- Reviews: 4
Spicy Villa (Eco-lodges): Best place in the jungle
I spent 4 night here, its a very nice place in the middle of the jungle, and between many small villages were the local lives. I lived in a small bamboo hut, and i mean really bamboo hut! I could not lock the door, i could just push it so it was closed, i had no power in my hut, it was only room for the bed and my luggage inside. I had a toilet and a shower, toilet was good, normal western style. The shower "tube" hanging from the seeling. They have a bed preperd for you, with mosquito net. This is no place for you, if you dont like the jungle life! But if you want to live like a local, eat what the locals do, and see how they live, this is the place for you! I loved my stay there! You dont stay a lot in the hut, i only slept and used the shower... I had a deal with a guide, to show me around and go trekking in the jungle. Normally people have arranged activities in daytime, trekking, visiting villages, schools, rice fields, waterfalls. Also if you go in rainseason, you may get some action on the roads, witch get really slippery! And they also have this "real" activity day with rafting, tubing and elephant riding. In the evening you participate in making the dinner, thaistyle. You eat, and then spend the evening with other visitors and local staff, playing games, talking, drinking, singing.. Its very nice!
This seemed to me a bit unsafe in the start, becuase you left everything in you unlocked hut, and you are just far away from "everything", and in the middle of the jungle. But this changed fast! THIS IS A 100% SAFE PLACE! I travel alone, and i went alone with my local guide (everyone working there is local village people), and i felt 100% safe all the time, even living my passport and money in my unlocked hut :-) I would recommend this to anyone! Its also very nice for families with kids, lots of activity and things to do. This is a Eco lodge, witch means they support the locals by giving them jobs, buy food, build schools and so on. I repeat: I would recommend this to anyone, who want to see the real north Thailand villages and people! :)
They have a pool, but the best about this place is the view. Its placed in a way, that you have a nice view over the jungle. Its a hammock in every hut, were you can realx and read a book... And its very quit and calm, i think it was very good! Get away from the normal daily stress.
- Reviews: 2
The North Hotel: Chang Rai City Center Hotel
Just found out this place, its called the North Hotel, its quite clean and good, but its expensive as compared to the city. A very small hotel with few rooms. The rooms are small but well ventilated with Air Con and Wifi. Wifi is real good here. Ill be uploading some pics of the hotel and if there is any question do write to me. I paid 750 Bath/night.
- Reviews: 11
The Elephant Nature park, nr Chiang Mai: Love Ellies, go to The Elephant Nature Park
The elephant nature park is a unique elephant rehabilitation/rest home near Chiang Mai. You will find their office on Moon Muang, Chiang Mai. Elephants have been rescued from various places and are now living in peace and lovingly cared for by staff and volunteers. you can stay at the park and interact with the elephants. They are relatively free to wander (mahouts always nearby) and form friendships, only being chained at night. Accomodation is rustic but the experience is something you will always remember and cherish. Good food and education about the plight of Elephants in Thailand/Burma. The park was established by a Thai woman called Lek a few years ago and is born out of her love for these intelligent gentle animals. Go there, this is not the usual Thailand elephant trek that seeks only to exploit Elephants and make money from them. It is an attempt to provide abused elephants with love!
- Reviews: 11
elephant nature park: elephant nature park
The elephant nature park is a unique elephant rehabilitation/rest home near Chiang Mai. You will find their office on Moon Muang. Elephants have been rescued from various places and are now living in peace and lovingly cared for by staff and volunteers. you can stay at the park and interact with the elephants. They are free to wander and form friendships, only being chained at night. Accomodation is rustic but the experience is something you will always remember and cherish. Good food and education about the plight of Elephants in Thailand/Burma. The park was established by a Thai woman called Lek a few years ago and is born out of her love for these intelligent gentle animals. Go there, this is not the usual Thailand elephant trek that seeks only to make money and exploit Elephants
- Reviews: 307
Chiang Mai Thailand guest houses
One of the better sites that I found is www.chiangmai1.com
They have some great information on Chiang Mai as well as a great listing of most if not all of the guest houses in Chiang Mai with a price list. Only problem is that it does not list web sites for these guest houses, but you can google some of them to see if they even have a web site, many will not. I would suggest contacting the chiangmai1 website contact and see if they can help with reservations if you need them.
5 weeks,! have fun!
- Reviews: 2
Lamphun - The Art of Thai Traditional Massage Scho: Thai Art of Massage School - the best
I want to start by saying this endorsement was not solicited, but I would like to share this experience that I stumbled upon, and it was an experience of a lifetime. While traveling in Lamphun Thailand, a friend suggested that I visit the Massage School that I am about to describe. I was so impressed with the facility, and the people, that I took a course in Foot Reflexology, and am now certified to practice. Although I have only used this with my family and friends, I have been so impressed with the results. Anyone going to Chiang Mai should take the time to visit Lamphun, about 26 km to the south. The School, or Spa teaches Thai massage, foot reflexology, or if you want to just go and enjoy the herbal steam bath, massages, and foot treatments, it is well worth the time, and is cheaper than a normal stay in the Holiday Inn in the USA. For Aprroximately 2000 baht a day I lived in a luxurious home, was fed 2 delicious meals, and took the class to be certified by very professional staff. They also have a Doctor in accupunture who will treat any assortment of conditions. I was so impressed. The owners lived in Ca for years, and speak English. They will arrange pickup at the airport in Chiang Mai, and also have a van to take you to different sites of interest after your completely relaxing massages and treatments. They have a homepage at www.huensamunprai.com where you can find out more details, and contact them. It would be a perfect get away from the city, especially for a group, and they give group rates. I left there feeling refreshed, and was treated like a king during my whole stay. This place is a winner, and could be a great base for relaxation, study, and travel, yet far enough from Chiang Mai to really feel what Thailand is like, and close enough to Chiang Mai for excursions there. I plan on going back.
