Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Eastern Chiang Mai
This section stretches from the banks of the Ping river, through the night bazaar area and the maze of narrow alleys off to the east of Tha Pae. There are still a lot fewer accommodation sites than on the inside of the moat so the sois retain a more local Thai feel. There are some excellent choices in every range to be found in this district, but it is getting very popular so rooms can be hard to come by during busy periods, though plenty of new places are currently under construction.
Result of a lot of care16/1 Changmoi Khao Rd, Soi 3, Changmoi
T: (053) 235 701;
Eastern Chiang Mai was a happy hunting ground for us and another of its great deals is Huan Phing Phu Boutique Guesthouse. It's an old teak house that has been done up and opened about a year or so ... Read the full review of Huan Phing Phu Boutique Guesthouse.
One of our overall faves13 Chaiyaphum Rd, Soi 1, Sri Phum
T: (053) 232 538;
We don't really want to say too much about this new spot since they don't have too many rooms and we wouldn't want it to be full up every time we try and book a room there for visiting friends. Top ... Read the full review of Top Garden Boutique.
Low key and hidden away23/1 Charoen Muang Rd Soi 5, Chiang Mai
T: (053) 309 081-2; F: (053) 309 080
Set down a quiet soi east of the Ping River and a 25-minute hike from the old town, Rainforest is a relaxed, romantic spot with rooms that go above and beyond for the prices. Although it's a ... Read the full review of Rainforest Boutique Hotel.
Pick of the area's budget spots3 Changmoi Khao Rd, Soi 3
T: (053) 252 377;
Pao Come Guesthouse is a good deal in Chiang Mai's crowded backpacker scene. The small and friendly spot has rooms that probably work out at least 100 baht cheaper than similar standard ones inside ... Read the full review of Pao Come Guest House.
Superb90/3 Sridonchai Rd. Chang Klan
T: (053) 237 222; F: (053) 237 230
One of our favourites in any part of town at the higher end, Yang Come is set well off the road in a spacious and lush garden filled with plenty of mature trees. Decor is Lanna style but tastefully ... Read the full review of Yang Come Village.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Brand new2/4 Loi Kroh Soi 3, Changklan
T: (053) 206 896;
Sabai House is a newish spot it opened in July 2011 so its rooms were spotless during our visit. Along with the very bubbly and enthusiastic staff, this makes for a great option. It's in a ... Read the full review of Sabai House.
Plush!39/9 Tha Pae Soi 3, Changklan
T: (053) 281 666; F: (053) 208 385
Manathai Village was our clear favourite in this area in the upmarket range and indeed this was one of the best looking hotels in the four-star-ish bracket that we found in any part of Chiang Mai. ... Read the full review of Manathai Village.
Excellent budget address97 Sitivong Rd, Haiya
T: (053) 232 006; F: (053) 251 769
We almost missed Baan Pim, which is tucked away down a quiet soi with a modest entrance, but we are glad we didn't. It plays host to some of the best rooms we've seen for its price range: they're ... Read the full review of Baan Pim.
Delightful150 Charoenrat Rd, Chiang Mai
T: (053) 243 677; F: (053) 247 142
Baan Orapin is a delightful find which sits on the east side of the Ping River within easy walking distance of the riverside bars. The tasteful, spacious and spotless rooms are furnished with firm ... Read the full review of Baan Orapin.600B to 1,500B 9 votes Flashpacker
Up and coming#3 Loi Kroh Soi 2, Chiang Mai
T: (089) 446 4576, (083) 2904 4111;
Operated by a very friendly elderly Thai couple, Nice Mum is a recent addition to Chiang Mai that offers spotless and comfortable flashpacker accommodation in a great location. The hotel is ... Read the full review of Nice Mum Lodge.
Pick of the biggies155 Sridonchai Rd, Chang Klan
T: (053) 283 900; F: (053) 270 181
The good old Imperial is our pick among the selection of large chain hotels situated in this part of town due mainly to the fact that, despite it being a large concrete block like all the others, it ... Read the full review of Imperial Mae Ping.
Cosy and homelyLoi Kroh Soi 2, Chang Klan
T: (053) 208828;
Huen Panicha is located down a quiet soi off busy Loi Kroh and near the night bazaar. A small, cosy little guesthouse with a family feel to it, it's a pleasant old but well-maintained house that's ... Read the full review of Huen Panicha.
