About This Listing
Western-style room with views of the Mea Wang river and elephant path. The room features air conditioning, mini-bar, queen size bed and large balcony that overlooks the river.
Here you can spend your days caring and 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. Picnic in a sprawling garden, eat fresh fruit right from the tree and relax in a hammock. Go trekking or 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 and experience local Hilltribe music and dance performances that date back generations, while gazing at a sky full of stars.
We have an onsite cafe which is open everyday form 7am to 9.30pm.
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We are located in Mea Win, Mea Wang, 1 hours drive from the city. 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 his highest peak of Thailand.
The place was amazing! I've never felt better about how I spent my tourist dollars/bhatt. The room was great. While there, I did the Amazing Adventure, got an in-room Thai massage, and just .... chilled.
Realize heading in that this is a place that people are also *developing* skills, and many of the workers are refugees. So, while you're learning from them - and they you - don't expect the kind of doteing you'd see at a first world resort. They're learning hospitality, but haven't mastered it, so plan for that heading in.
Example: I sent my laundry out to be cleaned before going on the all-day Amazing Adventure (6 bhatt per item = $0.20 US) . When I got back, I asked the girl at the desk when it would be back. She said "Maybe tomorrow?". I realized this as one of those moments I should have planned for, and should have said - when dropping it off - that I'd need it back that night. Fortunately I had a spare clean outfit (was backpacking), so I said I'd need it in the morning because my stay was finishing. She made some calls and it came back later the same night. Back home I would have been upset about what I thought was implied. In the Thai jungle - not so much.
The food and drink at the cafe was fantastic, and I bought lots of take home hand made gifts (the woman who wove the scarves I bought works at the facility).
My room did not have air conditioning, and I didn't need it. The wall mounted remote control fan was perfect for my needs. And the mosquito netting over the bed was as quaint as it was effective.
Last point, the bathrooms for the common rooms (soom housing has private batjrooms, mine did not) were immaculate. While its the traditional Thai setup (toilet and shower in a stall, and urinals for men just outside near the sinks), the slate floors and concrete walls, combined with the smooth/flat rock inset floors were as functional as they were aesthetically pleasing. Atention to detail was paid at every step in the planning process, clearly.
I would *highly* recommend this place to any family and finds who are travelling.
The Chai Lai Orchid is a really incredible place. We stayed here after travelling around with family for a week. It was the perfect answer for our need to lay back, relax, and enjoy this amazing property. From the 2-level cafe (with room to lie down and read), to the people and lovely clean rooms, we were blown away. Oh and the animals! Elephants, goats, dogs, chickens, and cats roam Chai Lai in perfect harmony and I loved every second of it. Thank you Alexa for working towards a great cause and giving us an unforgettable experience in Mae Wang.
We had a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Chai Lai orchid. The room was basic but clean. Watching elephants walk by your bed window was awesome. Chai Lai Orchid gives you an incredible opportunity to learn about the local community and get friendly with elephants. Food was great as well. The staff were really friendly and helpful too. I highly recommend this place.
We had a great stay at Chai Lai Orchid, the room was exactly as we had expected and as described.
We enjoyed the food served in the cafe and we thoroughly enjoyed being able to feed and bathe the elephants.
I would recommend reading up on Daughters Rising and the situation with the elephants before arriving, they have a good little shop where you can buy things to support a good cause.
This accommodation at Chai Lai Orchid was a unique experience. My wife and I loved waking up with elephants walking in front of us at breakfast. Unfortunately, due to some mistake, we were not put into the more deluxe "cozy river room" as originally booked, but rather into a more rustic accommodation. It was still nice, but not what was booked. Alexa freely admitted that a mistake had been made when my wife and I arrived at around midnight and refunded the difference in price between the two accommodations.
Alexa is truly dedicated to both elephant welfare as well as to her non-profit organization, Daughter's Rising. If nothing else, it was worth staying in order to help support those two causes. But we really enjoyed our time bathing the baby elephant, meeting the elephant mahouts, and rafting down the river in our day-and-a-half at the Chai Lai Orchid! The food was good too!
Great experience waking up to elephants and profits go to a great cause. And very nice rooms!
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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.