Baan Hom Samunphrai  A  Herbal Health Centre & School

 Chiangmai, Thailand

 

  
 

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Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

tel.  053-817-362

       053-124-164

tel.  081.885.1429

          (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

  
 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Training Courses

Conferences & Seminars

Credentials

Calendar & Events

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

tel.  053-817-362

       053-124-164

tel.  081.885.1429

          (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

  
 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Training Courses

Conferences & Seminars

Credentials

Calendar & Events

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 

tel.  053-817-362

       053-124-164

tel.  081.885.1429

          (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
 www.homprang.com

 

  

Homepage

Conferences & Seminars

Calendar & Events

 

   ACCOMMODATIONS

Baan Hom Samunphrai's accommodations are all in traditional Thai farm houses which have been screened against mosquitoes and other unwelcome tropical visitors. There are overhead fans in every bedroom and, to provide additional cooling during the hot season, a fine spray of water on the tiled roofs. From a health point of view, it is better for the body to adapt naturally to the tropics and not to have to undergo the shock of air-conditioning every time a person ventures in or out of doors. Indeed, there's no 'inside' in the natural Thai house anyway--one of its chief pleasures as well as its health benefits. But don't worry, we do believe in hot showers and clean, modern toilets, and there's wifi everywhere.

This is the screened porch of Baan Uii Dee. We have just added an upstairs bathroom to it -- the new door is  just behind the standing figure at the back.

We offer 5 traditional dwelling houses arranged as in a rural Thai village around a pond. There are 11 bedrooms plus a dorm, all of which have windows without glass, overhanging roofs, wooden shutters to close during the Monsoon thunder storms, and shaded porches. The houses are all old farmhouses on stilts but each one has hot showers and modern toilets, and there are open social areas downstairs with mats, tables, chairs and, of course, the traditional settees for lounging. There is also a small kitchen for you to make tea and coffee—and a fleet of bicycles to take you out in the rice.

What follows is a brief introduction to our houses which range from a 5 bed dorm with a shared downstairs bathroom to a private house with an upstairs bathroom all of its own. The latter house, Baan Jung Kaew, with a large porch extending out over our lotus pond, can be booked by a couple, two friends, a family with children, or even by a singularly lucky single person!
 

1. BAAN CHANG PHUAK, "The House of the White Elephant."

        
 

Baan Chang Phuak has a single screened sleeping area with traditional sliding windows and 5 bamboo beds each with its own locker and bedside light for reading. There is a modern toilet and separate hot water shower downstairs with a table and benches under the trees beside it. It appeals to back-packing groups and indeed anyone who wants to save a bit of money -- we offer a 100 baht per person per day discount when the space is used as a dorm. But it's also one of our best spaces for an individual with a project, a novel, a new song, a philosophical or existential nut that has to be cracked -- you can organize the house any way you wish all by yourself, and it's really private. On the other hand, the house can also be arranged as a very private house for a couple all by themselves -- the charge in this case is our normal rate.
 

2. BAAN UII DEE, "The House of the Good Old Lady."  NEW!

Baan Uii Dee has just had a major renovation. An upstairs bathroom has been added on top of the old one downstairs, so the house is now perfect for guests who prefer a private bathroom on the same level as the bedrooms,  in this case a single and a double.. There is also a large screened porch (see photo at the top of the page) that looks down on the brightly colored koi and lotuses in the pond. Families always enjoy it, as do close friends. There is a little kitchen downstairs for making tea and coffee (the white lean-to on the right in the photo) --and people say the green tiled floor is the coolest of all under your feet.  (There is now a surcharge of 100 baht per person per day for this house because of the private bathroom.)

 

3. BAAN UII KHAM, "The House of the Golden Lady"

     

Our largest building, Baan Uii Kham has a red tiled ground floor with two toilets, two hot water showers, and lots of tables and chairs.  The Baan Hom Samunphrai office is also located here. There are 3 staircases leading up to 3 separate porches, each of which connects to two adjoining rooms, doubles and singles, which can be booked either as separate 'suites' for a couple or friends, or divided up into 6 single and/or double private rooms (the house can accommodate up to 9 people). There is no extra charge for the rooms in this house -- indeed, Uii Kham defines our basic rate ("private room with shared bathroom").

 

4. BAAN JUNG KAEW, "The Rice Barn House."

       

Baan Jung Kaew is our oldest building, a vibrant antique that's also filled with them. It used to be our only accommodation with a hot water shower and toilet directly attached to a bedroom, and still has the largest and most private of all our porches extending right out over the pond. A joy for a couple, it's also sometimes chosen by close friends who like to talk all night -- there is a double and a single bed. And it's a pleasure for a family! (There is a 100 baht surcharge per person per day.)

 

5. BAAN MAI, "New House."  NEW!

Baan Mai was completed just two years ago, and we did it because we wanted to offer more private bathrooms to our friends, guests and students. Built around an antique rice barn with huge teak posts, there are two floors, each with a modern shower and toilet. The upper bedroom has 5 windows and two separate beds between the teak pillars, and the ground floor a large double bed with folding screen doors that open out onto the garden. There is a surcharge of 100 baht per person for this house with its private bathrooms on each floor.

