15 — Vicinity of Baan Sammi Nature Resort
— บ้านแซมมี รีสอร์ทในธรรมชาติ โดยรอบนอกเขตรีสอร์ท
|Eastern mountain range at sunset|
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.
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.
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.
ROUTES FOR TRANSPORTATION:
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), which is the main road to connect with Chiang Mai by car, motorbike, and public transportation.
Detailed information on routes, nearby destinations, and destinations in the Doi Saket and Chiang Mai areas are in the blog Public and Private Transportation. 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?
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.
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. Bicycles are available in the city for rent. Two bicycles for short distance rides are occasionally available at Baan Sammi at specific terms. 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.
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
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.