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“Had to Give it as it was in, out and most clean; no stress; well oiled older gal” 5 of 5 stars
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Top North Hotel Mae Sai
306 Phaholyothin, , Chaiang Rai, Mae Sai 57130, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 15 Mae Sai B&B and Inns
Istanbul, Turkey
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21 hotel reviews
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“Had to Give it as it was in, out and most clean; no stress; well oiled older gal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The border is so close here. The markets quiet when the border closes at 1900. The markets are just below you. I had to give it an excellent as it is a safe place. My room was not beautiful but most clean. The linen and bed were most clean. I would step out my window and be upon a balcony four floors up where there were chairs to sit upon if you have company. The lights outside the hotel by my room shut off at 2200. I slept well here, people speak English, check-in and check-out are rapid, the price is right and there were absolutely no problems when I stayed here for four or five hundred baht. This hotel has a restaurant and such on the first floor. I will stay here if I return to Thailand ever again.
Techilek on the Burma side was most safe and their construction projects are incredible. Six hours on the main and back streets did present warm welcomes. There were three high school immediately seen and there were adults that were most proficient in English. Techilek appears to be a fine place to go and see what is going on there in the next couple of years as border runs will probably lead you to stay in Techilek for a new experience as it may be most compatible.

Room Tip: I like high up as the view was fine. It was quiet and I did sleep well. The fourth floor has some gr...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I am rating this hotel relative to its peers in which I have stayed over much of SE Asia - no way is it excellent but it has many good features; no way is it very good because there are ways in which it could improve. But if you are spending a couple of nights in Mae Sai (whether that is a good idea or not I will come to) it has the advantage of being both near all the tat markets and to the Myanmar border. So on location it scores highly. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the front desk cannot be faulted. No lift. My third floor room, with a/c (quiet), was clean - but sparse . It lacked that one essential feature, a bed side light. Refrigerator - empty but free bottled water supplied at check-in. Comfortable bedLaundry - done outside, folded, not ironed but very cheap. Breakfast, as it says on the menu, two eggs, bacon or ham and toast plus dubious coffee (Baht 120). No bar but beer from a 'fridge at Baht 50 (Tesco Lotus across the road, Baht 36 for bring in). The main disadvantage is no food after 1800 although staff did offer to cook me a meal at 1900.
If you go left out of the hotel and go left down the road under the frontier bridge there is a river side restaurant.

Mai Sai? The Vias Run guys know it well. Leave Chiang Rai at 0800, into Mai Sai at noon, across the border, in and out and away back to Chiang Rai at 1300.
For the day visitor a trip into Myanmar can take perhaps three hours. From Chiang Rai this is a day trip.
Anyone staying overnight - it is an excellent time to catch upon reading.

Room Tip: Get a room with an outside window even if it hasno view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

A reasonable stay, close to the border, however there was no external window, only a window opening to the hallway. The blinds didn't close properly and the hallway light was on all night. Additionally, I heard noise late into the night. Service was ok, but nothing spectacular. The location was great and the price was good.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Stayed here and was pleased with the staff, the rooms, and the food.
However, they stopped serving food at 6 pm.
The rate for the room was inexpensive with no breakfast but the breakfast was affordable.
Crossing the border early in the morning was easy because of how close the hotel is to the border.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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300 reviews 300 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 106 cities Reviews in 106 cities
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at the top north hotel in pouring rains and entered the lobby as wet as a dripping donkey. The staff were quick to give us a room all at a very competitive rate.
The border gate closed and the traffic in the street immediately died down to a gentle rumble. Our room faced super highway 1 but it was deathly quiet. The beds were comfortable but at times, squeeled loudly. The room is as good as one could ask for, tv, no ac is needed. In fact blankets are supplied in abundance by the lovely owner. Highly recommend. 500 baht

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Afghanistan
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

I stayed here once during a visa run to the border. The front desk staff are very attentive without being intrusive. I stayed in room 307 which has a little balcony overlooking the main road to the immigration building. One would have thought the street noise would be too much but as the border closes around 6pm, the traffic dies away very quickly.

The room itself was clean and tidy, sure its not 5 star by any standard but it was ideal for a stop over. The bed was firm and the linen clean. Ample hot water in the shower and the air conditioning worked well. For a tariff of just 600 baht, I could not fault the place. Be aware that there are no elevators so you will have to climb stairs. But the stairway is very wide and the steps can accomodate the bigger western foot with ease! Plus the exercise will do you good too.

Some how during my over night stay I managed to get tied up with a few other expats, which led to a bit of a long night of drinking and visiting bars and other sites within Mae Sai. This was all good at the time, but by crikey my head suffered in the morning when I had to ride the motorbike. I took off at about 9am which was about 2 hours later than planned. Due to my loss of brain cells (I blame the soda's) I left some clothing and a small change pouch in the room.

The following day when I arrived at my destination, I phoned the hotel and told them about the clothes and change pouch. I explained that I would be doing another visa run in 2 weeks and would pick up the gear then. I didnt actually expect to see any of it again but was greatfully appreciative when I returned back to the Top North Hotel, and the staff had everything in a plastic bag ready for my uplift.

So with that I can recommend this hotel as a great low cost stay with very honest staff. I doubt that you will be disappointed. I will stay again when I decide to do an overnight visa run. Oh and the food is great too, with very fast service.

Room Tip: Go for the rooms with A/C as the humidty in Mae Sae can be a bit over powering at times
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

We stayed at the Top North for about a week in January whilst working nearby. The place is in need of some serious TLC, but the staff are a friendly and helpful bunch who make you feel very welcome.

Our room was a twin-bed with fan, which we paid 400 baht per night for. Not super-cheap but reasonable enough for this town. During the time of year that we stayed (January) there's really no need for air-con. In fact, you may find yourself asking for another blanket. The rooms are quite spartan - there are no soft furnishings beyond the beds. Also the walls are very thin so if you're a light sleeper make sure you take ear plugs. On the plus side, we had a small TV which had one channel showing rolling Hollywood films in English - sometimes this is a real luxury.

The front of the hotel opens up fully onto the street and there's a cafe/ bar area where most guests and others congregate day and night. They serve excellent coffee here. Breakfasts aren't particularly good - they're a bit mean on the muesli portions and toast is of the cheap white bread variety. However, the lunchtime massaman curry is very good and is served in generous portions. In the evenings they stop serving food but are more than happy for guests to buy food from elsewhere and eat it at the hotel.

The staff are very helpful, particularly the chaps who work at the cafe/ bar. We needed somewhere to lock up our hired scooter and they were more than happy to have us use the secure area around the rear of the hotel.

I found that any shortcomings of the hotel itself were made up for by the helpful and friendly manner of the staff. Also there's never a dull moment in the cafe area as lots of strange and surreal characters pass through Maesai constantly. Forget about your slightly rundown room, enjoy your coffee, talk to some passersby and make use of the free and fast-enough wi-fi.

Room Tip: Wi-fi is probably available in the lower rooms, but there's less noise upstairs on the third flo...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 306 Phaholyothin, , Chaiang Rai, Mae Sai 57130, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Mae Sai
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Number of rooms: 9
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