Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel is located in a midst of quiet area known to Chiang Mai heritage zone by the name of the local temple, Wat Gate, located on the east bank of Chiang Mai’s Ping River. It is only minutes away from the city’s famed attractions such as Night Bazaar, famous pubs, bars & restaurants and century-old Chinese shophouses by the Ping River, China Town, Warorot Market, Flower Market, and the Old City Wall where the Sunday Market take place. (Thapae Gate).
Along this stretch of Charoenrat Road, wooden paneling and gingerbread tracery distinguish rows of galleried teak buildings, most notably Six-Pole House, now occupied by the Oriental Style shop. Chief among the discretely located teak mansions is the filigree edifice built for the Bombay Borneo Company, a British firm that installed northern Thailand’s first swimming pool. Masonry Chinese-style shophouses, too, retain original features, such as lucky decorative motifs on their whitewashed stucco walls. Conservation-minded owners have since converted some of these romantic old structures into restaurants, boutiques and antiques emporia.
One of the benefits of the location is that during festive season such as Loy Krathong in November, Flower festival in February, and Songkran – water festival in April, there will be a wonderful parade held on Charoen Muang road from train station straight pass the main street close to the hotel across Nawarat bridge to Thapae Gate during these festive holidays. Only steps away from the hotel then the guests can enjoy participating with the parade conveniently. It is a good spot without hassling finding the way to see these events.
Chiang Mai is a city to be explored by foot, Puripunn location strategically allows people to truly explore a charming of the city characters.
Wat Gate itself, some six centuries old, has a deliberately skewed chedi(relic spire), politely not pointing directly at heaven. The temple museum displays a trove of artifacts from bygone Lanna life.
A short riverside walk leads north of here to the Super Highway Bridge. To see more of the Ping’s leafy upper reaches, walk south down Charoenrat Road to the tour boat pier near Nawarat Bridge. Either side of the bridge stand Christian churches. Missionaries played a major role in laying the foundation for the development of Chiang Mai’s health and education system so Chiang Mai’s king allowed church building on this side of the river in 1897. The Tourism Authority of Thailand office stands just south of here.
Chiang Mai Old City and Nearby
Thapae Gate is the main gate to access Chiang Mai old city where the guests can enjoy either walk or ride on hotel’s Tuk-Tuk across Nawarat Bridge straight along Thapae road heading to this attraction. Accessing through Thapae gate, the guests can explore Rachadamnern road which is the main road that stretching to famous Wat Phrasing at the end of the road. Chiang Mai old city offers a lot of cultural activities such as exploring many beautiful temples, Chiang Mai Art & Culture hall, local and design products, and etc.
Sunday Walking Street, the same area around Rachadamnern road and nearby will be turned into a famous Sunday Walking Street every Sunday. The road will be closed and many local and design products, street foods, and many other cultural activities will be held every Sunday late afternoon until night. It is one of the highlight during weekend. Our Tuk-Tuk offer free transportation services for our dear guests to Thapae gate to experience this famous walking street.
The shops offer originals or reproductions of traditional crafts as well as contemporary Lanna designs. Chiang Mai is renowned for modern clothing, accessories and décor objects crafted from indigenous materials and design accents to stylish effect. After dark, souvenir hunters head to the hectic Night Bazaar. For a more authentic Lanna experience, cross the Ping over the footbridge by Wat Gate, which ends in the midst of Gad Waroros — a traditional Northern-style open air market. Under a forest of umbrellas, this maze of stalls hawks everything from farm produce to clothing and ceramics. But it’s the adjacent all-night flower market*, Gad Ton Lamyai, that most tingles the senses, filling the black velvet air with color, commotion and fragrance.
* Ton-Lamyai Market, adjacent to Wararos Market, is the biggest flower market in Chiang Mai.
While guests can head for the city’s bright lights for dining and socializing, residents and in-the-know visitors party on this side of the river. A string of bar-restaurants line the Baan Chang riverside. Cooled by the river breezes and layered in terraces down the riverbank, these establishments offer good Thai food, live bands and a sabai (relaxed) ambiance.
On a balmy night, a stroll along the riverbank and the adjacent moonlit streets capture an essence of old-style Lanna that’s now rare to find in cosmopolitan Chiang Mai.
Puripunn is in a good spot to visit many attraction places around Chiang Mai.