The Longhouse at Sansai

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Property ID : HS106

Properties for Sale 32,000,000Baht - Residential, Single Family Home
629 Sq.m 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 4 Garages
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ID: HS106

Price: 32 Million THB

Land Area: 3.5 Rais /5,600 Sq.m

Living Area: 629 Sq.m (6,770 Sq.ft). This includes 309 Sq.m interior and 320 Sq.m semi-outdoor space

Exquisite modern Lanna house with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms party furnished for sale in Mae Jo area. situated on the North-East side, 25 minutes drive to Chiang Mai International Airport, 20 minutes to town and easy access to all amentities including 3 golf courses within 15 minutes drive.

Distances to major attractions:

  • Chiang Mai International Airport (44 mins/ 24.8 KM)
  • Tesco Lotus  (24 mins/13 KM)
  • Central Festival Chiang Mai (23 mins/ 15.3 KM)
  • Ruamchok Mall (24 mins/ 13 KM)
  • Bangkok Hospital (28 mins/ 18.4 KM)

Special Features of The Longhouse

  • Architects: Pattawadee Roogrojdee and Apichat Sriarun, 639 Architects Co Ltd
  • Handmade traditional Lanna roof tiles by Mae Rim Ceramics
  • Bronze main entrance door handmade in Nepal, replica of Kathmandu Palace Door
  • Pure well water and pumping system designed and built by Lanalytic
  • Storage – when did you ever have enough closet and storage space? This house has it!
  • Lighting by Lamptitude. Plus Indian, Egyptian, Philippine shell, European and Thai Birdcage chandeliers
  • Fiber optic Internet.
  • Kitchen by Kitchenette, Bangkok. All drawers and cabinets have teak interiors and German hardware. Top of the line appliances including Siemens stove top, Fisher-Paykel dishwasher and refrigerator, Viking American oven, Vintek wine cooler. Corian counter tops. Outdoor kitchen with gas grill.
  • Sound/multi media system with built in surround sound speakers in study, dining area, living room by CD Green
  • Master Bedroom Suite. King size built in teak bed with antique Chinese Elmwood doors as backing. Huge double closet with dressing area. Leads to bath area with sunken Jacuzzi, an indoor shower plus private outdoor garden/shower.
  • Second bedroom or study/media room with full bathroom including antique vanity with handmade Aka ceramic sink.
  • Semi-detached Guest Suite with private deck.
  • Open plan living room/ dining. Concealed cabinets with mirror finish.
  • 6.4 meters high vaulted ceilings throughout house.


The Longhouse, Chiangmai

Birdsong. Inspiration, Peace. These are the words that capture the magic of this home.

The journey to building the teak house and redwood house took 40 years! I fell in love with Asia in 1967, as a Peace Corps teacher in Sarawak, Malaysia. I lived in a longhouse at the base of a karst hill, next to a river, in a Dayak village.

Now, I have come full circle, discovering Asia anew, as the perfect place to retire, to “rewire”.  To write, reflect, meditate.

Walking the land I was fortunate to acquire, I realized that the best kind of house to build would be one affording me and all guests a view to the pond directly in front and Doi Suthep, a sacred mountain, in the distance. This land, of 3.5 RAI called for a long house, like the one in Borneo, with entries to all rooms coming off a deep, full-length veranda. The house draws upon “ancient wisdom” of cross-ventilation, orientation to catch the prevailing breeze, balconies and verandas, and wide overhanging eaves to provide shade. There is little distinction between inside and outside. Its open floor plan and high vaulted ceilings are environmentally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Since my architects are well known for traditional Thai design, we capped the house with a Lanna (Northern Thai kingdom) roof.

Robert Powell included the house in his 2013 book, The Modern Thai House: Innovative Design in Tropical Asia. The Thai edition of House and Garden magazine ( featured the house in 2010, and B-1 Magazine (November 2009) highlighted the house’s innovative pure white cement walls and pillars (never requiring painting).

The Longhouse is in Sansai Orchard, a mixed community “mu baan” (village), of Thais and Westerners, academics, international development careerists, engineers and an artist. Nine houses privately sited. In the Orchard mangoes, lumyai, lychee, bananas, and papaya are grown. There’s lots of space and privacy.  Sansai Orchard is 25 minutes from the airport and about 20 minutes north of town.  We are adjacent to Mae Jo University, Thailand’s best-known agricultural university, with experimental fields and fishponds, a running track and Olympic-sized swimming pool (open to the public). There isn’t much traffic on surrounding local roads so they are great for exploring by bicycle. Coming out the gate, you may meet a water buffalo. There are 3 golf courses within 15 minutes drive.

Food is central to Thai culture! Within 20 minutes’ drive one can find terrific Thai, Western, and fusion food. Upscale cuisine or local grilled chicken wings, green papaya salad and sticky rice. Watch a glorious sunset from the deck of the longhouse or from the terrace of the Four Seasons Hotel (a short drive) sipping a lemongrass infused vodka martini! If you wish to cook, the local fresh market is just across Mae Jo Road and the more modern (with products from around the world) Rimping Market 10 minutes by car. An organic market is held every Wednesday at the university.

Find your muse, peace and inspiration here!



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