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Baan Nattawadee
Ranked #24 of 167 Chiang Rai B&B and Inns
Littleton, Colorado, United States
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“Wonderful service”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

The owners and staff are the most friendly and professional ever ( and good dancers!) the rooms are very comfortable, and the meals were fabulous! The Thai breakfast was my best meal ever, including soup with coconut and I hate coconut!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Although it had been over a year since my last stay, I was welcomed back to Baan Nattawadee with open arms and warm smiles. There are many great things offered at Baan Nattawadee. It is a smaller location with lots of charm and character. The courtyard is open and inviting, just asking you to stop and spend some time. There are water features which are relaxing, wonderful lights and lots of greenery. The rooms are comfortable and make a wonderful place to stay. I especially love the beds. They are inviting and comfortable. So much so that you don't want to get up in the morning. The rooms are clean and well cared for.

Breakfast in the morning is great, especially the coffee. Thai breakfasts are to die for and there is always more than enough food so you never go away hungry. Fong is a marvelous cook.

The staff is exceptional... they are friendly, always smiling and helpful. We arrived with tons of luggage because we had donations of clothing and school supplies for the hill tribes and the staff carried all of our luggage up two or three flights of stairs to our rooms. They smiled and joked with us all the while. Every morning when we went down for breakfast, they were there, greeting us warmly. The service was prompt and timely. We never had to wait for anything.

Our hosts, Fong and Ton are gracious people. Ton had not been well and was in the hospital when we arrived but convinced the doctors to let him out for a couple of hours on New Year's Eve to come visit all who were staying there. They had a New Year's Eve celebration and they invited all of their guests to take part in it. We all felt like part of the family. The meal they prepared was amazing and again, there was so much food no one went hungry.

Baan Nattawadee is one of my favorite places to stay while in Chiang Rai.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Colorado
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Baan Nattawadee offers the perfect opportunity to feel like one is at home in Chiang Rai. The host, Fong and her husband Ton, offer comfortable beds, lovely large clean rooms, many with balconies, combined with a welcoming and warm atmosphere, and outstanding staff. Whenever I arrive I feel like I am returning home and when I leave, I feel like I am saying good-bye to family.

The hotel, which has about 18 rooms on three floors that overlook the trees along the Mae Kok River, is located about 2.5 km west of the city center or a 100 baht and 7 minute tuk tuk ride. It is a five-minute bicycle ride from the Chiang Rai Beach, and bikes are provided at no additional costs.

There is a stunning courtyard, strung with colorful lanterns and laden with tables to enjoy the scrumptious Thai or American breakfast (the Thai breakfast is the best choice) or to spend in conversation with travel companions or fellow guests. We often brought a bottle of wine, for which Fong readily supplied wine glasses, and gathered to share our tales of our day’s adventure in the evening beauty of the courtyard. The hot breakfast, which includes incredible coffee, fruits and juices, is made to order when you sit down, is enough to keep you going until dinner.

The rooms have a mini hallway between the bedroom and bathroom, a sitting area, good towels, hair dryers, flat screen TVs, complimentary snacks and drinks, as well as free fast Internet service.

We were at Baan Nattawadee on New Year’s Eve and the staff and owners were kind enough to include us in their New Year’s Eve celebration. A fabulous 7-course meal was prepared for us, and we joined in karaoke, dancing and festivities with the staff. It was a beautiful way to bring in the new year.

Outside of a 5 star hotel, these are the most comfortable beds I have found.in Chiang Rai. The price is good, the service exceptional and the atmosphere filled with warmth. Every year I bring friends and families along on my trips with me to Chiang Rai. They are always amazed by the hospitality of this quaint and charming hotel. Year after year I return, as I know I can always rely on Baan Nattawadee.

Broder
Chiang Rai DE

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed at Baan Nattawadee for 2 nights in November. When we arrived, there was a birthday party in full swing for the owners' 8 year old son. After being shown to our room, we were invited to come down and join in the party. We were going to sneak out and have a look around the area but we were seen and encouraged to come and have some birthday cake.

Our room was on the third floor. It was massive with one wall of huge windows overlooking a lovely green park. The bed was very firm but comfortable. The bathroom was clean. Fong arranged to have our laundry sent out for us.

