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.
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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
- 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