It's probably worth remembering the old adage 'You Get What You Pay For'. However, why not try http://www.couchsurfing.org/ there seem to be a selection of hosts in Chiang Mai. about 6 years ago
Golden Triangle Rider (http://www.gt-rider.com/) would be a very good place to start. David Unkovich (The GT Rider) has mapped Thailand and Laos, he drew the first accurate map of northern Thailand and has written several tour books around the subject. Rider's Corner Bar and Restaurant (http://www.riderscorner.net/) might also be worth making note of. There's some great countryside around here, enjoy! about 6 years ago
I have heard plenty of good reports about The Old Chiangmai Cultural Centre, 185/3 Wualai Road, Chiangmai 50100 Tel: 053 275 097, 274 540, 202 993-5 Fax: 053 274 094. (http://www.oldchiangmai.com/index_en.php) Khum Khantoke also seems to be popular (Chiangmai Business Park, 130 Moo 4, Nong Pakrung Tel: 053 304 121-2, 260 504 Fax: 053 304 123). This is only from what I have read and heard, I have to confess to never having been to a Khantoke dinner - my brother-in-law is a traditional northern Thai musician so I get my fill of the food, drink, music and dance at family parties and various temple events! I have recently started collecting Chiang Mai stories (there is one, a video, on Khantoke at the Cultural Centre) you might be interested in: http://www.scoop.it/t/chiang-mai-rose-of-the-north/p/760507731/chiang-mai-city-arts-cultural-center . over 6 years ago
Hi,What is the predicted state of the Thailand floods in late December to early January? Will it be safe for travel during that time?
Hi I live in Chiang Mai and can confirm that all is well, and has been for quite some time, up here in the North. Richard Barrow's "Essential Flood Information for Foreign Tourists in Thailand" is a good and reliable source of information and as he mentions in his post on 23 November (don't be put off when you see "October 12, 2011" under the title, I assume that's when he started putting the info together), travel warnings continue to be downgraded. If you want to keep up with news about the flooding from Thai and international publications, I've been following the course of events since September and have put together "Thailand Floods, 2011 (#ThaiFloodEng)" (http://www.scoop.it/t/chiang-mai-floods-september-2011) as a resource for anyone concerned about the flooding in Thailand. I really don't think that you have anything to be concerned about, have a great time in this fantastic country and don't forget to visit the North! Marc. over 6 years ago