I woke up feeling good and immediately grabbed my mobile to check the time. The resort’s buffet breakfast will end in 30 minutes and we overslept, which was a great thing. The huge bed of Yaang Come Village in Chiang Mai felt like an uber comfy nest for our tired and restless bods. We weren’t hustling this time.
After our quick side trip to the laidback town of Pai, we’re about to explore the ancient city of Chiang Mai. We’re on our 37th day on our two-month backpacking trip around Southeast Asia and it’s my first time to explore the northern part of Thailand.
|The view from our private balcony|
Amidst all the hotels and resorts in the city, we specifically chose this resort for its perfect location. Situated a few meters away from the Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar and a 15-minute walk from the walled old city, the resort was the perfect choice for us.
Arriving late at night had its perks as we’re attended immediately by the lone front desk officer. The open-air receiving area had a taste of local Chiang Mai artistry. The exquisite stencils at the doors, beams and posts of the structure were beautiful. We were assisted by a lovely lady (donned in a traditional Thai dress) who processed our reservation right away.
Billeted on a Superior Room (check room types and rates), we were ushered to our room by a young man who showed us around the property. I could barely appreciate everything for I was too tired to focus, me thinking to sleep already.
When we opened the door to our home, I was stunned on its enormity and the resort’s good attention to details. The theme from the receiving area echoed throughout the room.
After studying the in-room guide, I learned that Yaang means rubber tree and Come means golden. Apparently, the resort houses a huge rubber tree that’s believed to be the oldest one in the whole of Chiang Mai province (I have yet to see this marvel the next morning). Also, the architecture and design concept of the village is said to be patterned after Tai Lue’s traditional architecture of the people from the Yunnan Province of China. There are actually Tai Lue people living in the northern part of Thailand and the owner fell in love with their unique artistry and brought it to Chiang Mai.
Walking inside the room, I noticed a small counter at the foyer with umbrellas on a holder underneath, a wardrobe closet with a safety vault, work desk, entertainment counter with flat screen TV and mini-bar, and a coffee nook lined the left side of the room.
The right side of the room housed the en suite toilet and bath that was so huge. Toiletries, hairdryer and bath towels were all provided for (the hair conditioner was lovely, by the way). There’s also a hot and cold shower area and a separate urinal for the guys (very clever). The ceramic wash basin was set on a marble top counter. Still, the theme was echoed on the spacious bathroom.
The focal point, I must say, was the hand-painted mural on the wall where the bedhead rested. The plain white wall with this unfinished look was adorned with a mural depicting village life of the Tai Lue people. We were told later on that no murals are the same.
The bed was perfectly positioned underneath the mural. The huge bed and fluffy pillows were very comfy. And just when we thought that it was all over, we headed to the other end of the room. As I parted the huge drapes, I was greeted by a glass door that led me to our private balcony.
The balcony with its built-in seats was our usual hang-out place. The chirping of the birds in the morning and the pleasant view of the lush greeneries accompanied me during my morning caffeine fix. Although mosquitoes were really a problem at night, the resort provides bug spray and mosquito coils for such.
I had a wonderful sleep that night, waking up at your own leisure time and not bothered by any alarm or whatsoever. We headed straight to Yaang Come Restaurant where they serve the complimentary breakfast buffet (7:00 am to 10:00 am).
The buffet spread featured local and
international breakfast fares. The selection was quite limited but the fruits
were overwhelming, my plate overflowed with dragon fruits.
|More of Tai Lue traditions on mural|
|Even the buffet spread flaunted traditional dishware|
|Thailand's dragon fruit is the sweetest|
The compound itself was a relaxing respite from our exhausting exploration around town. The rubber tree was really big and overwhelming that you surely wouldn’t miss it. We had some nice downtime at the swimming pool and jacuzzi set in the middle of the village. It was such a cool break from the intense summer heat of Chiang Mai.
The complimentary WiFi connection was
also useful during our trip planning to our next destination.
|Lounge and chill|
Yaang Come Village is truly one of those perfect places to get to know more about Chiang Mai and its rich cultural heritage. I love how everything and everyone was in perfect synch. The overall theme echoed throughout the village and the kind service from all the staff. Now it makes me think that we should’ve stayed there for a full day and did nothing. We’ll surely do that next time.
Yaang Come Village Resort (book online)
90/3 Sridonchai Road T. Changklan, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact Number: (+66) 5323.7222
Email Address: email@example.com