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Pura Vida

Classy yet cosy

65 Moo 3, Vieng Nua T: (089) 635 7556

Pura Vida

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Dutch-Thai-owned Pura Vida has excellent chalets in a very cute garden with efficient service, friendly atmosphere and bargain low season prices.

The downside—or up for lovers of tranquility—is the somewhat remote location, meaning not having your own transport could be a major drawback of staying here unless you were planning on hibernating on your balcony for the duration of your stay. Staff will willingly shuttle you into town every now and then and you could walk in by way of a short cut across the fields since it's quite a bit closer as the crow flies than by road, but you wouldn't want to be staggering back that way after dark.

Well decorated, spacious rooms.

Well decorated, spacious rooms. Photo: Mark Ord

The resort is found just before Vieng Nua Village to the side of the country road leading north from the Pai bridge and consists of a mere eight chalets scattered across a well-tended and lush stepped garden. Chalets are a mixture of ochre coloured paint, varnished wood and bamboo lattice panels. All come with comfortable balconies and interiors offer air-con and ensuite bathrooms.

Rooms are equally cute with classy but simple decoration and a good selection of furnishings. There are also fridges, safety deposit boxes, WiFi access and tea- and coffee-making facilities. With no shortage of room in the garden individual bungalows have plenty of space between them. Staff members are obliging and a welcoming seating and cafe next to reception offers a great spot for a morning cold coffee or juice.

The comfy cafe.

The comfy cafe. Photo: Mark Ord

For their low and mid-season price tags this is an exceptional deal, and it's worth considering as a splurge in high season. Room rates include a return transfer to the bus station.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
850 baht
1,450 baht
1,290 baht in mid season, high season up to 1,900 baht. Peak season 2,370 baht
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 850 baht, high season 1,450 baht. Notes: 1,290 baht in mid season, high season up to 1,900 baht. Peak season 2,370 baht

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Where is Pura Vida

Pura Vida
65 Moo 3, Vieng Nua
T: (089) 635 7556
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'53.15" E, 19º23'35.31" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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