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Chiang Mai Budget Recommendation

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1. Posted by Einn (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

I will be travelling solo in Chiang Mai within this week...

Looking for budget Hostel..

Any Recommendation??

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I can recommend BMP Hostal...I stayed there. There is one closer to the Night Baazar, one a little further (but still within walking distance). I will try to get you the address...

3. Posted by Einn (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Okie guyz..

My flight for "Chiang mai" have been cfm... Will be there on 3rd to 17th(14 dayz in all)..
With plan to stay in "Chiang mai" for 3-4 days doing hillside treking..
then off to "PAI" & maybe "MAE SALONG".

As this is my 1st solo trip..
Dont really know wht to expect from "Chiang Mai". did visit Bangkok yrs back but juz for a few dayz(Shopping) mostly..

Hope to have some advise for TPz....
1) Accomda.
2) Route to take
3) Most important - Things to avoid

Thanks in Advance

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Einn, here is a Map of Chiang Mai (the city mostly) so you can have a frame of reference:

Map of Chiang Mai

The area where most of the backpackers are is near or right at the Night Bazaar. There is a lot going on there, many people in the streets, bars, restaurants, etc etc. I stayed at Bangkok before flying up to CM and I loved it up there. It is a bit more rural than the big city but it has a really nice charm, the people are very nice. I stayed outside the city walls, south of the Night Bazaar, about a 10 minute walk. Everything is relatively close though.

I wouldnt be worried at all about the "going alone" part. You will make friends with the people on your hill tribe trek and you more than likely will be hanging out with them after you come back from the hike (thats what happened in my case). Here in TP you can find a very good selection of guesthouses in CM. I personally stayed at BMP (Backpacker's Meeting Place Hostal), they have I believe 2-3 locations around CM but there are plenty of other places to stay. You just need one place to arrive to but if you are not satisfied, you can always move to another one.

The people you meet along the way will be able to guide you through and recommend things to do and places to go. I personally liked BMP because their hill tribe trek was absolutely awesome. I had spoken with other people in BKK that were not happy with their trek (too comercialized or were taken to non authentic hill tribes). BMP (who actually sells the trek as well) takes you to the National Park to visit the Karen villages. I cant say enough about how well everything went. Our guide was a guy from the village named Simon, about 26 yrs of age.

Anyway, I hope this helps you a bit more. Dont be apprehensive about traveling alone, it will be ok. Most people I met in SE Asia were traveling alone but you are truly never by yourself. There will be a ton of people just like you traveling throughout. Good luck!