Some of the cutest budget rooms in town
There’s commendable attention to detail at the well-run budget Diva Guesthouse, home to probably the best looking 300 baht rooms we came across anywhere in Chiang Mai.
Brought to you by the same Swiss–Thai couple who created the hugely successful Julie Guesthouse, the exceptional Diva has been operating from the southern end of Ratchaphakhinai since 2010. This is a good position, slightly away from, yet only a short walk to, the main concentration of Old City restaurants and cafes as well as being within easy walking distance of Tha Pae and the principal temples. It is also roughly equidistant from the Ratchadamnoen and Wualai walking street markets.
A pleasant cafe and restaurant out front gives onto the main road and serves up inexpensive Thai and Western faves with the reception and tour desk placed at the rear. Some rooms, including dorms, are also located to the rear with others on the first floor of the old wooden building.
The rooms are immaculate and definitely defy their 300-ish baht price tag. Okay, they’re not huge and lack views, but they are spotlessly clean, come with all the essential furnishings and funky decor and have ensuite hot shower bathrooms and choice of air-con or fan. Rooms are in fact one and the same, so price depends upon whether you elect to use the air-con or not.
Similarly, the six-bed dormitories also come with their own bathroom. Air-con and fan dorms are the same rooms but with air-con generally being used during the hot season and fan sufficing for winter months. (You can obviously pay a little extra to get them turned on at any time of year though.)
Beds come in king size or twin formats, and the large family rooms can sleep three, four or even five at a push, making them some of the cheapest family accommodation we came across in Chiang Mai. Service was friendly and efficient and tons of travel info and booking services are available.
Diva Guest House is definitely our first choice in the lower budget range in Chiang Mai.
Address: 84/13 Ratchaphakhinai Rd, Phra Singh
T: (053) 273 851;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º59'25.41" E, 18º47'2.97" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||120 baht||120 baht|
|Dorm air-con||180 baht||180 baht|
|Sgl fan private bathroom||250 baht||250 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||300 baht||300 baht|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||400 baht||400 baht|
|Triple fan private bathroom||450 baht||450 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||500 baht||500 baht|
|Quad fan private bathroom||520 baht||520 baht|
|Triple air-con private bathroom||600 baht||600 baht|
|Quad air-con private bathroom||720 baht||720 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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