The Oriental Village Naturist Resort in Chiang Mai is one of the first of its kind, nestled in the picturesque countryside of northern Thailand. The charming cottages here are super cool and comfortable with extra-large windows, many of which face out onto the swimming pool.
But best of all, the resort is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and rice paddies that seem to have no end in sight. If you like getting away from it all, you're going to love this place and will probably want to come back here more than once. It's also the perfect place to be in an environment close to nature and clothes free.
One of the best things about the Oriental Village is that the resort caters to a much smaller clientele, allowing management to offer you an outstanding one on one service. The hospitality of the staff here greet their visitors with extreme friendliness and professionalism to a fault.
So much so, not only do they speak their mother tongue, but many of the staff members also speak English and believe it or not, a fair amount of French too.
It would help if you also kept in mind that the area around Chiang Mai can be somewhat more relaxed than in Bangkok and Phuket, especially from November to February. If necessary, you and the family can cool off in the pool should the heat become a little unbearable.
While the Oriental Village naturist resort in Chiang Mai offers you all the creature comforts and unrestricted movement in their twelve simplistic, but charming cottages, you're not compelled to remove your clothing. There's also absolutely no need to worry whatsoever, as the amiable and efficient management runs to perfection by Paolo and Arthur and their delightful staff. They'll attend to your every request.
What's great about this place, you get to meet some new friends and enjoy this naturist resort in Chaing Mai to the fullest. For those who love exploring some real hidden gems in this part of the world, there's a compelling cave known as Muang On. It's well worth visiting, and it's only a few minutes away from the resort.
Don't hesitate to ask the owners, who are willing to offer you an array of daily trips to the surrounding local attractions, including the nearby Sankampaeng hot springs. And just a little way behind the resort is a fascinating temple which is within easy walking distance.
Also, don't hesitate to sample some of the French and local cuisines at the in-house restaurant. But should you prefer, you can always take a short ten to fifteen-minute walk to the small shops and stalls where you can get some incredible roadside grub.
Indigenous bird species do absolute wonders to amplify the classic charm of this remarkable region of northern Thailand. The richness of its banana plantations and abundant mango orchards also increases its potency and attractiveness. And there are lots of attractions you can become actively involved in, all in the near vicinity. In fact, why not start your day with a bicycle or motorcycle ride (provided by the resort) and set out for a leisurely jaunt through the countryside.
It's a once in a lifetime experience to see the real beauty of northern Thailand, all the while viewing the seemingly endless rice paddy fields.
Another epic adventure not to be missed in these parts is a visit to one of the neighbouring hill tribe villages such as those of the Karen Hill Tribe or perhaps the Akha, Lisu, Lahu, Lawa, Meo or Yao hill tribes. Visiting a hill tribe village is something you're not going to see often, so since you are here, this would be the perfect opportunity.
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 right 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'll get well rewarded with some spectacular views of the city as well as the surrounding countryside.
The Tiger Camp is only thirty minutes away from the naturist resort. It's 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 this in an extremely controlled environment. The resort offers the option of a shuttle service to the camp to make things a little easy for you.
And an excursion 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 fifteen kilometres away from the resort. It would be the perfect outing for the whole family.
Nestled between picturesque valleys and majestic forested peaks are several Country Golf Clubs where you can play a round of golf. They are all less than ten kilometres (six miles) in any direction from the resort.
The Oriental Village naturist resort will provide a unique shuttle service just for you, your family and friends, to visit any one of the three courses. That is, should you be staying at the naturist resort for at least four nights. All you need to do is inform management when making a booking, and let them know of your intention.
Rock Climbing is another adrenaline-charged adventure sport you can try your hand at (or legs and body). The Crazy Horse Buttress in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand's'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, ask the resort to provide you with a guide. They will also gladly supply you with equipment as well and any other climbing material you may need.
And if rock climbing doesn't quite float your boat, you can go and enjoy a unique rainforest adventure experience, known as the Flight of the Gibbon. For that, you'll get securely strapped from one of two wooden bridges for the start of a five-kilometre zip-line. From there, you take on a journey through some of northern Thailand's most fantastic jungle ecosystem. Give it your best shot.
If you intend visiting the Oriental Village naturist resort in Chiang Mai anytime soon, 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 to notify management on whether you'd like to be a clothes-free naturist or not. They are at 122 Moo 1 Thumbol on-Klang, Amphur Mae On, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50130 and their telephone number is 0066 807 137 217.
If you liked it so much at the Oriental Village naturist resort, you might also want to visit the newly appointed Bare Feet naturist resort when next in Bangkok.
Or perhaps even the brand new Lemon Tree naturist resort on the idyllic island of Phuket, should you ever want a real nature vacation. Because there are more options available to you now than there were a few years ago, you may not get the chance again.
All the naturist resorts in Thailand offer you freedom as well as the option to wear clothing or otherwise. Non-naturists are also more than welcome to visit these enchanting places in paradise.
It's entirely up to you whether you want to go naked or not. All three of these naturist resorts are by no means anything like the Nudist Resort I reviewed in Pattaya last year. But check it out anyway.
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