We stayed here for 4 nights and completely fell in love with the place. Entering the resort is literally stepping into paradise, the gardens it is named for are beautifully green and lush, and flocking with birds and more butterflies than I've ever seen before in the wild.
Tim was welcoming and full of advice (it was our first ever visit to Chiang Mai), and she and her staff cooked some of the best food we had while in Thailand (anyone who has been will know that's saying something!). I still can't believe breakfast was included either, given the quantity of food we were given!
It's located a little while out of Chiang Mai which adds to the peace and quiet, but there are busses (of the covered pickup truck variety) up and down the main road about every 10 minutes, and it's 16THB per person into town (they stop in Chinatown). The busses only run until 9:30-10pm but we found a useful trick after then was to grab a tuk-tuk to the bus station where there were plenty of taxis who could run us up the road for 250THB.
The bungalow itself was immaculately clean, with fresh towels daily, air conditioning, good size bathroom with heated shower, and an area with a sink and a fridge. We also found that they're pretty well insulated against insects as well, which is rare to find.
If we were to visit Chiang Mai again we might choose to stay in town (for convenience and to get the experience really), but I certainly wouldn't mark the out-of-town location as a downside unless you're simply going to Chiang Mai for the nightlife.
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- Romyen Garden Resort, your rustic hide-away only 15 minutes from town. Experience the peaceful charm of this Lanna Style Bungalow, set amongst shady trees and natural park land. Transportation running past the main road from 06:00 to 20:30 every day. ... more less
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