07 October 2022


Lychee Lodge
Lychee Lodge (บ้านลิ้นจี่)
is one of four houses on the Baan Sammi property that are available for rent.
Rental availability → BAAN SAMMI NATURE RETREAT



Lychee Lodge: a bungalow, 1 bedroom (air-conditioned), 1 bathroom, standard occupation 1 person, max. 2 people, interior 355 ft² (33 m²), furnished, WiFi, private garden, plus community garden with a large natural swimming pond.

If you are interested in renting, please contact Baan Sammi via Facebook Messenger, email at baansammi@gmx.net, or use the Contact Form on the sidebar or at the end of this website. More detailed contact information can be found on the Contact Page of this website.


2.1 — SITE: Within the Baan Sammi property, Lychee Lodge is located adjacent to the eastern bank of the large natural swimming pond. On the map below, Lychee Lodge is highlighted in deep red, with the private garden area in pea green. The bedroom with its windows is oriented to the west only. The living room is oriented to the west and south, thus providing beautiful views of the private garden and over the large natural pond. There is a short private pathway to Lychee Lodge, to be entered by a wooden gate with orchids. Attached to the outside of Lychee Lodge along its northern and eastern walls is a storage hut, mainly for gardening tools, but this hut is separate and has no connection with private rooms or the private garden of Lychee Lodge.

The location of Lychee Lodge within the Baan Sammi property

2.2 — SIZE OF PRIVATE LIVING AREA: The interior area of the bungalow is 355 ft² (33 m²), plus private garden area of approximately 155 yd² (130 m²).

2.2.1 — Bungalow 345 ft² (32 m²): Living room with kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom; see floor plan; laundry hut 10 ft² (1 m²).

2.2.2 — Private garden ca. 155 yd² (130 m²): Includes terrace ca. 215 ft² (20 m²), roofed terrace 45 ft² (4 m²), patio, and staircase dock.

2.3 — CAPACITY: Designed and ideal for a single person (standard occupancy) or a couple, maximum occupancy of 2 people.

Entrance gate to the private area of the Lychee Lodge

2.4 — BUILDINGS: A bungalow with brick walls, built in 2005; with kitchen and bathroom, built in 2011; living room, built in 2019; major renovations and improvements in 2022. The concrete base of the bungalow has a higher level by one step (approx. 10 in or 25 cm) than the normal level of the adjacent terrace, pathway, and garden. The floors of the bedroom, living room, and laundry hut are made of tiles, and the bathroom floor is made of concrete with a non-slip surface (resin-bonded fine gravel surface). All windows, doors, and other openings of the bedroom, bathroom, living and dining room are protected by mosquito screens. The windows of the bedroom have outdoor shutters. A part of the terrace is roofed. The attic (above the bedroom and living room) keeps the bedroom on the ground floor in tolerable temperatures during the hot season.

Lychee Lodge:
Bedroom (top left), bathroom (top right), kitchen area (bottom left), living room (bottom right)
More photos in the → Album

2.5 — ROOMS AND OTHER SPACES: The building comprises a bedroom, a bathroom, a living and dining room with an integrated kitchen, a tiny laundry room, and a partly roofed terrace.
• Bedroom, with a wall-mounted Mitsubishi split-type air-conditioner, plus a floor fan.
• Bathroom, with hot shower (electric), hand wash basin, and a western-type toilet.
• Living and dining room, with a ceiling fan. This room provides broad views over the pond and the garden.
• Kitchen: with double hot plate, refrigerator 47 × 76 × 45 cm (19 × 30 × 18 in), and sink.
• Laundry hut: with a washing machine (Samsung, top loader, load 8.5 kg).
• Roofed terrace: on request with a freezer, a single burner gas cooker with a gas tank.

• Bedroom: The main furniture is a queen-size bed with a mattress (5 × 6.5 ft = 152 × 200 cm), tables and easy chairs, a wooden desk (workspace for PC or laptop), and a built-in 4-door wardrobe.
• Living and dining room: with a table and chairs.
• Kitchen: equipped with shelves.
• Roofed terrace: outdoor table and outdoor chairs. The open terrace can be equipped with a parasol.

2.7 — PRIVATE GARDEN: In the above map, the privately used garden area is shown in pea green color. This private garden area is between the building and the large natural pond, adjacent to the western and southern sides of the building. There are shady and sunny areas for recreation. From the terrace in front of the building, as well as from the living and dining room, you can pleasantly oversee much of the natural pond and community garden. Access to the large natural pond for swimming and boating is via a concrete staircase dock connected to the terrace.

