If you’re planning a trip to Chiang Mai, you’re definitely wondering where to stay. Having lived in Chiang Mai for over 5 years, I know all the places in the city.
So where should you stay in Chiang Mai? If you want to live in a modern area with great shopping, cafes and restaurants, the best area to stay in Chiang Mai is Nimman. If you plan to spend most of your time shopping in the local markets and night markets, you should choose a hotel in old town.
Read on to find out more about where I think you should stay in Chiang Mai.
Nimman is all about refurbished buildings, bohemian premises where good taste reigns, and casual-looking street stalls with very thoughtful locations. If a survey were carried out among confessed hipsters, their favorite neighborhood in Chiang Mai and even all of Thailand would be Nimman.
Located in Tambon Sutep, and known as Nimmanhaemin Road (Nimman, to the locals), the hipster neighborhood of Chiang Mai is a very busy area since it is located in one of the most important commercial areas of the region during the last 50 years. Young and bohemian people move here partly due to the proximity of the university area of the city.
Along Nimmanhaemin Road, all kinds of accommodations are emerging, from very economical ones – which involve sharing a room and a bathroom – to more private, yet equally affordable, options. To fully enjoy this Chiang Mai neighborhood, the Eastin Tan Hotel Chiang Mai is a good choice: close to the MAYA shopping center and with a beautiful interior design, it doesn’t lose the essence of Thai traditions.
Read on and choose from my top picks.
My Top Picks in Nimman
U Nimman Chiang Mai (Luxury Hotel)
If you’re looking for a 5 Star hotel, U Nimman Chiang Mai is your best option. It’s got everything you’d want in a hotel. Great location, friendly staff and 5 Star service.
Eastin Tan Hotel Chiang Mai (Mid Range)
The Eastin Tan hotel is my favorite hotel in Nimman. Location wise, it’s across the street from the Maya mall on one side and One Nimman on the other side. There’s also the food market each night right under the hotel. For me, this is the best hotel in to stay at.
Bed Addict Hostel X Cafe (Budget)
If you’re looking for a hostel, Bed Addict is the best option in Nimman. There are a lot of hostels all around Nimman however this one stands out for its design, atmosphere and vibe.
Known as the old town of Chiang Mai or historical center, this is the best option if you want to be close to the main attractions of the city. A short distance from the walled area of the old city is the Chiang Mai Night Market.
Choose from my top picks below.
My Top Picks in Old Town
The Inside House (Luxury Hotel)
Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, The Inside House is your best option if you’re looking for a more traditional Thai experience. The hotel looks like an old Thai house and it has the hospitality to match the ambience. It also has a great location with hundreds of places to eat just a couple of minutes away.
Muan Hotel (Mid Range)
Just a few steps away from Pae Gate, the Muan Hotel is a great mid-range option. Once again, the Muan Hotel has a great location with lots of things to see and do around. If you like a social atmosphere while you’re relaxing in your hotel, Muan has a lot of common areas where you can hang out with other guests.
Green Sleep Hostel (Budget)
Right by the market, the Green Sleep Hostel is a great budget option in Old Town. The most important thing in a hostel is cleanliness; at least for me. Green Sleep is super clean. This is another place with great common areas so you can meet other travelers and hang out.