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.
Ms. Anantika Ratnamhin
Your Host and 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.”
The 3-Bedroom Lower House
The Master Suite at 120sqm includes a king bed in the master bedroom and a queen bed in the second bedroom. These 2 bedrooms share a bathroom fitted with a bathtub and separate walk-in rain shower.
The second suite is The Hidden Lily room. This spacious suite at 50sqm is set with an antique 4-poster bed and the windows open to share impressive views of the surrounding forest. The en-suite bathroom is set with a bathtub and a walk-in rain shower.
The 3-Bedroom Upper House
Secreted away up a spiral staircase at the very top of the Upper House is the secret jewel of Vana Som. The owner’s family shrine, with an impressive collection of Buddha images, is housed in this secret space. The shrine makes for a perfect quiet spot to practice meditation or simply take some quiet time with a good book.
The Rose of the North suite is a 120sqm 2-bedroom suite which houses its own separate living room and working space set with a desk, as well as a balcony. The Master Bedroom is set with a king bed and the second bedroom is fitted with a queen-sized bed. The suite’s bathroom, shared by both bedrooms, enjoys stunning tree- top views of the surrounding forest and is set both with a large jacuzzi bathtub and a separate rain-shower.
The Hollyhock Room at 80sqm is the 3rd bedroom of the Upper House. This suite has wonderful views of the forest and comprises a large bedroom, lounge, and walk-in dressing room. The bedroom is set with a king bed and an en-suite bathroom fitted with a bathtub and a separate rain-shower.
Facilities and 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.
- Mollisol Farm: a little farmhouse in the highland where only the sun, the moon, stars and candlelight illuminate. Located 40mn drive from Vanasom, the Farm is a great outdoor original experience for country retreat or sunset champagne picnics, promoting organic and sustainable eating with locally grown seasonal produce.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 2 units (6 bedrooms)
Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Diners, UnionPay
Electricity voltage: 220V
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ACCESSFrom 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.
Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) - 22 km
Train Station: Chiang Mai Station - 22 km
CONTACT512/6 Moo.1, Tambon Rimtai – Mae Rim , Thailand
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.