Having stayed at the Baan Pim Guesthouse in Chiang Mai on several occasions I have found that as well as it being a very lovely guesthouse, it is also in a very convenient location with easy access to everything you could possibly need. It is situated near to the moated old city of Chiang Mai that still holds on to traces of the past. For those staying in Chiang Mai on a Sunday and partial to the odd market or two,then the Sunday Thapae night market, also known as walking street night market is not to be missed and literally a stone throw away from the Baan Pim Guesthouse. It is said that it would take at the very least two hours to walk both sides of the market browsing each stall and there are some very tasty snacks to be had as well, in between the browsing of course.
The lovely front garden setting of Baan Pim Guesthouse
The main front desk at Baan Pim is in the midst of a very tranquil garden setting and although Baan Pim is along a side road (soi) it has a very private and relaxing feeling. As the sun goes down on another Chiang Mai day it is so enjoyable to sit in the peaceful surroundings of the Baan Pim garden with a nice cold drink enjoying the evening in a care free manner.
The guesthouse is well equipped with air-conditioned rooms or rooms with a cooling fan , (depending on what you book) hot and cold showers, local and satellite television, overseas call service and a restaurant, bar and laundry service. There is also a nice quiet private area complete with online facilities where you can keep up to date with your emails whilst you are away from home. Besides all of this the charming staff at Baan Pim offer to arrange any other activities that you might want to participate in like Thai cookery lessons, bungy jumps, mountain treks, hill tribe visits and a whole host of others…. just ask them. The prices of the rooms are also kind and range from about 500 – 700 baht per night depending on the type of room and facilities chosen.
Room with a balcony at Baan Pim Guesthouse
Baan Pim guesthouse can be found along sittiwong road (a small road) off of the main Chaiyaphum Road. The small road turning is right by the Miami Hotel. Another land mark near Baan Pim Guesthouse is the temple called Wat Chaisriphum. The location of Baan Pim Guesthouse is just over the main road from the restaurants of Moon Muang road and about 10 minutes on foot to the Night Bazaar market of ChangKlan road. Baan Pim is a charming guesthouse with nice friendly service in a peaceful and relaxing part of Chiang Mai at a very reasonable cost. The owner of the Baan Pim Guesthouse is a lady called Khun Pim (khun is used as a polite title in front of the first name to address either a woman or a man in Thailand, it is somewhat like a madam or sir meaning, but maybe even more polite), who is a very delightful lady and the head of this very pleasant, friendly and traditionally Thai family run business.
The Thai traditional touch at Baan Pim Guesthouse
For getting to Baan Pim catch one of the red pick-up cabs that are all over Chiang Mai and generally cost about 15 – 20 Baht per trip, they look like big red pick up trucks and have benches in the back for the passengers to sit on. Don’t forget to tell the driver where you want to go first as it might not be heading your way. Alternatively you can take a tuk-tuk ( motorised sam-lor), but you may need to use your bargaining skills more here as the prices vary, but whenever bargaining do it with a smile.
Some words in Thai For the taxi driver if required
- Baan Pim Guesthouse (บ้านพิมพ์)
- Sittiwong Road (ถนนสิทธิวงค์)
- Chaiyaphum Road (ถนนชัยศรีภูมิ์)
- After the temple Wat Chaisriphum ( หลังวัดชัยศรีภูมิ์)
You can view photo slides of Baan Pim Guesthouse complete with telephone number and email address at http://www.baanpim.com/
Alternatively come along with Engaging Thailand and be guided around the splendid Chiang Mai sights, eat the finest Thai food, get pampered at some lovely spas and stay at Baan Pim Guesthouse as well. For bookings or more information http://www.engagingthailand.com/chiangmaithailandspatour.html