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Mae Sai

When Maesai Guesthouse opened its doors here some 30 years ago, Mae Sai was a remote, muddy, off-the-wall destination for a few adventurous backpackers. Nowadays there’s still nothing new on the guesthouse scene, but several large hotels line the main street, though these mostly cater to cross-border traders and Chinese tourists. Unless you fancy chilling out at funky Maesai Guesthouse, there aren't too many reasons to overnight here. Route 1 will in an hour have you back in Chiang Rai, with its wide range of accommodation, or heading an hour east will see you in picturesque Chiang Saen. If you do need to stay here though, here's the best of the bunch.

  • S-House


    Good budget option

    Sailomjoy Rd, Mae Sai
    T: (053) 731 768, (053) 733 811 (053) 640 740, (089) 981 114; F: (053) 732 740

    S-House is a three-storey pastel orange block smack bang in the middle of the market, and accessed from the riverside road, Sailomjoy. The ground floor has fan-cooled rooms and the upper two offer ... Read the full review of S-House.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Wang Thong Hotel Maesai

    Wang Thong Hotel Maesai

    Best deal for a large hotel

    299 Phaholyothin Rd, Mae Sai
    T: (053) 733 389-95, (086) 430 0403, (089) 756 3386; F: (053) 733 399

    The modern Wang Thong towers over the centre of Mae Sai from its position just east of the main road, close to the bridge, and offers 150 or so rooms of standard hotel quality spread across some ... Read the full review of Wang Thong Hotel Maesai.

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

    Maesai Guesthouse

    The original and still the best

    Sailomjoy Rd, Mae Sai
    T: (053) 732 021, (053) 732 481;

    The old Maesai Guesthouse, along with such standards as Mae Salong’s Shin Sane and the Chiang Saen Guesthouse is a classic of the Chiang Rai loop and it’s good to see this, friendly, family-run ... Read the full review of Maesai Guesthouse.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 6 votes Backpacker
  • Maesai Complex Hotel

    Maesai Complex Hotel

    A fair back-up

    Riverfront Rd east, Mae Sai
    T: (053) 731 871;

    The smart and freshly painted mauve and white exterior of the Maesai Complex, with pot plants and credit card stickers, is somewhat deceptive and rooms, though adequate, are a bit on the tired side. ... Read the full review of Maesai Complex Hotel.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Top North Hotel Maesai

    Top North Hotel Maesai

    Popular budget option

    306 Phaholyothin Rd, Mae Sai
    T: (053) 731 955, (053) 732 331, (086) 179 7173; F: (053) 640 417

    This somewhat rundown old Chinese hotel/backpacker hostel has nothing to do with the more famous hotel and guesthouse of the same name in Chiang Mai -- though given their location, the name may be a ... Read the full review of Top North Hotel Maesai.

    3 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

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