Quiet perfection in the countryside of Chiang Khong
Opinión escrita el 5 de Junio de 2020
Let me tell you a story: We disembark from the local bus at Tesco, the BIG grocery/everything market in town, and our pick-up point for our next guesthouse. Coincidentally, we are 5 people waiting in the parking lot, for the same guesthouse pick-up!
Our host shows up, laughs and succeeds in squeezing us, and all our gear, into the back of her SUV, and away we go, bumping down the dusty farm roads. We pull into this brightly-coloured little compound, 5 pastel-tinted houses all in a row, in the middle of a rubber tree plantation, surrounded by vegetable gardens, and within sight of the Thai-Laos Friendship bridge. It's a little corner of paradise that you wouldn;t otherwise know exists, even though ever boat cruising down the Mekong passes right by.
Our host, Phrajan Dtemduaang (which stands for full moon), lets us pick a colour of house(I jump on the purple one!), offers us a tasty lunch of spicy minced pork and green beans with steamed rice, and tells us she will make us dinner too, asking if we like Pad Thai, green curry, and pumpkin. Finding these option all delicious, we agree and decide to take a walk through the dried-out rice fields and rubber trees. A haze rises over the mountains across the Mekong river, the farmers of Laos are burning their fields this evening.
The sun sets just as we are returning to the cute little compound for the evening. Our fellow guests from the bus and Tesco parking lot join us, and we sit around the large table in the yard, while our host parades platter after platter of food from her home, just next door, to us. It turns out, when she mentioned the "options" for dinner, it wasn't a choice - she was listing off the dishes she wanted to prepare for us! So for dinner, we devour green pork curry, pumpkin sauteed with egg, stir-fried chicken, pad thai with shrimp AND steamed rice, with a plate of fresh fruit to finish off the meal.
With the only down side being its distance from town, there is no good reason why you SHOULDN'T stay here. The bungalows are small, but perfectly furrnished. The bed is big and comfortable, the aircon excellent, and there is a TV, WiFi, room for clothing storage, a table and 2 chairs, but you won't spend much time inside. The bathroom is big and spotlessly clean and the water pressure for a place in the middle of nowhere is excellent. If you are coming with a rental car, there is room to park inside the compound, and if you are traveling in by bus, Phrajan will gladly arrange a pick-up for you, likely at the Tesco in town where the bus stops.
But the real selling point of this place, if you haven't already guessed, is Phrajan herself. She is lovely and cheerful, chatty and welcoming. She cooks up a storm, and makes the most delicious food - she has promised to teach me the next time I return to Panna Kalong. She buzzes around the property at high speed, making sure everyone has everything they need, often followed by her two small dogs in sweaters. She wants you to see the vegetable gardens outside, meet her mom who is harvest greens for dinner, and she points out the coffee bean trees that her husband brought down from the mountain and planted, but that she has no time to harvest and roast. She is a gem, and when she drove us to the border with Laos the following morning, she took her secret shortcut through the fields and under the highway to make sure we made it in time. I just wanted to hug her.
Feels like home, a fantastic stay!
Opinión escrita el 17 de Febrero de 2019
We came from Chiang Rai and we didn’t want to cross the Laos Border at night. So we booked one of the Panna Kalong bungalows and it was a really good surprise for us.
The bungalow was clean, very pleasant and quiet.
It was surrounded by rice fields and the nature landscape is magic.
Penjan, the owner, came to pick us from the bus station.
She’s a very smiling person and she welcomed us so kindly!
She let us share the dinner cooking with her, and gave us precious advices to prepare delicious thai meals. The dinner was very large and yummy! (The price is very reasonnable)
In the morning, we had a good breakfast with eggs, toasts, butter, jam, haney, coffe, tea... (included in the price)
And to finish, she dropped us to the immigration office.
To sum up, she was like a mum with her children, caring, kind (she brought us medecines cause my husband was sick)...
It was a memorable experience for us and a perfect end for our trip in Thailand.
We wished to spend more time there, but unfortunatly, we had to leave.
WAOOO! THIS PLACE HAS A SOUL !!!
Opinión escrita el 5 de Decembre de 2018
This place is actually in Chiang Khong, some 100kms away from Chiang Rai... very close to the "Friendship Bridge" crossing the border to Laos.
It is an ABSOLUTE treat! We spent only 1 night at Penjan's place, but we will come back and stay longer. The bungalows are small but comfortable and decorated with taste. Each one has a specific charming feel to it. Each has its small bathroom / shower. All in all, we found our 'green' bungalow to be as good as - if not better than - much bigger rooms we had stayed in before.
Penjan's welcome was amazing and her good humor and warm smile make the experience, as a guest, very special and incredibly enjoyable. The dinner she cooked for us was one of the best we had during our trip... and breakfast was tasty too!
The location is slightly out of town but it should not be seen as a problem since Penjan picks-up her guests in town and drives them back. Actually, we enjoyed the quiet, peaceful and relaxed setting.
Panna Kalong delivers amazing value... It is BEYOND EXCELLENT, ENJOY!