Tamarind Village: The Perfect Retreat in Chiang Mai

Tamarind Village: The Perfect Retreat in Chiang Mai


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When I was looking for a hotel in Chiang Mai, it had to meet a few requirements. Number one, the hotel needed to be in the heart of Chiang Mai — near all the main attractions such as the night market and the beautifully embellished temples. Two, I wanted to stay in a boutique hotel to get a unique and intimate experience. It also had to be relatively close to the airport and preferably within the “square” of Chiang Mai. Lastly, I wanted to make sure I was getting an authentic Thailand experience by staying at a hotel with design inspired by the rich local history and culture.

I came across the Tamarind Village Hotel on Instagram and immediately fell in love with it. “This is it”, I thought to myself. I did some extra research on their site and Tamarind Village ticked all the boxes on the list. Without hesitation, I contacted Tamarind Village Hotel. They were so good with responding, especially when my email was “bouncing back”. They even went out of their way to find another email to contact me.


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The great thing about the Tamarind Village Hotel is that they provide free roundtrip airport pick-up and drop off. I always find that comforting — one less thing to worry about. But in order to make that happen, you just need to notify Tamarind Village so they can prepare their services. I was a bit worried that it would be difficult to find them at the airport, especially since I don’t have a local cellphone number. However, after claiming our luggage and getting past customs, the first thing we saw after exiting was a sign with my name written in chalk, ‘Ms. Sanga’.

I’ve always seen people holding these type of signs at the airport and assumed they were meant for “big shots” who had limousines waiting out front for them. Seeing this sign with my name on it made me feel like one of those people for a few minutes.

Rex and I approached the driver with the sign and he greeted us with a big smile. He welcomed us to the city of Chiang Mai and walked us over to the minivan. The minivan was quite impressive. It was roomy, clean, and had the AC on full blast. It was extremely humid in Chiang Mai — I was parched and sweating bullets. Luckily, as soon as we were seated, our driver offered us ice cold bottled water with a cool lemon-scented moist towelette to pat our faces with. We were immediately refreshed.


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The ride from the airport to Tamarind Village was only a quick 15-minute scenic drive. As we pulled up to the hotel, we went through a tunnel of bamboo trees that stretched across the driveway. It was such a refreshing sight, especially after coming back from Patong Beach — a touristy and commercialized side of Thailand.

As soon as we got off the van, more employees of Tamarind Village approached us to fetch our luggage. We were then lead into the lobby and seated poolside in their stunning courtyard. It doesn’t stop there. Homemade iced tea was served as we met a few more friendly and welcoming staff. I cannot stress enough how nice the people of Tamarind Village were. They were genuine and went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable.

The hotel itself was full of charm. There were historical artwork down the halls along with a few contemporary decor. The hotel was simple, yet beautiful and reflected the local Lanna culture. In the middle of the courtyard, there was a tremendous tree that was said to be about 200 years old! Being surrounded by nature made the hotel such a peaceful and quiet place to stay.


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Upon entering our room, there was a cool breeze from the air-conditioning and got a whiff of jasmine flowers along with it. We stayed in a spacious Lanna Deluxe Room on the second floor. It was a cozy, yet stylish room — I fell in love with the interior design. My favorite part was the large balcony that overlooked the lush courtyard garden, you could have your breakfast right out there. The room was complete with a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, two closets, a king-sized bed, air-conditioning, hair dryer, wi-fi, coffee/tea maker, a desk, and toiletries just to name a few. I just loved how everything at the Tamarind Village smelled of jasmine flowers — the room, bathroom, soaps, shampoos, etc.

There were nice thoughtful touches to the room. There was a letter waiting for me on the bed with a small bouquet of jasmine flowers (they smelled wonderful). They even put in a basket of fruits, bottled waters, bathrobes, slippers, and umbrellas. I mean, what more could you ask for?

Sleeping in the Lanna Deluxe Room was heavenly. I’ve always had a thing for high ceilings, it opens up the room and makes it more tranquil. I loved how you could control the air-conditioning with a remote — we literally could not get up from the bed after laying down. You could say we slept like babies throughout the night (mind you I had food poisoning from eating street food that night, but I still slept well).


