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Tip Top Thai House

Chilled out and low key

27/2 Singharat Soi 3, Sri Phum T: (053) 212 232(081) 882 6728

Tip Top Thai House

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Quiet, laidback and with good rooms for your money, Tip Top House is a tempting option offered by Chiang Mai’s budget scene.

It’s much smaller than say Julie or Diva and the location, while still central, is quieter plus they've managed to squeeze in a well laidout little garden. There’s no classic backpacker vibe to the place and Tip Top isn’t the best choice if you want to meet lots of people and party, but if you’re after some peace and quiet on a limited budget this could be, well, tip top.

No shortage of greenery.

No shortage of greenery. Photo: Mark Ord

The guesthouse is on the west side of the Old City, near the moat road. It's neither too close nor too far from the main sights and cafe and bar areas, so ideally it lends itself to getting around by bicycle, which they are happy to provide to guests for a minimal fee.

It would be easy to go right past Tip Top without noticing as it’s partially hidden behind a tall ivy and creeper-clad wall. A narrow wooden gate leads into the garden with the main accommodation to the left. The building is concrete (or brick) but faced with wooden panels, while the upper floor has a varnished wooden balcony and walkway connecting the rooms. The upper ones then have access to the public balcony while lower ones open directly onto the path.

Minimal clutter in the rooms.

Minimal clutter in the rooms. Photo: Mark Ord

Interiors belie their budget pricetag and we particularly liked the brighter upper floor ones. Rooms aren’t so big, so decor has sensibly been kept simple with white painted walls and minimal clutter. Furniture is solid looking, with decent sized beds, thick mattresses and bedside tables and lamps. Bear in mind all rooms—even the 300 baht ones—come with air-con though you have a choice of ensuite or shared bathrooms and large (upstairs) or small (downstairs). As is often the case, rooms are one and the same and rate depends upon whether you wish to use the air-con or not.

Bathrooms, both communal and ensuite, are clean and bright and with only a few rooms you wouldn’t be sharing with many other people anyway. A communal area and cafe lies to the rear. It’s somewhat ramshackle and there’s no restaurant service (so breakfast is not included), but you can get a drink, WiFi access and it is again, a quiet spot. Further to the rear is an older, two-storey wooden building though the manger said these rooms weren’t currently in use.

Note you are required to book for a minimum of two nights, but discounts are available for longer stays. So if you’re looking for a good value chill-out spot for a week or so then Tip Top Thai could be a great option.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con share bathroom
300 baht
300 baht
350 baht for a larger room
Dbl air-con private bathroom
600 baht
600 baht
700 baht for a larger room
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes: 350 baht for a larger room
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes: 700 baht for a larger room

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Where is Tip Top Thai House

Tip Top Thai House
27/2 Singharat Soi 3, Sri Phum
T: (053) 212 232(081) 882 6728
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º58'46.52" E, 18º47'33.66" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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