Photo: Temple town.

Accommodation

While Chiang Mai has thousands of hotels and guesthouses spread across a vast area, we’ve concentrated on what we believe are the two most convenient areas to stay: within the Old City walls and between the eastern Old City wall and the Ping River, with a couple of more far-flung options thrown in.




Introduction


Under 600B
Where to stay in Chiang Mai
Backpacker - Under 600B

Chiang Mai is a large city and popular with visitors so as you’d expect, it comes with a huge range of accommodation options and a large choice of highly commendable ones too. You'll find literally thousands of hotels in Chiang Mai listed on the OTAs like Agoda, Booking and AirBnb, so if you don’t find anything to your liking amongst our selection, do browse their collections, though be... Read our full review of Where to stay in Chiang Mai.

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Old City

Chiang Mai’s old walled city is home to the densest concentration of guesthouses and hotels and there’s a very good reason for this: Some of the most crowd-pleasing temples, best shopping and great eating is also within the walls. At times a rabbit warren of back lanes and alleys, you can also do very well in this part of Chiang Mai if you’re looking for a quiet room.


7 Ratchadamnoen Soi 1, Tha Pae Gate, Sri Phum
Under 600B
Awana House
Backpacker - Under 600B
7 Ratchadamnoen Soi 1, Tha Pae Gate, Sri Phum
T: (053) 419 005

A central but quiet location, helpful staff and tastefully decorated rooms at astonishingly low prices makes Awana our top choice in the niche between budget and flashpacker in Chiang Mai. It’s not easy to find, down a narrow alley off already narrow Ratchadamnoen Soi 1. Soi 1 is the first turning on the right you’ll come across if heading down the Old City’s main drag from Tha Pae... Read our full review of Awana House.

1/1 Ratchamanka Soi 8, Phra Singh
1,500B to 4,000B
Bed (Phrasingh)
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
1/1 Ratchamanka Soi 8, Phra Singh
T: (053) 271 009

Simply but effectively named Bed isn’t so much tucked away as almost totally hidden. Located down a narrow, little-frequented soi behind Wat Chedi Luang, and with the already brief name partially obscured by foliage, you can walk right past without noticing it. This is a good sign we reckon, as they’re clearly confident reputation and word of mouth suffice to attract custom, and it also... Read our full review of Bed (Phrasingh).

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84/13 Ratchaphakhinai Rd, Phra Singh
Under 600B
Diva Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
84/13 Ratchaphakhinai Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 273 851

There’s commendable attention to detail at the well-run budget Diva Guesthouse, home to probably the best looking 300 baht rooms we came across anywhere in Chiang Mai. Brought to you by the same Swiss–Thai couple who created the hugely successful Julie Guesthouse, the exceptional Diva has been operating from the southern end of Ratchaphakhinai since 2010. This is a good position, slightly... Read our full review of Diva Guesthouse.

78/1 Samlarn Rd, Phra Singh
Under 600B
Ma Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
78/1 Samlarn Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 814 735

Inconspicuous Ma Guesthouse, hidden away above a hair salon, might not look much from the outside but inside it’s a real budget star. Set at the southern end of Samlarn Road, this tiny guesthouse with only eight rooms is almost homestay style and, at the risk of sounding corny, a bit like staying at Nan's place. (Though to be fair to owner Ma, a very young and sprightly granny.) Downstairs... Read our full review of Ma Guesthouse.

117/1 Ratchamanka Rd, Phra Singh
1,500B to 4,000B
Baan Huen Phen Boutique Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
117/1 Ratchamanka Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 281 100

Huen Phen began life as a specialty northern Thai restaurant and was so acclaimed and popular that they’ve branched out into accommodation with this small, boutique style midrange hotel. Perhaps being new to the business, Huen Phen does display a few contradictions, but nowhere is perfect, and with a few caveats we felt the pros definitely outweighed the cons and this charming little spot... Read our full review of Baan Huen Phen Boutique Hotel.

