Day one: Exploring Chiang Mai
I stayed at Ping Nakara, a sophisticated Colonial-style hotel with a laid-back yet luxurious vibe. The best part is the hotel’s location – it feels remote despite its proximity to the action. It’s also the site of Nakara Spa, which offers Ayurvedic treatments in a peaceful environment. Try its invigorating Abhyanga massage before embarking on a day of strolling and sightseeing.
Get a shot of energy
Good news: There’s no shortage of coffee shops in Chiang Mai, so you won’t need to travel far to get a good cup of joe. I especially loved the eclectic FunkyDog Cafe, where I ordered the best banana pancakes and a coconut smoothie served with a shot of espresso.
Thin Thai Factory, one of the places Artemano sources wood from, has an on-site cafe where I had one of my favourite lattes.