2.8 — COMMUNITY GARDEN: In the above map, the large community garden area is shown in light bluish green color. The garden can be used by tenants and guests for relaxation and is accessible via walkways and a driveway. It includes a large natural swimming pond, several smaller ponds and ditches with some bridges, and a hexagonal gazebo between two small ponds. Tall trees and bamboo provide many shady areas. You can also find wild edible herbaceous plants in the garden, and fruit trees, among them mango, papaya, lemon tree, pomelo, star fruit, sapodilla, mulberry, and climbers like passion fruit (maracujá). Delicious fresh bamboo shoots can be harvested several months a year. The large pond is 300 ft (90 m) long and 23 ft (7 m) deep and can be used for swimming (not bathing), boating, and occasional fishing. There are also several planter beds where tenants can grow their vegetables and herbs.

The community garden near Lychee Lodge
More photos in the → Album

2.9 — PARKING: Car parking spaces as well as roofed motorbike and bicycle parking lots are available. A roofed car parking space, if it is not already in use, can be booked in advance.

2.10 — HOUSE INFRASTRUCTURE: Electricity (220 V); laying of electrical cables on the property underground (but currently temporarily above ground) and flush-mounted in rooms. Gas tank (33 lb = 15 kg) for the outdoor gas stove. Village tap water (drinkable) with a storage tank (528 gal US = 440 gal UK = 2,000 l) and an inverter water pump.

2.10a — HOUSE INFRASTRUCTURE: INTERNET: Free and unlimited 3BB Wi-Fi Internet (4G) for the Baan Sammi community throughout the entire property area (private LAN/Wi-Fi at extra cost). Download speed, upload speed, and prices are as follows:
• Lychee Lodge (living room), 3BB Wi-Fi, 15-20 Mb/s, 10-21 Mb/s, 0 ฿.
• Optional: Private mobile Wi-Fi from AIS, true, or dtac, high or maximum speed, prepaid 320–748 ฿/month.
• Clerodendrum Chalet (outdoor community seating area), 3BB Wi-Fi, 38-43 Mb/s, 26-42 MB/s, 0 ฿.
• Clerodendrum Chalet, optional, temporarily available: 3BB LAN, ≤95 Mb/s, ≤95 Mb/s, 0 ฿.

• For this house, the standard or basic household appliances and equipment that are present or will be made available, and at no extra cost, are the following: electric hot plate (usually a double hot plate), microwave, refrigerator, hot water kettle, cooking pots, pan, plates, cups, bowls, cutlery, drinking glasses, and a fan.
• Other appliances and equipment are optionally available and are usually provided at no extra cost, but their availability is subject to prior negotiations and must be mutually agreed upon: teapot, coffee pot, coffee machine, toaster, rice cooker, electric grill, countertop blender, immersion blender, and similar special kitchen utensils; iron and ironing board, clothes horse, hair dryer.
• Bedlinen, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, and towels are permanently available to short-term tenants (1–3 months). For long-term tenants (more than three months), however, a special agreement is required.

2.12 — HOUSE SERVICES EXTERNALLY OFFERED (OPTIONAL): Upon request, Khun Sam can assist you in ordering the following services.
• Delivery services for groceries and beverages by department stores e.g., Lotus's, BigC, Tops, Rimping, Makro are available online and daily.
• Delivery services for ready meals (Thai, Western) from numerous restaurants, carried out by FoodPanda, GrabFood, and MealsOnWheels4U and available online 7 days per week. Miw's Home Cooking offers a delivery service for its deep-frozen Thai ready meals.
• Delivery services for drinking water in bottles and tanks by water supply companies.
• Room cleaning and housekeeping services by maids from nearby villages.
• Cleaning and maintenance of the private garden area by a gardener.

3 — RENTAL RATES AND TERMS: Detailed price information for all 4 houses can be found on the blog → Special Rental Offers.


Lychee Lodge, as seen from the opposite bank of the pond
More photos can be viewed online:

4.1 — More than 50 photos, plus some videos, of Lychee Lodge and its private garden area can be viewed online in the → Album Lychee Lodge – Baan Sammi. The Album also includes a floor plan of Lychee Lodge and some maps.

4.2 — Numerous photos of the community area can be viewed in the → Album Impressions of the Garden of Baan Sammi Nature Retreat, with Bambusetum Baan Sammi.

4.3 — Numerous photos of the entire Baan Sammi property can be viewed in the → Album Impressions of the Property – Baan Sammi Nature Retreat and Bambusetum.

5 — LOCATION: 10 mi (15 km) northeast of the city of Chiang Mai, or 11 mi (18 km) to the Tha Phae Gate, or 4 mi (7 km) to the Doi Saket district center, in the non-touristy countryside, between two villages, Ban Pa Tio and Ban Pa Yang Poi, within a fenced, quiet and secure 1.7 acres (7,000 m², or 4 rai) private property with park-like natural garden and a few houses.

