It’s hard for me to endorse the Riverside Guest House in Lampang.
On the positive side, it is in a beautiful riverside location in the heart of Lampang.
It’s right on the river bank in a peaceful location.
It is farang owned and the owner keeps the place in excellent repair with many personal touches and details taken care of.
There is even free internet in the rooms.
There is no TV.
If you are looking to get away from it all and looking for a non-traditional vacation where you really get out into Thailand and get away from the tourists and the me-too corporate cookie cutter hotels, The Riverside Guest House is your cup of tea.
Get a room, put on your sandals and cargo shorts, let the rising sun and crowing chickens wae you every morning, enjoy a good breakfast and a cuppa, and while away the day sitting peacefully on the banks of a slow moving river, watching the world and water go by while reading a good book.
The fast paced, go-go, scrambling to keep up with the Joneses, and incessant, soul destroying, life gobbling, all consuming scratching and clawing your way to the top of life in The World lifestyle seems far away and a bit silly when you are hanging in city like Lampang at a hotel like The Riverside Guest House.
Decompression is probably the best use of the place.
I’ve known several guys who lost their way in The World due to bad divorces, deaths of loved ones, and, sometimes, from doing bad things, getting caught, and having to live with the consequences.
They somehow ended up washing ashore in Thailand at the end of the line, with their financial resources exhausted, and with a tenuous grasp on their sanity.
Some of them never recover but some of them do. Being able to get away, pull themselves together, they somehow got their head back on straight, refueled the reactor, and re-entered the world anew.
After a couple of years, they settle back down, maybe after banging a ton of girls, and somehow find the wherewithal to take another chance on a steady serious relationship with a good woman again.
After a couple of years, they rediscover the simple pleasures of having a girlfriend your into and who is into you, and rediscover the simple pleasures of shared vacations, going to the cinema, cooking dinner together, and having a warm body to snuggle up to every night.
A place like The Riverside Guest House could be a place to do just that. It’s quiet, isolated, in the middle of nowhere, and there is nothing really to do there but be at home with your private thoughts, ponder the meaning of life and your place in the cosmic order.
On the downside, is the fact that your living in a old wood Thai house.
The walls are thin so you can hear what’s going on in the other rooms and their is no air conditioning.
Some Expats have learned to get by without air conditioning but I am not one of them. At night its acceptable because you can open the windows, let the humid but cooler night air roll in, and the fan keeps you cool enough to sleep. During the daytime, its tough.
The Riverside is definitely not the place to go to mess around with your girlfriend or wife.
You can hear conversations in the adjoining rooms and if you get busy the whole house would know.
So it depends on what your looking for.
If you’re in Thailand for the party, The Riverside Guest House and Lampang, for that matter, is not the place for you.
If you’re hear for other reasons and with other mission objectives, The Riverside Guest House might be your cup of tea.