Location: Old city, near the Tha Pae Gate (handy for Sunday street market)
Category: Character guest house
Rates: 500-600 Bt
Baan JaJa (formerly Baan Nud Kun) pitches itself as a “green guesthouse”, encouraging guests to recycle, re-using what ever they can and providing a green, environmentally conscious outlook. The rooms at Baan Ja Ja are basic but include a fan (500B) or air-conditioning (600B), an ensuite bathroom with soap, shampoo and toilet paper, towels, blankets and two bottles of drinking water a day.
The stylish common area has WiFi internet, an internet corner with public computers, hammocks to laze around in, more than 30 varieties of coffee and tea, a shared fridge, microwave, toaster, sink and kitchenware, an express laundry service, a book corner, parking for bicycles and motorbikes, a variety of board games and a bicycle for rent.
Baan Ja Ja is one of the character guesthouses in Chiang Mai, basic but spotlessly clean, relaxing and friendly. Hosts Tao, Nud and Ariwan have some odd conventions like making you leave your shoes outside the room, adding an extra 50B to the room rate if you only stay one night and making you wash your own dishes, but on the other hand they do let you prepare your own food and keep your supplies in the common fridge.
The owners are ready and willing to help out with tours, travel arrangements, onward bookings and hiring what you need. They can also arrange honest, English-speaking tuk-tuk drivers to ferry you around during your stay or take you to special places.
Rooms and rates at Baan Ja Ja
The rooms are fairly spartan but large and airy, the beds are comfortable and clean, with soft fluffy pillows, clean blankets and good air-con if you pay the extra 100B. The bed linen and towels are only changed every third day, to protect the environment.
Tao and Nud like to make guests at Baan Ja Ja feel at home and part of the family. They go out of their way to help and provide the best possible service for their guests. Even if you have a pretty good plan for your stay in Chiang Mai, share it with them as they will help you to make the most of what this charming town has on offer.
Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but you can always cook yourself some toast in the kitchenette and there is usually a fruit platter to share and a selection of about 30 teas, so you can make a cuppa any time you please.
The rooms are all non-smoking, but there is a small smoking area off the garden for those who must.
Baan Ja Ja is located in a small lane just off Ratchdamnoen Road near the east wall and Tha Pae Gate is very convenient for most people, especially if you like to go out at night as there are lots of pubs and clubs nearby.
There is a pleasant surprise if you stay for more than a week – a 10% discount on the room rate!
The downside of Baan Ja Ja
Mosquitos seem to be a problem at Baan Ja Ja Chiang Mai guest house, mainly because of the lush greenery around the building. They do get into the rooms, so pack some mossie repellent (or ask Tao as there’s usually some available). The place next door has noisy dogs that might keep some people awake.