01 January 2021

Dillenia Home
one of four houses offered for rent
  1. Availability of Rentals, 
  2. Special Offers, News, 
  3. House Rental Offers, 
  4. Property Area and Facilities, 
  5. Vicinity of Baan Sammi. 

If you would like to read each chapter, please scroll down.
Scrollen Sie nach unten, um jedes Kapitel zu lesen. 

1 — Availability of Rentals 

This first chapter of the website Baan Sammi Nature Retreat provides a quick overview of the individual houses offered for long-term renting (3 months – 3 years) and short-term renting (1–3 months). The rental availability of the houses is published in the

and is always kept up-to-date.

(1) – Plumeria Home (top left)  •  (2) – Dillenia Home (top right)
(3) – Tai Saeng Chan Pavilion (bottom left)  •  (4) – Lychee Lodge (bottom right)

Please note: Mr. Samran Apaipong does NOT run a hotel business. Mr. Samran Apaipong offers "accommodation [4 houses, all located on a single private property] for the purpose of providing accommodation service for monthly paid service charge or upward only". This service is excluded from the Hotel Act, B.E. 2547 (C.E. 2004), Section 4 (2).

โปรดทราบ: นาย สำราญ อภัยพงศ์ ไม่ได้ดำเนินกิจการโรงแรม — นาย สำราญ อภัยพงศ์ มี "สถานที่พักที่จัดตั้งขึ้นโดยมวีัตถุประสงค์เพื่อให้บรการที่พักอาศัยโดยคิดค่าบริการเป็นรายเดือนขึ้นไปเท่านั้น" — บริการนี้ได้รับการยกเว้นจาก พระราชบัญญัติโรงแรม พ.ศ. ๒๕๔๗ มาตรา ๔ (๒)

2 — Special Offers, News

For direct bookings with Baan Sammi, there are, for a limited time, special offers that can be viewed in a separate blog and on posts in facebook:




On the aforementioned blog, you can subscribe to get notifications by email about new special offers. On Facebook you can follow the posts.
The most important news about Baan Sammi, mainly updates on the availability dates of house rental offers, can be viewed in a separate blog:


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3 — House Rental Offers

The residential homes at Baan Sammi are thought as a retreat for people who prefer a quiet life in a natural surrounding. Here, there is no hustle and bustle from tourists, as I do neither run a hotel or hostel, nor a guesthouse or a typical Thai resort. Further, I do not run a restaurant, bar or pub.

At Baan Sammi, 4 residential homes are offered for long-term rent (3 months – 3 years, or longer). Usually the tenants are foreigners, or Thai–foreigner couples. There are several reasons for people who want to stay here:
• they find a perfect home for their retirement, or
• they want escape the long cold season during autumn and winter of the northern hemisphere, or
• they are artists, writers or Internet nerds and require an inspiring, peaceful environment and some workspace, or
• they are businessmen and need a retreat in South-East Asia with good flight and Internet connections, or
• they are global travelers and need a base camp to stay for a long period in the north of Thailand to explore people, culture and nature.

Occasionally and temporarily, some of the residential homes may be available for short-term rent (1 to 3 months). Then these homes are appreciated by travelers, mainly by those who prefer a quiet, natural environment off the centers of busy touristy areas, but not too distant from the city of Chiang Mai with its amenities.

(1) Plumeria Home, comprising Plumeria Bungalow, left, and Khilek Pavilion, right
บ้านพลุเมเรีย และ ศาลาขี้เหล็ก ๗๙/๑ ม. ๖ ตำบลป่าลาน — บ้านหลังแรกให้เช่า
Album,    → Description,    → Rental Rates

(2) Dillenia Home, comprising Dillenia Bungalow, left, and Chom Doi Pavilion, right
บ้านดิเลเนีย และ สาลาชมดอย ๗๙/๒ ม. ๖ ตำบลป่าลาน — บ้านหลังที่สองให้เช่า
Album,    → Description,    → Rental Rates

(3) Tai Saeng Chan Pavilion (Moonlight Pavilion)
บ้านไต้แสงจันทร์ ๗๙/๓ ม. ๖ ตำบลป่าลาน — บ้านหลังที่สามให้เช่า
Album,    → Description,    → Rental Rates

