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Rai Saeng Arun – The Most Beautiful Hotel You Can find in Chiang Khong




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To be honest, Chiang Khong wouldn’t offer a lot of fun as many of you have experienced in other cities. Chiang Khong is a small, sleepy town with one main road and first impression it seems to be no night life. If you’re seeking for a place to peace your mind, Chiang Khong is the one. There are not many hotels there, but there is one that stands out as one of the most beautiful hotel in Chiang Rai, Rai Saeng Arun.

Rai Saeng Arun is a family-run resort located along the Khong River in Chiang Khong district of Chiang Rai. The little-known resort is classified as an agricultural tourist spot where guests can enjoy their leisure time in a simple room constructed from natural materials as well as participate in rice harvest activity hosted annually by the resort. Cottages and bungalows within Rai Saeng Arun are scattered in two main spots – along the Khong River and up the hill.

Rai Saeng Arun is located 22km from Chiang Khong on Rte 4007, which leads to Chiang Saen. This beautiful hotel has 14 houses in a rural setting adjacent to the Mekong River. All house are stylish and comfortable, feature balconies and open-air showers, and are connected by bridged walkways over rice fields. In Thai “Rai Saeng Arun” means a farm of dawn which is the selling point if this hotel, sunrise in the morning featuring mountain ranges and wintry fogs. The price of stay is not cheap but it is also not too much expensive compared to experience you will get. Considerable discounts are available during the low season.

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Children on walkways over rice fields in the hotel’s area. Image from the hotel’s website

As advertised by the hotel, everything about this hotel is sustainable, from the architecture (reused wood) to how they prepare their incredible cuisine. With every meal is made with fresh ingredients from your own personal plot of farm, you’re bound to leave this hotel healthier than ever. It is absolutely the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Location
Atop a hill overlooking the Khong River, the Rai Saeng Arun is surrounded by lush cultivated farmlands. The views the hotel offers of the mountains and river are guaranteed to impress: this location is the perfect spot for nature sightseeing along the river and abundant forests.

The Room
Most decorations and the buildings themselves are made from real woods. Whether it’s a panoramic view of the forest and mountain or the river below, each of Rai Saeng Arun’s bedrooms are designed to make a feeling of staying in a tradition Thai house. Because of the location and being in remote area, it will make you feel like you’re the only ones there. With natural wood finishes accompanied by all the modern luxuries you could possibly require, you will feel right at home.

Our comments
I’ve been there twice about 2 years ago and I really had a good time. If judging only based on price alone, the price range between 3,000 and 4,200 look a bit high for Chiang Rai standard. Definitely, not for young backpackers. However, the room quality, the ambiance and experience you will get from staying here is worth the money. This hotel is not completely a 4-star hotel, but it’s more like upper 3-star hotel with great views and environment.

Breakfast was okay but not the best in town yet. Normally, you will have a few breads, soup and kind of fruit or salad. Salad here is great, as it’s very fresh and delicious. Vegetables and herbs served here are from the organic garden it is growing. The rest of breakfast is just OK. Sometimes a hotel staff will bring breakfast to your house/room, but sometimes stuff are all busy and you need to go out the room and get it in a hotel’s cafe room. Dinner is good. You have more selections than those of breakfast.

If you think about good times you will have, peacefulness you will experience, superb atmosphere and feeling of escaping with your love ones, it’s not expensive at all. Also remember that Rai Saeng Arun is one among a few hotel that lie on river bank. You will stay very close the the river here which is very hard to find in other hotels. There you won’t have any town activities because It’s quite far from the city.

Each house is quite far from each other. For the house located farther on small hills, you have to climb up and it is good challenge. The views of the mountains in Laos which lie just across the river seen from the house are spectacular. So, the amount you, pay here is totally for relaxation and to enjoy excellent views. When you check-in make sure to ask for of of those hillside cottages with a view of the river. They are the best spots.

