We are constantly looking for the most bang for our buck, like most budget travelers, so when we read about Giant Guest House, where we could get a double room with air conditioning, free bikes and free computers to use, we thought we’d better check it out.
Unfortunately the first night that we arrived, Giant was full, something that we learned is not an uncommon occurrence. Lucky for us, the next morning I went to check if they had rooms first thing in the morning and we were in luck!
Giant House ended up totally making our time in Chiang Mai. When I was filling out the form, the manager was explaining the rules he talked about sharing, about cleaning up after yourselves and each other, and about being gentle with the 100 year old bikes (rough estimate by him). He talked about how at Giant House, they live the “good hippy lifestyle”. And that’s just what it was!
And as a bonus for us, they have a communal kitchen! We cooked for ourselves for the first time in 47 days with fresh ingredients from the market down the street!
We stayed for three nights but wanted to stay for far longer. It’s true what everyone says there, it’s easy to get “stuck” at Giant House. There was even one woman who had been there for two years! But since there are so many long staying visitors, the vibe and energy of the guesthouse continues from month to month to month.
If you are ever in Chiang Mai we highly recommend staying here! But get there first thing in the morning to make sure you get a room (or try calling ahead, although I’m not sure they would actually take reservations since they are full basically every night).
Oh, and Chiang Mai as a city is pretty nice too! I hope to go back there sometime soon to spend more time!