About This Listing
Our bungalows are simple bamboo huts. Come and stay if you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities and enjoy peaceful mountain scenery.
You will learn about traditional lifestyles of local hill tribe people, farming, cooking and more!
Spicy Villa bungalows are set in the hillside of Northern Thailand, just a short drive from Chiang Mai (1.5 to 2 hours), in Baan Huay Pong, T. Mae Win, A. Mae Wang, Chiang Mai.
Their location offers amazing mountain views, especially at sunrise while the morning mists in the valley are rising.
(The address shown for this listing is for our offices in Chiang Mai, not for the bungalows.)
The idea of our place is to stay in harmony with nature and spend time together as a family. We cook together, we eat together and share the experience. You can experience local traditions and meet local hill tribe people in neighbouring villages. All our staff is local as well.
Spicy Villas are environmentally friendly and self-sustainable. Our energy is derived from solar panels and we cook on open fire, using wood.
Spicy Villa Eco-Lodge is a place to appreciate simple living. You will find peace, serenity and authenticity in this non-touristic area. This is not the right place for those who seek luxury, but it is extremely rewarding to those who seek pristine experience.
Our bungalows are handmade like traditional, hill tribe, jungle huts in the area. They are comfortable and clean.
We have three family and six private bungalows available for our guests.
Private bungalows are suitable for one or two guests while family bungalows are suitable for up to four guests. Private bungalows consist of one and family bungalows of two rooms. Each room has a comfortable queen-sized mattress.
Each bungalow has a private bathroom with toilet and cold shower and a balcony with hammocks where you can chill out and enjoy the views.
Spicy Villa has a wonderful Thai Kitchen where we prepare meals for our guests on open fire.
Breakfast is included in the price of your accommodation. The price for lunch and dinner is 150 THB per meal.
All meals are prepared with fresh ingredients from our organic farm and consist of several courses.
You can also take cooking classes and learn to prepare delicious Thai meals on your own!
In the kitchen all our guests eat together, sitting on the floor and sharing dishes, as is the local custom.
There is a communal shower area on the premises and we have a hot shower available for those who need it.
Our lounge area is a place to relax, read, sunbathe or play pool on our new pool table.
We have just finished building a jungle bar where you can order delicious cocktails and other drinks.
There are two organic farms around the bungalows and they are constantly expanding. We grow seasonal vegetables, fruit, spices and herbs to use in meals for our guests. If you are interested in gardening, you are always welcome to help with work on the farms.
And we have our own hens and pigs as well!
Interaction with Guests
As much as I would love to meet every one of our dear guests, I am unfortunately not always able to do so.
If we do not get a chance to meet, rest assured that you are in great hands.
All my staff is local and knowledgeable about the area, they like to spend time with guests and teach you about local traditions.
They speak English and are kind and accommodating.
There are a lot of activities you can do during your stay. Ask us and we will organize them for you. You can go on a humane elephant trek (bareback riding), hike to traditional hill tribe villages, trek in the jungle and visit waterfalls, hike over rice paddies and learn about traditional farming methods, you can also bamboo raft, river tube or canoe on the river.
Activities are not included in the price of your accommodation.
If you wish to do any or all of them during your stay, ask us and we will prepare a custom itinerary for your stay.
We can organize transfer from Chiang Mai and back for $ 60 (1.800 THB) per van for a round trip. Price per person depends on how many people are in your group, one van is suitable for 6.
During your stay, we can organize for transportation to Mae Wang valley for activities. Price depends on what activities you choose.
We can also take you to Doi Inthanon National Park.
Other Things to Note
This is a main listing for Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges, if it is booked for your dates, check our listing for a private bungalow, just write (phone number hidden) instead or the current room number in your address bar.
If both listings are booked, contact me, and I will make another listing.
We have been supporting the ethnic minority groups nearby through education and medical supplies. If you would like to donate articles of clothing and other goods after your stay at the Eco Lodge, we will organize and deliver the items to the villages.
