Built along the banks of the Ping River in Chiang Mai, the Raya Heritage borrows from the ancient Lanna culture to create a serene river sanctuary. The boutique hotel, designed by Bangkok architect Boonlert Hemvijitraphan, provides a modern take on traditional design with a harmonious blend of old and new. Rows of clean, white columns topped with terracotta roofs form a series of open-air spaces to keep guests constantly connected to the ancient landscape. Its 33 minimalist guests rooms are adorned with handcrafted furniture and natural textiles from local artisans and feature private terraces with water views. To further incorporate the local culture, the on-site restaurant references northern Thai rice farmers with threshing baskets used as the main decor element.