The InterContinental Chiang Mai The Mae Ping has risen in Chiang Mai’s historic district, marking the first milestone in a strategic partnership between IHG Hotels & Resorts and Thailand’s real-estate group, Asset World Corporation (AWC).
The property stands next to Wat Chang Kong, a beautifully preserved 600-year-old stupa built by a local gong-making community. The manicured lawn in front of the temple will host regular dance shows and performances as part of the resort’s cultural programming.
Event planners will have several event venues to choose from, such as the Grand Ballroom, five smaller event rooms, or the temple’s central lawn.
There are 240 rooms and suites available, facing the old town or Doi Suthep mountain. Guests staying in Premium Rooms and suites will enjoy Club InterContinental benefits, including a deluxe breakfast served in a private zone, daily afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, and The li Spa, while F&B venues aim to showcase northern Thailand’s rich flavours.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Gad Lanna evokes a traditional market with seasonal, organic ingredients spun into comforting northern dishes using traditional cooking methods. Overlooking the hotel’s main pool, Kam Lobby Lounge brings the spirit of Yi Peng Lantern Festival alive through its décor, while the menu offers light meals, coffee and organic Monsoon Tea produced in the mountains of Northern Thailand, with expertly crafted cocktails served after dark to a soundtrack of live jazz.
On the 16th floor, its signature restaurant Hong’s Chinese Restaurant & Sky Bar pays homage to the historic Lanna-Chinese trade links in the décor and on the menu featuring fiery Sichuan, Cantonese and Taiwanese dishes.
In-depth experiences that would work for incentive groups range from tea blending workshops and local chocolate tasting to adrenaline-filled activities such as white-water rafting, jungle walks and hot-air ballooning followed by a lakeside Champagne picnic. The hotel will also be hosting rotating art exhibitions and music performances curated by the hotel’s Concierge team in partnership with The Center for the Promotion of Arts and Culture of Chiang Mai University.
For business travellers with their young ones in tow, Planet Trekkers programme for the young will offer such activities as clay figurine marking, banana leaf folding and coconut shell crafts.