Low key with quiet but central location
There is a pleasant feel to small, low-key Chompor Lanna Boutique Resort, which has particularly helpful and friendly staff, tastefully decorated rooms and an unbeatable location.
The owners somehow managed to find a decent sized plot of land right in the centre of the Old City, yet situated down a narrow back lane, behind the Heritage Museum and between Phrapokklao and Ratchaphakhinai Roads. They even have their own sample paddy-field on the grounds and, while that may well be better given over to a swimming pool, you do get a decided country feel and it’s rare to even hear a car motor.
You’re also just a stone’s throw from the 3 King’s Monument or Ratchadamnoen Road and a two-minute walk from Tha Pae’s cafe scene. Buildings are traditional style in wood and reclaimed teak and are well spread around pleasantly designed gardens with lots of trees, a lawn you could play croquet on and a fishpond with a fountain. Reception is on your right on entering their compound, next to which is a delightful wooden restaurant by said fish pond with both an outside deck and interior seating for rainy days.
To the left is a white-painted, two-storey block housing deluxe rooms while ahead is a lawn and the paddy. Beyond that are the wooden exclusive and suite rooms on stilts. Eighteen rooms are split between superior (ground floor), deluxe (top floor) and the wooden stilt villas.
Interiors are all in the best possible taste with lots of dark, varnished wood and furnishings and fittings in a traditional style. First floor rooms and suites have wooden floors and ground floor ones polished concrete. The buildings themselves provide the Lanna feel though and so decor is thankfully kept simple and uncluttered.
Facilities include of course ensuite bathrooms, WiFi, cable TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar and included breakfast. Their in-house restaurant, specialising in local and north Thai dishes, gets good reviews.
We would say lack of a pool could be a drawback for some guests but staff assured us one is planned, as are additional villa-style rooms, and there’s room for both without cramping the overall style of the place. Additional discounts, particularly in low season or through online booking agents, are available, making Chompor an excellent midrange option.
Address: 27 Phrapokklao Soi 12, Phra Singh
T: (053) 326 547;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º59'21.59" E, 18º47'22.6" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||2,500 baht||3,000 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Up to 4,200 baht
|2,700 baht||3,500 baht|
Up to 5,500 baht
|4,000 baht||5,000 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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