Please contact Reception to register on entering the resort. A copy of your passport is required.
A registered visitor to the Tao Garden is offered the following: use of the swimming pool, fitness equipment and steam room as well as free internet access and the ability to join in the morning exercises & the evening meditation.
If you wish to eat in the Dining Hall you will be charged 390 THB per person per meal.
If you are taking a spa or clinic treatment, then a deposit is required to be paid in advance at Reception. At the conclusion of the treatment you will need to pay the balance of your account at Reception (or given a refund if that is the case) before leaving the premises. This also applies if you have Booked a Spa Package.
Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort Guidelines:
The Management of Tao Garden wants you to enjoy your stay at the Resort so we have established some guidelines for that purpose.
Please do not destroy or deface any property of the RESORT, of other guests, or public utilities. If guests do so then they will be accountable for the damages which will be deducted from their account.
Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort policy is: No Smoking, No alcohol, No pets
Please no loud parties, loud music or disorderly conduct.
The Management will not be responsible for valuables not stored IN THE RESORT safe. The use of a safety box is a simple procedure and requires double signing, by the guest and by a hotel receptionist.
Room charges will be paid in advance unless special arrangements are made with the management.
Check in and checkout time is 2pm unless special arrangements are made with the management. All outstanding items on your account must be settled at this time.
Suggestions for Travel
Chiang Mai is located approximately 700kms north of Bangkok. Chiang Mai sits in a broad valley at an elevation of 330 meters above sea level. The valley is dissected by the Ping River – one of the four main tributaries of the great Chao Praya – and it runs roughly from north to south. As much as 70 per cent of Chiang Mai province is covered in mountains and forests. Agriculture, mainly fruit, vegetables and some rice cultivation, is the mainstay of the local economy. In the past ten years, tourism has become an increasingly important economic growth point for the city. Other industry includes cottage industry, handicraft production, exporting, small scale business and manufacturing. Chiang Mai is cooler than other parts of the country like Bangkok. To come to Chiang Mai it is about 1 hour by plane from Bangkok, and thirty minutes from Chiang Mai airport to Tao Garden by taxi.
None are required from the United States or Europe. The only immunization recommended is for Hepatitis B. This organism travels in the water. You do not need to be concerned about it at Tao Garden Health Resort. Otherwise, while travelling in Thailand, stick to boiled teas and sealed bottles of soda.
Jet Lag Suggestions
Plan to spend a day acclimatizing after you arrive. Eat lightly on the plane. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Avoid alcohol and sugar. Use Melatonin (ask your pharmacist) by taking it 3 days before arriving and continue for 3 days after your arrival. Take it at the time you want to go to sleep at your destination.
Immediately upon disembarking from the plane
Spin – For travel from West to East, spin counterclockwise; from East to West, spin clockwise. Make one turn for each hour time change. Look at the sun or moon. Fix in your mind: “Now its ____ time.”
For a visit of up to 30 days, Thailand provides an entrance visa when you go through passport control at the airport. You can extend this for only another 7-10 days, unless you leave the country and reenter. If you plan to stay longer than a month, you will need a 60-day Tourist Visa or 90-day Non Immigrant Visa. Your passport must be valid for an additional 6 months after your planned return. Contact the Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country for the exact details.
During the day, especially in the last season start from March to July it can be quite hot, you will need light natural fiber clothing. The swimming pool is available for use throughout the year. Most of the year you can wear sandals. In the morning you may prefer to wear shoes, especially from December to February.
|July – October||31 ~ 23 °C||Precipitation 200 mm|
Rainy season; bring an umbrella
|November – February||25 ~ 16 °C||Precipitation 4 mm to 50 mm|
Mornings can be chilly.
Bring a jacket and sweater with you.
|March – June||34 ~ 23 °C||Precipitation 90 mm|
Thai summers are very hot (up to 40 °C.)
Next to the equator the sun is very strong.
Use sunscreen and wear a hat.
Electrical outlets at Tao Garden Health Resort are 220 volts, 50 Hertz. This is likely to be incompatible with most appliances from the United States and other countries using the 110 volts, 60 cycle standard. If you have an electrical appliance which you need to use, please check to be sure it is compatible before plugging it in.
Overnight in Bangkok
Quality Suites and Comfort Inns provide transport to and from the airport and breakfast for roughly $65 depending on the exchange rate. They have representatives at the airport to greet you and 800 reservation numbers. If you have time and want more adventure you can go to a guest house in Bangkok ‘proper’ and stay for 750 to 1200 Baht. At the main Backpacker region on ‘Koh San Road’ a guest house can be found cheaper, but be warned the noise never stops. A cab into the city costs 200 Baht. Be aware that Bangkok is one hour from the airport. Traffic is congested at all hours of the day and night.
Money can be exchanged at the Airport, Tao Garden welcome center, the bank in Doi Saket. You will get a better rate by exchanging currency in Thailand. Traveler’s checks get a better exchange rate than cash. You need your passport in hand. You can use VISA to pay for purchases in baht, Traders at the night market in Chiang Mai usually only accept cash.
Points of Interest in the Area
Caves, Temples, Shopping at the Night Market in Chiang Mai, Elephant rides, bamboo rafting, waterfalls, butterfly watching, snake, and orchid farms, local hill tribes, Thai Massage classes, Chiang Mai handcraft factories – silk, leather, silver, jade, jewelry, lacquer ware, china, umbrellas. Recommended reading: Lonely Planet Travel Survival Kit: Thailand.