True to its name, Imm Hotel Thaphae Chiang Mai is situated right beside the historic Thaphae Gate, Chiang Mai’s most iconic landmark. And as the name also suggests, the hotel is poised for guests to explore Chiang Mai’s rich heritage and traditional culture. But much more than all this, the hotel is a perfectly positioned springboard to Chiang Mai City’s electic mix of shops, multi-culinary restaurants, vibrant nightlife, legendary night market, and talk-of-the-town weekend walking street market.
Itching to immerse in the city's fascinating history? Step outside the hotel and through Thaphae gate, itself one of the oldest sites, and the city unfolds like an historic theme park dotted with ancient archaeological remains, majesterial architecture and authentic ethnic arts.
A bit of background: Thaphae Gate was the gateway to Chiang Mai’s vibrant trading culture which persists to this day with thriving markets. And where there’s commerce there are also inevitably all manner of entertainment venues, dining outlets and spas.
Moreover, this is also how the city got to be famous for its festivals such as the kaleidoscopic Flower Carnival in February, Songkran Festival in April, and Loy Krathong Festival in November.
Take a gentle stroll to Wat Phra Singh to visit the magnificent “Hor Trai” (assembly hall) enshrining "Phra Buddha Sihing", the city’s most sacred Buddha image. Meander along the lively weekend walking streets of Wualai Road and Ratchadamnoen Road, the best places to pick up authentic, finely-crafted northern artifacts, hilltribe clothing, paintings, decorative items, appetizing Lanna-style food and drink, and all kinds of other souvenirs of Chiang Mai, ancient and modern. As you proceed, expect to be entertained by amateur artists performing traditional and more modern folk music and dance.
Come Sunday evening, attention turns to Thaphae walking street where stall-holders propose a broad spectrum of local handicrafts and skilled artists paint impromptu portraits.
For all this and more, you cannot be based anywhere better than Imm Hotel Thaphae.