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Where to stay in Chiang Mai? The best places for any budget

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Last updated at 28/02/2024, 21:15

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If you’re going to Chiang Mai anytime soon, you might be looking for accommodation. The city has lots to offer from hostels to luxury apartments and everyone can find something for themselves. In this article you’ll find recommendations of the best places to stay in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai attracts travellers from all around the world. People come here to get to know the culture, go on a hike in the mountains and try to most delicious food. Visiting the city is exciting. If you want to make your holidays even better, find the best place to stay in Chiang Mai before you go, book it and enjoy your break in the North of Thailand.

If you’re looking for something suitable to your budget, check these spots out. I’m sure you’ll be able to find the prefect one for yourself.

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    The best areas to stay in Chiang Mai for visitors

    Tourists like to stay in Chiang Mai in central places. Below you will find a couple of options and my suggestions of accommodation.

    The centre – The Old Town

    Where to stay in Chiang Mai - an old hotel in Chiang Mai.
    The Old Town has a great selection of old-timey hotels. Buri Gallery House from Booking.com.

    When you look at the map of Chiang Mai, you will see a clear square in the middle. That’s the centre, something that locals call ‘inside the moat’ because the square is surrounded by water.

    Inside of the square you will find a lot of hotels, hostels, shops, massage salons. This is also the place where they hold Saturday and Sunday markets.

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    It’s probably the most convenient place to stay for tourists. The main streets are a bit chaotic and loud, but there are a lot of smaller alleys that are quiet and are perfect places to stay.

    My suggestions of places to stay in the Old Town:

    My TOP choice:

    The entrance to the Terracota Arts Hotel. Booking.com.

    Phor Liang Meun Terracotta Arts is a gorgeous 4-star hotel in the centre of Chiang Mai. It used to be a gallery, but was recently turned into a beautiful hotel.
    The rooms are very spacious and clean. The staff is very helpful and really nice and the breakfast will satisfy every foodie.
    The hotel has a small swimming pool and a garden.

    Nimmenhaemida Road (Nimmen)

    A reception area of a hotel in Chiang Mai.
    Burisiri Hotel provides comfortable and stylish accommodation. Book on Booking.com.

    A bit further away from the Old Town, you’ll find a long street called Nimmen. Nowadays this street is turning into a shopping area, targeting Chinese tourists. It’s full of expensive boutiques and spa centres. However, in the smaller streets, you’ll find quiet areas. There are a lot of small coffee shops and local restaurants, making Nimmenhaemida the perfect place to stay in Chiang Mai.

    My suggestions of accommodation in this area:

    My TOP choice:

    G Nimman is an outstanding hotel in Chiang Mai. Book on Booking.com.

    G Nimman is a stylish, beautiful hotel with modern rooms and an amazing swimming pool. It’s located in a quiet alley, from which you can make trips to the city very easily.

    Riverside

    The river area is a nice place, too. Here the hotels are located in older buildings. There are a lot of restaurants with great views and it’s a bit further away from the noise of the Old Town.

    My suggestions of hotels and hostels around Riverside:

    My TOP choice:

    Amata Lanna Village offers beautiful traditional rooms. Book now on Booking.com.

    Amata Lanna Village – traditional, Lanna-style hotel with a friendly owner. It’s a bit further away from the centre, but this guarantees a peaceful night. You can catch a taxi, or order Grab from there.

    The Night Bazaar

    If you’re wondering where to stay in Chiang Mai and looking for something central, but still a bit away from the main streets, consider The Night Baazar area.

    The market operates at night and closes around 11 or so. It’s located at a very busy street, but around it there are plenty of quiet and peaceful hotels and hostels.

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    My suggestions of places to stay near Night Baazar:

    My TOP Choice:

    A view over the city from the Ama's Boutique Hotel in Chiang Mai.
    Ama’s Boutique Hotel is a great place to stay in Chiang Mai. Book now on Booking.com.

    Ama’s Boutique Hotel – it’s very clean and the room are spacious. There is a small swimming pool, offering a great view over the area.

    Accommodation in Chiang Mai – Useful Information

    Here’s some additional information that might be useful when staying in Chiang Mai.

    • When booking your accommodation, check the payment method. Sometimes, Booking.com asks you to put your card details, but doesn’t take the money. You pay only when you arrive. In most places you can pay with a card. I recommend having Revolut, which makes payments abroad cheaper and more convenient.
    • Have your insurance with you, in case you get delayed, or something else happens and you lose your booking. I recommend SafetyWing or World Nomads.

    Whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, vibrant nightlife, tranquil riverside views, or a mix of it all, Chiang Mai has a wide range of neighborhoods to suit every traveler’s taste. The Old City stands as a testament to the city’s rich history, while Nimmanhaemin exudes a trendy and youthful vibe. For those yearning for serenity, the Riverside area offers a peaceful escape, and the Night Bazaar provides a bustling and lively atmosphere. Whichever area you choose, Chiang Mai’s charm, warm hospitality, and captivating attractions are sure to create unforgettable memories of your stay in the “Rose of the North.”

    Do you have any questions about where to stay in Chiang Mai? Leave a comment!