Chiang Mai Nov - hotel/rental recommendations, A/C question
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jul 17, 2013 4:58 AM Last Post By: trigger_elf
Jul 10, 2013 11:36 AM
Chiang Mai Nov - hotel/rental recommendations, A/C questionHi there,
Me again.. so many questions! :)
I am planning on being in Chiang Mai for Loi Krathong and would like to book a hotel for the week of the festivities (second week of Nov) sooner than later.
My friend recommended either being around the moat/inside of it, OR staying around Nimmanhaemin (spelled differently everywhere..) and now I'm stuck, because they seem about a 30 min walk apart.
I think that these two locations would be good for Loy Krathong, but can someone possibly confirm, and if you have experiences with either please let me know?:
Also, how essential is A/C in November as opposed to having a ceiling fan in the room? I dehydrate easily so was planning on splurging for A/C, but if places stay cool without, I am fine with not spending the extra cash.
If anyone has any suggestions of places that would be in between the moat and Nimmanhaemin, I am open to those as well. I'm looking to spend around or less than $20/USD a night.
I have been looking at monthly rentals as well, as I plan on staying for at least a month, but I am not 100% sure of the dates yet so would like the flexibility to book a refundable room for the holiday as I am guessing these book up more quickly.
Jul 10, 2013 11:37 AM
Jul 10, 2013 9:32 PM
2if you google either of those names and click on maps it will highlight them, then go into street view to check it is correct as it isn't always. You'll find there are soooo many guesthouses in that are it is hard to choose one as it is literally every other building. I still think you could be in a better location for Loy Krathong. I would base myself near the ping river and the iron bridge and night bazaar. or at least closer to Thapae gate. I didn't make it to Nimenhaimen last year for the festival so couldn't comment on that area, although it is good in that area for a night on the booze.
Jul 11, 2013 1:45 AM
I was the one who asked about monthly rental in Chiang Mai on the other thread. I've been planning for a month now to stay longer in Chiang Mai in my next trip (this Nov as well for the Yi Peng) and based on my research, majority of the hotels around Nimmanhemin Rd are not really for backpackers. Prices range from 700-4000baht/ night and only few offers monthly rental. I could be wrong but haven't seen any yet around 400-500 baht/ night. The cheapest I could find is 700 baht/ night (price lower than this is a dorm room which Im not sure if you're interested) and if you'll ask me you can get a lot of better (way better!) options in the old city area within that price. I have never been in the area but according to the feedback I also got from fellow travelers, food is more expensive in the area as well (aside from traffic is terrible in that area). It seems the dining, night life and shopping center in Chiang Mai hence the higher costs and noisier. It is just a short tuktuk ride away from the old city but if you just want to stay in the area for the night of Yi Peng or Loy Krathong, it seems not worth the hassle, no?
AC - temperature in Chiang Mai during November is around 20-28 degrees Celsius. I was there last month (height of summer) and the guesthouse I was staying didn't have any A/C room anymore and too tired to find another accommodation, I settled for their fan room. I was bit hesitant at first coz like you, I dehydrate easily and I can't breathe if the weather gets too hot! But it was okay. I didn't transfer to another room after my first night :)
So far among recommendations I got, Banwiang seems the best option for me. It is the only one I found so far with a consistent internet feedback which is my top priority. It is also cheap and within the old city. You can check their rates on this link if you are interested - http://www.banwiang-guesthouse.com/reservation.htm.
Varada place comes close. It is around 15 mins from Nimmanhemin Rd (why do they have to be mouthful? lol) and around 10-15 mins walk from the Old City. Seems your bet if you want to be close in these two areas. You can contact them in Facebook faster than email (http://www.varadaplace.com/contact/) . 4.5k-5k baht + utilities. Could be a good option for me too if not for their dodgy internet. Met a guy in a forum who lives there and according to him everything else is okay except the internet.
Hope this helps.
Edited by: trigger_elf
Jul 11, 2013 2:06 AM
4November is the start of cooler season so aircon shouldn't be necessary.
Most of the Loy Krathong activity is along the Ping river, along the old city moat, and at Thaphae Gate and Three Kings monument in the old city. Anywhere within a 10 min. walk from Thaphae Gate, either just inside the old city or out towards the river, would be most central to the action. See map here
The Nimmanhaemin area is about 4km away so if you stay out there I would take a tuk tuk or red truck into town instead of walking. At least 30 min. on foot.
There are plenty of guesthouse rooms for under$20/600b mostly in the old city, but many of them don't take advance bookings. Check the popular booking sites like Agoda, AsiaRooms, etc. and sort by price. Things fill up pretty quick for the festival. Or just get here several days earlier and grab a room you can hold onto for the duration. Will also give you time to look around for a monthly place.
Jul 11, 2013 5:53 PM
Jul 11, 2013 11:36 PM
6Based on living in Chiang Mai for 12 weeks last winter I need to elaborate on some of the advice given:
When people give walking distances to the Old City remember it's its a square about 1200 yards per side. Look for distances to a specific point, usually a gate, or the moat, which is the edge of the old city.
I can't empasize enough how bad traffic is to the north and west of the old city, which is where Nimmanhemin is. The 3 major roads are bumper to bumper in the morning, late afternoon and when they thais visit Nimmanhemin on the weekends. It's faster to walk then take a red bus or tuk-tuk.
I saw few non Thai tourists in the Nimmanhemin area. After visiting a few times I began asking other long stay foreigners about their experiences there. They confirmed what I'd been subject too: many places don't want your business and will treat you accordingly.
Whether you need air con depends on the room's sun exposure. A south facing room that's in sun all day will be plenty toasty by mid afternoon. A ceiling fan will do very little to mix in outside air when it starts to cool off. That wouldn't help much because the walls will continue to radiate heat for hours.
I looked at several places between the moat and Nimmanhaemin. Ended up in a place that's out of your price range. The others were all small rooms, had southern exposures (the northern exposure rooms were all booked by long term residents) and few eating choices within a short walk.
Jul 16, 2013 12:56 PM
Jul 16, 2013 2:18 PM
8Also, trigger_elf, I would love to meet up since we will be there around the same time, and I think I will be booking at Banwiang per your recommendation.
Apparently private messaging is not an option, so let me know if you are on TripAdvisor or other forums, or comfortable giving out your e-mail here.
Jul 17, 2013 4:58 AM
No prob. You can get a hold of me on this email: email@example.com. Im going to meet a couple of traveler friends as well for the festival. A Japanese, a Polish and 2-3 fellow Filipino friends (i always bumped to any of them to just anywhere!). You're very much welcome to join our crew :)
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