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The Riverside Guest House

Top choice in town

What we say: 4.5 stars

These days there are quite a number of guesthouses along Lampang’s riverside Thanon Thalart Gao (Old Market Street), but Riverside Guesthouse stands out with its excellent location, helpful staff and pleasant, reasonably priced rooms.

It's not called Riverside for nothing!

It’s not called Riverside for nothing.

It’s in a top location for two reasons. Firstly, it’s got a genuine Wang riverside location (yes, we know it’s called Riverside Guesthouse but in Thailand that doesn’t necessarily mean anything) and secondly Thalart Gao Road is where many of Lampang’s beautiful old buildings are situated; it’s also the site of the lively weekend walking street market and the guesthouse is conveniently within a short stroll of many of the town’s best riverside bars and restaurants.

Attractively laid out garden

Attractively laid out garden.

The garden, sitting area and cafe are cosy, comfortable and attractively laid out, and it’s clear that a lot of thought went into optimising what is a fairly restricted space. The building itself is a converted old teak house and is also agreeably, yet simply, decorated.

Simple and tasteful

Simple and tasteful.

Some 20 rooms in total are offered at Riverside, about half of which have air-con — the other fan-cooled — and all but a couple of cheapies have en-suite bathrooms. There’s a somewhat eclectic collection of rooms in this ramshackle (in the best senses of the term) old house and we couldn’t actually find two alike, so for once they could justifiably use the epithet “boutique” if they so wished. Unfortunately, this is reflected in their complicated pricing system — but in general, room prices range from 250 baht for a single occupancy, fan-cooled shared bathroom room, up to 1,800 baht for a suite.

The restaurant

The restaurant.

The restaurant area is full of tropical plants, comes with free WiFi, has a list of tour options for visits to various local sites and serves drinks and simple Thai fare. Bicycles and motorbikes are available for rent which may well come in handy unless you do go one of their tour options since many of Lampang’s sites are scattered over a wide area. The only slight disadvantage we identified — and nowhere’s perfect — is that, as with many old wooden guesthouses, walls can be thin. Overall though this is a wonderful choice for a one or two-night stay in the city.


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Contact details:

286 Taladkao Rd.  T: (054) 227 005 F: (054) 322 342  
Email them at: info@theriverside-lampang.com
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dbl fan share b'room 300 baht 300 baht
Dbl fan private b'room 400 baht 400 baht
Sgl fan share b'room 250 baht 250 baht
Sgl fan private b'room 300 baht 300 baht
Dbl air-con private b'room 600 baht 600 baht Upto 950B
Deluxe Suite 1,800 baht 1,800 baht
Family room 1,100 baht 1,100 baht Sleeps four

Added to Travelfish on: 25th November, 2003
Last visited or updated on: 30th August, 2013

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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