In the foothills of three mountain ranges, Vana Som is the ideal location for exploring the nearby hills and valleys either on horseback, taking gentle hikes, bamboo rafting along free-flowing streams and rivers or visiting local farms, gardens, and orchards.
There are elephant sanctuaries to visit as well as the tribal villages which surround the Golden Triangle. Best of all, the staff at Vana Som are locals from the Thai Yai tribe whose knowledge of the area is unsurpassed. It is this indigenous aspect that makes a stay so memorable.
And then, of course, Chiang Mai is the old cultural capital which showcases not just the Lanna architecture in its palaces and temples – visit the Old Quarter and take a temple safari among more than 100 such buildings – but also textiles, porcelain, wood carving, and silver. Vana Som highlights the essence of Northern Thailand in culture, comfort, and cuisine. A romantic retreat in the shelter of the valleys.