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“Paradise Found” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club

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Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Chiang Saen
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Paradise Found”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

I decided to stay here after reading the reviews on this site and was not disappointed! From the airport pickup by Deng and her son and the offer of a tour on the way to the hotel ( don't miss this if you get the opportunity ) to the drop off at my hotel in Chiang Rai, l was made to feel welcome and more of a friend than a client. The location is peaceful, picturesque and l can recommend kayaking around the lake, or just chilling in the pool or on the verandah - l had one of the lakefront bungalows. Mama's food was the best vegetarian that l've ever had in Thailand - don't miss the fruit pancake for breakfast. Thank you Ian, Jim, Deng, Mama and all the staff.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Lanaw57
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Hi Lanaw57,
Thank you indeed for taking the time to submit a review. We all need a friend sometimes when travelling solo, so we're happy you enjoyed our relaxed Viang Yonok style of welcome and hospitality. If you happen to be returning to this beautiful corner of Thailand, we'd be happy to show you some more wonderful sights.
Best wishes,
Ian, Jim, Daeng, Mama and everyone
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Moss Vale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband and I travelled from New South Wales, Australia to Bangkok through to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai then onto Chiang Saen, with our adult daughter who has been living in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok on and off for the past few years.

I must agree with the reviews I have been reading, Viang Yonok is special. Yes, the bungalows are lovely. Yes, they are super clean. Yes, the pool is beautiful and refreshing. Yes, we availed ourselves of the bikes, next time it will be the kayaks. For us, what made it stand out as a holiday destination, was the friendly and welcoming attitude from the owners and staff, we believed they truly wanted us to have a good time while we stayed there, and we did. Also, the food is fabulous. My suggestion is that you go for the "recommendation of the day". We are a family who likes to pick and choose our meals, but the first night we went with the "recommendation of the day" and it was so delicious we decided to go with it throughout our stay and we did not regret it.

If you are considering staying at Viang Yonok, do yourself a favour and experience the sun setting over Chiang Saen Lake, and watch the fire flys dancing.

A big thank you to Ian, Vassana, Deng and Vassana's Mum, for a wonderful experience in your beautiful corner of the world. We hope to return one day.
Nerida McCarthy

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nerida M
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Hi Nerida M,
Thank you so much for the lovely review. It's great that you enjoyed your stay at Viang Yonok including our cuisine and taking the bicycles out around beautiful Chiang Saen lake. We would be very happy to see you again if you are able to make it back to our little bit of paradise, one day.
Best wishes,
Ian, Vassana and all the staff
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

A very big thank you to Ian and Vassana for making our stay at Viang Yonok so very enjoyable. You were right, Vassana, we did not get better food anywhere after we left you! We only stayed for two nights as we were travelling on down to Laos and Cambodia but it was a wonderful start to our holiday. The location is very tranquil and the bedrooms are beautiful and we were made to feel so very welcome. Ian took us out on a tour of the area which was fabulous, fantastic scenery and we tasted some amazing cakes! We felt that we had experienced the 'real' Thailand which was a great privilege.
Thank you both Ian and Vassana for some really happy memories at a wonderful location.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank luv2travel272
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Hi luv2travel272,
Thank you so much for your review. We're happy you enjoyed your stay at Viang Yonok so much.
It was good that we were able to share our knowledge of this lovely area with you, so you could have a great start to your holiday. It's also satisfying to know that Vassana was right about our food. As we have been married 25 years, I didn't doubt she would be right....
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana & Mum
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed with friends for 3 nights in Sept 12. If you like some real Thai hospitality, proper food, no airs and graces then this place is for you. It comes top on TA for a reason.
The Yonok is just off the shore of Chian Seng, looking out across the lake and away from any roads/towns or many haouses for that matter! The bungalows are scattered around and are not overlooked and a very short stroll to the restaurant/reception.
Accomodation is pretty much the same regardless of which room (although we didn't go into each of the 7 bungalows) so dont fret too much about that. What you do get is a pleasant room with wooden terrace and bright shower room. The accomodation is not 5* hotel stuff more authentic Thai style living. That isn't to say that things aren't as they should be...just a lack of shoe shine machines and facilities you dont use.
There is a small but perfectly formed swimming pool and some gym equipment if you must. Food is taken in a large wooden built facility - open air and in an atmosphere of family friendly welcome. We found the food just on the button - made by 'Mum' in the back (we also had cooking lessons from her one day), we found it easier to just let her decide what was on the menu after getting some broad direction from us (i.e. spicy or hot etc). We tended to stay on after dinner and play cards (and drink beer/wine of course) as there is not a great deal of nightlife locally!!
Everything is laid back and nothing too much trouble...if you are touring then I strongly suggest you to talk to Ian and get maps/guides advice on routes and eating places.(And get him to share his rock memories....)
A truly lovely family run hotel, great atmosphere, great food and a great fusion of Thai/English hospitality....

