Comfortable classic hotel style
Baiyoke Chalet is a long-standing, mid-sized and mid-range establishment, and as their rooms have seen regular makeovers over the years we’ve no hesitation in recommending here if you feel comfortable with classic hotel-style accommodation.
Staff are efficient and helpful with generally decent levels of English and the hotel is popular with both local and foreign visitors to Mae Hong Son. We reckon the low season rates are reasonable enough for what you’re getting though it does lack a pool or garden setting and Mae Hong Son Mountain Inn does offer a better high season deal. What Baiyoke does have over the Inn though is a very central location making it a convenient option for those without transport. The hotel is on the busy stretch of Khunlumprapas Road opposite the lane that leads down to the lake and so within a short walk of most of the town’s best cafes and restaurants as well as the market and of course Jong Kham Lake itself.
Their downstairs restaurant, where your complimentary buffet breakfast is served, also gets good reviews as a lunch or dinner choice and the outdoor terrace is a fine spot for supping a coffee or beer and watching the Mae Hong Son world go by. Front rooms in the two upper storeys do face directly onto the road though night-time traffic in what passes for downtown Mae Hong Son is light. There are plenty more rooms to the rear with a U-shaped set up surrounding an inner courtyard offering chairs, tables and plenty of pot plants. This design also ensures that all rooms come with either outward or inward facing balconies.
Interiors seemed to have undergone a recent reboot when we last visited and the fresh white walls, parquet floors, varnished wood furniture and restrained decor provide an airy and light feel to what are already very generous sized rooms. Indeed the vast deluxe rooms which can sleep three are almost large enough to house a five-a-side football match as well. There are tea and coffee making facilities, efficient WiFi, fridges and of course ensuite bathrooms with hot showers and complimentary toiletries.
Rates we were provided with are based on two person occupancy so discounts are available for singles, while supplements will be charged for three persons. All in all a good deal and with plenty of rooms available you could probably get away without advanced booking in all but a busy high season weekend. If Baiyoke is full, the Ngamta Hotel across the road is a decent back-up option.
Address: 90 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
T: (053) 613 132-9; F: (053) 611 533
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º57'55.4" E, 19º17'59.76" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||800 baht||1,380 baht|
|Superior double room||1,200 baht||1,600 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,400 baht||1,800 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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