I could spend a lot of space here detailing how clean this guesthouse was and how nice the stay was (all true), but that has been well covered by other posts here. I will discuss the one thing that far and away distinguished this guesthouse from others that I stayed. It's true that you can book things to do at nearly any guesthouse that you stay in, but you will not get nearly as good service as you will here for one reason: the manager/host of the Green Tulip, Nine.
People in Thailand are generally very friendly, but Nine stood out from everyone else with her patience, excellent suggestions, and willingness to do right by us, her paying guests. She secured us deals at a local cooking class and on a trek at rates lower than we found advertised elsewhere. She got us a private car for a day when we were traveling all around and outside of the city and haggled with the driver for us to get a ridiculously low rate. She really made us feel comfortable, which might have been difficult considering it was our first stop in southeast Asia.
As for location, it's on the other side of the old city from the Night Bazaar and Warorat Market (the market that the locals go to), but that's not saying much. It's still walkable (and you really should walk a lot in a city like to get a good feel for the place), but if you don't want to walk you can grab a songtheaw for next to nothing (about $1). Generally, it's hard to have a "bad" location in the city since the old city is pretty small, but I actually enjoyed that the guesthouse was a bit removed from the more touristy areas.
Highly, highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Green Tulip House is a small guest house located in the heart of the historic city of Chiang Mai. The atmosphere is relaxed and social, and our personable staff will be happy to attend your individual needs. We are within a five minute walk of the Sunday Market and many historic temples. We can arrange daytrips for you from a wide daily selection. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Tulip House Hotel Chiang Mai