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NSNODickie
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Hi NSNODickie,
Thank you very much for the kind review. You were happy, we're happy. That's what life is about.
Great that you could enjoy some time with friends in this wonderful location and see some of the beautiful scenery of northern Thailand. You are most welcome to drop in again some time, if you're passing.......... I'll point out some more great spots where the tour buses don't go.
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

First we wanna say: thanks a lot to Jim, Ian and all the other People from the viang yonok! It is such a lovely Place. The location is great, very peaceful and idyllic. To see the sunset over the lake was amazing and in the morning to wake up with that stunning view was just out of this world! Wonderful! The suggestions from Ian for our day drives with the car were really great and we enjoyed every minute...we've seen a lot of special nature and scenery with nobody around us!coming back in the evening hungry and tired we were looking forward to a very, very special meal , menu suggestions by jim and cooked by "mama" ! Soooo "lecker"! And mama makes the best fruit-pancakes for breakfast! Once more thanks to Jim and Ian the lovely hosts of this outstanding place! We are looking forward to come back! Claudi and kris

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kris W
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Hi Kris W,
Thank you very much for your review. You were here at the "green" time of year, when the scenery is just stunning, with great visibility from the mountain tops. We are happy you enjoyed our lovely peaceful location and home cooking, too.
We look forward to seeing you return some time and we'll have other suggestions for seeing more of this lovely area.
Best wishes
Ian, Vassana, Mama and everyone at Viang Yonok.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

We found Viang Yonok on our Family trip from Koh Samui (Thailand) to Luang Prabang (Laos) (a self Drive Adventure) based on Tripadvisor reviews.
We can confirm it is hard to find a better place than here in the golden triangle, let us say than anywhere in Thailand. This place is absolutely essential with an unrivaled hospitality and a service beyond expectation.
After reading all comments, it is difficult to add more.
In our French Culture, this hotel-restaurant can be described as a "Maison de Famille" in Thailande, a "Demeure" which is not a 5 stars, not a guest house, not an hôtel but a place where you know that somebody will wait for you and take care of you for all day to day details. In short, a place full of Memory where owners want to give happiness to their guests. .
These details can be noticed in all circumstances as in the rooms (sewings kits in a draw, repellent, blankets, sarong, water in quantity) or close to "Diner time".
Dinner time in Viang Yonok reminded me my childhood when my grandmother rang the bell to invite us to come to the table. The smell of homemade meal was encouraging all of us to run with joy. It was each time a so pleasant moment to share.
Practical details above:
Access: Viang Yonok Hotel-Restaurant is located near Chiang Saen Lake (Coming from Chiang Rai, turn right on the main road which is under works : 2/3 km before entering to Chaeng Saen City) (the owner is making new sign to identify access). It is 1 hour driving from Chiang Rai, 45 mn to Golden Triangle, 1H15 from Chiang Khong (mekong border to Lao). We attached a small Pict with sign.
Atmosphere of the Resort : this resort is a subtle blend of English cottage atmosphere married with Asian touches. The decor is simple, elegant and not ostentatious. The place is quiet, captivating green and skies reveal thousand species of rare birds. About 7 bungalows are scattered on the lake (a small road -with no traffic- separates the lake from the resort).
Bungalows: good size without being huge, all with terrace, some with 2 double beds (convenient for family), TV, internet wifi running well, shower with stones-floor, toiletries (toothbrush, soap, etc. ), kettle, linen very clean (and quantity), bedding impeccable English touches (lamps, bedside mats ..). The feeling of being at home dominates.
Breakfast: excellent breakfeast à la carte (English, Thai or ... your choice)
Dining Room and meals : pretty intimate tables overlooking the library, excellently arranged to feel outside and see the lake, even in case of rain (curtain system efficient and discreet). The kitchen is family, excellent. Thai Good choice, Tbone steak welcome wine list, very attentive and efficient service. Thanks to Jim!!!
Pool : small but convenient, fresh with nice view on the lake surrounded by the gardens and the flowers
Garden: beautiful species of flowers with unique smell!! ask Jim to explain. Grass as in England
Sports: everything you need : kayaks, mountains bikes, Fitness room...
Library: cosy with many choice (birds, etc.)
Information of surroundings : flyers in quantities but the must is to ask Ian
Laundry: impeccable and fast cleaning (we arrived with 2 big bags : given in the morning they were back in our room in the evening fold, iron with a delicate smell for.. 300 bahts!)

