We look forward to welcoming visitors who give early notice of their intention to visit. Then we can allow time for your visit.
Please note the rules for visitors at the end of this page.
294 M. 4, Pong Pha, Mae Sai
Chiang Rai 57130
BAAN DOI is in Chiang Rai province, south of the small city of Mae Sai, the northernmost city in Thailand. The region is well known as the so-called “Golden Triangle”, the area where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Laos meet.
Traveling from Bangkok
By air: Daily flights from Suvarnabhumi airport and Don Muang airport to Chiang Rai. Duration approx. 1.5 hours. Take a taxi from the Mae Fah Luang Airport, Chiang Rai to BAAN DOI . The cost is about 600 Baht.
By Train: Approx. 12 hours to Chiang Mai. From there, travel by bus for about 5 houts to Baan Tham or Mae Sai. The daily train schedule is found at www.railway.co.th
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By bus: From the Northern Bus Terminal in approx. 15 hours to Mae Sai.
Traveling from Chiang Mai
Traveling from Chiang Rai
By minivan or bus: from Bus Terminal 1 in the inner city, or from Bus Terminal 2 outside town at Highway No. 1, in 30 to 60 minutes to Baan Tham or Mae Sai.
Traveling with a car
When traveling on Highway No. 1 from the south, approx. 20 km after Mae Chan and approx. 15 km before Mae Sai you will come to Baan Tham. Shortly after the police checkpoint you will see the town sign. After another 200 metres there is a turn off to Wat Tham Pla (Monkey Temple) on the left. Continuing along Highway 1, you will pass the Du Doi Suay Ressort. 400 meters after that in the little curve turn left into a small road. Follow this for approx. 2 km until Soi 29. Follow the signs to the orphanage.
There are many tourist attractions in this area north of Chiang Rai – the White Temple, Black House, Golden Triangle, the “Hall of Opium” Museum, and many more.
Close to BAAN DOI, Doi Tung mountain, the monkey temple (Wat Tham Pla), the Sao Hin Payanak lake and the Burmese market in Mae Sai are worth a visit. It is also possible to experience nature in the nearby mountains.
Accomodation in Mae Sai
Every visit starts with a meeting to “get to know” each other in the office. Here we will explain the BAAN DOI child protection policy to you. After that we will show you the orphanage.
During school days the children come home from school after 4 p.m. They are curious about the visitors but also have daily duties.
If you like we invite you to dinner with kids and staff. After that the children have to do their homework or attend special lessons.
We are always asked if visitors can bring some presents for the kids. Yes, but we want to avoid jealousy, disappointment and frustration. That’s why we ask you to hand the presents to our child care workers. They will distribute the presents later.
The best presents are those which can be used by all children, like ball games, musical instruments, or materials for painting (eg. water colours) or handicrafts. Please don’t bring sweets, plastic toys, CDs or DVDs.
Thank you very much for your understanding.