Want to explore the lush green landscapes around Chiang Mai and get some exercise in the process? The Resort has mountain bikes available for guests, along with route suggestions, and the Concierge desk can steer you to organized bike tours into the countryside as well. If you’d prefer to use horsepower, the Pack Squadron Riding Club, a mere 15-minute drive from the Resort, offers horseback riding; experienced instructors and various outings are available.
Back in Time
A walk around Chiang Mai’s 700-year-old central core, set within ancient walls and a moat, is a must. Dozens of temples dot the area, including Wat Chiang Man, the city’s oldest, and Wat Chedi Luang, with its ancient stone stupa. The shady grounds of Wat Phra Singh are perfect for strolling or quiet contemplation. Saffron-robed monks are everywhere and are often willing, even eager, to practice their English with visitors. Ask the Resort’s Concierges about the program called “Monk Chat.”
Fine Art of Cooking
Northern Thai food is distinctly different from what you’ll taste in Bangkok or the southern beach resorts. At the Cooking School at Four Seasons, you can learn to make the authentic dishes featured at the Resort’s Sala Mae Rim restaurant, such as khao soi noodles in a curry broth, or pad thai, a wok-fried rice noodle dish with prawns.
For the most panoramic view of the city, go to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the gold-domed temple visible for miles around atop Doi Suthep Mountain. Among the lures here are a relic of the Buddha kept in a golden pagoda, and a 300-step staircase lined with serpentine sculptures. The best time to visit is in the early morning, around 7 am, when the monks are going about their daily activities.