Oriental Village Chiang Mai returns to be non-naturist resort

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.

In 2012, Naturist Association Thailand arranged its first member weekend at the Oriental Village Chiang Mai on 16 November to celebrate the new member of the exclusive club of naturist resorts in Thailand.

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.

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Comments

  1. Pierre & Ella

    This is the worst new that Nat has ever published.
    We will try to forget it (not forgive) and believe that we would be too busy to go there again.
    We wish good lucks to the new owner and anyway nevermind, nobody is perfect.

  2. alex

    bummer ! haven’t got a chance to visit it. glad there’s an alternative though likely different temperature-wise.

  3. Don

    ahh that’s too bad about the change of this one.. but the promotion of the Phuket resort. I was hoping to get to Chang Mai to see this property.. I am looking forward to seeing Phuket once the world resumes.

    I fully support Paulo’s vision of a new resort opening in Asia in the future. These are tough times for resort & property owners right now – I fully support the NAT and anyone bold enough to follow through with their vision. I am really looking forward to spending my money with resorts and destinations in Taiwan and Thailand soon..

  4. Patrick MEDEZ

    Very bad news: no more a naturist site in the north of Thailand.
    I see on this website that more and more young Asians are looking to discover social naturism and it is really sad to see the number of naturist sites decline.
    Young people are the future of naturism, we must welcome them

  5. Don

    No I do not.. but am on the lookout. With the current government (..and the Covid risk) there is likely not one to happen for some time. But I am part of the NAT Taiwan group and hoping that there is some sort of get together of some kind on the island. It would be great to have a gathering of some kind along a beach or private AirBnB..

  6. John

    Heart Broken, Annoyed and Disheartening

    One of our favourite resorts, Paulo had been instrumental in making sure that everyone who go there was comfortable and he made sure that it’s was not only a Naturist but Nature-ist too.. Will miss the rice fields the early morning birds chirping, The luscious greenery. the hammock, the out door massages and last but not the least the well placed beautifully shaped cottages which had an outdoor shower..

    Paulo please try to get this back. We visited this place 5 times and of all the Naturist resorts this was the best..

    Will miss having a reason to travel North and the authentic Thai Food and Northern Culture too..

    Till Chiang Mai gets another resort our hearts will be broken..

    Thanks Paulo will see you in Phuket soon but will truly miss Chiangmai

  7. Weera

    Ho!!!! sorry to hear.
    the most memorable place in Chiang Mai for me. Second is the Pai. So we wish it will come back to again soon. weera

  8. Dan Carlson

    Really sorry to see this! Enjoyed a week here several years ago, and especially enjoyed the open air dining area and the massage palapa. We wondered how Paolo would be able to keep this place and the new beach place running at the same time, and I’m really sorry to lose a naturist place so close to Chiang Mai. Simply hoping the other naturist places in Thailand are able to thrive when travel restrictions begin to lift.

    Best of luck to you Paolo with Oriental Beach Village! We hope to return soon.

  9. Muthu Kumar

    Of course, it’s an sad news and heart broken to hear such an wonderful resort getting closed, but I respect paulo’s decision. Hope to see similar resort coming soon..

  10. Muzzyadi

    Oriental Village Chiangmai was our first naturist experience in Thailand. We always make a point to return every year. Except we didn’t go last year.

    Truly a paradise-like resort. Very sad to see it becomes a textile resort.

    Regards
    Cho & Tee