Butterfly Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand: exquisite riverfront villas with an emphasis on privacy

butterfly villas chiang mai

If you are going to Chiang Mai, Thailand, consider staying at the Butterfly Resort, ten minutes from the old town centre set amidst lush tropical gardens and ponds, along the Ping River. Butterfly is a boutique hotel resort that affords a lot of privacy and tranquility as there are only 19 villas with spacious rooms and bathrooms. Each room is decorated in Thai style with large beds, canopies, and private balconies. We stayed at Butterfly last January (2011) and enjoyed the serenity and privacy of the place.

Butterfly Chiang Mai

Because there are not many guests and the grounds are quite large (there is a vast lawn, swimming pool and jacuzzi), with many sitting areas and rooms around the property, you can sit quietly with a book and a drink without being disturbed. It is an ideal place to relax and wind down after a day of sightseeing and battling the crowds in Chiang Mai’s lively markets.

The only drawback to staying at the Butterfly is that it is 10 to 15 minutes by car from the center of Chiang Mai so you have to take the resort’s free van shuttle (they have a regular schedule) which stops just outside the old city. You can take a taxi or tuk-tuk if you do not wish to be bound to the shuttle schedule. The Butterfly Resort is perfect for those who will spend most of their time in Chiang Mai going on excursions outside the city. There is ample parking and the roads around the resort are not as busy as in the centre.

Peak season rates range between 3500 and 5000 Baht per night (in January 2011, the rate of exchange was 30 Baht to US$), so about $120-$180 per night.

Butterfly Resort
181 Moo 6. T. San Pee Sua
A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300
+66 53 115270

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