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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Stayed in Joy's Guest House in Jan. Very nice people, clean accommodation, helpful staff. They make you feel like home. Love the nice live music played at night, and the breakfast, as most of the day I was away on trips.

The Thai message there is a must-do. Great experience.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank FreeEgypt
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Joys house

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvytp8ZrtXg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGWQIwqlmfs

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MileHiTravelrs
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We spend a 4 nights stay at joy's house in chiang my and really enjoyed every single minute, since we we're made feeling like it was our home, but with a warm hearted thai atmosphere.
We really enjoyed the accompany of joy's children and the stories they told us and gave us a very deep impression what is their live about.
Every evening we took the chamce taste their self cooked food, which from our point view was delicious. Also we made some of the tours joy's house is offering and we had some great experiences during it, and learned a lot of the culture. We did the markets and temple tour, so as the hill tribe visit and one of the elefant tours. Unfortunately we did had the time to visit the children shelter foundation, but we would definetly do it, when we can come back, as well as the self cooking experience.
In fact joy's house is a little bit far outside the city center, but didn't really need to go there since we felt very comfortable we the nice and chilled atmosphere in the evening where could listen such nice live music. Special thanks to all the children who give us such a great stay there and also to Joy who was really engaged to help us with every single wish and also was really interested to our experine and what may make the stay even more comfortable.

We've recommended joy's to every of our friends when we came back and hope they can keep their idea of combining a social institution and guesthouse with such a nice style.

Looking forward to be there again!

Room Tip: Rooms on the pool site are a little bit more quite in the morning.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Hannes S
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a magical place. The moment you walk through the gates you realize you are somewhere special. The energy is positive and all the people, content. We arrived in the morning and were greeted by workers and children visiting from the Organic Farm. For some reason, their welcome touched me deeply. It was so pure and genuine. The experience only continued to get better. From the yoga lesson, welcome massage, cooking lesson and hike, both my husband and I, could not have asked for more. We did not schedule enough time to spend here. I want to go back. The idea of Charity Tourism is brilliant and this was one of the best experiences we have had in our travels. Breakfast was good, but dinner was special. The outdoor dining area is comfortable, and every night there was a musical troupe with acoustic guitar and the kids singing Western music. We actually cancelled plans one night to go out on the town because we were so comfortable staying at Joy's House. We think that is the best place to be in Chiang Mai!

Room Tip: We had a guest room off the pool. Quiet and private.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank imullmau
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

From the time I was picked up from the airport and throughout my stay Joy's House was exceptional. I stayed there during Christmas and the New Year. The atmosphere during the festive season was amazing and generosity of the staff was fantastic.

The rooms are clean and a generous size... there's a lot of variations and each one is unique. The gardens are beautiful and the pool setting is lovely.

I highly recommend Joy's House to anyone wanting to stay in Chiang Mai.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank Mark B
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