The best bit about staying here are the people you will meet. Vanassa pours her heart and soul into the place and you can tell, she is very keen for you to have a wonderful stay. For us, this included driving us into the local town of Chiang Saen and offering two wonderful “Mama cooked” dinners for us. Her husband Ian has had such an interesting life - the two of them are well travelled and we thoroughly enjoyed all our conversations on a wide range of topics. Our tour of the property with Ian, my husband drooling over his classic motorbikes and eating fresh lychee from the tree, was a real highlight.
Yes, this is their business but especially when you are staying in low season and are the only guests, you leave feeling that you have stayed with friends.
The cottages are delightful, our one Egret had everything we needed, an efficient air conditioner, and including an impressive WIFI connection for “out in the sticks” location. We woke to a peaceful view overlooking the lake with to the sound of birds, many of whom we had never seen before. The grounds are beautifully kept and I enjoyed learning from Vanassa how she has created the gardens and why she has each plant where she does - not too much greenery near the cottages to keep bugs away, good flowers, doesn’t shed much etc. There has been so much thought gone into every aspect of Viang Yonok.
The lake is a tad disappointing at the moment on account of the extensive pond weed, which means kayaking are not really possible, Ian assures us we picked the worse possible time of year to visit and don’t get me wrong it is still beautiful, but we do urge the local authorities to do something about this overgrowth as they are losing their lake!
We were looking for a truly local experience and in this regard, Viang Yonok suited us well, we enjoyed being off the beaten track sharing a couple of nights with wonderful company.
Many thanks, Vanassa, Ian and Mama for looking after us so well.
- 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