If you read the reviews here, you'll see that this is a 4-star hotel a little past it's prime. But so what. Rates on the web seem to run about $50/night including breakfast, and at that price it's an excellent value. The grounds are attractive and the rooms are still very comfortable and reasonably maintained. And there's a great view across the road of the Mekhong river and Laos and Burma. The breakfast buffet is decent, but not great. We, too, missed the bacon often found (surprisingly!) on many Thai breakfast buffets. At least there's a guy make omlettes and other egg dishes fresh upon request.
We found the Golden Triangle village to be more enjoyable and less tourist-thronged (maybe we came on a tour-bus-free day) than some guidebooks warned. The absolute best thing to do is take a 400 baht per boat, 1-hour ride up the Mekhong and to a small Laotian tourist market (entrance fee to Laos is only 30 baht here). Very pleasant if the weather is good. The dock is across the street from the hotel next to the Sriwan restaurant. The other not-to-be-missed attraction is the Hall of Opium (not to be confused with the smaller and less expensive House of Opium, which is pleasant enough but missable). The Hall is one of the most interesting museums I've ever been too, and you learn everything you ever needed to know about opium, drug abuse and the somewhat sordid history between Asia and the West.
The Sriwan is the best place to have dinner. Not the best Thai restaurant we encountered, but decent, affordable and with a nice riverside location.
If you're looking for souvenirs, there are many small shops lining the main street that will meet your needs. There's also a large Budda and some other temple-related structures in town that are worth a quick look. One day in this town is plenty.
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- Also Known As:
- The Imperial Golden Triangle Hotel Chiang Saen
- Imperial Golden Triangle Hotel
- The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort Chiang Rai Province, Thailand - Chiang Saen