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“Great hostel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spicythai Backpackers

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Spicythai Backpackers
Ranked #65 of 374 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
London
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great hostel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

Had such a nice time at SpicyThai. Really cool people, great for solo travellers as everyone hangs out, nice dorms with air-con, clean, really secure, like being in someones home. Massive DVD collection for those nights you feel like staying in. Not in the center of the city, but that is what makes it so good. Not far in a tuktuk or you can even walk. I would absolutely stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

Although it's a bit far out of old town this is one of my fave hostels. Great people running it, aircon, free wifi, hot showers and great bunch of people staying there. The lounge area is comfy and has a massive widescreen tv, there is a fully equipped kitchen and an honesty policy beer/water/soft drink fridge. Would definitely stay here again. Plus they have a tour desk to organize things for you, and a late check out of midday. Fantastic!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2012

It's outside the centre of the small city, but that is what makes it so nice!It's located in an old house, so the accomodation is maybe (after so many years of being a hostel) not in the best shape, but the atmosphere is great! Noom is a great host and a very good barbecuer. We stayed here in February, travelling for 2 months and still haven't found one that tops this hostel! IF you're looking for a relax stay, meet a lot of nice people, enjoy the thai kindness and chill in the front yard, stay at spicythai!

Room Tip: Only dorms at the hostel. Mixed or female. I think sleeping upstairs is more quiet, downstairs is ne...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

I stayed here last August and loved it. We had been recomended it by many other backpackers along our trip and as soon as we arrived I could see why. We didn't want to leave!
It is slightly far out in a residental area but we enjoyed being away from the tourist areas and you could easily get a TukTuk into town.
The owners were amazing and helped us organise all our trips and outings. They even took us on a few nights out. When a girls credit card got swallowed by a machine the staff went out of their way to help her get it back! I also got quite ill towards the end of the week and they really looked out for me. It also meant I got to make the most of the TV and amazing range of films they had!
The downstairs area is very sociable and we met some great people. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean, there was free internet and breakfast included.
Couldn't of asked for anything more.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

It's a nice hostel as in atmosphere. The fellow backpackers are very friendly. The staff are nice when you want to book trips via them. But checking out they can't wait to get rid of you and act very hostile - not impressed!!!! Also the bathrooms are filthy which does not help as the staff don't let you wear shoes! However, is very cheap and they do run events. Really is 'you get what you pay for' literally. But free breakfast was great and I like the fact they let you take bottles of drink and charge you when you when you check out. Location is ok - old city is about a 15 min walk.

Room Tip: Choose a female dorm! Has it's own CLEAN bathroom! Other dorms and bathrooms are gross!!!!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank samikrimmy
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

The people who run this place are great and give heaps of tips and will book/organise anything you want to do. The house is an old mansion, bathrooms are ok but it's clean. Nom took us on an unique incredible trek! Seriously amazing. It's good for single travellers and there seems to be an older crowd but a lot of partying. it's a great atmosphere.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hannah178
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London
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37 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

The best hostel in South East Asia; the only hostel that has a real backpackers vibe! Spicythai has all the facilities that make a good hostel; friendly, helpful & informative staff; clean & spacious air con rooms; free super fast WiFi & internet terminals and free breakfast. There are activities organised every evening; bowling, clubs & bars, free cultural talks, free introduction to buddism and temple visits. Spicythai is a home away from home, leaving Spicythai is the hardest part. STAY HERE!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Spicythai Backpackers

Property: Spicythai Backpackers
Address: 36 Hassadisewi Rd | Sriphoom, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 2006, we created our Spicy Hostel that has since hosted thousands of very happy travelers... Do not miss your opportunity to experience the spiciness in Chiang Mai.Beginning in September 2006, we have shown this country what a real backpackers hostel is and how to run a great hostel. Rated No.2 in Asia 2007 and No.1 in Thailand 2008, Spicythai has really brought the backpackers hostel to life in Thailand. A group of young locals with lots of travel experiences and warm hearts have created each Spicy and have brought them to the top of the game in a very short time. Six years of success prove very well that we have been doing the right thing.Now Spicythai is in its new location: an even bigger and more beautiful house in a more convenient location, close to the Old City.Special Features at Spicythai;Apart from normal stuff that you will get at budget hostels such as free toiletries, a book swap, reference books, bed linens, parking, city maps, tour information, etc, we offer more including:- Strong and firm handmade bunk beds (no funny noises to annoy you while sleep)- AC in all dorms (we live in the city so AC is a good investment for climate and pollution)- Free coffee and tea with toast, butter and jams- Kitchen with free spices and oil- Original honesty system mini-bar with 24/7 easy access- Big-screen TV & home theater system with cable TV and an incredible collection of movies and TV series- Communal computers with high speed internet until midnight and 24/7 free WiFi- Free use of storage closet ... more   less 
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