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Guided tour of the Secret Valley

Lanna Hill House is fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful valleys and many nature trails. Our bespoke tours can be designed to meet your requirements,  bundling together unique attractions in the Mae-on valley. The  Karen Hill Tribes in the “Hidden Valley” are rarely visited by tourists; On our doorstep is the magnificent chamber of Mae-On cave and temple and the hot-springs, where you can soothe away any aches or pains in the hot foot-pools or choose to bathe in the mineral baths. Mae Kam Pong is a stunning mountain valley surrounded by lush intermontane tropical forest and wonderful plant and animal life. You can find lots of great cafes serving locally grown mountain coffee in the village. Try Chomnok Chommai café.

There are also host of great restaurants including Mountain lodge, which overlooks a wonderful river and is set within a stunning landscaped mountain garden and the famous Huen Jai Yong which serves possibly the best and certainly the most authentic northern Thai food to be found anywhere.

Adventure Tours

Chiang Mai’s mountains, valleys and forests form the ideal playground for adventure activities. Our list of recommended tours include the following:

Siam Rivers white water Rafting has a great reputation for a thrilling 10km run down the mighty Mae Teang River. Peak River levels are from late June to December.

Chiang Mai Mountain Biking have been running  full day mountain biking and  kayaking tours for over 10 years in the Chiang Mai region.

Grasshopper Adventures operate excellent 1 day bicycle tours.

Day hikes and summit treks  on Thailand’s highest Mountain, Doi Inthanon, are available from Green Trails.  There is plenty of choice with this trekking provider and we highly recommend the cloud forest hike on the summit of Doi Inthanon.

Chiang Mai elephant sanctuaries

A visit to Thailand would not be complete without an elephant experience.  There are a large variety of elephant parks in Chiang Mai, which offer activities ranging from bare back elephant riding through tropical rivers to elephants painting! There are also a number of sanctuaries that look after rescued elephants. Our current recommendations for elephant sanctuaries include the following:

Elephant Nature Park . Top Rated Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand and we  suggest booking in advance as they can book up early, especially during the high season.

Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary. Family run outfit with a great reputation for a ‘hands on’ experience with the elephants. Smaller tour group sizes allows for a more intimate experience.

Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. Another recommended sanctuary that represents excellent value.

King Kong Smile zip-line canopy tours

Enjoy a spectacular journey by high wire and harness, through the jungle in the beautiful forest only 45 minutes from Lanna Hill House. The King Kong  Smile Zip Line experience is for both adrenalin seekers and those interested in getting up close and personal with nature. The overall zip line course spans a total distance of 2km and involves an interconnected network of rope bridges, platforms and ladders that take you high up into the jungle canopy – an experience like no other.

Cultural and Natural exploration

The Chiang Mai countryside is a cultural and natural wonderland with wildlife diversity, natural scenery, traditional farming and small villages.  Experience a great variety of nature trails in the surrounding area of Lanna Hill House leading to waterfalls, villages and wild habitats. The reservoir opposite the house is a great location to observe fishermen and to watch the sunset over the rice paddies.

We would encourage our guests to cook with our staff, if they so wish. Alternatively we can arrange for Thai cookery lessons at the house or in town.

Golf & Spa

Lanna Hill House is located immediately behind one of Asia’s top Golf courses, Chiang Mai Highlands. Recently voted the second best Golf resort in Asia, it has a reputation as the premier golf facility in the north of Thailand. It shares the same stunning scenery as our house. It also boasts a fine restaurant and excellent spa that are both open to the public. For golfers keen to secure a tee time prior to their arrival we will be happy to arrange this with special offers.

Private yoga lessons

Our teacher teaches Hatha yoga – which helps to be established in one’s self, by reintegrating body breath and mind. She is a certified yoga teacher and is currently training to be a certified yoga therapist. She teaches one on one, or small thematic classes suited to individual needs.

Crazy horse Rock climbing

Imagine rappelling (abseiling) 40 meters into blackness, only to find a booming, kilometer-long tunnel with ceilings as tall as a 15-story building. You stumble across a glittering floor with pristine, sparkling crystals that flow from the walls. Later on, you find an underground stream springing from a passage where humans have never been. You don’t have to have your own gear to climb as, one of the most exciting ways to explore the caves is by signing up for an Introduction to Vertical Caving with Chiang Mai Rock climbing adventures which can be arranged during/prior to your stay at Lanna Hill House. Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures has developed Crazy Horse with a strong environmental ethic and has been recognized worldwide as a model for sustainable tourism.  In March 2010, Crazy Horse was featured in Climbing Magazine as one of the “world’s greenest mega-crags.” There’s no doubt about it: this is some of the best adventure to be found in Chiang Mai!

Massage & inside track concierge services

One of the joys of Thailand is the ability to experience massage and spa services at a very affordable price. We are able to offer in-house massage (advance booking required) and even some in-house spa services. Alternatively we recommend that you use the spa at Highlands golf course, a few minutes away from the house. If you would prefer to use one of the 50-plus spas in Chiang Mai we can make recommendations and assist with bookings.