Chiang Mai is the place for everyone, including budget travellers. Here are the best 11 budget Chiang Mai hotels that offer great value-for-money for you.
Among other areas in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai hosts the most significant historical value with its deep cultural roots with the Lanna Kingdom. Doubtless, that makes it one of the most sought-after tourist spots in Thailand, and many Chiang Mai hotels are situated around it.
However, not all the hotels there are opulent and expensive. After all, unlike other tourist spots in Thailand, Chiang Mai is budget-friendly with cheaper overall cost. As such, there are tons of Chiang Mai hotels ready to accommodate budget travellers. If you’re looking for one, you’d best book a suite at one of these 11 hotels!
1. Kamala's Guesthouse
Renting a room here gets you a simple, cosy space with basic amenities like AC, WiFi connection, and coffee/tea maker. However, unlike most budget Chiang Mai hotels around, this one has a private bathroom for every type of the room.
Also, it’s situated right in the heart of Chiang Mai and very close to a lot of interesting landmarks. Wat Chiang Man is a 8-minute walk (650m) away, Warorot Market is a 11-minute walk (900m) and Chiang Mai City Arts is a 13-minute walk (1km) away from the hotel.
Address: 27/2 Chaiyapoom Soi 1, Tambon Si Phum, เมือง, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 6.4km or 16-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$19
2. 202 House
This 2.5-star Chiang Mai hotel might be considered one of the best hotels in Chiang Mai for its value-for-money, packed with modern amenities like minibar, safe deposit, private bathroom with heater and hairdryer, and a queen-sized bed. Not to mention, there is a strong connection of the complimentary WiFi accessible across the hotel.
Unlike the previous hotel, 202 House is located in the modern part of Chiang Mai, with Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and Tha Phae Gate only a stone’s throw away on foot. All things considered; you have every reason to book a room here for your budget trip.
Address: 250/1 ถนน ท่าแพ Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 7km or 17-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$19
3. Chedi House Chiang Mai
Would you increase the budget a bit more for more indulging experience while staying in Chiang Mai? If the answer is yes, then this hotel is a perfect choice for you. This 2.5-star Chiang Mai hotel packs modern facilities like a gym, outdoor pool, spa & wellness centre, and bike rental. Also, it offers a more elegant room with Lanna Kingdom-inspired design, packed with modern amenities plus a cable TV.
What’s even better is that for the price of S$39, the room includes a pleasant meal of Thai cuisine as well. It means, once you’ve finished having breakfast, you can explore the city with ease. Tha Phae Gate is a 8-minute walk (600m) away, Wat Chiang Man a 9-minute walk (700m) away, and Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a 15-minute walk (1.2km) away from the hotel. Ergo, for a bit higher price than most Chiang Mai hotels on this list, you’d get an even better experience in Chiang Mai.
Address: 22/5 Chaiyapoom Soi 1, Chang Moi Sub-district, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 6.4km or 15-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$39
4. Rustic River Boutique
If you don’t mind a hotel with minimum facilities but maximum comfort, then Rustic River Boutique is for you. Rooms here are cosy with a rustic theme accentuating the interior and furniture. Every nook and cranny of the hotel has a rustic accent to add more comfort and luxury atmosphere to it. The price includes complimentary breakfast comprising of exquisite local cuisine. After your meal, exit the hotel to take a stroll, and you’ll be surprised that Riverside is right in front of you. In addition, other landmarks like Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Tha Phae Gate, and Wat Chiang Man are all a 10-minute walk (1.2km) away from the hotel. Therefore, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pick this hotel over the other Chiang Mai hotels around.
Address: 84/1 Tai Wang Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 6.7km or 16-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$27
5. The Britannia Chiang Mai
The Britannia Chiang Mai is one of those quirky Chiang Mai hotels with a cheerful personality. At the front desk, there are tons of tourism brochures provided by the hotel, along with ticketing/tour service you can rent. Upon entering your room, you will be greeted with a simple and homey room filled with modern amenities.
Source: The Britannia Chiang Mai
Source: The Britannia Chiang Mai
While there aren’t as many landmarks accessible from the hotel, the immediate vicinity more than makes up for it. The nightlife around The Britannia is especially lively, as the hotel opens up its bar and lounge for another vibrant night. Outside the hotel, there are other cafés, bars, BBQ grills, and local restaurants to soak into and enjoy.
Address: Soi 9, 27/3 -4 Moonmuang Road, A. Muang Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 6.3km or 15-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$23
6. Tri Gong Hotel
Tri Gong Hotel has a similar personality and vibe to the previous Chiang Mai hotel. However, it offers complimentary coffee/tea service and microwave in the common room, things that not many budget Chiang Mai hotels have. Plus, non-smokers should book a room here as the whole hotel is smoke-free, including the guestrooms.
