Baan Tawan is a lovely dog friendly guesthouse in Pai, Mae Hong Son province. Ideally located in the centre of the village, close to amenities and attractions, yet down a quiet soi and overlooking the river.
Pai is a laid back little village in the mountains of Mae Hong Son province. It’s known as a hippy hangout and certainly has that laid back feel! It used to attract mainly foreign tourists, and even in low season the amount of tourists seems a lot for such a little place. Friends have noted to avoid peek season as it feels overrun. Read more about Pai in my previous post here.
When it comes to accommodation, Pai has a massive choice – from luxury resorts to shared dorms, and everything in between. We chose Baan Tawan because it accepts dog (of course!), it’s in a really convenient location (central yet quiet) and it looked Thai style and cute! The guesthouse has shady, leafy gardens – perfect for the dog – as well as a resident pooch (in hindsight I’m pretty sure I got his name wrong, but I swear the owner said ‘doughnut’)! There are huts of various sizes throughout the gardens, as well as a block of rooms. Even though it was nearly full we barely saw any other guests.
We opted for a ‘cottage room’, a self contained hut-style-room with air-con and en suite bathroom. This s their middle option and we paid 1200 baht per night, low season rate, which included breakfast and self service tea and coffee anytime. The room was spacious and really clean, with TV and fridge. The bathroom was huge – nearly half the size of the main room! Both rooms were decorated in muted colours with lots of bamboo, teak and cream – it was like an up-scaled version of the classic Thai beach bungalow!
Breakfast was served until 10 am, toast, eggs, fresh fruit, muesli and / rice porridge (or jok in Thai). If you don’t manage to get up in time for breakfast, fear not – because every establishment in town seems to cater for this! Literally every menu we looked at had lots of breakfast options – Western and Thai and weird combinations of the two!
Our hut/room was on the first floor, up a wooden staircase and on an open corridor. There are several other huts on this level, it reminded me of the way the floating villages are built, all wooden bits cobbled together! We really liked Baan Tawan and can definitely recommend this as a convenient, really homely place to stay in Pai. To book you can call them direct on 053 698 116 (or 7) or check out agoda.com as sometimes they have a deal on (just check it’s like for like as I’ve notcied sometimes they don’t include breakfast)!Show on map