Although on a back street, it is like the Garden of Eden, with eligant plants, wonderful air conditioned home accomodations, herbal steam baths, massage, foot reflexology, and they will take you on excursions to the numerous sites in the area, as well as pick you up at Chiang Mai Airport.
- Reviews: 1
Chiangmai Empress: Pay a little more for so much better
At that time all hotel accommodation is fully book ,then we spend 2 nights in Empress and 1 night in Lanna Palace that is 10 US cheaper than Empress (fully book can not stay 3 nights)
Empress have a good breakfast , room is large , service is nice & friendly. it's like a haven and earth , the lanna palace is good but the empress is much more beter.
Room is large and so comfortable.
- Reviews: 14
Seven Suns Hotel: Cheap sweet Hotel
Laid back, accomodating and friendly staff with a great location and a bar and restaurant that is ready to please and serve you at almost anytime.
Like a 1960s Beach Motel and the price can't be beat!
- Reviews: 14
PJ's Place Guest House: Nice place owned by two nice men
Perfect service and crisp white sheets with a location that is right in the middle of the college/Orchid Hotel/Amari Rincome area. Pick up service at the airport and tailored service makes you feel like a king.
Sweet quiet cul-de-sac, easy walk to everything yet so secluded.
- Reviews: 1795
Thapai Spa Camping: Multiple Spas and Homegrown Food
In 2001 this was one of my favorite places in Thailand. The Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort (formerly Thapai Spa Camping Resort) is located on the Pai River about a 10 minute drive south of the village of Pai. Thapai Spa Camping was not a campground at all. It was a beautiful place with comfortable rooms that were 600 baht (~$15) with fan in 2001. It seems that the standard rooms have gone up to 1400 baht now. The rooms had an adjacent spa and were surrounded by beautiful gardens. There was an open air dining room. The entrees featured vegetables from their own garden. The food was quite good but not as inexpensive as the rooms. Reviews in 2012 are mixed. It sounds like the resort may not have been maintained well.
In 2001 you could relax in any of several clean spas heated by nearby mineral hot springs. Each group of rooms had its own spa but all spas were open to everyone. There was also a large central swimming pool. In 2001 it was a short walk to Thom's elephant ride (600 baht for 1.5 hours).
- Reviews: 2
Anorma Hotel: Flash place from the out look
The Hotel looks pretty stunning when you arrive, most of the staff are very polite and kind except a few odd ones at the counter. well, i suppose you can't have it all.
There is a piano at the lobby lounge, played by a pianist a few times during the day. Its quite relaxing while you sit there with you notebook or even just killing time reading a book.
The hotel room are OK, I suppose there are different categories to what rooms you are booked in with.
A gym on the fourth floor, with massage services for your pick. (its pretty expensive comparing to the one I went just inside the alley way next to the hotel, but I suppose its still not too bad considering they provide a full body massage)
For a single traveller like myself, who is always on the go, I would probably suggest a slightly cheaper hotel.
Over all comment of this stay is quite pleasant.
p.s. I had a special deal from the airlines including 2 nights at the hotel, therefore I probably wouldn't be able to give you who are interested a fair idea of how much the room costs.
-Gym and a Pool on the fourth floor.
-Nice wine bar on the ground floor with internet services.(pretty expensive though paying like 250 bht per hour or so.)
-limousine service to the airport is pretty expensive too. (950 bht) but if you are sharing the price then it should be sweet
- Reviews: 5
Palm Springs City Resort: Best Hotel in Chiang Mai
Palm Springs City Resort is a fine old hotel, with a wonderfully friendly staff and the perfect place to stay after a busy day shopping in Chiang Mai. A tuk-tuk ride back to town is only 5 minutes away and will cost you only 80 bhat. We have been staying here since 2002 and just love it. There is one restaurant just a few minutes away which specializes in fish, but we more often than not just stop by the market on the way home. Market food often is better than restaurant food and is far cheaper. Two can eat like kings for less than $5.
- Reviews: 2
riverside inn: calm and one of the nicest
cheap and good. And even if your in the north you can go for a swin after you woke up. But watch out that you won't wipe away to far.
- Reviews: 956
Hmong Hilltribe Lodge: Living like the Hmong
Well, I am pretty sure that the Hilltribe Houses these Bungalows are constructed after are not that comfortable as what you will have when lodging here.
This is not a real hotel, but there are several Lodges or Bungalows.
Like the originals they stand on "legs" and are almost copletely made of wood and bamboo.
The surroundings are very green, park-like.
Evening buffet under the stars.
In one Bungalow are 4 rooms, each complete with big bed, shower and toilet separately.
The windows are always half closed (because of their construction), that gives the room a warm look, too.
Only one thing. The walls are a little thin, so you can hear very well, what your neighbour does ...
- Reviews: 956
Golden Triangle Resort: Best View on the Triangle
Very nice hotel, located so, that you have a wonderful view on the Mekong River and the Golden Triangle right out of your room.
Clean and nicely decorated rooms (lot of wood), big bed.
Balkon to sit out in the evening.
Quiet in the night.
In the evening while having dinner in their restaurant, they offer a short show with local dances, quite cute made actually - not so professionel as elsewhere.
Buffet is good and with many choices.
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