Mutmee Garden Guest House
Crunchy riverside hideaway
Fantatic place, suspect food
I stayed at Mutmee for over a week, and it definitely lived up to its reputation as a great place. M...
What we say:
The long-running and popular Mut Mee is more than just a guesthouse. It's the focal point of a holistic-spiritual-health-conscious community that includes yoga, reiki, astrology and art studios, and the pleasant little Hornbill Used Bookshop, at the end of an alley draped in fragrant flower bushes and charming old houses. Also not far from the riverside promenade, the guesthouse itself is perched high over the river amid a lush and shady garden that rambles through several roofed salas and chill spaces with hammocks and tables. On any day, you might find two-dozen guests (almost exclusively foreigners) lounging with their laptops. Rooms are set in several different buildings and loads of options are available. The 600 baht air-con double that we checked out was stylish and comfy, with mosquito nets draped over cushy beds, hot water in a partially open-air bathroom and private veranda. We appreciated the thoughtful art and furnishings, though for the price, complementary drinking water should be included. Cheaper rooms rely on fans and basic shared bathroom facilities, while the priciest suite comes with cable TV and a great balcony with Mekong views. Mutmee's restaurant churns out consistently good eats, and while the staff members we encountered weren't overly friendly, they do provide maps along with loads of information on the surrounding area.
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Contact details:8/10 1111/4 Kaew Woravut Rd, Nong Khai. T: (042) 460 717 F: (042) 412 182
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What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Sgl fan share b'room||200 baht||200 baht|
|Dbl fan share b'room||300 baht||300 baht||Upto 400 baht|
|Dbl fan private b'room||400 baht||400 baht||up to 600 baht|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||600 baht||600 baht||Upto 1,000 baht|
|Triple fan share b'room||350 baht||350 baht|
|Deluxe- Double||1,000 baht||1,000 baht||Upto 1,200 baht|
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Last visited or updated on: 22nd March, 2014
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Rated 4 out of 5
Based on 19 ratings and 19 reviews
Fantatic place, suspect food
I stayed at Mutmee for over a week, and it definitely lived up to its reputation as a great place. My room was excellently priced and well furnished, the grounds are gorgeous, the river-side setting incredible, and the eclectic and diverse clientele (guests and residents) were friendly and made for fantastic company. However, I ate exclusively at their restaurant while I was staying there and also happened to have an upset stomach at some point almost every day during my stay. I put off writing this review to make sure that I felt better after leaving, which I have. I would stay there again, but would recommend a sense of caution with the food.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by frasmc (Total published reviews: 3) on
the best and getting better....
Probably the best GH I've ever stayed at. They've been busy and built a great new building with 4 luxury rooms (or suites). The most expensive of them is 1200 baht and has an amazing veranda over looking the Mekong. I think it is the best 1200 baht value in all of Thailand. They have everything that you want/need here from dorm rooms to the above mentioned suite, laundry, food, view and vibe. If the staff was any more helpful, they'd be tucking you into bed. Rates are up 'just a little', best to check the website for their current prices. WiFi is available in the garden area, but a shame that it is not accessible in every room.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by gvan (Total published reviews: 32) on
Mut Mee is OK
This place is alright. It costs 30 baht by tuk tuk to the guesthouse. Located in large trees, there are various types of accommodation to be had. In fact there are some new units being built at the moment which will be ready by mid January I'm told which look really lovely. This guesthouse is based right on the Mekong River. The rooms are clean, staff friendly and food is good. Its close to the markets, the esplanade and you can even exchange the Laos Kip here as well. Julian and his staff are very helpful. There are bikes to rent. We planned to stay 3 days in Nong Khai and then go to Laos. Its so good here we've decided not to go to Laos and stay here. There is lots to do and the natives are very friendly. Its easy to get visa extensions here (they even try to sell you jewellery and food at immigration! Only in Thailand!!) We paid 280 bht for a shared bathroom with only one other room. The bathroom did have a mozzie problem, so we bought some spray. I don't personally think the bathrooms were cleaned enough - once every 3 days is not too good in my book. If you wanted your room cleaned - that was on request. I think Mut Mee does need to improve on its cleanliness in bathrooms. I considered it very good value for what was 14.50 NZ $.