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I’m not sure if they offer this to everyone, but we were told there was free daily breakfast and dinner. They also had a spa, which unfortunately we did not get to try. Another great thing they offer is a free village walk tour in the morning, which takes you to 12 different temples that are all within walking distance from one another. Tamarind Village’s front desk is also open 24-hours, talk about great customer service!
Here is a full list of their amenities.
Chiang Mai Hotel | Tamarind Village Review | Here & Air
Chiang Mai Hotel | Tamarind Village Review | Here & Air

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar/lounge
  • Gift shops
  • Tour assistance
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Breakfast
  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free Village Walk Tour

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Wifi
  • Minibar
  • Refrigerator
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toiletries
  • Umbrellas
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bottled water
  • Desk


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We were told there would be some renovation going on until about June 30th. To be honest, we barely noticed. The only complaint I have about the hotel is that I had a hard time connecting to their wifi. I’m sure if I had asked for assistance, they would’ve helped instantly, but I didn’t even bother. It just wasn’t a big deal for me since all I wanted to do was relax and enjoy our cozy room.


Chiang Mai Hotel | Tamarind Village Review | Here & Air

The Tamarind Village Hotel was truly the perfect place for a retreat. They had nothing but great hospitality, I would definitely be coming back next time I’m in town. It was in the perfect spot, within the “square” of Chiang Mai. It was close to many attractions including the weekend night market and was surrounded by numerous lovely temples. If you’re looking for a hotel in Chiang Mai, look no further, and book a room in this charming and stylish boutique hotel.


Website: http://www.tamarindvillage.com/

Address: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Telephone: +66 53 418 896

Hours: 24-hour Front Desk

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts/views expressed are 100% in my honest opinion.




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  • Maria K.
    Posted at 01:14h, 30 June Reply

    Hi Carmelisse!
    I love love love your travel blogs! They’re very inspiring! Even your photos do tell stories! Hoping I could travel more like you do. By the way, just wondering… is Santorini, Greece on your list? It’s just that I’d prefer reading a blog about it written by you! 🙂 I wish you more and more adventures to come! Thank you for sharing your experiences and being an inspiration!

  • Ashley Smith
    Posted at 13:44h, 22 June Reply

    This place is adorable! Thanks for the recommendation. Beautiful photos!

  • Wireless Vagabond
    Posted at 02:21h, 10 June Reply

    I really loved Chiang Mai, such a nice place to settle while travelling!

  • Lesa Moné
    Posted at 11:34h, 09 June Reply

    Amazing pictures! This changes my whole idea of Chaing Mai. I assumed it was overrun with tourists and litter in the streets! Thanks for showing me another side of Chaing Mai.

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 13:48h, 09 June Reply

      Oh no Chiang Mai is far from that! I would think you’re thinking of either Bangkok or parts of Phuket. 🙂

  • Arzo Travels
    Posted at 10:58h, 09 June Reply

    This looks so pretty. I am a fan of such resorts a la Thai style. Would book it for sure.

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 13:50h, 09 June Reply

      Yeah I didn’t want to just stay in some touristy hotel. The Tamarind Village made me feel like I was actually in Thailand. 🙂

  • Lara Dunning
    Posted at 09:34h, 09 June Reply

    I really like boutique hotels as well for their more intimate feeling. This place looks wonderful and I love that they had a free walking temple tour in the mornings. If I’m heading that way this is on my list of places to stay!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 13:51h, 09 June Reply

      Awesome! Hope you get to stay there. I’m sure you’ll love it. 🙂

  • Cynthia
    Posted at 09:11h, 09 June Reply

    Ugh this place looks AH-MAZING! If I’m ever in Chiang Mai, will keep this place in mind!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 13:51h, 09 June Reply

      Woo! I’m surprised not many people know about the Tamarind Village.

  • brianmayroam
    Posted at 09:07h, 09 June Reply

    I found the heat to be more bearable in Chiang Mai as opposed to Bangkok and the south.

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 13:53h, 09 June Reply

      Definitely. It was pouring in the Bangkok and the south while the weather Chiang Mai was perfect!

  • Stacey Valle
    Posted at 09:02h, 09 June Reply

    wow! I can’t even! This looks absolutely gorgeous!! You really had found a beautiful place, even right in the heart of Chiang Mai 🙂 a tunnel of bamboo trees, free airport rides round trip, beautiful interior design, customer service. That sounds really amazing! You took really great photos 😉 even more convincing haha. I’ll put this on my list for the future when I return to Chiang Mai again and recommend this to my friends 🙂

    I mean, even a free walking tour to 12 different temples? Yeah, that’s it. 🙂 I’m glad that you had a wonderful time, and thank you for sharing with us about this place!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 14:00h, 09 June Reply

      You’re welcome Stacey! Thank you for reading! Hope you stay with them next time you’re ever in the area again.

