When you stay at this family-run hotel, its feels like you are visiting friends. Husband and wife owners Ian and Vassana put a lot of love into their business. They were friendly and helpful and took time to get to know us. Employee Chai, helped out everywhere (restaurant, transportation, answering questions) and has a great sense of humor. One day, he took us to town to get bus tickets and then to see Wat Pradhat Pro-Ngao. If you miss your pets, you can make friends with one of the resident dogs or cats. We got to know Lucky and Momem.
There are seven bungalows surrounding a lush lawn with a pool, patio, and lounge chairs. The view from the pool of Chiang Sean Lake is beautiful, especially at sunset. Our room, Whistling Duck, had a king and twin bed, TV, wi-fi, safe, mini fridge, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, plenty of bottled water, and cute balcony with table and chairs. The small gym had an elliptical, multi-purpose weight machine, free weights, and that wonderful lake view. There are bikes and kayaks, but we didn’t get a chance to use them.
One of our favorite spots was the outdoor restaurant with comfortable chairs and a view of the lake. We browsed the selection of books and chatted with fellow travelers like Margaret and Harvey from Tasmania. Oh, and the food was wonderful - all cooked by Vassana’s mom. Our breakfast favorites were kaow dtom gai and pancake filled with fresh fruit, topped with a touch of honey.
Viang Yonok is one of those special places that leave a lasting impression. We loved the laid back, casual atmosphere – we didn’t even need shoes to go the pool or restaurant. Ian and Vassana gave us a gift and a hug when we left. We will return!
If you would like to read about what we did in the Golden Triangle, please visit our travel blog, http://latitudeb.com/golden-triangle-thailand/.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Viang Yonok Chiang Saen
- Hotel Viang Yonok
- Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club Chiang Rai Province, Thailand - Chiang Saen