Tranquil countryside resort in a nearby village
Well signposted from Phrao, German-run Doi Farang Resort lies in a small village around 7 kms northeast of town.
To reach the resort from Phrao town, follow the signs for Khoom Kam Kaew Farm, Resort and coffee shop; it’s all the same operation at the same site. The farm, with organically grown fruit, vegetables and herbs plus a herd of sheep, was set up on an adjacent plot to the original and long-standing resort.
Just past the farm you’ll see their reception, restaurant and coffee shop aside and beyond which lie the various accommodation options, widely scattered across a well-maintained garden. The restaurant employs as much as possible organic produce from the resort garden and includes a selection of western choices as well as Thai dishes. Thai dishes varied from between 80 baht for a curry up to 150 baht for a fish dish. Burger and fries was reasonably priced at 100 baht and there are coffees, teas, wine and fresh juices on the menu as well.
Accommodation-wise several variations are on offer including concrete and brick chalets; large or small wooden chalets—actually converted rice barns—or rooms in a wooden stilt, Thai-style house. The former, of which they have five, are of a fairly standard design but comfortable and well-appointed and all surrounded by lush gardens. These rooms come with air-con, hot showers and fridges and there are double, twin or triple bed options.
Felicitations to owner Michael with regard to his converted rice barns which he painstakingly took to pieces and reconstructed at his resort after scouring the surrounding villages for them. This has not only preserved traditional, yet unwanted buildings that otherwise would have been left to rot, but also provides some interesting and unusual accommodation for guests. There are smaller, two-person barns and larger ones suitable for families or four guests. The mostly teak barns on stilts are fan-cooled but do come with en-suite bathrooms. They’re certainly somewhat on the rustic side but then you don’t get to stay in a barn every day!
Finally the stilt “Lanna House” consists of four bedrooms around an open central court, so traditional Thai style and also mainly constructed out of teak. Again rustic but each room comes with its own bathroom and you can either rent the whole house or just a room.
WiFi is available throughout the resort, new mountain bikes available for 80 baht per day, motorbikes for 300 plus transfers from Phrao bus station can be arranged.
Rates below include an excellent complimentary breakfast of fruit salad, pancakes and bacon and eggs. Good value then and highly recommended!
Address: 203 Moo 1, Pa Nai Village
T: (053) 017 556, (081) 885 0588;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º13'44.92" E, 19º24'29.41" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
|800 baht||800 baht|
Per room for four-bedroom Lanna house, or 4,000 for whole house.
|1,000 baht||1,000 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,200 baht||1,200 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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