It's been twenty years since I've been in Thailand and when i was here last I had my own apartment, so I was a bit leery about staying in a guesthouse for more than a few nights. But the minute I met the Innkeeper, Nuch, and felt the warmness of the River Guesthouse I knew I could call this place home for the month I stayed.
The rates range from 150 baht with fan and shared bathroom to 350 baht with air, TV, hot water and as we called it "the Balcony of Life." There are rooms that range in between depending on what amenities you desire.
We happened to get an even better rate for two of their best rooms on the 4th floor because of our extended stay. If you stay short term you are provided with a breakfast and daily housekeeping.
The location is as good as it gets, right on the river and the "Gem Bridge" and a short walk to all the gem action and the Namphu Market. There's even a 7/11 about five minutes away, but we preferred to spread the wealth and purchased our necessities from the many little shops within walking distance.
I can't say enough about the staff. Nuch was gracious, cheerful, funny and helpful. I've forgotten alot of my Thai and she was always there to correct my pronunciation and tone. Maem, the main housekeeper was friendly and did a great job on the rooms.
The large public patio on the ground floor is airy and though it is just next to the bridge feels secluded and peaceful. The Bangkok Post was provided each day and there is a lender's library of English and Spanish books.
Their public internet computer was down while we were there, but fortunately, I had a mini laptop and the internet service was free in the lobby. None in the rooms.
I must say, though, my favorite feature was the enormous balcony for the rooms on the 4th floor facing the river. I was able to do my full yoga and exercise regiment every morning looking out at the river and we even had a few poker games at night. The third and second floors also have balconies, but just not as large. The room was comfortable, but you just can't beat the "Balcony of Life."
I felt lucky to find a quaint little city like Chantaburi, as Bangkok and Chiang Mai (my past homes while here) have grown up considerably in the past twenty years. But I felt even luckier securing a long term situation at the River Guest House. Can't go wrong.
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