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Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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73 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Okay rooms but fantastic service!”
Reviewed 30 January 2013 via mobile

I'll preface my review by saying that Buddy, the current owner mentioned in most of the glowing reviews, has sold the Dixie Pig and is moving onto other things. That said, I'm sure the new owner (who we met and who seems friendly) will want to maintain the hostel's existing goodwill and reputation, so I'd still recommend checking out the Dixie Pig.

We arrived in Chiang Mai in the afternoon with no reservation, and were getting concerned by all the "full" signs; the vacancy sign out front at Dixie Pig was a welcome sight.

Buddy was a fantastic host; he knew the town well and gave excellent advice. Book your tours and excursions through him (or the future owner); not only is it cheaper than doing it yourself, he really knows his stuff. The cooking class we did through him was fantastic & great value. I just wish we'd talked to him before booking our elephant excursion!

The rooms were fine; small bathroom, the building seems a little tired, and on the ground floor we had a lot of street noise. Cats mewling all night, drunk tourists, etc. The bed had very hard pillows even by SE Asia standards. Also the blanket didn't quite cover us. Maybe the new owner will upgrade the bedding!

That said for the price of 400 baht a night the place was fantastic value. You don't need air con, Chiang Mai isn't as hot as the rest of Thailand. We didn't even use our fan.

Get breakfast there, hopefully the extensive menu and excellent cooking won't change much. We really appreciated the use of real milk; our current guesthouse in Cambodia only has those awful plastic tasting non-dairy creamers.

Overall, a decent guesthouse made excellent by the service. Hope Buddy and Ann enjoy a well-deserved holiday!

  • Stayed January 2013
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pol11uk, Aay's husband at Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 November 2016
This review was for a previous business "The Dixie Pig Guest House" and not Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant which opened for business on 1st March 2016. Any reviews or images/photos prior to that are not connected to Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Nothing else I can really say apart from the guy who runs it 'Buddy' an ex lecturer who moved overseas run's the dixie pig made our trip in Chaing Mai. He can assist your every need whether it came down trips in the local area or just general information. The bed's were comfortable and the room's were clean. Not much more you could ask for considering the price too... 5/5 I'm definately going to visit again!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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pol11uk, Aay's husband at Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 November 2016
This review was for a previous business "The Dixie Pig Guest House" and not Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant which opened for business on 1st March 2016. Any reviews or images/photos prior to that are not connected to Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant.

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Capitola, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2012

My husband emailed the owner and booked a room for 1 night in November and he confirmed our booking. When we arrived around 10 pm after the taxi driver looking for the place a long time, we found the place closed and in totally darkness
We were finally able to talk with a lady cross the street, who told us to bang on the door no 4.We did, and a surprised man opened the door, we explained the situation and he told us that the owner were on vacation and that he was in charge of the guesthouse.
He didn't know about our booking and the place was ocked down and he didn't have a key to the rooms. He finally called someone and after a while a kid on a bike came with the key. We were finally let into a room and if it hadn't been so late we would have left immediately. The sink was in the bedroom with a pipe pouring out the water directly on the bathroom floor. We were tired and went to bed and it was the worst bed we ever slept in in Asia. The bed was so hard so it felt like we were sleeping on the floor and the pillow hard as a rock. We got a couple of hours sleep and we we're looking forward to the breakfast the guy had told us we could get. We spend time with the friend of the owner, who was very nice while we waited for the cooking lady to show up.She never did and finally the friend crooked US to a breakfast place that served good food.
We will never know how good the coffee tasted, nor how good cook the owners wife/girlfriend is because we will never return to this place.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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pol11uk, Aay's husband at Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 November 2016
This review was for a previous business "The Dixie Pig Guest House" and not Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant which opened for business on 1st March 2016. Any reviews or images/photos prior to that are not connected to Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant.

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Paul, Aay & Freya
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Balkanabat, Balkan, Turkmenistan
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

I stayed in Dixie Pig for about a week in January 2012 and had a really pleasant experience. Buddy and Ann warmly welcomed me, gave a lot of useful advices and information about the area and Thai culture and showed me around. I had a really good time in Chiang Mai, thanks to them. The rooms are big and very clean (!), with hot water, wi-fi and TV, for a very reasonable price. They also have discounts for the longer periods of stay, starting from one week. Ann is a fantastic cook, food was delicious. I would definitely recommend Dixie Pig to everyone, whether as a place to stay, or as a place to have the morning coffee and breakfast!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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pol11uk, Aay's husband at Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 November 2016
This review was for a previous business "The Dixie Pig Guest House" and not Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant which opened for business on 1st March 2016. Any reviews or images/photos prior to that are not connected to Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant.

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Paul, Aay & Freya
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

I met with Buddy as I was wandering through the alleys of Chiang Mai. He was so great, providing info about the surroundings, the do's and don't, and most of all, Thai culture from Western eyes. Although we did not stay at his guesthouse, this meeting made such a difference for this first trip in Thailand. If you are around in Chiang Mai, I strongly recommend you stop by Dixie Pig !

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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pol11uk, Aay's husband at Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 November 2016
This review was for a previous business "The Dixie Pig Guest House" and not Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant which opened for business on 1st March 2016. Any reviews or images/photos prior to that are not connected to Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant.

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Paul, Aay & Freya
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Doha, Qatar
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2012

Didnt stay there but stopped by to do some laundry and have a bite to eat.
Coffee is excellent, the best I've tasted in a long time. Homemade food is brilliant. I had a green curry which was perfect and my husband had the homemade sausage which he said was delicious. They did beans on toast for the kids, which made their day! The service was the best part however; the owner, Buddy, was brining out Thai fruit for the kids to try. Chatted to us and really made us feel at home. Will be going back there again before we leave Chiang Mai.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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pol11uk, Aay's husband at Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 November 2016
This review was for a previous business "The Dixie Pig Guest House" and not Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant which opened for business on 1st March 2016. Any reviews or images/photos prior to that are not connected to Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

I stayed here for a week or so in March 2012 and I feel you get great value for money. The guesthouse is located in a nice and pretty quiet area and still close to everything.
The rooms are good and very clean, there is hot water, international TV, fast WiFi and if you
need anything else you just ask Buddy or Ann. The coffee and the breakfest is outstanding and the oweners makes you feel like you are family (A GREAT THANKS TO BUDDY AND ANN) It's have been a very pleasent stay for me as a first timer in Chiang Mai. I got the best service I ever have experience allways with a lot of good advices and suggestions about what to do and what to see. There is no doubt where I stay the next time I am in Chiang Mai - Right on DIXIE PIG GUESTHOUSE!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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pol11uk, Aay's husband at Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant, responded to this review, 22 November 2016
This review was for a previous business "The Dixie Pig Guest House" and not Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant which opened for business on 1st March 2016. Any reviews or images/photos prior to that are not connected to Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant.

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Paul, Aay & Freya
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Property: Banh Mi Guest House & Restaurant
Address: 22 Soi 2, Moon Muang Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Formerly Dixie Pig Guest House)
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 825 Speciality Lodging in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family run guest house in a quiet soi in the old city. Most major attractions are at the most a 10 minute walk away. Our restaurant serves Thai food cooked by Aay, the owner; we use no MSG in our food. We welcome families...and will do what we can to accommodate you. ... more   less 
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