19 Amazing Chiang Mai Boutique Hotels You’ll Love in Old Town

Chiang Mai Boutique Hotels

Chiang Mai is one of the most amazing places to visit in Thailand! While you can find a wide range of accommodations to fit any travel style, many of the best properties are the charming Chiang Mai Boutique hotels. You’ll also find that there are plenty of different prices for every budget. Here are some tips for planning your holiday and our absolute favorite Chiang Mai Boutique hotel options.

What Makes Chiang Mai So Popular?

Chiang Mai has gained international recognition over the years as one of the premier cities in Thailand. The hundreds of temples, fun weekend night markets, and amazing street food are just some of the things that make it special.

We’ve made many visits ourselves and it’s somewhere we always try to include in our Thailand itineraries. It’s a great stop for a couple of days, but you could easily spend a week or two here as well! 

As you’ll see, there are so many awesome places to stay around the city. Some of the very best accommodations are Chiang Mai boutique hotels right in the center of all the action. 

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How to Get to Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand and a major hub for visitors heading to the region. There are many ways to get here, but ultimately the flight or overnight train are the best options. 

Flight: It’s very simple to get to Chiang Mai Thailand from anywhere in Southeast Asia. International flights run from many of the large cities and domestic flights go daily from Bangkok. Use Skyscanner and search by month view to find the cheapest days to travel! 

You can even catch a plane from some of the larger islands like Phuket and Koh Samui to Chiang Mai International Airport. Just keep in mind you might have to transfer through the capital city first.

Train: If you’re looking for a unique way to get to Chiang Mai hop on the overnight train from Bangkok! We recommend booking the first-class sleeper cabin if possible as it’s more comfortable for the 12+ hour journey.

Bus: There are plenty of bus routes that go through Chiang Mai from all over Thailand (you can book one here). This is not our favorite way to get to the city, but it may be appealing if you’re on a budget.

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Finding the Best Chiang Mai Boutique Hotels

Choosing the right accommodation can make or break your holiday. Obviously, this can depend on how much you’re willing to spend and what your personal travel style is. However, know that hotels are very affordable, even in the cities of Thailand. 

In Chiang Mai there aren’t many massive resorts like you’ll find in the islands in popular coastal areas. Instead, there are many small Boutique Chiang Mai hotels to pick from. 

Be sure to book as far in advance in possible to ensure you get the best rate. This is especially important during the peak travel months and vacation times. On the hottest days between March and May it’s also a good idea to have a place with an outdoor swimming pool.

The good news is Chiang Mai can be a great place to visit during the off-season months. This means when it’s not as nice during the rainy season on the islands, this northern city can be an incredible spot to be!

Chiang Mai Temple

Helpful Questions to Plan Your Visit 

What is the Best Area to Stay in Chiang Mai?

When choosing from the different Chiang Mai boutique hotels you’ll want to look in and around Old Town. This is the close to the night markets, temples, and best restaurants in the city.

The nice thing about Chiang Mai is that it’s very walkable. Still, don’t underestimate its size! If you do find a place that’s a little further away from Old Town you can easily grab a tuk tuk taxi to get around the city centre.

Best Area to Stay in Chiang Ma

How Many Days is Enough in Chiang Mai?

This really depends on how much time you have for your entire Thailand itinerary and what you want to see and do. If you just have a week or two to explore Thailand then you may want to only spend a couple days in Chiang Mai. 

For a longer trip, it’s easy to get lost in the city streets and fall in love with Old Town. We’ve stayed in Chiang Mai for two week periods and never got bored.

Chiang Mai Boutique Hotels Guide

How Do You Get Around Chiang Mai? 

As we’ve mentioned, Chiang Mai is a very walkable city. As long as you base yourself in Old Town you’ll have no issues strolling around to the best sites. The only issue you may have will be the strong sun on a hot day. 

If you’re looking to experience some of the attractions and temples on the outskirts of Chiang Mai there are some options. You can hail down one of the many tuk tuk’s or utilize the Grab taxi app on your phone.

We wouldn’t recommend renting a motorbike unless you have a ton of experience driving them. Yet, we always enjoy a good scooter right on the islands as opposed to the cities.

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Luxury Chiang Mai Boutique Hotels

Chiang Mai has a handful of world-class hotels scattered around the city. These charming Boutique hotels are the perfect luxury escape while on holiday.

1. The Inside House – $$$ – Photos & Current Prices –  If you’re looking for a luxury resort in Chiang Mai the Inside House has everything you need! Enjoy the air-conditioned rooms, swimming pool, and excellent service in the heart of the city.

2. Thai Akara – Lanna Boutique Hotel – $$$ – Photos & Current Prices – This Chiang Mai boutique hotel has all the necessary luxuries for a great vacation. The three story property is set in colonial style giving it a unique elegance. When you’re not out exploring Old Town you can have a cold drink at the poolside bar. 

3. Aksara Heritage – $$$ – Photos & Current Prices – The Aksara is one of the best luxury hotels within walking distance of the old city gate. Guests will love the garden views and eating Thai cuisine at the on-site restaurant. 

