If you plan to head back to the ancient town of Sukhothai this coming holidays, check out the new Sriwilai Sukhothai hotel (055-697-455, www.sriwilaisukhothai.com).

Sukhothai-Lanna architecture sees 54 rooms garnished with old-fashioned lanterns, colorful cushions contrasted with white-washed walls and four-poster beds. Touting eco-credentials, the resort uses solar panels to heat its water and a zero-chlorine system for the infinity pool. 

Their location is gold, too, right opposite the UNESCO-protected Sukhothai Historical Park, meaning you can begin exploring first thing in the morning. Room rates start at B3,500 for the superior room and B4,900 for the Sriwilai suite.