The name says it all, or does it? No, not really. (In Thailand, "porn" is actually popular syllable used in many common names.) The Pornping Tower in Chiang Mai is where we hung our hats for a few nights while visiting the local sights. This 300-room hotel is located on Charoenprathet Road, just a hop, skip and a jump from Chiang Mai's shopping institution, the Night Bazaar (see "goodies"). This tourist group/ convention-friendly hotel is not very modern; upon entering the lobby, we felt like we had time traveled back to the mid 1984. Still, it does not really matter. The hotel was clean and came to us at a good price. The staff was friendly and accommodating and, while small, the outdoor pool is charming. The handful of restaurants and bars seemed somewhat appealing at first perusal, though aside from the free basic breakfast each morning, we chose to eat outside of the Pornping. The best part about staying here is perhaps those coasters, shower-caps, and cute stupa-shaped shampoos and conditioners that you can take home. These freebies, with that groovy "Pornping Tower" logo on them, make the perfect souvenir for bashful friends and family back home!The Pornping Tower also features "The Space Bubble" discotheque, a large nightclub which seemed to be quite the happening spot in Chiang Mai. We never made it inside because the loud Euro-trance music was cranked up just a bit too loud for our tastes.
Set of Drifters tip: If staying at the Pornping, check the sill outside your window for pigeon coops. During our three night stay, we tried everything we could to scare away a pesky bird who would not leave us alone with its incessant squawking. Eventually, the pigeon revealed why it was so adamant about staying; it had recently laid two eggs!
Pornping Tower - 6-48 Charoenprathet Road, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, 011 (66) 53-27-0099