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Rachamankha Hotel Review: Situated in Chiang Mai next to the city's most famous temple, Wat Phra Singh, Rachamankha offers a unique location and experience. Hidden from the street, the hotel has a minimalist sophistication, with white walls, red columns and wood-and-stone accents. Local temples, Chinese dwellings and the historical Lanna kingdom all inspired the hotel's architecture --- walls built with handmade bricks are covered with traditional lime plaster, a centuries-old technique --- and architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu designed sequences of courtyards to create areas of light and dark, mystery and surprise. Potted plants, flowers and the blue tiles in the pool add splashes of color and contribute to the graceful, serene atmosphere. Founder Rooj Changtrakul supervises every room's design with extraordinary attention to detail, bringing together a constantly updated collection of antiques and artwork from throughout Europe, Africa, China, Myanmar and Thailand. Guests will appreciate modern touches such as wireless Internet, cable TV and CD/DVD players. The Rachamankha restaurant showcases local cuisines from disappearing culinary traditions, served with an extensive wine list. The hotel hosts cultural events, including recitals, marionette shows, book launches and celebrations of Lanna heritage.