My partner and I spent three weeks in Thailand, so I needed to find good budget hotels throughout our stay. This was our first hotel we stayed in and for the price, location, and good quality, I am happy we booked. We could have booked a more expensive hotel, but I didn't see the reason for it and I wanted to stay in the center. This hotel was certainly up to my expectations and we were so close to the temples and the Sunday Market (amazing).
Things I liked about the hotel:
-Safe in the room
-Free internet/computers (so I could charge my Ipod and check our flights)
-Walking Distance to everything
-Good well-rounded breakfast
I wouldn't say there is a downside to it b/c for $50 a night (booked through Agoda), I couldn't complain. Also, I thought I would like having a pool, but we were so busy that we never used it (we stayed about 5 days).
If you need laundry done, there is a guy who does an excellent job at the end of the street for about $2. When walking out of the hotel, take a left and the laundry guy is on your right hand side (cheaper than having the hotel do it for you). I had no problems and had some more of my expensive items washed - He was professional and quick!
Suggestions for things to do:
1. Take a private tour of Wat Doi Suthep - we went with Wandering Star Tours and Amy provided a wealth of information about Thai culture and Buddhism. The tour starts early (6:00am) but it's a must to learn about the country for which you are visiting. You will visit the alms giving to the monks and go to the temple on the mountain. Again, a must if you're in Chiang Mai. This tour was one of the highlights of my trip (and it was fairly cheap for a private tour, transport, entrance fees, and food to give to the monks).
2. Elephant Nature Park. Go. It's a must. Ignore all other elephant "sanctuaries." This is the real thing.
NOTE: Thailand is a land of extremes and animals are in my opinion, highly mistreated. Please consider your actions before taking part in any animal activity. I would NOT do the following: go to a snake farm, ride elephants, feed baby elephants on the street, go to a tiger petting zoo, watch a circus, or pay to have a photograph with an animal. If it looks wrong and unnatural, it probably is. Learn and make informed decisions.
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- Also Known As:
- Vieng Lanna Mantra Hotel Chiang Mai