BaanBooLOo was one of four hotels we enjoyed during our recent trip to Thailand. We had the pleasure of spending four nights in this urban oasis. This was the least expensive place we stayed, but the MOST personal attention and culturally rewarding experience of our entire trip. For comparison, we splurged $1200/night at Six Senses Samui, which was obviously very nice...but dollar for dollar BaanBooLOo offers unparalleled value and personal service. Adisak and Ohn (owner and operator, respectively) are quintessential "gentle souls" who exemplify the hospitality of the Thai people.
The lush garden setting is ideally located within the walls of the old city in the heart of Chiang Mai. The setting is on a quite street just a short walk from Wat Phra Singh, a central temple landmark in Chiang Mai. It's extremely easy and safe to get everywhere in the city from this guest house. (Note: the Sunday Walking Street is a very short walk and well worth booking your stay to be there over a Sunday night).
The BaanBooLOo ambiance is casual and provides ample privacy, even when the property is fully booked. Guests come and go on their own schedule, yet Adi and Ohn always seem to be present in the garden to greet you in the morning and upon return at the end of the day. Each night, they take the time to ask about your day, answer questions about Thai culture, and help plan the following day (if you want help). Ohn even booked a car hire for us and translated the day's itinerary to the driver for several points outside the city (elephant camp, Doi Suthep temple, craft village, pottery studios, etc). Adi and Ohn want to maximize the experience for every guest.
The highlight of our stay was the Thai cooking class offered by Ohn. It's a private time for couples or family to participate in the preparation of a special meal tailored to the guest's diet preferences. Ohn gives everyone simple preparation tasks while she demonstrates and explains the ingredients, aesthetics, and techniques involved in traditional Thai dishes. As the three-course meal comes together, she sets the table for a romantic dinner then quietly recedes to allows her guests to enjoy a romantic dinner. We had no expectation going in, but the night turned out to be one of those evening we will talk about and remember for the rest of our lives.
BaanBooLOo is a must see for any Chiang Mai visitor. I could carry on trying to articulate all the merits of this property, but you really need to experience it to appreciate just how special this place is. My wife and I hope to return some day when our children are older. This is a special place that provides an incomparable experience behind and unassuming facade. Book it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique small Thai country village style guesthouse with surrounding wooden villas, hammocks, country garden, outdoor lounges with lots of arts and wood carvings. Visitors should be aware that this is a very natural setting. There are many kinds of creatures in the gardens Some bathrooms are semi open air and mosquitos are omnipresent as in the most part of Chiang Mai. We use mosquito netting in bedrooms as well as using air-conditioning, fans and mosquito repellents and creams free of charge. Guests are advised to wear loose fitting clothing with long sleeves and leg coverings in the early mornings and early evenings or to use a good strength anti mosquito spray. Sunny daytimes are mostly mosquito free. Hard to believe but BaanBooLOo Village seems completely cut off from the noise of the city centre yet is only 15 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport. It is without question the quietest location in all of central Chiang Mai. We are in the central historic Old City Inner Moat area just 5 minutes walk from the major landmark Wat Pra Singh temple known by all in Chiang Mai. We provide a comprehensive and hearty Thai and International breakfast from 7am until 10am. We do cater for early start breakfasts and special dietary needs. Guests are recommended to discuss any special needs upon check-in. We have a quiet policy after 10pm as these are wooden houses and respect for neighbours is paramount. We also have an outdoor late lounge area with music and drinks until around midnight which is separate from guest rooms to avoid sleep disturbance. There are late night bars, jazz club and eateries all within 20 minutes walk or a short tuk tuk ride for around 100 baht. Most venues are open until around 1am. A handful are open until the early hours. Our concierge service includes helping guests to plan activities/spas/trekking plus advice on events in and around the city. This service is impartial and is included in the room charge. We would never recommend tourist service companies with animal cruelty reputations. BaanBooLOo Village is a 'green' environmentally friendly organisation evolving gradually. Our long term goal is to create a green oasis in the form of a living museum in the historic old city walls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baanbooloo Traditional Thai Guest House Hotel Chiang Mai