Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, Mae Rim, Thailand; 011-66-53-298-181, www.fourseasons.com . A showcase for updated Lanna architecture, designed to suggest a village in the northern Thai foothills. It's set on 20 landscaped acres about 20 minutes north of Chiang Mai and has swimming pools, tennis courts, two restaurants, an award-winning spa and a Thai cooking school. Pavilion doubles start at $450.
The Chedi Chiang Mai, 123 Charoen Prathet Road, T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand; 011-66-53-253-333, www.ghmhotels.com. A striking new hotel on the Ping River near the Night Market. It's built around the landmark, old British Consulate. It has a pool, spa and terrace restaurant known for its Indian cuisine. Doubles from $295.
Regina Riverside Guesthouse, 69-73 Charoenrat Road, Wat Ket district, Chiang Mai, Thailand; 011-66-53-262-882. Six tiny rooms in a quirky, 100-year-old Chinese shop. It is on the river in the Wat Ket area. Doubles $11, with breakfast.
River Ping Palace, 385/2 Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand; 011-66-53-274-932, http://riverpingpalace.tripod.com. Nine guest rooms in a traditional northern Thai teak house. It is on a quiet stretch of the Ping River, a 15-minute walk south of the Night Market. Doubles $45, with breakfast.
River View Lodge, 25 Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand; 011-66-53-271-109, www.riverviewlodgch.com. An old favorite among Chiang Mai aficionados, modestly priced and well-maintained, with a garden and small pool overlooking the Ping River. Doubles $41 to $51, including breakfast.