(4) Lychee Lodge
บ้านลิ้นจี่ ๗๙/๔ ม. ๖ ตำบลป่าลาน — บ้านหลังที่สี่ให้เช่า
Album,    → Description,    → Rental Rates

All houses are in an unpretentious contemporary Lanna (northern Thai) style, each of unique design and specific character. All houses are surrounded by a decorative private garden and separated by lush tropical vegetation to secure privacy and quiet. The entire property is fenced and gated, whereas private spaces around houses are delimited mainly by plants and pot plants. The large natural community garden has tall shady trees and comprises a large and deep natural swimming pond. All houses are fully equipped for self-catering; they have a private kitchen or kitchenette. All houses are fully furnished for monthly and quarterly rent, and partly furnished for half-year rent and longer.

Destinations can be reached by bicycle, motorbike/scooter, car, or by GrabCar and GrabBike, or by public transportation from the street adjacent to the main gate. The nearest villages are within walking distance and have small grocery shops and food stalls. Within the distance for a bicycle ride, many shops, markets and restaurants can be reached. The district center, Doi Saket, is 4 mi (7 km) distant, and the city limit of Chiang Mai 9 mi (15 km).

The regular rental rates vary depending on the type of house, season and length of stay, and number of people. There are monthly rates, and rates for longer stays. The regular rates for rentals and their utility costs are listed for every house type in tables. There are also Special Rental Offers.

Property Map of Baan Sammi
(private garden areas next to the houses are marked pea green)

4 — Property Area and Facilities

Dragon's Paddling Pool, the large natural pond for swimming and boating


The property is about 4 rai large (almost 7,000 square meters, or 1.7 acres), almost rectangular and flat, some areas are slightly raised and sloped. The environ­ment was designed to give nature a refuge, and has become the habitat for numerous native animals. There is one large pond, four small ponds, canals, gazebos, pathways, a driveway, and lush vegetation, both wild and planted. The driveway, pathways and gazebos invite you to stroll around and relax. Several places are suitable for barbecue.

Wildlife and Pets — ► ALBUM ◄

Only the large pond (Dragon's Paddling Pool) is suitable for swimming, boating, and fishing. This pond is one hundred meters (330 ft) long, twenty meters (65 ft) wide, and seven meters (22 ft) deep, with steep banks, and connection with groundwater. There is no inflow of surface water from public canals. During the long period of dry season, the water level will not decrease as groundwater from an over 100 meters (330 ft) deep well will be pumped into the ponds. The entire banks of all ponds are of natural vegetation and should not be entered. There are many fish of different species in the pond. The natural self-cleaning of the water is balanced with natural input of leaf-litter. The pond will not silt up or become overgrown in the next 50 years. The trees around the pond are tall, some are over 20 meters (65 ft), so that much of the banks and parts of the water surface is shaded. The pond has no algae. As the soil consists of loam and clay, there are tiny particles that can float in the water and do not sink easily, which causes the pond looking turbid with a view not deeper than half a meter (2 ft) from water level. There is no leech neither on land nor in water, and there have never been any waterborne diseases. Access to the pond for swimming and boating is by piers only.

Plants and Flowers — ► ALBUM ◄

Although the resort area is not a mosquito heaven, simple pre­cautionary measures, chiefly in the even­ing, are recommended. At night, no mosquito net covering the bed­stead is necessary as the interior of all houses is fully protected by mosquito screens on doors, windows and other openings.

Garden — ► ALBUM ◄

I have outdoor pets on the property, one dog and cats, so I can not allow further pets from guests and tenants to stay on the property.


Available to all houses at Baan Sammi is electricity, Inter­net (Wi-Fi), mobile phone signal, drink­able tap water, ground-water for irriga­tion. A few houses have in addition gas (for cooking and/or shower), and LAN-Internet.

A small row­boat for 1-2 people is avail­able. Several places in the garden are suitable for barbecue, and a barbecue equipment is available.

A community sitting area, both a roofed and a non-roofed living-space, is available next to the chalets, and is for general use, e.g. for break­fast, dinner, socializing. I do not run a restaurant at Baan Sammi, but on request you can occasionally have breakfast and choose Western type or Thai type breakfast, or fruits of the season. On request and if ordered in advance, Thai meals for lunch and dinner can be occasionally offered, too.

