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    Chiang Mai Accommodation / Guest House recommendations

    I'll be visiting Chiang Mai for 4 weeks in late October / November later this year. I would be grateful of any recommendations as to where to stay within the Old Town or very close.

    My budget is 700THB [max] per night. Room with refrigerator [essential], air con, and TV with DVD. Ideally secure 24 hour reception and a safe / deposit box facility.

    I have already searched through the TD accommodation listings for Chiang Mai but it is so hard to pick out the 'wheat from the chaff'.

    I do already have a quote of 700THB per night from The Queen Victoria located on 252/13-14 Praprokklao Rd. I see from the TD posts that their breakfasts are pretty good but what about their rooms?

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    I stayed at the Queen Vic for 3 nights in Feb '09. The room was spacious and clean and the staff friendly.

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    I stayed at the Bau Tong Lodge. Rooms range from 500-800. It was clean, cheap, and close to the airport. Walking distance from plenty of things to do. I'd stay there again.

    I'm new here, so I can't post links yet, but bautonglodge followed by a dot com should get you there if you cut and paste it.

    I don't recall if the room had a DVD player or not, because I spend very little time in my hotel rooms.

    It had a good shower (and tub), a nice sized refrigerator, and good AC.

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    Forgot to mention... If you drop me an email, I can probably dig up photos of my room.

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    Downtown Inn that's a good place

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Downtown Inn that's a good place
    Is that suggest just your form of _sick_ humor, or are you not aware that there have been 7 _unexplained deaths_ of tourists, at that hotel this year!!
    Each of the deceased, both young and old, had no history of health problems prior to their staying at the Downtown Inn during their vacation

    Yet, the hotel is still open, possibly due to the fact that the owner of the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai, Boonlert Buranupakorn, is a former Mayor of the city.

    If in doubt, use Google to check the many articles on this scandal.
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    Downtown Inn

    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Downtown Inn that's a good place to die for
    Thanks for your kind thoughts - I think I'll pass on that suggestion.

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    Chaing Mai Hotels

    If you plan to be there 2 months, the best advice is to book a few nights at a hotel and scout around. You can always negotiate prices better in person, and more importantly ... check out the amenities, security, proximity to city center, etc. You won't have much trouble finding a place at that time of year. Nov is the beginning of the Thai "High" Season, where prices increase as the traditional Winter Visitors arrive from Europe. Tourist visits are down in all of Asia, due to the American Economy and the reluctance to International Travel. There many long term rentals available [at] 1000 - 2000 THB per week around Chiang Mai.

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    The Wangburapa has just been renovated and is right in town on moon muang rd, friends stayed last week and loved it. 950 baht includes breakfast, has all the good stuff, pool, wi fi, lcd tv etc....

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    Have you tried the Red Hibiscus? That place was OK.

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    #8 is probably the best idea, get somewhere confirmed first few days and look at other options

    we stayed at Thaphae Garden in Dec 09, since then two sets of friends have been there, not far from Thaphae Gate and well back from the road - about 100m and quiet at night, as always the pics make it look better than it is, but quite 'adequate', good location and price.

    Unsure about October, but December there was no need for aircon.

    If you're flexi on dates - we were there the week of the King's birthday Dec 5 and there were so many events on, good times.

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    For that price Montri opposite the gates is quite good, I've stayed there a few times and they finished renovations last year. Walking distance to most places too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GS Rider
    For that price Montri opposite the gates is quite good
    I like the Montri and usually stay there when in CM. It's near the UN Irish, which is the cultural centre of the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Hatter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Downtown Inn that's a good place to die for
    Thanks for your kind thoughts - I think I'll pass on that suggestion.
    Actually it is quite good and I'm not dead.

    Short stroll to the market and loi kroh but just far enough away to be quiet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukDod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Downtown Inn that's a good place
    Is that suggest just your form of _sick_ humor, or are you not aware that there have been 7 _unexplained deaths_ of tourists, at that hotel this year!!
    Each of the deceased, both young and old, had no history of health problems prior to their staying at the Downtown Inn during their vacation

    Yet, the hotel is still open, possibly due to the fact that the owner of the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai, Boonlert Buranupakorn, is a former Mayor of the city.

    If in doubt, use Google to check the many articles on this scandal.
    I can only talk from experience the first time i went to CM that is were I stayed I'm still alive and for 700 baht a night and within walking distance to all the pussy what can I say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LukDod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Downtown Inn that's a good place
    Is that suggest just your form of _sick_ humor, or are you not aware that there have been 7 _unexplained deaths_ of tourists, at that hotel this year!!
    Each of the deceased, both young and old, had no history of health problems prior to their staying at the Downtown Inn during their vacation

    Yet, the hotel is still open, possibly due to the fact that the owner of the Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai, Boonlert Buranupakorn, is a former Mayor of the city.

    If in doubt, use Google to check the many articles on this scandal.
    I can only talk from experience the first time i went to CM that is were I stayed I'm still alive and for 700 baht a night and within walking distance to all the pussy what can I say?
    QED your honour???
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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGoodhead View Post
    I stayed at the Queen Vic for 3 nights in Feb '09. The room was spacious and clean and the staff friendly.
    Also stayed at the Queen Vic and the food was great, good bar and friendly owners. I am sure I will visit them again.

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    I think the owner, Ian, has run away

    so newish management

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    Sad to hear that, he was a nice fellow. I have been waiting for you to weigh in on this topic Andy. Where do you recommend to stay while in CM?

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    When we have guests, in the cool season, we book them into Canvas cafe g/h, as it is close and the people nice, rooms around B350

    just near Wat Chedi Luang, in Prapokklao soi 9

    there are loads of nice places, for all budgets; most of them you can find by walking around the area you like

    so stay for one night in a booked place, the next morning move to one you find
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    When we have guests, in the cool season, we book them into Canvas cafe g/h, as it is close and the people nice, rooms around B350

    just near Wat Chedi Luang, in Prapokklao soi 9

    there are loads of nice places, for all budgets; most of them you can find by walking around the area you like

    so stay for one night in a booked place, the next morning move to one you find
    Thanks, I will take your advice the next time over to CM.

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    How about The Phra Jhan Kaew Residence near airport?
    google phra jhan Kaew Chiangmai

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    I like the Montri and usually stay there when in CM. It's near the UN Irish, which is the cultural centre of the city.
    Is CMN still doing quiz nights? I'm going up there next month.

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    who he?

    the dwarf that never ventures out?

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    He used to once a week at least.

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