A friend told me about the Royal Guest House in Chiang Mai so I checked it out and checked in. The great thing for me was it wasn't a typical guest house, no rooms without windows, only four rooms on offer etc., the Royal is huge, about 150 rooms, so you feel like your staying in an actual hotel, big pool and good sized coffee shop with well presented and amazingly well priced food. I decided to spoil myself and stayed on their nice 'Lanna Style' secong floor for 650 tb a night, excellent. If you've been travelling for a while, staying in crummy places at last you feel good again. upstairs it gets cheaper the higher you go, the 7th floor (no lift) kicks in at 150 tb for a fan double, great views natch. We stayed for four nights and got to know the staff, they are genuinely friendly, have worked here for years and know the up country tours like the back of their hands, so whether it's white water rafting or tribal stay overs they've all been there and know the the ropes. You can leave your stuff in a safe room and just go off with a tee and shorts, they deliver you back to the airport in an antique Mercedes. This place will never be a chain, it's quirky but nice, the location is also really good, between the old city gates and the night bazaar, walk down to the river at night and catch great live bands at several venues.
We shall be back, hi to Beebee on reception and Khun Pun the manager, I told you guys I'd make you famous.
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