The Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort is located at 2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road, Kwaewai, Robwieng, Chiang Rai, 57000, Thailand. It’s about 18 minutes driving distance to the Chiang Airport and is down a dusty and deserted-looking road. You would never guess there was a resort there, which makes it all the more calming and peaceful!
Arrival & Check-in
We arrived via taxi (no Uber in Chiang Rai) from the airport after getting dropped off by our driving coming from Laos. It was a quick ride in and cost 180 THB ($5.30). The hotel also offers a shuttle for 600 THB ($17.65) but we didn’t bother with it. We arrived after dark, but check-in was quick and smooth. The taxi drops you off right in front of the open-air reception area, where they had live music playing traditional Thai tunes. We each received a welcome drink and were invited to sit at one of the check-in desks. It was very relaxing after a long day!
After the particulars were sorted, we were shown to our room and around the compound, which is quite expansive. They have a store, three, restaurants, a bar, spa, gym, and just about everything else you can think of. After walking around for 10 minutes or so, we left in our room.
The room itself was pretty standard but rather spacious. In my experience, Le Méridien hotels are consistently above average but not ultra-luxury. This one fit right into that category and we were pleased with it.
Nicely-sized and modern, with appropriate furniture.
Le Méridiens do not have lounges, and thus there wasn’t one here for us to visit.
Gym & Spa
See my gym review!
This property was an incredible value. Thailand itself is very cheap, but places like Chiang Rai are even better. Paid rates at this place are $65-$100 per night and the reward nights are a great deal as well (3,000 SPG points + $50/nt). This is one of the most undervalued properties I have visited.
I didn’t think ahead enough to get as many pictures as I would have liked (still ironing out the kinks for these reviews!), but regardless you should take my word when I tell you that this place is fantastic. The rooms are and property are pristine and the spa was my favorite ever. Don’t miss an opportunity to stay here if you go to Chiang Rai!
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Brandon Chase is a writer, endurance athlete, and guide based in Maine. He is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and spent nearly a decade overseas serving at embassies in Egypt, Cyprus, and Pakistan.
Along with a 98-day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, he has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the West Highland Way, fastpacked in the Himalayas, and trekked around New Zealand and South Africa. He also regularly competes in ultramarathons at the 50k, 50-mile, and 100-mile distances. He is a Lead Guide for Andrew Skurka Adventures and the New England Outdoor Center.