About this listing
THE PERFECT RETREAT FOR NATURE LOVERS -
This is a beautiful hand crafted teak house nestled on the foothills of Doi Suthep Mountain.
It's a tree-top room with 360 degree views of the surrounding greenery.
The house is quiet and verdant, perfect for guests wanting to experience a laid back getaway on the outskirts of the city with some of the amenities of home.
A beautiful bedroom on the third floor of a three-storey teak house, nestled on the foothills of Doi Suthep mountain.
The ground level of the house has an open plan living area with a kitchen, dining and living room (with TV). It extends onto a cozy garden with an outdoor table where you can enjoy el fresco dining.
It's perfect retreat for nature lovers; a beautiful hand-made teak house nestled on the foothills of Doi Suthep Mountain. Quiet, verdant, surrounded by greenery, perfect for guests wanting to experience a laid back getaway on the edge of the city.
This bedroom is on the 3rd floor nestled amongst the teak trees. It features a 360 degree view of the surroundings, making the space feel like a 'treehouse suite'. This is a truly unique space, the perfect place to be immersed in nature.
The bedroom is large, light and spacious. It has a king size bed and a sleeper sofa (queen size) in the living area. There is an en-suite bathroom. There is access to a private balcony and a writing desk with a view of the lush greenery.
(There are 2 other guest rooms located below this bedroom).
The house is located just a few steps from the meditation center at Wat Rampoeng and the trendy artist enclave at Baan Khang Wat. This area is one of the best kept secrets of the city.
Only a 5 minute drive to Chiang Mai University and Nimmanheimin areas. Just a little further on is the old city which can be reached within a 10-12 minute drive.
The common areas--available to all the guests in the house-- include the kitchen, living room, garden, and dining area.
There is no curfew, feel free to come and go as you please, but please be quiet after 11pm.
Interaction with guests
Owner does not live in the house, but she lives close by. Owner can help with suggestions and directions, and she can teach some Thai cooking, but guests should be independent. She can help contact taxis and tuk-tuks, and suggest places to visit. She can also help arrange renting a motor scooter, which is a very common and practical mode of transport here.
This is truly the nicest neighborhood in Chiang Mai. It is NOT in the old city center, but it is just minutes to downtown by motor scooter. It has a secluded feel with many interesting small shops and cafes within walking distance. It's at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain, near Wat Umong, and near the meditation center of Wat Rampoeng. A perfect jungle getaway!
Please read the descriptions below of what is available within 15 minutes walking distance or less…..
15 Minutes Walk or Less……
——— Art Community and Shops ———
Ban Khang Wat - a modern local art community with a selection of restaurants, coffee shops and local artisans who make, live and sell their wares. Small art festivals and film screenings also take place here on occasion. There are several other galleries within walking or bicycling distance.
Small shops and mini-marts: Go out of the gate, turn right and 20 seconds later you're at the first of many family run local shops that sell a selection of goods from toiletries, to beer to fresh fruit and vegetables. There are also 7-11 shops and markets within bicycle distance.
———Restaurants and Coffee Shops ———
Restaurants - within 1 to 15 minutes walk of our house are a selection of small local restaurants and eateries. I've never counted but there are at least 20 places with 15 minutes walk of our house - its not 5 star gourmet dining but it is authentic and delicious local Thai food.
Other restaurants and cafes close by include:
Begin Again - a new cafe just a few doors down from the house. Coffees, cakes, and bottled beer in the evening.
Fabb Cafe - excellent coffee from all around the world (quite literally), fantastic desserts and impressive main dishes - probably the most fancy place to dine within 15 minute walk of our house.
Oregano - an cute Italian restaurant serving Pizza and other Italian dishes.
Thai Buffet (bottomless plate) - a small but tasty selection of traditional Thai dishes from fish curry (*spicy) to green curry (*more spicy) and peanut curry (*manageable spice), it's a bargain at 79 baht per person.
Yoga - if you'd like to practice Yoga while you're here then feel free to utilise the outside deck. If you prefer a guided session then you can visit a small studio just 15 mins walk away (opposite Wat Pong Noi). It's guided in English and reasonably priced.
Pottery - if you’re an experienced potter you can try your hand at pottery with one of Chiang Mai's renowned potters - hire the wheel for the afternoon and get your creative juices flowing. Alternatively, you can sign up for a beginners course for the day and start work on your first dinner set.
Cooking School - just round the corner is one of Chiang Mai's most reputable cooking schools. Its only 10 minutes walk away and is a great experience and a lot of fun. Highly recommended.
Meditation - if you fancy trying out meditation you can join a free drop-in session at Wat Umong which takes place at 7pm each evening. It's guided by one of the monks at the temple in English and lasts for around 1 hour. The setting is an outdoor/indoor studio and puts your right in the nature of Wat Umong.
Massage - there are several local places for traditional Thai massage, including the popular one at Wat Umong. Prices for an hour are around 180 baht, and a normal course is two hours (although you can opt for shorter or longer).
Bicycle is a fun way to explore the area and extends your range out to more rural parts. For those willing to navigate Thai roads you can reach Nimman in approximately 10 mins and the Old City in approximately 15 mins. The road is pretty much flat!
The Running Track and outdoor gym equipment - if you fancy an early morning jog before breakfast then this could be the place for you. Its open to the public and is frequented by many friendly locals each morning. If you like to zone out when your run, the mountain can help with that - its quite a spectacular location. There is also a boxing/muay thai studio up the road.
Chiang Mai University (CMU) agricultural campus field and lake - if you prefer road running/walking/cycling but on quiet country roads then 30 minutes walk away is CMU fields and lake. Its busy with other local joggers and cyclists each morning and evening but otherwise its a peaceful, beautiful place to visit thats really quiet and feels like you're miles away from anywhere.
