Karma Group has announced the addition of Karma Chang in Chiang Mai to its portfolio of Karma Retreats in the world’s most spectacular locations, giving guests the opportunity to experience Thailand’s spiritual heart and old world charm. Karma Chang is located close to the riverside in Chiang Mai, one of the city’s most popular locales. Just 4 km from the city centre and 5km from Chiang Mai International Airport, Karma Chang is an oasis of relaxation and the ideal launchpad from which to explore Chiang Mai’s numerous attractions including Wat Ko Klang Temple, Wat Chedi Liem Temple, 14th-century Wat Phra Singh Temple and the serpent adorned 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang Temple as well as various authentic markets such as Warorot.

Karma Chang offers equal measures of comfort and convenience with a range of contemporary conveniences. Guests can dine at the resort’s restaurants, relax over a drink in the bar, or unwind in the refreshing main pool between adventures. Accommodation options include a range of hotel-style units and studio apartments, tastefully decorated in traditional Thai and Lanna style.

Chiang Mai is known as Thailand’s spiritual heartland, a mountainous region in the country’s north dotted with ancient Buddhist temples. Redolent with diverse natural beauty, Chiang Mai’s culture, food and landscape are unlike anything else found in Thailand. The city was founded in 1296, and was the capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Ancient historical remains of walls and moats can still be found in the old town centre area.

“You can really get a sense of Thailand’s ancient cultural history in the region surrounding Chiang Mai,” said John Spence, Founder and Chairman of Karma Group. “Karma Chang pays homage to this rich heritage and is the ideal launchpad to explore this amazing city and surrounds. You haven’t lived until you sample some of the famous Chiang Mai street food!”

Chiang Mai has recently been recognised by Condé Nast Traveller’s readers, who voted Chiang Mai among the Top 20 Small Cities in the World in its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Karma Group is an award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand offering extraordinary experiences in the world’s most beautiful locations and is headed by Chairman and Founder, John Spence, former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and member of the 2013 judging panel for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. John was honoured by the Yale University School of Architecture by being appointed the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow and has also been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at UCLA as well as working with students from the University of Pennsylvania to design a chateau development in Carcassonne. The Karma Group is comprised of Karma Resorts, Karma Retreats, Karma Royal, Karma Estates, Karma Beach, Karma Spa and Karma Boutique. The Group is currently operating 29 resorts in more than 10 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. There are currently five properties in development and the Group is negotiating three separate acquisitions in Scotland (a golf resort), Cyprus and Bulgaria. In 2016, Karma group and Sanctum Hotel Group announced a joint venture to develop a series of authentic rock ‘n’ roll styled and orientated hotels in strategic locations around the world, accompanied by an exclusive private membership club. In 2017, Karma were awarded the contract to manage and develop the golf course on Rottnest Island in Western Australia and in Greece, RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, selected Karma Group to manage its operations in the Greek market whilst redevelopment began on Karma Minoan in Crete. Karma Group is a sponsor of the England Rugby 7’s team through the 2017/18 season, the Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7’s in San Francisco as well as the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens, the world’s largest school rugby tournament.