Before we arrived at Chai Lai we knew we were in for something special. The staff are such a lovely team, all very willing to help and to learn. Alexa's goals for her team and for Chai Lai should be remembered, as well as remembering you're in Thailand, and like many chilled out happy countries (such as islands) you are operating in "Thai-time".
Some of the fabulous moments we had at Chai Lai include our guided walk in the jungle, where we swam in an incredible waterfall, walked through local village, through rice paddy's and along the river. It was so remote and our guide was very informative.
The elephants, just having them around you constantly, getting to know their individual personalities, bathing and swimming with them....unforgettable.
Visiting some local villages and spending time with the Karen people.
The room was simple and comfortable, the shower had hot water and there was air con in our room for the hot nights. The food was great and fresh. I certainly could live here quite comfortably!
Our red truck driver that Chai Lai use was most helpful, we were extremely helpful and trustworthy when he came with us to Doi Suthep temple where he asked for a special blessing for us. This was very special. He was always there for us when we needed to be picked up.
Lastly, Chai Lai really taught us what life's about. Simplicity and helping others makes you happy... Thank you Alexa for following your heart and giving us the opportunity to see the real Thailand. We will be back :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chai Lai Orchid is a nature retreat nestled beside the river and surrounded by lush tropical forest. The eco lodge is a social business working to empower Karen and Kayan women. Here you can spend your days swimming with elephants in the river, lounging hammocks, and trekking to visit near by waterfalls and hill tribe villages. The Chai Lai Orchid is located inside an elephant farm so you can spend your holiday interacting with the beautiful Asian elephants who live here. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Chai Lai Orchid Chiang Mai Province, Thailand