Spicy Villa eco-lodges are simple bungalows, located high in the mountains of Mae Wang area. We have an organic farm on the premises and offer a wide range of activities for our guests.
You can stay in family or private bungalows at Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges. All bungalows are made of natural, locally sourced material, and hand built by local Karen villagers in traditional northern Thai jungle-hut style. Every bungalow has a private bathroom, a veranda with a hammock, and a comfortable, big mattress. Bungalows are simple, traditional and basic but they are clean and comfortable.
Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges are located high in the mountains of Mae Wang area. This is approximately 1.5 hr. drive from Chiang Mai city. We offer private transportation from Chiang Mai to Spicy Villa and we take you back to the city at the end of your stay.
You have a chance to experience the pristine northern Thai nature by staying in our mountain bungalows. The fresh mountain air, lush jungle and authentic lifestyles of the local villagers offer you a new perspective of Thailand. You do not find tourist crowds here and we do not treat you as a tourist. By staying with us, we welcome you as our guest and friend.
The organic farm at Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges is constantly expanding. We grow vegetables, fruits, spices and herbs using natural farming methods. Karen villagers teach us about their traditional farming techniques and we use them to grow healthy and organic ingredients to use in the meals we prepare for you.
For us it is important to rely on what we produce. We are aware of the value of fresh, local and natural food. On the other hand, we also know how crucial it is, that we use the right techniques when growing our food. This is not only for the health benefits, but also to make sure, we do not have a negative impact on the nature.
While you stay at Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges, you can simply enjoy the peace and quiet in the mountains. However, there is a lot more to do in the countryside surrounding our bungalows.
We offer a wide arrange of activities for you. For instance, we can take you on a trek to the rice paddies and teach you about local farming methods. We can also explore the jungle and find its hidden waterfalls. We can visit a traditional Karen village and see the daily life of its villagers. If you are adventurous, we can take you bareback elephant riding, bamboo rafting and river tubing.
You can visit the Activities page to see what packages we offer or you can fill out a custom itinerary form and we will prepare a personal schedule for your stay. If you would like to go on a tour to other parts of Thailand, you can visit Next Step Thailand Eco-Tourism page.
The idea behind all the activities we offer is to give you a better insight to the life in northern Thailand. You learn about the flora, fauna, farming, traditions, life, and people and have a lot of fun on the way!
One of our main responsibilities is for the local environment. We make sure to use environmentally friendly building materials and farming techniques. We use solar panels for electricity; the sun heats the water for showers. You might be having cold showers, but remember that this is good for your skin and health and also for the environment. We also recycle, so keep this in mind during your stay.
Secondly, we feel responsible for local communities. All our staff is from Karen villages. We employ them and pay them fairly, and the community as a whole benefits from this. We only do business with local companies owned by locals. Share the Dream Project is a project that we started in order to help the community. By staying at our bungalows and going on our tours, you are contributing to this project. Under Share the Dream project, we build schools for local Karen children and find volunteers to teach English and show them how to be self-reliant and self-sustainable as a community. We also have medical volunteers who offer medical assistance to local Karen villagers.
Finally yet importantly, it is our responsibility to show you the real northern Thailand and its culture.
Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges are not suitable for all. They are not the right place for those who seek luxury and pampering. If your reason for visiting Thailand is to go to common tourist places on a tightly scheduled tour, we do not recommend you stay with us or go on our tour.
In addition, if you are looking to spend as little as possible, we will probably not meet your expectations. Our prices are fair in order to pay our staff fairly and contribute to our community projects.
On the other hand, if you are open-minded and wish to experience Thai culture, a stay at Spicy Villa can be very rewarding and memorable.
Keep in mind that your overall experience depends greatly on how willing you are to get involved. For instance, when we take you to trek over rice paddies and see villagers working there, you have an opportunity to join them and learn first-hand.
All our guides have a license and come from hill tribe villages. They know the area and its culture and are happy to share their knowledge with you.
Below are excerpts from reviews on TripAdvisor, AirBnB and Google Places.
Spicy Villa is the sort of place that rewards you back for what you put in. If you are able to approach each meal and new experience with an open mind, can handle getting a little mud on your shoes, and have a flexible approach to travel, then this is the place for you.
It is a bumpy ride to Spicy Villas, and you will not find tile halls decorated with chandeliers when you get there. What you will find is peace and quiet, genuine, hard-working people, and an experience like no other.
The villas are very basic, no fans (just a breeze from the open style villa), solar powered showers, and mattress on the floor covered with mosquito net. However, the setting, views and the three fresh meals a day prepared by Samart and his team are the definite highlights.
I was in Thailand for a month and stayed at some amazing resorts in Ko Tao and Koh Samui, still Spicy Villa was the high light of our trip, and we cannot wait to go back.
We were treated like family from the minute we arrived.