Chiang Dao Nest
Mini Resort
History

Amazing Food, Views, and Experiences

 

Chiang Dao Nest History
On November 9th 2002 Chiang Dao Nest opened!! The early days were very quiet and uncertain. (thanks to my Mum, Kieng and Kai for helping us financially during this time!!) We had the occasional passer-by who saw signs for Chiang Dao Nest nearby and ended up staying with us, but it was very few. Christmas and New Year were very quiet, but we were encouraged that the people who came here seemed to like it and a good number returned.

During this time, as we realized we could not (and didn’t want to) sit around waiting a year or two to appear in guidebooks, so our online presence was developed and we tried our hand at some marketing. This paid dividends when we had two articles in quick succession published in the Bangkok Post travel section. These had an instant, huge impact. People who were traveling around added us to their itineraries, and people who live and work in Thailand / Asia filed the article for future holidays. We are still enjoying their effect.

Partly to coincide with my mum’s first visit and partly from listening to our guests we added our first bathroom to a bungalow in September 2003. Following the success of this we quickly added two more in time for Christmas.

When we first arrived in Chiang Dao, Joseph had a recurring fever that the private hospitals could not cure which was very concerning. Thankfully it was eventually diagnosed as sinus problems which now seem to have passed.
Apart from this, the low point of the first year was in July 2003 when our main sign was removed overnight and eventually discovered burnt in a field. We don’t know who or why but we have our suspicions. This happened shortly before we were due to return to England for a short visit, so amongst a number of other “security” measures, we signed up for the security service that the local Police offer. (they still visit us two times every day). Thankfully we have not had any further problems to date.

There are some fascinating things to see and do around here. Throughout this time and on an ongoing basis we have been and are looking to expand our range of tours and treks that we offer. These have been very popular with visitors, and it is clear that if you want people to visit slightly out of the way places then laying on activities tours etc. is very important. We are always looking out for new and different things that might be interesting.

When the initial impact from the Bangkok Post articles died down and we had gained confidence and experience running Chiang Dao Nest we decided to open a Café in front of Chiang Dao Cave (September 2003) . To be honest we haven’t spent the time on this project as yet but it is running, serves good coffee, has some nice things to buy in it, and the cakes it sells are extemely popular with local children.

For Christmas 2003 we put on a two day special including traditional dancing, and big Christmas dinner. This proved to be very successful, and great fun. We were full throughout this time and filled rooms in other resorts as well. This Christmas and New Year we intend to do something similar but to surpass last years festivities!

New Years day 2004 saw us arrange and host our first wedding! Anne and Lloyd an Australian couple had a traditional Northern Thai marriage ceremony on our premises on the first day of the year. This was also a great success, and something that we will look to do again sometime in the future (not on New Years Day though!).

Joseph’s third birthday this year saw another milestone in our history. We made an agreement to take on the lease for another five bungalow mini-resort nearby. Previously running as Have Mountain guesthouse we saw it as a good prospect for the future. It has a marvelous location. We have spent the last few months stylizing, beautifying and generally improving the place along with adding some infrastructure essentials. It is now at a good standard and we are confident that guests will enjoy what is now Chiang Dao Nest 2, too!

April this year saw us get our TAT licence which gives us additional legitimacy and prestige. We have increasingly, mostly via the internet, been involved as travel planners for overseas visitors and now have good experience at arranging peoples entire North Thailand and beyond holiday regardless of whether they stay at Chiang Dao Nest or even visit Chiang Dao. This is an area we are looking to build upon.

We now get a good number of Chiang Mai/ Bangkok residents coming to us to “escape the city” for a night or two. This website has also attracted people overseas who are planning their North Thailand trip. Word of mouth from previous guests is perhaps the most important aspect. We are now in the position where throughout the year our rooms are rarely all unoccupied.

Throughout the time we have been open Wicha’s cooking (and the quality of her training of our catering staff) has been getting a great reputation and our restaurant welcomes a growing stream of non-resident diners.

The Future
We are, as usual, a bit strapped for cash just now, it all seems to get reinvested somewhere (mostly in the Heineken that Stuart and Wicha drink!), and we now have 11 rooms to fill, but we have penciled in plans for satellite sports TV (mainly for watching Norwich City Football Club!) at Chiang Dao Nest 2, more attached bathrooms, all showers being hot showers, maybe an additional bungalow at Chiang Dao Nest, staff lodgings at Chiang Dao Nest 2, …mini bars?!! …swimming pool?!! ….spa treatments?!! ... helicopter pad!! …who knows …..

Chiang Dao Nest Information
20 Bungalows, 2 Restaurants on two sites - All with Amazing Views- please click on text above for pictures of Chiang Dao Nest
Chiang Dao Nest Testimonials & Reviews - Of course we think it's great here, but what do our guests, and journalists think?
Chiang Dao Nest Tours - Explore the Chiang Dao area with our full and half day tours.
Chiang Dao Nest Trekking - Special experiences await you ...
Chiang Dao Nest Food - Don't just feed your mind.
Thai / British management - about us.
Chiang Dao Nest History - The story so far.
Chiang Dao Nest Atmosphere - What's it like here, what type of people come here and who might like it?
Chiang Dao Nest Aims - What are we doing, and why?
Thai Massage - Therapeutic Pumelling?
Other Facilities - including Internet, Mountain Bike hire, Laundry etc.
Festivals & Events - Whats happening, and when?
Special Offers - Check out our latest deals ...

Directions - How to get here.

Room Rates - It all sounds great, but how much is it ?
Chiang Dao Nest Contact / Booking - Ok, I want to book now.
Chiang Dao Festivals
The big festivals ....
Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2008 - Songkran 2008 - Loy Krathong 2008 - Christmas 2008 - New Year 2008 2009


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Chiang Dao Nest Mini Resort is situated in a beautiful, peaceful, mountainous location, 80km North of Chiang Mai. Maybe you can include us on your tour of North Thailand?
Chiang Dao Nest Reviews
"Simply Outstanding."
- Travelfish.org - Online Travel resource for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

"creative, delicious and employ only the highest-quality ingredients available"
- Thailand Tatler Magazine - Thailand's Best Restaurants 2006

 
"excellent forest and mountain views" .. "gourmet restaurant turns out amazingly good European fare"
- 11th Edition Thailand Lonely Planet Published September 2005

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