Hello there! I've been studying in Chiang Mai for a bit, and my mum's coming over for a visit. The guesthouse's I've been staying in are quite basic and I was looking for a nice one for her visit, clean, inexpensive, friendly staff, in an interesting area with good places to eat. I've heard good things about the Kavil, but any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
#1 myrhmaid has been a member since 30/11/2007. Posts: 12
Have stayed at Julie's twice now. Rooms overlooking the gardens are quite nice. My wife and I stayed there this year (2008) and she quite liked it. Is quiet as it is on a side street. Can get traditional western breakfast there or just out on the street can get a Thai breakfast for about 30-50 baht for two people.
#3 teacherdavids has been a member since 30/1/2007. Posts: 7
Couldn't agree more with teacherdavids, staying at Julie right now and have been for the last few days, I was paying 80 baht a night for a single, (a little small) but still clean and comfortable, the atmosphere is really nice and the food is cheap and tasty.
#4 wellswall has been a member since 23/9/2007. Posts: 2
I'm going to Chiang Mai in October and I've got a question about Lek Guesthouse. The prices on their website seem incredibly low. I've been told that some guesthouses don't charge much for accomodation but expect you to sign up for a trek and get pretty nasty if you don't. Is Lek Guesthouse like this?
#5 mic59 has been a member since 30/7/2008. Posts: 107
I'm not aware of Lek being a particularly bad case in regards trekking pressure, but generally speaking the cheapest places in CM are selling you a room at a loss, expecting to make money either on you eating there, or more likely booking a tour with them.
Try Eliebum, run by a very cool young owner, Gade. The rooms are humongous and tastefully decorated. Also try the coffeeshop downstairs as well as the giftshop... if only I had more room in my suitcase....
Free breakfast, wi-fi... great value.
Chiang Mai, 50200
tel: +66 (0) 53814723 or +66 (0) 850187400.
#7 AppleGirl has been a member since 31/7/2008. Posts: 2
Thanks for the tip, AppleGirl. Elliebum certainly looks luxurious and THB1000 certainly isn't expensive. Only problem is that I'll be in Thailand for 40 days so I'll have to be staying at cheaper places. But it certainly looks like a place I'll consider if I go for a shorter holiday sometime.
#8 mic59 has been a member since 30/7/2008. Posts: 107
I've booked into Tri Gong Residence for next March. It looks very nice, it's small, the price is right, and the location is excellent - Central.
#9 daawgon has been a member since 17/4/2007. Posts: 1,114
I stayed at Julie's when I was in Chang Mai and I was underwhelmed. The travelers I met there were great (because it's a LP recommendation everyone knows about it) but the rooms were OK and the staff were kind of rude to people not trekking. I'd stay elsewhere and hangout at Julie's but that's just my opinion.
#10 smartso has been a member since 11/4/2008. Posts: 13
I just left Chiang Mai, was there a week and stayed at the most friendly geusthouse I have come across while traveling SEA for 3 months. It's called The KRISTIE GUESTHOUSE. The rooms were clean and spacious and cheap. 200 BAHt twin share with fan. Most of all the owners were so very helpful and friendly and all tyhe tours booked through them were the cheapest and highest quality I could find. HIghly recomened!
#11 Brookie81 has been a member since 25/1/2008. Posts: 2
I absolutely love CM Blue House.. have stayed there both times I have been in Thailand, and the second time it was like coming home. The staff are fantastic.. and the rooms are a bargain
See www.therealcentreoftheuniverse.com We spent three nights there recently - they have a huge swimming pool, and after we had spent a few nights in what we discovered was a very noisy part of town (outdoor karaoke bars competing with each other on who had the biggest amplifiers!) the tranquility of the pool and gardens was absolute bliss!
#14 thaiyaikit has been a member since 20/9/2008. Posts: 32
Since you need a place for our mother how about this hotel - the MONTRI - it is located right across from the Thapae Gate. Various priced rooms.
I used this place several times. Easy walk to night market, on some days there is a flea market right across the street at the Thapae Gate. Good restaurants around there too, internet shops and Seven Eleven type stores.
#15 sirhalberd has been a member since 30/12/2007. Posts: 295
Rux-Thai on Loi Kroh Soi 1, Tiana Guest House i believe off Kotchasarn Road a block or two north of Loi Kroh near the coffee cafe.
#17 wheeladventure has been a member since 26/9/2008. Posts: 6
i will 2nd the MONTRI FOR YOUR MUM
its got a lift and security hangs around 24/7
and its location. HOW CAN SHE GET LOST THERE?
in FEB 08 I PAID 700BT W/ NO BREAKFAST.DOUBLE A/C
Ps People have been ripped of at kristie by using their safe. What pile of USA $...
what $ IN OUR SAFE.?... MAI MEE.......no HAVE.................. we can find drugs in your room you know. what $.....tHAI JAIL FOR YOU
THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED I MET THE GUY. I HAD STAYED AT kRISTIES 3 TIMES.. LUCKY I GOT NO MONEY...
WHEN A TAXI DRIVER NOT RECCOMEND A PLACE SOMETIMES HES SAVING YOUR BACON.
#18 nedz has been a member since 14/9/2008. Posts: 26
I'm planning on staying at 3 sisters in Dec
#19 clb76 has been a member since 21/9/2008. Posts: 8
Hi im heading of to chang mai in a few weeks and i keep hearing about this pressure to trek with the hostel you stay at!
how bad is this and are they actually rude to u if you dont book with them? i want to use a company that is good not just the first one i find!
any recommendations for a cheap hostel that does have a good trekking reputation? as this would solve my worries!
cheers, love this website
#20 mrkarlholland has been a member since 17/1/2008. Posts: 9
It's not rude at all. Don't ever let staff at ANY guest house pressure you to book any sort of activity through them.
When I was there I just got a map, rented a moped and we did it alone.
However, if you do want to do it with an organized group there might be suggestions on this website somewhere (or on another reputable travel website).
I am not sure about their trekking reputation, but I really must suggest CM Blue house. It's such a charming establishment, a nice area, fair prices and friendly owners. If they do offer trekking I would trust these guys, if they don't, they would give you a good suggestion.
Cheers, happy travels!!
Although I haven't been on their tours, CM Blue House does offer extensive ones.
Love to know how the tours are if you end up going on them.
#22 myrhmaid has been a member since 30/11/2007. Posts: 12
Go for Your House Guest House.
Staff r friendly and helpful.
Location near to Thae Pae Gate
Beside Juliet Guesthouse.
They have different housing with choice of House1, house2 or house3.
me and 2 friends, we stay in House3, at 550Baht per nite. (she gave us a further 10% discount)
Private Bathroom with hot water and tub.
Spring Mattress with bed frame.
They do offer laundry service, and offer tours(trekking,waterfall n tribes visitng, elephants ride, white water rafting and many more.)
#23 tanbowei has been a member since 19/11/2008. Posts: 3
during my previous trip, they offer to pick us up at the ChiangMai Airport, free of charge.
I really enjoyed myself during the 4 days trip to ChiangMai, staying in Your House GuestHouse.
The one day tour that they help us sign up were great (Panda Tour )
Elephant Ride in the Jungle.
#24 tanbowei has been a member since 19/11/2008. Posts: 3
It is besides Eagle House, not Julie Guesthouse
#25 tanbowei has been a member since 19/11/2008. Posts: 3
Alternatively, you could all come on over to My Place...
#27 whatshername has been a member since 15/11/2008. Posts: 5