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A new hotel is almost complete. Wonder how it will be. http://hopinnhotel.com/en/our-hotel/#Ubonratchathani

The Hop Inn Mukdahan is open. Received positive reviews. Looks clean and fresh. Rooms could be a little small.

I wonder what kind of breakfast they serve for 550 baht?

http://www.agoda.com/hop-inn-mukdahan/hotel/mukdahan-th.html

A non-existent kind of breakfast if you read the Agoda link you posted Michael!

It is common for the new budget city "mansion"/block hotels to have very limited breakfast provision - often just an on-the-go coffee machine. Hop-Inn's Mukdahan Agoda listing offers no hint of there being any catering offer whatsoever.

I am myself a breakfast eater, but I still welcome this relatively recent sector of the Thai hotel industry - budget modern, clean, basically furnished, reasonably-sized (usually 15 sqm plus), no frills City centre block hotels with 20 to 50 almost identical rooms. Prices normally 500 to 750 baht for a king size or twin bed room with a basic 'shower-over-toilet' (not literally in most!) bathroom and no or very limited breakfast facilities. If they have spent a bit more money on the block they usually (mis-)call it a boutique hotelsmile.png.I'd mostly rather make my own arrangements for a breakfast on-the-run when I'm travelling, rather than effectively having a 200 baht plus, disappointing buffet costed into the room rate. Many other people these days do not eat breakfast at all or not at an early time, so it seems to fit the modern way.

This new wave of mansion/block city centre offerings must be killing the "leesort" sector - or at least the ones that do not focus solely on short-timesmile.png. Prices tend to be sharper than at resorts and many resorts are full of shabby non-functioning facilities, also often without any breakfast worth putting in yer mouth.

I'm staying in Chanthaburi while I write this in one of the few (one of only 2 I think) such mansion/modern block hotels to have opened here. The choice of hotel accommodation in Chanthaburi is appalling IMO and it's often difficult to find rooms centrally at late notice. The contrast with Ubon and some other Isaan towns could not be starker. Demand seems to exceed supply here, particulary at weekends, so the rooms are charged at 25 to 50% more than the equivalent room would be charged in Ubon (or Bangkok for that matter).

Not quite sure why I started what turned out to be morel like a rant!

You're right about the breakfast. I personally am a 'glass of fresh squeezed orange juice followed by good coffee' man. I never eat until mid-morning, when I'll have a snack, so paying for a room 'with breakfast included' is something I normally avoid.

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The airport has metered taxis now. http://guideubon.com/news/view.php?t=44&s_id=17&d_id=16 Sent from my iPhone using ThaiVisa app

Any further and we will have to get a Lao visa to do our 90 day reports.

That is good news Bergen, thanks for the heads up. A friend sent me this story in the Australian mainstream press which made me chuckle in more ways then one. http://www.traveller.com.au/ubon-ratcha

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They should encase those responsible for approving the scheme and those who took the cream off the top in concrete and put them on aplinth in the middle of the lake as a monument to folly and greed.

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They should encase those responsible for approving the scheme and those who took the cream off the top in concrete and put them on aplinth in the middle of the lake as a monument to folly and greed.

There is a bigger story but I dare not write it here. The good news I hear is that the road lighting will be fixed and the footpaths cleared of crap. But, it's just what I have heard.

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They should encase those responsible for approving the scheme and those who took the cream off the top in concrete and put them on aplinth in the middle of the lake as a monument to folly and greed.

There is a bigger story but I dare not write it here. The good news I hear is that the road lighting will be fixed and the footpaths cleared of crap. But, it's just what I have heard.

What a tease you are Transam....Good news about it been cleaned up though. Its a shame there is no pride in that region as it could be a beautiful spot. The far end restaurant was a favourite(Ubon Seafood) for a nice meal overlooking the lake.

Cheers. John

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Anyone took the Kan Air flights to CM? Oops Aug. 15 start. Would be interested when they start. Will be back in Oct.

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I did hear a whisper that that concrete monstrosity building work in the reservoir is to be scrapped..........whistling.gif .

But have they filled it up again yet?

It is filling up, slowly, the Temple end and most of it has water. Bit slow at the other end. thumbsup.gif

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I was messing around with Nok Air flights and realized they have an option for Singapore now. Of course it's a connection so that bursted my bubble of hope that we'd be connected to somewhere other than Bangkok again. At least the price one way is actually quite good.

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Yeah, thats new. Maybe a sign of more things to come :)

Also, I noticed a building on the ringroad going up. Right passed homemart straight across of the labor department. I can't confirm 100% but it seems Like BMW is opening dealership there. The reason...and only reason I suspect its BMW is because there are huge advertisements of BMW and Mini's on that construction Site.

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Good news about Nok Air expanding. Not sure if I want to fly on their planes to Singapore unless they have a better time connection.

Dear NiwPix,

Slightly wrong with your descriptions. It is HomeHub (or as we locals say Sri Rung) (not HomeMart) that is just back up the ring-road from the new car dealership you correctly say is Mini-BMW.

I find it interesting that that construction of this show room-service centre is more down scale from we Ubonites have seen in the past few years. Examples of these huge complexes are Toyota Deluxe at Warin and Toyota DiYiam on Chayangkun Road on the way to Muang Saam Sip.

Maybe this is to do with the expected sales of BMW and Mini. I think Mini will sell quite well, given that Mini is top of the list for all sales of imported cars into Thailand. It is a cool looking car among the rich young generation who maybe were not even born before the film The Italian Job.

BMW struggles in Ubon. Years ago they owned the service centre that these days Chev leases on Suriyat Road. Besides BMW, they had dealerships for Peugeot, Kia and even Skoda. All gone now except Kia but under new dealership.

And talking of Chev. Are they expanding! They want to get out of their leased property. Hence the huge new complex 12 km northeast of Ubon on the way to Muang Saam Sip, the new complex being built across the road from Spago and down from Home Mart, and the starting of yet another complex across the ring road from Global House. Even a tent across the road from Charoen Sri fresh market outside Warin.

In the 1990s in Ubon there were even dealerships and service centres for Fiat, Volvo, Chrysler Jeep, Hyundai, and Daihatsu. Perhaps even Landrover will come to Ubon now. I saw a very expensive range Range Rover pull into Dao Coffee and breakfast shop last Sunday. It was displaying Lao number plates.

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