Earlier this year the Tourism Authority of Thailand invited me to come visit the country and create our first ever Asian guide for GayCities. The phenomenal travel connoisseur Carlos Melia took me, YouTuber Davey Wavey and colleagues from Pink Triangle Press, Passport magazine and dot429 around Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle region showing us the shiniest gems Thailand has to offer. The following travelogue retraces highlights from my fifth day there.

The Four Season Chiang Mai

Upon our arrival in Chiang Mai we were welcomed by the friendly staff of the Four Seasons with refreshing ice cold tea and moist toilettes to wipe of the exotic climate sweat from our foreheads. The lobby is a magnificent open air hut, a breezy respite with great views of the property.

Then we were escorted to our rooms on pink water buffalos. Just kidding, this little fella was just hanging outside the lobby. We took that golf cart pictured in the back.

Shortly after we got settled, we heard a loud horn and then saw a line of uniformed rice farmers going out to work on the property fields. The farmers are all employed by the Four Seasons not only to harvest the rice but to exude a authentic cultural Thai experience for the guests.

The resort has two pools for guests staying at the pavilions. The family pool and an adult pool a few steps below, on the lower deck, overlooking the pond and the private residences.

Carlos and Dave enjoying themselves in the adult pool ooh la la.

The Rice Terrace Pavilions

This is where I stayed.

The view from the bedroom.

This is where I slept.

And this is the bathtub I didn’t get to use because of our hectic, nonstop itinerary.

The Pool Villas

In addition to the single suite-style pavilions overlooking the rice fields, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai has several pool villas perfect for big group of travelers. There are 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom or 4-bedroom villas available, all with their own pool. Renting one of these is perfect for a family reunion or a friends getaway.