Cheap and Nice Backpacker Guesthouse in Chiang Mai
This 99-room hotel in the city center of Chiang Mai, is perfect for the backpacker. There are good cheap rooms 600 Baht and under. Rooms come in three carigories - fan, air, and new air and the difference between them ia only around 250 Baht. The hotel has a travel center and internet center, great for arranging transportation and trips. There is also a pool to cool down in. The hotel is located by the city center, walking distance from many banks restaurants, bazaars, wats, etc... Pool, Restaurant (Chinese and Thai), Safty Box, Car rental, Travel Agency, Inetrnet Center.
Chiang Mai - Top North Guesthouse
This place is called a Guesthouse, but it's more like a hotel, complete with a pool. It's actually pretty nice and decent, if you want to forego the whole charming, family-run guesthouse feel.
The staff is friendly and nice, the rooms are spacious and clean.
We stayed in a:
double with AC
soap, towels were provided
private bathroom with hot water
breakfast not provided
250Baht per night per person Location is pretty decent too - pretty close to the Night Bazaar (maybe 7 minutes walking).
Really really good value for money
After searching around for accomodation that was in our budget, available and somewhere we actually wanted to stay. We found T-room guesthouse which is amazing. For 350B a night it almost leaves me speachless as to how good it is. It's set in a modern (yet doesn't stand out) building with modern, bright rooms. Reasonably sized room, cable TV, small balcony with views of the hills, attached modern very clean bathroom (via the balcony), large double bed, good security and no obvious strip lights. Other than not having a purple bedspread as shown in the website, it is how it looks. If you need the use of a swimming pool just pop over the road to Top North Guesthouse and use theirs for 100B a day (They wanted 400B for a room that just doesn't compare to ours). Really really good value for money. Very clean and comfortable.
If you want a break from Thai food, go for Italian. This is an excellent restaurant located right by the Top North Guest House Hotel in Chiang May city. An Italian man owns it and the chefs are Italian. The food is excellent and you can get many Italian types of pasta, pizza, and other food. Although it is not a symbol of Chiang Mai's culture, I just had to mention it, the food is too good. Pastas, Pizza, and other Italian food all for under 350 Baht.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
"Chiang Mai Introduction"
The city of Chiang Mai lies at the foothills of the Himalayas, in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai city contains many wats and exciting sites and activities. The Night Bazaar, Day Market, and Wat PhraThat Doi Suthep provide excitement during the day and night. A visit to Ban On Luai is also a must for a day and night, here Thai life and culture will be experienced. Why not volunteer in On Luai by helping out at the wat or teaching? Things do to and see in Chiang Mai city and the surrounding areas include: The mountain wat, Wat PhraThat Doi Suthep, city tour by pedicab, playing football, Thai life, meditation, night bazaar, day market, and walk through rice patties.
"Accommodation and Links"
Hotel: Top North Guest House
Address: 15 Moon Muang Road, Soi 2, Muang, Chiang Mai
Phone: 0-5327-8900, 0-5327-8684
Information Website: www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/chiang_mai_hotel/top_north_guesthouse/
Reservation: Bangkok reservation
120/37 Phyathai, Rachaprarop Road, (near Indra Regent Hotel)
Rajtavee, Bangkok, 10400 Tel: +66 (0) 2251 8448, +66 (0) 2252 2967 Fax: +66 (0) 2252 2967
Chiang Mai Costs:
Accommodation: $5.00 p/day ($10.00 single)
Food: $3.00 p/meal
Excursion: $2.00 p/day
Local Transportation: $15.00 p/day
Transportation to Vientiane: $15.00
Top North Guest House and others
i will be heading chiang mai end of the year. have been reading alot of reading online and have more or less zero in on one of these guest houses. we will be travelling with 2 children, 4 and 8, so would appreciate any kind of feedback on how "family-friendly" are these guest houses?
1. Top North Guest House
2. Tapae Place
3. Paradise Guest House
4. Chiang Mai Thai House
I think these guest houses dont include breakfast in their room rates, but can anyone comment on their breakfast?
Does anyone have the email of Paradise because the one on their website keeps bouncing back - some kind of error, it seems. There seems to be very little review on this one also ...
Chiang Mai Thai House, I believe, is very NEW, so new that they have not responded to my many emails. Anyone been there before?
RE: Top North Guest House and others
Hi there, sorry but I haven't been in CM before but like you exploring digitally the area. Found a site which might contain useful information. Hope it helps a little.
Check it out and have fun preparing your trip.
RE: Top North Guest House and others
hi, ive stayed at the top north very good for kids of any age,and they have a very good swimming pool + the price of the room is ok , dave
Visit to Chiang Mai
Thank you for the information. I really appreciate it. I have another question.
I am not sure whether to stay at the Star Hotel or Paradise Hotel & Guesthouse. Please give me your comments on these two hotels especially their distance to the night bazaar. Star Hotel is nearer but Paradise Hotel looks like a nice place to stay.
RE: Visit to Chiang Mai
Try Pornpin Hotel. Its near the night bazaar.
Other hotels you can try are
1) Tarin Hotel
2) Holiday Garden
3) Top North Guest House
4) Top North Hotel
5) Lotus Hotel
6) Suriwongse Hotel
I have booked Lotus Hotel as its the only hotel that connected to a shopping centre with night bazaar easily reached by tuk-tuk (public transport).
Has anyone here stayed at The Top North HOTEL? Any feedback, pro or con? Any suggestions for a NICE clean hotel with a pool that gets sun all or most of the day? We will be 6 nights in Chiang Mai after a 6 week stay in other parts of Thailand. Want something not TOO expensive, but clean and nice.
I've stayed at the Top North Guesthouse and have also visited the Top North Hotel and found them a bit dated, especially the gueshtouse. Might try the Awawana on the small lane on the backside of the Montri Hotel. Small pool but very clean and cheaper.
I stayed at the Top North and it was decent, lame breakfast but good location near night market, OK pool and acceptable service. Enjoy!
stay at the Peoples place hotel, just down from the Adanac Night Food Bazaar, where the Night Bazaar is, it is 600 baht, or stay at the Night Bazaar Place Hotel, very good, and convenient,,,800 baht per night...
last year I stayed at Smile house 1, inside the moat. It is a very budget friendly place with a cute small pool (I think about 450-800B. They also have their own cooking school. They had a more high end hotel, Smile House 2, just outside the Moat, South of the Thai Pae gate that I think also had a pool, maybe twice the price of the other location.