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Chiang Dao Homestay and Nature Trails

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Chiang Dao Homestay and Nature Trails

Chiang Dao Homestay and Nature Trails

Chiang Dao National Park covers an area of some eleven hundred square kilometres, close to the border  with neighbouring Myanmar. The park contains Chiang Dao Forest, the Mae Fang Watershed, and the districts of Wiang Haeng and Chaiprakan. With walks varying from a gentle stroll to a hardcore hike the area around Chiang Dao has something for every enthusiastic nature lover. Treks can last for anything from a couple of hours up to a couple of days with homestay accommodations.

Most guesthouses can arrange motorcycles for rent for around 200-300 baht/day. This is is one of the cheapest options as there are very few taxis in the town and they employ a price fixing strategy, be prepared to pay 150 baht per ride from one of these regardless of how much you barter. Taxis usually stay in town close to the 7-11, better to negotiate with taxi drivers directly, instead of asking the guest houses as they mark their prices sometime quite dramatically. Places, such as Mon and Kurt’s Restaurant and Guesthouse, also rent reliable Bicycles and Mountain Bikes(100 Baht per day/24 hours).

TIP: If you are just traveling on the main Highway 107, the Songtheaws that just travel on the main highway, are only 10 Baht within the Chiang Dao Area and all the way to the MuangNgai turnoff, North of town.

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp

Chiang Dao Accommodation and  Activities

Chiang Dao Homestay

* Chiang Dao Nest, +66-60171985  run by English/Thai couple Stuart and Wicha is a self-proclaimed mini-resort where the mass goes with views of the mountains around and Thai/Western food. 11 bamboo bungalows with fan, attached bathroom, hot water, from 495 baht/night.Some Thai/Western couples claim to have been harrassed (Thai wives accused of being ‘bar girls’) by the rather officious Wicha, she can also be very unreasonable with guests when things don’t go so well.

* Marisa Boutique Resort & Spa offers world class hotel amenities and services for the travelers to cherish. Marisa Restaurant – an excellent dining venue – serves variety of delicacies.

* Nature Home, is a nice and quiet place, offers nice rooms with private bathrooms for 400 baht/night. The owners are a local couple who speak no English but are very friendly. If you are lucky, you might get some kind of breakfast for free in the morning.

* Malee’s Nature Lovers Bungalows, +66-819618387  is a nice and quiet place set up in 1995 offers sturdy, well-maintained bungalows with private bathrooms. Cheapest rooms (200 baht) have shared bathroom and a fan. Family and honeymoon suites are also available. The location offers a pool in a cosy garden with views of the surrounding mountains. Free WiFi in the entire resort. There are detailed maps of the area on display and there is a bird sightings log.

* Chiang Dao Hut,  Tel+66-872081269  Chiang Dao Hut is a small, new, cosy, guest house run by a young friendly Thai couple who have had many years of hotel experience in Chiang Mai and speak reasonable English. There are 2 fairly large, simple but clean wooden bungalows (one double, one twin) each with fan, attached bathroom and hot shower. Prices from 380B (low season) to 580B (high). They have a small cafe at the front which is a great place to relax with a latte, fruit shake or some Western or Thai food like pizza, spaghetti, pad thai etc.

* Mon and Kurt’s Restaurant and Guesthouse, Right Across the Street from the Chiang Dao Inn (Downtown Chiang Dao), 084-173-9975, . checkin: before 9pm; checkout: 12 Noon. Clean, new, spacious rooms. Comfortable beds with clean, quality sheets and towels. Air Conditioned 500 Baht, Fan room 400 Baht. Conveniently located at the First Class (Bangkok) Bus stop. Free, Hi-Speed Wi-Fi in all the rooms and in the restaurant. Beautiful Mountain views from Rooms and nice garden sitting area, outside the air conditioned restaurant downstairs. 400-500 Baht.

hiking, waterfalls, spotting wildlife, birdwatching, trekking, cave visiting

Chiang Dao Cave  5 km off the main highway. The best-known attraction here, offering 12 kilometers of stalactite-laden caves — although only five of the caverns are accessible to the public. Chambers are large but lack spectacular decorations. Entry: electricity fee 40 baht. You can tour the lighted part of the cave alone, or hire a guide with a lantern to view the unlit caverns. It will cost you 100 baht per group (goes to the temple?) plus the guide will expect the tip about 100 baht/person. Bringing your own flashlight is recommended.

Birdwatching Malee’s Nature Lovers Bungalows, cater to bird watchers and are very helpful with information, with regards to bird watching.

Hot springs The original Hot Springs,consisted of several small concrete basins fed from a pipe.

* A few years ago, the friendly owner, Ura, of Take Restaurant, built two very nice Japanese Gardens, with bamboo gazebos, change room/showers and toilets. There is also a small restaurant on site. The concrete basins, further up the road, are free to use, while the fee for the Japanese Garden, is 100 Baht.

