Our adult son had been living at TipTopThai house for a year when we came from the US to spend a few weeks traveling with him, so the choice to reserve a suite there was obvious for us. But it turned into much more than we expected, a memorable and heartwarming experience that came to feel like our second home. The former private home of the family manager, it is on a laid-back street of small guest houses, cafes and boutiques in the old walled city of Chiang Mai that reminded us a bit of our historic neighborhood in New York / though it is much quieter. Opening out from
a narrow entrance dense with tropical vegetation, it is a serene oasis of quiet gardens, filled with the family’s art and lovely handcrafted things. We had a small 2 room suite on the second floor rear with a private shower and toilet, a/c, a comfortable bed, an ample closet, a desk and an armchair. I made daily use of a spacious open air studio area on a kind of mezzanine level, equipped for yoga or reading or socializing. There are also comfortable private seating areas on the entry level so for one who is inclined, there is ample opportunity to get acquainted with interesting, well-traveled guests from all over the world. My only complaints were that the shower water was not quite hot enough to my liking (it was an exceptionally cool January so a steaming hot shower would have been a comfort) and a chronic slight mechanical noise from a water pump in the building or yard across the way that was annoying at night. I did mention the water pump noise to the manager but it was entirely beyond her control, and as we were otherwise delighted with our accommodations, we chose to put up with it. We loved the restaurants within a 2 block walk and made use of a nearby bicycle rental shop run by an attentive and skilled owner. TipTopThai is very reasonably priced for such a welcoming stay in the most enjoyable neighborhood of Chiang Mai.