Breakfast was in the courtyard downstairs. You could help yourself to coffee from the coffee machine with freshly ground beans - very nice coffee! We were encouraged to have the Thai breakfast which suited us fine (you know, when in Rome, do as the Romans do). We were given a soup, followed by 3 or 4 other dishes - all of them extremely yummy. Plus there was also toast and jams, etc.

The owners, Fong and her husband,Ton, are lovely hosts. Fong speaks very good English but her husband, Ton, is eager to improve his so he chatted with us each morning. Ton was interested in what we were putting on our toast (always travel with Vegemite), so we gave him some to try - he had it with some orange jam as he said it was to salty and needed some sweetening!

The restaurant at the hotel is no longer operational. The hotel is a bit isolated from town and there are no nearby restaurants at night. Ton drove us into town on our first night as he said there was too long a delay for a taxi. He showed us where there was a good restaurant and then dropped us off at the locals' night market. We had to get a policeman who spoke a little bit of English to ring us a taxi as there were no taxis or tuk tuks around. The next night, we went to the tourists' night market where there was heaps of different food and stalls, and lots of tuk tuks to get home.

This is more of a guesthouse than a hotel and is very relaxed. The location makes it a bit difficult to get around but it is definitely worth the effort. Fong & Ton are delightful hosts and are very helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newport, Vermont
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

While the Baan Nattawadee is not in the center of the city (about 2 km from the night market) it offers a quite retreat from the noise, close to a nice park and the Mae Kok river. There are many small restaurants nestled along the river in walking distance from the Baan Nattawadee (exit the main entrance and go left, follow the Mae Kok river upstream).

We stayed for two nights and enjoyed the hospitality of the owner and his wife. Breakfast is delicious and Thai style and there is a large fruit basket, refilled throughout the day. If you want to go to town, ask for a Tuk Tuk or take one of the bikes, which are freely available for guests (walking is not an option, too far out). The owner can also organize day or half-day tours for any taste; there are many things to visit near by.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ohio
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83 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2012

We spent four nights here and really enjoyed it. The owners are very friendly, and you are really a part of their family as you interact with their kids, etc. Rooms are great, bathrooms are clean, and the green courtyard is a real oasis - both night and day. Breakfast is also good; I recommend the Thai breakfast for sure!

The owners organized a couple of outings for us which were outstanding. One day we did a Golden Triangle tour to the White Temple, long-neck village, etc. with a car and English-speaking driver. It was a long day, but we saw a ton. One day we rented a long-tail boat with driver for four hours and did a tour of the area including the hot springs, elephant camp, etc. Prices were fair, and we were supporting local people and not tour companies. I think these tours are just typical of the "can do" attitude of the owners regarding guest needs.

I agree with the other reviewers that the location can be a bit of an issue. Getting taxis and tuk tuks involved a bit of a delay. A taxi is cheaper than a tuk tuk since they are paid via the meter. They will know "Haad Chiang Rai" (Chiang Rai beach), so once this is clarified, you have no problems getting there.

Ideally there would be restaurants within walking distance for dinner, but this is not the case. If you absolutely cannot make the trek into town, the owners will arrange something for you. I assume this is just the price you pay for being outside the fray of town.

We liked this place and would recommend it to anyone who wants a family connection in a greener, more quiet setting.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Varese, Italy
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

We stayed (me and my sister) for 1 night on our way to Laos. We arrive late in the evening and they organize our Airport pick up. Everything was running smoothly. Once checked in we wanted to eat something and Restaurant was not available, the place was very quite. The owner told us to borrow a scooter and with one of the staff escorting us we reach a Restaurant downtown, 2 or 3 km from the guesthouse. Thai food was all right, we had live music and friendly staff. Room was big and comfortable, free wi fi. The common area used for breakfast was a bit messy and breakfast (continental or thai) nothing really special but overall a good experience and friendly owners.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Baan Nattawadee
Address: 289 Moo 2 Haad Chiang Rai Road | T.Roab Wieng, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Chiang Rai
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Ranked #24 of 167 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Rai
Number of rooms: 15

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