Sunday, February 16, 2014

Where to Stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand: Siri House Bed & Breakfast


Lately, I've been booking my stays in local traditional houses. I also did the same when I was in Indonesia. I love traditional houses. Just by it, I am already getting a glimpse and a feel of the local culture. I like pondering on their architecture, landscape and interior details. I consider finding a nice traditional local home as one of the joys of traveling.




There are so many guesthouses and hostels in Chiang Mai but only this one stood out for me. It is not among the cheapest. But after I saw it, I knew that this was where I wanted to stay. I was glad that Beau agreed with me on this one. Reservation was easy. Pat, the owner confirmed our reservation through email after I booked it through Booking.com.


garden parking


We reached Chiang Mai very early in the morning. We bought a local sim card in 7 Eleven to contact Pat so she can give directions to the tuktuk driver because we had a hard time communicating the location to them. It is not in the usual hostel location near the Thapae Gate.


spirit houses


Language barrier. It was always one of the problems I encounter in Thailand. Even with Pat, we had a misunderstanding at first. I almost panicked when she said she got no room for us. Good thing when we explained everything and showed her my booking confirmation, it got all clear. She mistaken me for somebody else, good grief. She apologized and I was happy as long as I'll be able to stay in her house.


our twin room


I originally booked for a king or a double room but when we arrived, the only thing available was the twin room. Whatever, as long as we got a place to stay. It was peak season.

The room is spacious enough and it has a beautifully painted walls. Actually, all the rooms have. The beds are firm and comfortable. It is also well-ventilated with those big windows.


dresser


There is a vanity dresser and a working desk at the other side. They also give complimentary 2 bottles of water. Towels and bath soap are also provided.


toilet and bath

They also have hot shower. The only thing I didn't like was the weak water pressure. It took me longer than usual to finish taking a shower.


the living room

The house has an awesome big living room. The wooden furniture looks like antique. The brick walls, the framed old photos and the tiled floors added to the rustic feel.


the hallway to the other rooms

There was also this corner with pretty little paintings hanging in the wall. I bet it would be nice reading a book in this spot.


a quiet corner

Behind the outdoor dining hall is Pat's mini-kitchen where she prepares our breakfast. She also has tourist brochures available there and a hammock perfect for chilling out.


open dining hall

There are a lot of space for dining in the garden area. Below is our most favorite one. We had our breakfast every morning in this spot.


our fave breakfast place

Pat serves breakfast every morning. There's always toasts and fresh fruits. She also serves local Thai delicacies (not in the picture though).


yummy breakfast to start your day

The garden in front of the house is huge. I'm sure you will find your own favorite spot here.







I super love this place. Every part of the garden is picture-worthy. Can you see the dog in the photo above? That's Bailan. He has cute eyebrows hehe. He is a nice dog and will only bark at you if you run.



our helmets

small pond

The abundance of plants and trees all around makes the atmosphere more relaxing. You've also got to love that Lanna architecture of the house, constructed with teak wood and very intricate carvings.




We never had a problem during our stay here. Pat helped us too with our motorbike rental. She also loves chatting with us and sharing stories about her other guests and her family. She also told us the story behind her beautiful house and how did it become a guesthouse.



Pat and Beau

During our stay here, we became close to Pat. She reminds me so much of my Mom. She is funny, talkative and prepares delicious breakfast for us every morning with her sweet smile. Our day was not complete without chatting with her for hours. I would have given it 5 hearts for the rating if the water pressure is okay. But I know that if ever I come back to Chiang Mai, I will stay with her again.


Accommodation Information:

Siri House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 68 Bumrungrad Rd. Tambon Watgate Ampur Muang Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand
Contact Nos: ( +66 ) 53 248 339; ( +66 ) 84 613 1575
Website:  http://www.sirihouse.com
Room Rates: THB 700 for Twin or King Fan; THB 900 for King AC; THB 850 for Cottage with Balcony
*Please note that rates are THB 100 more during peak seasons.


Accommodation Rating: ♥♥♥♥


This is Part 3 of my Chiang Mai travel series. 

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