If you ever go up to Chiang Saen, the northern most province of Thailand, you have got to stay by the Mekong river. The river is such a huge influence here that everything happens around the river. But, also keep in mind that the town is broadly made up of 2 streets one running parallel to the river and one that runs perpendicular to it. During my 2 night and 3 day stay here, I stayed at the Chiang Saen Guest House and this review of mine is based on that experience.
1) Chiang Saen Guest House is a house that has been turned into a guest house. It’s best quality is that it is opposite the mighty Mekong river and overlooks the Laos border.
2) The night markets and food stalls come up every night by the river and hence a couple of steps from your room and you are in the food markets.
3) The place has decent large size rooms suiting all kinds of budgets. The rooms come in fan/AC mode, have free wi-fi and have attached bathrooms with hot shower.
4) The reception is fairly limited in terms of arranging tours, but they can dish out some good advice. The place doesn’t have restaurants too.
5) The bus station, the temples and ruins of the city, the main town market and the supermarket stores are all in close vicinity and a short walk away.
If you are one who likes to sit by the Mekong river in the shade and watch the slow world pass by, then you will like this place. This place is ideal for all kinds of travelers. I like the guest house, but most of its mojo comes from the Mekong river running parallel to it.