The surrounding countryside offers truly lovely scenery
Close to amazing scenery
As a guest at Vivo bene you are a short distance away from the small town of Doi Saket. There are weekly markets and an infrastructure of banks, mini marts, restaurants and shops. Many foreign residents live in this area, attracted by the proximity of mountains, forest, hot springs, national parks and lovely countryside, yet conveniently close to – but nicely away from – the noise and congestion of Chiang Mai city, 18 km away.
Our location is close to many attractions, including the San Kamphaeng handicrafts centre and the Bor Sang Umbrella making village (approx 20 minutes drive) A similar distance away, is the spectacular Highlands Golf Course – one of Thailand’s finest. Closer, is the wide and beautifully verdant Royal Project of Huay Hong Krai, and the hot springs of Doi Saket. Vivo bene is also only a short distance from the 28,000 hectare Mae Kuang reservoir – a scenic jewel rarely visited by mainstream tourists.
The area provides a wealth of photographic opportunities, together with lovely boating, biking, hiking, fishing, bird watching and exploring possibilities. This is a delight right on our doorstep – and a most enjoyable bicycle ride away, especially at dawn and dusk.
Half and full day tours
Half day and full day tours can be booked at our front desk, also care hire. This is inexpensive, and opens lovely possibilities for exploring the area. The ancient city of Chiang Rai is approximately 160 km from Vivo bene, and spending one or two nights here allows time to enjoy the area, including the Golden Triangle. Inclusive tours are easily arranged to Chiang Rai if you prefer not to drive.
For shopping and sightseeing in Chiang Mai, our regular free shuttle service will take you to the city centre and back. An ideal combination is an early departure followed by an evening return which gives you the whole day free to leisurely enjoy the northern capital.
Elephant camp & Orchid farm
In the jungle-clad Mae Sa Valley, outside Chiang Mai, one of Northern Thailand’s largest elephant herds lives alongside their mahout (minders) at the Mae Sa Elephant Camp. The Camp’s philosophy is to provide a healthy and natural environment for the elephants. Elephants, an endangered wildlife species in Southeast Asia, are also bred here and participate in a daily training program. We visit the camp and learn more about these majestic animals. Afterwards, we drive to a nearby orchid farm.
Borsang Umbrella Village
The village of Borsang is famous for its hand-made rice paper and bamboo parasols. We watch how the very beautiful umbrellas are made. Borsang owes its fame to a Thai Buddhist monk named Pra Inthaa who learned the art of umbrella-making during a pilgrimage to Burma and passed his knowledge on to a small number of family members. So arose generations of umbrella-makers. The true beauty of these products lies in their exquisite decoration. They make an ideal souvenir or present.
Doi Suthep & Phuping Palace
The impressive Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple stands near the summit of Chiang Mai’s guardian mountain. Legend has it that the temple was built in 1382, symbolic of the esteem in which the Lanna culture is held by the people of Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand. The temple attracts innumerable visitors and pilgrims. On our excursion we visit the Buddhist chapels and chedis and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of Chiang Mai from its broad terrace. The tour includes a drive further up the mountain to Phuping Palace, where members of the royal family receive prominent foreign guests.
Two Day Trip to Chiang Rai
This trip with overnight accommodation offers a good understanding and appreciation of the history and natural beauty of the so-called Golden Triangle, beginning with the birthplace of the Lanna culture, the riverside town Chiang Saen. A short distance upstream is the ‘triangle’ itself, the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers, with a fine view of the three bordering countries that make up the area: Thailand, Burma and Laos. The tour includes a visit to the famous Hall of Opium Museum, and shopping in the popular market of Mae Sai, which sits directly on the Burmese border. You will also come into contact with the hill tribe Akha and Yao people, who sell their colourful handicrafts here.
The Baan Celadon Pottery
A visit to the Baan Celadon pottery shows us how the emerald-colored celadon technique is employed, using a special glaze. We learn about this technique and see how these hand-crafted unique, beautiful works are produced. They can also be purchased as memorable souvenirs.