1 — Retirement homes with splendid privacy: BAAN SAMMI Nature Resort, an overview

In BAAN SAMMI Nature Resort, accommodation units (bungalows, pavilions) are offered for rent especially for seniors or retirees. What characterizes this privately owned residential site with regard to its suitability for living for the elderly?

Retirement residence, seniors residence, retirement homes ?
Instead of luxury size, prestigious architectural style and parks that characterize a residence, BAAN SAMMI offers manageable privacy in individual living space: Little bungalows and pavilions in a simple architectural style, and a large natural garden, for the independent elderly.

Seniors apartment, seniors dormitory, seniors commune ?
Each person or couple lives in privacy in an own house with garden. There is no dormitory regulation or house sharing.

Seniors housing community ?
You can live independently in BAAN SAMMI, though you will live in a resort community. Housing community and household community is not intended. A sense of community develops among the people living in the re…

2 — Is BAAN SAMMI the right choice for me?

Living at BAAN SAMMI Natur-Resort is most suitable ...

as a retreat for seniors who want to escape the winter of the northern hemisphere for up to 6 months a year.

as a permanent retreat for people in retirement, immediately or as a precaution for later.

for nature lovers and recreation seekers who want to live on the countryside but still close to the city.

for the adventurous senior travelers who appreciate the cool climate of the mountains and the natural beauty of the north of Thailand.

for seniors who need a mild climate year-round.

for seniors who do not want to relinquish Western goods and food.

for seniors who need to be close to a high quality health care infrastructure.

Both, single persons and couples are welcome. The ideal starting age is between 50 (or younger) and 65 (70) years. Here, you will get individual support and advice with a living concept tailored to your personal wishes and needs. Important is a harmonious lifestyle within the resort community, and active resp…

3 — What does count for Chiang Mai as a place to live?

BAAN SAMMI is located on the countryside and yet close to the city of Chiang Mai. What are the advantages of this location for residence?

Subtropical climate, amicable year-round — Heating and air-conditioning are hardly necessary, for some persons even dispensable.

Temperatures and humidity considerably lower than in Central and South Thailand, throughout the year.

Compared to the city of Chiang Mai, temperatures are 1–3 °C lower on the countryside throughout the year.

Frequently sunny days, little rain: Even during the so-called rainy season, days are often sunny.

Quiet residential area, beautiful rural surroundings, views to hills and mountains.

Not far to the city of Chiang Mai with all its amenities, only 15–30 minutes by car.

International airport only 23 km away, daily flights to Bangkok, direct flights to Singapore, Malaysia and some other countries.

Department stores and shopping malls with an extensive range of Western products.

Very good and close health care supply: Doctor…

4 — What are the special features of BAAN SAMMI Nature Resort?

BAAN SAMMI Nature Resort has a number of advantages that will ensure you a pleasant and carefree living.

Quiet living, private decorative garden area, beautiful views.

Only 5 residential units (e.g. bungalow with pavilion and garden), each building with its own character.

The low number of residential units ensures privacy.

4 of the 5 residential units located on the bank of the big pond, 3 residential units with private pier.

All residential units are ready for occupancy.

Internet (WLAN) throughout property, communication with your friends and family abroad is possible by email and Internet video phone calls (such as Skype, Line) around the clock.

The residential unit with adjacent garden is private area, separated from the community area by plants and pot plants, not by fences or walls.

Large natural garden for the community, comprising a big natural pond for swimming and boating, smaller ponds, tall trees and shady pathways, sitting areas, barbecue.

Some changes in the buildings po…

5 — BAAN SAMMI Nature Resort: Resort map

The site plan provides an overview: Boundaries, existing buildings (bungalows, pavilions, huts, gazebo), existing ponds and canals, driveway and pathways, private garden areas and community garden areas.

Two gates connect the fenced resort property with the public village road to the west. The neighboring areas are rice fields and building land.

6 — Bungalows and pavilions in BAAN SAMMI Nature Resort, an overview

4 lakeside bungalows and pavilions located on the 1.7 acres (about 7,000 square meters) property of Baan Sammi Nature Resort, are available for rent.

Rental rates depend on type of house and rental period. There is a monthly rental rate, as well as rental rates for longer stay, which are listed in the Table of Rental Rates for each type of house.

NEW 3-YEAR SPECIAL: For people who want to stay up to 6 months each year (usually to escape winter from the northern hemisphere), a low monthly rental rate applies to some of the house.

The current availability of each bungalow and pavilion can be found in the first chapter, "AVAILABILITY OF RENTALS ...", of the resort website.

Detailed descriptions of the bungalows and pavilions can be found on chapters 5–13 of the resort website.

7 — BAAN SAMMI: Location and surroundings

BAAN SAMMI is located only 10 miles (15 km) northeast of the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, in the district Doi Saket.

The above generalized map gives an overview of the location and the surrounding area. BAAN SAMMI is located in grid E8.

