137 Pillars House Chiang Mai

For travelers visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, I highly recommend booking a stay at 137 Pillars House.

After experiencing such a wonderful stay at the resort’s sister property, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences in Bangkok, I knew that my experience in Chiang Mai would be nothing short of amazing.

137 Pillars House is the epitome of a luxurious experience. The staff on the property go above and beyond to make sure your experience is both comfortable and enjoyable. I just cannot sing enough praises about the wonderful time I had there when I visited Chiang Mai.

From check-in to check out, the staff was attentive to my every need; they even went as far as assisting my fiance with arranging his proposal, and I could not have been more thankful for the time I was able to spend there.

The History & Culture of 137 Pillars House

One of the reasons the main reasons that I chose to stay at 137 Pillars House outside of its beauty and the extensive numbers of awards the property received, was the history of the property.

While traveling, I love finding properties that help you to feel like you are fully immersed in the culture and history of the country; and 137 Pillars House does just that.

The main house (and focal point of the property, pictured above) was built by Louis Leonowens, the son of famed Anna Leonownes who inspired Anna and the King.

The house was originally owned by British-owned Borneo Company, one of the first foreign companies in Thailand, before changing hands several times and coming under the ownership of the Japanese during World War II before being sold to a Scotsman named William Bain. Eventually, the Bain family sold it to a Thai company and it became 137 Pillars House, named for the 137 Pillars on the main building.

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The Rooms at 137 Pillars House

The 30 suites at 137 Pillars House were nothing short of amazing. I stayed in the spacious Rajah Brooke Suite, which came with:

  • A king-size bed
  • An indoor/outdoor bathroom with a garden shower
  • A spacious entryway with a full-sized desk
  • An outdoor patio equipped with a daybed a large space 
  • A butler
  • Breakfast
  • Airport pickup service

Some of my favorite touches about the room were the teak wood and the warm colors of the decor. It made the room feel very inviting and homey. It truly felt like a home away from home and I wished that I could have spent more time there.

137 Pillars House Chiang Mai

Another one of my favorite parts of the room was the semi-private outdoor covered patio. I spent many hours lounging on the patio’s daybed and relaxing.

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Additionally, I loved the bathroom, which was beyond stunning.

Separated into five parts, the bathroom featured a sink area, a toilet area, an area for the bathtub, an indoor shower area, and an outdoor garden shower area. I have never been in a bathroom that is quite as well planned out and beautifully designed as the one on the property.

The Property

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Outside of the room, some of my favorite parts of 137 Pillars House were the Lanna Style Thai main building, Jack Bain’s Bar, The Dining Room, and the Swimming Pool.

Jack Bain’s Bar

Named after the previous owner of the property, Jack Bain’s Bar is a wonderful place to go relax and have a few cocktails.

Jack Bain's Bar 137 Pillars House

Cocktail Jack Bains Bar

The Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is a nice place to relax after spending a day traveling around Chiang Mai. I absolutely love the bush-covered wall on the side of the pool.

Swimming Pool 137 Pillars

137 Pillars House pool

If you are planning to visit Chiang Mai and you are looking for a place to stay, look no further than 137 Pillars House, you will not regret it!


Practical Information:

Address | 2 Soi 1, Nawatgate Road, Tambon Watgate, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000

Location | 7.5 km. (4.6 mi.) from Chiang Mai International Airport and 8 minutes from Old City

Number of Guest Rooms | 30 Suites

Restaurants & Bars | 2 Dining Outlets, 1 Bar

Swimming Pools | 1 outdoor swimming pool

Services & Amenities | Private Transportation, Private Butler, Laundry & Dry-Cleaning, Business Center, Babysitting Services, Spa, Gymnasium

Rating | 5/5 – This luxurious property made me feel right at home in Chiang Mai. The staff went above and beyond, the property was modern but also made you feel like you stepped back in time, the interior was beautifully designed and the suite was amazing. I highly recommend it.


Disclosure: I was a guest of 137 Pillars House during my stay in Chiang Mai. As always, all opinions of the properties that I stay at are my own.