Siam River Resort
Big pool, concrete zebras
55 Bannakarn Rd, Chaiyaphum T: (044) 811 999, (098) 280 7104 F: (044) 821 520
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.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 990 baht, high season 990 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 1,500 baht, high season 1,500 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 2,000 baht, high season 2,000 baht. Notes:
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