Set between the lovely Mae Ping River and the sacred Doi Suthep Mountain sits the HI Chiang Mai International Youth Hostel)in a quiet neighbourhood along the busy Chang Klan Road famed for its night bazaar.
HI Chiang Mai features a welcoming design in a traditional Thai garden atmosphere. All rooms come with modern en-suite facilities, satellite and cable TV and are fully air–conditioned. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel. Courtesy pick up transfer is also available.
HI Chiang Mai runs a fully-fledged travel desk with attractively priced tour and trek packages. A popular tour is the ‘Heart of Siam Trek. The infamous night bazaar is only a 15 minute walk away from the hostel.
What travellers think
If you are only using this as a base for day trips or treks then it should be fine. If, however, you will want to go into the night markets or the old city and don't want to spend half your day walking there, and especially if you are a solo female, I would not recommend this. I was fine with the distance when booking, I like a walk, but it's through a fairly dodgy area at night and I didn't feel safe - especially after returning late with no one around and the wrong room key. Too scared and left.
Mon 28 Sep 2015
I had a postive experience here and Peter was very helpful with advice both before my arrival via email and while I was there. The room was tidy and came with it's own bathroom. It is located in an area a bit far from town, which for me was great because I like to walk, but for some it may be too far. There were dogs barking occasionally, which I also like, but for some this may pose a problem. Inexpensive and serves it's purpose. I would stay here again as well as recommend it.
Tue 17 Mar 2015