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... spicy. We also made deep fried spring rolls and deep fried banana slices. After lunch we tried 2 different types of tea cha nom yen or cha yen (milk tea) this has milk, sweetened condensed milk and sugar and cha ma now this is lime tea. We were lucky enough to get a cookbook that was made for us with these recipies and a few others. One thing I noticed about Thai food is that they like to use sweet, salty, spicy and sour in all our their ...
... took a ton of pictures (per the usual), were able to ride the elephants, float down the river on a bamboo rafter, and withstand a very bumpy oxcart ride. It also feels wonderful to be building more substantial relationships with the Thai students. We have all been thrown into these unlikely friendships, and the first few days were certainly filled with shy, subdued conversations. Now, personalities are rising to the surface and ...
... Mai, is a mid-level hotel with a swimming pool and a quaint courtyard. As check-in was not until 11:00, we crashed out on the sunbeds surrounding the pool. The others climbed into their sleeping bags and fell into unconsciousness almost immediately, but the morning bustle of breakfast being served kept me awake. I read my book until a room became available around 09:00 where Lucy and I eventually showered and clambered between the sheets for a deep, uninterrupted and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTamarind Village Chiang Mai
Very central location
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
Great place to stay!
We stayed here June 14-18, 2005, and we enjoyed it very much. The rooms aren't luxurious, but were just fine for us and we enjoyed the atmosphere of the place very much. The rooms were clean, bed comfortable, laundry affordable, breakfast delicious, cashew chicken great, transportation anywhere by tuk-tuk available and cheap, location fantastic!
We had some mosquitos, but used a coil and had no problems after a couple the first night. We would stay there again. We had a basic room and paid nowhere near $135 a night!!!! Look on the discount sites.
Only problem I can think of would be if you were a "pool person". It was not the greatest. Maybe it had something to do with the rainy season.
Fantastic experience in the North
I was pleasantly surprised with this hotel. Chiang Mai is a village city and I didn't want to stay in one of the high-rise hotels that have no personality and no character. The Tamarind had plenty of atmosphere and charm. This is a village hotel; it is quaint, it is Thai, and has a lot of character.
Location: It is in the center which is fantastic and very convenient. Walking to the bizarre and restaurants/bars was so easy. The weekly Sunday market runs by the hotel too, which was really good.
Facilities: Everything is outdoors, the reception, the lobby, the dining area, and of course the pool. I thouht the layout was so tranquil and nice. I thought the pool was very clean, staff were very quick to clean up the leaves when it did get a little dirty from the wind. The dining area was very nice and the food was substantial. Every morning they had a large selection of local fruits, which I thought was lovely. I really felt as though I was in a Thai hotel, rather than an international hotel chain. My only negative comment is the security. At times we would arrive late and there was no staff around. Anyone can easily walk off the street into the main hotel as it's outdoors. There are no locks on the doors, only simple latches - so this wasn't the best for security.
Rooms: We stayed in a standard room. I thought it was perfect. It is in a minimalist Thai style, furniture made of teak wood and wicker. The comfort and quality was very good - I'd say 4*. There was a fridge, AC, and TV. No coffee/tea facilities (this is not uncommon in Thailand). The deleuxe room isn't really that different, except for the balcony - which no one seemed to use.
Service: Indifferent. though they greet you with a nice cold towel and refreshing drink, few words are spoken - few smiles are exchanged. I don't think they are being rude, just very formal. Only once did I feel they were rude, and that's when we checked out. As I walked to the desk, the woman said only to me, '350 baht'. I said, 'Pardon?'. She repeated, '350 baht'. There was no 'please', no 'thank you', no 'how was your stay' -- just an odd request for payment on incidentals. I thought this was quite rude - oh well.
Overall, I would definitely stay here again. I thought it was perfect. the atmosphere, location, style made Chiang Mai very memorable. Remember Chiang mai is a small, old city in the very north of Thailand. There are chain hotels around - but this is certainly not one of them.
The setting was lovely making one feel that one was away from the city. The gardens were very natural looking with large mature trees, heliconia etc. The pool, unfortunately, filled up with leaves as soon as there was a bit of a breeze which made it look less than clean.
The room was, as someone said, rustic. That is the finish was very bad, the doors did not hang well and were flimsy. There was a lot of surface wiring. There were no tea/coffee making facilities. In the deluxe room the mirror in the bathroom was not directly behind the basin but to either side making shaving a neck wrenching experience. There was no full length mirror. The bathroom on the floor above was noisy.
Even though we used the airconditioning and kept the windows closed there were a great many mosquitoes in the room which made sleeping difficult.
The service, well that was indifferent.
Finally, although not the hotel's fault, we had an 8-hour electricity blackout from 6.00 pm to 2.00 am and I would have expected them to put a note under our door apologising for the inconvenience.
It was a shame because as I said earlier the setting was lovely but despite that I will not go back again.
I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Chiang Mai
I have stayed at this boutique hotel three times over two years. It's a little garden oasis in the city. The location is great. Not many nicer hotels in the old city-which is surrounded by beautiful wats (temples). If you don't stay in this area, your other main choice is in the tourist ghetto by the Ping river with all the package tourists.
