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Welcoming you to discover rural Northeast Thailand at our unusual, fully catered pool villas
Welcoming you to discover rural Northeast Thailand at our unusual, fully catered pool villas

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The Songkran holidays are fast approaching. Following last minute cancellations, both Gecko Villa and Green Gecko are currently available during these festivities. Get in touch with us now to make a discounted booking and enjoy the calm of your private pool villa after enjoying the mayhem in the villages...

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The ultimate in luxury beachfront villa living on Koh Samui island

This 5 bedroom villa ranks among Koh Samui's top villa rentals. Offering over 900 sqm of living space, this 5 bedroom beachfront villa has been beautifully and painstakingly fitted out and includes those luxury extras. An underground Sports Bar? Yes. A private wine cellar? Yes. A 27 metre pool? Yes. And of course free broadband  Wifi, a Bose sound system and the availability of maids, a private chef and more.

The villa comprises several pavilions, which means that smaller groups can also rent this superb property and occupy a reduced number of bedrooms at lower rates.

Rates for the entire 5 bedroom villa start at around US$1,200/night.

Sleeps 2-10 guests.

For full details, please visit
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Gaeng Hanglay - A northern Thai recipe from Gecko Villa

This is not an Isan dish, but a Northern one, redolent with the spices of Burma and the Thai border territories. It is not easy to find elsewhere in the country, although there is a Shan restaurant in Udon Thani, run by a northern family, that features this dish beside its specialty of Khao Soi. It is an aromatic dish best served over rice and accompanied by some cooked green vegetables such as kale.

We strongly recommend against using prepared powders or commercial  pastes in preparing this curry, as they simply destroy a delicious dish that should only ever be prepared with fresh ingredients.

Whilst the shrimp paste may be difficult to find overseas, do hunt it down in a local Asian or Thai  grocery, as omitting this pungent paste will again sacrifice the dish! At Gecko Villa, we omit the peanuts that are typically added as a garnish at the end of preparation. 

Note: if you feel pork belly is too fatty and would prefer to use another cut, then do feel free to substitute pork shoulder or collar.

Gaeng Hanglay Recipe

10 dried red chillies (soak them in hot water for half an hour prior to use) 
A 1.5" cube of fresh peeled ginger root, finely chopped or julienned
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh galangal 
2 stalks of lemongrass, peeled & finely chopped 
1 Tbsp Shrimp paste 
2 Tbsp palm sugar 
1 Tsp roasted, ground cumin
600g pork belly
600ml pork stock
1 - 2 heads of pickled garlic, cut into largish chunks
2 Tsp turmeric 
1 Tsp dark soy sauce 
4 finely sliced shallots
1 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
3 Tbsp tamarind juice 
1 Tbsp fish sauce 

Grind the ginger, chilies, lemongrass & galangal to a rough paste, before adding the shrimp paste.

Cut the pork into one inch cubes and place in a saucepan with the curry paste. Mix thoroughly - use a spoon rather than your hands as the chilli can be aggressive! Now heat the coated cubes over a gentle heat until they have coloured - no water or oil is needed. 

Add the pickled garlic, stock, cumin, soy and turmeric and simmer for around an hour and a half, until the meat is succulently soft. At this stage add the fresh garlic, shallots, tamarind, fish sauce and palm sugar, before cooking for another 5 minutes. (If the sauce is too thin, boil without the lid to evaporate excess liquid.) Stir and season to taste if required with fish sauce, lime juice or palm sugar.

Some may also like to stir in some coconut milk for an added richness.

Do try this dish - it's delicious!

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We have used some of our plump and juicy home grown limes to make a good batch of fresh lime marmalade. Tangy, sweet and redolent of ripe fruit, try it spread on toast whilst you look out at the lime trees that bore the fruit - or mix it with chili and a dash of fish sauce to brighten up some freshly barbecued chicken...

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Luxury Koh Chang Vacation Rental Villa 

Picture yourself in a hammock by the sea....or indulging in the luxury of this fastidiously designed Koh Chang island holiday villa. Set on a stretch of private beach, this four bedroom villa offers a private pool, wi-fi, and all amenities and services that one would expect from a property such as this.

Bedrooms: 3 kings, 1 queen
Air-conditioned throughout
Private swimming pool
Private chef available
DVD & Satellite TV
Full kitchen

Ideal for: families, groups of friends, celebrations

Rates: from THB10,000 / night. Seasonal rates apply.

Sleeps: up to 8 guests

Find out more or book this Koh Chang Villa at
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Gecko Villa's private, saltwater pool.
The elephant wants a dip. Don't you?

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Suite at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai - at a fraction of the normal rate

In one of the privately owned Residences at the resort just out of Chiang Mai, visitors have the opportunity to book one, two or 3 bedrooms directly from the owner, thus securing a booking at this world-famous property at a mere fraction of the resort's own online rates.

Bedrooms: 1 to 3 
Air-conditioned throughout
DVD & Satellite TV
Resort facilities access

Ideal for: families, friends, couples, foodies, luxury fiends and special occasions - as well as bargain hunters.

Rates: from US$160 - 480 depending on no. of bedrooms booked, and the season 

Sleeps: 2 to  6 guests

To book simply visit

To compare the rates offered by the owner with those charged by the hotel, simply visit‎

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Our second Thai villa, Green Gecko, was designed in the traditional Thai style and built by local craftsmen. Raised on stilts for ventilation and views, this Thai villa offers full board vacations off the beaten track in rural Thailand.

Do visit our own dedicated website for a complete photo gallery, villa details, rates and availablity at

Airport transfers, laundry, all meals and local help are included. 

Bedrooms: 2 kings, each with en-suite private  bathroom
A large living and dining room furnished with Thai antiques
Air-conditioned throughout
Private swimming pool
Full board vacations
DVD & Satellite TV
USB Internet

Ideal for: families, romantics, couples, foodies and guests wishing to enjoy an authentic Thai experience.

Rates: from THB 7,900 / night inclusive of all meals

Sleeps: up to 4 guests

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This stunning Thai villa in teak is a truly beautiful property, carefully finished with SE Asian antiques.  It enjoys extraordinary panoramic views of the  surrounding mountains, a large lake and the famous Sea of Mist, just out of Chiang Rai in the north of Thailand.

The main villa features a double bedroom making it perfect for a couple, but for larger groups the adjoining property may also be rented, with its extra bedroom.

Bedrooms: 1 or 2
Breakfast included

Ideal for: couples, romantics,  and lovers of fine architecture, design and style.

Rates: from only THB5,000 / night - a bargain!

Sleeps: up to 4  guests

For more details, please visit
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