We stayed at Gap's House three separate times during our 8 day visit to Chiang Mai. We opted for an air conditioned room all three times and we were very satisfied. At 650 Baht ($21 USD) we felt it was a great value. A wonderful breakfast was included in the price. Both the rooms and the common areas are nicely appointed with all sorts of interesting antiques and were great places to just hang out. The Sunday market was literally right down the lane from the front door.
Mosquitos were an issue but we had that very same problem throughout our month long stay everywhere we visited in Thailand and Cambodia. Mosquito coils were available at all times to guests and we never ventured anywhere without applying repellent. We did book the three day Eco-Tour with the Gap's House and it was a marvelous backcountry adventure that included the obligatory elephant ride and a fun bamboo rafting trip. We spent two nights with villager's in the hill country and learned a great deal about their customs and culture. A short word of caution. These are not show villages, they are the real thing. I would not recommend the 3 day trip if you have never done any backcountry trekking. The day trip would be a much better option.
The highlight of my stay was the fantastic cooking class offered by the Gap's House Cooking School. This five hour class was very professionally taught and included a visit to one of the local markets. We also prepared a huge amount of food and were sent back to our room with a full dinner prepared in take-out boxes. The price also included a very nice color cookbook that had detailed instructions for the preparation of all the dishes offered by the school.
The staff were all extremely friendly and very hard working. The high speed internet was good enough to video conference using Skype and I had no problems connecting from our rooms. Several desktop computers were available in the common area for guests that did not have a laptop or other computing device.
Locking drawers were available free of charge in the main lobby if you wanted to secure your passports, spare cash or other valuables. For a small fee you could also rent a larger electronic safe. The drawer served my purposes quite well and I could store all my travel documents and my netbook computer quite easily. Gap's House was also very accommodating in storing our excess baggage while we were on the trek and for the few days that we visited Malee's Nature Lover's Bungalows in Chiang Dao.
We really enjoyed the vegetarian buffet offered on the second floor of the restaurant. It was a really great value. I highly recommend this fine establishment if you are looking for a reasonable cost, comfortable home base to explore this delightful part of Thailand. It is walking distance from all the major markets in Chiang Mai as well as a 7 Eleven and many restaurants.
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