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“Undiscovered gem in Chiang Mai”

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Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Lodge
Ranked #4 of 19 Mae Rim B&B and Inns
Chiang Mai, Thailand
1 review
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“Undiscovered gem in Chiang Mai”
Reviewed July 10, 2011

I had heard about this lovely EcoLodge from an acquaintance (it is new so not yet in the guide books) and I am SO GLAD I decided to try it out! In the countryside in Chiang Mai province, yet close to the city, it was the perfect transition for me from a meditation retreat back to "real life." Besides the beauty, cleanliness, nature, the quiet setting, and the yummy breakfasts and dinners - not to mention the good energy - what really makes it great are the hosts Panom and Petchara. Even with a full house, we all had our hosts' personal attention (it is a small place, but still, how did they do that?). In addition to running the EcoLodge, they have a tour service, teach Thai to English-speakers, and sell gourmet Thai coffee. Their business office and cafe (see www.chiangmai-adventure-tour.com) in the center of Chiang Mai gave me a comfortable home base as I visited temples and the Chiang Mai City Art and Cultural Center. They provide free transportation to and from the airport or train station, and Panom drove me back and forth to Chiang Mai for only a few dollars a trip, told me how to get public transportation in case he was not available, and even provided a hand-drawn map for exploring the neighborhood (I walked to a nearby temple). Petchara is an excellent cook and offered homemade Thai dinners and Thai breakfast or Western breakfast with a Thai twist, including abundant fruit (mmm, dragonfruit!) and the best pancakes (made with a lot of fresh banana) I have ever eaten. Of course the coffee is excellent - the perfect gift for my hard-to-buy-for husband! As you can tell I highly recommend Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm EcoLodge and will definitely go there again if I ever get back to Chiang Mai. I hope I do!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

I have to agree with all of the other reviewer's positive comments of the lodging here. The hosts are absolutely charming, attentive and filled with interesting and invaluable knowledge about the area. We really enjoyed getting to spend time with people like this in such a beautiful place. The bungalows are very clean and spacious and the entire property is full of well cared for plant life. The lodging seems to be located a bit far for regular visits to Chiang Mai, but it is easy to arrange for car rental or for a bike to explore the surrounding rural village. We had great fun on a day trip we booked upon arrival at the office, trekking the jungle by elephant, mountain biking upriver and whitewater rafting back down, all in one day. We also recommend a trip to Doi Inthanon to visit Waterfalls, the Karen Village and Hmong village at the King's Project. Panom's immeasurable knowledge makes him a fantastic and enjoyable tour guide who can cater to your interests. Fair prices for everything , and VERY GOOD home cooked meals each day. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, hustle and bustle and experience something closer to peaceful exploration of life just outside a great Thai city, this is your place!

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

Located in a green compound surrounded by tropical woods at 18 km from Chaing Mai, this oasis of calm is ideal to either recover from Chiang Mai shopping hustle and bustle, or as a jumping board to the many attractions within a few kilometers. Several bicycles and MTBs are available for the guest, adding further to the leisurely stay. The bungalows are hyper clean, spacious, equipped with very good beds and mattresses, mosquito windows all around, a large combined Thai shower-toilet, and have a large veranda in front and small balcony in the back. Breakfast and dinner are home-cooked (and good!) and enjoyed on the open-sided covered common building. The excellent English-speaking hosts are very welcoming and you feel part of something, not just a 'client'. If it is green calm in a relaxing atmosphere you look for, this is it. I recovered from an arduous jungle trek here, with all windows open, listening to the jungle sounds floating in, and sleeping like a baby.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

Located in a green compound surrounded by tropical woods at 18 km from Chaing Mai, this oasis of calm is ideal to either recover from Chiang Mai shopping hustle and bustle, or as a jumping board to the many attractions within a few kilometers. Several bicycles and MTBs are available for the guest, adding further to the leisurely stay. The bungalows are hyper clean, spacious, equipped with very good beds and mattresses, mosquito windows all around, a large combined Thai shower-toilet, and have a large veranda in front and small balcony in the back. Breakfast and dinner are home-cooked (and good!) and enjoyed on the open-sided covered common building. The excellent English-speaking hosts are very welcoming and you feel part of something, not just a 'client'. If it is green calm in a relaxing atmosphere you look for, this it. I recovered from an arduous jungle trek here, with all windows open, listening to the jungle sounds floating in, and sleeping like a baby.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Bristol
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Reviewed December 19, 2010

