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Upcountry Bungalows
Bangkok, Thailand
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60 reviews
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“Beautiful Scenery-Comfortable and Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed at this place for one night. The location is beautiful with gardens and mountains to look out at. The room was beautiful with an outdoor shower and a comfy bed. There is a tv with DVDs available if you want to relax. The owners are very kind and helpful and grow/raise much of the food you will eat there. When we were there we could not choose what we wanted for dinner I'm guessing because we were the only guests. The food was delicious but it is important to note if you have any dietary concerns. If you stay here this seems to be the only place to eat as there isn't much else around..which is why you would choose this place :)

This is definitely a place you would stay to get away from it all. There is nothing else around so you can really relax.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Tony and Numa are wonderful hosts who do all they can to make your stay a very enjoyable experience.

Nuna is a wonderful tour guide also - we took a full day excursion with her around the Phu Chi Fa region. Nuna's knowledge of the region, and also of the people living there made this a great day out. At the end of the day we felt that we knew most of what there was to know and had seen all that we wanted to see. The day out ended with a full Thai massage which was excellent. If you do not have much time in Phu Chi Fa, then we would definitely recommend that you take a day out with Nuna to optimise your stay.

The bungalows themselves are modern and very well appointed and very comfortable. The eating and dining area is well laid out and a great place to enjoy a coffee in the mornings while you watch the sun come up over the mountains - or a cold beer or (infamous) mojito at the end of the day. The meals that were prepared by Nuna were delightful.

The only slight downside to the bungalows as that they were not quite as remote as we had expected - though this could be a positive for some travellers. The bungalows are alongside the highway, so there is some traffic noise throughout the day.

When it was time for us to move on we were planning to take a bus to Chiang Rai and then transfer to another bus to Wiang Pa Pau. Tony and Nuna were making a trip down to Chiang Mai, so they took us with them and went out of their way in order to drop us off at the door of our destination. This really was "going the extra mile".

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

This place is absolutely spectacular - the gorgeous views, beautiful bungalows, delicious food (and drinks), and great company (Tony and Nuna!) make this place a true gem. Tony and Nuna are not only lovely people, they are well-traveled and have great advice for interesting places to see around Thailand and beyond. The bungalows are terrific - big windows to enjoy the view, super comfortable beds, and outdoor showers where you can gaze at the stars. The movie collection there is extensive if you want to kick back and get really lazy. The gardens are so pretty and the source of much of the menu, which you will find yourself indulging in frequently. Oh and the included breakfasts? Let's just say that they set a totally new standard. Try Nuna's homemade yogurt, it is fantastic. Upcountry Bungalows is great - can't wait to get back there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Costa Mesa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

I hesitate to express my strong feelings about this place, because I don't want to get crowded out next time I want to go back.
Tony and Nuna are guilty of all the virtues attributed to them in the prior reviews.

All the food Nuna makes , especially the Wing Bean Salad, is divine.
You couldn't ask for a more amusing host than Tony, who has some stories and knows how to tell them.

There are many things worth visiting nearby and Nuna can tailor an expedition to pique your interests.
We visited a huge antique grinding stone where 2 girls worked the bar that rotated the mill.
We stopped in on hatmakers, silk weavers, embroiderers, shamans, whiskey-makers, farmers and fishermen.


We had an outrageous multi -course dinner at the best local prawn farm.
We went to outdoor markets with Nuna to buy ingredients for meals.
I passed on the varied selection of insects, but they were fun to photograph.

Nuna is a force of nature and her sense of fun illuminates every day trip.
Her extensive roots in the area, where every other person is a cousin, makes for an entree into local life, that is invaluable.

If you pass on a massage with Nuna's sister you will make the biggest mistake of your life.
She is an accomplished practitioner of Thai massage. She is gifted, a real doctor feel-good who leaves you feeling energized.

Currently Upcountry Bungalows only boasts 3 bungalows.
If you are lucky enough to get in, it will undoubtably zoom to the top of your " Thailand Favorite Places" list.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2012

I am Belgian and spend a month at Upcountry Bungalows.
Nuna is not only an outstanding tour guide but all so and excellent cook.
She spoiled me with Classic and Northern Thai food.
To my big surprise she even knew how to prepare Rabbit and Eal the Flemish style (one of the favorite meals of Pieter Paul Rubens the famous Flemish painter)

On top of this Nuna speaks good English and guided me to places the usual tourist never gets to because only specialised guides with good connections with the local people and monks are allowed to enter these sacred places.

Tony is that kind of person one can talk with about all most everything but the added value is that he is an expert in art of the Far East and Tribal Art in general.
So you will never get bored staying with these people.
This stay was a home run.
Can´t wait to go back next year for a guided tour to Cambodja and Laos.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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La Quinta, Ca.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

The owners Tony and Nuna were the perfect hosts. Tony is American and Nuna is from Thailand so the Upcountry Bunglow has the best of both worlds for us.

The grounds are pristine and well laid out. There is a beautiful organic garden and they have chickens so we ate fresh eggs for breakfast and boy, you can really tell the difference and we heard that fresh chicken and rabbit is served on occasion.

Our bungalow was modern with flat screen TV, DVD player, very clean with a great mattress and fluffy duvet. We slept like rocks the first night. The outdoor shower was refreshing and wonderfully hot and very private. There is something to be said about taking a shower in nature.

Dinner was fantastic due to the wide variety and mixture of seasonings, meats and the fresh organic vegetables they grow on the property. Breakfast was a great treat as well as my husband just happened to mention the evening before that he would like to try an English breakfast. Nuna kept that in the back of her mind and did not disappoint. Fresh everything including her own homemade bread. No way will you leave the table hungry.

Nuna was also our tour guide. She and Tony took us on the Phu Chi Fa day trip which included the Hot Mineral Falls, Tahi/Lao Market visiting actual Hmong families and a local silk factory. What we loved so much about her style is she makes sure you actually experience it with no pressure of tourist traps to buy anything.

After our full day it was Mojito time (the best one-OK TEN-we have ever had) on the deck of the outdoor bar/restaurant with the most amazing sunset.

After our cocktail hour, another amazing fresh fab dinner with our hosts and others.

I can't say enough about this wonderful find and that we can't wait to return. Truly one of our best experiences and stays of our 2 month trip through Southeast Asia.
Don't miss it!

  • Stayed December 2011
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2011

We spent three nights and four days at Upcountry and found it to be the perfect getaway: the local scenery is beautiful, our hosts were terrific, the rooms are spacious and well-appointed with lovely bathrooms, the food excellent, and the touring memorable.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Upcountry Bungalows

Property: Upcountry Bungalows
Address: 157 Moo 18, Ban Ton Yang | T. Ngao, Thoeng 57160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Thoeng
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Thoeng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A peaceful, eco-friendly getaway in the mountains of Northern Thailand, Upcountry Bungalows is a small, modern, affordable, privately-owned resort with many amenities. English, Thai spoken.Each bungalow has a queen-size bed, top-quality furniture, lighting, linens. Satellite TV (western Thai movies, CNN, BBC, financial networks. Extra folding bed available.Eight-foot windows, sliding doors front beautiful view and open to large wooden decks. Attached, tiled bathrooms with private outdoor showers. On site restaurant and bar. Guided tours. ... more   less 

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