Tonnam homestay was a great choice for us - away from the bustle. The owners are lovely and very friendly and helpful and we thought the room price was fair, although there are cheaper places around.
We stayed in a standard bungalow for 5 nights and were very happy with the room. It was very spacious and clean. We liked the style of the room and bathroom very much. There are local furnishings and the bathroom has a gravel floor - these things gave it a special touch. Very comfortable bed but we were unlucky to get traffic and bird noise early in the mornings. Improvements would be to have a writing desk and a holder for the shower head. The hot water was a bit tempermental.
The services offered at the resort were good. The included breakfast is continental but filling and pleasant outdoors. Improvement would be option for black tea, (not only green) and milk for cereal. We had the dinner once and it was good, but very expensive compared to food in town. The other services were also pricey compared to town. Tip - don't leave any dirty clothes on the floor, they will clean them and charge per item.
I suggest renting a scooter to get around. The resort is pretty out of the way and will cost 150-300THB per trip. A scooter is only 200THB per day and you can explore easier, even head to the country or up doi suthep. Just make sure you know how to get back, the roads are not straight-forward.
Overall we enjoyed our stay very much and would recommend tonnam to anyone who wants to stay a bit out of town when in Chiang Mai. The resort feel is worth the distance to the city and with the freedom of a scooter, you can pick and choose your activities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tonnam is a traditional Thai house on the Ping River bank. The property includes 6 bungalows around an infinity edge swimming-pool and 4 bedrooms in the teak house. Each accommodation has its own private bathroom with hot water and its balcony with swimming pool and/or river view. At home, we organize Thai cooking classes and massages with professional masseuse. On your arrival, you will always be personally welcomed by the owners themselves: Cecile and Yul. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tonnam Homestay Hotel Chiang Mai