Bamboo Nest is the ultimate rural Thai escape It’s so far off the beaten path, in fact, that the owners, Nok and Noi, had to put in a road beyond an already remote village just so people could gain access.
Nok is so sweet - she will come to pick you up anywhere in Chiang Rai and drive you back to her retreat; the airport, the bus station, a guest house, or in our case... a bar. My heart was in my throat on the last part of the journey to her land; the angle is straight up at some points and we were very close to the edge of the cliff at others. I took some relief in the fact that she drives this route twice a day!
Once we arrived the relaxation began as there was not much to do besides lay in the hammock on our cottage’s porch and watch the sunset. The rustic bamboo cottages, our living quarters, were simple, but adequate; they included a large room with a bed and mosquito net, a bathroom with hot water, and solar powered lights.
It is quiet at night save a chorus of insects (except for 10 days after lunar new years’ when the celebrations in the village below go on all night – we caught the tail end of that and it was quite a contrast from that night to the next!). The only real problem was that the bed was quite hard, but if you can overlook that...it is a paradise for get-away-from-it-all rest and relaxation. No wifi, internet, hawkers, and definitely no touts yelling: ‘taxi, taxi?’
Nok and Noi do just about everything here from cooking to solving electrical problems and acting as hiking guides. Nok cooks up a good curry for dinner and also makes a variety of European favorites for breakfast.