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Simple rustic hut with a view of the forest and the elephants passing by.

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Inside Thai style bungalow

The Space
Bed type: Real Bed
Property type: Hut
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Some pets


Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible


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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

75 Reviews

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August 2015
Response from Alexa:

Thank you very much! We are so glad you enjoyed staying with us and visiting a local village.

-The Chai Lai Orchid Family

August 2015

August 2015

August 2015
Response from Alexa:

Hello Emily,

I'm so sorry to hear your negative opinion of the Chai Lai Orchid. I wish you'd come and chatted through your problems while you were here so we could have had the opportunity to fix them, but I'd like to take the time to address them now.

Firstly, it's a shame you found your bungalow so hot. As the Chai Lai is an eco-resort, we believe in living as naturally as possible, and so only our most expensive rooms offer air-conditioning. You made an eco-conscious choice and we applaud that. Unfortunately in wet summer season that does mean dealing with some hot humid weather! With regards to the roof and the ants, I offer my sincere apology. However those are both problems that could have been easily fixed by our maintenance staff had you alerted us at the time.

I am glad you asked about "the American Girls". They are amazing volunteers who gave up their holiday to fight sex trafficking and empower at risk girls. Francesca Fletcher (who is English) is writer who is developing an online game for (website hidden) to teach about the link between war, migration, and sex trafficking. Allie Fite uses traditional hill tribe weaving to economically empower minority women. Check out Daughters Rising's online shop. Lydia Grate teaches our trainees English and conducts hospitality training workshops 2x a day. I am sorry you were under the impression that they were there to serve you. They do often support the training staff and interact with guests, but they know it is also important to step back and allow the women on our training program to become more confident and independent. Our girls are from Burma and Karen (we do not have any "Thai staff") who have been denied access to formal education and come here to get job skills. It is the job of these staff, not my volunteers, to greet and look after you. If the volunteers did the girls job for them, my staff wouldn't learn these skills and be able to be self-sufficient, which is the goal of our training program. But I'm so glad that you found my staff enthusiastic and welcoming! They're so eager to learn. Chai Lai's managers, Bay and Wah, are always ready to help you with any requests.

With regards to the treatment of the elephants, I completely agree with you that they should be treated better, and this is part of our mission here at Chai Lai. The elephants are owned by a Thai businessman and the camp is an entirely separate business from ours. We try to encourage him to respect his elephants, in part by only allowing our guests to ride bareback. We would like to be able to start to buy some of the older elephants so that they can retire and simply enjoy interacting with guests who will feed and bathe them. Until then it is important for us to maintain a good relationship with the owner in order to influence his treatment of these wise and majestic animals.

Finally, a last note about the price of the hotel: Your room was $50 not $70 https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/856019 As Chai Lai operates as a social business, the price of the rooms are an integral part of raising money to fund Daughters Rising projects. We can't compete with the rock bottom prices of guest houses who pay minimum wage or less. We believe that the opportunity to experience jungle life and even more importantly, invest in the local community and empower vulnerable women, is worth every penny. Thank you for choosing us, and I hope this information will help you to better understand our project.

Warmest regards,

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About the Host, Alexa

Mae Win, Thailand
Member since May 2012
Response rate: 100% (past 30 days)
Response time: within a few hours


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