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Ping Nakara Hotel
In the early 1900s Chiang Mai was at the centre of a thriving teak industry. Foreign managers oversaw logging concessions throughout the forests of Northern Thailand. With the help of local labour and hardy elephants they performed their arduous and dangerous work, extracting teak logs and floating them downstream for grading and sale.
Today the teak wallahs are gone. But the river and forestry station remain, and the relaxed ambiance of Chiang Mai city is just as enticing as ever. The Ping Nakara takes inspiration from these times past with an intimate hotel built in the elegant colonial style of the period.
The hotelâ€™s graceful gingerbread architecture is accented by hand-carved fretwork and creates a cool and restful environment. Throughout the nineteen rooms youâ€™ll find thoughtful use of natural materials and a distinctive yet practical style. This sophisticated design is matched by relaxed yet professional service, providing a welcoming retreat for the traveller.
So please visit us when youâ€™re in Chiang Mai. Enjoy the serenity of the veranda next to the pool, curl up with a book in our library, or unwind with a drink in the rotunda. Whatever your preference, weâ€™re sure youâ€™ll enjoy this return to elegance.
The Nakara Spa
The Nakara Spa is located in the hotel and is a center for the application of Ayurvedic spa treatments for holistic health and relaxation.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing which was developed among the wise sages of ancient around 3,500 years ago. It emphasizes establishing and maintaining a balance of the life energies within us, rather than focusing on individual symptoms.
Until recently Nakara Jardin was a private property on the banks of the Ping River, a lush tropical garden established many years ago. The kind of property which it would be impossible to find and buy these days. It was while relaxing here that Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Pomme had the idea of making it an all-day easy dining spot for local and foreign customers alike.
While the garden itself was originally typical Thai - replete with Sweet Shorea, Spanish Cherry,n Cork and Frangipani trees, all overshadowed by a magnificent rain tree - the food Chef Pomme wished to serve was French, and so the garden was developed into an innovative and unique French Tropical style.
The designer, taking inspiration from the graceful curves of the weeping willow which overhangs the Ping river, brought in the colours and stylistic flourishes of a Monet garden. Thus was born this perfect setting for relaxed French dining, with crafted coffees, imported teas and delightful patisserie, all at affordable prices.