A popular budget choice
Long-standing Julie Guesthouse is a ramshackle but well-maintained and popular old-style budget spot in the Old City.
Bits have clearly been added, upgraded, knocked down, rebuilt and so on over the years but you can also tell it’s been well maintained. The eclectic mix manages somehow to create a harmonious whole with a pleasant, friendly vibe to it. Originally opened by the people who have since brought you Diva Guesthouse, Julie is something of a Chiang Mai backpacker institution and though there aren’t too many of these old-style places left these days, Julie’s remains a very popular spot.
It’s tucked away down a quiet soi towards the southern end of Phrapokklao, so location is fine with Tha Pae, Ratchadamnoen or Wat Phra Singh all only short walks away. A cafe and reception lies out front with rooms in various low blocks above, behind and on both sides. The cafe and restaurant seating area is cosy with all your classic Thai and Western faves on the inexpensive menu and even a pool table for guest use.
Walls are liberally coated with posters and signs advertising travel services, ticketing, day tours and treks but there doesn’t seem to be any noticeable pressure to buy anything. WiFi doesn’t stretch to all the rooms, but you should be able to connect in the cafe without any problems.
In terms of rooms their accommodation menu covers various bases from basic fan dorms with shared bathrooms through to air-con rooms with ensuite hot showers. Facilities are what you pay for but the rooms are clean and some effort has been made with decor. Apart from aforementioned Diva there aren’t many decent choices in the under 400 baht budget anymore, so if you’re happy with a shared bathroom or fan cooling then this is a good bet. If you upgrade to air-con with bathroom for 550 baht then—and we’re not saying these aren’t good value—there are plenty of other options around.
Don’t expect any frills at these rates—communal bathrooms we checked weren’t much better than adequate—but for good atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and a good location, Julie is an excellent budget option.
Address: 7/1 Phrapokklao Soi 5, Phra Singh
T: (053) 274 355;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º59'23.54" E, 18º47'2.49" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm fan cooled||90 baht||90 baht|
|Sgl fan share bathroom||150 baht||150 baht|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||200 baht||200 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||260 baht||260 baht|
|Triple fan private bathroom||330 baht||330 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||350 baht||350 baht|
|Superior double room|
fan-cooled, 550 baht with air-con
|350 baht||350 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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