There are only a handful of spots really worth considering in Umphang. The budget guesthouses are concentrated around the centre of the village, while the more pricey resorts are on the roads leading out of town.
Garden Huts is our pick of the bunch in Umphang, because it has a bit of everything. Set aside a small stream some of the rooms have river views, but those that don't are still surrounded by gorgeous gardens full of vibrant colours. There are rooms to suit all budgets, starting with the Balinese style shared-bathroom units ranging up to large rooms in the brand new brick and teakwood building... Read our full review of Garden Huts.
Phu Doi is possibly the best option to stay in Umphang if you've nothing booked and are simply turning up. There's 25 rooms available, varying in size and bed count, all set within a couple of large teakwood houses which have been purpose built as a guesthouse. 24-hour coffee available, a restaurant is on site (high season only) and a small shop is next door -- handy for basic supplies. The... Read our full review of Phu Doi Camping.
Trekker Hill is another decent option for backpackers, with 5 laid back rooms perched on the hill with glimpses of a good view through the trees. The rooms here are A-frame style bungalows and although the interiors are nothing special there's a pleasant balcony area with seating and a table which encourages socialising, particularly as the huts are all close together. For those on a budget there... Read our full review of Trekker Hill.
Umphang House has plenty of grounds so the huts are well spaced out and the surrounding garden provides some good shade on a hot day. The bungalows are pleasant but a tad dated, so it's best to check the room to make sure it's up to standard before you accept it. Some are made from brick, some from wood; ultimately it comes down to personal preference. There is a salon by the entrance to the... Read our full review of Umpang House.
The majority of guests here are pre-booked on one of Umphang Hill's tours, but they welcome walk-in trade as well. The huts are positioned close together at various points on the hill, but astonishingly hardly any of the huts have a view -- strange considering the altitude that they are built at. we assume that 15 years ago they had views, but all the trees and shrubs have since grown too large... Read our full review of Umphang Hill Resort.