The Legend Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand
At a Glance
A quiet location just outside the centre of Chiang Rai
The infinity pool looks out towards the river
Spend some time in the beer garden at the end of the afternoon
A great base from which to explore the region - take a day trip to border where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit Chiang Rai is between October and April. The monsoon season traditionally begins in May and lasts through to October, with July to September usually being the time of heaviest rain. The hottest month is April, when temperatures can hit the 40s. The cooler months of November to January will be a good time to travel if you don't like the heat, with the average day temperature slightly below 30°C.
To start planning your holiday to The Legend Chiang Rai
The Legend Chiang Rai is located along the Mae Kok river just a few minutes from the town centre of Chiang Rai, affording it idyllic panoramic views of the lush surrounding hills and mountains. It is a boutique resort and spa with a tranquil atmosphere.
A tuk tuk ride away from the heart of Chiang Rai, you will find The Legend. It is a wonderful oasis tucked away amongst the lush vegetation of Northern Thailand. The natural setting of the resort away from the centre gives it a relaxing atmosphere; the river in particular helps to create a sense of tranquillity.
A few nights spent here, or indeed longer, will give you enough time to enjoy exploring the region. Chiang Rai is rich in culture and history with lots of colourful markets and beautiful temples to see. It is best explored by bike! There are several day and half day trips available where you can explore other local areas, a must is to go and see the boarder where Laos, Thailand and Burma all meet. There are also several festivals which take place throughout the year where you can see local writers, musicians and artists at their best.
The natural setting of The Legend makes it a great place to unwind taking in the river scenes whilst reading a book from the shade of the trees. The 200sqm pool has an integrated bubble bed providing a refreshing break from the warm sun. And there is of course the spa as well, the open air booths mean that there is no CD player in ear shot to soothe you, simply the flowing river and chirping wildlife.
Accommodation at The Legend is either in the form of a studio or a villa. Whichever one you choose, you will be greeted with fresh and airy colours, plenty of space and either garden or river views. The Two-bedroom Villa is an appealing option for families.
The location of The Legend Chiang Rai makes it an ideal base from which to explore the cultural wonders of northern Thailand with the Golden Triangle nearby, hilltribe villages, Burmese jade and many temples and ruins.
The rooms and villas at The Legend Chiang Rai are dotted around the resort amongst the tropical vegetation. They are designed with Thai Lanna style in mind and have a contemporary feel to them. All rooms feature an open plan tropical bathroom, day bed, music system, satellite TV, mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. Each villa has its own pool.
The Superior Studios have partial views of the Kok River or the gardens and they measure about 52sqm. They comprise a bedroom, open living area and a tropical open plan bathroom. Bedrooms feature either a king or queen bed. The day bed can be converted into an extra bed.
Each Deluxe Studio has a view of the garden and measures 52sqm. They comprise of a bedroom, open living area and a tropical open plan bathroom. The bedrooms feature either a king or queen bed and the daybed can be converted into an extra bed.
Grand Deluxe Rooms have a partial garden view and have 63sqm of space. They comprise a bedroom, open living area, a sitting area, terrace and a tropical open plan bathroom with a double-sized bathtub and relaxing jet massage. The bedroom features either a king or two single beds and a daybed which converts into an extra bed.
|One-bedroom Pool Villa||
Great option for those seeking privacy. The villas has an uninterrupted view of the river, 120sqm of space, an 11sqm swimming pool and Jacuzzi and a garden. The bedroom features a king size bed, a daybed and a writing desk. There is an open plan tropical garden and a living area with a private bar.
|Two-bedroom Pool Villa||
Ideal for families. This villa has uninterrupted views of the river and mountains, 165sqm of space, an 11sqm swimming pool fitted with a jet massage. The master bedroom has a king bed and sitting area, the smaller second bedroom has twin beds and a connecting door. There is an open plan tropical bathroom with a double sized bathtub with a jet massage, a terrace with deckchairs and a swing chair.
Children are welcome to come and stay at The Legend Chiang Rai, however there are no specific facilities available for them a the resort.
The Riverside Terrace is the main restaurant at The Legend Chiang Rai and as the name suggests, has views of the river and the surrounding lush vegetation. The open kitchen serves up a range of freshly prepared Thai and Western dishes. The Wine Casa and Bar offers a selection of unique wines and the Beer Garden is a great place to enjoy an alfresco evening complete with a BBQ.
The Chiang Saen Spa uses ancient remedies to enhance your wellbeing. The resort is renowned for its impressive lobby which boasts local architecture, paintings, potteries and other artefacts to reflect the Thai heritage. There is also a large infinity pool comprising a integrated bubble bed, perfect for sunbathing.
Chiang Rai offers a wealth of opportunities of things to do during your stay. There are quaint markets to ship at, historical places to visit, an abundance of temples to see and of course there are many excursions you can embark on. You can even cross the border into Burma and Laos!
Clare Barratt (Staff)
The Legend Chiang Rai is a delightful resort just a few minutes by car from the city centre. But it is very simple, don't expect super luxury, rooms are basic with comfortable beds and limited furnishings so they have all that is needed but not the extra stuff to make your stay just that bit more special. I would stay here for a stopover on the way to Laos perhaps or if you are on a lower budget it is a good option for a base from which to explore Chiang Rai. Its riverside location and panoramic views of the surrounding hills are a joy, there is also a big pool and the beer garden is a fun place to hang out in the evening.
Floating Market at Khlong Lat Mayom
Only open at weekends, Khlong Lat Mayom is one of Bangkok's best floating markets, and it is only a short journey from the city centre. This is one of the prettiest floating markets, and a great place to try some mouth-watering local Thai delicacies.
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun, or rather the White Temple as it is better known as amongst foreigners, is located between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and is a rather spectacular temple, very different from the many others in the area.
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Location & directions
Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand
The Legend Chiang Rai is found alongside the Mae Kok River in a secluded location, however it is just a few minute by car to the city centre.
How to get there
11-hour flight to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Chiang Rai.
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