Alternatively, you can find BAAN SAMMI in Google Maps. For a closer localization of BAAN SAMMI (highlighted in light green), choose the Google satellite aerial photo.

BAAN SAMMI is located between two small villages on the countryside. The landscape is characterized by huge rice fields, separated by numerous irrigation canals, ditches and rivulets, framed in natural vegetation, and with scattered small rural villages, still with some wooden farm houses. Because of the proximity to the city, several residential compounds and single villas have been built in neighboring villages, but the rural character is still present.

The area is located in the approximately 15 miles (25 km) wide plain of Chiang Mai (see Google Satellite Aerial Photo of Chi…

8 — BAAN SAMMI: Accessibility and distances

The above generalized map shows the main route between Chiang Mai and BAAN SAMMI. To enlarge and print this map, choose the same map in the BS Route Map Album. As addition to this map, there is an illustrated route description.

BAAN SAMMI can be reached not only by private transportation but also by means of public transportation as close as to the entrance gate of our property. Public transportation is not expensive, but you will need a few days to get used to it, and get oriented. Then you can reach every destination in the surrounding area as well as in and around Chiang Mai. You only spend a little more travel time than by private transportation. The public transportation is chiefly served by the vehicle type song-thaeo (a small bus with 2 rows of seat), plus various types of vehicles which do not operate on fixed routes, such as taxicab, some red song-thaeos, tuk-tuk, and saleng (three-wheeled covered motorcycle taxi). There are also buses in the city of Chiang Mai.

For detailed …

9 — BAAN SAMMI: Resort facilities and senior-oriented services


The size of the resort area is about 1.7 acres (almost 7,000 square meters). The area is largely natural, parts of the area are slightly elevated and sloped. There is a large natural pond, four small ponds, canals, a gazebo, a boat and storage hut, and abundant vegetation: wild trees, bamboos, climbers, most of them indigenous, and ornamental trees and bushes, many with fragrant flowers, palm trees, ferns, orchids, and herbaceous ground cover plants. Various fruit trees were planted, including mango, lychee, rose apple, grapefruit, lemon, tamarind, banana and papaya.

The large pond is suitable for swimming, fishing, and boating. Pathways, gazebo and sitting areas invite you for a walk and rest. There are several places for barbecuing. Grill equipment and a paddle boat are available. The use of the resort area for recreation is available to the resort community and their guests.

Storage space for bulky things can be used if necessary. There are car par…

10 — BAAN SAMMI: Cost calculation

The most important costs that you may incur during your stay at Baan Sammi are explained in the following.

Rental costs: These costs are mainly dependent on the chosen type of house. All rental rates are listed in the Table of Rental Rates for each house. Here two examples: Our biggest house with 947 ft² (88 m²) of living space, Plumeria Home, consisting of Plumeria Bungalow and Khilek Pavilion, costs 12,000 Baht per month with a 3-year rental contract and for an occu­pancy of 1–2 people. There is a lump sum utility cost of 1,900 Baht per month, plus electricity, which can cost 500 to 2,000 Baht per month depending on the power consumption. A small house with 322 ft² (30 m²) of living space, Lychee Lodge, costs 7,000 Baht per month with an annual rental contract and for a single person, or 7.840 Baht for a couple, in each case plus an all-inclusive lump sum utility charge of 2,295 Baht per month.Rental utility costs: All utility costs are itemized in the Tables of Rental Rates.Cost of …

11 — Reside trial in BAAN SAMMI Nature Resort

We can offer you a reside trial period of up to half year, or full year. During this time you will get to know Baan Sammi, the nearer and wider surroundings, the different climates and anything else you wish to know. Then you will be able to decide without risk if Baan Sammi is the right choice for you and whether you want to settle down and proceed with a long-term rent.

The period to stay for a reside trial depends on the availability of the accommodation rentals. The current availability is stated in the first chapter (= newest post) of the resort website.

12 — Three important decisions: Visa, health insurance, mobility

If you are considering to realize the wish to live in Thailand for a long time or permanently, you should get answers to 3 important questions about visa, health insurance, and mobility. You can find information from the Internet, e.g. forums in

Visa: There are 2 types of visa under consideration, multiple entry tourist visa, and non-immigrant visa type O. Visa requirements largely depend on nationality of the visa applicant, therefore get information from the Thai embassy or a Thai consulate in your home country.Health insurance: You need to find out if your existing coverage of health insurance would cover a long or permanent stay in Thailand, too, or would allow to extend such a cover at a premium.Mobility: The main issue is traffic mobility, i.e. if you can or wish to rely on public transportation in Chiang Mai, or need private transportation, e.g. car or motorbike.

13 — Infrastructure and leisure activities in the vicinity of BAAN SAMMI Nature Resort and in Chiang Mai

Please see the last two chapters of the resort website: Resort Area and Vicinity of Baan Sammi Nature Resort.