Great rooms for a good cause
At the creative and socially responsible Picturebook Guesthouse you can contribute to the Youth Connect migrant education program while settling into some of the best rooms in Mae Sot.
Rooms are set in a two-floor contemporary building with private terraces out the front -- ask for an upper-floor room and you might get a glimpse of the canal that runs behind the tree-lined property.
All rooms come with large hot-water bathrooms, fridges, quality linens on soft beds, windows, desks, free WiFi, some books stacked on shelves, polished concrete walls, wood accents and green-and-blue stained glass for decoration. Deluxe editions also have LCD TVs with over 100 English channels. The lower-floor rooms open onto a garden with places to chill near an eye-catching winged bicycle sculpture.
A common room with chess, more books and lots of info on the local refugee situation doubles as a dining room where fresh coffee and fruit are served as part of the complimentary breakfast. Staffers were some of the friendliest people we met in a generally friendly town.
The only potential disadvantage is The Picturebook’s location at the end of a side street, a 15-minute walk east of downtown, though you will find several cafes and tasty Northern Thai food around the nearby Baan Neua Market. Bicycles are available for cruising into town.
Address: Intarakiree Soi 19, Mae Sot
T: (090) 459 6990;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º34'52.65" E, 16º43'1.93" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||600 baht||600 baht|
|Deluxe double room||800 baht||800 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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