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Guesthouses, hotels and resorts

Accommodation across all budgets can be found all over Chiang Mai, but the majority of travellers -- and especially backpackers -- still opt to stay in the Old City, which is bordered on four sides by ancient moats. To make your browsing more manageable, we've sectioned this square-shaped block of town into four sections: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. The rest of Chiang Mai has been divided into South, North, East and West, plus the Riverside district. Scroll down for more details on all of these areas.

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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.

Riverside district

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.

  • Tamarind Village Hotel

    Tamarind Village Hotel

    Famous boutique hotel

    50/1 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.

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    4.5 stars 4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
  • Sri Pat Guesthouse

    Sri Pat Guesthouse

    Good midrange option

    16 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.

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    4.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 9 votes Flashpacker
  • Vieng Mantra

    Vieng Mantra

    Affordable luxury

    Ratchadamnoen 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.

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    4 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Awana House

    Awana House

    A clear favourite in the area

    Ratchadamnoen 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.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Rama Guesthouse

    Rama Guesthouse

    Classy but cheap

    8 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.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Hotel M

    Hotel M

    Newly refurbished and a good deal

    2-6 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 ... Read the full review of Hotel M.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Yourhouse Guesthouse

    Yourhouse Guesthouse

    Three for the price of one

    8 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 6 votes Backpacker
  • Libra Guesthouse

    Libra Guesthouse

    A rabbit warren of average rooms

    28 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 17 votes Backpacker
  • CM Blue House

    CM Blue House

    One of the best bets in its range

    30/1 Moonmuang Rd, Soi 6, Chiang Mai
    T: (053) 418 512;

    One of our clear budget accommodation favourites in Chiang Mai is the aptly named, to give it its full title, Chiang Mai Blue House. Being a pleasant shade of blue, full of lush plants and attractive ... Read the full review of CM Blue House.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 39 votes Backpacker
  • Jonadda Guest House

    Jonadda Guest House

    Spotless rooms

    23/1 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.

    3 stars Under 600B 8 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.

  • The Twenty Lodge

    The Twenty Lodge

    New and different

    8 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.

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    4 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • De Lanna Boutique Hotel

    De Lanna Boutique Hotel

    One of the best value 'Lanna' options

    44 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 ... Read the full review of De Lanna Boutique Hotel.

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    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Tiptop Thai House

    Tiptop Thai House

    And tiptop it is too

    27/2 Singharat Rd, Soi 3, Sri Phum
    T: (053) 212 232;

    In the late 90s brother and sister pair Deng and Noi decided to convert their 50-year-old Chiang Mai family home into a charming guesthouse, complete with hardwood floors, impeccable rooms, a teak ... Read the full review of Tiptop Thai House.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Baan Lansa

    Baan Lansa

    Funky old-style wooden chalets

    98/10 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 ... Read the full review of Baan Lansa.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • The Red Hibiscus

    The Red Hibiscus

    Bit out the way but nice and quiet

    1 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.

    3 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker

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.

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.

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.

West Chiang Mai

This is the Suan Dok side of Chiang Mai, encompassing Suthep district lying between the old city and Doi Suthep itself.

North Chiang Mai

  • HeyHa555 Dormtel

    HeyHa555 Dormtel

    Outstanding hospitality and value

    50 Muendamprakot Road
    T: (053) 231 859;

    Lanna-style boutique hotels have flooded the sois of Chiang Mai in recent years, and even though HeyHa555 Dormtel aims for just the opposite aesthetic, its owners offer up Thai hospitality at its ... Read the full review of HeyHa555 Dormtel.

    4.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

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