Our review of Joys Guest House in Chiang Mai in Thailand.
Name: Joys Guest House, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Date of Stay: 26th December – 1st January, 2014 6 nights
Booked through: Direct
Why we went there?
We had arrived in Chiang Mai for Christmas 2013. We treated ourselves on the 24th and the 25th December at a central hotel Tri Yaan Na Ros. We wanted to find either a hostel or a hotel that was more within our budget for our next 6 night stay in Chiang Mai.
Why we chose it?
Joys Guest House was number 1 on Trip Advisor and they had available a double room with ensuite which included free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. They also offered a free pick up service from the airport, we enquired and they offered to collect us from Tri Yaan Na Ros. Facilities include cooking classes, massage services and a swimming pool. As a welcome gift Joys offered a free welcome dinner.
What was it like?
We were collected from hotel in the centre of Chiang Mai and driven the 20 minutes to the outskirts of Chiang Mai to the guest house. We did not realize how far out we were actually going to be. Joys Guest House is nestled in a suburban street. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and shown to our ground floor room near the reception and the bar area. At first we were a little shocked as we felt that we were paying over the odds for the accommodation but accepted it because it was Christmas and their high season. The room is a basic but very clean double bedroom with ensuite, fan, fridge and air-conditioning. Breakfast was self-service with cereals, eggs, toast, fruit, tea and coffee. You could also help yourself throughout the day with tea, coffee and fruit. Joys offered two regular shuttles into the main centre of Chiang Mai. We took advantage of the free welcome meal in the evening which was a lovely green curry home made in the kitchen.
Joys Guest House turned out to be a unique experience. It is not just a Guest House but a Foundation for Underprivileged Children. The Foundation is based at a farm in the mountains a 45 minute drive from Chiang Mai. Underprivileged children from the borders of Thailand and Myanmar are given an opportunity to be in a family environment, go to school, learn farming techniques and given work experience in the guest house. Part of the monies earned through the Guest House accommodation funds the children, sponsorships are also available. We spent one of our most enjoyable New Year’s Eve here where the children performed songs and dances for us, a beautiful meal was prepared by the staff and at midnight we had the opportunity of lighting the lanterns and letting them go to the sound of fireworks in the distance. Joys Guest House provides a variety of tours for their guests.
What was around it?
There are a few small restaurants within walking distance and a Tesco Lotus about a 10-15 minute walk away. Newly opened Central Festival shopping centre is a 10 minute Tuk Tuk ride away where there are all the Thai Banks represented with their ATMs, a large well equipped supermarket, food court, many shops etc. including Marks and Spencer’s, Top Shop and a large cinema complex.
Would we return?
Yes. We would, knowing more about Joys and the Foundation. It is definitely a lovely environment to be in. Next time we will stay longer and we plan to stay at the Foundation farm.
Cost? THB1800/AUD 62
How was the Wi-Fi?
The Wi-Fi worked well in all areas.
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