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27 Phrapokklao Soi 12, Phra Singh
1,500B to 4,000B
Chompor Lanna Boutique Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
27 Phrapokklao Soi 12, Phra Singh
T: (053) 326 547

There is a pleasant feel to the small, low-key, Chompor Lanna Boutique Resort, with particularly helpful and friendly staff, tastefully decorated rooms and an unbeatable location. The owners somehow managed to find a decent sized plot of land right in the centre of the Old City, yet situated down a narrow back lane, behind the Heritage Museum and between Phrapokklao and Ratchaphakhinai Roads.... Read our full review of Chompor Lanna Boutique Resort.

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2 Ratchamanka Soi 2, Phra Singh
600B to 1,500B
Somwang Boutique House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
2 Ratchamanka Soi 2, Phra Singh
T: (053) 278 505

Somwang Boutique is a well-situated and well laid-out flashpacker option with very competitive room rates. Last time we looked, Somwang consisted of a few simple rooms around a concrete car-park but under new ownership it’s since received a serious makeover. Two brand spanking new blocks of rooms have been constructed and the car-park converted to a rather enticing swimming pool and garden... Read our full review of Somwang Boutique House.

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150 Phrapokklao Rd, Phra Sing
1,500B to 4,000B
The 3 Sis
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
150 Phrapokklao Rd, Phra Sing
T: (053) 273 243

Popular 3 Sis has built up a solid following in Chiang Mai’s accommodation scene thanks to its great location, efficient staff and well-priced, comfortable rooms. The 3 Sis is slightly tricky to find as the main frontage on Phrapokklao Road is taken up by their restaurant, with B&B only appearing in small letters. The actual hotel entrance is down the adjacent alley, Soi 8. The location in... Read our full review of The 3 Sis.

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51/2 Arak Rd, Phra Singh
1,500B to 4,000B
The Rim Resort Chiangmai
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
51/2 Arak Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 903 999

There is a lot of completion in the boutique, Lanna style, four-star category, but the low-key, unassuming, yet classy Rim Resort gets our vote. Low season discounts and online booking rates make the rooms good value for money and we liked the relatively small size of the resort which conjures a friendly, intimate atmosphere and there’s an attention to detail perhaps lacking in some of the... Read our full review of The Rim Resort Chiangmai.

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8/3 Singharat Rd, Soi 3, Sri Phum
1,500B to 4,000B
The Twenty Lodge
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
8/3 Singharat Rd, Soi 3, Sri Phum
T: (053) 326 233

This cosy and friendly lodge set amid lush tropical plants on a quiet lane to the west side of the Old City is one of Chiang Mai’s best deals in the flashpacker to midrange category. We first visited several years ago not long after they’d opened, when the garden was still a work in progress. It has since developed into a lush tropical setting and along with the small but cute,... Read our full review of The Twenty Lodge.

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9 Ratchadamnoen Soi 1, Sri Phum
1,500B to 4,000B
Vieng Mantra Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
9 Ratchadamnoen Soi 1, Sri Phum
T: (053) 326 640-2

Excellent use of limited space at comfortable and well-designed Vieng Mantra makes it a decent midrange choice smack in the centre of Chiang Mai. Generous low season discounts make it a particularly tempting option for rainy season, when you’re getting midrange standards at flashpacker rates. There’s a well-sized seating area and restaurant downstairs, including tables and chairs on an... Read our full review of Vieng Mantra Hotel.

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Prapokklao Soi 12, Phra Singh
Under 600B
Baanpordee Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
Prapokklao Soi 12, Phra Singh
T: (083) 764 8008

Tiny and very cute, Baanpordee has six attractively decorated rooms in a garden setting down a quiet back soi in the centre of the Old City. The guesthouse is directly opposite the more upmarket Chompor Lanna on Prapokklao Soi 12 which runs between Phrapokklao and Ratchaphakhinai Roads, so location has the advantage of being smack bang in the centre of the Old City yet very quiet with only... Read our full review of Baanpordee Guesthouse.

