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Baan Orapin Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 802 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 6, 2012

The other reviewers have said it all. Baan Orapin really is an oasis. We looked forward to come back to it everyday, whether we were out shopping in the city or trekking in the countryside. It was blissful to come back to the calm and serenity of Baan Orapin. The helpful, unobtrusive and delightful Khun Pepsi made it so easy for us to arrange our tour itinerary and meals and transport. We were 3 female travellers and had a wonderful family suite at the back of the gardens, just behind the pool. A king bed and living room, plus a connecting room with queen bed, with 2 ensuite bathrooms. Wonderful! Both rooms had a pretty patio from which we could enjoy the cool mornings and evenings. Daily breakfasts around the pool were wonderful experiences too, as we attempted to work through the whole menu during our five-day stay. Free wifi throughout the premises, plus a comfy Internet room and library, were a bonus. Our stay was comfortable and pleasant, we couldn't ask for more. Fantastic value, and amazing service. Kudos to Khun Opas for such a wonderful guesthouse. The location is ideal. Just across the river are the day and night markets. And along the riverside are many pleasant eateries, coffee bars and night-spots. Our favourite is the newly-opened Baan Piemsuk, just across the road from Baan Orapin. The friendliest, cosiest cafe with the best coffee and coconut cream pies to die for!!!!! You won't regret choosing Baan Orapin.

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

Have been lucky to stay at Baan Orapin several times however have had two year absence.
Happy to say its still as good as it ever was . Rooms , service everything about this property is wonderful - stayed for Loy Krathong this year and Opas ( owner ) even organized a lantern lighting and release for all the guests - a nice touch .

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank 54Bulldogs
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stayed at 8 different hotels in Thailand, all ranging from 1 star to 5 stars, and Baan Orapin was the best on all counts. The place is an awe-inspiring old Teak House that makes you feel like you've come under the care of a homely great-aunt. Baan Orapin is perfect for just relaxing and appreciating - so meditative.

I think I was most impressed by the customer service; we were very warmly welcomed and told about all the places we can go in the area, how far, and how much transport should cost, then given a very helpful map with recommended eateries and sights marked, with an open offer to ask if we need any more information. No other place we stayed gave such valuable information to us tourists new to the area, and it was much needed!

The amenities provided were plentiful; the laundry service the best and cheapest we'd had anywhere!

You're a very short walk to many lovely places to eat along the river, still a short walk to the night bazaar, and a 20minute walk (short, cheap Tuk Tuk or Songthaew ride) to the Sunday walking market! Really excellent location and value for money. I wish we could've stayed longer! I did the booking of all the hotels, and my partner says baan Orapin was his most favourite of all.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Kairos27
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

The inconspicuous gates on this little road don't give much of a clue as to the expanse of lush beauty and calm that lies behind. This is truly a special place, away from the busy hubbub but yet right on the doorstep of everything you want. The accommodation is arranged in two storey buildings around the original main house, with winding paths, mature trees, exotic shrubs and pretty water features. My room was up a charming flight of wooden stairs to a private balcony in the treetops. The room itself - a Junior Suite - was away from the road so very quiet, and really lovely. Simple but tasteful furniture, hugely comfy bed, pretty bathroom and - important in Chiang Mai even in November - good air con! There is also excellent WiFi anywhere on the property.

Breakfasts are good and plentiful, either Western or Thai style, taken on the decking by the lovely little pool. Opas, who owns the place, is a real mine of information and more than happy to arrange outings for you - we had a great driver for the day who took us out and about, including a visit to a hilltop village that was anything but touristy, plus calling in on a village primary school.

Baan Orapin's location is pretty perfect. It is on a road that runs parallel to the river Ping, and only ten minutes walk away from the huge indoor Chinese market. You can get a tuk tuk just by waiting in the street usually for no more than 3 or 4 minutes and for little more than £1 can get into the old city centre. Or you can walk, which only takes about 25 minutes. Some commentators didn't like the fact that there are no pavements on this street, but I have to say the Thai drivers are courteous and careful compared to many other countries, and I never felt at risk walking along there, day or night.

