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Maekok River Village Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thaton
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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“Had a marvelous lunch”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

One of the many highlights of our trip to Thailand was a wonderful lunch at this absolutely stunning resort situated along a beautiful river. It was a buffet with a terrific selection of Thai foods that were all delicious. But sitting there looking out over fields, gardens and the river was just so incredibly breathtaking and peaceful. Could only think that this would be a wonderful place to stay for several days, but we were a long way from where we staying in Chiang Mai. Matching the terrific lunch experience was a long boat trip taken from a pier at this resort. We were the only boat on the river and it was the best boat trip we took in Thailand and probably in any of the other countries we have spent time in. The boat was carefully steered through many twists and obstacles through beautiful farmlands. Definitely a piece of paradise.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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MRVRThailand, Owner at Maekok River Village Resort, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write this review, evven though you only stayed for lunch. We do enjoy reading such comments and indeed also overhearing guests as they enter the restaurant and see the wonderful views over the gardens, river and to the distant mountains. We are also delighted you enjoyed the food, and hope that as you say, you might be able to come and stay with us! We often hear our lunchtime guests asking their guides 'Why aren't we staying here'! Best wishes.
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

Thank you Bryan and Rosie for a wonderful stay at your resort. You and your staff were all very friendly and helpful as this was a last minute trip for me. I had a relaxing time walking around your beautiful garden and got to eat some delicious Thai and Burmese food. My room was very clean and well maintained.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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MRVRThailand, Owner at Maekok River Village Resort, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Dear Hayley, Thanks for making a last minute decision to stay with us and thanks also for your pleasing comments about the resort and in particular about the food. We are pleased that our guests appreciate our Burmese (Shan) food as these dishes are unlikely to be found in any other restaurants. They are prepared by our staff who in the main, originated from the Shan states. Come and see us again!
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

I am racking my brains to think of something that I can find fault with during our stay at the MRVR, and am drawing a blank. The resort itself is beautiful and most importantly, calming, arriving after a hectic working week. Bryan and his staff are courteous and friendly, helping us with any enquiries we had - be it choosing something else delicious to eat from the menu, or choosing which excursion to take that day. Thanks to the resort's amazing location we were able to trek through jungle, kayak down the river, mountain biking, as well as taking a longboat trip back to near the airport, rather than the usual drive.
I cannot recommend the Maekok River enough, and we will return - Go! Go! Go!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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MRVRThailand, Manager at Maekok River Village Resort, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Nadia,

Thank you so much for taking time to write this review. It goes without saying that we are delighted to get such reviews, particularly when you say is difficult to find fault with anything. Of course we continue to strive to improve and take on board comments we receive and so it is very satisfying to read that we are on 'target'. However, recent reviews in other languages have referred to ants, geckos and mosquitoes....but unfortunately there are certain things, being in a very rural location, that we find difficult to control. Luckily, most guests accept these as part of the experience!!
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

We had planned to stay in Chiang Mai over Chinese New Year but stumbled over some reviews of Maekok river resort and rebooked our stay to go up to Thaton instead. What a great choice!!

Coming from a polluted and crowded Shanghai this was pure paradise. Beautiful nature, excellent hospitality, great food and loads of activities that kept our three boys (3, 6 and 8) fully occupied for the entire week. The boys loved the archery, climbing wall, pool, table tennis room and just running around in the gardens. We did boat trips, excursions and two fantastic hikes. After the first hike Bryan and his guides put together a special hike based on our abilities (an energetic three year old who walked almost 8k that day) - fantastic service. We have a lot of experience in traveling with a family but I have to say that this trip, resort and service was extraordinary. Just an example is the basket with toys, books and sport equipment that Bryan and his staff had out together for our boys when we arrived - one of many small but very smart things that made our stay!

Maybe should add that the older generation (me and my wife) really enjoyed the food, pool and relaxing verandas. It was great for all ages!

We will definitely come back and are recommending all our friends and family to go!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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MRVRThailand, Manager at Maekok River Village Resort, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Magnus,

Many thanks for this review. Naturally we were delighted to receive these comments and which all help to make our staff very proud of the jobs they do. We are also very pleased that you are recommending us to friends and family and look forward to welcoming them, as well as seeing you all again.
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

We stayed at Maekok River for three nights in February. Bryan was very helpful before and during our time there and ensured that we had a really good visit. He arranged for a car driven by the lovely Yai who collected us from Chiang Mai and who patiently drove us all over the area looking at gardens, Wats, the borders and tribal areas.
The hotel is in two parts, one for the school party's with their own facilities. We sort of knew they were there but they came and went at different times to us. If you had children it would be a great opportunity for them to join in with the activities. The other part is the beautiful flower filled resort with separate bungalows, close to the Maekok River and with a pretty pool. The beds were a bit hard, but we still slept well. We went on half day visits and then spent the afternoons by the pool.
We also did some serious sightseeing on the way up and back to Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai and the local Wat at Tha Ton is a must; we went up there at sundown and had a wonderful view including the Maekok River Resort.
We ate at the hotel each night and Bryan guided us through the menu and introduced us to Burmese Spring rolls and slow cooked pork. All the food we had at the resort was good. My biggest memory of the place were the flowers, the whole place was just bursting with them.
Maekok River is good place to be based as nowhere was too far and you do not get the language problems you can experience in other hotels. The staff were sweet and you felt that they all belonged to one happy family.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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MRVRThailand, Owner at Maekok River Village Resort, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Many thanks for taking the time to write this very pleasing review. Apart from the beds (!!) it appears that everything else more than met your expectations and we are delighted you had such a good stay. I will let Khun Yai know that you appreciated his driving and also the services of the rest of the staff. It certainly is a good time of year to visit with the gardens at their best. I enjoyed meeting you, chatting about various topics and also appreciated your gift of delicious homemade marmalade!
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Ashurst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

idyllic location, Bryan and his staff delightful, (certainly not pompous, very user friendly!) and delicious food. Trips on the river great fun, quite an art avoiding all the detritus floating around by our boatman! All in all a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Kentish Lass

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

The location has great views of the Maekok river valley and the rooms were small but well appointed. Sound travels in the rooms as the doors to the decks slide with gaps.
The in room massage was fantastic we did both oil and Thai. So reasonable! We also took advantage of their laundry service as we had been cycling through the golden triangle and were in need of a refresh. Prices were very reasonable. Breakfast buffet was nice and cooking class was excellent.
We understand the owner is looking to sell the property. He was a bit pompous but it didn't effect our stay. We took a great river ride which loads right from the hotels dock.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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MRVRThailand, Owner at Maekok River Village Resort, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Thanks for all the positive comments in this review. I must admit that I have been called many things in my life (some such as those made on the football pitch not repeatable here) but I cannot recall being referred to as 'pompous'. Not sure how to take that one!!!
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Property: Maekok River Village Resort
Address: Huay Nam Yen, Thaton 50280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Thaton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thaton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Maekok River Village Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is idyllically located on the banks of the Mae Kok River with sweeping views across the valley to the distance forested mountains. The peaceful, rural setting makes an ideal getaway for those wanting to escape the usual city tourist traps. The rooms are beautifully designed and the views from almost every part of the resort are stunning. There are numerous activities, tours and treks, which makes this a perfect location to explore the north. ... more   less 
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