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Saranya River House

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232 Moo 3, Tha Ton T: (053) 053 672, (089) 851 7072

Saranya River House

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Saranya River House offers excellent rooms set around a pool in a great location, with solid traveller services as well. A classy new entry into Tha Ton’s growing number of places to stay as of September 2015, Saranya seems intent on setting itself up as the town’s primary one-stop traveller’s destination. The hotel offers bicycle rentals, motorbike hire, boat hire, ticket sales, a busy tour office, coffee shop, restaurant, bar, pool and a range of rooms.

Like the Tardis it’s larger inside than out!

Like the Tardis, it’s larger inside than out!

Somehow they fit everything in without creating a cramped feel so, like a certain famous police box, it must be larger inside than it is out. They don’t aim to cover all budgets and this boutique hotel is firmly in the flashpacker/midrange category, which isn’t otherwise well represented in Tha Ton these days.

Poolside rooms

Poolside rooms.

Saranya River House’s location just opposite the boat pier is excellent. It’s around 100 metres off the main road in a central but quiet position, and front rooms have a view over the Kok. The ground floor has an airy, pleasant seating area with a coffee shop and reception, plus a restaurant and bar area, plus a tour desk, and there’s an outside terrace facing the river.

Behind lies a small but cute pool set in a small but cute garden with French-door rooms looking directly onto the pool. This is one area where things do get a bit tight at Saranya — you could without much effort dive directly from your bedroom into the pool itself. (These might be the rooms to avoid during busy periods. Well, if you don’t mind not diving from your room into the pool.)

Must have taken so long to fold those towels we didn’t dare take a shower

Must have taken so long to fold those towels we didn’t dare take a shower.

Rooms themselves aren’t too cramped though, and with large windows or French doors, they are bright and airy. Clean white and light decor and minimal decoration help to not overload the rooms either. Upstairs options have generally better views.

Pretty close to the boat pier

Pretty close to the boat pier.

Their tour desk offers various options including a day tour of the area taking in Mae Salong and a couple of hill-tribe villages which, if you don’t have your own transport, isn’t a bad way to see the area and goes for a reasonable 1,200 baht per person with a two-person minimum. Alternatively, their motorbikes are 350 baht a day and their good quality bicycles 100. They sell boat tickets, though of course the actual ticket office is all of 15 metres away, but more interestingly they have their own ‘VIP boat’ with comfortable chairs and an English-speaking guide. You can rent the boat with guide for 2,500 baht to take you down to Chiang Rai, including stops.

Suranya River House

Saranya River House.

The restaurant is slightly overpriced and nothing really to write home about, but then plenty of other options lie within walking distance, and their terrace is a great spot for a morning coffee or sunset beer. Staff are friendly and helpful, with a good level of English. This is an all-round excellent spot if it falls within your budget. Note that rates include breakfast but they will knock off 100 baht off if you forgo it.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
1,380 baht
1,650 baht
2,400 baht
2,800 baht
Family room
2,800 baht
3,500 baht
Up to four people.
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,380 baht, high season 1,650 baht. Notes:
Room: Suite, low season: 2,400 baht, high season 2,800 baht. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 2,800 baht, high season 3,500 baht. Notes: Up to four people.

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Where is Saranya River House

Saranya River House
232 Moo 3, Tha Ton
T: (053) 053 672, (089) 851 7072
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º21'45.77" E, 20º3'36.94" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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