Photo: A warm welcome indeed.

Charlie’s House

Replete with a much improved make-over

9 Rungsiyanon Rd, next door to the Krungthai Bank, Wiang Tai T: (053) 699 039(081) 881 5022  

Charlie’s House

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Our previous write up suggested the very longstanding Charlie’s House had clearly seen better days so it’s good to see the old family run Pai institution has received a much needed and successful makeover.



Goodbye grungy dorms and gloomy huts and hello cute garden and airy courtyard rooms. It is still tucked away and easy to miss with just a concrete driveway leading off Rungsiyanon to the wonderful old teak reception building but it’s much more worthwhile making the effort to find it these days. (Entrance is down the driveway by the Krungthai Bank.)

Clean and simple rooms.

Clean and simple rooms. Photo: Mark Ord

The new look Charlie’s has a courtyard behind the old reception with plenty of plants dotted around and most of the older, ramshackle constructions have been demolished to create a brighter, lighter and far more agreeable space. An impressive gateway now leads into a second courtyard around which are positioned the single storey room blocks. Gate, garden wall and exteriors are all painted in a sort of Mediterranean reddish-ochre shade and each room comes with a small balcony and brand new deckchairs and table.

Interiors are a paler version of the same colour and though Spartan in decor are clean, bright and comfortable. Some come with air-con, others with fan but all have ensuite hot water bathrooms and new beds and mattresses. There’s travel info and used books in reception, WiFi throughout and obliging staff as ever. Always well positioned, Charlie’s has gone from a slightly grungy plan B to a top budget option and with very restrained high season supplements is an excellent recommendation at any time of year.

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Charlie’s House
9 Rungsiyanon Rd, next door to the Krungthai Bank, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 039(081) 881 5022  
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'28.43" E, 19º21'33.2" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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