Photo: Pick up a book and relax.

Baan Sangheaun

Small, friendly and excellent value

35/3 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, opposite the entrance to Wat Pa Kham, Wiang Tai T: (086) 180 4443  https://www.facebook.com/Aomsin0861804443/

Baan Sangheaun

Our rating:

Small, cosy and friendly, with an unbeatable location, Baan Sangheaun (the ‘Light House’) is one of our clear budget faves in Pai.



Every time we visit we half expect Baan Sangheaun, (or Sang Heaun), to have been converted into some boutique style garden resort but it’s still going strong with bargain priced, old-style backpacker chalets laid out around what must be one of the most sort after pieces of real estate in Pai.

Throwbacks to another era.

Throwbacks to another era. Photo: Mark Ord

You’ll find it at approximately the halfway mark on the lower section of Chaisongkran Road, right next to Wat Pha Kham. Chalets are set far enough back from the main road, in a spacious and shady garden with mature trees, that you wouldn’t realise Walking Street was only 20 metres away. With just a half dozen of their excellent value chalets, it can be difficult to find vacancies here at any time of year, and as it’s pretty much a one-woman show you may also need to be patient to find the reception desk staffed as well.

There’s a small communal area around the desk with local info, used books and a few chairs and tables surrounded by a lawn around which are dotted the wooden chalets. The rooms themselves are fairly small, certainly rustic but comfortable enough and clean with small balconies, WiFi access and ensuite bathrooms. One chalet comes with air-con and cable TV—the rest are fan cooled—but all have en-suite hot-water showers. Interiors are simple but better maintained than the fading exteriors may suggest and the room we checked came with a rather fetching Micky Mouse duvet cover.

All-round fetching rooms.

All-round fetching rooms. Photo: Mark Ord

Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but they do offer free water, tea and coffee to guests. If you visited Pai 30 years ago you would have stayed somewhere like this. Today it’s a tranquil and green oasis in a prime location, so long may it last.

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Baan Sangheaun
35/3 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, opposite the entrance to Wat Pa Kham, Wiang Tai
T: (086) 180 4443 
https://www.facebook.com/Aomsin0861804443/
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'36.83" E, 19º21'33.94" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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