We arrived in Chiang Mai two days after being in Thailand, with our first stop being in Bangkok. We were greeted at the airport by A-ga, one of the students from Joy's House.
At Joy's House we immediately were greeted by Buyue to fill out the papers and get checked in. The atmosphere was really delightful. It was afternoon by that time, so we sat by the pool and then ordered a "snack" item from the menu, fried rice. It was more like a meal, and was extremely tasty!
Our room was in the additional part of the property and was way bigger than we needed. We were in room 19, which had a separate kitchen and living room, bedroom, and bathroom. The room had a king size bed and two smaller couches in the main area. We also had a little patio area as well.
Our welcome dinner the first night was just splendid. They make the most amazing food at Joys House and I highly recommend eating there as much as you can or want to. It’s truly a treat and you don’t have to think about what you are getting or ordering, just that it’ll be good. After dinner, the students play live music and sing American songs, it's really quite fun and magical. I loved listening to them sing and it created a relaxed-family style atmosphere that makes you want to stay forever.
For our day trips, we did the children’s shelter which easily could be the highlight of our entire time in Thailand. The farm is really spectacular. The children are so well mannered, accommodating, and open, you just love them instantly. They really have an amazing life there and it makes you feel like you are doing a good thing by visiting. The food at the farm was once again great! We also went to the hot springs at night for a bath and it was such a great experience, I'm just sad I didn't capture any pictures of it. Be sure to do this if you visit the farm. We stayed one night at the farm and it gave us some extra time with the kids, which was nice. I know I'll be back here one day.
Other trips we did, elephant camp, feeding the monks at Wat Doi Suthep, and cooking school. Our bike ride to the market was a lot of fun and the girls who accommodated us (Leone and Par) were very attentive and offered us everything in the market to eat and try. The class was fun, and our teacher (Joy’s daughter) was really great as well. We made more food than two people can eat so we shared it with as many people as positive. For each trip you do through Joy’s House you’ll be accompanied by one of the student’s or staff. That in itself makes it worth staying here. You always felt a part of the things you were doing and the culture by having a local with you.
The best part about Joy’s House is that you feel as this is a home-away-from home. It’s about 20 minutes from the center of town and they provide a shuttle twice a day or you can get your own tuk tuk for 200 baht. It was pretty easy to get transportation to and from the town square. Joy’s House had maps for us with directions in Thai that we could hand to any taxi driver to get us home easily—which was great.
Overall, it’s where I’d recommend you’d stay if you want a true Thai experience with amazing people, food and atmosphere.
Here are a few videos of Joy's House & The Children's Shelter
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sawas dee kah,...We invite you to stay with our family in comfortable traditional houses in our tropical garden with Spa, Massage and Swimming Pool. Our restaurant will offer you the authentic Thai kitchen. We also guide you through NorthThailand. You will experience Thailand beyond the beaten tourist paths. Further more you can visit our Social Project „Children’s Shelter Foundation“ in the mountains. Warmheartedly welcome Joy & Ulli - Joy’s House Family ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Joy`s House Hotel Chiang Mai