We spent 3 days in late July, 2011. The main hotel building is very upscale but I do not usually choose highrise hotels in scenic settings so I did not see those rooms. Instead, we rented one of the few traditional teak houses on the property. It was beautiful. It was quite large (about 40x40 feet) and raised about 8 feet in the air on stilts. It was divided into two halves. The front half was enclosed, but open air with windows on three sides. It contained a wet bar, a very nice desk, a coffee table with chairs and loveseat, and a lounge seat. All the floors were polished teak and the setting was very nice (except for a little road noise from passing vehicles, but occasionally an elephant would also pass). The sealed back half contained a very large AC bedroom--again with very nice furniture and polished teak floor--and a very modern bathroom. The entire place had the feel of a traditional Thai house with very modern amenities. Everything was wood except for marble in part of the bathroom. The price of 5400 Baht (higher on Fri and Sat) included a great buffet breakfast overlooking the river. We also ate a couple of meals at another restaurant next to the river. The food was good and the prices reasonable.
There are about 60 acres of manicured landscape, but we only saw a small portion. There is also a re-creation of a traditional Thai village with daily shows of local crafts and culture and a daily elephant show, but we did not see any of these and can give no report. It was a very memorable visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautifully landscaped 70-acre botanical park by the Ta Chine River is located just outside Bangkok and has provided entertainment, relaxation, accommodation and a place to meet since 1962. Culture, tradition and a native way of life have been preserved through daily practices and performances. See our way of life for yourself on your next visit to Sampran Riverside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rose Garden Riverside Hotel Sam Phran