This is the fourth post in video contributor Kelley Ferro’s five-part video series on Thailand. Part one is herepart two is here, and part three is here.

Sometimes the most authentic food is found at the local joints—maybe on the side of the road or down a back alley. Other times, the tastiest and most authentic cuisine is found at top-end hotels. I found both of these scenarios to be true in Thailand. My stay at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai proved that this hotel is committed to sharing the local food traditions with its guests.

With a working rice paddy on the grounds, the rice dishes were unbelievable—the flavor, the texture, the lightness, and that perfect amount of stickiness. It was like eating rice for the first time! That’s not to say the homemade noodle dishes—like the one I ordered with fresh prawns and vegetables—were not equally memorable. Or that breakfast spread that made me wish I could go on eating forever.

As the sun lowers, the property flickers under the evening glow, illuminating the moon and the iridescent pool. And just beside the pool, the cocktail bar is straight out of London or New York City, with lively music, a cocktail list that rivals that of the best NYC bar, and handcrafted aperitivi to whet our palates.

Just wait: There’s more eating to be done! The outdoor Italian restaurant, Terraces, is just that: an al fresco terrace that looks over the lily-padded pond at the center of the property. Lobster pasta, Australian Wagyu beef and a wine selection that will knock your socks off—this was the culminating meal of our stay.

I hate to admit it, but we ate even more than all that. See why in the video above!

In part 5: One day as a rice farmer in Thailand.

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In my room at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai
At Terraces
Eating well at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Rarely, in my experience, has a hotel delivered such wonderful food

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