Discover Ping Nakara

In the early 1900s Chiang Mai was at the centre of a thriving teak industry. Foreign managers oversaw logging concessions throughout the forests of Northern Thailand. With the help of local labour and hardy elephants they performed their arduous and dangerous work, extracting teak logs and floating them downstream for grading and sale.

Today the teak wallahs are gone. But the river and forestry station remain, and the relaxed ambiance of Chiang Mai city is just as enticing as ever. The Ping Nakara takes inspiration from these times past with an intimate hotel built in the elegant colonial style of the period.

The hotel’s graceful gingerbread architecture is accented by hand-carved fretwork and creates a cool and restful environment. Throughout the nineteen rooms you’ll find thoughtful use of natural materials and a distinctive yet practical style. This sophisticated design is matched by relaxed yet professional service, providing a welcoming retreat for the traveller.

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Our Awards

  • Prime Minister Award, Thailand Boutique Awards 2016-2017
  • Consecutive Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, 2010-2017
  • Top 25 Small/Luxury Hotels in Thailand, TripAdvisor 2012-2015
  • Gold Medal, Thailand Boutique Hotel Prime Minister Awards 2014-2015
  • G Mark, Good Design Award 2013 (Japan)
  • Top 10 Hotels for Romance in Asia, TripAdvisor 2011
  • Recommended Design Hotel Award, I-Design Magazine 2010
  • Architecture Excellence Award, The Association of Lanna Architects 2010
  • Award Winner for Culture, Thailand Boutique Hotel PM Award 2010

The Nakara Spa

Within the hotel you'll find the Nakara Spa, with a full offering of holistic health and relaxation. More...


Step inside and learn about the architecture and background of our beautiful hotel and the city we're in. More...

Picture Gallery

Ping Nakara inside and out, as captured by our photographer. Look around before or after your visit. More...