I had three primary considerations when I was choosing a place to stay in Chiang Khan, a lovely old town frequented by local tourists in northeastern Thailand. First was price, second was location, and third was character. Mae Nam Mee Kang ticked all the boxes. It was inexpensive, located right on the walking street, and as I found out when I got there, had a great personality.
Vintage wood, handcrafted furniture, and collections of old film paraphernalia are scattered in the ground floor bar and the common sitting room. In addition, there are postcards and merchandise for sale.
Staying in a converted old wooden house has its drawbacks. It did not have heating and, since I stayed in early February, the cold seeped in. As with many old buildings, there is no soundproofing. Think creaky footsteps and hearing doors as they open and close. One thing that may put off a lot of guests: the toilet and shower are shared and located outside, and you will be barefoot on cold concrete crossing to them from your room.
Despite these drawbacks, I enjoyed my stay. I loved being surrounded by art and all sorts of collections. The guesthouse’s main man Dong is an entertaining character who puts on a steady stream of Thai movies on the screen. Since I made no plans before I arrived in Chiang Khan, his recommendations were invaluable. He also booked tuktuks for me.
If you are ever in Chiang Khan, drop by Mae Nam Mee Kang for a beer and get away from the crowd in a funky casual space.