The SpaceThere are several things that make this rental special.
1. A beautiful compound and swimming pool. Nothing nicer than taking a cool dip after a long day of sightseeing.
Thai living is meant to blend in with nature, and that is what you will experience here. Have breakfast on your veranda, and sit outside and perhaps talk with your neighbors in the evening. Your neighbors are an international group and they are friendly and helpful.
2. I have arranged to have various services available to you at a fair price. (Everything you pay others goes 100% to them).
Thai traditional massage and Thai oil massage
A skilled therapist will work with you in the privacy of your room or off in an outdoor secluded area of our compound. Many people report that the massage they had while staying with us is the best they have ever experienced.
Pedicure and Manicure
A trusted local person comes to your room, or you can sit out on the veranda while being worked on.
Lessons in Thai cooking, and if you like you can also go shopping with the cook and buy the ingredients for the meal you will make.
Rent bikes from a Thai friend of mine and take a guided bicycle tour of the area. There are some beautiful paths to take leading you by the river and to a Buddhist temple and cave.
We would also be happy to help you arrange for a guided tour of various attractions in the area like boat rides on the river, a visit to an elephant camp, a few hours at a local hot spring, and visits to various temples in the local area.
Singing bowl healing treatment
My friend Raem draws on her years of experience in various healing modalities while using Tibetan Singing Bowls to help your body and spirit change the way it resonates to life.
Bodywork sessions with me
My work is a mix of East and West. Feldenkrais, Alexander, Rolfing, Swedish massage, Kiatsu, Noguchi Seitai...
I have helped many people recover from migraine headaches, addiction, various injuries, fibromyalgia, long term depression, etc.
You can book a week of lessons with Raem and myself
Take a lesson early in the morning, do some sightseeing, and perhaps another lesson in the late afternoon.
Tarot Card reading
I have been reading cards for more than 40 years now. Many people tell me that a reading offers them an excellent way to better understand their past, while refocusing their future.
3. We are located 10 minutes from downtown. You will feel the sense of living in the countryside, while still being close to town. There is easy access back and forth via taxis, motorbike, and bicycle. (All of which I can help you arrange for. Guest AccessYou will have your own private space. Bedroom and bath just for you, and a latched door for privacy. Washing machine on the compound premises.
Your bedroom is well ventilated with screens, and a large movable fan with remote control. You will feel calm and cool in the evenings when you sleep.
For the same fee the locals pay I can arrange to have you picked up at the bus station or airport. Much better than having to find your way on your own!
I live on the second floor of the house you will stay in. Upstairs I have my own bedroom, bath, and small office. We share the kitchen, and I will make a simple breakfast for you. Interaction with GuestsI lived for 30 years in Tokyo and I was a professional Aikido sensei. I hosted many people via Airbnb in Tokyo. I can speak Japanese, and I have some rudimentary skills in Spanish.
I will do my best to help you with whatever needs you might have.
I play blues harp once or twice a week in a local club that has excellent Thai musicians. So if you like jazz and blues, you can come along with me.
To find out more about me please check my 44 Reviews from when I was hosting guests in Tokyo. You can also have a look at my website. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) my name (Charlie Badenhop) and my "Seishindo" website will be easy to find. The NeighborhoodMy neighborhood is a small village. Some very tasty local restaurants that I will introduce you to, and you will get a good idea of how the average Thai person lives. Our compound is set in a quiet neighborhood, yet still close to the center of town. Don't be surprised if friendly people interact with you, and maybe even offer you a piece of fruit or a glass of water. Also from time to time you will hear monks chanting as they officiate over funerals, weddings, and other services. Getting AroundDepending on your lifestyle the best ways to get around are bicycle, motorbike, or car. I can help you get what you need. Bikes and motorbikes are quite cheap to rent. Around $2 a day for a bike and $5 a day for a motorbike.
You can of course also take "tuk tuks" and there are numerous taxi services you can use. Nowadays, for the most part getting a taxi is simple, and all the drivers here in Chiang Rai use the meter, so there are no surprises. Other Things to NoteBreakfast will be something simple and tasty. Delicious fruit, perhaps an omelet, tea and or coffee (there is some great coffee here in Thailand!)