About This Listing
Simple rustic hut with a view of the forest and the elephants passing by.
Beautiful and cozy Thai style bungalows offer the ultimate private mountain experience and you can watch a family of elephants pass by your windows all day long. 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 caring and interacting with elephants — playing, feeding, and bathing them. Cool off with an afternoon swim, ride down the river in a bamboo raft, or simply float away in a tube. Picnic in the garden, eat fresh fruit right from the tree and relax in a hammock. Go trekking 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 and experience local Hilltribe music and dance performances that date back generations, while gazing at a sky full of stars.
Check out other rooms at The Chai Lai Orchid https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/855537
Price includes 1 (per guest) coffee or tea and Thai style breakfast in our cafe which is open everyday form 7am to 10pm.
We are located in Mea Win, Mea Wang, 1 hours drive from the city and airport pickup can be arranged in advance. Nearby attractions include several waterfalls, the hill tribe villages, Buddhist temples, bamboo rafting, trekking, and Doi Inthanon National Park with highest peak of Thailand.
free wifi in the cafe
Interaction with Guests
I am here most days and we have a full time staff to take care of guests and help them to feel at home.
Don't leave Thailand without seeing the local lifestyle and natural beauty of the Thai country side, its the best part!.
If you are on a budget you can save a lot of money by renting a motor bike or scooter. The roads are good and you can check out the surrounding villages.
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.
Very charming place. First, the good: the staff was lovely and always ready to help. Our room was small but clean and the bug net was pretty efficient at keeping unwanted critters out of the bed. My friend and I went on a 6 hour hike through the surrounding area with Poe as our guide. It was a fun hike win great views and he was very amiable. The food was always good and it was peaceful to eat and read by the river while the dogs, chickens, and goats wandered about. We were also taken to feed and let some elephants without being charged (we felt uncomfortable riding the elephants for both moral and safety reasons). It was a highlight of the trip. The biggest issue we had was with miscommunication. We arranged our ride to the airport through Chai Lai and were surprised to be picked up in a open-back truck. The drive was over an hour long, on the freeway at night. We felt unsafe and ended up asking the driver to pull over so we could sit in front with him. It would have been helpful to know this was the kind of ride we had arranged. That being said, the staff happily arranged for a real taxi to drive us to our next destination. We were confused about the connection to the elephant camp nearby, which had terrible reviews online. It seemed many if not all elephant related activities involved this camp, which was not totally clear from the Chai Lai website in my opinion. Overall, though, we loved our stay and have already recommended Chai Lai to our friends.
We were not exactly sure what to expect considering we are not exactly the rugged type who do a lot of camping or staying outdoors. Staying here was the perfect blend or luxury and rustic.
Our hut was very clean and had an attached bathroom with a very comfortable bed. It was very quaint and had everything that we needed.
You likely found this place because of the Elephants... I know we did. WORTH EVERY PENNY!! They are cared for very well. We wanted to ensure that we got the elephant experience but also know that they are cared for properly. They are loved like pet owners love their animals and are cared for with lots of love. Very pleased to see that!
Do yourself a favor and take advantage of their activities. One thing to note is that this is not your typical hotel stay. It took us a bit of getting use to but to order anything (food, drinks, activities, etc.) simply let someone of the staff know. They keep a running tab of your orders in a book by room and you settle up in the end. It was really that simple. Prices maybe slightly higher here than anywhere else in Chiang Mai but still WAY cheaper than prices that you would pay anywhere else in the world for these type of activities. It is also important to consider what is being done here to help the people and animals of this area. Again, very pleased!
We did the Amazing Mountain Adventure while we were their. It was an all day activity starting with riding elephants, hiking, learning about the terrain, swimming in waterfalls, a lunch provided by our guide (super delicious), learning about the Mae Wang villagers and customs, a bamboo ride, and ending with bathing a baby elephant. I don't think I stopped smiling all day. Great fun, educational, and we met some great people along the way.
We did meet Alexa during our stay and she was very kind and helpful. She has a genuine care for the people and culture of this area and it shows.
If you are looking to get away from the rat race and stay somewhere peaceful and serene with your not so everyday activities... This is your place. We are so glad that we stayed here.
Had a great three days at Chai Lai, Alexa and Bay are awesome hosts and the Karen girls they have working with them are fantastic friendly staff. Amazing location and they have some really good activities on offer but we found the best part of our stay to be just hanging out in the cafe
We had such a great time at Chai Lai Orchid. We were well looked after by Bow and May. They were very welcoming and made sure everything was arranged for us (Elephant riding). Because of the nature of the place, no exact times are given but they were great at keeping us in the loop. The food at the cafe was great and very well priced. The activities are a little expensive, however it's all about assisting the community so it's worth it. We will definitely be back in the future.
We had a wonderful stay at Chiang Lai Orchid. The bungalow was great, many activities are available (including bathing a baby elephant!), the staff is very kind. And Alexa really cares about people, all is about helping the communities around there, including taking care of the elephants. Definitely a place to go if you're visiting Chiang Mai.
My friend and I visited Chai Lai Orchid this past weekend and it was absolutely the best part of our trip to Thailand. The staff was so welcoming and friendly. They arranged rides for us to and from the city, greeted us with yummy thai iced tea, took us to meet the elephants as soon as we arrived, and just generally went above and beyond during our stay. The environment at Chai Lai Orchid is very relaxed. We spent time on at the restaurant chatting with other travelers and getting to know some of the staff. We also spent one of the days there doing the full adventure day (time with elephants, trekking to a waterfall and village, and rafting). It was well organized, authentic and not too touristy, and our guide was amazing. I can't recommend it highly enough!
Lieu magnifique,corrsepondant tout à fait aux photos. Nous avons choisi de faire l'activité "the elephant expérience" se fut un moment inoubliable ou nous sommes partis pendant 1h à dos d'elephant dans la montagne et lorsque nous sommes revenu au camp, nous avons pu laver le petit elephanto et jouer avec lui. Nous la.conseillons vraiment.
Mais... (parcque oui il y a un mais ;) Nous avons trouvé le prix un peu élevé quant au confort des chambres (pas de clim, salle de bain qui laisse a désirer, mais literie au top). Nous avons trouvé Alexa tres distante avec ses clients, heureusement que les employés eux étaient presents.
Nous notons aussi que la cuisine etait exellente.
Endroit que nous conseillons pour 2jours/1 nuit.
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About the Host, Alexa
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Our style of hosting is to treat guests like family so they can explore the real amazing and beautiful Thailand, beyond the typical tourist experience.