We found Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Lodge the most peaceful of places. It is located in a small village which we found to be an enjoyable walking distance from Mae Rim, about 45 minutes. A great feature is that the bungalows have fly screen windows (with wooden shutters for night time) and no glass. There's no air-con, you really don't need it as air circulates well in the high ceilinged rooms and there is an electric fan to help - which we didn't need. Everything is spotlessly clean and more stylish than many of the lodges we have stayed in. The authentic home cooked Thai food is fantastic (Western food was also made available). The grounds are, as all gardeners will know, a work in progress. That said, there is lush native planting around the bungalows; bamboo, young teak trees and tropical fruits including banana.

The bathroom was large, clean and there was plenty of hot water. Although isolated there is satellite TV in the bungalows and free wi-fi across the whole site with speeds that would put more expensive hotels to shame.

It's so peaceful, whether you want to practice yoga or meditation, use it as a base to explore from or just to lose yourself in a good book (as we did), this is the place to do it. There are plenty of local attractions that are just a bit too far to get to on foot but your host, Bele, will arrange travel and tours.

The 'eco' aspect of any tourism offer always raises a 'greenwash' concern for me. Here it is well considered and balances consumption with comfort, food is seasonal and locally sourced. Bicycles are available and you are encouraged to use them, the grounds are planted up with native species. An existing travel infrastructure can be used without the need to create new.

All in all a great place to stay, we'll definitely be back and for longer next time.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 24, 2010

WoW!!!, is all i can say, I thought i had died and gone to heaven,this place is 3 acres of beautiful grass grounds, with fruit trees, bamboo, fish ponds and the most amazing location and the most wonderful hosts that you are ever likely to meet, from the moment that Panom picked me up at the train station, till the moment i left, i was treated like one of the family, Panom and Petchura are two of lifes treasures, and there knowledge of the culture, the religion, and the surrounding country side is amazing,
but what is more amazing is the wonderful accommodation with a huge bed, air conditioning, cable tv, home cooked breakfast, and home cooked evening meals, I was spoilt because i was the only guest at this time, but i have no doubt everybody would get the same welcome, this place is perfect to relax and just take a stroll around the hills and temples or a walk to the waterfalls, or take an organised tour from there office in Chaing Mai, I loved it, my only regret is that 4 days was not long enough, im going to come back for a few weeks hopefully next year and with rates starting at BHT1000 per night its the best bargain in Chaing Mai

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
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San Francisco Bay Area
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Reviewed February 14, 2010

We arrived at the backpacker's paradise to find a secluded lodge with ponds and beautiful fruit trees. We did not stay overnight as we were dinner guests for the evening, although it's the perfect place to get away from the busy life in Chiang Mai or other surrounding cities in Thailand. The covered patio was beautiful for our dining experience, while we listened to the crickets and frogs in the serene park-like setting. The hosts are the most kind and welcoming people ever! Our evening at the Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Lodge was a most memorable experience!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Lodge
Address: 113/4 Moo 5 | Ban Tung Ha bon ,Tambon Maeram, Amper Mae Rim, Mae Rim, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Mae Rim
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Mae Rim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ban Rai Tin Thai Ngarm Eco Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Eco-Lodge for all nature lovers located in the countryside village of Mae Rim district, 20 km north from Chiang Mai. We provide the ensuite bungalows with king-size bed, private bathroom,comfortable tiered terraces both in front & back, free Wi-Fi internet and dependable transport for transferring to & from Chiang Mai Airport. If you are the ones searching for a peaceful place to stay on the scenic hill surrounded with tropical forest and highly interested in learning & touching real Thai culture with local people, Banrai Tin Thai Ngarm is definitely the answer. Come to stay with us to fullfill your memorable holidays in the north of Thailand. ... more   less 
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