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Laluna Hotel and Resort

Great family spot

What we say: 3.5 stars

Laluna Hotel and Resort is a great midrange, family-friendly spot that’s located slightly out of town down a residential street close to the airport, though not impractically so since a five-minute walk and 50 baht tuk tuk tide or a 20-minute walk takes you to the night bazaar in the centre of town.

You won't want to leave

You won’t want to leave.

The lush garden setting in what is not one of Thailand’s greener towns is a welcome relief from the more centrally located concrete blocks and since it’s set back from an already quiet road, Laluna is a peaceful spot. The garden is almost worth a visit in its own right; beautifully designed and maintained it leads to their centrepiece, a huge turquoise pool. It’s shallow too, so ideal for kids.

Simple but tasteful

Simple but tasteful. Bag model’s own.

The rooms are one-storey, chalet style and well equipped with huge flat screen TV, fridge, tea- and coffee-making facilities, spacious bathroom and tasteful decoration. All rooms are identical except for location; choose between garden or poolside rooms, the latter at a slightly higher rate.

Great natural swing over the pool

Great natural swing.

We found staff helpful and friendly, the inclusive breakfast excellent and all was going swimmingly until we hit the restaurant/bar — we guess nowhere’s perfect. While the resort is firmly in the upper echelons of the three-star category, the food and drink prices are definitely five-star, with khao soi going for 250 baht and a Leo beer setting crazy people back 200 baht — dinner for three would have ended up costing the same as a night’s accommodation. So here’s a secret: take a right turn out of the resort and you’ll find a couple of fine little I-san-style cafes with local prices — then the night bazaar area with all its eateries is only a hop away.

The pool-side rooms

The poolside rooms.

We’d recommend this spot for families and as a great place to chill out if you’re returning from some hill trekking for instance, so long as you avoid the restaurant. We were quoted 3,000 baht for a garden twin, 3,600 baht for a garden king room, 3,800 baht for a poolside twin and 4,200 for a poolside king — but we got a much better deal during the low season. They do have some 70 rooms but it’s a popular spot with tour groups so during high season it would certainly be better to book ahead.

Attractive lobby area

Now that’s a picture window.

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Contact details:

160 Moo 14 Sanarmbin Rd, Chiang Rai.  T: (053) 756 570/442-3 F: (053) 756 558  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 3,000 baht 3,000 baht For garden twin; 3,600 for a garden king
Superior - Double 3,800 baht 3,800 baht For poolside twin; 4,200 for poolside king

Added to Travelfish on: 18th October, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 18th October, 2013

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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Laluna Hotel and Resort
160 Moo 14 Sanarmbin Rd, Chiang Rai. 
T: (053) 756 570/442-3 F: (053) 756 558

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