Star resort of star town
Chiang Dao Nest has a bunch of well-designed and -maintained wood and bamboo chalets set in a lovely sprawling garden amid a stand of huge trees, a couple of kilometres past the entrance to Chiang Dao Cave.
The chalets are simply yet tastefully decorated and come with en-suite hot water bathrooms and generously sized terraces. They are all fan-cooled -- you really don’t need air-con up here.
Staff are generally friendly and helpful with good levels of English spoken and they have plenty of information, as well as printed out maps, of the surrounding area.
While the bungalows are fine, the restaurant also has a great reputation with some imaginative and well-prepared dishes, particularly considering what an out of the way spot it is. Some of their more creative offerings wouldn't be out of place in an upmarket European restaurant in Bangkok. Prices for their European dishes are actually very reasonable for the quality, though we found the cost of their local dishes somewhat on the exorbitant side. Good pasta dishes or salads went for between 150 and 200 baht while a basic fried minced pork with basil is 145 baht. (We had a very good one in the cave carpark for 40 baht, including drinking water.)
Facilities include a pool (though there are not that many periods during the year when you’d use it) and free WiFi. They also offer a range of tours, activities and treks in the surrounding area. Room rates are on the high side because you’re paying a bit extra for their reputation though our main gripe is that they have different room rates for practically every single month of the year! Rates go from between 645 and 1,145 baht for a double or twin chalet and 1,145 and 2,095 for a family chalet. The lower rates are good for September only, while the higher peak rates are for Christmas and New Year -- none of the rates include breakfast. Be warned that there didn’t seem to be much flexibility on those rates, but please save our typing finger(s) and check their website for a full breakdown of room rates.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 21st September, 2015.