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Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Chiang Saen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 July 2012

What can we say that hasn't been said before?
Everything about the place exceeded our expectations, even though it had been recommended by a friend.
We were a group of 6 Australian ladies taking 1 bungalow each for our annual holiday.
In our correspondence to Ian and Vassana prior to our visit, we indicated our wish list of the sort of things we like to do. This was fulfilled way beyond our expectations.
Yoga in the morning kicked off the day, and we were instructed by the delightful Daeng! Then breakfast (try the lychee smoothies!) and off for the day in a lovely air-conditioned mini bus with driver and Daeng as guide.
Because of our wish list to Ian and Vassana, Daeng cleverly tailored each day with something special, surprising, and off the beaten track.
Evenings were topped off with a dip in the pool, a G & T (or two!) and a delicious evening meal.
The jewel in the crown for this lovely place is the staff and owners. One of our group was feeling less than 100%, and the unobtrusive support she was given was so appreciated.
We would give Viang Yonok 10 stars if we could!
Congratulations to you all!
Judy and Friends

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Management response:Responded 12 July 2012

exdread, sharonsUk, CanadaAlMaine, orcalesley, Mas_ari83, travellington_10,
Hi everyone,
Thank you very much for your kind reviews. Wonderful that you all had a great stay here. Rainy season now, the countryside is looking beautiful. How lucky we are to live here. Maybe some of you can make it back to this lovely part of the world one day.
Best Wishes,
Ian, Vassana, Mum, Daeng, Chai and the rest of the staff (and FyTong the cat too).

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Reviewed 5 July 2012

Was there during my birdwatching tour around Thailand. With a Chiang Saen lake as perfect view and best spot for birdwatching too. The place is in beautiful surroundings and the rooms are gorgeous with nice amenities, comfortable bed, friendly and informative staff and incredible foods. Highly recommend this place to all eco-friendly thinking traveler. Thanks a lot to Ian and Vassana (for the special deal), hope to see you again if you both travel to Indonesia (or Bali) and apologies for my delay in reviewing.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

Had a lovely stay at Viang Yonok for two nights...I really wanted to stay longer! The place is in beautiful surroundings and the rooms are gorgeous, it couldnt have been better. The owners and staff were the best, really made me feel welcome and made it a fantastic stay, they really go out of their way for their guests. The owners and their staff were a delight, including their very friendly driver Chai. Really enjoyed their company and the peaceful retreat they have created near to Chiang Saen. Highly recommend walking down the boardwalk and also using the bikes provided. I definitely want to return sometime in the future. Many thanks Ian and Vassana and apologies for delay in reviewing!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

Just taking a walk around the Viang Yonok and seeing all the care that has gone into every little detail and you start to realize how much passion and love Ian and Vassana (the owners) have for the little oasis they have built across from beautiful Chiang Saen Lake. Of the more than two dozen places I have stayed in in southeast Asia, this place is easily my favorite.

The grounds are beautiful, and the small but elegant pool is excellent for cooling off at the end of a hot day. The beds are easily the most comfortable I found anywhere in Asia. The food was authentic Thai and the best I had in Thailand. The bathrooms were beautiful and clean.

This is not a five star resort, its a small family run hotel so don't expect the over the top colder luxury of a steel and glass tower. This is a place where everything about it welcomes you the minute you arrive. If you can't relax here, you won't be able to relax anywhere. Vassana and Ian took great care in building this place to make it eco-friendly and part of the community, rather than a place away from it. It is an incredibly peaceful place that just fits.

While the bungalos are beautiful and the open air restaurant the perfect place to hang out for dinner and a drink, what really makes this place special are the people that run it. Ian and Vassana are the owners, Daeng the manager, and Mum the cook (Vassana's mother...and the food is incredible) all take a personal interest in making sure your stay is the best. You will never meet a nicer and more genuine group of people. They treat you like family. You'll leave feeling like you have known them for much longer than your stay. They are also happy to arrange local forays for you, we chose to go ride some dirtbikes until we traded those rides in for some rides on elephants, both incredible experiences. Like many people, we stayed a day longer than originally planned...just couldn't bear to leave. You'll feel the same. If you make reservations to go to another hotel after this one, make sure they have a flexible policy on changes or cancelations, you might just end up a little longer than you planned!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

We had a really lovely two week break at the hotel. Staff and owners were very friendly and helpfull as we had our wedding and honeymoon there, they arranged everything and much more for us. The hotel is very nice and and the location is great, very peaceful and idyllic.The hotel is more than 5star, paradise in our opinion. We would like to thank everyone at Viang Yonok for such a fantastic time.

Room Tip: All rooms are a great standard
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club

Address: 201 Moo 3 | Yonok, Chiang Saen 57150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Rai Province > Chiang Saen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Chiang Saen
Price Range: RM197 - RM298 (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 
Also Known As:
Viang Yonok Chiang Saen
Hotel Viang Yonok
Viang Yonok Hotel, Restaurant, Sports Club Chiang Rai Province, Thailand - Chiang Saen

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