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“Great Location”
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Mekong Riverside
Ranked #30 of 46 Nong Khai B&B and Inns
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“Great Location”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

This hotel is in a beautiful old timber building right on the Mekong and next to the Tha Sadet markets. The room was ok - clean and comfortable. Reception was slow and disorganised and not particularly welcoming. The restaurant overlooks the Mekong and is a great spot to spend time in the evening.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Chonburi, Thailand
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

We thought we had found a gem, an old wooden guest house on the bank of the Mekong in a great location. We should have realised something was wrong when we found the staff so unfriendly. Not smiling, not welcoming - the promised 600 Baht rooms were suddenly 800 Baht etc.
The rooms have a sort of tatty, run-down, rustic charm. But the tiny bathrooms are the sort with no shower curtain so everywhere gets soaked when you have a shower.
However the BIG PROBLEM is that they have a major plumbing noise problem. The water pipes made a terrible noise all through the night, buzzing, humming, droning - at times it felt like the whole room was vibrating with it. Impossible to sleep for long.

WORST OF ALL was our experience in the "restaurant". The restaurant looks great, but the food is awful! The waitresses were in a bad mood from the start, banging plates down rudely. I live in Thailand and eat Thai food 99% of the time, but just sometimes I fancy some European food. They had 'T-Bone Steak' on the menu for 300 Baht. Obviously domestic beef at this price, but still expensive for a meal in Thailand and I have enjoyed steaks for 2/3rds the price. When it came the ‘steak’ was a twisted, blackened mess, with about 12 tiny glass-hard chips. I tried to cut the steak (with a steak knife) from every angle – it was like the sole of my shoe! I just could not cut it at all. We called over the waitress who went away and came back saying there was nothing she could do because they didn’t have any sharper knives!! We explained that if I could not cut it, then I could not eat it, and so it was no good. She took it away saying they would cook it again! It came back hammered all over into pieces with a thick brown sauce over it. I tried a piece, but had to spit it out – it was just too revolting. I refused to pay for it. There was no manager present so they phoned him/her. I ended up having to pay half to avoid trouble – but had nothing to eat! The Thai people I was with said their Thai food was awful also – far too salty.
I walked along the river (turned right) and soon found a bar called ‘The Local’ and had an excellent hamburger with loads of chips for 100 Baht!

Room Tip: Stay and eat somewhere else! This place looks nice but is a disaster!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 25, 2011

This hotel represents itself as a hotel and charges hotel rates. These set of rooms are clearly guesthouse status (and they have signs to indicate this). The room itself, is very small and dirty, air conditioning not in good working order (kept room on the warmer side), sink was leaking, closet was tied with a string to hold it closed, and generally the staff were unfriendly and not helpful with service or our complaints. For example, they did not have anyone to help with carrying our luggage to our room. Moreover, there is enough total parking for about five vehicles and some of these are used by staff. A day before, my wife and I paid the same rate in Khon Kaen (two hours west of Nong Khai) as Mekhong guesthouse, for a beautiful (real) 4 star hotel set in a large setting of coconut trees, friendly staff and nice clean hotel room. The only positive aspect of Mekhong guesthouse is that it is in a good location downtown and it is beside the best Vietnamese restaurant in town. These surroundings, however, would never be enough reason to stay in this filthy dishonest business. FYI, my wife and I have never complained before about a hotel. This experience warrants official and unofficial complaints and we plan to write about this guesthouse misrepresenting itself.

Room Tip: Shop Around For Another or You Will REGRET
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nong Kai, Nong Khai, Thailand
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

Best location in Nong Khai, next to Tha Sadet Market. Guest House on the Mekong River. Fantastic view from restaurant. Guest House is next to Tha Sadet Market, so you will wake up with the city. If you're a late sleeper, this is not for you. It is very noisey. Bathroom is not the best, nor the worse, I had in rooms. I do like a clean bathroom. Hot water and air available. Staff is approachable, but not outgoing. Neither friendly nor rude. Guest House is an old traditional, style Thai house with great wood structure. Wake up and walk into the Tha Sadet Market, or down the prommenade along the Mekong, or walk two (short) blocks away to find either Thai or European restaurants.

Room Tip: Ask for riverside rooms ahead of time.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mekong Riverside
Address: 519 Rim Khong Road, T. Meechai,Muang, Nong Khai, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Nong Khai Province > Nong Khai
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Ranked #30 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Nong Khai
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Number of rooms: 16
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