We stayed for three nights from February 6th 2013. Leaving Doi Ang Khang for Chiang Dao, I thought that Baan Famui would be close to the national park at Chiang Dao but was surprised to find that it was a long way from the entrance. My fault entirely. I should have paid more attention to the detail. Baan Famui is about 20km from the town of Chiang Dao and 30km from the national park. So early morning walks aren't realistic unless you get up early and miss breakfast. We didn't do either.
Baan Famui is named after the owner 'Famui'. Her and her partner have built a house and four brand new chalets on a hillside in Muang Na, each with a nice view over the countryside. It is a nice, quiet rural area but a long way from anywhere. If you are coming from Doi Ang Khang, it would be a nice place to stop if you were intending to carry on to Chiang Mai. Each chalet has a main bedroom, a toilet and a modern bathroom area with double sinks, and a shower with the choice of two shower heads. The beds are big, soft double beds and the room has a décor of red and cream, very pleasing on the eye. I had asked for a low pillow and the ones provided were fine.The open bathroom area was modern and clean. There was a flat screen TV that took some working out but did have English speaking movie channels. Outside the sliding door was a patio are with chairs and a table, then steps down to the breakfast area and further steps down to the small car park. I didn't see wheelchair access but I didn't particularly look for it either.
The owner spoke good English and during the three days that we stayed, cooked a nice egg and bacon ham breakfast and there was a toaster and tea and coffee. Breakfast was served around 7am. That meant that by the time you finished it and had driven to the national park at Chiang Dao, it was 8.15hrs....so quite late for birding. However, if you just want a nice place to stay, then Baan Famui is fine. As is common in northern Thailand, there was no room safe and the wardrobes had no shelves. More of a problem was the lack of air conditioning. The electricity supply wasn't adequate to run anything other than fans. We managed, but it wasn't ideal. The fans were quiet enough anyway.We chose to eat in Chiang Dao but Famui was willing to cook an evening meal had we required it.
As a place to stay it's fine, if a little out of the way.
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- Four luxurious bungalows in a big tropical garden with mountain view, jacuzzi ... more less
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