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Please help...Yaang Come Village or Manathai?

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Please help...Yaang Come Village or Manathai?

I am visiting Thailand in June for the first time with my husband and 2 daughters, ages 11 & 8. We can stay at either of these hotels, in 2 deluxe rooms, for about the same price. Your opinions are greatly appreciated!

One other option is Baan Orapin, in 2 junior suites in the back, for less money. (FYI, my kids are great travellers, having been to Europe several times & to China last year, and are looking forward to Chang Mai in particular!) Thanks for any advice!

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1. Re: Please help...Yaang Come Village or Manathai?

Between YCV and Manathai : YCV better in everyway. I think Manathai got it wrong with its current rates, they should be in the price range of Tamarind, and even so, Tamarind would be better.

I won't go into comparing YVC and Baan Orapin (again) it's just not the same category of accommodation. It depends on your budget and if you consider important to have a pool.

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2. Re: Please help...Yaang Come Village or Manathai?

Hi. We just spent 4 nights in Baan Orapin from May 5-9. We have 3 children ages 14, 11 and 9 and we stayed in the 2 junior suites at the new back building. We absolutely loved it! We are now in Phuket at the Sawasdee Village, and before Chiangmai we were at Marriott Singapore and stayed in the execuplus suite of Pathumwan Princess in Bangkok. Among all these places, Baan Orapin comes out on top of our favorites list. Even my kids voted Baan Orapin as their #1 favorite despite the absence of a pool. The rooms are just lovely and had everything we needed. We were sorry at the end of our stay that we hadn't planned a longer Chiangmai stay. I think your 2 daughters will feel like princesses sleeping in their 4 poster bed. I know mine did.

Aside from the very charming and comfortable rooms, Opas and Air, the owners, really made us feel very welcome. They were very helpful with arranging our tours. And the tours we've booked with them were really good! The best value for money so far in our entire Thailand trip.

I had a chance to visit Yaang Come Village and Tamarind Village. Both are also very nice. But for the price difference, I'll definitely stay in Baan Orapin again. I can't say you can't compare these hotels with a bed and breakfast because the junior suites in the new building of Baan Orapin are in the category of a boutique hotel IMHO. I didn't get a chance to see the other rooms of Baan Orapin as they were always fully booked so i can't comment on them. But the 2 junior suites on the ground floor of the new rear building were just great. And for the chance to meet Opas and Air, and to be served breakfast by an always smiling Pepsi, Baan Orapin is more that worth it!

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3. Re: Please help...Yaang Come Village or Manathai?

I have just returned from two weeks in Thailand with my wife and two daughters aged 9 and 10. We stayed at the YCV in the family room. I can not comment on the other hotels but we had a fantastic time the hotel is like an oasis in the middle of the town. Literally one minute walk from the night market yet suprisingly quite. The family room is made up of a large double bedroom with two single beds in the main living area. All built to a very high standard. The pool was safe with waiter service for drinks and great food, try the chicken satay my children loved it. We all loved the hotel and the kids especially loved the pool area and shopping.

If your family fancy a trip to see elephants please try to visit the Elephant Nature Park for at least a day your children will thank you for an experience you will not forget

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4. Re: Please help...Yaang Come Village or Manathai?

Thank you for all of your wonderful replies. We are booked at YCV in 2 deluxe rooms, as the family room was unavailable. I am very happy with this choice, as I feel a strong need to have a pool for my daughters to utilize. I also liked the location of this hotel on paper.

As for activities, I am only in the beginning of my planning stages. Our must sees include: Elephant Conservation Center (my daughters have their hearts set on riding the elephants), one or more hilltribes, Doi Suthep, and possibly Doi Inthananon. Is a Khantoke dinner worth it or just too touristy? Any recommendations are very welcome! I think I need to email Sargeant Kai!

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5. Re: Please help...Yaang Come Village or Manathai?

Dear LuckyinLA

We arrived in Chiang Mai on the 2nd May . As soon as we landed we felt that this was a completely different city to Bangkok. We where staying for 3 nights at Yaang Come a recently opened hotel built in the Lana architecture style. We booked the hotel and airport transfer from www.sawadee.com so we where quickly whisked away by a fairly pleasant Yaang Come porter who met us at the airport. After a fairly short 10 minutes journey we arrived at Yaang Come for a very warm welcome. Most of their reception staff welcomed us and gave us a cup of cold lemongrass tea and escorted us to our room. The room was very impressive with the usual bath shower and urinal!!

The night bazaar in Chiang Mai is just round the corner from Yaang Come and it's worth a walk up and down but it can get very crowded and we were warned that the prices are inflated. Also watch out for pick pockets.

Just at the entrance to Yaang Come there is a restaurant called the Whole Earth Cafe. The Thai food here was excellent and the prices fairly reasonable. They have two sections one on a garden terrace and one in a traditional Lana house where you must remove your shoes before entering. Definitely recommended if you are staying in Yaang Come.

I had organised a tour the following day with a company called Chiang Mai Tourist Information Center (www.chiangmaitic.com) that came highly recommended on www.tripadvisor.com. The tour was fantastic! We left the hotel at 8am and headed straight for the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp to ride the elephants and see the show. The tour consisted of the two of us and the guide so we could ask as many questions as we liked. I have to mention our guide here, his name is Pom (Ittiphon Kantanaul) and his knowledge and manners were superb. I can't recommend this guy enough if you are going ask for Pom. These guys will customize a tour to your needs and will stop at a point of interest if you ask them. Definitely worth booking!( tictravel2005@yahoo.com)

Highly recommended.

Neal.