There are some older men around who love to talk about their past travels etc., but we didn't give them any energy and weren't approached by them. You just need to be a bit savvy with these type of people. Generally there were all types of foreigners there of all ages. Having a daily meditation at the Yoga centre was great too.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by danceswithrose (Total published reviews: 4) on
I paid 780 bahts/night (plus 10 bahts/roll for toilet paper) for a room with no tv and no fridge. Had to put on reppelent to go to the bathroom. The toilet was a bucket type and the water crock was populated by about a million mosquitoes. If you are a young airhead in search of ''enlightenment'' and really dig the groovy hippy vibe you may find this acceptable.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by doctorsongwut (Total published reviews: 1) on
Arrived with the plan to stay 2 nights... still here after a week.
First of all, beautiful garden, where you can relax and/or socialize. Free Wi-Fi
Paying 550 for a big double room with private facilities, fan and mosquito net.
It's noisy, but people here overall are so nice we can't get mad at them.
Good restaurant, (trusting) self-service.
Fish-restaurant on a boat, pub on a ''raft'' behind the restaurant where they have themes (quiz, film, parties, etc).
Would absolutely recommend, especially when you need to lay down after or before Laos.
You can check out, but you'll never leave ;-)
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by Thijs (Total published reviews: 18) on
Noisy rooms bad food
The rooms were noisy. Forget any nocturnal activity if you don't want to be heard. Wake up to people instructing yoga at 7AM. Eat totally flavourless food (NO Thai food here). Some of the bathrooms are mosquito traps with dump toilets that don't get cleaned well and the shared bathrooms are grungy. The rooms are cheap enough but you get more for your money in other places. Mostly a place for oldies on their 'reliveAisa' tour. The garden is nice but you will have to talk to hippies. The staff are friendly enough but they are all tourists working for food and board and so no Thai smiles here. Why it gets great reviews I don't know. I have stayed at 4 or 5 places in Nong Khai and $ for my $ they all rate better.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by house69 (Total published reviews: 1) on
The room was fine but overpriced as we found out next day when we moved to RuanThai to get a room with private bathroom for the same price. We moved because the shared bathroom was a mozzie infested pit! When I disturbed the water bowl to flush the loo I discovered that it was a breeding ground and hundreds of them swarmed the toilet and adjacent shower.The staff were helpful and we did mention this but we suspect nothing was done as how did it get like this in the first place?
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by cn (Total published reviews: 14) on
Got shown a basic fan-room for 400B by a bored western girl working at the reception counter; the Thai-staff working there did not even return a hello. A rather overpriced place; however in a beautiful setting.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by RotPickup (Total published reviews: 35) on
we left khon kaen after quickly acquiring our visas for laos and needed to stop for the night in nong khai before moving on to veintianne. we immediately fell in love with mutmee; the staff was welcoming, the garden was relaxing, and the room was a peaceful retreat. in the end we bedded down in nong khai for three nights because of our experience. though the floor creaked a little, we found our stay at mutmee to be great value.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by chrisandbrian (Total published reviews: 4) on
Value for money
My wife and I Stayed here twice while visiting Laos. Couldn't fault the garden/setting and the food. Kitchen staff were very accomodating even cooking a dish my wife had on previous visit. Also we like the set up with running your own tab till you check out. Accommodation wise first time was a/c in the new building with very thin floors.Can hear everything above you. Second time fan room in central spot that was o.k if you didn't need an early night and guests were up.Rooms are very fair value for money but we couldn,t help think the mattresses and pillows had seen better days.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by swag (Total published reviews: 7) on
everything is fine except..
This place is really wonderful. I stayed at the 3 bed dorm for 90b per night (pretty cheap), the garden is beautiful but the restaurant a little more expensive than usual, there is a bookshop, yoga/meditation classes, internet on site, you can rent bicycles, has travel information and more.
The only ''problem'' in my opinion (I'm sure that most will find it fine) is that almost all of the visitors of the city ending up staying there (again, because it's so good) that sometimes it feels like a small backpackers ghetto!
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by mpiftex (Total published reviews: 5) on
Only Place to Consider
I don't think i could recommend the place enough. i had originally intended to stay one, maybe two nights and was regularly heard saying 'i'm leaving tomorrow, definatly!' but id still be there, and after 12 nights i was able to be honest when i said i was leaving. I had to change my plans completely but i don't regret it at all i thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Mut Mee, and can very highly recommend its bar the Gaia. The only negative i found was the first room i stayed in, Room 9 isn't a good one, and if you get offered it ask for another, even if it is a bit more expensive the bathroom isn't very private i found and its a very noisy room.
