Location: Chiang Mai | Rating: 3 star | Rooms: 18 | Pool: yes | Spa: yes
Situated 20 minutes drive from the bustling centre of Chiang Mai, Joy’s House is an oasis of calm and a perfect place to base yourself while exploring Thailand’s second city. If you’re looking for an authentic, good-hearted and friendly Thai welcome, this is the place for you. It’s literally a traditional family guesthouse – the main building is an old-style teakwood construction on stilts and was Joy’s parents’ home. It retains its family atmosphere too and if you’re travelling with children they will have a unique chance to meet and hang out with local kids from Joy’s ‘School for Life’ project. As well as visiting Chiang Mai, we recommend trying out a cooking lesson or food tour with one of Joy’s family or treating yourself to a massage in their spa.