What it says on the can
1 Rachamanka Soi 7A, Chiang Mai T: (053) 814052, (084) 4864247
If you’re looking to avoid the Thailand backpacker party scene – the part full of too many buckets and memories meant to last a lifetime but that can’t be recalled the next morning — look no further than More Relax Guest House, tucked away in one of the many winding sois off of Rachamanka Street in the old city.
As you walk into the beautiful courtyard lined by imposing bamboo, it’s difficult to believe that you’re just minutes away from the bustle of fruit shakes and elephant art vendors crowding central Rachadamnoen Street. If anything, it’s the silence and peace that will draw you to More Relax.
The rooms around the small central courtyard are basic but comfortable, each with an ensuite bathroom with hot water, WiFi and fan. While the decor is spare and almost clinically white, the rooms are pleasant, get beautiful sunlight for a good portion of the day, and most importantly, are large enough to give guests space to lounge around. Compared to the cramped quarters offered at similar price ranges elsewhere in town, we’d say the little extra room to do some yoga or start an art project make this the kind of guesthouse that’s well suited for a long-term stay, even if it doesn’t have the open kitchen available at TipTopThai guesthouse.
Rooms are 500/650 baht for one/two people during high season (October 1 to April 30) and 400 baht the rest of the year. Longer stays in high season are 4,000 for 15 days and 5,500 for 30 days and add 500 baht for two people staying in one room. Prices are negotiable during the off season.
Guests, many of whom keep returning to More Relax year after year, often remark on the wonderful laidback attitude of its owner. We quickly got the feeling that More Relax is the kind of place where everyone lets everyone else go about their business, whatever that may be. Management definitely embraces a what-you-see-is-what-you-get attitude, and overall, we’d say it’s better suited for solo travellers or couples, as the lack of a kitchen and guesthouse-y type services, such as tour and taxi bookings, make this a tricky destination for families seeking out comfort during their journey.
All in all, More Relax is one of the rare examples of a guesthouse’s amenities and vibe actually fitting its name, which sums up the place pretty well.
By Claudia Sosa
Last updated on 20th March, 2014.