About This Listing
Condo facilities, hotel service. This apartment is managed by the same team of friendly staff from ZAK Residence which is in the same compound. As such, you get to enjoy all the services provided by ZAK Residence.
1. NEAR MODERN FACILITES
With Big C Extra just 3 mins walk from the condo, it doesn't get anymore convenient to shop for grocery, dine at restaurants or food court, run banking errands (with no fewer than 3 banks), get a haircut, browse at the bookshop, shop for snacks, anything! It's also a place where you can easily hop onto a "Red Bus" that will take you to the city centre for about 120baht.
2. NEAR OLD AND CHARMING STREETS
Surrounding our condo are streets where life moves at a languid pace. It's what I love most about living in Chiang Mai. Here, the hawkers of the roadside stalls are also friends to their customers - lots of smiling and free sampling of food. No English is spoken here, you will have to get by with hand gestures. I guarantee that you will cherish the sometimes funny memories of your communication methods with the locals.
The best time to explore the streets is morning. You will see the parents riding with 2, 3 or more kids on their motorbikes to school. Walk past temples and hear children chanting scriptures. Have breakfast like the locals, sitting at makeshift tables along the road and watch the villagers go about their business. Get lost in the maze of streets and then ask for directions, you will be amazed at how helpful the villagers are.
3. NIGHT MARKET
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, the night market (only 2 mins walk away!) which comes alive from 5pm is the favourite hang out of the locals. You will hardly find any tourist here. Here, you get a real experience of Chiang Mai's culture and the locals' warmth hospitality; taste Northern Thailand's various mouth watering delicacies. (See pictures) Unlike the more commercial Night Bazaar and Sunday Market, there is no need for bargaining here because their prices are guaranteed to be the lowest.
Getting around is very convenient. We are located very near to Super Highway which pretty much links up the major sights of Chiang Mai. Going up north on the Super Highway brings you quickly to the famous Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Zoo, the vibrant Nimman Road, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall, the Inner City (aka Walled City); traveling by bicycle or the mini red bus brings you to River Bin in 10 mins, Walled City in 15 mins; Chiang Mai Bus Station is 1km away, the railway station is 1.5km away, the airport is a quick 15-min drive away.
Old City - 15 mins
Airport - 15 mins
River Bin - 10 mins
Chiang Mai Train Station - 10 mins
Chiang Mai Bus Station - 5 mins
The apartment is spacious, clean and modern with full condo facilities such as swimming pool, gym, sauna, security and parking. No where can you get such a wonderful condo apartment at this price!
You can expect a serviced-apartment living standard as complimentary maid service can be arranged upon request.
Spacious king size bed. Dressing table and wardrobe.
Great place to relax after a long day sightseeing. Couch that many of my guests find very comfortable to sleep (website hidden) with cable channels. Dining table/desktop.
Microwave oven, fridge and stove. Enough equipment for suitable for simple cooking. Not for heavy duty cooking as it will fume up the entire apartment.
Large vanity top to lay out all your toiletries. (see picture)
Huge balcony! Watch the sun set or the world passing by below.
High speed wifi exclusively for your apartment. No sharing, no slowing down of speed.
I haven't seen a better condo pool here in Chiang Mai. With massage jets to help you relax after a long day of exploring the city.
Well equipped with treadmills, weights machines and free weights to suit your exercise needs. No excuse to stop your gym routine just because you are traveling. Lol!
Relax in the sauna after your gym workout.
PRIVILEGES FOR OUR GUESTS
Tours at special rate
We provide tour packages at special rates for our guests. We guarantee that our prices are very reasonable and cheaper than most tour agencies in Chiang Mai.
Security system is nothing short of the best: 24-hr security guard, cctvs, card key access to lobby and lift.
To encourage our guest to conserve precious resources for Thailand, we have a "pay what you use" policy for electricity. We had some bad cases of guests leaving their air-con on even when they are not in the apartment. It's a terrible waste of the precious resources here in Thailand. We want to prevent that so we took the price off our room price and have a "pay what you use" policy for electricity. You will be shown the electric meter reading at check-in and check-out. For most responsible guests, the average daily cost of electricity is 70B.
GET THE REAL EXPERIENCE
If you are a visitor to Chiang Mai and you want to do more than just visit the tourist spots and get to really experience how the locals live, then this is the perfect place for you to reconnect and rejuvenate.
Ours is a comfortable apartment, loving named ZAK House. We seek your cooperation in helping us keep it this way by abiding by these house rules.
1. SECURITY DEPOSIT: A security deposit be collected in cash at check-in and returned when you check-out.
Security Deposit Amount
* 2000baht (stay of less than 7 days)
* 4000baht (stay of between 7-14 days)
* 7500baht (stay of more than 28 days)
2. KEY CARD: You will be given a key card which you can also use to access the gym, sauna and parking lot. It's our only card so we ask that you please don't lose it. If you lose the card, I am sorry but the cost of replacing the card (B1000) will be deducted from the security deposit.
3. ELECTRICTY AND WATER: Electricity and water are precious resources here in Thailand. As part of our effort to be eco-friendly, we have taken off the price of electricity from our rent and implemented a "pay what you use" policy. This is to encourage our guests to be environmentally friendly. Electricity is charged at a nominal 8baht/unit. The meter reading will be shown to you when you check-in and when you check-out.
