The 'Ping Nakara' is located in the prime tourist area of downtown Chiang Mai. Close by the Ping River, the hotel is within a few minutes easy walk to major tourist attractions such as the night bazaar (open everyday from 6-11 pm), the city's main fresh market, and the pier from which river cruises depart. Several temples are in the immediate area as well. As it is such a popular location, there are over fifty restaurants serving many kinds of cuisine nearby.
A bit further away, no more than a five minute tuk- tuk ride, is the old city, inside the moat. In this area are many old temples as well as local neighborhoods. It is a nice area to explore during the day to see temples, old houses, and the Chiang Mai way of life. There are walking streets in the evening every Saturday at Wualai Road and every Sunday at Ratchadamnoen Road.