Our review of the Taman Spa Resort in Phitsanulok in Thailand.
Name: Taman Spa Resort, Phitsanulok, Thailand.
Date of Stay: 18th December – 24th December, 2013 6 nights
Booked through: Booking.com
Why we went there?
We were traveling slowly by bus and train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai rather than doing the journey in one go. We had just been in Ayutthaya for a few nights and decided to stop at Phitsanulok on the way. It is a 3 hour train ride from Ayutthaya and a 6 hour bus ride from Chiang Mai, so a good place for a stopover.
Why we chose it?
The hotel Taman Spa Resort was a new property with a few positive reviews on Trip Advisor and Booking.com. It offered a double room with ensuite, free breakfast and Wi-Fi as well as a swimming pool. In the room there was a fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant received glowing reviews.
What was it like?
The train ride from Ayutthaya to Phitsanulok was quick and efficient. We took a 15 minute Tuk Tuk ride to the Taman Spa resort hotel. There was not much to see or do in Phitsanulok. It is a large, commercial, industrial and shopping centre in the middle of the country.
We were welcomed at Taman Spa Resort by John the Marketing manager and his staff. We were given a double bedroom on the first floor in a quiet location of the resort. The room was very large with the biggest bathroom we have come across on our journey. All rooms had lovely balconies overlooking the newly built spa and swimming pool. The bed was large and very comfortable with very good quality linen and pillows.
We had dinner in the restaurant the first night, we were a little dubious at first as it was very quiet, but the reviews were very positive. The meal was excellent. We ate there 5 nights out of the 6 and could not fault the food or the price. John and his team were always on hand for any enquiries, they were very helpful and knowledgeable. Breakfast was an American breakfast with orange juice and tea or coffee.
What was around it?
A Tesco Lotus was a 10 minute taxi ride away, one of Phitsanulok bus stations for travel to Northern Thailand was a 5 minute drive. Other restaurants, night market, banks and ATMs were further away and you needed your own transport or had to rely on taxis to take you there, approximately 15-20 minutes’ drive. Sukhothai a very impressive archaeological site located at least one hour journey away by taxi even longer by bus. There are many temples available in the area to visit. The local countryside has several national parks and waterfalls that can be visited on a day trip. The night market is opened 7 nights a week on the river front. Phitsanulok is a major transport hub.
Would we return?
No. No reflection on the Hotel. It is an ideal stopping off point for those that are driving to Chiang Mai or returning to Bangkok or other longer directions. The resort is lovely but we found that Phitsanulok did not have much to offer.
Cost? THB 1956/AUD 68
How was the Wi-Fi?
The Wifi worked well in the bedroom plus the restaurant area.
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