The Karinthip Village is a verdant oasis in the heart of Chiang Mai; a boutique hotel offering luxurious accommodation to the travel-weary. In operation in early 2005, the Karinthip offers a unique fusion of antique furnishings and modern conveniences in a selection of 62 rooms and corner suites to delight the most discriminating of guests.
A quadrangle of red tile-roofed buildings surrounds a swimming pool, set amidst manicured lawns and tropical gardens.
The hotel itself lies on the site of an ancient well, in an area where mahouts once bathed their elephants after the day's toil in the giant teak forests that once surrounded this great city. The well acted as a lifeline to the local community, providing sparkling water for drinking, bathing and the washing of garments. Legend has it that should the well ever run dry, disaster would follow.
Karinthip means "elephant from heaven" and, guarding the waters of the well at the entrance to the hotel is a flying elephant, resplendent in full ceremonial dress. The creation of the guardian brought a very close working relationship with several well known north Thai artists specializing in the style of Lanna style. Delightful murals identifying early lifestyle are seen on the walls in guest rooms and throughout the hotel.
The owner of Karinthip Village, Mrs. Pornthip Saksiriwetkul, was bequeathed the land by her late father. During her first visit while contemplating on how best to develop the site, she saw an image of a white elephant standing guard in front of a colonial building.
Historical research showed that the land had, for more than two centuries, been owned by Burma, which was then under British colonial rule. Indeed, the Burmese influence can be seen today in the form of the golden pagoda, or chedi, at neighboring Wat Chompu.
Following lengthy discussions with local historians, her architect and interior design team, Khun Pornthip oversaw the drafting of plans for a hotel that would encompass the history and culture of the region, along with 21st century facilities. The result was Karinthip Village.
The accommodation offers guests the tasteful comfort of the twin-bedded Lanna style superior rooms: deluxe rooms, complete with four-poster double beds, the elegant luxury of the Nakornping suite with adjoining sitting room; a luxurious bathroom with a jacuzzi and an outside, but ever so private rain forest shower. And for the more adventurous-- The Beijing Fantasy Suite with its rosewood canopy bed, matching dresser and screens; a suite fit for a mandarin.
Whether you arrive by air, rail or road, you will be greeted by calm at the Karinthip Village. The staff are warm, friendly and highly efficient, and when stepping down from your transport, the first thing you will notice is the absence of traffic noise, right here in the heart of the city! Within a stone's throw from the bustling Warorot Market, where Chinese goldsmiths trade cheek by jowl with food stall hawkers, and purveyors of all goods betwixt needle and anchor vie for your custom, there is a serenity that surrounds the Karinthip Village. Opposite the is a small road, Changmoi Kao, with several shops selling secondhand books. This is always a wonderful discovery for western visitors.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of the famous Night Market, although free transport is available for those expecting to shop with a vengeance. All manner of tours can be arranged by the friendly staff at the hotel, whether you wish to go trekking, white-water rafting, call in at an elephant camp, an orchid farm, or to visit the sacred site of Doi Suthep in the hills above Chiang Mai.
Should you decide on a quiet, uneventful holiday, or simply relax with a long, cool drink by the pool, contact the Karinthip Village at 50/2 Changmoi Kao Road or phone for information and bookings at Tel. 053 - 874302-5, 053 - 235414-8.
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