Golden Triangle hotels and restaurants

A typical northern bungalow

The Golden Triangle has a fair selection of lodging and dining establishments, including some remote and exclusive resorts as well as budget options. In many cases, hotels and guesthouses offer on-site restaurants which make for sociable hang-outs.

Aside from Chiang Rai, all other locations in the area are fairly quiet, offering limited options. Additionally, it’s possible to find a plethora of roadside restaurants and street vendors where you can eat good food at seriously low prices, if you wish to join the locals.

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Golden Triangle guesthouses and hotels

Chian House Chiang Rai: pleasant guesthouse offering basic but clean and tidy rooms and bungalows, most of which come with their own hot showers. A swimming pool is also available and is the ideal place to cool off after a day of sightseeing. Rooms start at 120 baht per night up to 250 baht, bungalows from 250 baht to 450 baht;172 Sriboonraung Road, Chiang Rai, tel: (054) 713 388, website:

Gin's Guest House Chiang Saen: there are total of 11 rooms are available at this small guesthouse, which is run by a husband and wife team and offers a semi-intimate atmosphere. Rooms from 100 to 600 baht per night; Rimkhong road, Chiang Saen, tel: (053) 650 847, email:

Chiang Saen Guesthouse: the most popular joint in town for backpackers offers regular rooms and bungalows, both basic in terms of facilities. Rooms: 90 baht or 120 baht per night, 150 baht or 200 baht for a bungalow; Sop Ruak Road, Chiang Saen, tel: (053) 650 196.

White House Guest House Chiang Rai: a well-equipped guesthouse offering a variety of facilities in addition to its clean and well-kept rooms, the majority of which come with a hot shower. A swimming pool and Jacuzzi are available to guests. Rooms 700-1,100 baht per night; 789/7 Phaholyotin Road, Chiang Rai, tel: 053 713427.

Budget rating
$ dishes b30 - b70; quart of beer b70; whiskey shot 80 baht; cocktails b100
$$ dishes b70 - b120; quart of beer b100; whiskey shot 100 baht; cocktails b120
$$$ dishes b100 - 250; quart of beer b120; whiskey shot 130 baht; cocktails b150

Restaurants in the Golden Triangle

Sala Mae Nam, Sop Ruak: belonging to the classy Anantara Resort Golden Triangle in the heart of Chiang Saen, this is the place to head if you are looking for equally classy cuisine. The menu features northern Thai, traditional Thai and Italian cuisine, which you can enjoy to the sound of live music in the evening. 229 Moo 1, Chiang Saen, tel: (053) 784 084, email: goldentriangle@anantara.comwebsite: $$$

Lahn Tong Restaurant, Chiang Rai: located just outside of Chiang Rai along the river, this is the ideal place to enjoy traditional northern Thai food while soaking up the pleasant ambience created by the scenery and the sound of running water. Kraisorasit Road, tel: (053) 715 345. $

Cabbages and Condoms, Chiang Rai: outside of the centre of Chiang Rai but within walking distance, this restaurant is famous for contributing some of its profits towards providing barrier contraceptives in poor areas. The food is a little pricier than usual for the area, but it is tasty and this venue has live music in the evening. Open: 11:00-22:00, 620 /25 Thanon Tanalai, tel: (053) 719 167. $$

Uncle George's Cafe: this backpacker hangout has a barbecue out front in the evening and a pool table and bar inside. The food is good and the ambience conducive to meeting others on the traveller circuit. Sailom Joy Road. $$

Border View Restaurant, Chiang Saen: part of the Imperial Golden Triangle Resort in Chiang Saen, this restaurant offers authentic northern Thai cuisine as well as a selection of popular European dishes. Open Hours: 06:00-23:00; 222 Golden Triangle, tel: (053) 784 001-5, website: $$$

Updated and correct: January 2013

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