Funky chalet resort with a good location
Set towards the western edge of town, just before the hill-tribe market, Khumnaiphol has both hotel-style rooms in a block by the restaurant and individual chalets scattered across a sprawling hillside garden.
The hotel rooms are pretty standard fare but clean, with comfortable bedding, adequate furniture, cable TVs, a few pictures on the wall and when we last visited, a fresh coat of yellow paint. You have the choice of fan or air-con for no extra charge. Superior versions are slightly larger and look towards the front while standard rooms have garden views to the rear though neither vistas are anything to write home about and certain may get a bit of early evening noise from the nearby restaurant if things are busy. While the block has been around for a long time the rooms are well-cared for and meticulously clean.
The bungalows are a walk up the hill to the rear of the restaurant, above a small tea plantation. Note some are actually a fair distance from street level and with a steep uphill climb may be a pain if you don’t have transport, as unlike more upmarket set-ups there are no electric buggies to cart you around. These bungalows are also long-standing, again well-looked after and come with a wood finish, traditional tiled roof and pleated bamboo wall panelling. Some effort has been made with decoration but with beds taking up most of the space, furniture is at a minimum. Bathrooms are ageing but clean and all room types come with ensuite hot showers. Their spacious verandas are a big plus and unlike the hotel block these do afford views across town.
The huge, street-level wooden restaurant—almost hidden by a small but seriously action-packed garden—is an interesting spot with a museum-style, eclectic collection of photos, ornaments and odds and ends. There are photos and pictures of Mae Salong as well as bubbly owner Yui with famous former guests and personalities. The Thai, north Thai and Chinese food on offer is very good, and the restaurant can get busy with tour groups during high season. They’re open for the simple complimentary breakfast as well as lunch and dinner plus they serve home-grown organic tea and local coffee throughout the day. No alcohol is served but you are welcome to bring your own.
The mainly Akha staff members were helpful and friendly, though with relatively limited English, however the owner can talk for Mae Salong in Thai or English! Location is handy for the hill-tribe market and many of the tea shops and Chinese noodle cafes and it’s only a short walk down to what passes for the town centre and morning market. Rates are reasonable with minimal or no high season supplements and further discounts are often available for walk-ins, especially low season and mid-week.
Address: Highway 1234 by hill-tribe market, Mae Salong
T: (053) 765 001; (081) 493 5242; F: (053) 765 003
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º37'21.83" E, 20º9'34.72" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||500 baht||600 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
1,500 baht for three people
|1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Superior double room||800 baht||1,200 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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