Stunning views22 Chaiyaphum Rd, Chang Klan
T: (053) 251 531; F: (053) 251 465
Built in 2001, but recently fully redecorated, Amora Hotel is a stone's throw from Tha Phae Gate area yet offers stunning mountain views over Doi Suthep by virtue of its 14 floors. Overall, it's a ... Read the full review of Amora Hotel.
Affordable luxury50 Changmoi Khao Rd, Soi 2
T: (053) 235 414-8; F: (053) 874 305
Easy to miss and well tucked away, Karinthip Village is a large resort once you do find it. Much of the space is taken up by a large pool surrounded by lush, well-maintained gardens. Even the car ... Read the full review of Karinthip Village.
Another great deal15/1 Chaiyaphum Rd, Soi 2
T: (053) 251 400; F: (053) 251 401
Just off the moat road down another quiet Chiang Mai lane, the very affordable and good value Chiangmai Inn is housed in a modern white building and is a bit of a haven. It's nicely laidout and rooms ... Read the full review of Chiangmai Inn Guesthouse.
Good flashpacker option5/1 Tha Pae Rd, Soi 5, Chang Klan
T: (053) 904 110;
Chiang Mai Thai House opened in mid-2005 and represents outstanding flashpacker value. Rooms and bathrooms are excellent with hot showers, comfortable beds and a choice of fan or air-con. There is a ... Read the full review of Chiang Mai Thai House.600B to 1,500B 23 votes Flashpacker
Okay for low season, forget hig17-19 Loi Kroh Rd
T: (053) 271 777; F: (053) 270 039
Raming Lodge Hotel has one entrance on busy Loi Kroh and another on the quiet soi behind, so it can appear to be either a tranquil or hectic spot depending upon which direction you approach it from. ... Read the full review of Raming Lodge.1,500B to 4,000B 3 votes Midrange
Clean, new and friendly23/5 Moon Muang Rd Soi 7, Chiang Mai
T: (053) 227 210; F: (053) 227 210
Right beside a temple, Manee Guesthouse is a lovely clean building with simple but large rooms and a selection of amenities, all set in the well-located Moon Muang Rd area of Chiang Mai. Run by a ... Read the full review of Manee Guesthouse.Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker
Good midrange hotel2 Tha Pae, Soi 3
T: (053) 270 159; F: (053) 271 982
For the price, the Tha Pae Place Hotel is a pretty good deal if you're after a standard midrange hotel within easy walking distance of Chiang Mai's central attractions. The hotel is clean and has ... Read the full review of Tha Pae Place Hotel.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Old favourite, riverside spot7 Charoenprathet Soi 2
T: (053) 818 887; F: (053) 279 088
The very popular long-running Galare boasts a great riverside location. Galare might lack the swimming pool of their more prestigious neighbour, Riverside, but they are welcoming and friendly, which ... Read the full review of Galare Guest House.600B to 1,500B 10 votes Flashpacker
Old city: Northeast
East of Phrapokklao Road and north of Ratchadamnoen is Chiang Mai's traditional tourist accommodation heartland, the Tha Pae area and the maze of narrow alleys or sois off Moonmuang Road, behind Somphet market. Formerly this area was almost uniquely populated with low budget guesthouses but now you'll find a wider range through to flashpacker and up to a couple of midrange Lanna-style spots, some of which are excellent choices. Some of the longstanding and better known spots can get very busy in high season and some clearly appear to rest on their laurels somewhat. Yes, there are some great deals but be warned service may not always be the most welcoming in Chiang Mai here.
Famous boutique hotel50/1 Ratchadamnoen Road, Tambon Sri Phum
T: (053) 418 896-9; F: (053) 418 900
Tamarind Village is a very popular downtown boutique hotel located on Ratchadamnoen the Sunday Walking Street -- in the heart of the Old City. The Lanna style whitewashed buildings set around a ... Read the full review of Tamarind Village Hotel.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Good midrange option16 Moonmuang Rd, Soi 7, Sri Phum
T: (053) 218 716; F: (053) 218 718
The well maintained and popular Sri Pat is certainly one of the best midrange options in this part of town. A new, but tastefully designed building houses clean and well-decorated rooms featuring all ... Read the full review of Sri Pat Guesthouse.600B to 1,500B 9 votes Flashpacker
Affordable luxuryRatchadamnoen Rd, Soi 1, Sri Phum
T: (053) 326 640-2; F: (053) 326 643
A large midrange Lanna-style resort squeezed into a traditional backpacker area, don't be put off by the upmarket exterior of Vieng Mantra. The well designed spot offers such excellent rooms at ... Read the full review of Vieng Mantra.
