A delightful downtown garden set-up
The simple and unpretentious Baan Bua Guest House is set right at the end of the same alleyway leading off Jetyod as the popular Orchids.
A stone’s throw, but world away, from the hustle and bustle of bar street and with a delightful little garden and virtually no traffic noise, at Baan Bua you could be right out in the country rather than a busy city centre. As you emerge into their yard, gravel gives way to lawn and you’ll see two single-storey green-painted blocks in an L pattern. Ahead is a pastel coloured one and to your right a more lime shade while a small reception and cafe area fits into the angle of the two.
Filling the space between is a well-cared for and very cute garden area with a few tables and chairs. The garden is simple with plenty of orchids, bromeliads and small palms but not full-on jungle-style so there shouldn’t be too much mozzie action. In the right-hand block, larger rooms have small, individual balconies and the pastel green block has a communal terrace with chairs and tables. All rooms look onto the garden.
Interiors are simple and clean with a lack of decoration but the tiled floors and white-painted walls create a bright and airy feel. Larger rooms at a hundred baht more have more space for furniture including table, chairs and makeup cabinet and all rooms had gleamingly clean bathrooms with hot showers.
The small cafe and outdoor, but roofed, seating area serves drinks and the simple complimentary breakfasts. There’s less tour and travel info cluttering the walls than in nearby budget joints but then the myriad agents and rental offices are just around the corner on Jetyod.
The great setting, prime location and exceptional value for money were topped off by some of the bubbliest, friendliest staff we came across in these parts and while language skills weren’t the best it’s the kind of place where you’d feel at home after just five minutes. Baan Bua has a low-key online presence so you’ll have less availability issues than at Baan Jaru or Orchids for example but with a mere ten or so rooms we’d still try and reserve in advance during busy periods. Faultless!
Address: 879/2 Jetyod Rd
T: (053) 718 880; (086) 421 4442; F: (053) 754 162
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º49'56.17" E, 19º54'16.93" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
Add 100 baht for a larger room
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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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