One of the best bets in its range
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 wooden and bamboo furniture, it’s also one of the most photogenic.
Blue House consists of a three-storey, L-shaped building enclosing and insulating a small, though very pleasant and quiet garden which forms the guesthouse’s cafe and sitting area. Breakfasts in the morning and drinks all day (from a well stocked bar) are available all year round and lunches and dinner with all the regular Thai faves are offered during high season. The guesthouse is French/Thai run and the service is efficient and friendly.
Genial host Frederic knows Chiang Mai well and is generally on hand to disperse advice and tips in French and in English.
Rooms are a decent size, clean with en suite bathrooms, hot showers and WiFi, which is more than you could usually expect in this price range. Prices range from 300 to 600 baht depending upon the season and whether you want air-con or not.
The Blue House certainly has a cosy, friendly atmosphere which is undoubtedly why they do very well from repeat customers and word of mouth. The only major drawback we can find with this guesthouse is that it is often full, even in low season.
Do book ahead as you can’t count on just walking in. Blue House is located in the popular Moonmuang area on Soi 6, which is an excellent central location but far enough down the soi (alley) to distance itself somewhat from the main mass of guesthouses in the Somphet Market district. (See map.)
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 24th September, 2013.