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Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Chiang Saen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 9, 2014

This Hotel is definitely the best place to stay in the very northern part of Thailand.
Vassana and Ian are the most friendly hosts you can imagine. From the first minute you arrive you feel like being at home away from home. The place with its bungalows and the pool in a beautiful garden directly at the sea is so nice and relaxing. You can even get an original Thai dinner made by Vassana's mom which was one of the best we had in Thailand. And everything for a very fair price. Thanks a lot for the great time we had while staying with you!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded May 11, 2014

Hi aykay23,
It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed your stay so much and thank you for your kind review. Maybe we will see you again in our little piece of paradise.
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

I recently stayed at Viang Yonok with my two children and friends. I came to the area for work, but I will return just to have the pleasure of staying at Viang Yonok! Vanessa and Ian were fabulous hosts--very accommodating, laid-back, and friendly. The guesthouses are clean and have very tasteful old-world decor--the flat riverstone bathrooms are exceptional. The food is also exceptional, cooked to order by Vanessa's mother. The grounds are an immaculate festival of flowers and trees with birds galore. My girls (ages 2 and 3) were in heaven--they could run around on the beautiful grass and it was a treat after traffic-filled cities. They have mountain bikes you can use, and even kids bikes! Jogging is great right out the door--you can run around the lake. The pool is fabulous--it is deep, so bring floaties for the kids if they can't swim. They also had an adorable crib for my 2 year old.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great-can't go wrong
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2014

Hi Jen P,
Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is most satisfying to hear you and your family thoroughly enjoyed your stay here. We are extremely fortunate to be in such a beautiful location next to natural Chiang Saen lake, with the wonderful birdlife around. Great that the kids enjoyed it too, running and cycling round the garden. Plenty more for you to see and do on your next visit. As we are off the beaten track a little, it is not unusual for our guests to have the place to themselves.
best wishes
Ian & Vassana

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

I cant say enough about how good this place was and how much we enjoyed our stay here.
We travel to Thailand once a year and this place will be on my list to stay many more times.
The staff and food is the best.

Room Tip: Any room here is wonderful
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2014

Hi 951Dreamer57,
Thank you very much for your great review and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at Viang Yonok, so much. There are plenty of things to see next time you visit this beautiful part of Thailand.
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana

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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Finally getting around to writing this review. My partner and I stayed here in September 2013. Ian, Vassana and staff were all very friendly and accommodating. The day we arrived I was actually quite sick Vassana had the cook make up a soup for me and some chinese tea to help. The grounds are perfect, the pool nice to relax in and the rooms are gorgeous, each room has its own verandah and is separate from the others giving you a private relaxing stay. I must make mention of the decorative flower display outside the room presented by Chai (I think his name is), he is a very cheerful and welcoming man to have around answering any questions we had.

Ian and my partner had a few beers together, while Ian gave him ideas on activities that are around. Our only regret is we stayed for 1 night, next time it will definitely be longer.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2014

Hi Saranna H,
Thank you very much for your lovely review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your brief stay at Viang Yonok, even though you weren't feeling at your best. If you get a chance to return, there is plenty for you to see and do in the area.
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana

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Reviewed March 27, 2014

I'm so glad my family found this place. Great, friendly service from proprietors Ian and Vassana. One of the very few pet-friendly places in the region. Beautiful, quiet location overlooking Chiang Saen Lake with interesting walking routes and sites for bird-watching. The rooms are a little rustic and dark, which is fine with me (there are plenty of modern hotels in Chiang Rai for those who want a large TV, spa services and multiple restaurants). This is for those who want to relax with a good beer and a book, take day trips around the lake or the region, and be on a first-name basis with the owners. The breakfast is pretty good too. I will make this our top getaway destination from the "big city" of Chiang Mai.

Room Tip: Pick Kingfisher for families and pets. Pick one of the lakeview rooms for couples.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2014

Hi SEAsiaTraveler27,
Thank you very much for your lovely review. Being pet-friendly is not difficult, we have several of our own, so understand they are part of the family. Good to hear also that we will be your top getaway destination and we look forward to seeing you again sometime.
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Had a brilliant stay here in December 2013. A lovely location with gardens and a lake, comfortable, tastefully furnished room and good food, not to mention the friendliness of the owners, Vassana and Ian. We were on a birding trip and the location is perfect. I was even given small gifts on departure, which was a very nice touch.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2014

Hi Gaynor06,
Thank you indeed for taking the time to write a lovely review and great to hear you enjoyed your stay at Viang Yonok.
Best wishes
Ian & Vassana

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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Stayed here at the start of February and instantly fell in love with the area.
We were greeted by Wanessa (Jim) with a fresh orange juice and she made us feel very welcome.

We then settled down to watch the most amazing sunset over the lake from our beautiful bungalow with a bottle or 2 of Chang beer,this quickly became our daily ritual.

We had most of our meals here and every single one of them blew us away,I'm talking top notch food here and this turned out to be the best food of our 3 week tour of Thailand,so thanks Mama for that.
We wanted to have a typical Thai breakfast and Jim recommended Joke which is a rice portage with lots of herbs and either chicken, pork or seafood and a poached egg on top.I ended up having this dish on most mornings for 3 weeks but none turned out as good as it did here.( Ian I would love this recipe if possible) as I'm seriously craving this dish on our return. ;-)

We spent our days around the lake on a bicycle provided free of charge and also out on the lake on a kayak also provided free,make sure you do this at sunset,amazing experience.

We also cycled in to the charming town of Chiang Saen,really liked the feel of this town and everyone was so friendly.Everyone was waving and tooting there horns at us and even the Police were waving at us to come over for a chat and asking if we needed to use the toilet at the Police station.

We also had a massage on the river front overlooking Laos which was really good and very very cheap.

We had a day/night trip to Chiang Rai and really enjoyed the White temple and the Saturday walking market.Do not miss either of these.

The hotel driver took us on a wonderful trip to the border with Burma and Laos ,we want up over the mountain which was around 5000ft passing the coffee and tea crops.We stopped at the border town of Mae Si and we really enjoyed the hustle and bustle.

We were at the resort for 5 days and could have easily stayed another 5,it really is that good.

Ian and Jim and the team will do anything to make your stay enjoyable and everything about the rooms and the resort are perfect,the rooms have everything you could possibly need.


So a big thanks to the whole team for making our stay perfect


We most certainly will be back to this wee cracker of a place.

Room Tip: Must cycle around the lake and go out on Kayak at sunset.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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59Thunderbird, Owner at Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2014

Hi upthedons,
Thank you very much for your Fantastic review. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed your stay so much. It really does make us feel good that our visitors can enjoy their holiday so much at our little hotel. We do appreciate that you have travelled a long long way to get here and so we try to give everyone the very best that we can. We will certainly pass on your comments to the rest of the team. If you come back, there is plenty more to see and do in this lovely part of the world.
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: $52 - $73 (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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