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Cosy, friendly spot

Ban Kat, Mae Wang (around 8 km on left past Ban Kat on Route 1013) T: (089) 541 3695 F: (053) 363 405

Swiss Ticino

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This friendly little guesthouse has just six rooms in a splendid garden, with an attached restaurant and bike tours offered as well.

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This cosy spot is the sort of place you could easily spend a few days at!

The guesthouse, run by a Swiss-Italian-Thai couple, is on the valley road around halfway between Ban Kat and the rafting and cafe area up the valley, so it’s convenient for both but remains peaceful. Furthermore, the terminus for Chiang Mai to Mae Wang songthaews is just 50 metres from Swiss Ticino. While the guesthouse is set up just off the main road, most rooms are at the rear so noise isn‘t an issue, and most rooms have views over their lovely garden leading down towards the river. The well-maintained garden is crisscrossed with paths and dotted with well placed tables and chairs. Two rooms are adjacent to the restaurant area, another couple are in the main house and two more are in a bungalow in the garden.

Rooms themselves are nothing flashy but are pleasantly decorated, clean and comfortable with excellent amenities such as cable TV, WiFi, fridge, DVD player, coffee-maker and a couple of rooms even come with kitchenette and microwave. All are fan-cooled but come with ensuite bathroom and hot shower (up this way you rarely need air-con at night anyway).

The restaurant knocks up fine, authentic pasta and pizza dishes as well as local Thai fare. Italian dishes are reasonably priced in at around 180 to 220 baht, though being a small establishment they do welcome a bit of advanced notice for your evening meal.

Co-owner Frank is a keen cyclist and bicycles in various forms -- road bikes, mountain bikes and even a tandem -- are thoughtfully available for guests. Frank also helps organise cycling tours of the area during cool season and is a very good source of information on hiking in the vicinity.

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Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
550 baht
700 baht
Bungalow fan private bathroom
700 baht
900 baht
Room: Standard double room, low season: 550 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes: Fan-cooled.
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Where is Swiss Ticino

Swiss Ticino
Ban Kat, Mae Wang (around 8 km on left past Ban Kat on Route 1013)
T: (089) 541 3695 F: (053) 363 405
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º45'25.26" E, 18º36'59.68" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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