Guesthouse with a capital 'G'
The archetypal guesthouse! If you looked up Thailand/backpacker/guesthouse in Wikipedia you'd probably see a photo of Julie GH, and if you wondered what Khao San looked like 20 years ago, check this place out.
Tucked away off the southern end of Phrapokklao Road, Julie Guesthouse has a pleasant garden/sitting area with a pool table and plenty of space to relax -- the garden area also acts as a restaurant and travel agent. Very popular year-round with the traveller crowd, you might feel a little out of place at Julie's if you don't have dreadlocks and fisherman pants, but all are welcomed equally, regardless of fashion sense (or lack thereof). The older rooms are basic but clean, while a new building has been added with larger, cleaner and better decorated rooms. These new rooms are a far better option and well worth the extra baht. Overall Julie Guesthouse isn't a bad choice if you're on a tight budget and as a bonus, the surrounding lanes have cafes, shops and laundry services with prices much lower than elsewhere in Chiang Mai.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 24th September, 2013.