About this listing
By choosing The Chai Lai Orchid eco-lodge, you are helping us to rescue 11 elephants, including 4 babies. We offer a humane elephant experience including baths, bare backing riding and lots of bananas! You can book day trips or stay overnight.
Beautiful and cozy Thai style bungalows offer the ultimate private mountain experience. The hut features traditional grass roof, high quality mattress and linens, mini-bar, mosquito net, fan, and a small private patio.
Here you can spend your days interacting with elephants — playing, feeding, and bathing them. Cool off with an afternoon swim in a fresh mountain water pool. Ride down the river in a bamboo raft, or simply float away in a tube without a care in the world. Go trekking on endless trails that lead to secret waterfalls, beautiful vistas, Hill Tribe villages and hidden spots unreachable by car. And at the end of the day, come gather around the fire pit (in the winter) and experience local Hilltribe music and dance performances that date back generations, while gazing at a sky full of stars.
Price includes 1 per person American or Thai style breakfast in our cafe which is open everyday form 730 am to 9pm.
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Free WiFi in cafe.
Interaction with Guests
I am here everyday running the training program for Daughters Rising and the Chai Lai Orchid and we also have a great staff of trainees from the Karen and Kayah hill tribes who welcome you and make you feel at home in the jungle.
Our little corner of Thailand is unique. We are surrounded by hill tribes, elephants, a river and little outdoor shops. You can grab a beer with locals at a Thai BBQ stand or spend the day hiking to beautiful waterfalls. However you decide to spend your time here, this beautiful place has so much to offer!
We are located in Mae Win, Mae Wang, 1 hours drive from the Chiang Mai. Airport pickup can be arranged in advance. Nearby attractions include several waterfalls, the Hilltribe villages, Buddhist temples, bamboo rafting, trekking, mountain biking, and of course the Doi Inthanon National Park with the highest peak of Thailand.
Other Things to Note
Promoting the Humane Treatment of Elephants
The Chai Lai Orchid is also social business working to promote sustainable tourism and kindness to elephants.
Currently, the elephants next to our eco-lodge are owned by a local man who partners with tour operators from Chiang Mai. During your stay you may witness these tours in action and see first hand the elephants being ridden with chairs. The Chai Lai Orchid does not endorse or support this practice - rather we create an opportunity for our guests to love, feed, bathe and ride these elephants bare back.
We recently launched a campaign, Dollars for DeeDee (and friends!) to rescue these elephants. Your stay at the Chai Lai Orchid helps us move closer to our goal of purchasing these elephants, renting or purchasing a grass and corn plantation to feed them, as well as providing fair wages for the mahouts. If you would like to learn more and get involved, visit our website!
The Chai Lai Orchid - A Partner of Daughters Rising
The Chai Lai Orchid is a nature retreat nestled in the mountains of Chiang Mai, Thailand. A partner of Daughters Rising, The Chai Lai Orchid is a safe haven for women at risk of trafficking to live and work. The profits from your fund Daughters Rising’s education and anti trafficking programs.
Many of our trainees are refugees from Burma in Thailand, human rights are never explained, let alone experienced. An apprenticeship at the Chai Lai Orchid provides a work permit, hospitality training, language classes and guaranteed payment. Most importantly, girls are given lessons on women’s and worker’s rights.
With the ability to earn a living, confidence in their new-found skills, knowledge about their rights, women at the Chai Lai Orchid are empowered to escape poverty, live a life of dignity and see a future filled with hope and opportunity.
We appreciate your patience with the women during your stay as they are all learning English as a third or fourth language! To learn more about Daughters Rising and the women you are helping support, visit the Daughters Rising website.
Elephants are powerful wild animals. In the interest of safety please only approach an elephant when accompanied by a mahout.
Smoking: is allowed in outdoor spaces but not inside the rooms. We ask that you help take care of our little slice of paradise by placing trash in the proper receptacles and cigarettes in designated ashtrays.