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“Perfect Place in Unbeatable Location!” 5 of 5 stars
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Baan JaJa
7 / 3 Ratchadamnoen Rd Soi 1 | Sriphoom, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Formerly Baan Nud-Kun)   |  
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Ranked #50 of 537 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Perfect Place in Unbeatable Location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This is the best value hotel we've stayed at during our 2 months of travel in SE Asia!

Pros:
The rooms are clean.

The staff is extremely friendly and helpful.

It's completely non-smoking.

The breakfast is a basic continental breakfast but is nice. Free tea & coffee all day in addition to the 2 bottles of water provided each day. Communal fridge.

The location is UNBEATABLE - it's close to everywhere you'll want to visit and the restaurants on Soi 1 are some of the best we tried in the city (Cooking Love & the fish place by Cherm are awesome!). I can't recommend the massage parlors on Soi 1 though - they were disappointing. Instead go to the women's prison (best we had!) or the place tucked back off the main walking road between the coffee shop and the Chinese restaurant.

The common area is relaxing and a great place to chat with other travelers. We mostly met people ages 30-50. It was a quiet place to stay.


Cons:
They only clean the rooms every 3 days and change the sheets every 7 days. Our trash was always overflowing so I had to empty it ourselves so it didn't stink up the room. We wished they at least emptied the trash each day.

Both wifi signals were spotty in our room on the second floor. The signal showed strong wifi, but it didn't always work. We didn't have this problem when we moved to the first floor - wifi there was great!

Room Tip: Wifi is much better on the first floor. We had problems with wifi on the second floor.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stayed in a double room with air-con. The room was basic. It had a wardrobe and some hooks for storage. The toilet was separate from the shower, which is definitely a good thing. Most places in Asia have wet rooms that usually take ages to dry. There were some uneasant odours coming up the drains and a few mosquitoes due to the fact the room had a few gaps in the windows.

The hotel itself is very pleasant with a nice communal area that has a couple of hammocks as well as free tea and coffee. We didn't have the breakfast as it consisted of bread and fruit. Instead we chose to eat at The Angel Bakery just up the road.

When we stayed there were dogs barking at night and early in the morning - this may not be a common thing but if you are a light sleeper this could affect you.

Overall, this was a fairly pleasant stay, nothing special but slightly above average. If I could I'd rate it 3.5.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We originally booked for two nights as we were going to stop on the other side of the city for the remaining two but this was so good that we thought there was no point in leaving. Rooms are clean, beds comfy and the showers hot. The location is perfect for the Sunday night market and also not too far from the night bazaar. Favourite excursion whilst here has to be the elephant trip with a waterfall trip and white water rafting for 1200bhat. Well worth the money.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Having stayed here for three nights, I have grown very fond of Ja-Ja. While nothing to look at at first, it makes up for the nondescript, institutional feel of its cement quarters with an airy, hammock-equipped outdoor sitting area and some funky interior touches at better prices than many of the guest houses next-door. While many backpackers, such as myself, stay there, the vibe is mature, not "backpackery", with a diverse mix of ages and nationalities. The location, on a quiet side alley near the Thapae Gate off the central Ratchadamoen St., is unbeatable, a stone's throw from tons of restaurants, coffee shops, and the famous Sunday "Walking Market", which I suggest you plan your stay for if you like to shop (or eat, for that matter).
While the included breakfast is thorough and the all-day free coffee and tea are a bonus for a caffeine addict like myself, it's the incredibly friendly and helpful attitude of the staff who helped arrange tickets and stored my (huge) bags in their office during a side-trip that made this place a more memorable stay than a longer stay at a nearby guesthouse whose more beautiful grounds were negated by the management's unhappy mien.

If you're on a budget this place is a sure bet for a convenient, inexpensive, and quiet night's sleep.

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We passed by this place when looking for budget accomodation around here and really loved it. Initially we thought it a bit too expensive but comparing to other GHs in the area we learned that the 500 THB fan room are an extremely good deal, considering it includes a good breakfast buffet in the nice, cozy patio, even with very good coffee!
Fan rooms are on 3 rd floor, which is our preference due to some view you get from there.
The room itself is decent size with attached bath, towels, blankets, soap and all very clean. Every day you get 2 bottles of water, and in the patio you can prepare tea/coffee the whole day. Wifi coverage is very good with strong signal everywhere due to a router on each floor.
Lastly I want to say that also the staff is extremely friendly and helpful with good English skills.
Definitely a place to recommend!

Room Tip: A/C rooms on ground floor and 2nd floor only. 3rd floor fan rooms definitely recommended if you pref...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pinjarra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We stayed here a few years ago, (under its previous name) and had fingers crossed that it was still as good as we remembered. We were not let down. It was clean, quiet and comfortable. We have often stayed in similarly, cheap, aged, basic places on our ventures through Asia, but they fall short of the standard set here. It doesn’t take much to keep a place clean and tidy and Baan Ja Ja is an example on how to do it. Its location is well situated and the staff we found to be friendly and helpful. Will stay here again if and when we come through Chiang Mai again

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Having stayed here 3 years ago (it was called Baan Nad Khun then) we decided to stay again this year. The new owners and staff are indeed very nice. The rooms are basic but comfortable. The free breakfast is also basic but decent. The wifi is fine. Baan Jaja is also walking distance to almost everything. But is enough off the main road that is was quiet. The only downside is the open windows on the fan rooms ensure that if you have very noisy neighbors you will hear everything they are saying. We would stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 2nd or 3rd floor to get away from the noise of the common area.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7 / 3 Ratchadamnoen Rd Soi 1 | Sriphoom, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Formerly Baan Nud-Kun)
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Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 537 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Top among its kind, we offer high quality accommodation and great service. Our location is hard to beat: a 3-minute walk from Tha Pae Gate, and in a walking distance to local markets, banks, restaurants, and the city's main attractions, Wat Jedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh, Tha Pae Boxing Stadium to name a few. Guests stay during the weekend can also enjoy the renowned Sunday walking street practically right next door. We offer you both air-conditioned and fan rooms, all with en-suite bathroom (shampoo and soap provided), blankets and towels. Free services include FREE WIFI available in the room and public area, FREE one bottle of drinking water per person per day, FREE coffee and tea in our common area, with a common refrigerator, a microwave oven, and a toaster, and FREE afternoon snacks/fruits of the season. Other service with minimal charges include laundry, computer/printing service, and tour bookings. ... more   less 
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