Dated rooms, dazzling views
The Viewkong occupies a cavernous six-storey building that was the first major riverfront hotel to be built in Nakhon Phanom.
From the dark-grey tiled hallways that reminded us of our long-since torn-down elementary school to the massive yet dreary lobby with music that made us feel like we were on a carnival ride, it was all very dated at research time. And yet, the rooms just might be worth the price simply for the tremendous Mekong views. Reached by a lift, the one that we checked out sported a firm bed, TV, old air-con unit and fridge, dark bathroom with tub, a couple of wicker chairs, a painting of Mt Fuji and glass doors opening onto a balcony that wasn’t furnished. We noticed a few scuffmarks on the walls and all of the furnishings appeared to be from a bygone era, but still it’s reasonable value for the view and a complimentary breakfast served on the hotel’s enviable riverside dining terrace. Receptionists spoke limited English and didn’t seem overly thrilled to do their jobs. We were told that the Viewkong will undertake major renovations in the not-so-distant future. The hotel is a little out of the way -- around 1.5 kilometres south of the clock tower. If you don’t mind spending considerably more cash on a riverfront room, check out the River Hotel, about a kilometre further south down Highway 12.
Address: 527 Soonthornvijit Rd, Nakhon Phanom
T: (042) 513 564-70; (088) 557 4996;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º47'35.98" E, 17º23'12.04" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Plus 100 baht for river view room.
|600 baht||600 baht|
|Superior double room||1,000 baht||1,000 baht|
With separate living room.
|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.
Browse hotels on Agoda
Provided by Travelfish partner Agoda.