If you go
THE BEST WAY TO CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
From LAX, Thai Airways, Korean, Singapore and Cathay Pacific offer connecting service (change of plane) to Chiang Mai. Restricted round-trip airfare begins at $923, including taxes and fees.
Chai Lai Orchid, 202 Moo 9, T Mae Win, Mae Wang, Thailand; 011-66-906-702-693, http://www.chailaiorchid.com. The standard and deluxe rooms, $80 and $94 a night, respectively, have air conditioning, mini-bars and outdoor seating. Lanna rooms, for larger groups, are $80 a night, and Thai-style eco-huts with grass roofs are $60 a night. Rates include Thai or American-style breakfast.