Overall, the room is decently furnished with modern amenities and a generous refrigerator. Besides, the hotel is situated in the Old City, which means tons of historical landmarks are within reach. Wat Chiang Man is a short 7-minute (450m) walk away, while Tha Phae Gate and Chiang Mai City Arts are a 12-minute (1km) walk away: all convenient travel durations if you happen to be a first-time traveller.
Address: 8/8 Sri Phum RD. Land1 Sri Phum Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 6.3km or 16-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$18
7. My Mum Home
Believe it or not, that’s exactly the name of this hotel, and it does remind you of home. With only 12 rooms available, you’re guaranteed nice privacy in a cosy and homey room that’s packed with essential amenities. Although it lacks a boiler for making tea/coffee, its refrigerator makes up for it. Plus, it offers laundry service and limited housekeeping, perfect if you plan to chope a room for more than three days.
When it comes to the location, My Mum Home is situated close to the Tri Gong Hotel. It means you’ll gain access to similar historical landmarks in similar distance on foot.
Address: 40/1 Moon Muang Rd Soi 9, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 6.2km or 15-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$18
8. Baan Klang Vieng
In every sense of the word, Baan Klang Vieng is different from the other budget Chiang Mai hotels on this list. For one, there’s a shared kitchenette available to use for all the guests. However, some of the basic rooms utilises a shared bathroom instead of a private bathroom. Of course, if you’re okay with communal living, then that wouldn’t be an issue.
After all, Baan Klang Vieng has more facilities to offer. A free coffee/tea is available in the common room, and if you walk downstairs, you can patronise the hotel's cafe that operates until midnight. Finally, Tha Phae Gate can be seen from the hotel, and reached by a short 3-minute walk (260m). For that reason, this is the perfect hotel to chope if that’s your first destination in Chiang Mai.
Address: 127/1 Moonmuang Rd Lane 5, ตำบล ศรีภูมิ อำเภอ เมืองเชียงใหม่ Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 6.1km or 16-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$16
9. Thapae Boutique House
Located in Chang Moi area, this is still one of the best hotels in Chiang Mai due to its offered facilities and prices. For a start, the hotel offers an airport shuttle for your convenience. In addition, the boutique house also offers a restaurant and spa. The room quality also doesn’t disappoint, boasting a large refrigerator and minibar, along with other basic amenities and laundry service.
Similar to the previous Chiang Mai hotel, Thapae Boutique House is a stone’s throw away from Tha Phae Gate. Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, and Chiang Mai City Arts are all an average 10-minute walk (1.2km) away from the hotel.
Address: 4 Soi 5 Thapae Rd., Changkian Muang, 50100
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: About 6.2km or 18-minute drive\ Room rate per night: S$71
10. Pha-Thai Guesthouse
Another slightly more expensive Chiang Mai budget hotel, and for that you get a cosy and elegant room with a terrace, private bathroom, breakfast, and housekeeping. Additionally, an outdoor pool is also available, which is great if you’re into swimming.
Plus, since it’s located in the Old City, this hotel is practically surrounded by many interesting landmarks. Firstly, Chiang Mai Gate is only a 4 minute-walk (300m) away, Wat Chedi Luang which is a 11-minute walk (850m) away. On the other hand, Tha Phae Gate is a 7-minute walk (600m) away, while the Night Bazaar is a convenient 18-minute walk (1.5km) away. All things considered, although more expensive than the other Chiang Mai hotels, your satisfaction and memorable experience here are guaranteed.
Address: Phra Singh, Mueang, Chiang Mai 50200
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: Around 5.1km or 13-minute drive
Room rate per night: S$30
11. Lost In Chiang Mai Experience
The overall hotel design is cheeky, cultural, and cheerful, very appealing for both newcomers and seasoned travellers, attributed mainly to the lively garden and mini outdoor pool that decorate the hotel. The vibe continues to be prevalent in the room with its bright design and comfort, plus a terrace that has both garden and pool views.
Additionally, the hotel is surrounded by a plethora of historical landmarks. Tha Phae Gate is a mere 6-minute walk away (450m), while Chiang Mai Gate is a 7-minute walk away (550m) from the hotel. If you venture further, you can find the Night Bazaar, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Chiang Man: all on average a 10-minute walk (1.2km) away from the hotel. Knowing all those perks, this hotel surely offers a more exciting experience unlike many other budget Chiang Mai hotels around.
Address: 5 Ratchamanka 1 Alley, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200
Distance from Chiang Mai Airport: Around 5.3km or 15 minute-drive
Room rate per night: S$24
And the bottom line is...
When you look at these budget Chiang Mai hotels, you can see that all of them are situated right in the heart of the city. Because of that, you have a lot of different options to choose from. But regardless of which hotel you plan to chope, your experience in Chiang Mai will be amazing, even with a tight budget to boot.