River views and a pool
Rooms at the long-running Viang Tak Riverside Hotel don’t quite stack up to Soho’s, but here you get a swimming pool, river views and a prime riverside location.
The huge ice-blue building is part of a larger complex that also includes a shopping centre, karaoke bar and restaurant with the sort of depressing atmosphere that some old-school Asian business travellers seem to like. Fluorescent lights and mirrors covering walls and ceilings in the long entrance hall reminded us of a North Korean hotel, and the dated lobby didn’t help.
Accessed by stairs, rooms come with decent beds set over wall-to-wall carpets, tables, fridges with minibars, TVs, hot-water bathrooms with tubs, generic Thai art and large glass windows. Be sure to ask for a room facing the river, as they’re no more expensive than the “city view” editions.
Set next to a concrete patio with river views, the medium-size pool looked enticing on a scorching April day. Buffet breakfast goes for 200 baht and staff were not overly friendly.
Address: 236 Jompol Rd, Tak
T: (055) 512 507-8; (081) 887 2905; F: (055) 512 168
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º7'21.89" E, 16º52'19.54" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||800 baht||800 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,200 baht||1,200 baht|
|Family room||1,700 baht||1,700 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.
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