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Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Chiang Saen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 9, 2012

We stayed 4 nights in Viang Yonok after travelling by Shompoo slow boat from Luang Prababng, pick up at Chiang Kong was right on time and the scenic drive to Viang Yonok took only 1 hour. We stayed in Waterhen Room with it's fine views over the lake. Unfortunately Ian & Vassane were away on holiday so we never met, however Daeng looked after us extremely well, nothing was too much trouble. We ate all our meals in the restaurant and I would not have wished to eat anywhere else, the food was great and reasonably priced, in fact we would be happy with a dinner bed & breakfast option.. We went bird watching with Mick Davies and had a very successful trip; also we had a day trip with guide to see the White Temple and other sites at Chiang Rai. We would certainly stay again.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2012

Hi Ian_and_Chris-L,
Thank you very much for your review. We are sorry we didn't get to meet you during your visit, but happy to hear that Daeng and all the staff looked after you well. That you enjoyed the birdwatching and beautiful location is also great. I know that my wife and mother-in-law prepare wonderful food and our guests reviews certainly back that up. The only problem they have really is understanding "small portions"....
If you get a chance to visit north Thailand again, we'd love to see you back at Viang Yonok.
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

My wife and I spent a month traveling trough Asia in Oct./Nov 2012. It was my third trip to Thailand so obviously Im a fan. It was my first time traveling in the North and I highly recommend it.

We came across this little gem of a hotel on TripAdvisor. It is run by a super cool couple. He is a British national, she Thai (Ian and Vassana).

Our original plan was to spend one night as we made our way from Chiang Mai on our way to Laos. Well, one night turned into 6. Im not sure where to begin on how much we loved this place. We showed up tired from a long bus ride and really had no idea what to expect. We pulled up in a tuk tuk from the bus station and were immediately struck by the beauty of this place. It consists of pretty bungalows all with their own decks overlooking a gorgeous lake. The architecture blends in perfectly with the natural surrounds. The whole area is a bird sanctuary of which the owners are actively involved in. The bungalow was modernly equipped with all the usuals for higher end hotels (flat screen, fridge, safe, etc ). The bed was a very comfortable western style mattress (this is important in Asia as many hotels have very hard beds).

The restaurant is run my Vassana's Mom and she is a pretty awesome cook. Breakfast is huge with yummy, strong coffee. For lunch and dinner I strongly recommend allowing the staff to recommend what is fresh and in season. The manager goes to the market everyday and mom cooks whatever is delicious and fresh from the market.

The owners are incredibly kind, generous people. Ian (who also played guitar in a famous british rock band.. but thats another story!) took us on a tour of the countryside and to a local cooperative silk weaving center. Their manager (fluent in English) took us on a tour of the town and local markets. All was done free of charge.

Vassana organized our trip down the Mekong and did all of the paperwork for us.

Im not sure what was the most amazing part about the place, the beauty, the comfort, the hospitality, or the kindness of the hosts. All I know is that this place will go down in my memory as one of the best hotel experiences ever.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

Hi M B,
Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to write such a lovely review.
We are happy knowing you enjoyed you stay so much, you extended by 5 days....
If you get a chance to drop in and see us again, we'll show you some more of this lovely part of the world.
All the best to you both
Ian & Vassana

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

In the middle of our holidays we enjoyd a six days stay with Vanessa, Ian and Co. They immediately realised our wished and made them come true.
A lovely region, excellent original Thai food (thank you M'am!), best breakfast in whole Thailand, funny gardener, ensured trips to everywhere, helpful hints for trips, bikes, caoes - we felt very happy and went away with tears in our eyes.
Just check it out and stay several days - best for recovery!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2012

Hi Claudia L,
Tears of happiness I'm glad to hear. Thank you for taking the time to give us a great review and good to hear we made your wishes come true.
Best wishes to you from Ian & Vassana

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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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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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: $53 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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