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Nature Bungalow Near Chiang Mai

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Relax and immerse yourself in the lush beauty of the subtropical jungle in this simple, Thai-style bungalow. Good 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 a humane elephant experience including baths, bare backing riding and lots of bananas! You can book day trips or stay overnight. Our proceeds benefit Daughters Rising

The space

Beautiful and cozy Thai style bungalows offer the ultimate private mountain experience. The hut features traditional grass roof, high quality mattress and linens, mini-bar, mosquito net, fan, and a small private patio.

Here you can spend your days interacting with elephants — playing, feeding, and bathing them. Cool off with an afternoon swim in a fresh mountain water pool. 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) and experience local Hilltribe music and dance performances that date back generations, while gazing at a sky full of stars.

Price includes 1 per person American or Thai style breakfast in our cafe which is open everyday form 730 am to 9pm.

Check out all the listings for Chai Lai Orchid here:
Kinnari room / air con / 3 beds
River view / air con / 1 bed + extra cots
Cozy jungle room 1 bed + 1 extra cot
Cozy river room / air con / 1 bed
Large riverside room / aircon/ 1 bed + extra cots/
Elephant View Room 1 bed + extra cots
Lanna river room 1 bed + extra cots
Chai Lai Nature Bungalow 1 bed
Serene Bungalow 1 bed
Bamboo Bungalow 1 bed
Balcony Room / aircon /
Sunshine Room at Cafe and Elephant Camp
Family bungalow for groups with 10 beds/ air con/

Guest access

Free WiFi in cafe.

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. Thank you for supporting our program.

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.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat

Pets Allowed
Family/Kid Friendly

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House Rules

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.

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Must climb stairs


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

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Jimmy User Profile
August 2017
Amazing trips and adventures booked from this house. Surrounded by elephants, nature, and friendly people. A nice break from city life.

Ashley User Profile
July 2017
If you really want to experience a life changing time then you must go to Alexa's. Everyone is amazing and you feel at home right away. Nothing but just nature and amazing views. If I could spend a lifetime I would but unfortantly life isn't fair like that! Thank you for the amazing stay Alexa !

Rebecca User Profile
July 2017
Great place to stay if you are looking for a quiet nature getaway. The staff are very friendly and the food is great, also it is a perk that breakfast is included in the room rate. The proceeds also go to a great cause to help marginalized women in the area.

Mai User Profile
March 2017
Alexa and all the female staff were so friendly. We got a free room upgrade upon arrival since most of the rooms were empty that night. This is situated in nature so expect to hear loud creatures at night (nothing disturbing but might be distracting if you're a light sleeper). We did the two-day trek/elephant experience offered by Chai Lai, so we spent one night at a Hill Tribe village and second night at Chai Lai. This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Mae Wang!

Suzanne User Profile
March 2017
Taking a tour through the jungle with all the interesting plants from nature where overwelming. A very nice place where it's quiet. Riding on elefants without a chair was fun and the rafting made out of bamboo was very fun and all the people were sooo nice. Two or three days staying there was fine. The drive to the next City is approx. 1 hour.

Janice User Profile
March 2017
Playing with the elephants was the best part of our stay. When we first arrived we did feel that it was a bit disorganized. No one really explained much to us and we kind of just had to figure out the plans ourselves. They say it's an "elephant sanctuary" but it's hard to believe when you see all of them chained up with ropes around their necks. That was such a terrible part of the trip because I feel it was a bit of false advertisement on their part. My boyfriend and I decided to do the overnight stay in the village where we would live like the Thai villagers. We ended up sleeping in a pretty big house with a Thai family that had a flat screen? We felt like it was again.. false advertising. I mean the house wasn't all that great but in the ad it said to expect no running water or (URL HIDDEN) we really were upset that we didnt get the full experience in which we paid for. I found the food to be pretty delicious & the bungalows to be very relaxing. I enjoyed the seclusion of the place it was very peaceful. Apart from some frustrations, we were able to create several unforgettable memories with some of the Thai villagers we trekked with and others who stayed in Chai Lai.

Tim User Profile
March 2017
Great place to go to if you want to get away from the city. Staff was really nice and friendly. Waking up near the elephants is something I wouldn't forget! For the real adventures I would recommend the "The amazing camping mountain adventure" for the full experience.

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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: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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