff will do everything they can to make your stay a pleasant one. We loved it here. There is free shuttle service to and from the Old City several times a day. The Marndadee is close to Ban Tawai Woodcarving Village and is a good base for a visit to Doi Inthanon National Park. There is a nice pool and restaurant overlooking the PNG and the surrounding hills.
We stayed for the fist 2 nights of our Thailand honeymoon trip in the hope to relax and unwind from the excitement of the wedding and we were not disappointed!
On arrival we were welcomed with an iced tea and snack and very friendly staff (the staff were great throughout) and taken to our villa. We had the rice barn villa which was great, very traditional. The downstairs area was a lovely place to relax with an awesome hammock (much time spent in it!). The only downside to the room was that there was no aircon in the bathroom so in 40°C heat it got pretty warm.
The setting of the hotel is beautiful, a real retreat amongst nature, especially at night when the place comes alive with different sounds of all the wildlife.
The infinity pool was stunning overlooking the river and a perfect place for happy hour drinks as the sun set. It had a small covered jacuzzi section which also sprayed a cool mist which was very welcoming!
We borrowed the bikes for a little explore which was great and the staff were helpful recommending where to go.
The food was slightly average which could be looked at but overall a truly relaxing stay in a great place.
I guarantee you won't regret to stay in this Hotel if you enjoy Heritage, Natural and Relax environment, all set up and decoration are so perfect and harmonize. The hotel not close to downtown (approx. 30 mins drive time) but they have shuttle bus or you can charter a van for travel around Chiang Mai. Charter a 9ppl van for 10 hours with gas and driver cost only THB2,500. The hotel is absolutely clean and tidy, they provide daily cultural activities. Staff are friendly and helpful. Their breakfast has fresh fruits and variety of choices and delicious, not only continental breakfast but noodles, fried rice... Absolutely a place for relax, worth of the value, definitely a hidden gem in Chiang Mai. No doubt, will revisit The Marndadee Heritage.