It’s easy to see why Chiang Khan’s original resort chose to build on this spot.
Rimmed by mountains in all directions, the Mekong widens and bulges southwards, creating the feeling of standing next to a lake rather than a river. There’s no doubt the place has seen better days, most obviously evidenced by the small and rather sad swimming pool next to a playground in the centre of the property. Yet it’s location still makes it worth considering, especially when prices drop drastically on weekdays in low season (tour groups fill the place up on weekends and holidays). Set in a low-lying brick building, the cheapest rooms are faded but reasonably well kept, with soft beds, LCD TVs, mini-fridges, bare white walls and basic wet bathrooms. The hexagon-shaped brick cottages perched on a hill overlooking the river are a big step up thanks to more windows and some wonderful terraces sheltered by ivy-covered roofs. You’ll also find dark-wood Thai-style villas for families and groups, though these were full during our visit. Staff is more professional than friendly, and a large on-site restaurant serves pricey food to go with the fabulous views.
Address: 28/2 Moo 4 (at Khaeng Khut Khu), Chiang Khan
T: (086) 226 3331; (042) 821 285; F: (042) 821 415
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º42'6.9" E, 17º54'22.45" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||800 baht||1,300 baht|
|Superior double room||1,000 baht||1,500 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,500 baht||3,000 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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