Khiri Travel’s favorite 5-star haunts in the city, renowned for its luxurious accommodations and rich history.

Discovering One of Chiang Mai’s Historical Gems

The 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai is one of Khiri Travel’s favorite 5-star haunts in the city, renowned for its luxurious accommodations and rich history. This heritage hotel has recently unveiled a fascinating exhibition that delves into the history of the Teak Wallahs, the British trade companies that dominated the teak trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Heart of the Teak Trade

Located under the historic 137 Pillars House, once the residence of William Bain, the last of the Teak Wallahs, the exhibition provides a unique glimpse into a bygone era. The teak trade, primarily centered around the city of Lampang, played a crucial role in shaping the economic and social landscape of Northern Thailand. Visitors to the museum can explore the intricate connections between the former owners of the hotel and key historical figures such as Anna Leonowens, who famously taught English at the royal court in Bangkok, and the enigmatic Jim Thompson, whose mysterious disappearance still captivates many.

Exhibition at 137 Pillars
Louis T. Leonowens House, Lampang

Historical Tours and Connections

The exhibition also highlights the interwoven histories of other significant locations. For instance, the Louis T. Leonowens House in Lampang, another centerpiece in Khiri Travel’s historical tours, showcases the depth of the teak trade’s influence. Furthermore, the historical narrative extends to another Khiri Travel favorite, The Siam in Bangkok, linking these iconic hotels through their shared heritage. Contact the team at Khiri Travel Thailand to create a tailored tour that incorporates the teak history alongside fabulous natural beauty, hidden contemporary restaurants, and exquisite Buddhist temples.Preserving Heritage and Culture, the 137 Pillars House exhibition is not just a tribute to the past but also a celebration of the efforts to preserve and promote Chiang Mai’s rich cultural heritage. Through detailed displays and engaging storytelling, visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the region’s history and its connections to broader global events.

Family Stays

The D.C. Macfie suites at 137 Pillars are fabulous for families who want to stay closer together. The newly enclosed verandas, with a conservatory-like feel, offer the opportunity to easily convert sofas into comfortable beds, allowing families of up to four to stay together without tripping over each other. The suites feature the same oversized bathrooms with a Victorian bathtub and garden shower as other suites, ensuring a luxurious and comfortable stay.

Plan Your Visit

Whether your guests are history enthusiasts, cultural explorers, or simply seeking a unique experience, the newly opened historical exhibition is yet another reason to stay (or incorporate a lunch or dinner) at the 137 Pillars House. It offers a rare opportunity to step back in time and explore the legacies that have shaped modern Chiang Mai.

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