Photo: Pretty walls.

Awana House

Flashpacker standards, budget rates

7 Ratchadamnoen Soi 1, Tha Pae Gate, Sri Phum T: (053) 419 005(081) 960 7511(086) 470 0511

Awana House

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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.

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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 Gate. If you reach Vieng Mantra’s wide wooden frontage, then you’ve gone too far. Double back and take the narrow entrance immediately before, which will lead you into Awana’s small garden and cafe, which backs onto reception.

Clean rooms and polished walls.

Clean rooms and polished walls. Photo: Mark Ord

The alley is well-lit and full of pot plants (check out the vertical bromeliad garden on the main wall as you arrive), and the four-storey hotel building comes in a fetching pastel turquoise. The hotel makes good use of very limited space and a small covered pool has been slotted in next to their cafe.

Rooms are immaculately turned out, with good quality furniture and tasteful decor mixing polished concrete and brightly painted panels with a few northern Thai twists. Rooms come with ensuite bathrooms, air-con, cable TV, fridge and safety deposit box. When we enquired about the price we assumed we’d misheard and the rate was 1,600 baht rather than the actual 600 baht they said. Indeed, these rooms wouldn’t be out of place in a mid-range boutique hotel.

Escape the Chiang Mai heat.

Escape the Chiang Mai heat. Photo: Mark Ord

Some even come with balconies for an extra 100 baht and another big plus is only minimal supplements for high season. Breakfast isn’t included—not surprising at these prices—but there is a cafe and of course a host of other choices within a short walk. The pool isn’t huge but it is a welcome addition and a pleasant rooftop seating area has drinks available.

Awana House is less than a minute on foot from Tha Pae Gate and Ratchadamnoen Walking Street and just five minutes from Wat Phra Singh. As it is tucked down the alley, it ought to be quiet come the evening. Overall very difficult to find fault with Awana—this is an excellent address!

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Walk-in rates at Awana House

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl fan share bathroom
400 baht
495 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
600 baht
650 baht
Add 100 baht for a balcony
Family room
800 baht
995 baht
Sleeps four
Triple air-con private bathroom
800 baht
1,240 baht
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 495 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 650 baht. Notes: Add 100 baht for a balcony
Room: Family room, low season: 800 baht, high season 995 baht. Notes: Sleeps four
Room: Triple air-con private bathroom, low season: 800 baht, high season 1,240 baht. Notes:

Where is Awana House

Awana House
7 Ratchadamnoen Soi 1, Tha Pae Gate, Sri Phum
T: (053) 419 005(081) 960 7511(086) 470 0511
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º59'32.63" E, 18º47'19.14" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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