Thapae Gate Lodge feels like a retreat from the buzz of tourism that fills this Chiangmai neighbourhood, with small, but beautifully decorated rooms in wooden Thai-style houses in a peaceful garden setting. The German-Thai ownership is a good combination and service is genuinely friendly. If it isn’t busy, they’ll even let you check out late, free of charge. Being able to have an evening shower after a long sticky day of sightseeing was a godsend before we boarded our overnight train to Bangkok.
Cost: 300 baht in low season for a wooden house-style double room with en suite bathroom and WIFI. 400 baht in high season.
Finding it: 37/8 Moonmuang Road, Soi 2, Prasing Muang. Opposite Top North Guesthouse. (See map below.)
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