If you planning on staying a night before hitting Laos, leave it loose because its very likly you'll want to stay longer.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by Gorey (Total published reviews: 3) on
Very Well Run Place
Stayed here for the first time in '92, then again in '99 and '01. The garden has filled in very nicely. It's a very well-run place with excellent facilities and a helpful and accommodating staff.
But there was one particular aspect of the place which we found troubling. When we arrived we were told that a room would be available, but not until 5:30. We said we'd wait (no problem) and were showed where we could stash our bags and shower, etc. while we waited. It turns out that if someone wants to continue to use their room a bit longer than check-out time (for example, if they are going to catch a train), they are able to stay for 1/2 of the room's usual rate. This means that whoever is to get that room DOES NOT get it for that 1/2 day, AND receives no reduction in price. So, in such cases, Mutmee receives full payment from the new guests, plus another 1/2 day's payment for the departing guest. When this was pointed out our concerns were brushed aside. It turned out that there were three couples who had arrived that day that this applied to.
Also, one of the boats docked at the riverside below the guest house is a bar and is sometimes rented out for private parties which can get VERY noisy well into the evening. We had an excellent room with a nice little patio looking across the river, but it was very noisy, and there was a lot of traffic up and down the steps next to the room.
The sunset cruise (B100) is not worth the money.
We'll try somewhere else next time.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by Tilapia (Total published reviews: 15) on
We had a double room for 450 which was just lovely - a great place to relax after we'd been motorbiking around the region. However, we were able to hear everything from the couple below us - from small coughs to bags being zipped up, and I'm sure they didn't appreciate us walking on the noisy floor boards. So very nice but not at all sound proofed!
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by gecko (Total published reviews: 7) on
we stayed here only 1 night, but probably could have stayed longer. nice and very relaxing along the river. i really liked the room. only small issue was they said it came with hot shower, but it was cold. pretty good atmosphere. food wasn't bad either.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by sideflip1 (Total published reviews: 8) on
We stayed in the exact room in the picture above (number 14 - ask for it!). Excellent room with solid extra touches like poster bed, towel rack, and shelves to put stuff. It included hot shower and fan for 550 baht per night.
The rooms have continued to evolve over the years, moving a bit more upscale each time I visit (this was number 6 since 1996). The restaurant food is excellent albeit a bit more expensive than similar fare in town. I think that the garden area has suffered over the years. Gone are many of the chairs and hammocks that used to invite one to relax and hang out all day, and in their place is a more restaurant-style space, which wasn't as chill out as we'd previously enjoyed. Mut Mee allows a late check out (up until 5 pm) for 1/2 the room rate, which is great for those catching the evening trains to BKK.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by exacto (Total published reviews: 33) on
Great, relaxing place
Mutmee was a great place to stay with a lovely garden and wonderful hammocks. The rooms are clean and comfortable but in one building the shared bathroom doesn't have a basin which makes it awkward for cleaning teeth or doing your contact lenses. It's manageable though. The guesthouse has excellent handouts on the surrounding area. I did the bike ride out to the silk station. The return trip was more like 70km than the 55km mentioned.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by pythagnz (Total published reviews: 12) on
Nothing but praise
A beautiful and very well-run guesthouse all around; excellent food, self-service cold drinks, great bathroom and a very relaxing riverfront garden.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by CunningMcFar (Total published reviews: 44) on
Superb place to rest and relax.
Mutmee Guesthouse is by far the best place I have found to stay in Nong Khai.Its right in the middle of Nong Khai and yet they have a stunning garden right in the river where I chill out before going on the visa run. Got a top restaurant too and everyone is well friendly. I have tried other places in Nong Khai like Phon Phisai but way too far out in the middle of nowhere and nothing to do or see. No decent restaurants or activities or cultural sights. Got roasted on the bus there. Now always stay at Mutmee. Cheap too.
Mutmee Garden Guest House reviewed by aletta (Total published reviews: 1) on
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Mutmee Garden Guest House
8/10 1111/4 Kaew Woravut Rd, Nong Khai.
T: (042) 460 717 F: (042) 412 182
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Reviews about Mutmee Garden Guest House
Fantatic place, suspect food
By frasmc, 04 November 2011
the best and getting better....
By gvan, 19 August 2011
Mut Mee is OK
By danceswithrose, 23 December 2010
By doctorsongwut, 02 April 2010
By Thijs, 01 March 2010