Expat Holidays Thailand

137 Pillar House

137 Pillars House is a boutique hotel in Chiang Mai that revives the old world elegance of the Orient yet offers guests every modern luxury. You are treated as personal guests. As such, we will be honoured to lead you through the surrounding charms of Chiang Mai and welcome you back into pampered privacy. The home-style residential concept at our Chiang Mai luxury hotel invites guests to participate and enjoy the richness of a like-minded international community while creating plenty of space for sublime intimacy in sumptuous suites and throughout the tropical grounds.

Our ambition is that guests of 137 Pillars House will collect meaningful experiences that remain in their hearts long after they leave us. More than building a very comfortable place to sleep in, we sincerely hope to create exceptional memories for every guest every single day.

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Seven hundred kilometres northwest of Bangkok and just over 300 metres above sea level, Chiang Mai sits along the Mae Ping River, a tributary of the Chao Praya River that flows through Bangkok. Chiang Mai, meaning “new city” in Thai, was founded by King Mangrai in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, or literally “Kingdom of a Million Fields.”

Lanna was a prosperous trading centre on the route from Yunnan in the south of China to the Burmese coast and the Gulf of Martaban. The kingdom was also renowned for its scholars and craftsmen. A city wall was built to protect it from invading Burmese who nonetheless managed to occupy the royal capital in 1558. Chiang Mai formally became part of the Thai Kingdom in 1774 when King Taksin captured this prize back from the Burmese. As the unofficial capital of the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai remains a close second in national importance to Bangkok.


Room Name Size Description
Rajah Brooke Suite 70sqm Each suite is fitted with a choice of king bed or twin beds that extends to an airy, vintage-tiled veranda over tropical gardens with cane shades for privacy, a rattan planter’s chair and a plush day bed. Beyond a vast walk-in closet, the ensuite bathroom with dual washbasins, a free standing Victorian bath, separate indoor and outdoor garden showers. Interconnecting suites are available upon request.
East Borneo Suite 75sqm Each bedroom suite comes with either a king-sized bed or twin beds and extends onto to an airy, vintage-tiled veranda over tropical gardens with cane shades for privacy, a rattan planter’s chair and plush day bed. Beyond a vast walk-in closet, the ensuite bathroom comes with dual washbasins, a free standing Victorian bath and separate indoor and outdoor garden showers.
 William Bain Terrace Suite 100sqm Overlooking the historic pillar house, infinity pool and garden wall from the upper floor, both 100-metre, one king-sized bedroom suites extend onto a generous living room and airy, vintage-tiled veranda with cane shades for privacy, rattan planter’s chair and plush day bed. Beyond a vast walk-in closet, the ensuite bathroom with dual washbasins includes a sunken bath facing the tropical foliage and separate indoor and outdoor garden showers.
Louis Leonowens Pool Suite 135sqm Our two top-tier ground floor suites each sprawl across 135 square metres holds a generous living room and super king-sized bed with French doors overlooking the infinity pool, garden wall and the historic Pillars House. Beyond a vast walk-in closet, the ensuite bathroom with dual washbasins includes a sunken bath facing the tropical foliage and separate indoor and outdoor garden showers. More private pleasures may be enjoyed in the private 5.5 x 2.5-metre swimming pool in each of the suites.

Facilities and Services

  • family room
  • poolside bar
  • business center
  • meeting facilities
  • babysitting
  • tours
  • fitness center
  • outdoor pool
  • garden
  • spa
  • massage
  • steam room
  • free Wi-Fi in all room
  • free Wi-Fi in public area


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