Situated off the beaten path in rural Northern Thailand, Baan Chai Khao Village Homestay offers travelers a rare chance to experience genuine Thai country life in a protected and truly magical setting. Our hosts, Dan (originally from the UK) and Arunya (born in the region and inheritor of her grandfather's land) provided a unique combination of proper hospitality in a delightfully laid-back atmosphere.
The open-aired teak wood home is sparsely appointed with locally sourced antiques, wooden chaise lounges and hand-made reclaimed furniture making it both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Western quality mattresses, air conditioning in the sleeping rooms and on-demand hot water deliver all the comforts of a hotel without taking away from the home's intrinsic authenticity.
Dan and Arunya are both excellent hosts, effortlessly tending to their organic fruit orchard whilst respectfully attending to the needs of their guests. On our first night at the homestay Arunya prepared a traditional Thai meal which was served on an eclectic mix of china, a surprising touch reflecting Dan's English heritage. After dinner a cool breeze blew through the house sweeping sheer white curtains through open doorways, in the distance, the sounds of monks chanting from the local monastery. I stretched out on the wide, wrap-around porch and drifted off to sleep as the sun set over the mountain.
I can not imagine a more more serene setting in which to become acquainted with a way of life tourists rarely see. I highly recommend.