Vegan/veg couple wanted to care for art cabin in Chiang Mai Province. Experience authentic Thai life.
We are Giselle and Cody; vegans, avid travellers, art lovers, and new home owners! This past February we designed and built our little sanctuary surrounded by wildlife about 20 minutes away from Doi Saket. We can't always be in Thailand, so we require a trustworthy, and hard working couple, (or individual) to care for our home and the surrounding land.
Our Home & Location
We are about 20 minutes from the nearest town (Doi Saket) but far enough away to have quite a bit of privacy and feel remote. Doi Saket has a weekly Tuesday market for all of your fruit, and veggie needs with everything being quite inexpensive, as well as a western style grocery outside of Doi Saket that you can visit with our land mate.
Our home was built with refurbished wood in the Thai style, so it is humble, but comfortable. We share the house with small geckos, large spiders, and sometimes ants, so the kitchen must be kept clean with no sticky drips on the floor and counters, unless you REALLY love ants. You also have to be at least OK with insects, because they are not going anywhere....
Nearby are hot springs, a beautiful cave, and a salt water swimming pool at a local yoga retreat that we frequent. There are nature trails all around, and so much to explore by scooter (scooter provided). This is really a lovely place if you are seeking nature, simplicity, and solitude. We also have a very large overhang on our deck, so large that even when it rains incredibly hard, we can still sit outside and enjoy a meal :) + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
We do not have any animals to care for. We do however have 3 acres of land that we share with a friend who also has a home at the top of our hill. There is quite a bit of room and privacy between the two homes.
This land needs to be tended to on a regular basis, especially during the rainy season which starts in June, and ends in October. We usually work 3-4 hours a day, 4 days a week cutting weeds, and grass, raking up dry brush, and burning.
Your responsibilities would be to help Jodi with keeping up with the outdoor work. Best to do it in the morning and have the afternoons off....
We also require that you take good care of our home. Our windows are usually always open so there is quite a bit of dust that can accumulate. Regular dusting, and sweeping is needed, and general maintenance of our home while we are gone is expected. Watering indoor plants as well, and other general chores like making a monthly mixture of EM-1 for our natural flush toilet, and more that can be discussed if you commit to the 3 + months.
For 2020 we are hoping to find people who would be interested in making this an annual thing. Perhaps housesitting for 1 month, and then travelling for 2 weeks, and then sitting again for 1 month, and so on and so forth from June to December-ish. This would give you the chance to experience solitude in our space, as well as taking a couple of weeks to yourself to travel every second month.
We are also vegan, as is Jodi. We do not want animal products on the land, and most definitely not cooked in our pans, or served on our plates. This is non-negotiable, so we feel more comfortable having vegan/vegetarian sitters here. You will be heading to the market and grocery store with Jodi, so it's not something you would be able to hide. We ask for your respect in this matter.
It rains ALOT. It can rain for a week straight. It is also VERY humid. You will sweat. ALOT.
Pillows can get moldy, so you don't go to bed with wet hair etc....you may not be able to wash your clothing for several days as it won't dry if it is a soggy week. You may require ear plugs (provided) to sleep because the rain can be very loud if you are not accustomed to it. You MUST be prepared for this. It's a beautiful place, but it is not for everyone. Please consider this before jumping into this commitment.
The scooter is only to be taken around our village, and around Doi Saket. If you would like to visit downtown Chiang Mai, we recommend you drive the scooter into Doi Saket, and park it at the day market, then take an 18 baht yellow song taew into town. It's very simple.
There is much more to know, but we'll stop here for now. If you have any questions, please ask :) + More info