“Surrounded by the love of nature.”
We believe that every lives in this resort is destined to come to fulfill each other.
From its source at a nearby waterfall named “Taad Yao” by local residents, the cascade gently tumbles down several tiers of large boulders within the resort. The name of the resort is derived from the words “su”, which means beautiful or good, and “kantara”, which translates to “a multi-tiered waterfall.” For a world class resort through which a waterfall gently flows, there is no more fitting title than Sukantara Cascade Resort & Spa.
Sukantara Cascade Resort & Spa is a boutique resort that oozes peace, warmth and coziness. It was founded in 2004 by Khun Somporn Sugunasil, a former executive at one of the top two banks in Thailand. As a local from Chiang Mai, an innate appreciation of nature stayed with him from birth and where the resort now stands was formerly his private residence. On a quiet day after his retirement, while sipping on a glass of wine next to the waterfall, an idea came to him. “We have here surroundings that are amazing,” he thought. “Wouldn’t it be even better if we could share this with people from around the world?” Hence the seed was sown for what would become Sukantara Cascade Resort.
For decades, Khun Somporn had been a major supporter of the local Buddhist Thais and Christian Karen hill tribe villagers. When his resort idea was born, the community offered their full support and collaboration for the project. Recognizing that the local villagers had to commute long distances to the nearest village, Khun Somporn built a temple as a spiritual center of the community. This community emphasis has always come first, along with forest conservation and finding ways to create employment opportunities to sustain the local community. Through the awareness and preservation of surrounding nature, the local villagers have been able to increase their knowledge, widen their horizons, and gain a long-term perspective, thus empowering them with the tools to develop their own communities. As a sign of love and respect, the local villagers nicknamed Khun Sompong “por nai”, an affectionate name literally meaning “boss father”. The local villagers remain the main heart and soul of the resort, as well as supporting continuing forest conservation efforts. They also provide service with a smile and offer rare Lanna sincerity, making guests feel truly welcome and part of the Sukantara family.
The “boss father” also requested that the design incorporate the essences of Lanna culture, a way of life which he credits for making him into the man he is today. Khun Somporn has shared his knowledge of antiques as a guest contributor in a “Back to the Past” column for Lalana Magazine. The resort is also decorated with his collectables, each piece handpicked by the founder on his worldwide travels. His vintage collection is so extensive that Khun Somporn also opened the Mae Sa House Private Collection Museum to share his historical treasures with the world. Some of the rare items on display include pottery from Ban Chiang in Udon Thani, dating back between 3,000 to 5,000 years. An ancient seafaring compass, horn violin, antique film projector, and an antique cash register over hundred years old, are all on display for resort guests, adding another intriguing element to their experience and complementing the natural environs.