A clear favourite in the areaRatchadamnoen Soi 1
T: (053) 419 005;
There are plenty of options in this small soi situated immediately behind the M Hotel at Tha Pae Gate and this flashpacker place was one of our clear favourites. Another pastel green building the ... Read the full review of Awana House.
Classy but cheap8 Moonmuang Rd, Soi 5, Sri Phum
T: (053) 225 027;
Continue down the busy section on Soi 5 until the guesthouses start to thin out and you'll find bright red painted French/Thai owned Rama set in an immaculate little garden. Rooms are also immaculate ... Read the full review of Rama Guesthouse.
Newly refurbished and a good deal2-6 Ratchadamnoen Rd
T: (053) 211 069-70; F: (053) 217 416
This is the former Monti Hotel a longstanding operation and is situated right opposite Tha Pae Gate, on the corner of Ratchadamnoen and Moonmuang Roads. The Monti was okay but they've made a fine ... Read the full review of Hotel M.
Three for the price of one8 Ratchavithi Rd Soi 2
T: (053) 217 492;
This one's been around for over 20 years now so they must be doing something right and indeed there's now a Yourhouse 2 and 3 down the same soi. #1 is in the original old teak house and has the ... Read the full review of Yourhouse Guesthouse.Under 600B 7 votes Backpacker
A rabbit warren of average rooms28 Moonmuang Rd, Soi 9
T: (053) 210 687;
There's one guesthouse after another down this soi near Somphet market but Libra was one that caught our eye. It has a well organised, agreeable sitting area and cafe and good room rates for simple ... Read the full review of Libra Guesthouse.Under 600B 18 votes Backpacker
One of the best in its range30/1 Moonmuang Rd, Soi 6
T: (053) 418 512;
This is one of the best options in town for simple but clean rooms at a good price. It's in a good location down a quiet soi not far from Somphet market, with friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are ... Read the full review of CM Blue House.Under 600B 38 votes Backpacker
Spotless rooms23/1 Ratchavithi Rd Soi 2
T: (053) 227 281;
Jonadda Guest House is another spot down bustling little soi 2 in the northeast corner of Chiang Mai. This Aussie/Thai-run guesthouse is well located with friendly staff and offers simple but ... Read the full review of Jonadda Guest House.Under 600B 10 votes Backpacker
Old city: Northwest
West of Phrapokklao and north of Ratchadamnoen, this is a generally quiet part of central Chiang Mai. It's mostly residential but also has some good accommodation choices and is only a short walk from the action.
New and different8 Singharat Rd, Soi 3, Sri Phum
T: (053) 326 233; F: (053) 326 232
Ah a new midrange place that isn't done out in Lanna style! We're actually not quite sure what style it is but it looks good. There's a nicely restored old wooden house painted a bright pastel ... Read the full review of The Twenty Lodge.
One of the best value 'Lanna' options44 Intawarorot Rd, Sri Phum
T: (053) 326 278-9; F: (053) 326 277
We almost missed this midrange option since it's in a part of town we thought devoid of hotels, but we're glad we found it. Their brochure claims it's modern and decorative, convenient and luxurious ... Read the full review of De Lanna Boutique Hotel.
And tip-top it is too27/2 Singharat Rd. Soi 3, Sri Phum
T: (053) 212 232;
Tiptop Thai House may be hidden away and easy to miss, but this budget spot is worth searching around for. It's actually directly opposite Twenty Lodge down the same quiet soi and this is an ... Read the full review of Tiptop Thai House.
Funky old-style wooden chalets98/10 Ratchadamnoen Rd
T: (084) 608 9215;
Baan Lansa boasts old-style, wooden chalets in a garden, a guesthouse formula that you don't see around much anymore in downtown Chiang Mai we're not sure how long it'll be before someone buys the ... Read the full review of Baan Lansa.