4. Maladee Rendezvous Hotel Chiang Mai – $$$ – Photos & Current Prices – Maladee is quite simply one of the best boutique hotels in Chiang Mai! Swim in the outdoor pool and stay in shape at the fitness centre, all while being under 1km away from the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

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Fun Boutique Hotels in Chiang Mai 

In the next step down you’ll find many great Chiang Mai boutique hotels . The prices can range, but know these may be a bit more expensive than you’re used to. At the end of the day, it’s all about where you’re comfortable and what you want out of your vacation.

5. The Twenty Lodge – $$ – Photos & Current Prices – This small, but cozy Chiang Mai boutique hotel is a great place to stay on your visit. Take in the views from one of their 20 rooms in a tropical jungle setting. You’ll also be just a five minute walk to Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang which are two of the most famous temples.

6. Eleven Pillar Site Chiangmai $$ – Photos & Current PricesPerfectly located in the center of Chiang Mai Old Town with all the modern amenities. You can also grab a drink at the coffee shop and restaurant before your day of adventures.

7. Villa Klang Wiang $$ – Photos & Current Prices This Chiang Mai boutique hotel is situated just 300 meters from Chedi Luang Temple. Relax in the scenic library and read a book, or take a nap in your king size bed.

8. El Barrio Lanna – $$ – Photos & Current Prices – El Barrio has a unique design with handcrafted items in many of the rooms. It’s a popular choice to stay near the city center to be close proximity to the markets and temples.

Boutique Hotels in Chiang Mai 

Budget Chiang Mai Boutique Hotels

Thailand is known as a great country to go backpacking in, and with that comes plenty of great budget hotels. Most are $50 USD or less and you can expect to have great service. We also usually try to book one that has a hotel restaurant or cafe attached. 

9. The Peaberry Boutique Hotel – $ – Photos & Current Prices – Our first budget hotel is designed in traditional Thai Lanna style. Enjoy being a short walk away from the sights, and you can even use their free bicycles to get around. 

10. ONCE (upon a time) Chiang Mai Home – $ – Photos & Current Prices – This small Chiang Mai boutique hotel is a great option for those looking to save some money. It may not have all the amenities of a high-end resort, but it’s one of the best cheap hotels for a great value. 

11. Elliebum Boutique Hotel – $ – Photos & Current Prices – Ellebum is a 4-star hotel which is an amazing place to stay near all the buddhist temples and cultural centre. Take in the city views from each of the room options and flat screen tv’s. 

12. Lee Chiang Hotel – $ – Photos & Current Prices – Located in the heart of Chiang Mai right next to the Wat Phrasing temple. This affordable Chiang Mai boutique hotel is perfect for couples and those who are on a tight budget. 

13. i Lanna House – $ – Photos & Current Prices –  Local family-run hotel with an outdoor swimming pool. One of the best places to stay in Chiang Mai in a very relaxing setting.

More Cheap Chiang Mai Boutique Hotels 

14. Lanna Bonita Boutique Hotel – $ – Photos & Current Prices –  Small boutique hotel in Chiang Mai not far from the old city wall. Rooms are spacious and nice, and it doesn’t seem at all like a cheap hotel.

15. Buri Gallery House – $ – Photos & Current Prices – A highly rated boutique accommodation with a swimming pool and on-site restaurant. Clean and comfortable rooms with a fantastic location. 

16. Wannamas Chiangmai Boutique House – $ – Photos & Current Prices –  3-star budget hotel in Chiang Mai with private balconies and bathrooms. A high quality part of the city to stay in with a contemporary design.

Boutique Hotels in Chiang Mai

Boutique Hostels in Chiang Mai

There are so many great hostels around Chiang Mai! This is fun option for solo travelers looking to make friends or those traveling in groups. They’re also located squarely in the city near the best restaurants and tourist attractions.

17. Green Sleep Hostel – $ – Photos & Current Prices – One of the better hostel options in the city. Close to everything, air-conditioned rooms, and free wifi.

18. Hostel One Art and Gallery – $ – Photos & Current Prices – A cool hostel in the heart of Chiang Mai decorated with paintings and local culture. Guests will also love the secluded, but central location.

19. Khunluang Hostel $ – Photos & Current Prices –  Fun hostel in Old Town with shared bathrooms and spacious common areas. A great place to make some new friends for your adventures in Chiang Mai.

Boutique Hostels in Chiang Mai

Have any questions about this article or want to share your own favorite Chiang Mai boutique hotels? Leave us a comment below.

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake


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Thailand Travel Planning 

 Transportation: While traveling through Thailand 12Go is where we find all our ferries, trains, buses, and transfers! You can find everything from island hopping speed boats to the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

 Flights: We always find our cheap flight deals using Skyscanner and Kayak. That’s how we found flights from Bangkok to Phuket for $12 USD, and Thailand to Vietnam for less than $50! 

 Accommodation: Compare multiple sites to get to the best deal such as Booking.com and Agoda! Also,  Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

 Tours: Check out Get Your Guide to find activities all over Phuket! You can find everything from a James Bond island luxury sunset cruise, to Phuket Old Town 15-taster food adventure, and 5-hour island tour

 Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without protection. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.

 Packing Lists: Find all the inspiration you need with our Amazon packing lists. Including our electronics and camera gear, must-have medical items, and long flight essentials


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