Check out the website below for more details and then book with us! You'll love it :)
If you want to see more details just search for "Chiang Mai Eco Lodge" (website hidden)
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I have one and only one house rule: While you are here this is your house and we all live together. Be respectful to the other guests, please clean up after yourself and most importantly please feel at home!
it is simple relaxing place, close to nature, nothing fancy so do not come if you are looking for luxury resort or hotels!!!
I would recommend a trip to Spicy Villa to anybody visiting Chiang Mai who wants to experience a true sense of Northern Thailand. The setting is beautiful with the wooden villas/huts looking out over the fields. Our guides Foon & Boon were so great, they were very knowledgeable about the local area and cooked us delicious meals to our dietary requirements. We enjoyed chatting to them in the evenings, learning some local dialect and about the local Karin tribe culture. We spent time relaxing by the waterfalls, taking jungle hikes and a traditional thai cooking class. We would have loved to stay longer and highly recommend.
This was a great experience, a great way to get to meet Karen people, see elephants, swim in a waterfall and talk with nice, local people! Our only regret is that the price per night is rather expensive for Thailand, but frankly, we highly recommand Samart's Spicy Villa! To be done if you're in the area of Chiang Mai.
We had a fantastic time at spicy villa, our guide boon was amazing and such a good cook! You will not go hungry. The accommodation basic but cosy just as we expected. Views are amazing eat breakfast watching the elephants. If I had stayed longer than two nights I quite simply wouldn't have (website hidden) is a lovely welcoming host. I recommend this experience to all those looking for something different, although I would say you need to be sure footed and the fitter the better. We hope to return in the wet season as Joe said it is even more beautiful. Thanks to Boon, Joe and our 'body guard' aka Kevin who spoilt us and made us a beautiful pair of bamboo cups.
We had a great time at the spicy villa, it was a great experience. We stayed there for 4 night with our 5 months old baby and our 3 years old girl.
The villa is located next to a road on a hill. There isn't a lot of room for the child to run around, but in general the camp is very hospitable.
Our guides, Mario and Foon were really great. Both of them made our stay pleasant and we felt very lucky to have them with us. They were extremely resourceful and helpful during trips and during our stay at the villa (including preparing french fries to our 3 year old girl that stopped eating the moment we got to Thailand).
Be prepared for very cold nights and sunny days if you are planning to go around February.
The Spicy Villa experience was absolutely amazing. Our guide, Kwanchai, is fantastic. He was very wise and kind. I learned so much about life in the jungle. It is an experience I look forward to repeating with my brothers.
The lodging was exactly as advertised. It is literally a bungalow with a bed and a bathroom. There is only cold water in your bungalow. If you want warm/hot water you will have to use the special rest area. I went in January, and it was very hot. I did not mind the cold water.
We scheduled a trek around the jungle, caring for the elephants, and (website hidden) was a bit lack lustre. You are pretty much an assistant to the staff. The trekking and elephant experience was great though. I highly recommend those 2 activities. The elephants seemed well cared for and obedient. The elephants responded well to their owners' verbal commands.
Staying at Spicy Villa was the most special time we had in Thailand. Samart went out of the way to ensure that our two families had an amazing time. The setting of the bungalows is stunning - overlooking locals looking after elephants, waterfalls and rural scenery. Samart had arranged a wonderful 2 days of activities - staying in a Karen Village, hiking, elephant riding and washing (awesome!), rafting and tubing. All so much less touristy than other places we saw. And the food was unbelievably delicious. Honestly the best we tasted anywhere!
2 days was not enough...
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About the Host, Samart (Joe)
Grew up in the countryside, lived in Buddhist temple for 8 years as a novice monk then I went to university where I graduated in tourism management in 2002.
Along with my eco-lodges, I also operate an Eco-Tourism company, where I organize custom small and private group tours for outdoor activities off the beaten tracks, real village visits, local waterfalsl, bare back elephant riding, cooking by using bamboo in the jungle, healthy cycling and more. Ask for details!
I like outdoor activities such as trekking, hiking, cycling and off roading. I am very involved in local community projects and run an English teaching volunteer project as well for ethnic minority school kids.