11 March 2017

11 — Vicinity of Baan Sammi Nature Resort

— บ้านแซมมี รีสอร์ทในธรรมชาติ โดยรอบนอกเขตรีสอร์ท


Eastern mountain range


LOCATION:

Baan Sammi Nature Resort is located only about 15 kilo­meters (or 10 miles) north­east of Chiang Mai, within the district of Doi Saket. Chiang Mai is the second biggest city of Thai­land, located in the north.

Roughly locating Baan Sammi on online maps is easiest on the Map of Chiang Mai and Vicinity: You will find Baan Sammi situated within grid square E8. On Google Maps, you will find Baan Sammi, by just searching for "Baan Sammi", or "Baan Sammi Nature Resort". Further, you can view the area of Baan Sammi on Google's Satellite Aero-Photo­graphy.


VICINITY:

Baan Sammi Nature Resort is situated bet­ween two rural villages. Huge rice-fields, numerous irrigation ditches, canals and some streams hemmed by natural vegetation, scattered small rural villages with wooden houses and farm gardens are characteristic features of this not much developed landscape.

Northern hills
This area is part of the Chiang Mai inter­mountain basin, a widely broadened valley of the Ping River (see Google Satellite Aero-photo), little more than 300 meters above sea-level. The basin is about 25 kilometers wide and delimited by the western mountain range (foothills of Doi Suthep bordering the City of Chiang Mai), eastern mountain range (foothills bordering the district village of Doi Saket), and northern hills (beyond San Sai and Doi Saket with the Mae Kuang Dam). The hills and mountains can be seen from the resort at clear sight, nearly every day except on hazy days during hot season.

Baan Sammi, and the access roads to Chiang Mai and Doi Saket, are located in an area which is not prone to flood.


MAPPED DESTINATIONS WITH DISTANCE:

Distances (in minutes) from Baan Sammi to reach the City of Chiang Mai:

Distances (in kilometers and miles) from Baan Sammi to selected destinations towards Chiang Mai:

Distances (in kilometers and miles) from Baan Sammi to selected destinations in the nearby or wider surrounding area:


ROUTES FOR TRANSPORT:

The resort has direct access to a small sealed village road with little traffic. This village road connects to a country road (with little to moderate traffic), running into the busy Chiang Mai - Doi Saket High­way (#118), the main connection to Chiang Mai by car and motorbike.

Please see the illustrated route de­script­ion ('to meet­ing points 1-5') with map, which describes the route from Chiang Mai to 'meeting point 5', Baan Sammi. Prior to visiting Baan Sammi the first time, it is strongly recommend to print both description and map (generalized map and Google's Satellite Aero-Photography) for your easy guidance.

This route, as well as other routes not described herein, is passable year-round and not prone to flood. Gasoline stations can be found in sufficient number on the Highway.

Cyclists and motorcyclists may choose to drive preferably on countryroads with little traffic. This is possible, though these routes are not easy to find and follow. Currently, there are two maps available which are based on Google Maps, and if equipped with a smartphone, the routes can be easily traced and tracked by the driver:
Baan Sammi ↔ Doi Saket,
Baan Sammi ↔ Chiang Mai City,
Chiang Mai City → Baan Sammi.


TRANSPORTATION:

Car and motorbike: This is the most suitable and independent mode of transport. Cars and motor­bikes can be hired in the city of Chiang Mai or at the air­port. Alternatively, cars can be hired through a phone call from Baan Sammi (with delivery of car to Baan Sammi). Please, read our guide­lines for choos­ing Your Own Trans­portation in Chiang Mai.

Taxi and other public transportation: You can get a ride by taxi from the airport and from some places in Chiang Mai, or by phone call. You can also hire a song-thaeo or tuk-tuk to get a ride from the city to the resort. Guiding the driver is needed (if you don't engage the driver we would recommend you). Do show the driver the map which is with address in Thai script, and, indispensably, let the driver call Khun Sam's mobile phone number for locating and guidance. There is also a fixed route for song-thaeos between Chiang Mai and Doi Saket on the Highway (#118). The song-thaeos can pick you up or drop off either at the village Ban Nam Phrae (street view of exit point) or the market of Doi Saket. Use a motorbike or bicycle to connect from the resort to Nam Phrae or Doi Saket, or choose a saleng (roofed 3-wheel motorbike taxi). Please, read our guide­lines on Baan Sammi by Public Transport.

