The tuk tuk pulled me into Le Meridien Chiang Rai which was a stunning resort from the outside. I walked to the check-in desk ready to use my suite upgrade recently awarded by SPG after staying 50 nights at Starwood hotels this year.
Then flashes of my SPG points balance went through my head as did my previous post “Shut Up and Book“. Torn, I went back to the tuk tuk, flipped a Baht coin, and the result gave me the answer: save your points, stay local.
So I did. And though I’m unimpressed with TripAdvisor’s recommendation, it gets the job done. Since I’m in Chiang Mai only for 2 nights to go on elephant adventures, visit temples, and journey to the hot springs, I believe I made the right choice.