The scenery is without a doubt the most beautiful that I have seen in my travels in Northern Thailand. The remote location is very peaceful and relaxing. And there are lovely walks you can do from your doorstep. But in my opinion this place just doesn't deserve five stars:
- I was picked up by red truck with other guests from the bus station in Chiang Rai. By the time we arrived it was dark and due to heavy rain, we had to walk the final 300 metres up a steep and slippery track with mud up the ankles. Shoes, clothes were an absolute mess. Being young and reasonably fit this was okay for me, but if you had children or were less mobile, completely impossible! And this was not in the wet season! There was no kind of apology or recognition that this experience wasn't a good one.
- Service just takes too long e.g. dinner, fixing any maintenance problems in rooms (which did occur while I was there). I suppose other people think it's part of the charm that there are basically only two people working there - but it's not adequate when there are lots of guests. They just need to hire more people to help! Or, offer a set dinner time with set menu to speed things up. I didn't see much of the friendliness that other people have pointed out: the owners seemed too stressed and busy to have time to talk!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bam Boo Nest offers a range of simple, comfortable and uniquely styled bamboo cottages built by local craftsmen in natural locally sourced sustainable materials. Following the wisdom of the native people, each cottage has bamboo flooring, walls and thatched roof. All have private bathrooms with hot showers, comfortable beds (with mosquito nets), verandas and floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the spectacular views. ... more less