Photo: Duplex rooms.

Piya Guest House

Lakeside chalets and pool

1/1 Khunlumprapas Soi 3, Jong Kham T: (053) 611 260

Piya Guest House

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Occupying a prime piece of Mae Hong Son real estate, right by the edge of picturesque Jong Kham Lake and opposite the town’s iconic Shan-style wats, with comfortable and cosy chalets set in an attractive garden, Piya Guest House is a stand-out address.

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The chalets, set around the edge of the garden, aren’t exactly huge but are well laid out and all come with small terraces and views of the garden. Unlike certain other long-standing establishments, Piya sees regular fresh coats of paint—colour scheme is yellow outside and beige in—and is well maintained throughout.

The street- and lake-side cafe.

The street- and lake-side cafe. Photo: Mark Ord

A big plus and a relatively rare one for downtown Mae Hong Son is that the set-up also includes a decent sized swimming pool accompanied by plenty of loungers. More chairs and tables are strategically placed around the garden plus there’s an excellent cafe area out front with spacious decking offering what are probably the best views of any in-town accommodation.

Interiors are simple so they’ve managed to keep the admittedly not huge rooms airy and uncluttered and all are spotlessly clean with air-con, TV and WiFi access. Just 14 rooms are on offer and they’re all similar, though there is a choice of twin or double bed formats. While this means there’s a cosy atmosphere and the place won’t get too crowded even when full, it does mean that availability is going to be an issue, in high season particularly.

Rooms can be compact inside.

Rooms can be compact inside. Photo: Mark Ord

Staff members we met seemed efficient and were certainly friendly and helpful and didn’t try and sell us anything—tours, trekking or rafting—other than their rooms. They claim to not apply any seasonal supplements, with rooms priced at a flat 700 baht per room all year, but then they don’t propose ridiculous discounts for low season either. It’s probably a good sign that even during rainy season they’re not that desperate to get punters in.

The rate doesn’t include breakfast but plenty of options lie within an easy walk. Free tea and good coffee are offered to all guests. When we called by in low season there was no restaurant service but hopefully, that will be rectified during busier months since their cafe is a fantastic spot to sit.

A great pool for the money.

A great pool for the money. Photo: Mark Ord

Piya Guesthouse then offers a very convenient location with simple but excellent value rooms for your money. A top spot so book early to avoid disappointment!


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Walk-in rates at Piya Guest House

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con private bathroom
700 baht
700 baht
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 700 baht, high season 700 baht. Notes:

Where is Piya Guest House

Piya Guest House
1/1 Khunlumprapas Soi 3, Jong Kham
T: (053) 611 260
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º58'0.58" E, 19º17'56.03" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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