Tranquil Moon River Resort has a string of simple bungalows facing the waterway whose Thai name sounds conveniently romantic to Anglophones.
Also called Moon River Homestay, the small resort is run by a Thai man with help from his German partner -- two of the friendliest people we met in a generally friendly town. The freestanding air-con bungalows come in a few sizes and are made of concrete or wood. We favoured small rooms with tables on wide private porches overlooking the river.
All bungalows come with some sort of riverview porch along with soft bed, a few windows, small TV and basic wet bathroom with hot water shower. The concrete rooms have more space and aren’t quite as rustic as the wood editions. We were shown a bunch of rooms and allowed to choose, opting for one at the far corner of the property.
A footpath skirts the river and passes all of the bungalows along with several shared docks with tables placed over the water. You could go for a swim here. The owners offer free WiFi, bicycle rental and casual day tours that can take you as far as Phanom Rung and Khao Yai National Park. But the best part is the relaxing setting, which places you a manageable one kilometre north of the historical park.
To find the place, head north from the clock tower on Tha Songkran, passing the National Museum on the right. Just after the river the road widens to two lanes; immediately cross to the east side of the road -- you’ll have to do a U-turn if driving -- and look for a blue sign for the resort pointing east down a side lane next to a PTT gas station.
Address: 23 Moo 21 (just north of Moon River going north on Tha Songkran Rd), Phimai
T: (085) 633 7097 ; (044) 000 566;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º29'45.78" E, 15º13'37.2" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Superior bungalow: 800 baht
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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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