I stumbled across Pagoda Inn while exploring Chiang Mai. I had been staying in service apartments in the Santhitam area, and was looking for a quieter place, away from college parties. Pagoda is a short distance from the moat, extremely convenient to restaurants and bars, and amazingly quiet-- the most noise I heard during my stay came from another guesthouse across the way. I've stayed in several places in Thailand--Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai--and I can honestly report I slept in the most comfortable bed I had yet encountered in the kingdom. Also, the shower was the first "western style" I had seen in Thailand--instead of the seemingly ubiquitous electric box on the wall, Pagoda has separate hot and cold water pipes. The office staff were friendly and helpful, and frequently offered to brew a cup of fresh coffee. They opened a vacant room for me to use the shower in when mine wasn't working, and they resolved the problem quickly, restoring water to my room. I met a host of tourists from many countries while sitting in the garden area, and was able to purchase a "krathong" float from a nice young lady working in the tattoo shop in the back. The staff were busy preparing for the Festival (Yi Peng and Loy Krathong) planting new grass and flowers out front, and they were available to recommend where to go to enjoy the festivities. They even launched a couple of the fire balloons along with the rest of the neighborhood. They took my laundry out for me, and returned it the next day washed and pressed for about what it would cost me to wash and dry it myself. I've enjoyed all of places I've been in Thailand, and Pagoda is one of the places I will definitely return to.
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- Pagoda Hotel Chiang Mai