There are some lovely restaurants nearby too, one whose name I forget but it was Opas's favourite, located on the ground floor of a nearby condominium right on the river bank. Opas also booked us onto a dinner river trip (quite nice) and a day at a Thai cooking school, which was brilliant. One absolute gem, which you would probably never discover unless you were staying here, is the little Museum attached to Wat Ket Karam, the temple right next door to Baan Orapin. It is the most eclectic, extraordinary collection of "old" stuff, ranging from bamboo bound ancient manuscripts and old fabrics to 1950s office chairs and old alarm clocks! An utter delight! It also houses an amazing photographic record of old Chiang Mai and how it has developed over the last 70 or so years.

Opas and his staff have made something to be very proud of here, with a lovely authentic feel, a delicious setting, and perfect service. Oh, and extremely good value for money compared to the more Western style hotels.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms away from the road. All are lovely.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Believe the reviews, this place is a real gem. Set on the far side of the Ping River away from the hustle of the Old City, this garden filled bed and breakfast is absolutely beautiful. My wife and I spent 4 days here around Loy Krathong for our honeymoon.

Before we got there, Opas was extremely helpful with setting up the booking of a room in the rear building (highly suggested). Pepsi seems to be his right hand man and was there for our every need when Opas was not available. For Loy Krathong, Opas and Pepsi set up a small cocktail hour in the front area with paper lanterns for the guests, some delicious appetizers, and some beers!

The room was extremely clean and well furnished, breakfast was delicious, and the staff was helpful. The lobby is absolutely beautiful with some carved antique furniture. If you want to book tours, I suggest doing it through Opas. We made the mistake of not doing that and we paid a little bit more and had some inconveniences attached.

In summary, you'd have to be a fool to not stay here.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

I agree fully with what has been said by other travellers. Baan Orapin is like a peaceful oasis and reminds me of a romantic film set. Located within a 5 minute walk of the City markets, it is very conveniently located.

The staff here are also charming, very friendly and helpful. Our main contact on the staff, Pepsi, is a delight. Breakfasts here can be pre-ordered the previous day, although some dishes are available on request. My favourite is the Thai omelette with bacon.

Our room was just amazing. Very comfortable indeed and extremely spacious with an extensive lounge area complete with mini bar, tv and coffee making facilities. The mini bar prices are the same as prices in the local market ( I would give the hotel an extra star for that but I have used them all up). The en-suite bathroom has all of the facilities to make travellers from Western Europe feel completely comfortable. The entire hotel area and rooms are kept immaculately clean and tidy.

There is no restaurant at the hotel, and neither need there be. Within 100 metres of the hotel entrance are a collection of restaurants catering for most tastes.

WiFi is provided free although reception can be intermittent in the rooms.

The hotel has a very nice pool area with recliners to sunbathe or just relax. A dip in the pool provides a refreshing cooler and relief from the tropical sun.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank RickyCafe
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

I concur with all the other reviews. The hotel is a real haven. The gardens are beautiful and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Our room was large, with a separate sitting area. The room was spotlessly clean, nicely furninshed and the minibar prices were very reasonable. Breakfast is a treat, with food freshly cooked to order (thai or western choices) and served by the pool. Although the pool isn't heated, it was fine for us in November.

Although the hotel is a little out of the city centre, the riverside restaurants nearby are good and the walk into town is only 10-15mins.

I highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Baan Orapin Bed and Breakfast

Address: 150 Charoenraj Road, | Wat Gate,, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 802 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range: $37 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baan Orapin, built in northern Thai (Lanna) styled architecture, surrounded by tall longan trees, is within easy walking distance of the Night Bazaar, Thapae gate, riverside restaurants along the Ping river, local handicraft shops, and Warorot market. It boasts an inviting residential ambiance that combines an authentic neighborhood vibe with the modern comforts. Baan Orapin is where you will find genuine ambience of a northern Thai home. ... more   less 
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