Doi Suthep Non-Hunting Area - a beautiful series of nature trails start by walking only 3 mins from our door. Leading to and around the area near Wat Umong this is a great place to take a stroll and a glimpse of local wildlife from wild deer, wild red cows, to exotic local birds, insects and even smaller reptiles. Good trails for running or mountain biking.
Wat Pong Noi - each evening the street outside Wat Pong Noi is home to wide selection of street vendors. It’s a great place to visit to pick up a snack or a meal to take home. This is one of my favourite places to visit and especially at night time when the place comes alive. Every Monday and Saturday there is a small afternoon/evening market held inside the grounds of the temple which is also worth a look if you happen to be in the area.
Wat Umong - one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in Chiang Mai. Partially set unground its name translates as the ‘tunnel temple’. It's set completely within nature. Its the number #1 attraction on Trip Advisor and can be accessed by a 15 minute walk along the village road or, much more interestingly, pick up the start of the nature trail at the south gate, just 3 minutes walk from our place as described above (Doi Suthep Non-Hunting Area).
Wat Rampoeng - a beautiful temple complex with many practicing monks and outside visitors. Its one of the largest centres in Thailand for participating in Vipassana silent meditation courses and it has a real charm and ambience. Our favorite time of day to visit is early morning where you can explore the setting during the serenity of morning prayer and the giving of alms. After you've finished, cross the road from the main entrance and enjoy breakfast and a smoothie from Bukhita Restaurant - a great start to the day.
Just 1 block from the Baan Khang Wat Artist Village, a community a buzz with charming little stores, cafes and a Traditional Thai buffet cooked by a lady so cute you'll wish she was your granny.
The airport is close to home. Taxis from the airport to the house are approx. 250 baht, and I will supply detailed directions that you can print out and give to the driver.
The most convenient way to get around is to rent a motor scooter. Bicycle or rental car is also good (and the house has parking). The house is walking distance to the canal road, where public transportation can be hailed; but honestly, public transportation in this area of town is not the most convenient way to get around.
GETTING TO THE OLD CITY, NIMMAN AND THE SURROUNDS WILL REQUIRE TRANSPORT:
We suggest the following options,
1. Bicycle (50 Baht / $1.5 USD per day)- Renting a bicycle costs around 50 baht ($1.5 USD per day). Available just down the road from our place.
2. Motor scooter (about 250 per day, depending on the season) - Renting a scooter is the best way to get around, but obviously there is some risk. While there is very little traffic of any kind around the house, Chiang Mai traffic in general can be a bit crazy. With a motor scooter, you can get to Nimman district in 5 minutes, to the old city in 10 minutes, and to Chiang Mai University in 3 minutes. If you feel sufficiently confident in riding it, motor scooter is the way to go.
3. Private Hire (starting around 150 Baht / $4.5 USD per journey door to door, e.g. the centre of the Old City or the airport) - Making use of the local transport, we can help arrange a tuk-tuk (three wheeled wild ride that sounds like a buzz saw), a Song Thaew (red truck with benches in the back), or Taxi for you. Please note that while we can help arrange (and bargain the price) for such transport, we cannot guarantee a price, and sometimes they are not immediately available. If booking something important (like a ride to the airport), it's best to book in advance.
4. Shared Song Thaew (20-40 Baht/less than $1 USD) - You could walk 10 minutes walk to the main road and wait for a shared Song Thaew. Its very affordable and is pleasant experience if you have time, but the waiting time is a little unpredictable as there is no set timetable. Anywhere between 10-30 mins is normal. Song Thaews ply regular routes (although if you don't know the city it can be hard to discern what that route is!), and if you stick to the route it's cheap. If to want to hire them to go elsewhere (off route)--which means they wouldn't be picking up other passengers--then they will want to negotiate a price and it will be substantially more. Even locals can have difficulty negotiating with Song Thaews: patience is key!
5. Car Rental (from 1000 Baht / $30 USD) - Renting a car costs around $ 30 - $ 40 USD per day. Be sure the rate includes insurance. Traffic in Chiang Mai city can get snarled, so it is usually faster to take a motor scooter. But a car can be a good choice especially if you want to go further afield or if you have little kids in tow. There is parking on the premises.
6. You can hire a Song Thaw or Van for the whole day - it's reasonably cheap and practical way to see and visit many attractions in one day - especially if you have many people. Song Thaew would be appropriate for the city and its environs and can seat about 2-10; a van is appropriate for going further afield (like different provinces). A van costs about 2000 baht per day PLUS fuel (and note if you are only going one-way, they will likely expect fuel for their return to Chiang Mai), and can seat 9, 10, or 11 passengers depending on the model.
Other things to note
We're on the door step to the jungle so you can expect to hear relaxing animal sounds at night. (Frogs, crickets etc... thankfully nothing too scary).
There are mosquitos (everywhere in Thailand, not just here!) so we do suggest bringing repellent for your stay.
The house is set over 3 levels, please bear in mind that there are many stairs. We caution guests travelling with young children to watch your children at all time.
- No smoking in the house; only in outside areas.
- Pets are negotiable. Note there are two very friendly dogs that live in the compound.
- Please be clean and reasonably quiet. Maximum of two guests per room, unless you make arrangements with the owner beforehand.
- No outside guests allowed to stay overnight.
- Outside guests May visit during the day but please make arrangements with the manager beforehand.
- NO CANDLES ALLOWED. Please note this is a wooden house.
- Electricity and water is not included in monthly rentals. The electrical rate will be charged at & baht per unit and a flat rate of 300 baht will apply for water.
- Air conditioning must be turned off when leaving the property and doors/windows must be shut whilst the air conditioning is in use.