What a wonderful, tranquil spot! Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Lodge is located about 20 minutes from the center of the Old City. The resort consists of a small group of bungalows hosted by Petchara and Panom. They keep the resort low key and peaceful and do not seem to have any interest in changing it into a large overcrowded enterprise. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with fruit trees, palms and other tropical plants. There’s even a hanging orchid area. As another reviewer pointed out this place is truly “green”. There’s no “green washing” going on here.
I was at Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Lodge in the offseason and was lucky enough to be the only guest for my 6 day stay. Though honestly, because there are only 5 bungalows the resort would retain it’s small and intimate feeling even at full capacity. Although the resort is secluded it is only a short bike ride to local shops and ten to fifteen minutes to the center of the village. (They rent good quality bikes for a very reasonable rate.) There’s also a wonderful coffee shop called “The Sala” that is located in a stunning jungle setting about 10 minutes away.
There is a very large reservoir behind the bungalows where you can swim. This was greatly appreciated after my long hot bike rides.
The room I had was spacious and spotless. As far as I could tell the buildings are very new. I doubt they are more then 2 years old. The owners have been very careful in keeping everything in top shape. I never experienced a power outage, always had hot water and the wifi was strong the whole time.
One of the best parts of my stay was the food. Always cooked fresh by Petchara using fresh local vegetables and other ingredients. I’ve been to Chiang Mai about 15 times and this was the best home cooked food I have ever experienced. It was absolutely wonderful. The last day of my stay I was invited to join a Thai cooking class that Petchare had arranged for a group of American high school kids she was teaching English to. They also have an espresso machine to whip you up a delicious cup of their gourmet Thai coffee.
At Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Lodge you will sleep with the sounds of the jungle. The crickets and frogs will serenade you to sleep and you will wake up with the sounds of birds singing!
- Also Known As:
- Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Hotel Chiang Mai
- Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Hotel