Photo: The Golden Triangle from above.

Where to stay in Sob Ruak

Sob Ruak

This tiny town doesn’t offer a great choice but does have a few good options. While it’s more agreeable than staying in Mae Sai, we’d personally push on to nearby Chiang Saen if only for the wonderful sunset riverbank grill and beer. However, the garden chalets at Ban Yoo Pen Suk are spot on -- and there are a few other budget options down these little side lanes -- while for flashpackers, Serene is an excellent choice too. A few biggies lie just out of town: the Imperial is close to the entrance to the Hall of Opium and in the same area you’ll find the famous, upmarket Anantara Resort. The former suffers from being on the wrong side of the highway -- not river-side -- and the latter is way too orientated around their elephant camp for our liking.


2 Moo 2, Sob Ruak
Under 600B
Ban Yoo Pen Suk
Backpacker - Under 600B
2 Moo 2, Sob Ruak
T: (053) 784 339, (081) 993 2709, (089) 952 6070

A surprising find, Ban Yoo Pen Suk is very pleasant little garden oasis set just down a side lane from 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 wooden chalets – some two room, some single – scattered around the small but well-tended garden. All come with great little balconies while the... Read our full review of Ban Yoo Pen Suk.

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569 Moo 1, Sob Ruak
600B to 1,500B
Serene at Chiang Rai
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
569 Moo 1, Sob Ruak
T: (053) 784 500, (086) 429 2433

Serene at Chiang Rai is a newish mid-sized hotel located on the right as you enter Sob Ruak from the south. It’s a five-storey block on the riverbank (the lower floor is below street level) -- coated with pale turquoise emulsion, it’s hard to miss. 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... Read our full review of Serene at Chiang Rai.

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