About the Homestay
My name is Samart (Joe) and I am a former Buddhist monk, now working in tourism. I believe in sustainable living in the nature, so I built traditional tribal jungle huts, high in the mountains in Mae Wang, to move away from the city of Chiang Mai.
Here in the mountains it's a simple life, quiet and traditional. You will stay in the middle of lush jungle and enjoy the amazing views to the valley. The sight of the morning mists clearing in the sunrise is my favorite, and I consider myself lucky to experience it every day!
I built the huts with help from my friends and volunteers. We used natural building materials from the area. We have solar panels for electricity and an expanding organic farm where we grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices for delicious Thai meals.
There are two Karen tribe villages close by and we set up a weekend school at the huts, to teach local children English, sustainable living and other useful subjects to improve their lives.
If you stay with me, you can help at the weekend school or at the schools in villages where we also need volunteers for teaching English. You can also help locals working in the fields and learn about rice farming. We always have a lot of work at our huts and organic farm as well if you are interested in learning traditional building methods and about permaculture. Or you can explore the area, go for treks and hikes and visit local waterfalls.
You can cook with me in the evenings, my friends say I am a good cook, and I enjoy teaching them how to cook traditional Thai meals.
- Non Smoking
- Allow Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Mae Wang district is located to the south-east of Chiang Mai in the direction of Doi Inthanon National Park, but the road to get to us is not the same.
From Mae Wang it's another half hour drive up a mountain to where our huts are. There are no shops in the area, no hotels, just nature and hill tribe villages. There is also Royal Organic Agriculture Project within walking distance of our huts.
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Please keep in mind that this is a traditional northern Thai area and we respect nature and culture of the hill tribes and we also ask this of our guests. Do not litter, be careful about water and electricity usage, recycle, be respectful of local tribes and do not be loud and disturb the quiet.
These are most important rules to stay with us.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.