Photo: Fancy some rafting?


Mae Wang

Although Mae Wang is suitable for a day trip from Chiang Mai, there are a couple of fine places to stay up this way so, if you’re not in a hurry, why not stay another day?

Ban Kat, Mae Wang (around 8 km on left past Ban Kat on Route 1013)
600B to 1,500B
Swiss Ticino
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ban Kat, Mae Wang (around 8 km on left past Ban Kat on Route 1013)
T: (089) 541 3695

This friendly little guesthouse has just six rooms in a splendid garden, with an attached restaurant and bike tours offered as well. This cosy spot is the sort of place you could easily spend a few days at! The guesthouse, run by a Swiss-Italian-Thai couple, is on the valley road around halfway between Ban Kat and the rafting and cafe area up the valley, so it’s convenient for both but remains... Read our full review of Swiss Ticino.

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Route 103, Mae Wang
Under 600B
Chai Lai Orchid Nature Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
Route 103, Mae Wang
T: (086) 923 0867

Chai Lai Orchid Nature Bungalows is a low-key, picturesque little resort set in the Mae Wang Valley, squeezed between the Wang River on one side and forest on the other. Not only is it superbly situated and well run, it’s also in a good cause: Chai Lai works in collaboration with Daughters Rising, which provides employment, training and education for local hilltribe girls and refugees from... Read our full review of Chai Lai Orchid Nature Bungalows.

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