We stayed at Howie's Homestay for three nights during our honeymoon, and it was truly a highlight of our trip to Thailand. Howie and his wife Jerri have built an amazing home outside of Chiang Mai, with beautiful buildings set in the middle of a carefully curated garden that spans the entire property. We loved staying in our own building, set a bit apart from the pool and kitchen for a bit of privacy. Our "room" was, like the rooms throughout the property, designed to be both beautiful and functional - a hidden television at the foot of the television, a glass-enclosed bathroom overlooking a lovely garden with an outdoor shower and bath, a fridge tucked into an antique-looking cabinet outdoors filled with water, soda and other drinks, as well as an array of snacks. I could go on for pages, but in short everything about the property was wonderful, and we loved walking around the garden, swimming in the giant pool and lounging in the gazebo or on the lounge chairs.
Aside from the property, the food at Howie's was among the best we experienced in Thailand. Jerri's cooking was absolutely amazing, and far surpassed most of the Thai food we ate on our trip (we still talk about her Khao san noodles!). More impressive, she clearly went out of their way to cater to our tastes - when we mentioned how much we loved mango sticky rice, Jerri got ingredients at the market to make the dish while we were there. Additionally, I don't love fish sauce (which was difficult to avoid in Thailand) and Jerri had no problems finding substitutes so that we could eat everything.
The service here was also top notch, as Howie and Jerri went out of their way to make sure that we had a wonderful time both while we stayed with them and on the rest of our journey in Thailand. Before we even arrived, Howie recommended things to do in other cities in Thailand and set us up with a great tour guide to see the Chiang Mai temples and spa and dinner reservations at some of his favorite places in town. We ate each meal with Howie (and often Jerri) and loved hearing their thoughts and recommendations for different places and events/occurrences in Thailand. It was wonderful receiving such personal recommendations from people who have lived in Thailand for so long - we went to a local bistro with Howie and Jerri one night, where they are clearly cherished regulars, and visited Howie's masseuse where she gave us one of the best (and certainly the strongest!) massage we had while in Thailand. The level of service was really personal and unsurpassed, and Howie gave us recommendations for the next leg of our journey (which we happily took - the Shinta Mani spa in Siem Reap was amazing!) and checked in with us via email when we were heading back to the US.
Overall, I can't recommend this place enough. We had a magical stay and felt the price was more than justified. As a note on that, the price is all inclusive for room, food, snacks, drinks, laundry (which they happily did) and airport transfers, which made it cheaper than some of the other places we stayed in Thailand, which appeared less expensive on paper but were then more expensive once those extras were added in. We can't wait to go back on our next trip to Chiang Mai!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful and unique Thai dream house in the Himalayan foothills outside Chiang Mai featured in Architectural Digest, now welcomes guests to the one bedroom Teak Pavilion. A singular accommodation with 8-meter teak ceilings, floor to ceiling windows that open onto tropical gardens plus outdoor bathroom with sunken bath can be yours. Total privacy, home cooked Thai dinners served by the palm-fringed pool, daily massages, car w/driver are all included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howie's HomeStay Chiang Mai Province, Thailand