Oriental Village Chiang Mai will be a non-naturist resort when it opens again after the COVID-19 closure. The resort opened as the second naturist resort of Thailand in 2012 and has been popular ever since. On 16 November 2012 Naturist Association Thailand arranged its first member weekend at the resort to celebrate the new location.
Mr. Paulo, the Frenchman who joined the pioneering movement back then and who has successfully run the resort throughout the years since, terminated in May 2020 his rental contract. When the resort opens again, it will be for non-naturists only.
"I was given an offer that left me with no choice," says Paulo who was instrumental in securing a hotel license for the resort.
"By leaving Oriental Village Chiang Mai I can now fully concentrate on making Oriental Beach Village Phuket the preferred naturist resort in Thailand and I am also looking at a project in another country in Asia, where I believe naturism will have a future."
"If anyone books at Oriental Village Chiang Mai, I think they will be happy when I offer them to upgrade to stay at Oriental Beach Village.," Paulo adds
Gregers Moller, founder of Naturist Assocoation Thailand, regrets to see Oriental Village return to be a textile resort, but understands the decision.
"I agree that Oriental Beach Village has a better future. But after eight years as one of our most popular naturist resort, seeing Oriental Village Chiang Mai becoming a textile resort is obviously a loss for the members of Naturist Association Thailand and for me personally," says Gregers Moller who ads, that he has great memories from this place.
"We have hundreds of members, for whom Paulo's resort in Chiang Mai was the only "true" naturist resort in Thailand. But there is no doubt, that the Oriental Beach Village in Phang-Na north of Phuket is a more attractive place and once naturists from around the world experience this, I am sure they will become repeat visitors there instead," he says.