From the hotel you can walk easily to some of the best wats, restaurants and shops. Tuk-tuks and songtaews are always hanging out by the two entrances-so it's easy to get around.
The rooms are nice, but rustic. Concrete floors, hard beds, but all the rooms have stylish black and white photos and beautiful pots of orchids. If you can spend a little bit more money, i recommend the deluxe rooms which have a nice little balcony with sitting area. I have stayed on the first and second floors. The steps to the second floor are uneven and steep, but the rooms seem to have less mosquitos. If you have a problem with the mozzies then ask the staff and they will put mosquito repellent incense coils in your room. The staff are friendly and will help you with any of your travel plans. When booking your reservation don't do it through their website. I saved 30% off the room rates by booking it through another site.
The breakfast was average, but has a wonderful selection of fruit juices. The pool is okay and clean, but can get crowded in the afternoon.
If you are in chiang mai on a sunday afternoon-they have a great sunday market which starts outside of one of the hotel's entrances and spreads to outside the city walls. Really nice. Better and more low key than the night market. Don't worry about the market's noise, since the rooms are located off the street by the hotel's inner courtyard. Very quiet.
Thai experience through and through!
I have just arrived back from my stay at the Tamarind Village.
Overall my stay there was much enjoyed. As with all hotels ther are plus points and minus, so i will list them all.
Plus - Clean and spacious rooms. Clean linen. Very Very good laundry service. Friendly staff, especially towards the children. Good breakfast, including made to order omlettes etc. Nice and relaxing ambience in reception area. Lovely grounds. Good exursions.
Minus - Limited sun loungers, only 10 for 40 rooms, however, didn't seem to matter much.
Overall, this was a typical Thai experience but with the luxury. If you like staying in Western luxury high rises this may not be for you. However, if you want a relaxing time with a Thai feel then this could very well be your ideal hotel!!
Ideal location!! Close to temples and Sunday Street Market. Internet cafe across street. Beautiful open-air lobby with great staff. Concierge extremely helpful. Greatly enjoyed the room and amenities.
A nice place to stay
I agree with the post by the person who says you have to remember where you are to truly enjoy this hotel. The city is ancient.. so to be in a high rise hotel would just not be fitting.
If you are looking for a TRUE 4 or 5 star hotel, this may not be enough for you. We came from the Penninsula in Bangkok.. and it was NOTHING like the Penninsula, but we still enjoyed ourselves.
This hotel was very nice and forced me to actually relax. My room did not have a TV ... so that was an adjusment. But it was nice to relax, talk to fellow guests and read a good book in my room.
I really enjoyed the concrete floors in the room, especially because it keeps the rooms cooler and feels good on your feat on a hot day. Plus it added to the ambiance.
The pool was clean and looked in good shape when I was there, but that was in Dec. 2002, so maybe it hasn't been cleaned since then!
Just Kidding. :)
The food was good and always plenty. The staff was very sweet.
And I loved the location. Nestled between the "downtown" and residential neighborhoods. Walking around the residential area and talking to locals was great.
I highly reccomend for MOST travelers.
A Nice yet unsatisfying experience
Just came back from the Tamarind Village - the hotel grounds are kept very nice - although it would have been nice to have had a "wet paint" sign up the day I was checking out so my jacket could have avoided being painted when I sat down near the column. Also, the rooms are quite standard - nothing spectacular - stone cement floors - a rather uncomfortable mattress (no boxspring) and a lamp shade so large it was impossible to see your face in the mirror (unless you hunched over like Quaisimodo). Also the room, for the windows it had was quite dark - really not an ideal room to relax in. The pool could definitely be cleaned and updated as well. The orchids were spectacular though.
The hotel restaurant was very good - the service was slow though.
Overall, pleasant but reluctant to recommend this place for those looking for a 5 star experience. Or even a 4 star experience.
Remember that you are in the Old City
If you remember that you are staying in the center of an ancient city you will enjoy your stay at Tamarind village. The deluxe room is not spacious yet larger that the standard room. There are more windows and larger bathrooms. The property is an quiet reprive from the chaos of the old city. Be prepared for mosquitos! The staff seemed overworked from the constant flow of guest and wasn't as attentive as expected. Once again, remember where you are and you will enjoy your stay.
Nice play in central Chiang Mai
I recently stayed at the Tamarind Village in Chiang Mai and had an overall very pleasant stay.
The hotel is fairly small with only 40 rooms. On booking I asked for a deluxe room, which they could not confirm as they were fully booked.
My standard room was large, comfortable and very clean. The only downer is that it was fairly dark inside the room, despite quite a few windows.
The rooms are centered around a huge, 200 year old Tamarind Tree. Everything is in tip top shape and well looked after.
Front Desk staff was very friendly and accommodating.
They also have a small pool which did not look very clean. I guess a change of the water would have done well.
There is one small restaurant for all meals. breakfast is excellent with lots of food on offer. I was well impressed with the 6 different fresh fruit juices. However the waiter in the restaurant was a not friendly and quite grumpy.
Overall, a big thumbs up for a comfortable, relaxed and beautiful boutique style hotel in perfect cit center location in Chiang Mai.
Will def. stay there again