A comfy bed with a fan and mosquito net for a peaceful night sleep!The bungalows are situated on beautiful, quiet property near a river.


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Experience jungle life in this thatched roof stone and bamboo bungalow with fan and elephant views. Great for couples or solo travelers. En-suite bathroom. By choosing The Chai Lai Orchid eco-lodge, you are helping us to rescue 11 elephants, including 4 babies. We offer kind elephant experiences including baths, bare backing riding and lots of bananas! You can book day trips or stay overnight.

The space

Beautiful and cozy little freestanding huts offer the ultimate private mountain experience. The huts feature traditional grass roofs, queen-size beds, mini-bars, mosquito nets, fans, and private outdoor space.

Here you can spend your days interacting with elephants — playing, feeding, and bathing them. Ride down the river in a bamboo raft, or simply float away in a tube without a care in the world. Go trekking on endless trails that lead to secret waterfalls, beautiful vistas, Hill Tribe villages and hidden spots unreachable by car. And at the end of the day, come gather around the fire pit (in the winter) while gazing at a sky full of stars.

Price includes breakfast in our cafe which is open everyday from 730 am to 9pm.

Check out all the listings for Chai Lai Orchid here:

Chai Lai Kinnari room / air con / 3 beds https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12769214
Chai Lai river view / air con / 1 bed + extra cots https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/860460
Chai Lai Cozy jungle room 1 bed + 1 extra cot https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/870287
Chai Lai Cozy river room / air con / 1 bed https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/859569
Chai Lai Large riverside room / aircon/ 1 bed + extra cots/ https://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/855537
Chai Lai Elephant View Room 1 bed + extra cots https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3534025
Chai Lai Lanna river room 1 bed + extra cots https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/857166
Chai Lai Nature Bungalow 1 bed https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/856019
Chai Lai Serene Bungalow 1 bed https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/853538
Chai Lai Bamboo Bungalow 1 bed https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/950257
Chai Lai Balcony Room / aircon / https://www.airbnb.com/12771139
Chai Lai Family style room for groups with 10 beds/ air con/ https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13285954

Guest access

Free WiFi at cafe, free feeding elephants ;)

Interaction with guests

Guests are an important part of Daughters Rising job training program because they are helping the girls hone their English and hospitality skills through real world experience. The front desk is open 7:30 am to 9pm to help you with any questions and to book tours and activities

Other things to note

Promoting the Humane Treatment of Elephants

The Chai Lai Orchid is also social business working to promote sustainable tourism and kindness to elephants.

Currently, the elephants next to our eco-lodge are owned by a local man who partners with tour operators from Chiang Mai. During your stay you may witness these tours in action and see first hand the elephants being ridden with chairs. The Chai Lai Orchid does not endorse or support this practice - rather we create an opportunity for our guests to love, feed, bathe and ride these elephants bare back.

We recently launched a campaign, Dollars for DeeDee (and friends!) to rescue these elephants. Your stay at the Chai Lai Orchid helps us move closer to our goal of purchasing these elephants, renting or purchasing a grass and corn plantation to feed them, as well as providing fair wages for the mahouts. If you would like to learn more and get involved, visit our website!

The Chai Lai Orchid - A Partner of Daughters Rising

The Chai Lai Orchid is a nature retreat nestled in the mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand. A partner of Daughters Rising, The Chai Lai Orchid is a safe haven for women at risk of trafficking to live and work. The profits from your fund Daughters Rising’s education and anti trafficking programs.

Many of our trainees are refugees from Burma in Thailand, human rights are never explained, let alone experienced. An apprenticeship at the Chai Lai Orchid provides a work permit, hospitality training, language classes and guaranteed payment. Most importantly, girls are given lessons on women’s and worker’s rights.

With the ability to earn a living, confidence in their new-found skills, knowledge about their rights, women at the Chai Lai Orchid are empowered to escape poverty, live a life of dignity and see a future filled with hope and opportunity.

We appreciate your patience with the women during your stay as they are all learning English as a third or fourth language! To learn more about Daughters Rising and the women you are helping support, visit the Daughters Rising website.


The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 1PM - 9PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 5%
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House Rules
Check in time is 1PM - 9PM

Elephants are powerful wild animals. In the interest of safety please only approach an elephant when accompanied by a mahout.

Smoking: is allowed in outdoor spaces but not inside the rooms. We ask that you help take care of our little slice of paradise by placing trash in the proper receptacles and cigarettes in designated ashtrays.


Cancellations

Moderate

Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Carol User Profile
July 2017
If you are in for an adventure, this is the one!

Albert User Profile
July 2017
Nice place. A little bit dated. We only spend 1 night to relax there. The food was a bit blend, maybe for the tourist. You must ask to make it a little spicy.

明明 User Profile
July 2017
Very good place and good stay!

Nicholas User Profile
June 2017
If you are going into this thinking this place is all about animal welfare, it is not the place for you. On one day we saw both a cat and a rooster mauled by one of the dogs who lives on the property right next to the cafe - both times while eating. We found this incredibly distressing, but even more distressing was the fact that the American owner and her staff did nothing to stop it. In fact, when her and her friends were discussing the incident they laughed. No apologies were made to guests who had to witness the events even when we were unable to eat our dinner. While the staff we spoke to claim to look after the dogs and pay their vet bills, they clearly are not fed as we saw the dogs rummaging through bins and clearly this Incident would not have happened otherwise. We were not given any information about the elephants and it seemed that no one really had a bond with any of them, even when they were on our side of the camp the staff paid no attention to them other than when they were taken to be bathed or ridden. The elephants were kept on 4ft chains almost all day, which while we understand is for their safety, was clearly quite distressing for the elephants, particularly those kept in isolated areas on their own. We were also not expecting to have to watch elephants be chair ridden and hit by mahouts from our window - while we understand the elephants are shared by the company next door we were quite misled as to what we would experience at Chai Lai. Elephants were seen daily pacing back and forth, and tangling themselves in their chains trying to escape which are both signs of distress. These elephants did not seem very important to the owners. As for the hospitality - it was almost non existent. The owner never once greeted us, and on many occasions we felt ignored. The bathroom smelt horrid and the bins in our room were not changed throughout our entire stay.

Marie User Profile
June 2017
This was by far the best choice we made in Thailand. We paid 900 bahts to get from the airport and as soon as we arrived we knew it was worth it. We slept in the middle of the jungle surrounded by elephants that, we had great food, and lovely hospitality. We decided to take the full-day tour they offer and that made everything even better. Tiger, our awesome guide, took us to the jungle where we would see elephants, waterfalls, natural water slides and other things. He had great sense of humor and really took care of us. We wouldn't hesitate to come back! Thank you for everything!

Deyu User Profile
June 2017
Alexa is welcoming and friendly. Her place is very comfortable and in a great location.

Lorena User Profile
April 2017
This place was amazing! It is a place to connect with nature. We did a two day tour, we stayed in another village..BEAUTIFUL!! Highly recommend the two day tour. We learned a lot and met amazing people. If you like nature, camping, etc..this is your place!

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Mae Win, ThailandJoined in May 2012
Alexa User Profile

We are the Chai Lai Orchid team and we are happy to welcome you to our home <3
We live at an elephant camp and is also a safe home for refugee and ethnic minority women. It serves as a vocational training program where staff are paid to learn hospitality and also taught to be mentors and leaders in their own communities. Proceeds from the eco lodge fund Daughters Rising.

Our style of hosting is to treat guests like family so they can explore the real amazing and beautiful Thailand, beyond the typical tourist experience.

Languages: English
Response rate: 99%
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.
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