Hospitality Photography - RACHAMANKHA BOUTIQUE HOTEL, Chiang Mai, Thailand
About The Hotel
Situated in the heart of historic Chiang Mai old city founded in 1296, the 25-room and suite Rachamankha is next to Wat Phra Singh, justifiably the city’s most famous temple (cir. 1345). Rachamankha, is the leading luxury boutique hotel in Chiang Mai, it does not reveal itself to the passerby, but excites curiosity and creates a receptive mood. Only after passing through the hotel forecourt, the Zen-like simplicity and sophistication of the colonnaded courtyards welcomes guests to the world of serenity and contentment.
The hotel’s distinctive architectural aesthetic is inspired by the eleventh century B.C. vernacular Chinese dwellings, from which Northern Thai architecture has its roots. Rachamankha was designed by Thai architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu in the style of residential living to encourage a genuine feel for the history and culture of Lanna Chiang Mai. A leisure walk reveals hidden courtyards and gardens where unexpected surprises and captivating spaces are to be found on every turn. The Library at Rachamankha exudes old world charm and character; it houses over 2,000 books ranging from novels to work on Thai history of art and architecture, design and culture. The library lounge is a relaxing place for conversation and refreshments.The enchanting open-air massage pavilion overlooks a tranquil 20-meter pool where drinks and light snacks are served pool-side throughout the day.
Architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu chose the unassuming architecture of the centuries-old vernacular Chinese dwellings, a carefully orchestrated sequence of courtyards as a source of inspiration. The architecture and landscape design of Rachamankha celebrates local Lanna historical heritage, climate and traditional building practices of the Northern Thai region. Southeast Asian architecture defines the character of the hotel, which is full of delightful surprises, a studied composition of light and dark, open and closed outdoor spaces to achieve a true sense of place that expresses serenity and mystery.
The interior of Rachamankha was conceived according to an oriental concept of simplicity albeit with extraordinary attention to detail. Walls are made with traditional lime plaster over handmade brick, the same technique used in temples since the founding of Chiang Mai in 1296. The founder, Rooj Changtrakul, supervises every detail of every room, from choosing antique Chinese cabinets and area rugs to the arrangement of flowers.