137 Pillars House, a luxury hotel in Chiang Mai

137 Pillars House, a luxury hotel in Chiang Mai, has launched a unique half-day tour designed to give guests an authentic experience and get under the skin of this northern Thai city. Tours will be led by Professor Julaporn from Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Architecture, who was closely involved in the restoration of the legendary property.

Guests will start the tour with an in-depth exploration of the original colonial teak homestead of 137 Pillars House which was built in the 1800s, and takes its name from the fact that the building originally stood on 137 pillars. Professor Julaporn will describe the significant history and importance of the property, which includes ties to Thailand’s King Chulalongkorn, the teak trade and the East Borneo Company.

From the homestead, the tour weaves through Chiang Mai’s old commercial areas before concluding at the Lanna Traditional House Museum, which features an old colonial style house, a Tai Lue house, a Galae house, and a rice storage barn.

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