The Oriental Village in Chiang Mai is not only the first naturist resort in northern Thailand, it's possibly one of the finest in the country. For starters, you'll be greeted with some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the whole of Thailand. You'll also be treated to some of the most beautiful rice paddy fields that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see.
The cottages at the Oriental Village Resort are super cool and comfortable with some real added advantages like the large windows, many of which face out onto the pool. Did I mention the super comfy beds here too? You are going to love this place and will probably want to come back time after time.
Because the resort caters for a much smaller clientele, you are assured of a much more personal and friendly service with some guests returning year after year. The staff here are extremely friendly with some, not only speaking their mother tongue Thai but also English and believe it or not, French.
You also need to keep in mind that the area around Chiang Mai is cooler than places such as Bangkok and Phuket, especially during the months of November to February. Don't forget you and the family can cool off in the pool if the heat gets too hot.
Indigenous bird species do absolute wonders to amplify the classic charm of this prodigious part of northern Thailand. The richness of its banana plantations and abundant mango orchards also increases its potency and attractiveness.
While on the subject of attractiveness, there are lots of wonderful attractions you can become actively involved with, all in the near vicinity. In fact, why not start your day by hiring a bicycle or motorcycle (provided by the naturist resort) and then set out on a leisurely bike ride through the surrounding countryside.
Go and experience the real beauty of northern Thailand all the while viewing seemingly endless rice paddy fields and then go on to visit several neighbouring hill tribe villages such as those of the Karen, Akha, Lisu, Lahu, Lawa, Meo and the Yao tribes.
While the Oriental Village offers all its guests unrestricted movement in the comfort of twelve simplistic, but charming cottages, you are not compelled to remove your clothing.
The restaurant here serves up some excellent French and Thai cuisine. And if that's not enough, you can always take a short ten to fifteen-minute walk to the small shops and stalls to get some great roadside grub.
You have the freedom and the option of choosing to wear clothing or otherwise. Non-naturists guests are more than welcome to visit these enchanting places of paradise, so it's entirely up to you. All three of these naturist resorts are by no means anything like the Nudist Resort I reviewed in Pattaya.
There is absolutely no need to worry whatsoever as the amiable and efficient management runs to perfection by Paolo and Arthur, as well as the wonderful staff, will attend to your every request.
Don't hesitate to ask the owners, who will be more than willing to offer you an array of daily trips to the surrounding local attractions, including the nearby Sankampaeng hot springs. Just a little way behind the resort is an interesting temple which is within easy walking distance.
What's so great about this place, is that you can really get to meet some new friends and enjoy this naturist resort to the fullest. And for those of you who love wandering around some of the real hidden gems in this part of the world, there is an interesting cave known as Muang On which is well worth a visit. The cave is only a few minutes away from the naturist resort.
The Sankampaeng National Park is another major attraction you may want to go and visit. For it is there you will come across some fascinating hot springs. You'll find the park with its hot springs located seven kilometres from the resort.
One of Thailand's most famous temples is here in Chiang Mai. The temple with its enormous stairway (leading almost to heaven) is known as Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. If you have the energy to climb the stairs, you will be well rewarded with some spectacular views of the city as well as the surrounding countryside.
Only 30 minutes away from the naturist resort is the Tiger Camp where you'll get to see and caress, not only some of nature's big beautiful beasts, but also many of their younger offspring too, and all in a very controlled environment. To make things easy for you, the resort offers the option of a shuttle service.
A trip to Northern Thailand cannot be without a visit to an Elephant Camp, and what better place to see these enormous creatures, than in Chiang Mai. While there are many places around here to view them, one location is just 15 kilometres away from the resort. It's the perfect excursion for the whole family.
After which you can play a round of golf at one of several Country Golf Clubs you'll find nestled between picturesque valleys and majestic forested peaks. Three of which are less than ten kilometres (six miles) in any direction from the resort.
Incidentally the Oriental Village will provide a special shuttle service just for you, your family and friends, to visit your favourite golf course. That is, should you be staying at the naturist resort for at least 4 nights. Please inform the management while making your booking, to let them know of your intention.
Rock Climbing is another adrenaline-charged adventure sport you can try your hand (legs and body) at. The Crazy Horse Buttress in Chiang Mai is northern Thailand’s best-developed crag. It has about 150 routes you can use. And best of all, it's only five kilometres from the Oriental Village.
If you're planning to climb, simply ask the resort to provide you with a guide. They will also gladly supply you with equipment as well as any other climbing material you may need.
And if rock climbing is not quite your thing, you can go and enjoy a unique rainforest adventure experience, known as the Flight of the Gibbon. And for that, you'll be securely strapped from one of two wooden bridges for the start of a five-kilometre zip-line. From there you'll be taken on a journey through some of northern Thailand's most amazing jungle ecosystem. Give it your best shot.
If you intend visiting the Oriental Village naturist resort anytime soon, simply call the resort beforehand for directions as some guests may find the place a little difficult to locate. It's also advisable to check with the resort so as to notify management on whether you'd like to be a clothes-free naturist or not.
The Oriental Village is located at 122 Moo 1 Thumbol on-klang, Amphur Mae On, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50130 and their telephone number is 0066 807 137 217.
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