Accommodation for North Thailand - Summary

Emma - 12 December 2016

Our average spend in Thailand was £8.90 for accommodation (or more realistically £6.15, if you exclude our one splurge day!) and for that budget we could get private doubles in guesthouses, almost always en suite, although we didn't bother with air conditioning. Here's the run down of what we were spending...

New Siam II

Where: In Bangkok, on Soi Rambuttri, near Khao San Road
What: Private double, fan, shared bathroom
The Good: Cheap for Bangkok, had places to put your luggage
The Bad: Very hot room, shared showers etc were on the landing which felt a bit odd, and pot luck whether your shower was hot!
The Damage: 370B / £8.50

New Siam II

Tamarind Guesthouse

Where: Kanchanaburi
What: Private double, fan, en suite
The Good: Literally ON the river, we could have paddled our toes in the water from the veranda. Nice and clean, friendly reception staff, lovely views, and you could even see the river flowing under you through the gaps in the bathroom floorboards!
The Bad: The wifi didn’t work, and the shower was cold, but these were small prices to pay
The Damage: 350B / £8

Tamarind

Camping

Where: Erawan National Park
What: A tent with toilet and shower facilities nearby
The Good: Lovely location, and means you can hike this popular national park outside of it’s busy opening hours
The Bad: Quite expensive for a tent!
The Damage: 210B / £5 (Including pillow, mattress, blanket)

Camping at Erawan

Jolly Frog

Where: Kanchanaburi
What: Private double, fan, en suite
The Good: Hammocks in the garden, and a good restaurant at the guesthouse
The Bad: Fairly dingy bathroom
The Damage: 230B / £5.50

Jolly Frog

Eakachai Houseboat

Where: Mae Ngat Dam, north of Chiang Mai
What: Double, fan, en suite
The Good: This place was amazing, essentially a floating resort with inflatable adult-sized obstacle course, kayak hire, and food all included
The Bad: Cold shower, that only works at certain times of the day
The Damage: 2,000B / £46.50, but this also includes two meals for two people, plus transport, and use of all the amenities.

Eakachai houseboat

Kristi House

Where: Chiang Mai (Old Town)
What: Double, fan, en suite
The Good: Big, clean room with good wifi. A shared balcony on each landing, so we could sit out with some beers in the evening.
The Bad: Very unfriendly staff! They warmed up the longer we stayed though...
The Damage: 300B / £7, rising to 350B / £8 as we got closer to the lantern festival

Kristi House

Your House 2

Where: Chiang Mai (Old Town)
What: Double, fan, en suite
The Good: Cheap over the busy lantern festival period
The Bad: An owner who seemed like she was trying unsuccessfully to hide her distain!
The Damage: 300B / £7

Your House 2

Portside Hotel

Where: Chiang Khong, the border town for crossing into Huay Xai in Laos
What: Double, fan, en suite
The Good: Erm… a very nice built in wardrobe, containing the last visitor’s hoodie and t-shirt. Oh, and it had a fridge!
The Bad: Mouldy toilet seat, rock hard beds, and only about two of the room’s eight or so light bulbs were actually working. Plus the included breakfast turned out to be a banana and some instant coffee.
The Damage: This was actually included in our slow boat package from Chiang Mai to Laos, so we don’t know how much it cost in isolation. We’re guessing not much...

Portside Hotel

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