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Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen doesn't offer a huge choice of places to stay. It's a small town, with relatively few overnight visitors, but it does nonetheless have some good options covering just about all budgets. From the cosy homestay-style guesthouse Tata, through a series of midrange, motelish-style places, and up to luxury Mekong side resorts, there'll be something for most style of traveller.

Options are rather scattered around town: down the back streets, out near the Bangkok bus stop, and along the waterfront, so it’s a good idea to clearly work out where you’re staying beforehand to save a lot of wandering around. The old Chiang Saen Guesthouse has definitely seen better days but we’ve included it, partly for old time’s sake, and partly for those who insist on staying somewhere with guesthouse in the name.

  • Gin’s Maekhong View Resort and Spa

    Gin’s Maekhong View Resort and Spa

    Upmarket resort at mid-range prices

    Route 1290, just past the north gate, Chiang Saen
    T: (053) 650 847, (080) 451 3595, (084) 485 1376;

    Set in a lush, well-tended garden with unobstructed views of the Mekong River, Gin’s Maekhong View Resort is a wonderful spot. With an out of town location it’s peaceful too, but the old town’s ... Read the full review of Gin’s Maekhong View Resort and Spa.

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    4.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Tata Homestay

    Tata Homestay

    Cheap and cheerful

    Sai 2, Chiang Saen
    T: (084) 043 08213;

    Somewhere between a homestay and a guesthouse, Tata is an old wooden house with four ground floor rooms for rent at budget rates. It’s a ramshackle affair, with a cluttered front yard, where the ... Read the full review of Tata Homestay.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Golden Land Resort

    Golden Land Resort

    Resort style within the city walls

    Corner of Robvieng and Sai 1, Chiang Saen
    T: (053) 777 123, (053) 651 100, (081) 655 9221;

    We can imagine this garden-style resort was popular when it was first built. Chalets are set in a very nice, large garden; the location is downtown but the place lends an impression of being out in ... Read the full review of Golden Land Resort.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • J. Nine

    J. Nine

    Clean, comfortable, well located

    Just off Rimkhong Rd, Soi 4, Chiang Saen
    T: (080) 603 7886, (081) 960 7551;

    While nothing particularly special, cheap and cheerful J. Nine offers clean rooms at good prices and is in a convenient location; it gets our vote out of a few similar places dotted around town. ... Read the full review of J. Nine.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Tararin


    New, clean, good deal

    585 Moo 2, Sai 1, Chiang Saen
    T: (053) 777 445, (081) 530 5608;

    This spanking new site down the southern section of Sai 1 is the top end when it comes to Chiang Saen’s motel-style, park and sleep, Thai commercial traveller range. It offers clean and comfortable ... Read the full review of Tararin.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Chiang Saen Guesthouse

    Chiang Saen Guesthouse

    Classic old guesthouse, but very tired

    45/2 Rimkhong Rd, Chiang Saen
    T: (053) 650 196 ;

    The only riverfront guesthouse in central Chiang Saen is this longrunning joint, which is decidedly tired around the edges. Fewer backpackers come to Chiang Saen these days, and it’s sadly slid ... Read the full review of Chiang Saen Guesthouse.

    2.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

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