We recently (April 12) had a nine night stay at the beautiful Baan Orapin. This is our third stay in this oasis in the wonderful city of Chiang Mai.
If you choose this property you are in for a treat. In over twenty years of traveling to Chiang Mai it is simply the best place we have ever found. The centerpiece of the property is the grandmothers 99 year old original grand home. There is a common room, computer, travel books and a lovely breakfast area in the old house for use by guests. Opas, the owner, has developed a number of lovely buildings around the old house and stunning gardens and a very serene atmosphere. When you walk through the gates you are instantly relaxed.
The front wing is a two story building with lovely balconies off the rooms. There is a two room family suite on the top level of this building and a number of other rooms options including the spacious superior king room on the lower level. In the middle of the property there are a number of suites, including a double room which adjoins a suite – this can be opened to provide another space for families. The rear of the property has a two level building with a number of different room options. All of these areas are good choices. We stayed in the middle section which is near the pool.
Breakfast is a choice of a number of sets – all meals are freshly cooked as you order and include fruits, tea/coffee/hot chocolate and juice. There are then hot meal choices and special Thai breakfast options which need to be ordered one day ahead.
Opas – the owner and his cousin Pepsi lead a wonderful, polite team of staff who are always ready to help.
This year the Baan Orapin will be renovated – bringing the old house back to its former glory.
The street outside the Baan Orapin has lots of interesting places to eat and drink. It is the strip of road along the river and there are lots of choices for riverside dining. The quirky Reginas has great, very cheap meals and can be done as takeaway. The Pink Tea House (Vieng Joom On) is very special – do order the banana caramel crepes. The Art Café meeting space is worth dropping into as is The Healing Family Foundation – in the little soi opposite the Brasserie. Intellectually disabled young people making hand woven products to sell. The Riverside is a good place for an evening drink.
Just up to the right of the Baan Orapin you will find Jun’s shop – she is the local washing lady and she does an excellent job for 40B a kilo. Just a bit further on, is Padma, a really nice massage place.
The Baan Orapin has won a number of awards over recent years – you won’t be disappointed. (and no 9 nights isn't too long - we still didn't want to leave!)
- Also Known As:
- Baan Orapin Hotel Chiang Mai
- Baan Orapin b&b