Excellent value for money
A cute, comfortable and friendly little boutique-style flashpacker pick, Chiang Mai Thai House offers good facilities and an excellent location.
Chiang Mai Thai House has been around for a while, 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 limited space and they haven’t tried to fit too many rooms in.
The swimming pool and surrounding lounging area is well sized and ditto the streetside cafe. Staff members are generally friendly and efficient and there’s plenty of travel advice and booking assistance on hand in reception.
Soi 5 is the last lane before the Old City moat so location is spot on, yet the narrow lane is quiet and relatively traffic free. Rooms are in a block behind the pool area anyway so noise shouldn’t be an issue here. Rooms come in four main variations: fan or air-con, with or without terrace. The terraces are individual, tiny and very cute garden areas with table and chair settings and are also available with ground floor rooms.
Fan and air-con looked to us to be identical other than the type of machine attached to the wall and both come with ensuite bathroom and hot shower. The individual gardens are seriously cute—not overloaded with vegetation—so brighten the rooms without causing any damp or mozzie issues. We also liked the ground floor room decor with ochre walls, Thai fabrics and wooden furniture. The fan rooms are certainly some of the cutest 600 baht rooms we saw in Chiang Mai.
We weren’t quite so convinced by some upper floor rooms, with an odd zebra print on the wall clashing somewhat with flowery bed linen, but overall the rooms are very good value for what you get, and they manage to keep rates identical all year round. As far as we can see there’s no supplement for the garden rooms and they are well worth asking for when you book.
Address: 5/1 Tha Pae Soi 5, Chang Klan
T: (053) 904 110; (053) 904 737;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º59'42.82" E, 18º47'13.57" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
|Triple fan private bathroom||900 baht||900 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||1,650 baht||1,650 baht|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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