Puripunn Getting there
Dreamy Puripunn retreat is set in a secluded side street, less than two kilometres from the ancient city walls.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to flights, with dozens of 90-minute trips between the Thai capital and Chiang Mai’s international airport (+66 (0)53 2702 2233) each day, as well as direct journeys from Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore. From here, it's a mere 15-minute cab ride to Puripunn.
One of the most memorable ways to travel to Chiang Mai from Bangkok is by train (www.railway.co.th). Book a two-berth sleeper cabin and ask your hotel to pack you a picnic for the 12-hour trip.
You can visit most of Chiang Mai’s sights on foot, but to explore further afield, rent a private car and driver for the day from Limousine Thailand (www.limousinethailand.com). Driving to Chiang Mai from Bangkok, though possible, is not advisable.
You can team temples with tuk-tuks thanks to Puripunn's free shuttle serive, which is the perfect way to take in this vibrant city's graceful Lanna architecture, myriad markets and buzzy restaurants.