and it is her creativity and love of Thailand that makes Phu
Chaisai unique and awe inspiring.
Soaked in dew, the fresh green
leaves of trees glisten as day breaks. The entire mountain range
and forest is a thick canopy of green humming with the singing
of birds and insects. Open your eyes and from the confines of
your bed watch the sun moving up the horizon.
From the outside, this small and romantic resort is just
a cluster of ordinary bamboo huts with thatched rooms, but once
you step inside you realize that these huts are special. Devoid
of brand name decorative items and expensive furniture, Phu
Chaisai chose to build with decorative items.
The air is just one of the many attractions of Phu
Chaisai (Mountain of Clear Hearts), an enchanting little
“boutique” resort located in the hills outside of Mae Chan, in
Chiang Rai. The relative silence is another. The breathtaking
views afforded from the generous terraces and the bright and
airy rooms, as well as most of the common areas, is yet another.
The resort is ideally for the traveller who wants to get
away from it all without leaving the comforts of home, to get
off the beaten track but without going to far. The rooms call
“cottages”, are stacked three high in seven hillside clusters
and constructed in traditional hill tribe style with mud floors,
bamboo walls, and leaf roofs.
All of the furnishings are, of course, ingeniously made
of bamboo, from the tables and chairs to the door handles and
light fixtures, even clothes hangers and soap dishes.