The staff were friendly but did not speak English so the universal sign language came in handy. The rooms were basic but clean. i would certainly recommend that you upgrade to a river view cabin as the common area overlooking the river is beautiful. We tried the food one night but would not recommend it. If you want something to eat go across the road to the Jungle guest house - The food there is amazing. You can also get laundry service (expensive) at $80B / kg.
If you want a very relaxing place to be one with nature, this is the place for you. The rooms are built above the Soppong River in a treehouse like format. The hotel entrance is right off the main road however but the rooms are quite far from the road so all you hear is the sound of nature. The room itself was rustic and comfortable. The owner and staff are very friendly and accommodating. If you have any questions or need recommendations for things to do they are very helpful. The food at the restaurant was also delicious.
We stayed in a bamboo ,wood ,grassed roof room on the river,the balcony over the river, airy with beautiful views around the bed,although not far from a road,traffic noise was ok. The food was beautiful Thai meals, everything I ate was yum.Joy and Burt and their daughter are lovely people. A good place to explore Soppong area from or as a stopover on your travels, we came just to relax between places.spent 3 nights relaxing and eating,went on a little sunrise tour with Burt for morning coffee. Caught the Prempracha bus from chaingmai arcade bus station,that was a great journey also,loved it.
After a bad experience at another hotel we moved to Soppong River Inn and were very happy with our stay. They have a range of different rooms at varying prices depending on budget and are all tucked privately away in the trees. The most expensive and luxurious being down by the river. The staff were all brilliant and the owner helped us organise a trek with a local guide, "Gaymoo" which I cannot recommend enough. We chose the full day tour and visited his local village as well as trekking through the forest and swimming through a cave. Food in the hotel is great too. If you want to get off the beaten track from Pai I would recommend visiting Soppong for a few days and staying here.
I reserved a bungalow via Agoda, but upon check in was given a regular room (named Bamboo 2). When I showed my reservation to the owner, instead of honoring it, she claimed it was a mistake made by Agoda. When I tried to insist, she pointed out to one bungalow near the road and claimed this was the only bungalow available (thus trying to have me to give up on the idea, as near the road is noisy etc.), which certainly wasn't the case as apart of me I only saw one other couple and one solo female traveler at the resort at that time) Anyway, room was dark and cold (temperatures at night can get as low as 7-8 degrees Celsius) with no heating whatsoever. to make things worst, the only window in the room did not shut off. The solution of the owner: instead of calling some handyman to fix it, she put a towel between the window and the frame thus trying to prevent the cold from coming in (not really helpful), while all the while complaining that she haven't had a customer like me before (really "sorry" that I complained about a window that doesn't shut off).…