Chiang Mai has an excellent and growing selection of accommodation, ranging from superb five-star hotels and private boutique hotels to budget guesthouses. Most establishments can be found in the Old City and around the Night Bazaar, with Thapae Gate being the busiest and most central area. Huay Kaew is more family friendly, while most five-star establishments are out of town in spacious private locations.
Lodging guide – Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is a medium-sized, varied city and the different districts all offer a distinctly diverse atmosphere. For US$500 a night, you can stay in an exclusive pavilion among the pretty rice fields of Mae Rim, US$40 gets you the dependable standard of Novotel, or budget travellers can even get a dorm bed at a backpackers in the Old City for US$3, room from US$5.
This Chiang Mai lodging guide by area will help you decide exactly where you want to stay. Find these establishments on our Chiang Mai map.
Old city lodging: most backpackers head for the wide selection of budget and increasingly medium range guesthouses here. Many are housed in old-style Lanna teak houses, and lodgings in this part of the city often have the distinct charm of ancient Chiang Mai. There are also quite a few medium-range hotels catering to foreign tourists, and staying in this area is convenient with good tourist infrastructure.
Night Bazaar and Ping River lodging: these areas are home to many upmarket chain and independent hotels as well as boutique lodgings. The main strip through the Night Bazaar can be busy and noisy, but lodgings along the river have fine views and are less busy.
Chang Phuak Gate: has the reliable Novotel and a string of medium-range hotels catering mainly to local and Asian visitors. This is not a bad place to stay if you want to escape the tourist crowds and have easy access to the attractions north of the city.
Out of town: is where many of Chiang Mai’s finest and most exclusive lodgings can be found with the newly opened Dhara Devi, operated by the Oriental group, in San Kampaeng being the city’s flagship establishment. Mae Rim also boasts plenty of top-notch hotels and resorts set among lush rice fields and cool mountains.
Huey Kaew Road: leads to the zoo and university and has a good range of medium to high-end hotels catering to Western and Asian tourists. This area is also popular with families and long-stayers as it is near green areas and child-friendly attractions.
Doi Suthep-Pui National Park: has a number of scenic resorts set among the lush hills just a stone’s throw from the city. Most feature Lanna-style architecture and offer plenty of activities amid the natural surroundings. Spas, golf courses and ample leisure facilities make these popular with couples and families alike.
Recommended Chiang Mai hotels
Golden Cupids Hotel: With its suburban location Golden Cupid has nice spacious ‘teak-character’ rooms, a lovely tropical garden and pool, large restaurant for functions, good international cuisine, full amenities (including wireless internet) and is British managed…more details and booking
Frangipani Service Residences: A luxurious option for those accustomed to staying in five star hotels but looking for something more private and personal, and longer-term. Located in the heart of the old town, superb 1 and 2 bed serviced apartments, Swiss managed…more details and booking
Secret Garden Chiang Mai: A peaceful, family-run guesthouse with charming bungalows in a lovely garden environment located in Borsang, away from the bustle of central Chiang Mai. Sits beside a pretty pond, includes a relaxing pool and offers cooking classes…more details and booking