  San Phakia is a spot for overnight camping located on the mountain with a fantastic view over Doi Luang Chiang Dao and the valley below. In January good place to see cherry blossom. Tents, sleeping mattresses and blankets available for rent (300 baht/tent). Few bungalows are also available. Access via 24 km dirt road; turn-off from main road at Mae Na. Drivable on the small bike but not on the heavier bikes with street tyres.

  Tuesday Morning Market Located downtown Chiang Dao, on Highway 107, offers colorful displays, local and Hilltribe goods and many great deals. A great way to spend a Tuesday Morning, in Chiang Dao.

Chiangdao Elephant Camp At Chiang-Dao Chiang Mai Elephant Training Center we make sure that every one of our 32 elephants are happy. Each elephant has his or her own mahout to care for on a one-on-one basis. Elephants are only worked during the mornings, with their afternoons and nights free to roam the surrounding natural forest. With such a vast area filled with hills and the Ping River, elephants can wander through the forests as well as take baths in the river. We believe that if our visitors see that our elephants are happy, they in turn are happy with their experience.

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp

We therefore invite visitors who are interested in the natural environment of the north of Thailand and who love and are interested in elephants to come to visit us. Here, at Chiang-Dao Chiang Mai Elephant Training Center, you will be able to get a real feel for the enchanting elephants in their natural habitat. Get away from the hustle and bustle of life and experience a unique and memorable time with our eco tourism as well as homestay programs, both of which showcase the simple, raw and traditional ways of life of Thailand’s elephants and their human companions throughout the centuries.

You will learn all about elephants – their nature, their individual traits, their lifestyles, their talents and their charms. You will also get a glimpse at the unique and very real relationships between elephants and their mahouts, often each other’s best friends for life. Come and experience the joys of the Asian elephants at Chiang-Dao Chiang Mai Elephant Training Center.

More Tip Information :


Chiang Dao National Park, Mueang Nga Sub-district, Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai, 66

(0) 5326 1466 Wildlife Reserve Division, Royal Forest Department, 66 (0) 2561 2947

Chiang Dao Accommodation

Baan Chiang Dao is a beautiful modern house build with the traditional Thai styling. Set in a large garden, surrounded by fruit trees and with a stunning view of Chiang Dao mountain, it is a place to relax and rejuvenate. Each room is teak floored, furnished with Chinese hardwood furnishings and fully air-conditioned. The Green Bedroom and the Blue Bedroom both have teak French windows which open onto a large redwood balcony overlooking rice fields and mountains.It has to be seen to be truly appreciated. While staying in Baan Chiang Dao, you have the opportunity to fully appreciate the tranquillity of rural Thai life. In addition learn to cook Thai food from your host.

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Marisa Resort & Spa

This resort has so much potential to be so much more… Apart from not being put in the room I had confirmed, re-confirmed and confirmed again it was obvious that the room we were put in had not been used in an extremely long time as everything down to the doona and pillow had the overwhelming smell of mould. Mould was also clearly visable on the woven grass walls and ceiling. The resort grounds themselves were really quite charming and it is such a shame the accommodations let down what could be a beautiful place to stay. However on this occassion we chose to checkout early after our first night and move to a more reputable resort. We would be reluctant to recommend this accommodation or to stay here again in the future.

Location:Chiang Dao

Address:304 Moo 4, Mae Kon, Muang-Ngai, City:Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai 50170


Hotel Description

Discover the ultimate peace and happiness in the world of relaxation and comfort. With the backdrop of scenic mountains and encircled with lush tropical beauty, this property at Chiang Dao (City of Stars) is a perfect retreat for those stress-free vacations. Set in a rich tropical vegetation, the location of Marisa Boutique Resort & Spa lies in the Chiang Dao region of Northern Thailand, about 77 km north of Chiang Mai. It will take only just over an hour to reach Chiang Dao from Chiang Mai. Travelers can also reach the posit ion of the resort directly from Bangkok which will take approximately 8 hours. The lovely location of Marisa Boutique Resort & Spa gives you a golden chance to rejuvenate your spirit and mind in the tranquility of nature. The clean mountain breezes will definitely revitalize you. Marisa Boutique Resort & Spa ensures all the travelers a pleasant and calm stay. The guestrooms offer you a world of comfort and luxury in the lap of nature, decorated in a unique theme different from each other. With different types of rooms available for the travelers, the room facilities at Marisa Boutique Resort & Spa feature air-conditioned rooms, en suite bathroom, satellite television, direct dial telephone, mini bar, fridge and much more. Local (Northern Thai Lanna Dinner) and Western food, in both a la carte and buffet style.

As per recreation is concerned, there are number of leisure facilities at Marisa Boutique Resort & Spa. Pamper yourself at Marisa Spa and feel rejuvenate. Open everyday from 10:00 to 22:00, the variety of spa menu suits everyone. Other hotel amenities and services are: Swimming pool, Steam sauna room, Small fitness room, Wireless internet, Mountain bikes, Car rental and Special tours. If you are looking for that luxurious and pleasant stay at affordable prices, then Marisa Boutique Resort & Spa is your destination. An ideal retreat for those who want to spend those special moments in the harmony of nature and comfort.

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