For those looking for a more intimate and personal stay in Chiang Mai, Baan Orapin is the choice. Owned and operated by Khun Opas Chao, who spent over a decade studying and working in the U.S. and U.K., the hotel is set on land that has been in his family since 1914. Two-story Lanna-style buildings surround the 90-year-old mansion and attached gardens. While the rooms and suites are rustic in comparison with the larger resorts and hotels, they are stylish and extremely clean, with sturdy teak-wood furniture, mosquito netting for the beds, and handicrafts to add some local flavor. Large bathrooms are outfitted in beautifully polished, locally-made green-and-blue tiling. Khun Opas knows a wealth of information about the town and its history; he and his staff will bend over backward to attend to your every need.