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Pai River Villa

Good low season option

123 Moo 3, unnamed riverbank track, Wiang Tai T: (053) 699 796(090) 434 5501 F: (053) 699 796

Pai River Villa

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Pai River Villa flips from flashpacker in low season to midrange in high season, but has a very pleasant setting and convenient location, so it gets our vote among several similar operations.

The small resort has been around for a while, though under a different name until the owner presumably deduced that River Villa rolled off the tongue a bit better than Wang Chang Phuek Pai Resort. It’s slightly out of the way, so its location may have hindered business too, as River Valley isn’t a spot you’re likely to come across by just wandering around. Positioning is good though, once you’ve found it, with a river-facing plot just to the south of the iron footbridge. Follow the lane down past Wat Pa Kham, take a left onto the riverbank track and this one is the last resort in a short string, immediately past Family @ Pai. That’s a five-minute walk to Chaisongkran’s bars and restaurants, but with a country feel already.

Rooms enjoy plenty of natural light.

Rooms enjoy plenty of natural light. Photo: Mark Ord

On your left as you arrive is a pleasant cafe terrace and reception overlooking the Pai River. To the right set back to the rear of a lawn and garden are their rather splendid chalets. The smart deluxe ones form an L-shape, behind which is a row of cheaper, smaller wooden bungalows followed by a second line of air-con bungalows. The chalets are large, solid constructions built on stilts with decent balconies and slightly Burmese/Shan-style tiered, tiled roofs.

Interiors are spacious, bright, uncluttered and have low-key decor. There are ensuite bathrooms and hot showers, fridge and solid furniture. Standard chalets are smaller but also come with air-con, so the price depends on whether you turn it on or not. Decor sees woven bamboo panels on the walls and bungalows come in twin or double bed formats. Standard chalets were a bit cramped with two beds in them.

Chalets surrounded by greenery.

Chalets surrounded by greenery. Photo: Mark Ord

There was little price difference noted when we visited, yet front row rooms with great river views are definitely the better option. They seemed to be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, for walk-in at least, so check the details if you’re pre-booking and make sure you get a front row in low season. During high season it may be worth sacrificing the view. We got the impression they were open to negotiation depending on occupancy too and we’d imagine there’s some good online discounts to be found.

Low season staffing levels and discounts mean breakfast isn’t included all year, and their restaurant seemed to be operating with minimal service, but it is a fine spot for a morning coffee or evening beer, and Walking Street’s cafes are a short hop away. Staff seemed welcoming and helpful, making this an all-round good address for high or low season.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
1,000 baht
1,400 baht
Deluxe double room
1,200 baht
2,500 baht
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,000 baht, high season 1,400 baht. Notes: Fan-cooled
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 1,200 baht, high season 2,500 baht. Notes: Air-con

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Where is Pai River Villa

Pai River Villa
123 Moo 3, unnamed riverbank track, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 796(090) 434 5501 F: (053) 699 796
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'36.13" E, 19º21'40.25" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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