Our Story : We were supposed to stop 1 night and arrived late on a Friday evening (intented to cross the Lao border on early saturday morning. Our guests were enchanting by our Family trip (5000 km in Thailand and Laos). Suddenly, Ian understood that an essential document was missing to cross the border by car = the RED PURPLE BOOK (the car passeport). We were "obliged" to extend 2 nights more in our "hotel California" waiting the opening of Transportation Office in Chiang Rai on the next Monday!!! This was a great opportunity for us to discover the Golden Triangle, Mae Sae, Temples and the surroundings of this charming Viang Yonok. Our son (10 years) was told by Ian about Enfields Engine with a huge and Vintage Garage taken care by Ian. Jim was doing the best for us to enjoy every second there, offering glasses of wines, but the must for us was the time they both gave us to explain their passion for that place, their love to welcome guests and the pleasure they have in running Viang Yonok.
We have been impressed by their courage to establish such a beautiful place in a such quiet place with the only ambition to give happiness.
Deep thanks for all, good luck and ... SEE YOU AGAIN

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Hi Veronique C,
Wow...... Je vous remercie infiniment.! What a kind review and lovely photos. We are just happy you enjoyed your "necessary" stay at Viang Yonok ("hotel california"..... love it...) while waiting to get the vehicle passport for your self-drive holiday to Laos. We consider ourselves so lucky to live in this beautiful location and have everything we want, according to the King's principle of "Por Piang" (be satisfied with enough), so it is great to be able to share some of that happiness with our guests and help them make their holidays as successful as possible.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next adventure.
Best Wishes from everyone at Viang Yonok.
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Cairo, Egypt
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

What a beautiful place! Gorgeous location overlooking the lake, very peaceful, and the attention to detail is terrific. Terrific hospitality from Ian, Jim and Mum! Great food, loved the rooms, what a good night's sleep! I will return!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
Hi Martin-on-the-Harley,
Thank you very much for your review. It's good to know you enjoyed our super comfy beds, home cooking and beautiful lakeside location. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime.
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana (Jim)
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Property: Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club
Address: 201 Moo 3 | Yonok, Chiang Saen 57150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Chiang Saen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Chiang Saen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to Paradise. Family run hotel with a 5 star touch at the magical tranquil bird sanctuary of Chiang Saen Lake. Seven private bungalows and garden restaurant. Free; sports club, swimming pool, gym, sauna, high speed wifi, kayaks, mountain bikes, shuttle transport 4 klms to Chiang Saen. Airport, Chiang Rai, Chiang Khong transfers & day trips or tours. No ++ on the rates. ... more   less 
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Viang Yonok Chiang Saen
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Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club Chiang Rai Province, Thailand - Chiang Saen

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