Photo: Mae Sot street scenes.


Mae Sot

Mae Sot has a bunch of good, cheap guesthouses along with a few quality places that reach into the flashpacker range. You get a lot of bang for your baht here.

The Picturebook Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Intarakiree Soi 19, Mae Sot
T: (090) 459 6990

At the creative and socially responsible Picturebook Guesthouse you can contribute to the Youth Connect migrant education program while settling into some of the best rooms in Mae Sot. Rooms are set in a two-floor contemporary building with private terraces out the front -- ask for an upper-floor room and you might get a glimpse of the canal that runs behind the tree-lined property.... Read our full review of The Picturebook Guesthouse.

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Baan Rabiangmai
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
3/3 Don Kaew Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 532 144

Falling somewhere between large guesthouse and small hotel, Baan Rabiangmai boasts some of the cleanest, most comfortable and best-equipped rooms in Mae Sot -- look no further if you want all of the creature comforts. Located in a quiet residential area around a half-kilometre west of downtown, the four-floor concrete building has a large ground-floor common area with high ceilings, sofas, a... Read our full review of Baan Rabiangmai.

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Ban Thai Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
740/1 Intarakiree Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 531 590

Ban Thai Guest House has a mix of budget fan rooms and plush flashpacker-range digs in several detached wood and polished concrete buildings spread around a large and leafy property. The first air-con room that we checked out came in a newish polished concrete villa-style building and went well beyond our expectations for the price. Looking more like a suite in a luxury boutique hotel than a... Read our full review of Ban Thai Guest House.

T House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Intarakiree Soi 25, Mae Sot
T: (097) 918 8117

Located a kilometre east of downtown down a quiet side street, T House serves up squeaky clean, well-equipped rooms that are solid for a few nights and also great for a longer stay. Fronted by a roofed terrace for relaxing, reading or working, the purpose-built three-storey concrete building sits at the back end of a laid-back cul de sac. Smiley young staff members were quick to show us a... Read our full review of T House.

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Auntie’s B&B
Backpacker - Under 600B
Intarakiree Rd, Mae Sot
T: (089) 858 8857

Fronted by a coffee shop serving all-day breakfast in an old wooden house, Auntie’s B&B (or Guesthouse) is worth considering if you prefer an intimate, family-run place to stay. Relying on a couple of clean shared hot-water bathrooms, the four guestrooms occupy the upper floor of a second house set back beyond a roofed common area with large fish tanks and potted plants near the kitchen --... Read our full review of Auntie’s B&B.

DK Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
298/2 Intarakiree Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 531 699

The aging DK Hotel often gets passed up in favour of the newer guesthouses, but it still offers decent budget rooms in a large blue building located slap bang in the centre of Mae Sot. After climbing a wide set of stairs and entering the cavernous lobby we were distracted by the odd paper collages of people’s faces, a wood cow’s head, antique pottery and a long lineup of chunky wood... Read our full review of DK Hotel.

Phannu House
Backpacker - Under 600B
563/3 Intarakiree Rd, Mae Sot
T: (081) 886 2950

Set at the end of its own side lane within a quick walk of downtown, Phannu House is a solid choice for backpackers who are willing to pay a little more for some extra comforts. Serving both long- and short-stay guests, rooms are available in an older two-floor cement building and a three-floor structure made of brick, wood and concrete. Equipped with a choice of fan or air-con along with... Read our full review of Phannu House.

Bai Fern Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
660 Intarakiree Rd, Mae Sot
T: (055) 531 349

The long-running Bai Fern Guesthouse looked more rundown than on our previous visit but remains a reasonable option for solo backpackers seeking the cheapest beds in town. Set just back from the Bai Fern Restaurant in the centre of town, the guesthouse is fronted by a bamboo table and rental bicycles parked in a sparse roofed common area. Step inside and you’ll see some maps before the... Read our full review of Bai Fern Guesthouse.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Mae Sot? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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