Where to Stay in Chiang Mai

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 trainingvolunteer 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!

iyou bed and breakfast chiang mai

Entrance to iyou

 

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.

iyou chiang mai

iyou chiang mai 3 (1)

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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!

Traditional Thai breakfast

Traditional Thai breakfast

 

iyou chiang mai

 

Where to find it: 29/3 Soi 2 Kor Ratchiangsaen Rd., Chiang Mai
Budget: about $50/night

More in this series:

Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai
Giving Alms to Monks in Thailand
Volunteering with Elephants
Muay Thai Training in Thailand

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