A new guesthouse, not yet featured in any travel websites or travel books. We found it by accident by going to Thai Culture Holidays in Chiang Mai ,(find it in the Lonely Planet) the language teacher and her husband had just opened it 6 months ago.
Located 18 km north of Chiang Mai into the mountain area to a small town of Mae Rim. Through the village and down a dirt road to the guesthouse. When we came over a little crest we saw it – Shangri-La! There are 3 huge fish ponds (each 1/2 a swimming pool size) surrounded by lots and lots of planted fruit and nut trees. There are 3 very Thai looking cabins (one is still under construction). They are airy cabins with screened windows with shutters on three walls. There appears to be only enough wall to hold the windows in. They have a tiled front veranda, with 2 cushioned arm chairs and coffee table. The room is huge!! A king size bed, single bed, desk, and armoire, and still plenty of room to move around. The back has sliding patio doors leading to the back veranda , with 2 wooden chairs and table, that overlooks a valley and into the jungle. You have to look past the bamboo that is growing less than a metre from the veranda, and past the banana trees. The bathroom is just off the veranda and is the size of a very large walk-in closet.
There is a huge open air 2 level dining hall on the edge of the largest fish pond. The hall’s main eating area is teak tables and loveseat style benches. The level closest the fish pond has cozy little tables and chairs just feet from the pond. They give you lovely cloth slippers to wear since they feel the teak color tile floor may be chilly.
There is a big hill to the east, which offers the most spectacular view of the sunset descending behind the mountains. The sky is always hazy and it turns a beautiful rich orange at sunset. When contrasted with the various shades of blue and purple of the mountains, it is indeed breathtaking.
The night is filled with the sounds of crickets and frogs and the fountain that is just outside our window and the occasional jing-kok cough of a gecko.
They provide mountain bikes and map to the many tourist destinations that are only a few easy biking kilometers from the guesthouse; The Tiger farm, Monkey farm, Orchid farm, Snake farm, and Elephant farm, to name a few. Cooking classes are offered in a nearby location, as well.
The location may be beautiful, but it is NOTHING compared to the inner beauty of our hosts. Both speak excellent English. Panom offers excellent tours to some incredible temples and provides the unique perspective and knowledge of having been a monk for 10 years.
#1 Gilmar has been a member since 18/1/2010. Posts: 2