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Reviewed September 6, 2009

Located in a local area which was rather busy but nicer than the touristy areas. No tuk tuk drivers knew where the place was so make sure you take the address card that the guest house gives you with you.

Check in was great, they gave us a map and highlighted where good places to eat and shop where which was very usefull. The staff where always really freiendly and where happy to help as much as they could. They organsied tuk tuks and gave advise on prices which was much appreciated. They also run a coffee house where you can get a nice drink and a small bite to eat. Its decorated with lots of cat stuff and they have a number of cats which run around the place - as a cat lover I loved it but if you are allergic you may want to avoid the area. You can also play DVDs from there large selection and use free internet until 8pm - it was a nice place to relax.

The rooms where nicely decorated and had a TV and mossie nets. No fridge which was a shame. Bathroom was a wet room - remember to move the toliet paper before you shower. We chose a room with fan which was more than adequate. Our room was on the ground floor and the only issue we had was traffic noise.

The Banilah was a great place to stay, it was well priced and the people where lovely - would recommend.

Date of stay: September 2009
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank bellaQld
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Reviewed August 16, 2009

Stayed here for a week - booked by email and the staff replied very quickly. We had to change our proposed date and they were very helpful.

Check in was brill and Nan was really helpful, she sat with us for a while answering all of our questions and suggesting stuff to do/places to eat.

The room is plush. For 350bhat we have stayed in some ... well holes.. but Banilah is just excellent. You get cable tv, fan, towels (changed when you want!), free water, free soap, free shower gel (replenished daily), daily room clean - something you would expect in a 4/5 star hotel.

Nan, Nock and O are just great they are so helpful and polite - we are sad to leave after being made to feel so welcome. We watched a movie, downstairs, had free wifi in the room and above all a very peaceful nights sleep.

One of the best guesthouses we have had the pleasure staying at - thanks for having us guys.

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Location is a 30 minute walk/10 minute tuk tuk ride away from the centre

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Date of stay: August 2009
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Hello_sandwich
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Reviewed May 5, 2009

The guesthouse located in the local community area. You will experience with a local lifestyle rather than a tourist place. The room is well decorated with northern Thai boutique. With a small private room, you could also sit at the front of coffee shop at the guesthouse and take a rest with a cup of cappucino or a glass of ice Thai milk tea which are simply delicious. It is a warm and suitable place for me. Thank you for Ob, a manager, and Nok, a lovely staff, who take good care of me for my long stays.

Date of stay: March 2009
  • Trip type: Traveled on business
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Thank finzystone
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Reviewed February 17, 2009

great little place in a real authentic thai area... a bit of a student area so very lively in the evenings, lots of restaurants etc. slightly off the beaten track but only a ten minute ride away from the tourist spots. The staff and owner were very helpful. It has a beautiful coffee shop at the front with a massive selection of dvds to watch. The rooms are tastefully designed and a bargain price. Close the door quickly to avoid the plentiful and hungry mosquitos. Also, don't stay on the ground floor if you're easily woken by people coming back late at night. Apart from that a really lovely place...a gem.

Date of stay: October 2008
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank Angus H
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Reviewed February 15, 2009

The Banilah was an excellent place to stay!

Upon our visit, the guesthouse staff quickly welcomed us and check us in. We had the air conditioned room (I recommend it), and it was very clean and comfortable.

The location is probably not for all travellers. The guesthouse is located within the local community, up in the north-west part of the town. So it's not near the inner city, nor the tourist night market areas, etc. The guesthouse always seems to have a "resident" tuk-tuk driver, and he always took us into town for around 40-50 Baht. Coming back, it was around 60 Baht... you have to bargain a bit to get a good deal. Most tuk-tuk drivers start around 100 to 150 Baht - but you can easily get them down to 60.

The area is quite nice - and very local. The guesthouse staff give you a map, and describe the local area. Use them for advice - they are so friendly, serve the best coffee, and really go out of their way to make your stay great!

Without a doubt, I would stay there again! This review came a little late, but the place was so great I had to come and write a review.

Date of stay: August 2008
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank tyrelb
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