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Mercy Hostel

Chiang Rai’s top budget option

Jedyod Rd, Soi 1 T: (080) 497 6066 F: (053) 711 075

Mercy Hostel

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Good organisation, cleanliness and comfort, fine value for money and a good location make the relatively new Mercy Hostel a very welcome addition to Chiang Rai’s budget accommodation range. It is something of a demonstration in how to set up and run a successful new guesthouse too. Find a central but quiet location; construct a bunch of neat tidy and cheap backpacker rooms, throw in a few tempting flashpacker options, slip in a small pool and some enticing seating, communal areas, hire some enthusiastic, bubbly staff and add a few general flourishes such as bicycle hire, tour booking and information plus a well-priced cafe and coffee shop.

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Budget hostel with pool

Budget hostel with pool

Bob’s your uncle; an easy formula but many don’t get it and Mercy’s main drawback is that its success makes it tricky finding a room during high season. The location, down a soi along side Wat Jedyod makes it both central but quiet and within a five minute walking radius you have the bus station, night bazaar and bars and restaurants of Jedyod Road.

Restaurant and coffee shop

Restaurant and coffee shop

It’s laid out in a U shape with a one story, white-painted building housing their various room options surrounding a communal area and small but adequate pool. There are reclining pool-side seats plus tables and chairs in a cafe area with pool table that also thoughtfully provides basic kitchen facilities free of charge to guests. Rooms are basic in terms of decor but spotlessly clean with a series of 8 bed, (4 double bunks) air-con dorms plus some en-suite options too. There are only five such latter rooms but they are excellently appointed with large hot water bathroom, cable TV, fridge and French doors though being one storey no room has much view to speak of. Finally there are a few triple bed options though these come without private bathroom. As with the overall hostel, shared bathrooms are kept clean and tidy.

Simple, clean interiors

Simple, clean interiors

We found staff to be very helpful, chatty and friendly and without any hard sell offered a range of day tours and onward transport booking options. There’s efficient WiFi throughout and conveniently bicycles are also for rent for 50 baht a day. (No motorbikes but you’re just around the corner from Jedyod Road.) Finally, in a separate building in the front yard is their 1962 Cafe and coffee shop offering breakfasts from 79 baht upwards plus fresh coffee and a few standard Thai options for dinner or lunch. 1962 is so named since apparently it’s the owner’s birth year and opens from 07:00-21:00 except for Wednesdays when they have a day off.

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Walk-in rates at Mercy Hostel

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
199 baht
250 baht
Dbl air-con share bathroom
600 baht
990 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
800 baht
1,150 baht
Includes breakfast
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 199 baht, high season 250 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 990 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 800 baht, high season 1,150 baht. Notes: Includes breakfast

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Where is Mercy Hostel

Mercy Hostel
Jedyod Rd, Soi 1
T: (080) 497 6066 F: (053) 711 075
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'48.35" E, 19º54'15.96" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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