This charming guest house is owned and run by a Lahu family who originate from the nearby mountain village of Doi Pumuen. The owner's father was the tribal chief, and the property proudly displays the family’s heritage and interesting backstory with photographs spaced throughout the common areas showing Lahu people and their way of life. The rooms are themed with Lahu-style décor so you feel a true sense of place. Although simply decorated, they exude authenticity and a personal touch. The larger Deluxe room boasts a private balcony and is definitely worth the upgrade to enjoy the views.
Rich in culture and steeped in history, Phumanee Lahu is the perfect place to plunge yourself into the heritage that surrounds this family-run property and experience a true slice of rural Thailand. The Phumanee’s central location within Fang is ideal for exploring the main street and local eateries, all within walking distance. Fang is also an excellent base from which to explore the beautiful countryside and visit locals who reside in the surrounding hills.
Located amidst beautiful scenery in Fang, around a 2.5 hour drive from Chiang Mai, Phumanee is the ideal spot to discover more about local culture.
Tea picking & cookery classes
Trekking mountains & waterfalls
Being family-run, you feel like you’re a guest in a family home and are welcomed as a friend.
Discover what to expect from staying at Phumanee Lahu Home Hotel
From the very start of this journey your anticipation builds, as you head through lush forest and serene hillsides to arrive at your home away from home. While the accommodation is simple, it is the experience you go for. From your arrival, you’re welcomed like family and made to feel part of the village. Enjoy home-cooked Lahu food, help harvest the crops that provide income, and pick tea in the fresh mountain air. It’s safe to say you become completely immersed in the local way of life and are made to feel involved throughout your stay.
Phumanee is one of the best we’ve seen, truly capturing the essence of Northern Thailand. For us, this is a genuinely golden experience. It may not be the place for everyone but, if you’re looking for an original and tangible taste of local life, you wont stay anywhere else like it. The family are heart-warming and genuine, and the operation is seamless and well run. No-one comes away disappointed - this is the real deal.
When you're not wandering through the hotel soaking up its history, or sharing stories with the family, sign yourself up to a Thai cooking class and learn a thing or two to take home, or plunge into the local hot springs to soak your feet after a long trek through the mountains. Lahu massages are also available for a real treat, and the restaurant serves up authentic Lahu cuisine. Even the tea and coffee comes from their home village.
Phumanee Lahu are dedicated to making their business more sustainable and are always looking for ways to improve. They are committed to recycling and reducing electricity consumption throughout the hotel, and play an active role in their community.
A journey through northern Thailand for an eco-focussed exploration of local Lahu traditions and culture in the hills of Chiang Mai.