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“Charming traditional style hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of BanThai Village

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BanThai Village
Ranked #38 of 375 Hotels in Chiang Mai
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“Charming traditional style hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2011

BanThai Village is an environmentally focused oasis in the middle of Chiang Mai. Despite it's central location, it is remarkably quiet. Visitors can relax poolside whilst sampling one of the many exotic and fresh drinks on offer at the bar, serviced by friendly and hard working staff. Those who have little time for such frivolities can stay on top of work by utilising the free and surprisingly fast wi-fi on offer. Don't worry if you haven't come equipped with a laptop or tablet, as visitors can make use of the computers in the reception.

In the evening, after a hard days sightseeing many of the adjacent temples, visitors can relax in the poolside garden and enjoy being serenaded by a 'Kim', a traditional South-east Asian stringed instrument.

BanThai Village is just a stone's throw from the Night Market, a bazaar filled with everything a tourist might need, from ninja stars (or 'Shuriken') and discount pepper spray to souvenir Buddhas and toy elephants. After stocking up on wooden replicas of the local fauna, visitors can sit down at one of the many modestly priced restaurants scattered around downtown Chiang Mai.

The staff at BanThai Village put the customers first (thankfully) and will take care of any problems or queries you have in a heartbeat.

Please note that I visited this hotel in the Christmas season and so had to endure the western Yuletide music blaring through the reception speakers at all hours. Bring earmuffs.

  • Stayed December 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

When the taxi driver dropped us off, we were a little skeptical. However, once we got to the real entrance which is a little off the main street, we were thrilled! The staff was very friendly, the decor is authentic, and the rooms were charming and comfortable. The hotel is in close proximity to all of the attractions (you can pretty much walk anywhere). The restaurant is actually pretty good as well. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

My partner and I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. We were given a deluxe room on the ground floor directly in front of the pool which was very nice. The interior feel of the room is tastefully woody reflecting the Lanna-style design. The bed however could have been better as we could feel the springs inside. Breakfast was simple yet sufficient.

The hotel is a short walk to the Night Bazaar and Old City (within the square moat). The hotel has 2 bicycles for guests to use free of charge and we rode around the area during the cool night which was quite fun. The hotel staff was very friendly, attentive and always ready to help. A security guard was also present at night so we felt safe. The overall experience was a good one and we would recommend this hotel for all types of travellers.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2011

We stayed here for 4 nights late November. Our hotel room was next to the pool area to the left side and had easy access to the floor area, via the 'lazy' walkway down the stairs (two ways into hotel room). Our room was excellent, the bathroom was amazing with big granite bath, generous shower and spotless minimalist lanna design. Very chic and with the little touches such as the lovely handicrafts and etc. We left luggage open due to our shopping adventures and no troubles with safety, privacy or any missing items. We even chatted with the cleaners and feel confident they act with respect for their resident's goods. A great thing is that every evening around 6pm they have a talented young musician come to play the lanna/thai instruments, in the hut right in the middle where the bar area is. So peaceful with the lovely lush gardens and architecture.

Would like to complement Pooh at the reception whom does the morning to afternoon shift, whom gave us lovely service and treated us like family. The reception know everything, and if they require further information they woul call up places for you.

At night (after 10pm) the hotel is serviced by a night receptionist and also has a very freindly security guard, whom both service the late night patrons. Very safe and peaceful.

The location is excellent, but as a point of constructive feedback it may be wise to provide guests with like small location slips/hotel location map to be able to easily find our way back, as there are several ways to the hotel via soi's and etc.

We loved this hotel as it was right in between the walled old chiang mai and sunday walking market to the east and then the night market to the west, which are both within 10 minutes walk. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Chiang mai, due to the location, customer service and amenties. A+

Room Tip: We stayed in the rooms on the left side (looking from the reception). This had easy access and also...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2011

By the far the best place we stayed during our three week honeymoon spanning Thailand and Hong Kong. The nicest staff, gorgeous rooms, great bed, huge bathroom, free web access and computer usage in the reception. Good location, great little pool as well, with a cracking little bar and bistro beside it. If we ever go back to Chiang Mai we will stay here.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

Surprised to see the hotel staff of BanThai Village appeared at my door singing a happy birthday song with a cake! That's so cool and thanks for the wonderful service!

Let's get back to do a short review of this hotel.

The hotel is located somewhere near the weekend and night market. It's hidden somewhere out from the noisy room. If you are a hermit and want a quite place, this would be your best choice.

Apart that, the staffs are attentive to all your needs. If you have never been to Chiang Mai and you are lost, the front office are always ready to serve you.

The is a Lanna Style Hotel, either you like it or don't. It has a wonderful small pool with a small poolside bar for you to lazy around on a hot summer afternoon. What can be improved would be the condition of the room and bath room. If you need high speed WIFI, it's available in the hotel lobby. Else you can use the 2 desktops in the lobby.

Unless its damn safe in Chiang Mai, else the hotel might have to beef up slightly on the security.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2011

For my first time in Chiangmai, I was stunningly impressed by this authentic Chiangmai-style hotel that could never get the same experience from elsewhere. Hotel's location just simply perfect. It requires only 10 minute-walk to the city-central attraction which makes the hotel more unique and even convenient. Staff immediately kindly and friendly responded to guest's trouble. Its service, and environment are all suitable for short and long stay. I felt like staying at home with a very warm welcome from local people.

Room Tip: Better choose the room nearby swimming pool ;)
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Property: BanThai Village
Address: 19 Tapae Soi 3, Tapae Rd. | Changklan, Mueang, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Romantic Hotel in Chiang Mai
#32 Family Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BanThai Village 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Banthai Village is the mini size hotel that tries to keep balance between the tradition and modernity among the changes of the world. This modern-Lanna decorated hotel, consisting of 23 rooms ... more   less 
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