I had a very comfortable 3-night stay at Galare and for about $38USD/night, it was a real bargain! It was about 20min from the train station & I paid the tuk tuk driver 80 baht (not sure if I could've gotten for less since I didn't bother to bargain). The room is a medium sized, with a huge king bed, tv, mini-fridge & desk. There's enough room to move around to get stuff though I guess it would be a tighter fit with more than 2 people. Bathrooms are small but my apt has a closet of a bathroom so hotel bathrooms never bother me. IIRC, there's a universal outlet near the desk (so you don't even need an adapter) but my iPod charger didn't fit in the space so I just unplugged the minifridge whenever I charged my iPod. Just be aware, there's no hair dryer, which I didn't realize until I got there. December is perfect weather so I usually just turned the ceiling fan on at night. I'm also addicted to the internet so I just paid for unlimited wireless, which worked fine since the router was right outside my room.
Nothing is open in the area in the morning, so I usually had breakfast in their restaurant. For dinner, I usually walked to the food court in the Galare Night Market. The several night markets & vendors in the area are easy to get to, through some quiet streets. Though these small streets are safe, do be aware of your surroundings, tho it's usually motorcycles & cars you'll have to look out for. There's also a garden area to lounge in if you had time.
Since it was a last minute decision to visit Chiang Mai (a week before my 3-wk SEA trip), I booked a Golden Traingle/Chiang Rai tour through the hotel, which will be a bit more expensive. If you want to save a bit, the add-ons (Karen Longneck Village, boat to Laos) can be bought at the attractions themselves. I imagine this is also true of other tours. Since I arrived later than planned (trains will always be 1+ hrs late), I ended up taking an afternoon tour to Doi Suthep/Hmong Village. It's not advertised on their site but the tour agent told me about it when I paid for my Chiang Rai trip and it seemed convenient since it the tour was starting in 10min. I also booked a visit to Elphant Nature Park from the park's site. All tours were in minivans for 12-13 people & picked me up from the hotel. However, sometimes they only dropped me off in front of the soi if another car/van was coming out because the driving space is small. To get to the train station or airport, you'll have to walk to the end of the soi to the main road, so make sure your bags are either light or have wheels. I really liked Galare and would defintiely stay there when I drag my friends to Chaing Mai next time!
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- Galare Guest House Hotel Chiang Mai
- Galare Hotel Chiang Mai
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