Big pool, concrete zebras
The sprawling Siam River Resort feels like it belongs in a big-name beach destination rather than the quiet eastern reaches of Chaiyaphum town.
Big statues of parrots, peacocks and bucking horses welcome you to the resort, marked by a faux log gate made of concrete next to a tiny river. The massive frangipani-lined grounds include several ponds, a huge restaurant, convention centre, massage area, playground and wide lagoon-style swimming pool. The design is rather tacky for the most part, employing loads of concrete, though we did like the Thai-style villas set over the pool. The cheapest rooms come in one- or two-floor concrete blocks and are uninspiring but comfortable enough, with firm beds, air-con, TVs, desks, fridges, terraces and simple hot-water bathrooms. They’re quite small and seem overpriced, at least until you factor in the pool and included breakfast. If you can swing the extra cash, the Thai-style rooms with fretted wood walls are a lot more interesting.
Staff speaks a little English and made us feel welcome, offering bicycles that will come in handy given the location a couple of kilometres east of downtown. With that in mind, Siam River is best suited to travellers with their own vehicle.
Address: 55 Bannakarn Rd, Chaiyaphum
T: (044) 811 999; (098) 280 7104; F: (044) 821 520
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º2'11.04" E, 15º48'15.37" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||990 baht||990 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,500 baht||1,500 baht|
|Deluxe bungalow||2,000 baht||2,000 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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