Finding the right hotel or hostel can be exhausting, especially if you don’t know the area you’re travelling to. It usually looks like this for us:

1. Check the city via Google Maps
2. Check the city centre & public transport
3. Check the distance to places we’d like to visit

When we’re in Asia we usually browse through Agoda to find accommodation, but sometimes, depending on the place, even a hotel search engine doesn’t offer enough.
That’s the time when it comes back to our research capabilities and good ol’ Google. And that’s exactly what happened when we planned our recent trip to Mae Hong Son.

After comparing several hotels and guesthouses I wasn’t quite satisfied with the results so I started googling my way through reviews of guesthouses and small hotels in Mae Hong Son. It didn’t take long until the Piya Guesthouse captured my attention so I started further looking into it and checked reviews, photos, and their Facebook presence. Why we liked it:

– The latest reviews were just a few days old
– Professional replies to customer requests/reviews in excellent English
– Former guests praised the cleanliness
– Central location
– Pool

Coffeewithview

Who doesn’t want to sip a coffee with such a view?

None of the hotel booking sites lists the guesthouse and, to my surprise, they even don’t have a website. Rather than wasting time, I dropped them a message on Facebook and checked their availability. I got a reply within an hour and my request for two nights was shortly confirmed thereafter.

Wow.

Coming from the hotel industry myself I was amazed. It’s rare getting such a quick response from a hotel. Needless to say, I felt in good hands.

Note: if you’re running a guesthouse or B&B that’s the way to do it. Potential guests love quick and efficient service regardless what type of accommodation they’re looking for!

Arrival in Mae Hong Son:
As Songthaews and taxis are almost non-existent we had to opt for a tuk tuk. The fee was 60 THB for the two of us and the ride took just about five minutes. One can even walk from the airport to the guesthouse; it would take 20 minutes or so.

Check-in
We were welcomed by a lovely lady with a big smile who seemingly to run the place. After filling the registration form we had a few more questions and were given the keys to our small bungalow.

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The bungalow
All chalets are scattered around the guesthouse’s pool. Each bungalow has its own mini front yard with a tiny garden, two plastic chairs and a table. Big enough for two people, the inside is equipped with a queen-size bed, a desk, AC, TV, fridge, closet, free Wi-Fi and a sofa. The room was absolutely immaculate, from the floor over the bed to the bathroom.
Lots of wooden combined with soft colours create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The bed is nice although not the comfiest one while the sofa is great for chilling and reading a book.

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The Wi-Fi speed could be faster though, but it personally didn’t matter since we just wanted to relax. We figured that the router is next to the lobby with decent speed around the same area.
A bit scary at first was the gas-heater next to the shower, but since it looked brand new we almost forgot that it was there. Our guesthouse in Pai a year ago had an old gas-heater which was kinda nerve-racking.

The pool
The pool is long enough for swimming laps and has even a whirlpool attached. We were a bit disappointed on our first day since the pool was a bit dirty with leaves and insects. The next morning, however, it was clean and we ended up spending two hours straight here.

SriPool

Lobby
The lobby is actually more like a big cozy living room filled with shelves full of books (both, Thai and English) sofas, tables and chairs. A small terrace facing Mae Hong Son Lake invites for scenic views over the town’s small center. And they have unlimited fresh coffee right from the machine and fresh bananas.

LibraryLobbyPiyaGuesthouse

Facilities & Services
Aside the pool, Piya has a super tiny gym with two multifunctioning machines, however, we haven’t tried it. Tours can be booked through the reception which opens until 21:00.

The surrounding
Piya’s location can’t be better – located next to Mae Hong Son Lake and the city’s famous Shan-style temples Wat Jong Kam and Wat Jong Klang, you can easily reach the town’s post office, 7-Eleven and further restaurants within just a few minutes walking.

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Rates
As of writing, the rate is 700 THB per night per bungalow (without breakfast), regardless which season. Do check upon booking, though.
Wrapping up, Piya Guesthouse offers great value for your money – the location, service and of course, the chalets are superb. Our experience was great and we’ll be definitely back!

PiyaGuestHouse

Address + Contact
1/1 Khunlumphrapat Soi 3, Mae Hong Son 5800 (tuk tuk drivers know Piya). Tel.: 053 611 260. Facebook: facebook.com/PiyaguesthouseMHS/

Smart travels,

Kian & Sri

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