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Giant House

Basic cheap rooms

What we say: 3 stars

With its rasta-themed shopfront and laidback attitude, Giant Guesthouse has long been a home away from home for many a traveller seeking a cheap place to stay with a welcoming, communal vibe in a good Chiang Mai location.

Instant welcome to the communal kitchen.

Instant welcome to the communal kitchen.

At 180 baht a night for a room shared between two people, there’s nothing special to these small, basic lodgings, save their remarkable price. For 250 baht you'll get your own bathroom, albeit a Thai-style squat, a window, and some space, while it’s 300 baht for your very own Western throne of a toilet. If you decide to go all out, 400 baht includes air-con, a welcome blessing during the hot, smoggy months of February, March, and April.

A nicer, greener room with a balcony on the second floor.

A nicer, greener room with a balcony on the second floor.

The difference between the bare bone rooms on the lower floors, and the much more pleasant rooms on the upper floors, complete with pleasant verandas and beautiful greenery, is striking, so we’d recommend splurging if it’s within your budget. Long-term stays are also possible, with prices ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 baht a month, though mind you, some of the more comfortable spaces, with balconies, desks and such, require advance booking. A testament to Giant’s cemented popularity and chill vibe is that even when we visited in low season, the place was absolutely full.

Regardless of whatever room you choose, Giant throws in attractive perks like free coffee, tea, water and WiFi. Owner Joe describes Giant as a family place, due in part to the communal kitchen, TV and DVDs that are up for grabs, and the pleasant garden space, perfect for an afternoon spent reading or musing. When it comes to the kind of family you’d meet at Giant, don’t expect to find your over-achieving cousin who works in finance, or your anal sister obsessed with the impeccable apartment; at Giant, you’re much more likely to find your fun uncle who’s travelled the world, or your cousin, the reiki healer and raw chocolate chef. Owner Joe sports long, partly dreaded hair, and enough personality to command the respect, admiration, and friendship of many returning guests.

Hidden gem of a garden in the midst of the Moon Muang madness in the old city.

Garden oasis in the midst of the Moon Muang madness in the old city.

And if one Giant Guesthouse isn’t enough, there’s also Giant 2, meant to handle the Giant overflow, and Giant Pai, furnished with a similar shared kitchen, and rather beautiful bungalows overlooking a river.

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Contact details:

24/1 Soi 6 Moon Muang Rd.  T: (053) 227 338, (087) 182 1611 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dbl fan share b'room 180 baht 180 baht
Dbl fan private b'room 250 baht 250 baht 300 for Western toilet
Dbl air-con private b'room 400 baht 400 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 10th April, 2005
Last visited or updated on: 28th November, 2013

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Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Claudia went to New York in search of a life purpose then fled the winters and moved to Chiang Mai where she's happy to announce that she's found the love of her life: mangosteens.
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24/1 Soi 6 Moon Muang Rd. 
T: (053) 227 338, (087) 182 1611

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