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!
- 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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