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Embrace Northern Thailand’s rich the heritage and traditions including golden teak temples, mountains, forests, and hill-tribe communities at this forest retreat in Chiang Mai. Set in the foothills of three mountain ranges, just a few miles from the ancient capital of Chiang Mai, it was originally a family’s winter retreat. It is the ideal location for exploring the nearby hills and valleys either on horseback, taking gentle hikes, or going bamboo rafting along streams and rivers. Guests can also visit local farms, gardens and orchards.
Offering every contemporary comfort, the imposing example of Lanna-style architecture has several pavilions on the property that date back to the 13thcentury. The four-unit residence is also filled with antiques, and artefacts including a fine collection of Sukhothai and pre-Lanna porcelain as well as Buddha statues from different periods.

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The Upper House (1 unit with 2 bedrooms)

  • The Upper House (1 unit with 2 bedrooms)
  • The Upper House (1 unit with 2 bedrooms)
  • The Upper House (1 unit with 2 bedrooms)
  • The Upper House (1 unit with 2 bedrooms)
The Upper House (1 unit with 2 bedrooms)
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The Master Suite, The Rose of the North (120sqm), houses its own separate living and office area, and a balcony. The master bathroom has views of the forest. The other bedroom has a Queen size bed. Up the spiral staircase is the secret jewel of the entire estate – a sacred family temple with an impressive collection of Buddha statues from different periods. Capacity up to four persons

The Middle House (1 bedroom)

  • The Middle House (1 bedroom)
  • The Middle House (1 bedroom)
  • The Middle House (1 bedroom)
The Middle House (1 bedroom)
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The middle floor houses The Hollyhock room (80sqm) with majestic forest views. The suite has en-suite bath and shower, walk-in dressing area, and lounge. The indoor kitchen, dining room, formal living hall, and a lounge that overlooks the forest are located on this floor. One extra bed is allowed. Capacity up to three persons.

The Lower House (1 unit with 3 bedrooms)

  • The Lower House (1 unit with 3 bedrooms)
  • The Lower House (1 unit with 3 bedrooms)
  • The Lower House (1 unit with 3 bedrooms)
  • The Lower House (1 unit with 3 bedrooms)
  • The Lower House (1 unit with 3 bedrooms)
The Lower House (1 unit with 3 bedrooms)
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This three-bedroom unit is located on the lower level. There is an 85sqm Master Suite (The Cleome), which is connected to and shares the master bathroom with Cosmos (35sqm). Ideal for families with young children. The separate 50sqm Hidden Lily suite features an antique 4-poster bed and windows that overlook the forest. The Lower House also has a living and family area, and direct access to outdoor and in-garden dining areas with a relaxing open Sala pavilion. One extra bed can be added, for maximum capacity of up to seven persons.

The Sala (1 bedroom)

  • The Sala (1 bedroom)
The Sala (1 bedroom)
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This self-contained traditional 35sqm Thai house with private garden access has a traditional pavilion adorned with teak, and an antique four-poster bed. One extra bed is allowed. Capacity up to three persons.

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Hotel Facilities & Highlights


The Gardens: The estate’s gardens house a collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants, herbs, vegetables, and flowers. The outdoor amphitheatre lawn was designed as a creative space, and is an ideal venue for events and parties.


Terra and Farmer’s Bar: Local produce is abundant here, allowing the chef to create delicious regional delicacies alongside traditional dishes. Vana Som’s sister establishment, Terra restaurant is also a member of Secret Tables.


Your Host & The Team


“Northern Thailand is a blessed region – with nature, food, and the root of the Thai sense of aesthetics and creativity. This area allows one to experience what old Thailand and true Thai culture is about. The Rose of the North’s way of life is still intact here. We want to share it with the world through our eyes, our approach, and our sense of hospitality.”

Welcome to Chiang Mai


No Thailand holiday is complete without a trip to the mountainous north, an area of stunning natural beauty, rich in history, tradition and fascinating cultures and Secret Retreats have curated the boutique hotel Chiang Mai collection, the perfect shortlist of Chiang Mai hotels, Pai boutique hotels and Chiang Mai luxury hotels.

And with your Secret Retreats concierge on hand to help you book your Chiang Mai accommodation and plan your Chiang Mai holiday, a fascinating, tailormade and experience rich Chiang Mai vacation is guaranteed.

We Care


The Mountain Foundation
As a family and a private organisation, this forest retreat actively contributes to various local charities, particularly in causes concerning forest restoration and conservation,


sustainable agriculture, and stateless citizens. It also promotes and advocates good practice and skills by lending support to the rural community through hospitality training and creativity.


“Meaning “a peaceful place in the woods”, this forest retreat is a jewel. Featuring four units and some structures that date back to the 13thcentury, the classic Siamese-Lanna country manor reflects Northern Thailand’s rich heritage and traditions.”

Kim, the discoverer.

Useful Information


GENERAL
Total number of rooms: 4 units (7 rooms)
Annual closing:
open all year

Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Diners, UnionPay
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity plug type:  
CONCIERGE
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ACCESS
From Chiang Mai, take highway towards Maerim-Samoeng Road. After the junction in Maerim, turn left towards the Maesa waterfall and Samoeng District, and continue driving for about 2 km. At the small road, turn left towards The Four Seasons Resort and drive in for approximately 1.5 km. Upon reaching the main entrance at The Four Seasons, continue driving. Vana Som is situated directly opposite the resort’s main gate.
Nearest Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) - 22 km
Nearest Train Station: Chiang Mai Station - 22 km

CONTACT
512/6 Moo.1, Tambon Rimtai – Mae Rim , Thailand
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