We absolutely loved Northern Thailand and if we had to choose a city in South East Asia to live in it would be Chiang Mai. You can go on a meditation retreat, learn to cook Thai, take up muay thai training, volunteer with elephants or wake up at dawn to give alms to monks. We spent our first couple of days staying with a local at the iyou Bed and Breakfast, which happened to be one of the most tranquil and relaxing stays we’ve ever experienced.
There is a secret garden that feels like you’re walking into a rainforest and the owner is a lovely Burmese woman who was eager to learn where we came from.
To enter, you need to hop the rectangled stones like frogs hop lily pads. Cute!
She and her husband designed the B&B and all the details themselves. Each room has it’s own character – our own room had a rustic feel with lots of bamboo touches, and surprisingly good (free) Wi-Fi access which is a huge plus if you work remote.
I do have to mention the beds are not the most comfortable in Thailand. Actually they’re hard as a rock. Our local guides Pai Boon and On say it’s because Thais believe a bedroom is only necessary to sleep in and most of the time you live outside of it anyway.
The location is also very central – it’s an 8-minute walk to Chiang Mai Gate and the market. The night bizarre, yoga studios, and lots of good restaurants (Vintage Park is a must by the way) are within a 15-minute walk or so. They don’t have a website which means we stumbled on it by accident but we were so glad we did.
We were also treated to the most filling traditional Thai breakfast soups in the morning and if you decide to stay here, don’t forget to be like Thais and leave your shoes at the door!
Where to find it: 29/3 Soi 2 Kor Ratchiangsaen Rd., Chiang Mai
Budget: about $50/night
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