Private taxis for trips booked in advance are available: saloon-car, song-thaeo, tuk-tuk, or 4-wheel-drive pick-up; you may choose depending on your preference and destination.

Bicycle: Due to subtropical climate rather than distance, hiking and biking is not the favorite mode of transportation for most foreigners as well as Thais. Further, there is a total lack of bicycle-friendly city infrastructure and drivers' awareness of cyclists (and pedestrians). However, there is a close-meshed net of small sealed country roads with very little traffic, that can well be used by cyclists, flat through­out in the Chiang Mai inter­mountain basin, and of not steep gradients in the nearby foot-hills. Chiang Mai Big Map by Finder Map, 2007, a very help­ful map for cyclists, and for those who like riding a motor­bike off the busy main roads, is available at Baan Sammi but possibly out-of-print.


FACILITIES IN THE VICINITY:

Small shops can be found in all villages around. Local markets, open daily or on certain days of the week, can be found in Ban Pa Pong, Ban Bo Hin, Doi Saket, and in many other villages.

There are small cook-shops and restaurants in many villages, mostly opened on certain hours every day. Thai restaurants can be found in and between villages, most often located on country roads or higher ranking roads. Also, several restaurants with western food can be found in the district of Doi Saket.

In the district village, Doi Saket, there are several banks, a post office and a hospital.

All these facilities can be reached from Baan Sammi on streets which are sealed and not prone to flood.


HOLIDAY FACILITIES IN THE VICINITY:

A network of small sealed country roads, cover­ing a huge area, invites for trips by motor­bike and bicycle. Destinations: Mae Kuang Dam and other dams, San Kam­phaeng Hot Springs, Muang On Cave, national parks (e.g. Mae Takhrai), Buddhist temples (e.g. Wat Doi Saket and several isolated monasteries on hills), resorts with restaurants and swimm­ing pools (e.g. Wang Than Resort), specialty restaurants (e.g. German Restaurant), Tao Garden and Spa, Thawichon Botanical Garden, horse riding, fitness center, handi­craft villages (e.g. Bo Sang, for Sa paper, umbrellas, teak furniture, silver, Thai silk), Celadon manu­factories, air excursions (hot air balloon, para­gliding and others), Chiang Mai - Lamphun Golf Club.


FACILITIES IN CHIANG MAI AND VICINITY:

Chiang Mai, the biggest city in the north of Thai­land, offers all establish­ments and public utilities. For detailed tourist inform­ation about Chiang Mai, One Stop in Chiang Mai might be a good choice for a first general survey.

The Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is centrally located, south-west from the old city, only a few minutes ride by car. There are many daily flights between Bang­kok and Chiang Mai, many national destinations can be reached from Chiang Mai, and there are flights to neigh­boring countries, too.

The train station is located a few kilo­meters east of the old city. The State Rail­ways of Thai­land connect Chiang Mai with Bangkok. There are several trains daily, both day and over night trains. Seats can be booked online.

There are many department stores and super-markets with both western and Thai goods. Easy to reach are BigC Extra (former Carrefour), Rim Ping, and Tesco Lotus.

The supply with hospitals, physicians and dentists is good.

There are several international schools (and one German school).

Several consulates are present in Chiang Mai, e.g. US, British, Australian, German, Swiss, Austrian.

There are plenty of car rental services in Chiang Mai. Many inter­national car rental companies offer services at or near the Inter­national Airport.


HOLIDAY FACILITIES IN CHIANG MAI AND VICINITY:

Ho Kham Royal Pavilion in the
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek,
a spacious park in Chiang Mai
The old city of Chiang Mai, surrounded by a city wall and moat, is worth seeing. It is famous for its numerous old Buddhist temples. Night Bazaar and the Sunday Street Market should not be missed, but there are numerous other sightseeing destinations. Chiang Mai offers all amenities, from night life, bunji-jumping and hot balloon flights to visits of museums, zoo and night safari park.

Trips by motorbike and car: Destinations are, e.g., reservoirs, hot springs, caves, natural parks, temples, ruins of ancient Chiang Mai, elephant camps, orchid farms, botanical gardens, hill-tribe villages, handicraft villages and markets, manufactories. Jungle and mountain trips can be done with a 4-wheel-drive pick-up, by yourself or with a driver and guide, or as an organized trip by a tour company. There are numerous offers of sightseeing tours, and the programs, which are described and illustrated on the Internet, show well the beauty and attractions in Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas.