Location: Old city, near the Tha Pae Gate (handy for Sunday street market)
Price range: 800-2200B per night, depending on room type
Baan Hanibah is a middle of the road bed and breakfast, located in the north-east corner of the old city in Chiang Mai, not far from the Tha Pae Gate and in easy walking distance of lots of markets, bars and restaurants. The night bazaar is only a 10 minute walk away and there are lots of “gourmet” eateries nearby as well as places to hire cars, scooters, bicycles, etc.
Baan Hanibah is one of the older guest houses in Chiang Mai, having been built in 1957 when only intrepid travellers made it this far north. Built in the Lanna style with lots of teak wood panelling, Baan Hanibah was once two separate buildings – a house for the owners ( two doctors, Tee and Nai) and guest rooms for visitors – but these are now joined by a covered verandah. According to the website, the owner actually went into the teak forests of Chiang Dao and personally felled the trees and cut the logs to build Baan Hanibah. Recent renovations in 2007 helped to flood-proof the building (handy given events in 2010) and added 10 new bedrooms, a dining room, a living room and a library.
Rooms and rates at Baan Hanibah
The rooms at Baan Hanibah are all well equipped with a flatscreen cable TV, air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom, solar hot water, free bottled water, a digital safe and free WiFi internet. The common facilities include a library, internet PCs in the lobby, a coffee/tea corner, an ironing room, a shared fridge and pantry, a garden area to relax in and a bicycle for rent. As well as the garden there is a deck on the second floor where you can relax and chat with other guests.
- Single rooms are 800B per night
- Double or twin rooms are 1250B per night
- Family rooms are 2200B per night
The rooms are all of a good size, with a clean, homely feel and the beds are comfortable. Being on a side street, it’s reasonably quiet and peaceful. All room rates include a buffet breakfast with chicken and rice, cereals, egg sandwiches, fresh fruit and yogurt. Biscuits and fruit are available all day in the common area.
The downside of Baan Hanibah
Very popular place, so it can be hard to get in, especially in peak season. Check for availability for your dates. Some rooms at the front can be a bit noisy due to passing motorbikes and tuk-tuks. Walls are a bit thin, so there can be some noise from adjacent rooms.