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Lanna Kingdom, or The Land of a Million Rice Fields, once ruled the North of Thailand for over seven hundred years, its name an homage to the bountiful life-giving waters and rice which have nourished generations.


Thantara Resort Chiang Mai also draws from these essential elements, as does the inspiration behind its name.


‘Than’ is the Thai word for grain, in this case reflected in the sea of lush green organic rice grown in and around the resort.

‘Tara’ translates to water, which is drawn from Thantara’s natural deep well and feeds the many lakes and streams wending their way round the resort. The well water is then drawn upon for the cultivation of rice on the resort grounds.


Thantara sits on nearly 31 acres of land filled with thousands of fruit- and flower-bearing trees, lakes and ponds teeming with fish and endless seas of swaying rice draw the eye to the horizon, where it meets the gentle, verdant mountains surrounding the Chiang Mai valley basin.


Culturally-rich Chiang Mai has, for centuries, been sustained by its environmental bounty. Thantara gives homage to both culture and nature under the philosophy of ‘The Balance of Living with Natural’.


With much of its 16 acres dedicated to shimmering green rice paddy fields, our story-book setting, with 360 degree vistas, is designed to soothe the soul and offer respite from the outside world.


Thantara’s commitment to these nourishing sources of life runs through its resort philosophy. The resort’s kitchens serve up delicious seasonal organic fare grown in Thantara’s gardens where fruits, edible flowers and vegetables are lovingly nurtured. Products and goods are purchased, when possible, from local communities, known for their craftsmanship and from where many of the resort’s furnishings and decorative items are made.

Thantara believes in the importance of harmony and balance. Our guests are invited to explore, learn about, or even join in cultural and environmental activities. Or if it’s a true escape that is needed, they can rest assured that the resort’s philosophy will ensure that environmentally- and culturally- friendly practices are observed, while guests can indulge in the beauty of the setting and the attention of the service.


Our resort’s deeply imbedded philosophy echoes those of the neighboring communities where villagers have been cultivating rice and living in harmony with the surrounding nature for generations.


Our Esteemed Team Members – At the core of our organization lies a profound commitment to our people. We place paramount importance on nurturing and investing in our team members, for they are an integral part of our collective identity. Our primary endeavor is to inspire them to lead lives that harmoniously blend their connection with our organization and the wonders of the natural world. We believe that the direct experiences they gather within our dynamic environment, coupled with relentless efforts to enhance their skills, constitute the cornerstone of our success. We are unwavering in our dedication to empowering them, ensuring that each day surpasses the previous in personal growth and a life well-lived.