Travel Review: Chiang Mai’s 137 Pillars House

TEAK THERAPY. If you would like a glimpse into the opulent side of old world Thailand, Chiang Mai’s 137 Pillars House (2 Soi 1, Nawatgate Rd.; 66-53/247-788; is hard to beat.

The name of the resort is derived from the fully restored residence in the heart of the hotel — the number of teak pillars in a house was seen as a measure of wealth and status in traditional Thai houses, and 137 makes it a grand old house indeed. Built in 1889 for the British Borneo Company, the colonial style house sets the tone for the hotel’s 30 large suites, each one featuring hand-painted tiles and four-poster beds.