I stayed at the bamboo nest for 3 nights in feb 2012 and it just wasn't long enough. Nok and Noi the owners were extremely warm and welcoming and would help you with just about anything. I got the free pick up from the connect cafe in central chiang rai in the afternoon. The rooms are very comfortable considering how basic they are. I paid 600baht a night for a double bed room which perched on the hillside looking down on a valley and rice fields from the local Lahu village. It had a heated shower but I found it was so cold in the morning it didn't make a difference. All rooms are made from bamboo by the local villagers and are fairly spacious. You can walk to an amazing waterfall in 40mins via the Akha village or to the hot springs in an hour via the Lahu village. The surroundings are absolutely beautiful and the guesthouse is a very relaxing place to enjoy it from. They both cooked some fantastic food ESP the yellow curry and BBQ fish. They also arrange courses to learn local skills such as cotton weaving and basket weaving to educate tourists and help the hill tribe people to earn some extra money. I really enjoyed making a scarf and some others learnt to make crossbows! At night the views of the stars are amazing because there is so little light pollution nearby. There is a cafe in the Akha village that has wifi about 30 mins walk from bamboo nest. All in all I had a wonderful stay and hope to return for a longer stay next time as was ideal for relaxing but there was also so much to do that I didnt manage to do this time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bam Boo Nest offers a range of simple, comfortable and uniquely styled bamboo cottages built by local craftsmen in natural locally sourced sustainable materials. Following the wisdom of the native people, each cottage has bamboo flooring, walls and thatched roof. All have private bathrooms with hot showers, comfortable beds (with mosquito nets), verandas and floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the spectacular views. ... more less