A Place to Rest Your Head & Stuff Your Face

Those are the two most important things on a trip right? While hotels don’t make or break a trip for us, it’s always an added perk when we actually look forward to going back to our room at night (because trust me, we’ve had many a times in our budget traveling that we tried to spend as much time out of the room as possible). Thankfully Chiang Mai was not one of those times.

We typically gravitate away from large chains when we travel and instead look for small, locally run boutique hotels. We feel that we can get to know the hotel staff more personally and not be as segregated from the culture of the country we are visiting. In Chiang Mai we really lucked out in this department because Qi68 was by far my favorite hotel we have stayed at. The owner Qi really makes this place stand out. He goes out of his way to help the guests make the most out of their stay in Thailand by helping find unique restaurants in the area and help book local day trips. And that’s not even the best part. Qi also makes some of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten. Every morning, hubs would turn to me and ask if I could replicate it back home. The answer was always ‘I wish, dear.’ because each dish served every morning was so unique and different. I wish I would have grabbed some photos of them but it was gone before the thought ever crossed my mind!

Qi68 chiang mai thailand
This six room guesthouse’s ambiance is so peaceful and every element and piece of furniture was handpicked by Qi and his father when they built it. Staying here was one of the many highlights from our trip to Chiang Mai and we wouldn’t hesitate staying there again when we visit.
stay at Qi68 in chiang mai thailand

Another one of our favorite things about Chiang Mai was the food! No surprises there. We loved walking around the small backstreets and deciding where we would try next. The only trouble was deciding where to eat since the streets are often lined with unique little spots.
Among our favorites was the outdoor stands located at the night bazaar (good food to give you energy for some good bargaining). We went around from stand to stand collecting little parts of a meal (pad thai, Thai tea, dumplings) before we sat down at the little plastic tables in the middle of the square and dug in.

night market in chiang mai thailand

Here are some more of our favorite restaurants to try and what we loved there:
Rachadamneon-Green Curry
Ms. Cornery-Fish and Chips
The Corner Restaurant- Banana Egg Rolls (our favorite dessert along with the roti pancakes!)
The Good View- this was our favorite restaurant. It’s located just north of the Nawarat Bridge. Not only was the food great but the views of the river were spectacular and they even had live music at night. I recommend getting the green curry and the Thai tea.

where to eat in chiang mai
  • http://www.jadeblyssjourney.blogspot.com/ Kahleel

    I just booked this hotel!! Super excited. My friend and I are going in December and I was struggling to find a hotel in Chiang Mai but your post has been so helpful and now I have most of the details from my trip sorted out.
    Thanks so much.

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      wahoo!!! you’re going to love it! if you have any other questions don’t hesitate to shoot me an email! something you might want to consider is renting bicycles from him also since it’s a little ways outside of the main part of town (maybe 20 min walk) hope you like it!

  • cathryn nicholson

    Well you have helped us choose a hotel for Chiang Mai! So excited! We are British expats in Australia, but we are returning home not before a few travels via a few countries!

    • http://lostintravelsblog.com/ Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      ahh! i’m so excited! you are seriously going to LOVE it! by far, one of my favorite places that we’ve stayed. it’s a little bit outside the city but so so worth it. and i would check about booking directly through them versus going through agoda because we got free breakfast and let me tell you, he is an amazing cook! ok enough raving : )

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00131113990874289000 Emma Watson

    Loved the way you have provided information about this amazing hotel..Lovely pictures too.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08300509693671365389 Sam M

    I totally agree with you, hotel and food make a big difference. We always try to get as much as possible out of a hotel, but still be dirt cheap. We stayed in some not so great places in Cambodia, so maybe our standards weren’t amazing, but I loved the Red Lantern Guesthouse we stayed at in Beijing. Best water pressure and endless hot water ever.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04805923529272507236 Mo (New on U)

    I re-found your blog on bloglovin’ and thought – why aren’t I reading this more often? Then I saw your about us sidebar and remembered that it was out of sheer jealousy. My then-boyfriend now-husband went as far as getting placed in a school in Korea and we (he) ended up backing out. I can’t be too mad because I ended up finding a job I love, but my heart seriously still aches for this experience a bit. I’ve decided to put my jealousy aside and live vicariously through you :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05022023043718407104 Bonnie Rose

    What a great hotel! We stayed with friends when visiting so I didnt get the lux treatment like that. Will have to keep that in mind next time. I loved Chiang Mai because it was so much more laid back and cheaper than Bangkok.

    Bonnie Rose | a Compass Rose

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03092640227303901791 Lauren Roerick Miller

    That hotel looks amazing, you sure lucked out on that one! And I’m so envious that you got to eat all that amazing Thai food. I still have to yet to tast the “real” thing. Mmmm I’ll just live vicariously through you :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15881137582123546269 Taylor

    I love your philosophy on the local hotels, so good to stay one with the culture. I admire that!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06597654095517303550 Sienna

    i loved the night bazaar in chiang mai, so fun!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06720694596549999667 Caroline

    I… oh my goodness gracious, I’m at a loss for words. Such gorgeous pictures!!

    Perpetually Caroline

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03734170138973146169 Heather T.

    Love the idea behind this blog – such a cool concept! Found you through the blog hop – would love a follow back!

    – Heather


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841944679316646683 Tori G

    What great photos!
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01046668149644014579 Mama’s High Strung

    I want to go!!!! Newest follower here (and everywhere) from Lovely Blog Hop! Looking forward to your posts. Check out my website! http:www/mamashighstrung.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12050447967374041694 Rachel

    Gorgeous! We try to stay away from chain hotels too. We usually look for boutique hotels or flats that are for rent. Our favorite experience was a riad we booked in Morocco!

    Horror stories? Hmm. Well, Colorado has some NASTY hotels.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08646464393586461119 Another Clean Slate

    That hotel looks incredible. And the photos you took could be in their brochure. Amazing!

  • http://hemborgwife.wordpress.com/ hemborgwife

    O when my husband and I went to Belgium the hotel we booked had upgraded two rooms put those pictures online and tricked us into a very old room, it was so bad it was funny but it made us go out and explore that much more so I guess it was ok in the end!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02277056535139881326 Z

    wow that hotel looks gorgeous! so glad you had such a wonderful time. :]

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17858369352707356245 LeeAnn Hilker

    What a great hotel! The pictures are amazing! You make me want to go to Thailand! I love following your blog! Happy travels!