The main route from Baan Sammi to the old city of Chiang Mai

Baan Sammi and its vicinity

5.1 — HOW TO FIND BAAN SAMMI? GOOGLE MAPS: You can easily find the location on Google Maps by searching "Baan Sammi", or "Baan Sammi Nature Retreat", or "บ้านแซมมี", or "สวนไผ่บ้านแซมมี".
→ Baan Sammi

5.2 — VARIOUS OTHER METHODS TO FIND BAAN SAMMI are described in detail on the website How to Find Baan Sammi ...

5.3 - STREET VIEW: The property of Baan Sammi is partially bordered by a road with little traffic connecting two villages: Ban Pa Tio to the north and Ban Pa Yang Poi to the south. There are two entrance gates on this road. Google's street view actually shows these two gates, easily recognizable as they are part of the distinctive wooden fence: → street view of the main entrance gate (Gate 1) of Baan Sammi and → street view of the second entrance gate.

5.4 — STREET VIEW OF THE HOUSE: There is no street view, simply because the house is accessible via a private driveway and pathway which are approximately 50 m long. The house itself does not border on a public road, and the house cannot be seen from a public road, so the exposure to traffic noise from the next, low-traffic village road is very low.

5.5 — MAP VIEW (BIRD'S EYE VIEW): The best available map showing the building is Google Maps with the following coordinates:
Lychee Lodge 18.83553, 99.10796

6 — TRANSPORTATION: Public transportation is accessible from the street adjacent to the property of Baan Sammi; the fare to Chiang Mai is 60 Baht/person (Sep. 2022). An app-based car-sharing and motorbike-sharing service to and from Baan Sammi is offered by Grab; the booking is easy and the prices are lower than taxi fees. Private transportation with a rented car, motorbike, scooter, or bicycle can be arranged; details on companies that rent vehicles can be provided.

6.1 — PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION VS. PUBLIC / SEMI-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: A privately used car or motorbike is recommended but usually not needed. Distance to the Super Highway (#11, intersection 'San Dek'): 14.4 km or 9.0 mi, or 24 min by car. Distance to the Tha Phae Gate of the old city: 18.4 km or 11.5 mi, or 40 min by car. Public transportation (saleng, song-thaeo, bus) is cheap but time-consuming. The Grab service (GrabCar, GrabBike) is the most convenient, reliable, inexpensive, and preferred mode of transportation if you don't want to drive a vehicle by yourself, and if you don't need to go to the city of Chiang Mai every day.

6.2 — DETAILED INFORMATION: Website Public and Private Transportation in Chiang Mai; it includes all information about your transportation needs in Chiang Mai and its vicinity, also route maps and distances.

7 — VISITS AND INSPECTIONS: The exterior of Lychee Lodge and the entire Baan Sammi property can be visited and inspected any day during the daytime. The interior of any of the houses can only be inspected if there are no tenants living in the house. You are kindly requested to give at least a 1-day prior notice of your visit (written online message, but no SMS and no call).

8 — SUITABILITY OF LYCHEE LODGE: This home is best suited for a single person, or a couple, who likes nature and an inspiring tranquil environment e.g., the elderly, retirees, writers, artists, digital nomads, or people on long-stay vacation, and sabbatical leave, for employees working in the east, northeast, or southeast of Chiang Mai, or merely as a retreat on weekends for people working and living in the city.

8.1 — PETS: Baan Sammi property is pet-friendly. 1 male dog and currently approximately 5 cats (4 female, 1 male) live on the property outdoors. However, our dog does not allow any other dogs in its territory, whether male or female, large or small. Therefore and unfortunately, guests with their own dogs cannot be accommodated. Guests with their own cats are advised to find out, prior to their rental commitment, if their cats get along with the existing pets.

8.2 — CHILDREN: The entire Baan Sammi property is generally not suitable for children below the age of 12 years.

8.3 — ELDERLY: There is only one step that connects the exterior with the interior. Therefore, Lychee Lodge might not be suitable for the elderly with severe walking disabilities.

8.4 — DISABLED: For a disabled long-term tenant, accessibility of Lychee Lodge with a wheelchair could be made possible with minor structural changes.

9 — OTHER INFORMATION: Generally, a single or a few minor and small pieces of furniture can be removed or replaced with other furniture independent of the length of the tenant's rental commitment, and usually at no extra cost.


10.1 — The main website of Baan Sammi contains a comprehensive list of links to relevant websites.

10.2 — If you are interested in buying or a 30-year lease please request specific information. The prices depend on the number of buildings and type of buildings as well as the size of the plot. Property division plans are available and can be submitted with options for approximately 10 different property lines and plot sizes.