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Huan Saran Guesthouse

Very central, hugely popular

117 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai T: (080) 805 3780(087) 988 2115

Huan Saran Guesthouse

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Smartly run, two-storey Huan Saran Guesthouse sits at the river end of Chaisongkran, and is a hugely popular spot year-round.

There’s not much to the place: A small reception with a few tables outside, an upstairs row of wooden rooms and a downstairs row of concrete dorms, but in this case simple is effective. The very central location is a big plus for those who value being in the thick of things over peace and quiet, and as they do clearly target the younger, bucket of vodka/Red Bull crowd, it’s not going to be to everyone’s taste.

Dorms lined up all in a row.

Dorms lined up all in a row. Photo: Mark Ord

Their tiny front-of-house bar and cafe is also popular for shooting the breeze over a morning coffee or meeting the co-residents over a cold beer in the evenings. Indeed when we last passed they had a Thai lad twanging away on a guitar too. The smartly dressed owner was doing a good job of mingling and staff generally appeared relaxed and friendly. Their cafe/bar does close at midnight but you can’t do much about someone staggering home from Don’t Cry at three in the morning.

Rooms are split between dormitories downstairs and private ones above. The dorms we saw were standard looking with all the usual dorm pros and cons and communal bathroom facilities, while cleaned regularly, are always dependant on the person who used it before you. The ones we saw were all eight-bed with four bunks, but they do advertise a four-bed one which is useful if you’re travelling with a few friends. Each dorm room has a table and chairs outside which is a good touch.

Easy to find

Easy to find Photo: Mark Ord

Private rooms on the first floor were simple but clean and comfortable. While low season rates are fair enough, we did baulk at an excessive high season price. It’s basically a fancy backpacker guesthouse with some 30 punters squeezed into dorms underneath and 1,500 baht struck us as a bit of a cheeky price tag for a private room up top.

WiFi functions well throughout, and helpful staff plus plenty of traveller information makes this a good choice if you’re on a budget and don’t mind dorms—especially if you don’t want to stay at one of the cheapo joints across the river where you’d have to rely on a rented motorbike every day or face a long walk. We’re more sceptical about the private rooms as you’ll find a bunch of alternatives at similar prices in both seasons.

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Walk-in rates at Huan Saran Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
200 baht
300 baht
Dbl air-con private bathroom
600 baht
1,500 baht
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 200 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 600 baht, high season 1,500 baht. Notes:

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Where is Huan Saran Guesthouse

Huan Saran Guesthouse
117 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (080) 805 3780(087) 988 2115
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'40.92" E, 19º21'32.01" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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