Location: Old city, near the Chiang Mai Gate (handy for Saturday street market)
Price range: 1800-3500Bt per night
About Pak Chiang Mai guest house
The first thing you’ll notice about Pak Chiang Mai is the lush tropical garden where you’ll see other guests lazing about, having a Thai massage or planning their day on a wireless laptop computer. When you arrive, the owner (Noon) will sit you down here with a cup of delicious herbal tea while your room is sorted out. Then she’ll help you to your room and show you all the facilities.
Breakfast for two is included in the room rate, but like many such “free breakfasts” in Thailand it’s not going to leave you over-full … but you can ask for seconds. Snacks and drinks are provided in your room, and Noon will arrange another delicious cup of herbal tea in your room at the end of the day.
Noon will help you to organize good deals for tours, day trips, scooter or car hire, Thai cooking classes, etc. She will also pick you up from the airport and drop you back at the airport on request. And Pak Chiang Mai has a couple of bicycles available for guests to use during their stay.
Pak Chiang Mai’s a great place to relax and unwind, especially if you’re coming from the hurly-burly of Bangkok or the crowd press of Phuket. If you don’t happen to have a laptop computer to enjoy the free WiFi internet, there are two desktop PCs available for use by guests. There is also a great reading library including some handy travel books and CDs you can take back to your room to play on the CD player provided. And if you’re stressed from your trip so far, Noon can arrange a relaxing Thai massage for about 250B.
As well as breakfast (make sure you try the sticky rice and mango), Pak Chiang Mai serves lunch and dinner in the courtyard at very reasonable prices. But there are plenty of other options nearby too. The location is also handy because there are two 7-Eleven stores close by to grab essential supplies, as well as banks to grab some extra cash.
For guests travelling with young children, there a kids play area just off the courtyard garden of Pak Chiang Mai, so you can get a break and relax with a good book.
Rooms and rates at Pak Chiang Mai
- The “standard room” is 1800Bt per night. The room consists of a queen sized bed with air-conditioning, CD player, telephone and ceiling fan.
- The “premium room” is 2400Bt per night and consists of a king size bed or two king single beds with air-conditioning, CD player, telephone and ceiling fan. An extra guest over 12 can stay in this room for an extra 400Bt per night.
- The “Chiang Mai Suite” is 3500Bt per night and consists of a luxury suite in the Lanna style with teak furniture and a king size bed, air-conditioning, CD player, telephone and ceiling fan.
Each tariff quoted is for two people (one child under 12 can stay free). Each room has an ensuite bathroom with shampoo and shower gel provided and the towels are changed daily. There are also complimentary snacks and tea provided in the room. The tariff includes a healthy home-made breakfast for two, wireless internet access and room cleaning daily.
The downside of Pak Chiang Mai
The design of the main building at Pak Chiang Mai is such that when you are in the bathroom it can be quite noisy and you can overhear the conversations of other guests (who, likewise, can overhear yours too). This is not uncommon in Thai guest houses. Noon also charges a 4% surcharge if you pay by credit card (becoming more common now). Also, the rooms have high, uncurtained windows that let in a lot of light from the hallways and outside areas, which may give you trouble sleeping. But the beds are extremely comfortable, so once you get to sleep you should be well rested. If you happen to get a room at the front of the building, traffic noise can be an issue – but it’s a fairly quiet street.