In town you’re limited to the rather grungy Pradit Hotel but if you head out for a kilometre or two to the east, you'll find three rather new and rather nice guesthouses in a row along the highway. Outside of town, the excellent Doi Farang Resort lies in a small village around seven kilometres north of town.
German-run Doi Farang Resort is the pick of places to stay in and around Phrao, with a selection of interesting rooms, including converted rice barns, set in a garden and adjacent to an organic farm supplying their good restaurant. Well signposted from Phrao, the resort lies in a small village around seven kilometres north of town. You’ll also see signs for the Khoom Kam Kaew Farm, Resort... Read our full review of Doi Farang Resort.
Apparently the proliferation -- okay, three in a row -- of smart new guesthouses is to cater for fruit merchants who come up to the valley during the various seasons to trade. The third guesthouse, furthest from Phrao (though they are all literally next door to each other), was the only one that made an effort to put an English-language sign outside, so they got our business but, if full, we’re... Read our full review of Poo Phrao Guesthouse.