Where to Stay in Sukhothai: Vieng Tawan Guesthouse

Lovely. That was the first word I uttered when I saw Vieng Tawan Guesthouse in Sukhothai. It was a small guesthouse, but it was cozy, and on our first night, I heard a familiar language, Bisaya! Turned out, there was a group of younger girls from Davao who were staying at the guesthouse. They were working in Phitsanulok.

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Pros:

  • Lovely attendants. The attendants were also lovely, greeting us with their fresh faces brining iced tea to cool us off from our 1-hour+ journey from Phitsanulok.
  • Swimming pool. When we arrived, it was raining and I thought the swimming pool was useless. BUT, after a sweaty morning of biking around the historical park, the swimming pool was a welcome cooling relief. Note: You have to get out from the guesthouse to go to the pool, and I was afraid walking to the pool alone at night because the lights were dim.
  • Tour and transportation services available. The guesthouse can arrange for your tour of the historical park via bike, tuk-tuk, or car. The guesthouse also can arrange for airport/bus station transfer. There is a premium (bike rental is 50baht for a day, 20baht more than the bike rentals near the park), but it means you won’t have to walk to the park to negotiate for any transportation or tour services.
  • Clean room. We stayed two days and our room was cleaned on the second day. I admit our room was very messy when we left it to tour the park and they arranged our things so well. Our toiletries, coffee, water and candies were also replenished.
  • Easy to locate. The songthaew driver knew where the guesthouse is (and I was not surprised because there were not a lot of guesthouses in old Sukhothai).

Cons:

  • Kinda far from the historical park. The guesthouse is about 1 kilometer away from the entrance of the historical park. It takes about 10-15 minutes walk, and about 5-10 minute bicycle ride.
  • No nearby places to eat. The nearest place to eat, a cafe, was about 500 meters from the guesthouse, which would prove a hassle if you wake up hungry in the middle of the night and you have nothing to eat in your room.
  • The sois (lanes) going to the guesthouse is dim lighted. This was romantic, but it creeped me out after a while. 😛
  • There were mosquitos outside especially at night because it was raining when we were there.
  • Breakfast was not free. They have a set breakfast for 150baht, and the picture they showed us consisted of toast, an egg, and a sausage/bacon. It turned out to be more than that (as shown in photo above).

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Vieng Tawan Sukhothai Guesthouse by Thai Thai
89/29 Moo 3, Old City, Historical Park

You can book with Vieng Tawan using my Agoda link here.

 

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