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Early Bird Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #31 of 718 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
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“Cosy stay, tasty breakfast and wonderful staff - all in one great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

My partner and I stayed at Early Bird for six nights over the Songkran period, and found it a very comfortable hideaway amidst the heat and madness of the festive season.

Location: The B&B is located in the Old City, across from the Wat Chedi Luang in a small soi alongside the 3Sis guesthouse. Taxi to the B&B from Chiang Mai Airport is 120 Baht (Flat fare; just approach the taxi desk at the airport). Getting around on a daily basis was easy, and we were never more than 10-15 mins' walk away from the Ta Pae and Chiang Mai gates, and 5 mins' walk to the night markets and food stalls. Tuk tuks and songthaews (pick-up taxis) can be flagged from the main road just outside, or you can ask the staff to arrange one for you.

Rooms: We stayed in a double room on the top floor (Level 3). Each of the rooms were given bird names and decorated accordingly, which is a nice and quirky touch. Our room was very clean and all the fittings worked well even though some parts of the walls and floors looked a little worn for a five-month old establishment (We learned later from the owner that her family had owned this property for some time and that she had only recently converted it into her own B&B. It was still a work-in-progress, and she and her small group of staff were working out the kinks).

Being on the top floor helped keep the noise levels down - generated mostly by guests chatting with the staff, or watching TV in the common hall. The walls are thin, and we're light sleepers, but we managed a good rest as all of the guests generally made an effort to keep noise at the minimum.

Service: We found the staff always ready to help us with our queries, and they also went out of the way to make food and activity suggestions based on our preferences, and to chat with us about our travels. No matter how busy, they were always warm and sincere, and looking for ways to make our stay comfortable.

Food: The daily breakfast can be ordered the afternoon before. Options are: American breakfast (eggs, bacon and sausages with toast), muesli and yoghurt option, or Thai breakfast (noodles or rice in broth, or chicken rice bought from a nearby street stall). There's always fresh local fruits to go along, as well as coconut juice, coffee or tea. Choice is limited BUT everything is tasty and servings are ample.

While they do ask you for your preferred timing, table service might be a little slow especially when many guests decide to eat at the same time. That's because they have limited hands in the kitchen and they do make the extra effort in their serving presentation, as well as ensuring everything is hot and fresh. If you have a tour or pick-up scheduled for the morning, best to emphasise this to the staff the night before. They might offer to make you a take-away sandwich instead so you needn't rush through your breakfast.

Other stuff we found useful:
- Free WiFi and ample sockets for our chargers
- A great collection of DVDs to borrow and watch in our room
- There's no mini fridge in the room, but you can request to use the ones downstairs if you need to chill your drinks. There are also drinks for sale at reasonable prices.
- The room didn't have a wardrobe, and not enough hooks to air out our clothes, so we asked for more hangers and hung them from the curtain rails
- There's a pick-up/drop off laundry service for 50 baht per kilo. Ours was done and delivered in 4 hours. Alternatively, there are lots of laundry shops around the corner and in town that will wash and dry for 30 baht per kilo
- Huen Pen Restuarant on Ratchmanka Road was recommended to us by the staff. A great place for authentic Northern Thai food. Walkable from the B&B, and relatively inexpensive.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

Stayed here for a couple of nights in April 2012 and would definitely stay again. The staff is really friendly and always greets you with your name. If you have any problems they will do all they can to help you (I was sick with fewer and felt really good taken care of).

The rooms are simple but inviting. Also everything is "bird-themed" but not too much. The breakfast is ok. They also have a huge collection of DVD´s if you want to stay in your room and watch movies :)

Tip: Sunday night market is just some 50m away

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

The B&B has fun, contemporary decor and extremely cozy and well-furnished rooms. I felt more like I had my own little apartment than a hotel room. The windows opened up wide and let a lot of sunlight into the room, the bathroom was big, the whole room was clean, and there was a lot of furniture and space to spread my belongings out on. The lobby is cozy, and packed with TONS of DVDs that you can borrow and watch up in your room. Oh, and did I mention they have WIFI?

The breakfast is one of the best I've ever had - tasty, a lot of food, and healthy. I'm just sad I wasn't feeling well the whole time in Chiang Mai so I could barely eat. Faa was really sweet and seemed so concerned that I wasn't well, she even offered to take me to the doctor. Her and Gig took good care of the guests and always seemed interested in how you were doing.

The location is walking distance to many of the famous temples in Old Chiang Mai, and it's close enough to the night market that you can walk (it takes about 20 minutes).

Overall, I loved staying there - it honestly felt like my little oasis in the city, just what I needed when I wasn't feeling 100%

Room Tip: Try to stay higher up, the lobby area can get noisy due to the tv and guests walking in and out
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Early bird is a wonderful place to stay in the heart of chiang Mai old town. You can walk anywhere within the walls easily and you can also walk to Saturday night market. It is right around the corner from the Sunday walking street markets.

The girls at the guesthouse are extremely friendly and helped out with anything we needed. The breakfast is amazing and you can choose from Thai or western with fresh juice and fruit.

The room was a good size and very clean. I would definitely recommend this guesthouse!

  • Stayed February 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

It's pricey for a B&B, specially in Chiang Mai where you'll find cheaper options...BUT, you'll find the added value in all the extras: spacious rooms, cleanliness, white sheets & towels, WiFi, location (a few steps from Chedi Luang), an amazing breakfast (!) and most of all, the personalized service of the people who run this place..

It's casual, SAFE, the rooms are "themey" (each room is assigned a bird) without overdoing it.. the house has around 10 rooms (?) so could be a bit noisy in the morning if you're not an early riser, but most of the guests who were here during our stay were respectful in keeping it down at night..we borrowed their bikes, a laundry is available a couple of houses down the lane, the weekend night market is literally a few steps from the main door, they have a DVD library if you just want to spend your time watching movies in your room..really, we couldn't have asked for more..

Fa & Gig, Kop Khun Krup for a great stay!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

Once in November 2011,while we were running away from Bangkok flooding. Name Earlybird just appeared in the list of the hotel booking web. That later we knew it,s grand opening when we reached there. Earlybird are a small nest always welcome all the flying bird with smile and comfort like home. We stay there first three night with family and friends. And we back again from going to pai , three night more. There 's quiet place clean and easy going out to travel around. It's in the center of the town. For sure when we going back to Chiangmai again this place should be my nest.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Early Bird Bed & Breakfast
Address: 1, Soi 8 Prapokklao Rd | Prasingh, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 718 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Early Bird is located within the heart of the old city with many of the beautiful temples and historical sites that Chiang Mai is renowned for just a short stroll from the front door. You will also find a large selection of restaurants and cafes located within easy waking distance from Early Bird. ... more   less 
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