When people talk about Thailand, they talk about Bangkok and the beaches. I first came to this beautiful city of Chiang Mai back in early 2008 with my mother knowing very little about it. It was a side trip from Burma and our Pilgrimage in India.
My first trip to the northern Thailand had more to do with visiting a man (a physician) who, on his own, started a program near Chiang Rai providing assistance of all kinds including medical care to the hill-tribe people in that area. Though I was only here for a few days I knew within those few days that I could very well and easily live here immersing ourselves in service projects through volunteering with my little family. A year later, in summer of 2009, we returned here as part of our three-month long summer holiday split between the US and Asia.
And now that we have somehow managed to start Team CM on FB that has grown to 120+ friends and have tweeted about Chiang Mai so much that we receive a ton of questions about Chiang Mai. The most frequent questions are “where to stay and what to do” in Chiang Mai.
So the next time we get that question about where to stay we can now simply direct our friends to this regularly updated page of resources. This list is not in any order of preference. Some we found during our search and others are places we know our friends have stayed and liked.
Arrive here in Chiang Mai and you can find a place to stay easily for a few days. If you need a place to stay longer, stay somewhere temporarily (a couple of days) then look for an apartment.
You’ll probably find something below 6,000b per month. You’ll be required to give a down payment of one month of rent. Electricity is usually 6-7b per unit. Water varies with each landlord. We pay 200b per month. Wifi is extra and can cost up to 500b per month.
We will update this list regularly with more specific. As of today, we just want the info to get out there to help our friends, hopefully reduce the anxiety of finding a place to stay. YOU WILL FIND A PLACE. There is plenty to go around here in Chiang Mai.
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Chiang Mai Lodge is nicely tucked away in the back on a street perpendicular to Huay Kaew Road across from Shell Station and Bitter Sweet coffee shop. It is close to Nimmen (popular, hip & trendy part of town) and Kad Suan Kaew Central Mall where you will find a night market on Thurs- Saturday weekly.
Mai Mansion is located close to the YMCA and close to the old city as well. A friend of ours has stayed here and loved it. Has studios and one bedroom apartments. Contact @Dzema for more info about this place.
Huay Kaew Place – It’s on huay kaew road just past huay kaew residence. Not the most westernized decor, but many locals and Asian expats live here, and there are 1 – 2 bedroom apts., in addition to studios, which start at 3,000b/mo. It’s also occupied by many American college students on an annual basis, who are here for service learning projects.
Smith Residence – several friends stayed here. It is right at Chiang Mai gate in the old city, very convenient if you don’t have a motorbike.
Suan Dok Mansion – This is also close to Nimmen and Huay Kaew road. @OurOwnPath stayed here for about one month.
Malin Residence – This is located on Huay Kaew across from CMU, past Canal road. A friend is staying there now and seems to like it a lot. Maybe because it is the night market down below! 🙂
Wa Lai House – Northwest of the moat. We’ve been told this is a great place to stay with lots of cheap eats nearby. Walking distance to Akha Ama Coffee and very close to Thanin Market (which is a great market!)
Sabai Garden – Want to try a traditional, Thai teak house? We have stayed there several times. Owned by Vicky, a well-known Thai Chef, & a hardworking single mom. No Air Con, but has an air blower that you put ice in to cool you and the room. In the cool season, this is all you need. Worked for us, we stayed there in July 2009. Her food is awesome, and there’s space to relax and get a massage. Very close to Chiang Mai Gate.
Gap’s House Our friends @Spunkygirllogue @DriftingKiwi stayed here.
Na Inn Bessie and Kyle of @OurOwnPath stayed here.
BP Chiang Mai – Stayed here in 2008 and 2009. Buffet breakfast included. It’s a large hotel. Not very cozy though like other guesthouses we’ve stayed in.
SK House II @Ccburns @tracy_burns and their kids stayed here and they seemed to like it. Newly remodeled and has a pool and a restaurant. Near Tha Pae Gate.
RCN – a friend is staying there now. It is close to Tha Pae Gate and Somphet market.
Jay Guest House – a friend is currently staying there until Feb. Also near Tha Pae gate. Close to RCN.
Will update this list regularly with more specifics. Email or find us on Got Passport FB page if you have particular questions.
If you’ve stayed in a place you recommend to others in Chiang Mai, please mention it in the comments.
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