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“A great place but poor organisation” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bamboo Nest de Chiang Rai
Ranked #1 of 160 Chiang Rai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A great place but poor organisation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Firstly I would recommend a trip here as the location and scenery are fantastic but please bear in mind that the staff seem to be overworked and poorly organised. When we arrived both Noi and Nok were out but there was a walking guide there who was cooking a meal for 3 American girls. After he'd finished he anounced to my wife that he was going on a trek so we could not have lunch much less move into our rooms.

About 3 hours later Noi turned up and moved us into a triple room, not the 2 doubles we'd booked, but that suited us, with a blow-up bed we'd brought we made a comfortable room for us and our 2 young boys.

However when the first guide returned he wanted us to move out of the room and kept saying that he'd told me this room was for his guests. However, I hadn't spoken to him at all. He got agressive and put his hand on the handle of his parang (a one foot long knife used for clearing bamboo), whether a deliberate move or not the message was made clear. I explained that we would not be moving rooms and went to my car away from my wife and kids so that we could discuss this further. Anyhow the issue was resolved and later Noi and Nok explained that this guide had mental health issues....and to ignore him. I never did get to explain this to the 3 American girls who probably think I'm a complete nutter for loosing my temper with their guide but I really don't expect to be treatened by a staff member when I'm on holiday.

Aside from this the place is wonderful, peaceful and the scenery is fabulous. The rooms are very clean, the food is good and people that were there on holiday were like-minded and fun. Nok you need more staff, someone should be at the resort throughout the day.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2012

Bamboo Nest is rates number one in the b&b category in Chiang Rai, Before I reach there, I keep wondering what is so special about this simple and crude cottage... and now I have to agree it is up to its name.
Our "bungalow" located nicely opposite of a valley and terrace paddy field, I guess the paddy field is about 5 km away from us, viewing from top - 'Wow' is only word I can describe.
We rent an family cottage with 1 double bed and 2 single beds. The cottage are are built from bamboo, although it is simple but really well organize. The bathroom is simple and bright, hot water is provided. The bed is so comfort and cotton blanket is good enough to keep warm through the cold night.
When darkness falls, the temperature become cold, and Nok was so kind to light up a bonfire near the dining area. Noi is really a good chef, all of our meal prepared by her and it is superb meal I ever had in Chiang Rai.
As we are staying highland, we are pretty close to the sky, I bet I never see so many stars in my life before I come to Bamboo Nest.. Trust me, the sky is so clear and you won't like to miss a chance to enjoy this starry starry night.
We had good stay, snapping enough good photos and most of all, seek an inner peace from this wonderful highland.

Room Tip: We have a wonderful night at family cottage.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

My husband and I stayed for three nights and would have liked to stay longer. The location is magnificent and definitely the place to get away from it all. Although the bamboo huts are basic, they are very comfortable indeed.

The food is great, well, it is in the evening. Breakfast is a bit ordinary, though the pancakes are very highly recommended.

We teamed up with 3 other guests and with the help of a rudimentary map hand drawn by Noi we were able to make our way to the Akha Hill tribe village and the nearby waterfall. The waterfall is really quite spectacular and well worth a visit. We had lunch at the Akha Guest house before returning happily to Bamboo Nest.

My husband and I took the one day guided trek which was led by Noi. While he tried his best to make it interesting, there was far too little trekking and far too much hanging around between activities. If you are going to do this actiity, discuss it in detail beorehand, which we did not do. Hopefully you will then not be disappointed.

The evenings were wonderful. A couple of drinks as the sun went down looking out over the picturesque valley. As said above, the evening meals that we tried were all excellent. Noi lit a camp fire after dark and it wax a good end to the day chatting with the other guests.

Unfortunately they were rushing to complete construction of 2 more bamboo huts. This did not bother us in he day time as we were out and about. However, the hammering which continued till 11.15pm rather spoiled the peace and quiet. It only stopped for the night when another guest complained. However, construction should all be completed by Dec 21st.

This is a very special place. Nuk was a wonderfully helpful hostess and tried her very best to make our stay a good one. We would definitely return with a few good books to just enjoy getting away for a while.

Room Tip: All rooms have it's own views. If you don't like too many steps, ask for a hut closer to the...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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95 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

You are not staying in Chiang Rai here. You're staying in the beautiful jungle-covered hills amongst the hill tribe villages. The food is great (try the brilliant yellow curry), the location exquisite, and the service effort superb. It takes a while for your food to arrive, the solar electricity runs out to be replaced by candles mid-evening, and it's all part of the experience. We had a great trek with a Karen villager called Pung who works there ( they make a REAL effort to employ local villagers). Rooms come with a balcony and hammock. Drinks are available from a cool box and you write down what you have. After dinner a fire is lit and your fellow guests sit around. One night Noi (owner/builder/creator) came and sat with us having cut some sugar cane and talked to us about plants, villages etc. If you want to get away, this is a brilliant place to stay. Free transfers at fixed times to and from Chiang Rai bus station.

Room Tip: Get one further away from the restaurant for the best views.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alan R
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

It takes a small hour by 4x4 to drive up the hills and reach the bamboo nest. This makes the location totally unique, surrounded by hill tribes and beautiful nature. The bamboo nest itself has all the amenities you could ask for when staying in the mountains, basic but clean and comfortable. The place is small, the seven rooms are scattered around a beautifuly kept garden and is surrounded only by nature.

The best thing about the bamboo nest is how it is run. The couple that owns it go out of their way to make your stay special, from driving you up the mountain to guiding you on treks and making you excellent food.

The hikes range grom easy to hard and there is a lot to see in the surrounding jungle.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Prague, CZ
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87 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

Comments on Tripadvisor are most of them very true about this place (even about teh 4x4 drive :).
Noi and Nok are very nice hosts, very busy to run the place.
The Bamboo huts are simple but well designed, clean, pleasant, quiet, with amazing scenery, and surprisingly, over the 3 night we stayed there, we did not meet any flying or crawling guest in our hut!
The rooms are not expensive, Nok and Noi probably compensate via the trips and activities costs.

My advises:
1. At least 3 nights to enjoy the place.
2. Go for a whole day treck in the Jungle (no boat, no elephant) with the guide. It´s a real adventure, with swim at the waterfall and going through hill tribe villages (without traps).
3. Nok ´s GREEN CURRY is a must try! Probably the best we had in Thailand. :)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nick-Prague
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Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

We were collected at the bus station as arranged by Nok, driven up to bamboo nest which is about half an hour drive, when the road becomes dirt it get very interesting not to mention steep! We drove through the local hill tribe village. The bamboo huts are simple but so clean and the views are to die for especially in the mornings with the clouds hanging in the valley below you. Nok and noi are wonderful hosts working so hard to make it whatever you want it to be. We did a trek with noi for a day which was just super, his knowledge and love of the nature and people around him are inspiring. The food that Nok prepares is wonderful, the best yellow curry in Thailand!! We stayed for 3nights but next time will try and stay much longer. What a lovely way to live.

Room Tip: Our hut was lovely but some I think don't have a mirror and one had no sink in the bathroom, but...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Stuartdeborah
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Property: Bamboo Nest de Chiang Rai
Address: 41 Moo 6 , Baan Jajall, Tumbol Doi Hung, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Chiang Rai
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 160 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Rai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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 

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