If you're looking for the best showers in Chiang Mai or no neighbours, look elsewhere.
If, however, you appreciate being surrounded by trees, ferns, plants and wildlife whilst staying somewhere that is nothing like a typical hotel, then you'll love it.
The 9 villas are well laid out and both the standard and deluxe types have their advantages.
I chose a standard one as I loved the idea of a raised platform with seating making you closer to the trees, chipmunks and butterflies. It was just as I expected.
The 4 standard villas each have a small access way off the central area making them feel very private. There is a built in seat for each one and a communal table planted up in the centre. There was rarely more than just us there as everyone comes and goes at different times.
We stayed in Cyathea barn, which other than the deluxe one, is the only one to overlook the pool which may be useful if you have children old enough to be in the pool by themselves, but you'd like to keep an eye on them whilst you rest,
I sleep on a futon on a solid base at home and whilst this wasn't as firm it was wonderful not to have a soggy spring mattress, we slept well.
Air conditioning was very efficient but only needed once, there is TV which I didn't turn on but presume it worked, a kettle that got plenty of use (thank you for keeping me in teabags when mine ran out!) and a better hair dryer than I own, it was really good.
If you're lucky you may get a fern tour, it was so interesting and has inspired me to grow more in the shady bit of my own garden.
The tours are good value and we had a great time, you can add or remove different places from a basic list.
Don't get a cab into town, the bus is great and took 20mins and you get to meet local people, just flag a green one down outside and we got a tuktuk or cab back.
There is a walk/ bike trail map taking you around the local area, we walked it as you see so much more, and the local people are very friendly.
There is a 7-11 near by if needed, out the entrance, turn right and around 3 mins later it's over the road, and a proper chemist too, same side as Fern Paradise about another 4 mins along.
On the subject of the road a few here have mentioned noise. If you look on google maps you can take a walk with the little man and decide for yourself if you think it's too busy, and it's a lot quieter than staying in Chiang Mai. It doesn't claim to be in the middle of the forests, but it does have it's own little one and it's a lot quieter than living here in London.
Breakfast are excellent, fruit juice, toast, croissants, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, omelettes, boiled eggs etc or a fry up but I'm a veggie. Plenty of tea and coffee too.
Didn't need lunch but did have dinner there and very nice that was too whilst listening to the bull frogs and cycadias.
If I could change anything it would be the showers as they are boring compared to the rest of the room, but I didn't visit Chiang Mai to have a great shower experience and wouldn't let that stop me from going back and I intend to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The touch of nature, to live in the old rice barn, to meet the diversity of ferns, to be away from crowded city and stay in a peaceful land which is surrounded by shady trees and variety of ferns. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fern Paradise Hotel San Sai
- Fern Paradise Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
- Fern Paradise Hotel Chiang Mai