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2 Ratchaphakhinai Rd, Phra Singh
600B to 1,500B
Chiang Mai Boutique House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
2 Ratchaphakhinai Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 279 391-3

This simple, attractive and reasonably priced option may not perhaps figure as a first choice, but it does tick all the plan B boxes should your ideal but tiny, boutique first choice lack vacancies. Firstly location is good; at the southern end of Ratchaphakhinai in the Old City and close to the Chiang Mai Gate night market as well as being only a short walk to Tha Pae. Layout is simple but... Read our full review of Chiang Mai Boutique House.

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44 Inthawarorot Rd, Sri Phum
1,500B to 4,000B
De Lanna Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
44 Inthawarorot Rd, Sri Phum
T: (053) 326 278-9

With a well-placed location, efficient service and reasonable room prices, De Lanna has justifiably become one of Chiang Mai’s most popular mid-range downtown hotels. With three, three-storey blocks of rooms surrounding a well laid out garden and pool area they manage to retain a boutique façade as well as having plenty of rooms (60 in total) without crossing into the large generic hotel... Read our full review of De Lanna Hotel.

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7/1 Phrapokklao Soi 5, Phra Singh
Under 600B
Julie Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
7/1 Phrapokklao Soi 5, Phra Singh
T: (053) 274 355

The long standing Julie Guesthouse is a ramshackle, but well maintained and popular old style budget spot in the Old City. Bits have clearly been added, upgraded, knocked down, rebuilt and so-on over the years but you can also tell it’s been well maintained and the eclectic mix manages somehow to create a harmonious whole with a pleasant, friendly vibe to it. Originally opened by the people... Read our full review of Julie Guesthouse.

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7 Sri Chum Soi 5, Sri Phum
Under 600B
Mali’s House
Backpacker - Under 600B
7 Sri Chum Soi 5, Sri Phum
T: (053) 215 961

Mali’s isn’t going to win any awards for charm or decor but for good sized, clean rooms in a reasonably central location it’s hard to argue with it. To be fair the establishment had only recently changed hands when we dropped by in mid-2017 and the sign outside still has the old name of Western House Hotel, so we’ll assume it’s still a work in progress. There’s plenty of room for... Read our full review of Mali’s House.

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27/2 Singharat Soi 3, Sri Phum
Under 600B
Tip Top Thai House
Backpacker - Under 600B
27/2 Singharat Soi 3, Sri Phum
T: (053) 212 232

Quiet, laid back, low key and with surprisingly good rooms for your money, Tip Top House is a tempting option in Chiang Mai’s budget scene. It’s much smaller than say Julie or Diva and the location, while still central, is quieter plus they manage to squeeze in a well laid-out little garden. There’s certainly not that classic backpacker vibe to the place and Tip Top isn’t the choice... Read our full review of Tip Top Thai House.

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41 Moonmuang Rd, Phra Singh
600B to 1,500B
Top North Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
41 Moonmuang Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 279 623-5

With a location a stone’s throw from Tha Pae Gate, a large swimming pool, very reasonable room rates (and plenty of them), Top North Hotel ticks a lot of boxes. That said, it is nothing fancy though—there are no boutique pretensions nor Lanna decor, but the rooms are clean and more than adequate, with workable air-con, hot en-suite showers, decent WiFi and functional furnishings.... Read our full review of Top North Hotel.

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Outside Chiang Mai Old City

While most of the properties covered here are between the Old City’s eastern wall and the Ping River, others are more far flung and you’ll sometimes need transport to get into the downtown area. In return you’ll often get more spacious grounds or perhaps a river view.


