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Malee's Nature Lovers Bungalows
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Tha Bo, Thailand
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Amazing Spot!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Chiang Dao was such a beautiful and relaxing spot - and Malee's was a great place to stay. They were booked up besides the Honeymoon suite when we arrived, but that turned out to be awesome. If you can spend the extra couple bucks, I would say go for the suite. The bungalows are fine and affordable, but the suite was really nice and simple. You're in a great location with a nice little motorbike drive into town.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

We loved the area and the bungalows were fine.
The woman owner was nice but watch out for her brother.She left to do some work and he checked us in and demanded more money than we had agreed.He actually got downright aggressive.
Fortunately she came back and ironed things out.(she said it was his heart medication)Also seems a bit weird to charge key money on simple bungalows but its certainly not a game changer.
Once that was out of the way everything was fine and we wish we had had time to stay longer,but we would certainly steer clear of the brother(when we got our key money back he returned it without saying a word.)
Having said all that we would certainly go back.
We were traveling by motorbike and I could see how transport could be a problem otherwise but I think they do rent motorbikes there.
We found the women at the Chiang Dao cave little local tourist eating places lovely-the food was great and they were like a little friendly community--a real change of pace from that sort of thing.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed at Malees for an impromptu 2 day escape from Chiang Mai to Chiang Dao. From the minute we got there, our whole trip became more relaxing. It was very quiet in general due to the time of year, but Malees itself fosters a great sense of calm and peacefulness. Our bungalow was great, had everything we need, and despite the blistering heat outside, we slept perfectly comfortably with the fan.

Malee, her brother, and husband are delightful. Always available to help, but not at all pushy, they clearly take a lot of pride in their establishment as well as the profound beauty of the nature they are settled in. I highly recommend this place for couples, those traveling alone, or families with kids (they have a little jungle gym and a kid safe pool). We'll be back as soon as we can.

Room Tip: Honeymoon bungalow 7 is elevated, which helps for higher temperature days.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

This is one place that will draw you back to, tranquil, quiet and with the most helpfull owners and staff. Mallee and Kurt are amazing they will take care for whatever you might need or want to do. The food is exceptionaly good and for orchid lovers there are roughly 600 different ones here, just to sit during the evenings and smell the scent from the flowers plus the sounds of the jungle is pure bliss. The rooms are spotless, in fact i can find no faults here. I always go to visit the nearby orphanage when i am in Chiang Dao at Mallees and she always organises it for me, all in all it is a tropical paradise with amazing walks and flowers, birds...ever so serene and peacefull, i find it hard to leave here.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Chico, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

Excellent location to stay for birding this area. Great birding on the lodge grounds as well as surrounding areas and Doi Chiang Dao. Very comfortable lodging and very nice food. Especially love Malee's homemade bread! Malee's breakfasts were the best that we had in Thailand. Malee is also a friendly and kind person and we enjoyed our 5 day stay there. We also loved the salt water pool. Keep your eyes open for the Sunbirds that frequent the trees surrounding it.

Room Tip: The Honeymoon Suite was great and has a nice porch with hammock...a great way to relax after a day o...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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42 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

Just spent a lovely three nights in a male bungalow.
Basic accommodation but charming. Secluded, peaceful location and surroundings. Great food and relaxed atmosphere sorry to have left could have spent longer. Very good location for bird watchers and people interested in wildlife but also a great location to unwind.
We had a very nice meal next door at Nest, though much more expensive.
Enjoy the walk to the Monastery and the nature trail taking in the bat cave.
Would return.
My only comment for four stars is the bed is a bit hard.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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suffolk, va
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

This was one of the most peaceful and relaxing places we stayed on our 26 days in Thailand. We spent 4 nights in honeymoon cabin #9 which had a nice balcony with a hammock and mountain view. We could bird watch and do yoga on the balcony, and there were many birds on the grounds. The walks to the nearby Buddhist Temples were easy and lovely. A trip up Chiang Dao Mountain is easily arranged by Malee. While we were there the other guests were fun to visit with during breakfast and while relaxing in the garden, and we found everyone to be very friendly. Food was good, Malee was helpful. Our only complaint would be that the bed in #9 was very hard...the hardest bed we slept on in Thailand. I heard from another guest that the beds in the more budget rooms were softer. All in all, am excellent stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Malee's Nature Lovers Bungalows
Address: 144 / 2 m.5, Chiang Dao 50170, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Dao
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Chiang Dao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Malee's Nature Lovers Bungalows befinden sich 1 km nördlich der Chiang Dao Höhlen in Richtung Wat Thum Pha Plong. Genießen Sie eine entspannte Atmosphäre dieses kleinen Paradieses inmitten unberührter Natur am Fuße des dritt höchsten Berges Thailand's Doi Luang Chiang Dao. Der kühle, erfrischende Dhala Pool befindet sich in einem gemütlichen Garten, wo unsere Gäste die prächtige Natur geniessen können. Familien mit Kindern fühlen sich in unserem ruhigen Ort wohl. Seltene Vögel werden häufig in nächster Nähe gesehen, was diesen Ort ein Mekka für Vogelbeobachter macht. Andere Aktivitäten an diesem Standort sind Trekking, Höhle zu erforschen und Mountain Biking. ... more   less 
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