Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chayadol Boutique Resort – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Where To Stay In Chiang Rai Thailand

It was almost eleven in the evening and we’re on our third round of Chang beer when my buddy felt the urge to take a quick dip at the pool. We’re on the second level of Chayadol Boutique Resort and our private veranda provided an unobstructed view of the very inviting swimming pool. And so he did.

Chiang Rai Thailand

Our lovely home in Chiang Rai was located around two kilometers away from downtown. After haggling with a cabbie driver for 60 Baht (US$ 1.67), we were brought to a private village where our resort was.

The open style of Chayadol Boutique Resort was very welcoming. The swimming pool greeted us as we entered the grounds. We proceeded to the reception area and arranged our booking which we made beforehand. The lovely front desk officer assisted us immediately and handed the key to our room.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

Billeted on a Deluxe King Room (check rates), we were ushered to the second level and were directed on our home for three days.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

Our spacious room was equipped with a king-sized bed, flat screen TV, individually-controlled air conditioning, working desk, in-room safe, coffee and tea-making facilities, mini fridge, and private veranda with pool view.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand
They've got a huge bed!
Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

The en suite toilet and bath had a hot and cold shower, bath towels, shampoo and shower gel, and hairdryer.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

Me and my buddy went to the private veranda and lazed a bit. We’re continuously planning on this quick side trip and we used the complimentary fast internet connection from the resort. We actually wanted to check out what’s happening in town at night but decided to just chill after our weeklong Chiang Mai and Pai adventures.

We then checked out the resort’s café for our food options.

Lounge chairs and coffee tables were set up outside the café. We entered the glass doors and a young guy greeted us from the counter. The cozy space was filled with books, magazines, board games, lounge chairs, and funky light fixtures.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

A selection of crafted coffee, tea, and smoothies were on the menu list. Cakes and pastries were all settled on a refrigerated clear glass counter. Candies, crisps, and other snacks were stacked on another shelf. It’s a quaint li’l coffee shop that was frequented with the resort’s guests and residents from the village.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

We walked further and went out of the property. We’re looking a place for our nightly beer sesh before we end the day. We scored from a store nearby and bought Chang beers in can at 35 Baht each (US$ 0.97). We brought it to the resort and settled on our private veranda where we continued our endless plotting of our itineraries in Chiang Rai and Laos.

My buddy was enticed by the very tempting pool. He asked me if I wanna join him for a quick dip and while I was thinking about it, he stripped off and went down the outdoor shower area and then the pool. He did a couple or more laps while I watched from the balcony.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

I had an amazing sleep that night. I slowly climbed down from our huge bed and went to the glass doors leading to our veranda. I slowly parted the drapes and sat on the lounge chair for a while. A coffee would just be perfect – my thoughts while I watched the sky changed from deep blue to fiery orange to clear blue. It was a perfect day to explore the town, my musings went on.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand
My favorite spot
We had a quick breakfast with compliments of the resort. It had a little buffet spread of breads, eggs, sausages, hams, veggies, noodles and fried rice. Orange juice, coffee and tea were the drink options. We stuffed ourselves and headed to the front desk to inquire about their motorbikes and bikes for hire.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand
Complimentary breakfast buffet
Luckily, there were two bikes that were available that day. We were given the keys to the padlocks and acquainted ourselves with the bikes (the last time went on a bike tour was in Bagan, Myanmar, roughly a month before our Chiang Rai trip).

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand
Our buddies around Chiang Rai courtesy of Chayadol Boutique Resort
It was such a tiring, sweltering hot day that all I could think of was the soothing water of Chayadol Boutique Resort’s swimming pool. And so we did. After retiring from our all-day biking jaunt, we went straight to the pool and enjoyed our last night in Chiang Rai. We could’ve gone for a night-out but chose to just chill at the pool and our veranda for another round of beer session.

We woke up feeling enliven on our last day. We packed our bags, hired a tuk tuk going to the bus station and bid our goodbyes to the lovely staff of the resort. It was a short but sweet stay. Chayadol Boutique Resort might be far from downtown Chiang Rai but the serenity of waking up each morning with a nice sunrise and a quiet community were truly noteworthy.

Chayadol Boutique Resort Chiang Rai Thailand

Post Script

During our two-month backpacking trip around SoutheastAsia, I left my iPod at Novotel Platinum Pratunam in Bangkok (my fault) which they sent to our next destination in Chiang Mai at Yaang Come Village Resort. And for whatever reason the parcel went back to Bangkok in which they sent again to our home in Chiang Rai, the Chayadol Boutique Resort. The parcel arrived the same day we left for Laos. Again, I missed it. The manager of Chayadol Boutique Resort managed to send it to our hotel in Kuala Lumpur, but due to some technical reasons the parcel was sent back to them. I then asked them to just ship it to a friend who’s based in Chiang Mai. All the incurred costs were shouldered by the different hotels which I appreciated very much. All this great acts of kindness were some of the things I cherish the most from this trip. The extra effort of meeting their guests’ needs were remarkable. With this kind of story I truly, and still, believe in the goodness of humanity. Thank you Chayadol Boutique Resort for the amazing experience.

Chayadol Boutique Resort (book online)
699 Kornrat Village, Moo 24 Soi
Sunkhong 6 Robwieng,
Chiang Rai, 57000, Thailand
Contact Number: (+66) 537.56997
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