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Lai-Thai Guesthouse

Well placed, with a pool

111/4-4 Kotchasarn Rd, Chang Klan T: (053) 271 725(053) 206 438 F: (053) 272 724

Lai-Thai Guesthouse

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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.

Dated rooms, but the price is right.

Dated rooms, but the price is right. Photo: Mark Ord

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.

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Walk-in rates at Lai-Thai Guesthouse

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Extra Bed
300 baht
300 baht
Not sure how they would fit one in!
Dbl air-con share bathroom
590 baht
650 baht
Standard double room
890 baht
990 baht
Superior double room
990 baht
1,090 baht
Room: Extra Bed, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes: Not sure how they would fit one in!
Room: Dbl air-con share bathroom, low season: 590 baht, high season 650 baht. Notes:
Room: Standard double room, low season: 890 baht, high season 990 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 990 baht, high season 1,090 baht. Notes:

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Where is Lai-Thai Guesthouse

Lai-Thai Guesthouse
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
Room rates: Under 600B

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