Bit out the way but nice and quiet1 Arak Soi 2, Sri Phum
T: (053) 416 074-5; F: (053) 217 631
Set right in the northwestern corner of the old city, Red Hibiscus has well maintained, standard size rooms, all kitted out with air-con, Thai TV, fridge and hot showers. There's a tour desk, car and ... Read the full review of The Red Hibiscus.
Old city: Southeast
The maze of sois between Prapokklao and the moat and up to Ratchadamnoen on the north side is now almost as busy as the Somphet district and has plenty of bars and restaurants as well as a wide range of accommodation in all categories.
Great budget deal84/13 Ratchapakinai Rd, Phra Sing
T: (053) 273 851;
Actually run by the people who set up Julie GH, this is a relatively new addition in the increasingly busy south end of Ratchapakinai Road and a very welcome one at that. Diva is pleasantly ... Read the full review of Diva Guesthouse.
Very classy but with some excellent deals110 Ratchapakinai Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 903 900; F: (053) 903 901
A lot of new accommodation has sprung up in this part of town including several of the flashy Lanna style places think lots of wood, white walls and plenty of objets d'art scattered around and ... Read the full review of Bodhi Serene.
Popular backpacker to midrange spot48/1 Ratchapakinai Rd
T: (053) 278 013; F: (053) 274 075
Pha Tai's success has led to a series of upgrades and extensions and indeed ongoing work will take the room total up to 48. They've kept some of their older rooms as budget options, so they now cover ... Read the full review of Pha-Tai House.
Classy new rooms in a great location136/7 Ratchapakinai Rd, Chiang Mai
T: (053) 276 823; F: (053) 276 795
Set along Ratchapakinai Rd just before Moon Muang Soi 4 is the brand new Na Inn. There are ten rooms, furnished with new comfy beds and sofas, with some rooms having terrific views of the mountain ... Read the full review of Na Inn.Under 600B 20 votes Backpacker
Guesthouse with a capital 'G'7/1 Soi 5 Phrapokklao Rd
T: (053) 274 355;
The archetypal guesthouse! If you looked up Thailand/backpacker/guesthouse in Wikipedia you'd probably see a photo of Julie GH, and if you wondered what Khao San looked like 20 years ago, check this ... Read the full review of Julie Guest House.Under 600B 23 votes Backpacker
Guesthouse with pool5 Rachamanka Soi 2, Phra Singh
T: (053) 208 661-2;
Smile House Boutique boasts a good central but tranquil location down a quiet soi just off Moonmuang Road. It has clean rooms and a lovely garden area with a swimming pool, so it's a great deal with ... Read the full review of Smile House Boutique.
Cosy and friendly31/1 Moonmuang Soi1/2
T: (053) 207 133;
All in 1 is one of our clear favourites among the clutch of guesthouses along Moonmuang Soi 1 and 2, with a particularly nice café/garden/sitting area out front facing the quiet soi, which ... Read the full review of All in 1 Guesthouse.
Chiang Mai's women-only guesthouse32-34 Ratchapakinai, Phra Singh
T: (081) 493 1034;
This is the first women-only guesthouse we've come across in Chiang Mai and maybe they've spotted a gap in the market; the owner says the reasoning is mostly to do with shared bathrooms. It's an ... Read the full review of Baan Nud-Kun.
Good deal, midrange choice2 Ratchapakinai Rd
T: (053) 279 391; F: (053) 279 392
The street in front of Chiang Mai Boutique House isn't quite the quiet lane they make it out to be but apart from that this new entry in the Chiang Mai accommodation charts is spot on! Spanking new, ... Read the full review of Chiang Mai Boutique House.
Comfortable hotel41 Moon Muang Rd
T: (053) 279 623-25; F: (053) 279 626
This large, centrally-located hotel has a range of rooms, all with private bathrooms. The rooms are clean and the staff are courteous though there has been no effort at all made to decorate or make ... Read the full review of Top North Hotel.Under 600B 6 votes Backpacker
Reasonable budget choice38/7 Moon Muang Rd Soi 2
T: (053) 207 134;
Thapae Gate Lodge lies directly opposite the All In 1 and is another nicely laid out spot with a comfortable and cosy sitting area. There's actually a coffee shop and a restaurant serving Thai and ... Read the full review of Thapae Gate Lodge.Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker
A Chiang Mai institution15 Moon Muang Rd Soi 2
T: (053) 278 900; F: (053) 278 485
Possibly the most famous guesthouse in town, this large, longstanding guesthouse is an okay choice for families or travellers willing to pay a little more for some minimal creature comforts. Rooms ... Read the full review of Top North Guest House.Under 600B 14 votes Backpacker
Old city: Southwest
Here we're including the area west of Prapokklao and south of Ratchadamnoen, which is slightly busier than the northwest but still a largely residential and fairly quiet neighbourhood. There are increasing numbers of hotels and guesthouses here though, with some good choices in all categories and ever more expected to appear.
