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Reviewed 22 April 2012

I stayed here in mid April 2012 with my wife and 2 daughters (6 and 9) for 3 nights. The place is magically beautiful, an oasis of calm surrounded by the tempests of Thailand, a treasure; Clean, well designed, with its majestic central teak "house" and modern, functional apartment style rooms, it has a beautiful pool with spa, relaxing, neat gardens and a character more befitting a more upmarket establishment. Managed by the delightful Pepsi and Opus, they provide quiet and cheerful service without fuss. We booked 2 tours through them, and I'm sure we received better pricing because of their good relationships with operators and drivers.

I highly recommend this great place, knowing that as long as Pepsi and Opus are running it, it will have an excellence way above its price point. Enjoy!

Doric

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Skibug1
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

The Baan Orapin is quite unlike anywhere we have stayed before, and I'm so pleased that, following a recommendation, we cancelled our booking for a five star chain hotel, and opted for this hotel instead. It's beautiful and we loved it from the minute we arrived, on a rather stormy Saturday night, after a long journey from the UK.

We had opted for a deluxe junior suite, which was very spacious and had a lovely, well equipped bathroom; this was just as well, as one of our sons, decided to meet up with us at the last minute and there was more than enough room to cope with his clutter! The room was lovely and cool, with the Lana style teak flooring and surrounds, assisted by the effective air conditioning unit. We also appreciated the fact that the fridge was stocked with drinks, at shop prices; as a result, we used it. I wish more hotels would take this refreshing approach - no pun intended! Laundry was also very cheap - and again we took advantage of an excellent service. At night time, one of the staff came around and lit a mosquito coil on the patio outside the room; this was a lovely place to sit, as dusk fell, drinking the odd beer or two. And in fact, we didn't get badly bitten at all!

Breakfast is taken in the main house, next to the pool, and the service was exceptional. We really felt as if we were being welcomed into a home, and treated with both courtesy and consideration at all times. Something that we didn't always experience in our next hotel (which was five star). We enjoyed the different options, and my husband particularly liked the northern breakfast, which you have to order the previous day; be warned though, it's very filling!

The hotel is beautiful, but we also loved the street that it's in with its quirky shops, restaurants, bars and a tea shop on the riverside. We loved The Goodview Bar for a nightcap after a night in the city, but enjoyed meals at Reginas (very, very quirky, and one for cat lovers), The Riverside, Brasserie and high tea at 'The Pink House' (cakes to die for!) All of these places are on the opposite side of the road, to the left. If you turn right, out of the gate, and walk a little way along the street, you will come to the nearest roaf bridge over the river, which will bring you into the market area. It's not a long walk and we enjoyed the exercise, but invariably got a tuk tuk back, as we did cover some miles on our strolls around the city. We found that the tuk tuk drivers all knew the Baan Orapin, and we were rarely charged more than 60 to 80 baht.

When we return to Chiangmai, we will certainly stay at the Baan Orapin. Opas was great to deal with - emails were answered promptly and we felt nothing was too much trouble. We were picked up from the airport and looked after from the minute we arrived, to the minute we left. We also felt that it was tremendous value for money. So a big thank you to: Opas, Pepsi and the team for helping to make our stay so special.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Mags M
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

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!)
Caroline.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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9  Thank caroline08Australia
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

This is a wonderful guest house hidden behind big gates and white door but the secret is starting to become known.

Pespi will met and greet you like a well known friend and will be on hand for anything that you request, anything you would like assistance with or bookings for cooking classes, retaurants, tours etc.

On my first night the airconditioner was broken in my room and straight away the next day a brand new airconditioner was installed without any trouble known to me.

The swimming pool is a little small but nonetheless great after a day out and about to be able to return and have a bit of a swim was great - it was very refreshing and also the garden area was very relaxing for some quiet time.

The rooms are spacious and very clean, the surrounding gardens are kept beautifully, the breakfast by the pool was a great way to start the day especially traditional rice soup - it needed to be ordered the day before but then it was something extra to look forward to.

On the same street are some very interesting shops for those that are on the lookout for something a bit different to take home and we didn't have to go far for great restaurants.

I would highly reccommend Baan Orapin - I will certainly be staying longer than 4 nights next time.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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5  Thank GayleS6
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

We enjoyed a short stay for 2 nights in March as we were primarily in Chiang Mai to see the Elephants. I am so pleased that I found the Baan Orapin after looking on trip advisor. It was lovely to stay in a traditional Thai house full of charm and character as opposed to the standard modern places for a change.

Breakfast was of a very high standard but the only slight issue we had was that breakfast begins at 7.15am and our early more excursion began at 7.30am so it was a little rushed.

All the staff were really helpful and overall the place just had a brilliant atmostphere. Wish we could of stayed longer!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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