Great family spot
The Laluna is a great mid range resort in Chiang Rai and one that would be a good choice for anyone with a few baht to spare but, with its delightful pool and gardens, a particularly recommended option if you’ve got kids in tow. It is slightly out of town; located down a residential street close to the old airport, though not impractically so since a mere 60 baht tuk-tuk tide or a 20 minute walk takes you to the night bazaar in the centre of town.
The lush garden setting in what, at the end of the day is not one of Thailand’s greener towns, is a welcome relief from the more centrally located concrete blocks elsewhere and since it’s set back from an already quiet road Laluna is a very peaceful spot. The garden is almost worth a visit in its own right – beautifully designed and maintained and leads to their centrepiece, a huge turquoise pool. Shallow too, (what’s the point in a 3m deep pool in a hotel garden?), so, as we mentioned, ideal for kids!
The rooms are one storey, chalet style; well equipped with huge flat screen TV, (another hit with younger tourists), fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, spacious bathroom and tastefully decoration. All rooms are identical except for position so there’s a choice of garden rooms or pool-side ones at a slightly higher rate.
We found staff helpful and friendly, the inclusive breakfast excellent and all was going swimmingly until we hit the restaurant/bar; – nowhere’s perfect! Whilst the resort is firmly in the upper echelons of the 3 star category the food and drink prices are definitely 5 star. 250 baht for khao soi and 200 baht for Leo beer aren’t called for and dinner for star would have ended up costing the same as a night’s accommodation. However a right turn out of the resort takes you to a couple of fine little I-san style cafes with local prices and as we said, the night bazaar area with all it’s eateries and restaurants is only a hop away.
Recommended for families and a great place to chill out if you’re returning from some hill trekking for instance – just maybe avoid the restaurant?. Prices vary according to occupation levels and whilst their published rates are noted below we got a much better deal during the low season. They do have some 70 rooms but it is a popular spot with tour-groups so during high season it would certainly be better to book ahead.
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By Mark Ord
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.