1/1 Khunlumphrapat Soi 3 (official address -- it's really on Pradit Jongkham Rd), Mae Hong Son T: (053) 611 260 F: (053) 612 308
Piya’s occupies a prime piece of real estate in town: right by the edge of picturesque Jongkham lake and opposite the town’s iconic Shan-style wats. The long-running spot hashad a decent makeover, creating rooms and a garden that are back to their best so it’s finally doing the top location justice.
The chalets set around the edge of the garden have had a couple of coats of fresh paint — yellow outside and white in — and all have views of the small but cute garden and the small, but big enough for the number of rooms, swimming pool. Rooms have balconies plus chairs and tables are strategically placed around the garden.
Interiors are simple so they’ve managed to keep the admittedly not huge rooms airy and uncluttered and all are well maintained and spotlessly clean with air-con, TV and WiFi access. Just 14 rooms are offered, and they’re all similar though there is a choice of twin or double beds. 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.
The staff seemed efficient and were certainly friendly and helpful and didn’t try and sell anything — we were offered no tours, no trekking, no 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 didn’t propose ridiculous discounts for low season either, like many places in these parts. 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 is offered to all guests. When we called in low season there was no restaurant service but hopefully that will be rectified during high since their cafe is a fantastic spot to sit. There’s an indoor area and an outside terrace just across the road from the lake, so it’s a lovely spot to sit for a morning coffee or hopefully in the future a cold sundowner.
Piya Guesthouse offers a very convenient location and is solid value for money — it’s a top spot, but book early!
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 11th August, 2015.