Somwang Boutique House

Somwang Boutique House

A good flashpacker option

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Somwang Boutique is a well-situated and well laidout flashpacker option with very competitive room rates.

Travelfish says:

Last time we looked, Somwang consisted of a few simple rooms around a concrete car-park but under new ownership it’s since received a serious makeover. Two brand new blocks of rooms (as of mid-2017) have been constructed and the car-park converted to a rather enticing swimming pool and garden seating area.

Street frontage. : Mark Ord.
Street frontage. Photo: Mark Ord

The location was always a strong point and now with excellent value for money rooms, Somwang has become a very good option in Chiang Mai’s crowded flashpacker range.

Ratchamanka Soi 2 is a quiet side lane connecting the eastern moat road, Moonmuang, with Ratchamanka Road as it cuts through the old town. Wat Chedi Luang is then about five minutes’ walk away, Tha Pae and the bars of Loi Kroh around a minute and the night bazaar 10 to 15 minutes on foot.

Pretty tiled floors. : Mark Ord.
Pretty tiled floors. Photo: Mark Ord

Off the narrow lane, the decently sized pool with a surrounding small but cute garden opens up ahead of you with a white painted, two-storey block on either side. A third, three-storey building provides additional rooms to the rear. Drinks are served poolside but with space at something of a premium the included breakfast, and indeed lunch and dinner, are available in a separate restaurant on the opposite side of the soi.

Rooms themselves are a fair size, comfortable and clean, and come with security box, fridge, cable TV, hot showers, WiFi and free tea and coffee. Bathrooms are well laid out and decor is simple but effective.

Somwang Restaurant. : Mark Ord.
Somwang Restaurant. Photo: Mark Ord

They have squeezed a lot into a small area and one concern for us would be noise levels and privacy (or lack of) in the ground floor rooms, which are only separated from the pool. open until 22:00, by a narrow walkway. Staff members were chirpy, with plenty of travel info and assistance available. For the published rates Somwang represents a very good deal.

Contact details for Somwang Boutique House

Address: 2 Ratchamanka Soi 2, Phra Singh
T: (053) 278 505;  F: (053) 273 427  
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º59'33.5" E, 18º47'8.85" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard single room 990 baht 1,100 baht
Standard double room 1,300 baht 1,500 baht

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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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