In addition to our Residential Houses there are four dedicated Work Spaces:

 1.  BAAN RUSI "The Dwelling Place of Rusi, the Forest Hermit."

   

Baan Rusi is our primary workspace. It  is a large Lanna-style sala named after the mysterious forest hermit and teacher known as Rusi. There is a shrine at one end of the space with a large teak Buddha surrounded by other sacred images and artifacts -- a treasure house, in fact, always adorned with fresh flowers, incense and offerings. And just below the Buddha sits Shivaga Komarapat, the Buddha's personal doctor, and to his left an alabaster image of Rusi, the forest hermit -- he was the one who taught Shivaga Komarapat the yoga called Rasidaton, the movement that begins all Homprang's classes.

Baan Rusi has 12 massage mats for the practice of Nuad Boran (Thai Traditional Massage) and also yoga mats for the practice of Rasidaton. The space is used as well for Womblifting and other special treatments which involve charcoal pots and hot herbal compresses of various sorts. And finally, guests and students are welcome to use  Baan Rusi for other practices such as hatha yoga, tai chi, group meditation, and musical as well as artistic performances. There is a large whiteboard, a DVD player, and a Powerpoint Projector, and the space is well-equipped for special study groups of up to 20 persons. Tables and chairs are available to accommodate more formal presentations and seminars as well.

 

 2. BAAN HOM, "The Fragrant House" or "The House of Hom"

       

Baan Hom  is an old rice barn rebuilt in classic Ayutthaya style. Constructed all in teak over a pool of clear water, it has thermal windows as well as screens and can be air-conditioned during the hot season from March to June --our only concession to the god of technological comfort!. Baan Hom has 4 massage mats and can be used both for teaching and treatments. It is our quietest space, being well insulated, and is frequently used as a meditation or yoga space by individual guests and/or students.

 

 3. HERBAL STEAM BATHS

  

At the very heart of all Thai Medicine are steam treatments, and we have 2 purpose-built Herbal Steam Baths with changing rooms and tiled showers. (You can read more about our steam baths here.) The baths are free for students and their partners -- after a full day of training, 7am to 4pm 6 days a week, an hour of intensive steaming plus a cup of ginger tea beside the pool (and sometimes even in it) is as essential as it is pleasurable!
 

 4. SALA SAMATHI 

  

The Sala Samathi is an octagonal meditation space we had been contemplating for years but could never quite get our minds around. We dreamed of a space that would be useful as well as beautiful, practical as well as spiritual and, above all, one that would not exclude any of the extraordinarily diverse body of guests and students we're blessed with from Mormons to Urighurs to Sangomas, Sikhs, Lebanese Catholics, Palestinians, and even one seriously Buddhist Baptist.

There are no specifically religious images inside the space, just a fountain with moss and ferns as green as the cushions against the bare white walls. Indeed, all four elements play around you, earth, air, fire and water, and we make it very clear that the space is for anything you feel moved to do in it too -- it's a wonderful place for a chat or a nap, or for reading a book by yourself or singing or playing your dulcimer or your body in yoga. And of course its perfect for Vipassana, or any other mediation for that matter -- and needless to say, you meditators do get priority, don't worry!

 

     ACCOMMODATION RATES per person per day 

  Accommodation Bed & Breakfast Full Room & Board
  Shared Room w/ shared bathroom (dorm) Bt 700 ($20.60) Bt  1000 ($29.40)     per person per day
  Private Room w/ shared bathroom Bt 800 ($23.50) Bt 1100 ($32.40)     per person per day
  Private Room w/ private bathroom Bt 900 ($26.50) Bt 1200 ($35.30)     per person per day

                                                                                                  Dollar rates are calculated at 34 baht = $1.00  

We are not an ordinary Guest House, and do not encourage guests to stay for just one night. If you are just looking for a place to sleep while visiting Chiang Mai city, we are probably not the best choice as there are no coffee shops, bars, restaurants, or shops around us, and you will have to use a taxi to get into town. If you know us and want to be here just to be here, you will be most welcome anytime and for however long.

Our LONG STAY rate is Bt 30,000 (c. $882.00)  per month in a single room with a shared bathroom, or Bt 33,000 (c. $970.00)  per month in a single room with a private bath. The Long Stay charge is for Full Room & Board, and is payable on the first day of each month. Workshop, office, studio and meditation space is easily arranged at no extra charge.
For those who really want to get that book written or crack that riddle all by themselves, we offer Baan Chang Phuak as a long-stay house for just 30,000 baht per month. A sort of tree house, it's the most private of all our houses -- you can set it up as you wish and nobody will even notice. Yet when you need company you'll almost certainly find the very best. (The best period for long-stay is the Monsoon Season, May through to the end of September. That's when we're most likely to have the space to accommodate you properly.)

See the CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS page .for our rates and special services for Groups.

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