Three houses have an own washing machine. Usage of a washing machine near the chalets is possible if there is no wash­ing machine in the rented home. Iron and ironing board is available on request. Further, an external laundry service can be offered.

A food delivery service from FoodPanda, GrabFood, and MealsOnWheels4U is available online 7 days per week.

A grocery delivery service from TescoLotus, BigC, Tops, Makro etc. is available online and daily.

Every afternoon a female cyclist passes the village road and offers a grocery delivery service. Let her stop and you can shop.

I can guide you on how and where to rent a car, motorbike, scooter, or bicycle.

For trips to the city using public transportation, I can arrange to get you a shuttle service by saleng from the entrance gate of Baan Sammi to the village Ban Nam Phrae at the main road #118 (Chiang Mai – Doi Saket), from where you can switch to the fixed-route yellow song-thaeo that services the route from Doi Saket to the city of Chiang Mai and back.

A very convenient app-based car-sharing and motorbike-sharing service is available from Grab (GrabCar and GrabBike) that can reach any destination in the city of Chiang Mai and surroundings at low fares. I can help you to get a trip booked from Baan Sammi to any destination in Chiang Mai.

For any trips, a driver with car can be hired, e.g. for trans­portation to and from air­port, rail­way station, bus station, for shopping and sightseeing.

5 — Vicinity of Baan Sammi

Eastern mountain range at sunset

Baan Sammi is located only about 15 kilo­meters (or 10 miles) north­east of Chiang Mai, within the district of Doi Saket. Chiang Mai is the second largest 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". Further, you can view the area of Baan Sammi on Google's Satellite Aero-Photo­graphy. In this map, the locations of shops in 5 nearby villages are displayed.


The property of Baan Sammi and the immediate surroundings
Baan Sammi is situated bet­ween two rural villages, บ้านป่ายางปอย, Ban Pa Yang Poi, and บ้านป่าติ๋ว, Ban Pa Tio. 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 passable year-round and located in an area which is not prone to flood.


Baan Sammi 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), which is the main road to connect with Chiang Mai by car, motorbike, and public transportation (→ map).

Detailed information on routes, nearby destinations, and destinations in the Doi Saket and Chiang Mai areas are in the blog Public and Private Transportation and in 4 route map albums (links in the main website). For information on the main route connecting Chiang Mai with Baan Sammi, there is a map and illustrated route description in How to Find Baan Sammi?


Car and motorbike are the most suitable and independent means of private transportation. Bicycles are good for short distances, usually within 10 kilometers, e.g. for shopping in Doi Saket.

Hot air balloon, one of the means of transportation

If no own vehicle is available, public transportation from the street adjacent to our property is easy and cheap, though it might be complicated initially. Convenient and not expensive is a ride by Grab, an app-based online car sharing service. There is also a fixed route for song-thaeos between Chiang Mai and Doi Saket on the Highway (#118). The best point a song-thaeo can pick you up or drop off is near the village Ban Nam Phrae (street view of exit point). You can choose a saleng or bicycle to connect between Ban Nam Phrae and Baan Sammi.

Bicyclists: 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. Bicycles are available in the city for rent. Chiang Mai Big Map by Finder Map, 2007, a very help­ful map for cyclists, and for motorcyclists who like driving off the busy major roads, is available at Baan Sammi but possibly out-of-print.

For bicyclists and motorcyclists, however, Baan Sammi offers some maps based on Google Maps, which are primarily intended to help find the best routes around Baan Sammi, to avoid driving on major roads including ring roads and highways (Links to the maps: → Main website, Chapter 1, section "Routes"). The maps favor small country roads to Doi Saket and Chiang Mai, and back, and treat the points where it is best to cross the major roads.


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 food stalls 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 Ban Choeng Doi, the district village of Doi Saket, there are numerous shops, including Tesco Lotus Express, 7eleven, restaurants and food stalls, four banks, a daily market, a post office and a hospital.


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.


Chiang Mai, the largest 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, Rim Ping, and Tesco Lotus.

There are many hospitals, physicians and dentists in Chiang Mai, much more than shown on Google Maps.

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.


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.

Impression from the annual Flower Festival

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.

Ho Kham Royal Pavilion in the 
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek
a spacious park in Chiang Mai