We loved Chiang Mai so much that we extended our trip and the guesthouse we had previously been staying at, Elliebum Guesthouse, (we also posted there) was booked for our last night in Chiang Mai so we had to move spots. Gade, the owner at Elliebum was kind enough to help us find another place and sent us to a family friend’s brand new guesthouse, Bed @ Home. The location is toward the north but still inside the old city walls and down a small residential road a bit out of the way. This was both good and bad. Good because it was very quiet at night and bad because you have to walk down to the end of the road to catch a rickshaw. This wasn’t a problem for us and we felt perfectly safe but the road is a bit dark late at night just so you know. Ann, the owner, was a regional manager for McDonalds in Bangkok for several years and moved home to open the guesthouse in July 2008 along with an adorable coffee shop, Icy Ann’s. Since the guesthouse is brand new it’s very stylish, clean and comfortable. She also has a computer with internet access for complimentary use in the common area and had waters, fruit and fresh cookies waiting for us in our room when we checked in. The only other little downfall to mention is Icy Ann’s is several blocks from the guesthouse but Ann was kind enough to pick us up the next morning to bring us to the coffee shop for the wonderful breakfast included in the price (we paid 650 baht for a double in low season). The breakfast included delicious iced coffees, juice, sandwiches, brownie bites and fresh fruit. Then she was kind enough to give us a lift to meet up with our friends. We definitely highly recommend both Bed @ Home and Icy Ann’s as the value for the price can’t be beat. I forgot to take photos but looked on the website and they have some there: www.bedathome.th.gs
And just to rave about Chiang Mai for a minute, hotels aside, it’s a really wonderful town. There is something for everyone from adventure sports (we did a zip line course through the jungle called Flight of the Gibbons and my husband bungee jumped), nature activities (we visited an orchid farm, went to an elephant camp where you can even take training classes and played with babies tigers at Tiger Kingdom), cultural activities (we visited a hill tribe and long neck women village and several gorgeous wats) modern art galleries and beautiful home boutiques (make sure to check out the area north of Riverside Bar on Charoen Raj Rd), cheap but nice massage shops on every corner and posh coffee shops and restaurants along side fun local dives.