Chiang Mai, home to the luxurious 11-suite hotel, is a safe and inviting city for female travellers, even those who are travelling unaccompanied. The Thai culture and people are incredibly friendly and welcoming to foreigners, and are dedicated to treating their visitors with respect and graciousness.
At Sireeampan Boutique Resort & Spa, the impeccable resort staff is more than happy to create the bespoke luxury for solo women travelers by offering a personalized butler service with a private sightseeing tour by our well-trained Resort Ambassadors. Sireeampan makes connecting — with the local scene, events, people, products, places, services and moments, or anything that helps unlock the cultural, spiritual, natural and traditional richness of the world — easy by providing environments with the latest in high-tech advances, state-of-the-art living spaces and insider access to the local culture. Especially for solo women travelers, Sireeampan Ambassadors assist and accompany them as their ‘best friend’ or ‘family member’ from the pre-arrival moments, during their stay and until their departure.
Below is a sampling of the activities that Sireeampan can delightfully coordinate for its guests:
Chiang Mai Shopping:
Couture and fashion are key elements of Thai culture. Thus, the shopping scene is vast. The women of Thailand are well-dressed and gracefully presented, encouraging a lifestyle of frequent leisurely shopping. Chiang Mai's myriad shopping possibilities, beauty salons, and massage venues provide the perfect opportunities for some delightfully decadent time-wasting.
The city's lively Night Bazaar is the most renowned venue for picking up great bargains, and is also a hub of atmospheric mingling, with hundreds of vendors offering their wares at bargain prices. Travellers can find a wide selection of handicrafts, clothes and souvenirs here, and if it is your first visit to the market you will, no doubt, leave with your hands full and wallet empty.
If you are interested in clothes shopping, make it a priority to take a stroll down Loi Kroh Road on your way to the Night Market. Once you pass the hordes of girlie bars at the top, there are some lovely shops selling authentic silks and cottons. There is even one store that sells 100 per cent silk kimonos - they are exorbitantly-priced, but the visual feast is worth the stop, even if you leave empty-handed.
Being Pampered in Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai is a hotly coveted place to be pampered, boasting a plethora of massage shops, beauty shops and spas scattered about the city. You'll find a full range of prices from just a few dollars up to hundreds of dollars.
A trip to the beauty shop should definitely be on one’s list. Even if you don't need a perm, cut or colouring, simply get your hair washed. They'll have you lie down on a bed while your scalp is delightfully shampooed and massaged for around 15 to 20 minutes. Afterwards you'll get a blowout and styled any way you want. You can also get inexpensive manicures and pedicures at a variety of beauty shops. It is a Thai specialty, in addition to Thai style massages, of course. Chiang Mai also has numerous spas offering Jacuzzis, steam baths and a range of facial and body treatments.
There are several New Age activities offered in Chiang Mai, including meditation, yoga, tai chi, reiki, tarot reading and zen shiatsu, among others.
Group Sight-Seeing and Adventure Tours in Chiang Mai:
Even though Chiang Mai, and Thailand in general, is quite safe for women, one may still feel a bit strange about sightseeing alone. There is an endless supply of tour agencies that will book you on a tour with other people, so you can go trekking, biking, rafting, elephant riding or anything else you would like to do in the city.
Typically, tours will have anywhere from four to 15 people on them and many of them may be people who are travelling alone. Embarking on a group tour is not only a good way to feel safe while walking through the jungle, but also a great way to make new friends who you might continue your travels with.
Additionally, homestays are a good way to meet local people.