Best Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai

Hotel des Artists Ping Silhouette

For being so small, Chiang Mai has a lot of different areas and about a million hotel options.  If you’re visiting Chiang Mai for the first time, I usually suggest staying in the Old City (find hotel recommendations here), but the riverside is great for people who have spent some time in Chiang Mai before and want a different atmosphere or who have something special to celebrate – all of these riverside hotels in Chiang Mai are so charming and romantic!

Several of the hotels listed below, including sala lanna and Hotel des Artists Ping Silhouette, are in the the Wat Ket neighborhood which is located on the east side of the river right across from Tha Pae Road and Wororot Market (due east from Chiang Mai’s Old City). One of the oldest established neighborhoods in Chiang Mai, the district used to be a bustling, multi-cultural where merchants would bring their wares via boat. Today, the part right on the river area along Charoenrat Road still has a unique feel with a lot of older, Chinese-influenced buildings and plenty of boutiques, cafes (see some of my favorites in the area here), riverside restaurants and galleries, and is less than a ten-minute drive to the Old City.

A couple of the hotels, like the Anantara, are located on the west side of the river across from the Wat Ket neighborhood and closer to the center of town, and a couple are further north up the river a little further from town.

Click on the bold hotel names to be taken to where you can look up current rates and book rooms on Agoda, a hotel booking engine that is especially good for finding hotel deals in Asia. All prices below are based on what Agoda is currently listing as the starting rates in the low season in Thai baht but they always change so please just use them as a rough starting point. (In fact, the day of posting this Agoda had a deal for a room at sala lanna for 87% off the usual listing price!)

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Best Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai - Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
[photo from Agoda]
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort blends Thai, colonial and contemporary design and somehow manages to make it work. The first time I walked into the hotel for afternoon tea I completely fell in love with it and years later it’s still one of my favorite riverside hotels in Chiang Mai. It’s incredibly understated and tasteful without being too minimal and you can tell attention has been paid to the little details. While the rooms are very modern, the property is centered around a historic colonial building that was originally the first British consulate in Chiang Mai and now houses the hotel’s restaurants and bar – if you don’t stay here, definitely consider coming for afternoon tea, a special meal in the candlelight or handcrafted cocktail! The spa is also one of the best in town and a real treat.

  • Prices begin around ฿8,700 per night
  • Address: 123 Charoenprathet Rd T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai Riverside, Chiang Mai

sala lanna

Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai Hotel sala lanna

I stayed in sala lanna years ago and loved it. On the east side of the Mae Ping River, you could easily pass this simple, minimal-looking hotel but once you find it and pass through the entrance you’ll notice a ton of subtle Lanna (northern Thai) and Thai touches.

The onsite riverside restaurant, On the Ping, and rooftop pool bar are good riverside options to visit for a special evening or simply a change of scenery whether or not you’re a guest at the hotel.

  • Prices begin around ฿2,600 per night
  • Address: 49 Charoenrat Road T.Wat Ket,  A.Muang, Chiang Mai Riverside, Chiang Mai

Hotel des Artists Ping Silhouette

Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai Hotel Des Artists Ping Silhouette

I love, love, love the look and feel of this hotel (see my full post here). Almost right next to sala lanna on the east side of the river, Hotel des Artists Ping Silhouette is simply charming. Tastefully decorated with a mix of Thai, Chinese and Sino Portuguese details, the boutique hotel is beautiful, in a good location and also serves a great breakfast.

  • Prices begin around ฿3,000 per night
  • Address: 181 Charoenraj Rd., T.Wat Ket, A.Muang, Chiang Mai Riverside, Chiang Mai

X2 Chiang Mai Riverside

Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai: X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort

The X2 Chiang Mai Riverside recently opened up at the end of 2017 and has four different spacious suite types. I’ve been in them all and each offers a ton of space and facilities – great for a working holiday or staycation! The two aspects of the hotel I like the most are the rooftop pool and bar facing west toward Doi Suthep and the sunset (open only to hotel guests), and gorgeous restaurant, Oxygen Dining Room. Housed in a glass house right on the edge of the river, the restaurant is helmed by two Michelin-starred chefs who create unique twists on both European and Thai dishes. (Their version of khao soi, Chiang Mai’s famous curry noodle dish, looks nothing like regular khao soi but still tastes just right and is really fun to eat!)

  • Prices begin around ฿4,800 per night
  • Address: 181 Charoenraj Rd., T.Wat Ket, A.Muang, Chiang Mai Riverside, Chiang Mai

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort 

Best Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai - RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort
[photo from Agoda]
There are several ways to experience RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort – you can stop by for a massage or spa package, stay in the contemporary hotel or do both by booking a wellness retreat. The resort is in the Wat Ket neighborhood on the east side of the river near several popular riverside bars and restaurants but once you’re on the property feels worlds away from the busyness.

  • Prices begin around ฿6,500 per night
  • Address: 14 Charoenrat Road, T. Wat Ket, A. Muang, Chiang Mai

Zen Sala

Best Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai Zensala Riverpark Resort
[Photo from Agoda]
Zen Sala is a bit out of town but is great if you want a quick getaway during a longer stay in Chiang Mai, a staycation or weekend up from Bangkok. You can swim in the riverfront pool, get a massage and simply enjoy the view from your room at this contemporary hotel.

  • Prices begin around ฿1,150 per night
  • Address: 168 Patan Road, T. Patan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai

Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort

Best Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai - Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort
[photo from Agoda]
I LOVE the architectural style of Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort. Elegant and simple, the different residences of the resort are designed in a Lanna-Colonial style that reflects building trends in the area during the reign of King Rama V at the end of the 19th century. If you’re coming to Chiang Mai on your honeymoon, this would be beautiful!

  • Prices begin around ฿4,400 per night
  • Address: 1/1 Soi 9, Chalernprated Road., T. Chang Khlan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai

Ping Nakara

Best Riverside Hotels in Chiang Mai - Ping Nakara[photo from Agoda]

Though not a heritage building, Ping Nakara gracefully recreates the era of the early 1900s when Chiang Mai was the centre of a booming teak industry and saw an influx of foreigners come to the city working for companies like the Borneo Trading Company. On the west side of the river close to the Anantara, the property isn’t in the most convenient place for walking around to explore the rest of Chiang Mai, but still is close to the center of town.

  • Prices begin around ฿4,600 per night
  • Address: 135/9 Charoenprathet Road, A. Muang, Chang Khlan, Chiang Mai

Maraya Resort

Riverside boutique hotel in Chiang Mai Maraya Resort & Hotel

Maraya Resort is a good choice for those who have spent a lot of time in Chiang Mai or are coming for a quick getaway from Bangkok. The small, family-owned hotel isn’t within walking distance to much but you can easily get transportation and the view across the river to a beautiful temple frame by palm trees is dreamy! (See more photos and read the full post here.)

  • Prices begin around ฿2,000 per night
  • Address: 12/2 Moo 3, T. Pa Daet, A. Muang, Chiang Mai

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2 Comments

  • Posted June 5, 2018
    by Kyla Jocson

    This list is perfect for us! We’re planning to fly to Thailand for a short family vacation. They all look so cozy and refreshing and sooo elegant. We’ll surely have a hard time picking. Anyways, thanks for sharing this list. Cheers! :)

  • Posted December 24, 2018
    by Maegauz

    All of this place is ideal for vacation and it looks very Stunning. Maraya resort and Na Nirand was incredible , These are my favorite :) Hope to visit this places soon. Thank you.

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