Well placed, with a pool
Long-standing Lai-Thai just about squeezes into the budget range these days by virtue of low season discounts and online booking rates, and is an excellent option in this category.
In earlier days, Lai-Thai had flashpacker pretensions, but with many years and no make-overs, it’s looking rather tired around the edges these days. Prices have dropped relative to the host of nearby, new midrange alternatives. So much the better then, as rooms are just a bit tired, rather than completely rundown, plus facilities such as the splendid swimming pool and spacious cafe are still available.
Lai-Thai Guesthouse is positioned on the outer moat road, east side, near the corner with Sridonchai Road, so it's conveniently located but with a lot of traffic right outside the gates. The pool is set back away behind the car park but the restaurant and cafe is right by the road. Rooms are arrayed in three low blocks on either side of the pool and though you’d never guess from the outside they claim 110 rooms.
Neither standard nor deluxe rooms are particularly large though we were informed the latter had wider bathrooms. They are, as we said, rather tired around the edges and the pleated bamboo wall panels—which may have passed for boutique 20 years ago—could do with going on the bonfire and being replaced with a fresh lick of paint. Most rooms come with ensuite hot showers and air-con, though they do advertise some cheap rooms with shared bathrooms. Otherwise there’s fridge and cable TV and the rooms appeared to be clean enough.
Their restaurant isn’t bad, with a standard list of local and Western faves and staff seemed helpful enough with motorbike and car hire available plus plenty of travel assistance and ticketing. Their trump card is definitely the pool which is large and surrounded by plenty of plants. Note it is open to non-residents for a 100 baht fee (open 08:00-21:00). During low season, or if you can get a decent online agent’s rate, then it represents a good deal but for a full whack, high season, walk-in price there are better deals elsewhere.
Address: 111/4-4 Kotchasarn Rd, Chang Klan
T: (053) 271 725; (053) 206 438; F: (053) 272 724
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º59'34.95" E, 18º46'55.59" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Not sure how they would fit one in!
|300 baht||300 baht|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||590 baht||650 baht|
|Standard double room||890 baht||990 baht|
|Superior double room||990 baht||1,090 baht|
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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