Photo: The Golden Triangle from above.

Where to stay in Sob Ruak

Sob Ruak

This tiny town doesn’t offer a large choice of accommodation—with the vast majority of visitors just passing through on day trips—but there are a couple of okay affordable options if you find yourself, for whatever reason, sleeping over in Sob Ruak.

2 Moo 2, Sob Ruak
Under 600B

Ban Yoo Pen Suk

# 2 Moo 2, Sob Ruak T: (053) 784 339

A surprising find, Ban Yoo Pen Suk has attractive wooden chalets set in a very pleasant little garden oasis located just down a side lane off the main road.

It’s close to what passes for the town centre but far enough away from the road to ensure peace and quiet. They have a handful of well-maintained, varnished wood and terracotta-tiled roof chalets scattered around their small but well-tended garden. Rooms come in pairs, semi-detached-style, but all have small private balconies and interior partition walls are concrete to reduce any noise from your neighbours.

Cottages and greenery.

Cottages and greenery. Photo: Mark Ord

Inside, the hotel format rooms pass on any rustic touches (or indeed any decor at all) and come with white-painted walls and glossy tiled floors but they are also well-maintained, comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned. Facilities include ensuite bathrooms with hot showers, Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and free tea and coffee.

Reception includes an adjacent seating area where drinks are served and we guess you’d get a free instant coffee in the morning although Near River’s various breakfast choices are just down the road. The owner was friendly and helpful when we stopped by and spoke some English and while they do officially add 50% to their high season prices we reckon, mid-week you ought to be able to get a deal.

Interiors are standard but clean.

Interiors are standard but clean. Photo: Mark Ord

There are a couple of competitors in this area including the similar style Golden Land located in the next lane which should help with negotiations or provide an alternative in the unlikely chance Ban Yoo Pen Suk was full. Overall this is a decent choice if you need to overnight in Sob Ruak.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 600—900

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GPS: 100º4'54.3" E, 20º21'4.1" N

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569 Moo 1, Sob Ruak
600B to 1,500B

Serene at Chiang Rai is a well-turned out, modern-style hotel with a location just on the edge of the tiny town and some fine river views from their restaurant and rear rooms.

The hotel is a newish, five-storey block with a riverbank location to the left as you arrive from the centre of Sob Ruak town. The ground floor is mostly given over to reception and a spacious coffee shop while their restaurant area has an outside, covered terrace running the length of the building and affording great views over the Mekong. To the left of the main building, as you face the river, a small but cute pool and decking area is separated from the carpark and road by some well-placed vegetation.

Relax by the river.

Relax by the river. Photo: Mark Ord

The upper floors are given over to bedrooms with a central corridor separating river-facing from the cheaper road view rooms. Interiors are pleasantly decorated with varnished teak floors, mahogany-coloured walls with original artworks and spacious balconies beyond wide French doors. All are equipped with fridge, safety deposit box, wide-screen cable TV and WiFi and included breakfast on their splendid terrace. Staff members were particularly friendly and helpful.

In the scheme of things low season rates are probably fair enough though we’d skip the road-view rooms and see what sort of online deals were available for the river facing ones before considering it. When we visited on a mid-week day during rainy season it was very, very quiet.

Not as murky as the river.

Not as murky as the river. Photo: Mark Ord

The in-house restaurant is excellent and despite what the superb terrace and classy decor imply, prices are remarkably reasonable. Even if you’re staying elsewhere an evening cocktail or dinner here would be a good shout. This is a good little hotel but we couldn’t help but feel it might have been better situated elsewhere.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 1,500—3,500
Book online: Agoda | Booking
Maps: Apple | Google
GPS: 100º4'59.5" E, 20º20'52.64" N

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