Chiang Dao’s star resort
Chiang Dao Nest has a selection of well-designed and well-maintained wood and bamboo finished chalets set in a lovely sprawling garden among 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. All chalets are now equipped with air-con even if it isn’t essential up here for most of the year, and they do have one of the area’s rare pools to cool down in as well. New chalets were being added as we last visited in early 2018.
Staff members 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. Note that due to obvious frustrations with dealing with park authorities they no longer organise the Doi Luang trek themselves but they can certainly help you out in dealing with the park authorities.
While the bungalows are fine, the restaurant also has a great reputation with some surprisingly imaginative and well-prepared dishes 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. Considering the ingredients, quality and effort made prices for their European dishes are actually very reasonable, though we found the cost of their local dishes somewhat exorbitant. For instance, well-prepared pasta dishes or imaginative salads go for between 150 and 200 baht while simple fried minced pork with basil will set you back 145 baht. (We had a very good one in the cave car-park for 40 baht including free drinking water.)
Facilities include aforementioned swimming pool and free WiFi. Room rates are a little on the high side, considering breakfast isn’t included, because we reckon you’re paying a bit extra for their reputation. The pricing varies from room to room (and month to month) so it’s best to check their website for a full breakdown of room rates—please take the rates listed here as a general indicator.
The chalets are comfortable, albeit nothing fancy, and equipped with fridge, TV, bedside lamps, good-sized beds and cosy balconies. The garden is certainly cute, service efficient and low season rates reasonable but we’d hesitate during high and peak season when the rates do get pretty high—excellent as their restaurant is, you can sleep anywhere and still eat here.
Note they also run The Nest 2, located a short distance back towards town, with similarly priced chalets widely scattered across a spacious lawn and gardens. We didn’t find their balcony-less rooms very inspiring for the money, though they do come with air-con but there’s no pool and service when we visited was as unhelpful and perfunctory as it was helpful and welcoming at Nest 1.
Address: 144/4 Moo 5, Ban Tham, Chiang Dao
T: (053) 456 612; (086) 171 985 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º55'33.96" E, 19º24'15.9" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
1,595 in peak season
|995 baht||1,245 baht|
|Superior double room|
1,795 in peak season
|1,095 baht||1,295 baht|
2,795 in peak season
|1,745 baht||2,195 baht|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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