Panorama Hotel

Panorama Hotel

Better on the inside

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A long-standing Mae Hong Son institution, the old Panorama Hotel is located on the main road just before the traffic lights as you reach the town centre from the north and it is a useful budget to flashpacker hotel-style address.

Travelfish says:

That’s in terms of prices anyway and though there isn’t anything remotely flash about the hotel, the somewhat rundown exterior does hide some simple but well-maintained hotel-style rooms. The furniture may well have seen better days but some effort has been made with the decor and rooms are clean and come with air-con, hot ensuite showers, cable TV, WiFi and fridge—representing excellent value for money.

Superior room interior. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Superior room interior. Photo: Mark Ord

Our room came with a spacious and comfortable bed and choice of ceiling fan or air-con unit. Economy rooms are slightly smaller while standard versions come with tiny balconies which, though hardly the spot to relax and admire the view, do cut out a fair bit of the noise from the street below.

Downstairs houses a spacious pavement-side terrace where you can sup your complimentary morning tea or coffee behind which is an equally roomy teak-floored reception and communal area. The owners—an elderly Sino-Thai couple—are certainly friendly albeit with limited English, but the younger reception desk staff we met were very helpful with more than adequate language skills.

Heavy on the wood. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Heavy on the wood. Photo: Mark Ord

The same couple owns the newer annexe building across the road which houses their deluxe options but the uninspired concrete block has a first-floor carpark instead of the creaky old dark wood reception across the road and lacks any charm even if room interiors are better appointed and the furniture newer.

Location is convenient, right by the market and a short walk to the lake, and another advantage is that Panorama is large enough to have availability during all but the very busiest periods. All in all, while nothing flashy, this is a very competent and comfortable option with totally reasonable rates.

Contact details for Panorama Hotel

Address: 51 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
T: (081) 646 7229 ;  F: (053) 611 757  
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º57'55.23" E, 19º18'9.93" N
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Room rates: Under 600B

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dbl air-con private bathroom 400 baht 500 baht
Standard double room 500 baht 800 baht
Superior double room 600 baht 1,000 baht
Deluxe double room 800 baht 1,200 baht

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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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