Baan Orapin is a delightful bed and breakfast located near the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai while maintaining a peaceful ambience. It reminded us of going home to grandma's house without having to deal with the family! The owner has done a wonderful job of keeping up the property in a classic Thai style without compromising on modern-day amenities. We split our stay between a standard room and a suite (once little sister joined the trip). The standard room is quite roomy and would have been a beautiful place for just the two of us. The suite was surprisingly spacious for the price, especially since we've seen small rooms in these areas. The bathrooms are also spacious and clean, so one does not feel cramped and uncomfortable when trying to clean up for a relaxing evening after a day of strolling about town.
The location is on Charoen Rat Rd. just across the river from the old city, a pleasant 15-20 minute walk from all the markets, temples, and dining options that Chiang Mai has to offer. It is actually quite nice to sit at any of the restaurants (we recommend Regina, just a couple minutes heading south on Chaoren Rat) and watch the occasional boat passing or the lights and movements of the Warorot Market.
Breakfast at Baan Orapin is a good way to start the day. Again, sitting on the veranda next to the pool and amidst the tropical garden, we feel very much at home. There are both western and eastern options for breakfast, although we never ordered traditional Thai breakfast in time (day prior). A cup of well-brewed coffee, fresh orange juice, fruit, with eggs and bacon or perhaps fried rice, put enough calories in our system for long days of walking. Ok, we didn't always walk everywhere. The shared taxis around town are a nice option. Just flag down the driver of those covered trucks and explain where you would like to go (a map is indispensable) and expect to pay 20-30 baht for the basic trip. We asked the staff questions frequently at Baan Orapin, and they were very helpful with tips, such as which markets to visit on particular days, which restaurants had the most authentic food, how to get to various landmarks, and where to get our laundry done cheaper (just a couple minutes up the road!) At the end of each day, we were glad to return to Baan Orapin, our Thai home away from home.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Baan Orapin b&b
- Baan Orapin Hotel Chiang Mai