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Review of the Porn Ping Tower, Chiang Mai

The Porn Ping Tower is one of the most popular venues in Chiang Mai since its construction way back in 1974, when the hotel catered for American military personnel on leave during the Vietnam war.

Porn Ping Tower from 900 THB

Porn Ping Tower from 900 THB

That popularity has been based on good restaurants, lively drinking venues, good standard rooms and an excellent customer service. The Porn Ping Tower is not the most luxurious hotel in Chiang Mai, or the cheapest one, but it certainly has the most character and I am never disappointed when I stay.

Porn Ping Tower

The Porn Ping Tower has a large front entrance

Location

The Porn Ping Tower is located between the night bazaar (right next door), the lively restaurant area of Chang Klan Road (5 minute walk) and the Ping River (4 minute walk). It is a 18 minute walk to the Thae Pae Gate at the edge of the Old Town of Chiang Mai. 

Facilities

Porn Ping Tower lobby

The lobby is impressive

Not that you would ever need to leave the Porn Ping Tower because of the facilities on site. There are three restaurants, a roof top bar and restaurant, a lobby bar and two nightclubs under the hotel: Hotshots, where they feature a cabaret from 21.00 every night, and Bubble which is a nightclub with a dance floor. The restaurants, bars and nightclubs are popular with locals and tourists alike. In addition to eating and drinking, there is a large outdoor swimming pool and sun deck and a massage parlour.

Service

Porn Ping Tower bed

The Porn Ping Tower’s bedrooms are well decorated

The Porn Ping Tower has an impressive lobby. It has an old-fashioned feel to it, with counter staff who can arrange services like taxis for you and a free safety deposit box service. They really take care of you here with lots of staff around to carry bags and open doors. This hotel is one of collection of independent Thai run hotels that I rank alongside the Manhattan Hotel in Bangkok and the Charoen Hotel in Udon Thani as being great examples of a very good and uniquely Thai approach to the hotel business. 

Rooms

Porn Ping Tower TV

Every room has a flat screen TV with English language channels

The rooms are standard size at comfortable 28 sqm or above with City Views. The decor is, like everything at this hotel, a bit old fashioned in a good way. All rooms have satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.

There is a mini-bar and free tea/coffee making facilities. Room service is efficient and well priced. The towels and linen are clean and in good condition.

One thing to note is that the non-smoking rooms on the upper floors have been more recently renovated and the better ones to book.

The Buffet Breakfast is Excellent

The buffet breakfast here is excellent. It does feature English style bacon and sausage, but it does have great bread, egg, Asian dishes, coffee, tea, juices, fruit, fried potatoes and a range of other items that make for a great and filling breakfast.

Make The Porn Ping Tower Your Hotel in Chiang Mai

Porn Ping Tower from 900 THB

Porn Ping Tower from 900 THB

Great place to stay. You need to spend at least a 1,000 THB extra a night to go somewhere like The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel if want more comfort, but you wouldn’t have half as much fun staying there as you can at Porn Ping Tower.

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