The Legend Chiang Rai is a contemporary Thai Lanna style resort located on the Mae Kok River in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand. The resort is secluded from central Chiang Rai, yet is only a few minutes drive from the city centre. The grand architecture of The Legend Chiang Rai gives the feeling of a quiet tranquil resort hotel where time seems to stand still. The property has a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and mountains. The riverside location is rich with large rainforest trees and lush tropical vegetation. Facilities and services are offered with Thai charm and hospitality. The Legend is also the only hotel in Chiang Rai which offers large-size pool villas (1 or 2 bedroom villas are available).

I stayed in a 2 bedroom pool villa during off-season. Shortly before my stay I received an e-mail regarding planned construction work going on in the near vicinity of the pool villa. When checking back with the management they assured me that there would be no noise and ongoing work during my stay. They kept up to the promise and work was disrupted. I found that to be a good solution and was very happy about it.

The pool villa was quite large, with 2 full size bedrooms and 2 oversized bathrooms. Even though this is an older resort everything is very well maintained. The pool was cleaned daily and the gardens were kept clean and well manicured. There was a large main pool as well and a small gym was available. Breakfast was served daily at the al-fresco dining restaurant with river view and the choice was adequate. I also had room service twice and one dinner at Wine Casa. All the food was delicious.

The Legend Chiang Rai is Thai-owned and operated and I found all staff members were professional and friendly. The front office staff as well as the GM interacted nicely with the guests and I felt at home and comfortable at all times. Little problems such as electric glitches with the door operating system were solved quickly and efficiently.

In my opinion, the Legend Chiang Rai is a very good choice to stay in the city centre and offers a tranquil and restful place to relax and unwind.






Thai Smile is a relatively small, full service, airline operating flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to regional destinations which fit into the network of an all Airbus 320 fleet. Thai Smile fly Thailand domestic routes as well as routes from Thailand to neighbouring.Their flights include a 2-class service with the first 4 rows sold as Thai Smile class (16 seats) and 160 Economy class seats. The tickets include 20kg baggage allowance, a mileage credit on the THAI Royal Orchid Plus program, and a small snack/drink service.

I checked-in online for both flights and it was quickly and easily done as I already pre-booked the seats (no charge). Bag drop at Suvarnabhumi airport was quick and efficient. The inflight service consisted of a drink service as well as a hot snack. The flight attendants were efficient and polite.

The fare prices are moderate and similar to those offered by competitor airlines such as Nok Air and Thai Airasia.  Thai Smile flights can be booked on the airline’s own website or on the THAI Airways International website.

I found both flights on Thai Smile pleasant and they were on time. The big advantage for Thai Smile are that the flights are operated from Suvarnabhumi Airport which makes it easy to connect from any international flight even though baggage through-checking is not possible.