Good flashpacker option
A long-standing favourite of ours in Chiang Mai’s mid-range accommodation category is the excellent Chiang Mai Thai House (see here for our budget pick). Location’s one of the strong points of Thai House, which falls somewhere in the range between upmarket guesthouse and boutique hotel. Situated on Tha Pae Road, Soi 5, it’s about a two-minute walk from Tha Pae Gate, the centre of Chiang Mai’s tourist district and location of the great Sunday Market – and a mere five minute’s walk from the famous night bazaar.
Despite its very central location — which saves on time and tuk tuk fares — the guesthouse is a peaceful spot as it’s set down a quiet lane with very minimal traffic and noise. This is certainly one of its strong points, as so many other downtown spots necessitate either a decent set of earplugs or running the risk of sleep deprivation.
There’s also a good, and very welcome, pool and sitting area and the restaurant is friendly with decent food.
Rooms are air-con or fan-cooled, and tastefully decorated with Lanna touches. Prices range from 400 baht for a low season fan room to 1,150 baht for a high season poolside air-con room, so there’s a fair cross section of options for midrange or flashpacker budgets. Free airport pick-ups are included as is breakfast.
It’s not perfect and the generally very friendly staff are sticklers for rules — they make guests read and accept the house rule list before checking in and are notoriously inflexible with regards to their 10:00 check-out time.
Overall though there are far less decent choices in this midrange area in Chiang Mai than in either budget or upmarket price ranges, so Thai House is definitely a good choice to bear in mind.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 24th September, 2013.