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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This guesthouse is in an excellent location right on the Mekong River with a Promenade running along the river in front of the backside of the g.h. so great views! But I have to say the service was terrible. The staff person did not speak English, and after my initial check-in, I did not see any staff person until near the end of my second day. (There were also no other guests staying there during my visit). The guesthouse only has 7 rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors - no elevator, just lots of stairs.

No map provided - in Thai or English, I was not told there was a laptop at the guesthouse that I could have used, so I had to walk 32 sois (blocks) there and back to an internet cafe each day, to send important emails and get information about the town. On the second day, after walking all the way to the cafe, they told me "internet not working".... so that was a wasted trip. (The internet service can be a bit sketchy in the small towns in the northeast.) I have a disability (bad knees), so this was a problem for me. I assume that most other guesthouses would have a laptop available for use - unfortunately the place I stayed did, but didn't advise me of that... Didn't advise me of anything really, just handed me the key and that was it... Not impressed! I was also not given any information on where to eat, where to buy fresh fruit, etc. It was a bizarre situation that I made the best of.

The highlight of this guesthouse is the "Riverview" room on the second floor which I booked several weeks ahead of time. It was perfect - fantastic views of the river and Laos across the way, views of people on the promenade, a little balcony with a couple of chairs to sit and watch the sunsets... lovely floor to ceiling French windows so I could lie in bed and look out at the view. Basic room though, with small fridge, a/c, tv, shower. I paid about 1000 baht per night,

The town itself was very quiet during the days and lit up like a fairy land at night! Some very nice temples, and the evenings were definitely the fun time for me - everyone was out and the shops were open and you could walk into restaurants off the promenade and sit at a table right on the promenade to eat if you wanted... I loved this place at night! Only stayed 2 days. I don't think I would stay at this g.h, again. Be prepared that most of the locals in the town don't speak English. The main road beside the guesthouse has no transport available (I didn't know this) - so no tuktuks, or taxis or bus or anything. 3 blocks over and paralell to this street is the main avenue with lots of transport. (I didn't find this out until late on the second day,... That was a real hassle, as there were parts of the city i would like to have seen and didn't even know about them until too late.

My suggestion would be to (1) learn a few good handy phrases in Thai, and (2) print out a map of the town in English before you get there.

There are so many guesthouses in Chiang Khan that you probably wouldn't need to make a reservation ahead of time, just show up and walk along and pick the one you like! There are many very nice guesthouses in this town - lovely teak wood, some up on stilts - very nice. As for Muiphang G.H., I don't recommend it - service was pretty much non-existant.

Room tip: Ask for the "Riverview" room on the second floor.
Date of stay: February 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

I just had to write about this new 'boutique' guesthouse I stayed at recently in the lovely Mekhong River town of Chiang Khan. Its called Muiphang Guesthouse. its on the main st. on the Mekhong River Rd. around Soi 5 (walking street or Chai Khong Rd.). I discovered it by accident, I had come to Chiang Khan during the week(when its super quiet) and was walking the main drag and when I got towards the western end of it, their building caught my eye. A traditional wood building painted white with green shutters, its quite striking and really adds a wonderful flavor to the whole wooden shophouse Chiang Khan vibe. I've been coming here since 2006 and had never seen this building before (my second trip of 2012) (In the past I had stayed in a private family residence on the east end of walking st. that had a single river view room that they rented out only usually to Thais. nice but local.) Muiphang is really striking. The whole place is cool, they did a great job architecturally. It's new construction but done in the traditional wooden shophouse aesthetic of Chiang Khan. Very charming all the way through.
I enquired about a room and was shown a second floor room (there's only seven in the whole place). One wall of the room were french doors that opened to a seating area that offered a splendid view of the Mekhong river. Really nice. I booked it immediately. The other two river view rooms were already booked (there are also four rooms with walking st. views.). I think I paid about thirty bucks US per night but totally worth it. Actually worth a lot more. This is an amazing place. All room interiors have been done in repurposed wood from local renovations and (egads) teardowns. The wood has been left unpainted and unmolested and offers a wonderful patina and sense of warmth and history. Quite charming. But to make the stay even so much nicer the bathrooms have state of the art and high-end fixtures, from the modern toilet with plenty of tp (no bum gun!) to the cool glass bowl sink and the thick cotton towels. Best of all the is the shower, all stainless very solid and two headed. In addition to a quality shower head on the hose is an overhead rain shower head that feels so good after a day on the bicycle. Like I said, all the high-end fixtures found here obviously reflect a desire on the owner's part to offer something a little special and a little better. Something unique and comfortable, like Chiang Khan itself. Oh and the bedding. very very comfy, straight out of the Ralph Lauren handbook. Big fluffy comforter, high quality cotton on everything, nice soft pillows. White, crisp, clean and as nice as any four star hotel in Bangkok.You'll have a hard time getting out of bed, I know I did. Each room is designated, not by a number, but by a flower. How cool is that?
Breakfast is included and it's excellent. You can have a bowl of joke (rice porridge), seasoned up any way you want, with or without egg. Also a big basket of fried chinese style bread that you dip in bowl of soy milk. yum yum yum. A basket of local oranges and make your own coffee/tea and its quite a hearty breakfast (at least until midmorning snack ha ha). Each room also comes with a water boiler, instant coffee, tea, ginger drink (nice selection actually). A flat screen tv and fridge complete the room. Downstairs they've got a handful of bicycles available for cruising the river front, one of the best activities in town.
I know they try to be super environmentally friendly here, in addition to repurposing old wood from local homes, they also have employees recycle all the garbage in an attempt limit what has to get thrown out. I really enjoyed my time here, I stayed five nights over two weeks (three nights one week and two nights the other). Its the perfect place to enjoy Chiang Khan, its right on the sweet spot of the Mekhong. In addition the staff here was also really cool. If you need something, they'll take care of it. I can't recommend this place enough. Gorgeous comfy rooms, nice lobby to chill, killer views of the Mekhong river....... it was hard to leave this place I'll tell you that. visit for yourself.
And unlike so many of the behemoth places-to-stay that are going up (and have gone up) in Chiang Khan, this place pays respect to the architectural tradition of Chiang Khan while still offering the traveller all the comfort they could desire.
oh yeah, and no sign in english, just look for the white building with the green shutters around Soi 5.
They're right next to Tao Kae Lao.

here's their info:
Muiphang Guesthouse
93/1 Moo 1, Chai Khong Rd. Chiang Khan. 42110
011-66-81-871-3556

even easier, just book it on agoda. they've got a bunch of pictures of it. get a river view room if it's available.
contact them directly if agoda seems booked.

I stayed in the "Peony" room.

Room tip: If a river view room is available, grab it! I stayed in the " peony" room. french doors that opened to a veranda with seating that offered stunning views of the mekhong river. great place to sit with your coffee and book, or just your imagination. you will not regret it.
Date of stay: December 2012
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Reviewed December 27, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed January 28, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 22, 2017
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Room tip: 部屋数が少ないので、河が眺められる部屋はすぐに埋まります。チェーンカーンでの予約は早目に。雲海が見れる時期は、特に急ぎましょう。
Date of stay: February 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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