It’s perfect for couples or family who want to spend time by themselves. If you you’re looking for something fun and exciting activities, we don’t recommend this hotel because there is not much of activities. But if you’re looking for feeling of getting away, this hotel is for you.

Please also check our previous post on Rai Saeng Arun when we visited the hotel 2 years ago.

Hotel Type: Boutique Resort
Location: 2 Moo 3, Baan Pa Kroop, Tambon Rim Khong,  Chiang Khong,  Chiang Rai
Best for: Couple, Family
Price Range: THB 2,700-3,000 / 3,000 – 4,200 (see room rates below)
Breakfast: Yes
Credit Card:
Yes
Advanced Booking: Yes

Contact
Tel : 0818027062 , 0876907610
Fax: 0-5391-8255
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.raisaengarun.com

The below images are from Chan Mai Chai Khao. Please visit his review at http://www.bloggang.com/mainblog.php?id=rainynight

Room Rates

Low season High season Peak season
Name of house
แบบ
Type

Bed Size

Mar-Sep

Oct-Feb

Dec1-Jan15
Duen Jam
River View
6’X6.5′
2,700
3,900
4,200
Saeng Arun
River View
6’X6.5′
2,700
3,900
4,200
Peang Aor
Forest View
6’X6.5′
2,200
3,300
3,600
Bueng Bua
Bueng Bua
5’X6.5′
2,200
3,300
3,600
Rim Khong
Rim Khong
5’X6.5′
2,700
3,900
4,200
Extra Bed 700 900 900

Room rates include breakfast for 2 persons

 

Hotel’s Location
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A Road passing in front of the Resort.

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 A morning fog around the resort.

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 Laos border can be seen beyond the mist

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 Sometimes cover most of the place and you can’t see into far distance

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 Vegetable in the Mekong River Mist

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 The same spot without fog

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 Home grown vegetable

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 Supurb atmosphere along the Mekong River

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 Orchid is seen everywhere in the resort

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 A resort’s house standing lonely on a hill.  When there is no rain, a SUV or pick-up can bring you to this hill easily. The place may not be suitable for saloon as the road is too rough, however you can always take your chances.

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 Interestingly, the resort’s houses here focuses on the use of wood and topped with natural grass.

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 View from room window. Beautiful mountain can be seen.

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 The atmosphere in the bedroom with stunning panoramic mountain views

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 Candy, juice, soy milk and instant noodles are available for free.

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 Outdoor shower. Who would believe that water pressure here are very high for this remote area.

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 Overlooking the beautiful hills from your bed. How perfect!

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 From the balcony, cozy look into the bedroom.

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 Auroral atmosphere of the evening light

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 Beautiful Terrace view

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 Unforgetable skylight at dusk seen from the balcony

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 Watching the stars during the winter, pretty much looks like the heaven opens.

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 Sleeping with comfort at night.  Wake up seeing the sky opens with the moon and full of stars.

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 Scenic from rooms through a lazy sunrise.

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 Fog seen in mountains, Starlight and moonlight make the atmosphere more romantic than ever.

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 The atmosphere at the balcony making you feel like living in a dream.

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 An atmosphere like this is hard to come by

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 View Mists of bed that morning, very beautiful.

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 A bed close to nature.

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 The view from the balcony with beautiful light.

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 Breakfast with nature

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 A wiew from the room. Tents can be rent for the stay.

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 A balcony a bamboo forest. Close to natural as much you can

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 Interior design, most decorations rely on woods.

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 The highlight of this room is you can take a shower among the surrounding trees. What a feeling.

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Lighting a candle on a small pool in the middle of the night

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 Overlooking the Mekong from the resort’s restaurant. What a view.

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 A Walk down to the conference room lying along the river.

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At night, lamps are up along this corridor.

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 A conference room is so close to the river that you can hear sound from the river all the time.

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 Mekong river at twilight

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Images: All images are from Chan Mai Chai Khao.

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