2 Nawat Ket Soi 1, Wat Ket
over 8,000B
137 Pillars House
Luxury - over 8,000B
2 Nawat Ket Soi 1, Wat Ket
T: (053) 247 788

Within the Chiang Mai city limits the hugely popular 137 Pillars House is about as plush as it gets—we visited during one of the quietest periods and all 30 of the rooms were full so firstly, if you do fancy a splurge, and to our minds 137 is one of the few spots that warrants it, then make sure you book up a long while ahead. The resort has a slightly unusual location in a clutch of... Read our full review of 137 Pillars House.

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11/5 Charoen Prathet Soi 2, Chang Klan
600B to 1,500B
Ban Narai River Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
11/5 Charoen Prathet Soi 2, Chang Klan
T: (094) 612 1112

Only opened in 2016 the seriously cute little Ban Narai River Guesthouse tucked away on the bank of the Ping River is a great find in the upper budget, lower flashpacker range, and if anywhere fits the cliché “hidden gem” this really is it but that’s against editorial policy so we won’t say that. The extremely pleasant and informative owner/manager clearly recognises he’s onto a... Read our full review of Ban Narai River Guesthouse.

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99/9 Moo 14, Suthep Rd, Suthep
1,500B to 4,000B
B2 Ayatana Premier Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
99/9 Moo 14, Suthep Rd, Suthep
T: (053) 811 599

Out of the centre of Chiang Mai, but with an interesting location close to Wat Umong amid the leafy lanes at the foot of Doi Suthep, Ayatana offers an excellent deal in the flashpacker to mid-range. Even prior to being taken over by the Chiang Mai based, cheap and cheerful B2 chain, rates were very competitive and maybe they need to be to attract customers to what is a rather out of the way... Read our full review of B2 Ayatana Premier Hotel.

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5/1 Tha Pae Soi 5, Chang Klan
600B to 1,500B
Chiang Mai Thai House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
5/1 Tha Pae Soi 5, Chang Klan
T: (053) 904 110

A cute, comfortable and friendly little boutique style flashpacker option, Chiang Mai Thai House offers good facilities and an excellent location. Chiang Mai Thai House has been around for a while now, tucked away down Tha Pae Soi 5, but they commendably manage to keep rooms consistently looking bright, clean and fresh. It isn’t a large establishment but is well laid out with good use of... Read our full review of Chiang Mai Thai House.

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171/1 Moo 11, Tawangtan, Sarapi
600B to 1,500B
De Wiangkumkam
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
171/1 Moo 11, Tawangtan, Sarapi
T: (053) 141 727

There are a number of these cute, hidden away in leafy suburbs, kind of mini resorts around Chiang Mai and we thought De Wiangkumkam was a very good find. As the name implies it’s located within Wiang Khum Kham ancient city—a maze of quiet garden-lined lanes and ruined temples—and just beyond Chiang Mai’s superhighway to the south then but in fact only a 10 minute or so drive to the... Read our full review of De Wiangkumkam.

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502 Moo 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Rd, Mae Rim
over 8,000B
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
Luxury - over 8,000B
502 Moo 1, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Rd, Mae Rim
T: (053) 298 181

Well out of Chiang Mai, the offering by the international Four Seasons chain is about as luxurious as it gets in these parts. The lush and plush Four Seasons has located itself well to the north of Chiang Mai in the Mae Rim district, where they have an entire valley of their own to play with. Rooms are scattered amid luxuriant gardens on hillsides around a small valley in which they’ve even... Read our full review of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai .

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7 Charoen Prathet Soi 2, Chang Klan
600B to 1,500B
Galare Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
7 Charoen Prathet Soi 2, Chang Klan
T: (053) 818 887

Still going strong after nearly 30 years, the excellent Galare, with its quiet, yet central, riverside location is still one of Chiang Mai’s best options in the budget to flashpacker range. Every time we pass by we expect to see this long standing guesthouse has gone boutique, doubled its rates or added another three storeys yet, despite its popularity and prime location, the owner has stuck... Read our full review of Galare Guesthouse.