  • Kalyn
    Posted at 02:53h, 09 June Reply

    That pool is to DIE FOR! Oh my god, sign me up. Great review! I’m just getting into hotel reviews and will take some tips and tricks from this article. 🙂

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 03:02h, 09 June Reply

      It sure was! Awesome, glad you could take something away from this! 🙂

  • ravayna coe
    Posted at 23:38h, 08 June Reply

    looks like a stunning resort and experience! how lovely!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 03:03h, 09 June Reply

      ahh it really was! thanks ravayna! 🙂

  • Erika Bisbocci
    Posted at 21:47h, 08 June Reply

    This hotel looks like a wonderful place to base one’s travels in Northern Thailand and the location in the city center seems perfect! I love that it does free airport transfers, since negotiating taxi fares from airports on arrival is always one of my biggest headaches when traveling.

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 21:49h, 08 June Reply

      I know it’s extremely convenient. I was looking into other hotels and the Tamarind Village was the only hotel that offered this service! 🙂

  • Crazy Travelista
    Posted at 20:23h, 08 June Reply

    Love all the pictures and how they are laid out! Gorgeous! Very nice and thorough review. This definitely looks like somewhere I would stay! Ive been to Thailand but never to Chang Mai, but have heard awesome things. I will keep this hotel in mind. Thank you!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 20:25h, 08 June Reply

      Thanks girl! Yeah Chiang Mai has so far been my favorite place out of all the cities in Thailand. You MUST visit next time you go back. 🙂

  • Gina
    Posted at 20:10h, 08 June Reply

    I really loved how you talked about the amenities listed in the hotel. It gives a really big picture of what to expect. I love the smell of jasmine so I would enjoy the room smelling like that beautiful flower! I’m also super jelly you got to take a nice dip in that awesome pool!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 20:12h, 08 June Reply

      Hi Gina! Thanks! I always love seeing a list of amenities of the hotel before I actually book. You should definitely try staying at the Tamarind Village if you’re ever in the area! 🙂

  • Stella the Travelerette
    Posted at 19:45h, 08 June Reply

    This looks so lovely! I would like the jasmine flowers, free breakfast, airport pickup, and all of it! I think there’s nothing more relaxing than staying in a hotel and really being pampered! And your photos are beautiful too, especially of the pool!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 19:47h, 08 June Reply

      Hey Stella. Yes it was nice, they added personal touches to everything! I’ve never had better customer service like this before. Thank you! <3

  • Nellwyn
    Posted at 18:28h, 08 June Reply

    Looks so beautiful and relaxing! I’d love to travel in Asia one day.

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    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 18:36h, 08 June Reply

      Oh it was! And you definitely should, there are many cheap spots in Thailand especially!

  • Travel Pockets (Crystal)
    Posted at 18:21h, 08 June Reply

    Wow, great research! I would definitely stay here if I’m ever in this city 🙂

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 18:37h, 08 June Reply

      Yeah you would love it. They have amazing customer service! 🙂

  • Rosi C.
    Posted at 16:22h, 08 June Reply

    Not many places offer airport.pickup. and daily meals. That’s a steal. 🙂

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 18:38h, 08 June Reply

      Yeah I know right?! I was actually contemplating this place and another, but when I found out they offered airport pickup, it was automatically a win for me!

  • Rob
    Posted at 16:17h, 08 June Reply

    This is exactly the type of place I want to stay at when touring Asia. I’m pinning this for some travel planning later. PS: dinner is included? OMG yes.

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 18:39h, 08 June Reply

      You should! Tbh, I’m not entirely sure because we came back pretty late. All I know is that if we were planning on having dinner, we need to make a reservation. Hopefully you get to stay at the Tamarind Village when you tour Asia! 🙂

  • Sujal
    Posted at 15:28h, 08 June Reply

    The pictures alone make me want to travel! <3

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 15:33h, 08 June Reply

      Do it, you won’t regret it. 🙂

  • soniya
    Posted at 14:40h, 08 June Reply

    Lovely post & pictures!!

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 15:33h, 08 June Reply

      Thank you!

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