The creative mind for over three decades behind many palaces, restaurants, hotels, resorts, and pubs in Thailand as well as Thai embassies overseas, noted interior designer ML Sudavadee Kriangkrai found Phu Chaisai a home for solace and peace of mind. Once a bamboo forested hill, it was gradually and inventively transformed into a cozy residence and later a resort, all within five years.
Phu Chaisai is now an oasis of spirituality for city dwellers that seek refuge from the wear and tear of the city. One can’t help but be impressed by the beauty of the tranquility and the natural setting. Thirty-four rooms were made of bamboo and are void of television sets and electronic alarm clocks. In the warm embrace of Mother Nature, many can make peace with their inner selves.
Simplicity is always the key to ML Sudavadee’s designs. In the East-meets-West fashion show, she defined her design as integrated for relaxation of body and mind with high-quality hospitality and professional performance.
Soaked in dew, the fresh green leaves of trees glisten as day breaks. The entire mountain range and forest is a thick canopy of green humming with the singing of birds and insects. Open your eyes and from the confines of your bed watch the sun moving up the horizon.
From the outside, this small and romantic resort is just a cluster of ordinary bamboo huts with thatched rooms, but once you step inside you realize that these huts are special. Devoid of brand name decorative items and expensive furniture, Phu Chaisai chose to build with decorative items.
The air is just one of the many attractions of Phu Chaisai (Mountain of Clear Hearts), an enchanting little “boutique” resort located in the hills outside of Mae Chan, in Chiang Rai. The relative silence is another. The breathtaking views afforded from the generous terraces and the bright and airy rooms, as well as most of the common areas, is yet another.
The resort is ideally for the traveller who wants to get away from it all without leaving the comforts of home, to get off the beaten track but without going to far. The rooms call “cottages”, are stacked three high in seven hillside clusters and constructed in traditional hill tribe style with mud floors, bamboo walls, and leaf roofs.
All of the furnishings are, of course, ingeniously made of bamboo, from the tables and chairs to the door handles and light fixtures, even clothes hangers and soap dishes.
Meeting & Conference Facilities
Our meeting and conference rooms are thoroughly peaceful, intimate and surrounded by natural beauty, overlooking scenic mountains.
The swimming pool is modest – it is better described as a “wading” pool – but beautifully designed. There is also an outdoor lounge next to the pool with fully-stocked bar. This is a good spot to curl up with a holiday paperback in the afternoon or have small parties in the evening.
- Conference room
- Meeting room
- Banquet hall
- Non-smoking area
- Smoking area
- 24-hour security
- Bellboy service
- Currency exchange facilities
- Hotel safe
- Laundry service
- Newspaper stand
- NO Garage
- NO Large pets allowed (over 5 kg)
- NO Small pets allowed (under 5 kg)
- NO Wheelchair-accessible
- Room service
- Smoke detector
- Sun terrace
- YES Car park
- Spa centre
- Spa treatments
- Air conditioned
- Business hotels
- Hotels with spa
- Sport hotels
- Swimming Pool
- Bungalows: 32
- NO Connecting rooms
- Total number of rooms: 34
- Villas: 2
- Year of construction: 2000
- Year of most recent renovation: 2006
- Ã la carte dinner
- Ã la carte lunch
Methods of payment
- American Express
Room facilities (Standard room)
- 220V power supply
- Direct dial telephone
- NO Disability-friendly bathroom
- NO Smoking rooms
- NO Wheelchair-accessible
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Cycling / mountain biking
- Horse riding
Services marked with (*) shall be paid at the establishment.
Phu View Restaurant & Bar
The open-air restaurant with a panoramic mountain views of Doi Mae Salong offers an extensive simple menu, but not too simple. The menu includes outstanding “Sai Oua” (Northern sausage) made from scratch, and even pizza and bread baked fresh daily. Most vegetable and herbs are grown organically on the property, with the goal of being as close to self-sufficient as possible.
Currently no specific policy is available.
It's likely that the common policy applies: Children below 12 years of age stay free of charge in their parent's room in a cot/rollaway bed. Breakfast for the child has to be purchased extra.
For other children an extra bed has to be booked (Triple Room).