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50-52 Chiang Moi Khao Rd, Chiang Moi
1,500B to 4,000B
Karinthip Village
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
50-52 Chiang Moi Khao Rd, Chiang Moi
T: (053) 874 302

Though we feel room rates are slightly on the high side, a very good location, great garden setting and comfortable, pleasantly decorated rooms make Karinthip Village an all-round good deal in Chiang Mai’s mid-range category. Karinthip, with its position down a quiet soi off Chiang Moi Road, was established some time ago when real estate in this part of town wasn’t at such a premium so... Read our full review of Karinthip Village.

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17-19 Loi Kroh Rd, Chang Klan
1,500B to 4,000B
Raming Lodge
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
17-19 Loi Kroh Rd, Chang Klan
T: (053) 271 777

Squeezed between Loi Kroh Road and Kotchasarn Soi 3, just off the eastern moat road, the deceptively large, (and we felt oddly named), Raming Lodge is a good address for night owls. We say deceptively as you wouldn’t guess from the frontage they’d managed to fit 84 decent sized rooms into that one narrow block. Raming is five minutes on foot from the Night Bazaar and two from Tha Pae so... Read our full review of Raming Lodge.

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233 Charoen Rat Rd, Wat Ket
1,500B to 4,000B
Riverside Floral Inn
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
233 Charoen Rat Rd, Wat Ket
T: (053) 240 064-5

With a great riverside location, pool and good value rooms the Riverside Floral, opened in May 2017, is a very welcome new addition to Chiang Mai’s accommodation scene. There are several hotel choices along this stretch of Charoen Rat Road on the banks of the Ping River; but the recently built Floral Inn seems to have had the initiative to fit comfortably into a compromise mid-standard,... Read our full review of Riverside Floral Inn.

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22 Chaiyaphum Rd, Chiang Moi
1,500B to 4,000B
Amora Tapae Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
22 Chaiyaphum Rd, Chiang Moi
T: (053) 252 531

The conspicuous Amora Tapae Hotel is a large white hotel located just to the north of Tha Pae Gate along the outer moat road, Chaiyaphum. The hotel has slowly crept up in category over the past few years with a series of upgrades and makeovers and while their room rates have too to some extent, it still represents a good deal in the well-placed, classic hotel, style range. ###11801 Most of... Read our full review of Amora Tapae Hotel.

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123/1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Chang Klan
over 8,000B
Anantara, Chiang Mai Resort and Spa
Luxury - over 8,000B
123/1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Chang Klan
T: (053) 253 333

Ignore the Anantara’s austere and charmless exterior, the interior setting is spacious and well laid out—if still a bit austere—while the rooms themselves are excellent. If you are aiming for the higher end but want to be in town there’s not really much choice anyway, especially in this garden style, and we reckon the Anantara’s great riverside setting beats the concrete high-rise... Read our full review of Anantara, Chiang Mai Resort and Spa.

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28 Charoen Prathet Soi 4, Chang Klan
600B to 1,500B
Riverview Lodge
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
28 Charoen Prathet Soi 4, Chang Klan
T: (053) 271 109

The clutch of narrow alleyways on the west bank of the Ping is a good hunting ground for us and an excellent riverside spot, close to both Galare and Ban Narai Guesthouses is the more upmarket option of River View Lodge. We say more upmarket but with low season discounts it’s still only in the flashpacker range yet also manages to combine a downtown location with a delightful and peaceful... Read our full review of Riverview Lodge.

111/4-4 Kotchasarn Rd, Chang Klan
Under 600B
Lai-Thai Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
111/4-4 Kotchasarn Rd, Chang Klan
T: (053) 271 725

The long-standing Lai-Thai just about squeezes into the budget range these days by virtue of low season discounts and online booking rates and is an excellent option it is too in this category. In earlier days Lai-Thai had flashpacker pretensions but with many years, and no make-overs, on the counter it’s looking rather tired around the edges these days and prices have dropped relative to... Read our full review of Lai-Thai Guesthouse.

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