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Lisu Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Beautiful & peaceful countryside location
- Down-to-earth accommodation
- Immersion in local culture and community
- Wide variety of activities available

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Overview

Lisu Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge nestled in the mountains of northern Thailand about an hour and a half’s drive north of Chiang Mai. It’s named after a local tribe that lives nearby and offers a much more authentic and genuine experience than other places to stay in the area. Developed as part of a community project, the lodge offers guests the chance to get to know the local villagers and their way of life, with an exciting range of trips, activities and experiences available.

All four of the guesthouses are designed to be eco-friendly. They’re built in a traditional way and resemble the village huts seen nearby since they’re fashioned with wood and bamboo, though they’re outfitted with modern conveniences to make guests comfortable. There are 20 guest rooms and two studio rooms across the four guesthouses, each of which has captivating views of the lush natural scenery of the Thai countryside. Amenities such as complimentary bottled water, a ceiling fan and complimentary toiletries are provided. All guest rooms have an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Guest rooms are very modest and although rooms are comfortable, you should not expect luxury. Rooms are cooled by fans (there is no air conditioning).

Meals are freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients. The specialty here is Thai cuisine, with guests able to sample a range of local and national delicacies. Aside from the restaurant, the lodge doesn’t offer much in the way of facilities - the emphasis is more on exploring the surrounding area and taking part in the many activities that are available, including mountain biking, rafting, hiking, birdwatching, trips to the waterfall, cooking classes and visits to the fields where various crops are cultivated. Children are welcome here, though for trekking programmes there’s a minimum age limit of 10 years old and cycling activities are suitable for over 9s.

One of the key perks of staying at Lisu Lodge is the immersion into the local culture that few other places offer. Guests staying here aren’t treated as mere hotel guests, but as members of the local community. They’re encouraged to get involved and enjoy new sorts of experiences that benefit both themselves and the wider community. It’s a great way to learn about a different way of life and much more rewarding than staying in an average hotel.

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Suggested Itineraries for Lisu Lodge

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

A perfectly balanced 2 week family holiday in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, a stunning rural village lodge, guided rafting and biking and then a week's beach time on Koh Samui.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Families from $2,180 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,184 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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