A wonderful addition with friendly staff150 Phrapokklao Rd
T: (053) 273 243; F: (053) 273 380
It took us a while to decipher the arty writing on the board outside 3 Sis Vacation Lodge. 3 Sis Vacation Lodge ex the 3 Sis (as in 3 sisters) Bed and Breakfast used to be a cosy operation but is ... Read the full review of 3 Sis Vacation Lodge.1,500B to 4,000B 10 votes Midrange
Very swish but some great deals51/2 Arak Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 903 999; F: (053) 903 998
Recently opened, this upmarket Lanna-style hotel is a welcome addition to this now somewhat crowded category by virtue of some great deals offered. It doesn't have quite the museum feel of ... Read the full review of The Rim Resort.
For art lovers105/1 Prapokklao Rd. Klangwiang intersection
T: (053) 814 011; F: (053) 814 015
Parasol Inn doesn't look much from outside and you could almost miss the small entrance but it holds a few surprises inside. Firstly, though the street level reception is pretty tiny, the inside is ... Read the full review of Parasol Inn.
Worth seeking out193/1-2 Ratchamanka Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 814 777;
Deejai Backpackers is slightly out of the way, within the old town though not in the regular guesthouse area, but it's well worth seeking out and has a good location nonetheless. Located in Upper ... Read the full review of Deejai Backpackers.
Good low season deal18 Samlan Rd
T: (053) 278 367;
Green Tulip is green yellow, orange, red and every other colour you might think of, but at least they've made an effort with the decoration and the place is bright, if not to everyone's taste. The ... Read the full review of Green Tulip House.
South Chiang Mai
South of the moat, towards the eastern south-facing Chiang Mai Gate (Haiya district), is not a traditional tourist accommodation area but there are a few spots worth mentioning and the area just across from the Gate with the Wualai Saturday walking market is certainly upcoming with new cafes, bars and restaurants opening. Off Suriwong Road and close to the moat is another mazy area of cute narrow sois with a few guesthouse options. All in all this is not a bad, non-touristy part of town to stay in and it\'s still within walking district of most of the action anyway. Expect more guesthouses to spring up in this part of town.
Stunning!156 Wualai Rd, Haiya
T: (053) 273 174; F: (053) 273 137
This is one of the best looking spots we've visited in any district of Chiang Mai, a bit tucked away down Wualai Saturday walking street but well worth the effort to find. Wualai Road access is ... Read the full review of Tri Yaan Na Ros.
Excellent midrange option11/10 Suriyawong Rd, Haiya
T: (053) 203 899; F: (053) 279 085
A popular midrange hotel, the Chiang Mai Gate manages to give a small and friendly impression despite having more than 120 rooms. It is slightly out of the way but a two-minute tuk tuk ride or ... Read the full review of Chiang Mai Gate Hotel.
West Chiang Mai
This is the Suan Dok side of Chiang Mai, encompassing Suthep district lying between the old city and Doi Suthep itself.
Pick of the Lanna-style resorts99/19 Moo 14 Suthep Road, Suthep
T: (053) 811 388;
Some way out of the centre down a winding wooded lane at the foot of Doi Suthep so we can only guess that the excellent rates Ayatana offer are to compensate for tuk tuk fees getting in and out ... Read the full review of Ayatana Resort.
Large, modern four-star with some good deals23 Huay Kaew Rd, Suthep
T: (053) 222 091-9; F: (053) 221 625
Chiang Mai Orchid is a large, modern, standard Thai hotel located next to Central department store on the road leading up to the zoo and Doi Suthep. It compares favourably with the selection of ... Read the full review of Chiang Mai Orchid.
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T: (053) 418 896-9
F: (053) 418 900
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T: (053) 232 538
1 vote 16/1 Changmoi Khao Rd
T: (053) 235 701
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F: (053) 247 142
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T: (053) 418 512
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