Baan Orapin Heritage B&B

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Activities

  • Just outside the door, Charoenrat Road bakes sleepily in the sun, exactly as wide as the doorsteps on either side. Old wooden shophouses are lovingly restored and sell good handicrafts, with the emphasis on wood

  • Wat Ket (or Wat Gate), the temple that gives the area its name, is worth a look and has a nice museum

  • A footbridge over the river leads to the sweltering nightmare of Chinatown, with steeply priced tat (wait till you get to Bangkok, where it’s half the money), a flower market and that interestingly stinky mess of pickles and dry goods which only Chinese people understand

  • The Night Bazaar still offers the best selection of handicrafts, trinkets and pirated goods produced within a 50-mile radius

  • A tuk-tuk ride away is the old town, with its temples, restaurants and fairy-lit bars; or drive up to famous Doi Suthep temple for views over the city

  • Thai massage and cookery courses - there's no better place in the country to learn these two arts, with a plethora of classes and schools vying for your custom

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Historical sites
  • Museums/galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Rafting
  • Shopping/markets
  • Traditional cultures
  • Trekking
Save to favouritesPrintMailBaan Orapin Heritage B&BA characterful, well-kept guesthouse – actually a collection of bungalows around a restful, landscaped tropical garden – Baan Orapin takes its name from the 90-year-old teakwood family home at its centre. The owners still live here, without the benefit of air conditioning, but have striven to offer their guests comfort at a reasonable price. All the amenities are in place, floors are teak or hardwood, furniture is handcrafted, and if the surfaces aren’t always finished to the highest of standards, this is compensated doubly by the attentive service and care which manager Khun Opas takes to make you feel welcome. You can ask him anything, and he will provide the answer, map at the ready. The location is another draw, a historic street along the sleepy Ping River that has been carefully restored not by edict, but by the affection of the residents. Lovely arts and craft shops abound, and you're within easy striking distance of the Night Bazaar, Wat Ket temple, riverside bars and cruises. The city centre is a short tuk-tuk ride away; the old building at the top of the road is probably the city’s most interesting student-y art showcase. And the hotel's peaceful garden will be welcome respite after a hill-tribe trek.

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