4. SMOKING: Smoking is strictly prohibited in the entire apartment including the balcony. Guests found smoking in the apartment will have their security deposit forfeited. If you need to smoke, kindly do so at the pool area or along the street just in front of the condo. ZAK House is a lovely and comfortable apartment which is great for families with kids. Please help to keep it clean and smoke-free.
5. CHECK-IN/CHEK-OUT: Check-in time is after 2pm. Check-out time is before 11am.
Thank you for your cooperation. We sincerely look forward to share our lovely ZAK House with you :)
When you check-in, you will be greeted with 2 sets of bath and face towels. Little details that we hope will make you feel at home at our lovely apartment :)
Staff were friendly and spoke English well. Helpful also. Roomies spacious and clean. Nice food at the cafe. A bigger breakfast menu would have been good. Close to Big C shopping centre and other shops. 150 baht by tuk tuk to old city.
What a disappointment my return was. The apartment was not very clean on check in and smelled very bad. The toilet had a sting smell of pee. The room is wel well well used, main stains and not maintened really well.
The fact that my room was not cleaned on the 2nd night does make me wat to come back here. What a disappointment this was.
The apartment was cleaned thoroughly before check-in, and when you expressed that it was not clean enough for you, we had immediately sent someone to clean the apartment again.
The situation as mentioned by you is untrue and certainly not as bad as it is made out to be.
In fact, we are not very surprised that this is coming in especially after you had lost the room keycard for the apartment, and at check-out time, refused to pay the fee/security deposit for losing the keycard.
Ultimately we explained that we needed to collect the fee from you to replace it and perhaps you were not happy about that? That is not right and not fair to us.
We hope that you understand that in the hospitality industry, losing a room key or destruction/loss of property within the room results in losing the security deposit. This is standard practice all over the world.
We take reviews of our property seriously, but we do feel we need to defend ourselves if guests use it to express grievances just because we decided to act on our policy.
We continue to maintain a high standard of management of our property and provide a good service as much as we can.
Gideon's place was very nice. About 10-15 minutes by motorbike from Old City. It's a nice place to stay if you're looking to be a little bit away from the crowd in old Old City or good springing board to head to Lampang for the elephant conservatory. Swimming pool looked very nice but we didn't have time to swim in it. Would recommend staying at Gideon's if you don't want to stay directly in town and have access to a vehicle.
My friend and I stayed here for 4 nights and would rate the room below average. First, there is a clear discrepancy between the photos and what the room actually looks like. The pictures seem to suggest a bright, clean, and welcoming atmosphere however the room is very bare bones and is not decorated as pictured. Further, there are cockroaches in the building we came across a lively fellow in the washroom as well as on my friend's pillow. Make sure you bring your own bath towels as there were only face towels when we went. Lastly, I found that not many taxi drivers actually knew where Jigsaw was; best bet is to walk to the Big C Extra to grab a taxi. We certainly recommend the $69 baht buffet that is just a 5 min walk and is identified in the map that is provided.
The flat is so nice! Comfortable, modern, spacious and clean. The pool downstairs is good, and the receptionists are really helpful with booking tours, taxis etc. We met Gideon briefly and he was so welcoming and helpful too, advising us on the best tours and things to do in Chiang Mai. The flat is walking distance from Big C (5 mins), a large supermarket complex which has ATMs, a McDonalds and a large food court too. It is also walking distance (10 mins) from Payap University, so this flat would be useful for anyone studying or visiting there.
It isn't very close to the centre of Chiang Mai. We saw this as an advantage, as it was much quieter, more peaceful and much more authentically Thai (though modern) than the centre. Taxis/songthaews to and from the centre are only about 200 baht as well.
Although Chiang Mai can get quite hot, the flat is on the shady side of the building so you don't have to use the air conditioning much. This is good as the electricity for the flat is added on as an extra on top of the cost of your stay. We used about 256 baht of electricity for a week's stay, but we hardly used the air con.
The WiFi is good, with a download speed of 9Mb/s and an upload of 0.9Mb/s.
One thing any guest here must try is the massage parlour in the complex, which is just heavenly and very good value (180-400 baht/hr for various kinds of massages). Although it was only advertised as having the towels and things changed every few days, they were actually changed and the flat cleaned on every working day while we were there.
I would find this place hard to find any fault with, though I did find the bed very firm. The hosts do not use the AirBnb mechanism for a security deposit, and instead ask for a substantial cash deposit which is then returned at the end of the stay. This cash deposit is a fairly large negative, as you're then left with a lot of cash when you may be about to leave Thailand. They should definitely move to using the AirBnb website mechanism.
Although we stayed a whole week here, I really want to come back Chiang Mai again just to stay here, and I would recommend this flat without any hesitation!
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About the Host, Gideon
My name is Gideon and I am passionate about travelling and meeting people from around the world. As an avid traveller myself, I am attuned to the needs of my guests. I have experienced great hospitality from strangers on my travels and I would like to pay it forward by helping travellers who come my way. I am currently based in Chiang Mai. If you ever travel here, let's meet up!
My life motto is Dream Big, Live with Passion, Inspire.
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