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Panda House Chiangmai
Ranked #190 of 844 Specialty Lodging in Chiang Mai
1 review
“ok but smelly”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

2 negative points ..
smelly room (3rd ) floor
away from markets and city happening

2 positive points
nice service.
pickup at trainstation

but we don't stay another day
there are nicer possibilities

there is nothing else to say

  • Stayed November 2012
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Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at panda house 3 times whilst doing elephant parks and jungle treks, we felt the staff were very nice and helpful.
We're on a budget and found the rooms comfortable.
They remembered us every time we came back and allowed us to leave our stuff behind. Muchly appreciated.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at Panda. The young guy at reception was very helpful from the minute we arrived without having to ask. The rooms are basic but that's what you pay for. Food was good but you could probably find cheaper at the street markets. It seems to be run by a nice family. It is in a quiet earlier so you would get a great nights sleep. We booked for 2 nights and ended up staying for 4.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

We booked for 3 nights and stayed 6. I loved that many generations of the same family are around the house all day. Kids doing their homework, young people working the reception desk.

The staff were very helpful with booking tours and making recommendations based on what we wanted to see and do. They also gave us free advice on transfers and onward travel to other countries (visas, border crossings, etc). We booked two tours directly through these guys and each was high quality. They helped with postage, transport and were always on hand with a friendly smile.

The hotel itself is basic. We paid about 500 B per night for a twin room. The bathrooms are very simple (but had both western and Thai showerheads). I travelled with laptop, i-phone, MP3 player, kindle and a large SLR camera. No dramas with any of the gear.

The food onsite is amazine. Some of the best Thai food we had. The hotel is within walking distance (we do like to walk) of everything - the insect museum, sat and sunday night markets and the night bazaar. We walked to the night bazaar (obviously) at night and felt totally safe.

The hotel is far enough away from the hubbub of tourist areas that you get a decent night's sleep but it's only a 10 minute stroll to the sunday night marketplace and all of the tourist joints and restaurants.

Panda House was a great choice for us. It was simple, it was cheap, it was well located, we felt safe (as mother and daughter travelling together) and the staff were kind and patient.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

Panda house Chiangmai

We stayed at panda house for three nights while in Chiangmai. We were not impressed with this run down, old, outdated hostel. The lady at the front desk gave us lots of booklets on the different tours but was not available to ask any of our questions regarding the tours. She sat behind a glass wall and let her 10 year old nephew answer our questions with his poor broken English. The location is not as centrally located as other hostels. The front lobby is filled with screaming children from 4pm till 11pm. When we wanted to leave our key at the front desk they put it in a basket on the counter. We were very worried to just leave it there so instead decided to take it with us. At the end of the hallway on each floor you have smoking areas. On a good note our washed laundry came back clean and smelling fresh. 
We are backpackers traveling the world for a year so we don't have too high of standards. It just would have been nice to have friendlier staff, quieter common areas and less mold in the rooms.

When you are in Chiang mai and don't have a hostel booked just take a walk around the downtown area and you will find loads. Don't settle for this hole in the wall.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

Totally souless, a house I wouldn't keep a panda in. Dingy room with dirty bathroom. And a manky blanket.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

So my review might be alot better if we hadnt got ripped off by the travel agent on khao san who charged us 950 baht /night (double aircon) for this hotel and that there isnt much to do in the immediate area of the hotel, had to walk/taxi back and forth to our hotel to drop off bags from shopping was annoying. That being said its only a 40-60 baht tuk tuk ride to the markets/bazzar area or a 20 min walk. Just from walking around during my stay in Chiang Mai I found several other, nice looking guesthouses for half the price right beside all the action. I would not stay here again because of the location.

The hotel picked us up from the bus station with no issues, which was nice. The rooms are very big just like other posters have said. The rooms itself are clean and nice. The bathroom is small, old and could use some upgrade. The hot water works tho :) The lady at the front is very helpful and welcoming, she helped us arrange tours. The outside patio is very nice. The inside lobby of the hotel seems like their family hangs out there a lot although this is not unusual in Thailand so this isnt really a complaint but an observation....there is an elderly white male who I think is the husband of one of the thai ladies who works at the hotel who is always just hanging around the computers/tv/table area in his pj's even midday. It was a little off-putting to one of my female friends.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Panda House Chiangmai
Address: 427/4 Wichayanon Rd., Chiangmoi Muang, Muang, Chiang Ma 50000, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
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Ranked #190 of 844 Specialty Lodging in Chiang Mai
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Number of rooms: 30
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