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Thailand Fly & Drive – Part 32
I have to admit, when I first booked this room, I really wondered whether I had been overcharged. I had never been to Chiang Khan before, and all the accommodation options along the Chiang Khan Walking Street seemed to be super pricy. We booked a Triple Room at about US$105 per night, which was one of the most expensive stays of our entire trip.
When we finally reached the hotel that night, we were immediately bowled over by its charm. With its solid wood flooring and walls, it really oozed character, and felt a lot more like a boutique hotel rather than a hostel.
The location was great, smack in the middle of the Walking Street. The room we got was spacious enough in floor area, but lacked bed space. Even though we put down 2 adults and 3 kids, our triple room was just that… One king-sized bed and one single bed. It was a bit squeezy to fit our entire family, but we managed.
The best part about the room was the view. I guess this is the main reason why we had to pay so much. I have never spent so much time in the balcony of a hotel room before. From the photos you can see why… a picture perfect view of the Mekong River, so serene and enchanting, just like the scene of an Impressionist painting.
The balcony was shielded from sunlight for the whole day, and it was very comfortable to hang out there in the cool weather. The kids enjoyed a warm cup of noodles. I worked on my blog. My wife enjoyed her time on her mobile apps.
This is really a good place to enjoy a slower pace of life and to do your reflection. I could camp at that balcony for days!
There is no breakfast at the hotel, but they give you these nostalgic wooden food cards to redeem for a meal at a nearby restaurant.
The breakfast food choices at the restaurant are limited, but tasty. However, the egg dish was a little too milky for our liking.
The walking street itself is an attraction in its own right. Having been to so many night markets and walking streets in Thailand, I have not come across one that evokes the same feeling. The wooden architecture of the buildings seem to transport you to a different time. The cool weather, dropping to a low of 8 degrees when we were there, evokes the feeling of winter which is completely unexpected for us in this part of the world.
- Price: (6 / 10) At US$105 per night for a Triple Room. Really expensive in comparison to our other nights in Thailand.
- Location: (11 / 10) Amazing location. Right in the middle of the atmospheric Chiang Khan Walking Street. One side you can enjoy the food and shopping along the street, on the other side you have incredible views of the Mekong River. The winter weather is fantastic, and you get the feeling that you are more in Taiwan, rather than in Thailand. The parking area is a little bit of a walk from the hostel, and closes at 10pm.
- Condition: (10 / 10) The rooms are in pristine condition. Floorboards and walls made from solid wood. Very tasteful decor.
- Food: (7 / 10) Generous food vouchers. Spread could be better.
- Staff: (8 / 10) Staff were friendly and helpful.
- Kid’s Rating (7.3 / 10): Little Baby Lion (3/10) “I didn’t like the wood and we didn’t finish the food” Little Lion Cub (10/10) “The hospitality was good” Little Lioness Cub (9/10) “The view was amazing”
- Adult’s Rating (9.5 / 10): The Lion (10/10) “One of the most expensive rooms, but absolutely worth it for the experience of being somewhere special.” The Lioness (9/10) “Very near to the great walking street. Nice view! Clean room and well maintained.”
- Overall: (8.5 / 10) This is a place where we definitely want to come back!
- 2019 Thailand Fly and Drive
- Off to Bangkok
- Review: Ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit 50
- Sara Jane’s @ the Empire Place
- Amazing Young Musician on the Streets
- Drive from Bangkok to Khao Kho
- Review: Tonkho at Home, Khao Kho
- Sunrise at Khao Takhian Ngo
- Temple on a Glass Cliff
- Tea @ Pino Latte
- Visit to the Weapon Museum
- Amazing Dinosaur!
- A Tale of Two Dinners
- Drive from Khao Kho to Chiang Mai
- Review: Ibis Styles Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai Tribal Museum
- Wacky World of Insects!
- Driving the Mae Hong Son Loop
- Drive from Chiang Mai to Pang Mapha
- Pai Historical Bridge
- Pai Canyon
- Pai Land Split
- Review: Ban Keawmora, Pang Mapha
- Drive from Pang Mapha to Mae Win
- Long Neck Village
- Car Woes on the Way to Mae Win
- Day Trip to Doi Inthanon
- The Royal Twin Pagodas
- More Vehicle Misfortune and an Angel on a Motorbike
- Review: Mae Win Guesthouse and Resort
- Another Flat?! Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khan
- Review: Phu Chiangkhan Hostel
- Chiang Khan Walking Street by Day
- The Majestic Mekong
- Chiang Khan Walking Street by Night
- Drive from Chiang Khan to Khon Kaen
- Review: Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid
- The Problem of Laundry
- Birthday Day Out!
- The Nine-Storey Stupa
- Aura Farm
- King Cobra Village
- Khon Kaen City Museum
- 2019 Thailand Fly & Drive (Bangkok, Khao Kho, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son Loop, Chiang Khan, Khon Kaen, Khao Yai, Pattaya)
- 2019 Cameron Highlands Brothers Drive
- 2018 Bali Drive
- 2017 Hungary Winter Drive
- 2017 Hokkaido Winter Drive
- 2019 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Krabi, Phuket)
- 2018 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Bangkok, Rayong)
- 2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand (Krabi, Phuket)
- 2016 Drive from Singapore to Thailand