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Reviewed 3 January 2013

lai thai is a good walking distance to the tapae gate and from there, you can already explore the temples within the old city on foot. numerous restaurants, money exhange, cafes, travel agents, shops and massage stops to rest if you get tired of walking. ask for a city map from the receptionist before you go out walking on your own.

we booked a double room, it had A/C, a phone (a bit retro, black rotary type) cable tv, ref (ideal to chill drinks we bought from a nearby convenience store) and a good sized clean toliet/bathroom, which was made up /cleaned daily. the lai thai restaurant/cafe offers a good range of meals, moderately priced ++ service charge. so the price could be 10-15baht higher than the eateries outside but i think this is quite minimal/acceptable. anyway, there's a travel/tour agent office and massage place within the grounds of the guesthouse. out of convenience, we booked our day tour there (elephant ride, bamboo raft, waterfalls), rate was reasonable -- it comes with a van ride, lunch set and bottle of water too. didn't get to use the pool but that's alright since we were out most of the time. our booking was through email only (no advance payment) and they would have picked us up from the train station for free but we opted to go there on our own.
so after 3 days in chiang mai, we wanted to go to luangprabang (laos) but learned that the local bus does not offer trips on Thursdays so as an alternative, we decided to book our transpo arrangement via the same travel agency within the lai thai grounds. in short, we made our way to the border via private van (along with other back packers/passengers) and crossed the chiang khong-huay xai border and got transferred to a lao AC bus for luang prabang on Thursday as we originally intended. Tip: make your booking for whatever day tour or transpo arrangement at least 1 day in advance. for the transpo arrangement to luangprabang, i think the add-on rate was 200baht -- thought that was acceptable since we got to keep our schedule and used a private van for the first leg. Going back to lai thai guesthouse, generally I think most tuk-tuk drivers in chiangmai are familar with this guesthouse so you know it's been around, it's not that new but not that too old either. for its price (we got ours at 750Baht per night), considering the amenities and location, i'll give it a 7 (out of 10). it is possible to find/get cheaper rooms in guesthouses located within the old city but just be wary of sometimes a shared bathroom arrangement, and the further distance to the Ping river or the night market.

Room tip: choose a lower ground room, especially if you have a big luggage. our room was located at the back, probably that section was a result of an expansion of the guest house grounds years ago so not much noise and sun there. i think all rooms have that native look or woven matting on the walls, for that tropical feel.
Date of stay: November 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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2  Thank MaLiRo
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Reviewed 18 December 2012 via mobile

Changed rooms as I didn't like looking over a Bridgestone tyre company and the noisy staff at 6am. Room was better second time looking over the pool but bathroom was really gross, mouldy and smelly. I didn't use the toilet it grossed me out too much and I'm not a clean freak by any means. Toilets by the pool are much nicer.
Bed /pulliws was like rocks! Noisy a/c. Strange key system u need to turn it on the wall to work electricity in ur room. Was noisy so I turned it off at night.
Stains on sheets. Place full of old single men! Only positive was the pool big, cold and clean a place to sit in the sun or shade. Ok location for Sunday night market.
Try the castle much nicer or Mai ping !

Date of stay: December 2012
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

We were passing thru CM on our way south and decided to spend the night so the Lai Thai GH was a convienent choice as they also have a parking lot. We were given a room on the ground floor in the back and if I hadn't been so tired I would have requested another room as this one had that unused moldy smell. The room itself was a bit dated but comfy enough with fridge, TV, A/C. Great location as easy walk to the markets at Chiang Mai Gate, Tapae Gate and the night market as well as sites inside the old city. For B 790 it was ok. Having only stayed 1 night we didn't have much interaction with the staff but the ones we did deal with (front desk) were very nice and helpful.

Room tip: Try to avoid the rooms on the ground floor in the back unless a moldy smeeling odor doesn't bother you.
Date of stay: December 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cockerdog
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Reviewed 10 November 2012 via mobile

Had a twin room which was a good size clean & had hot shower, the pool looks nice but I did not go in, was not impressed with the 10% service charge they add on to your bill if you eat in there restruant. Hotel in good location for market & night life

Date of stay: November 2012
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2  Thank GLW2
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

i stayed here for a 3 nights with some friends while visiting chang mai. at first i thought the hotel was going to be of an excellent standard judging by the view when walking through the front entrance, however i was mistaken. after paying almost 3,000 baht (£60) for the room (i wouldnt call this a bargain). we were shown down an odd looking mirrored corridor, down a dark slope covered in old potted plants and leaks from the pipes above. we then walked past some oddly placed beaten up tables to find ourselves in what can only be discribed as a mould smelling cell? the walls were decorated in leaf? or wood intwined? we had an open cupboard in our room which was damp smelling and very unusualy as to its usage? it looked as though it should be a wardrobe but looked more like an oldfashioned shower. we had comfy beds with fresh towels daily. the maids also cleaned our room each day. the mirror in our room had a hand print on and a long runny stain which made me feel uneasy as the room was dark and dingy as it was. the 'window' in our room was really none existant. when i finaly got the courage to attempt to open the lined glass flaps i realised that behind was a little dip filled with sand and a brick wall (i havnt a clue where it led to). we could hear people from outside the hotel talking alot, there may have been a bar there (although i must admit this didnt bother me).
the bathroom wasnt brilliant. the toilet lid would never stay up while sitting, so you constantly got hit with the lid. our toilet was leaking an awful lot and this lasted for around half an hour after flushing the toilet. it leaked from the toilet handle which was strange... ran to the floor and all over the bathroom. the shower was quite powerfull and the heat adjustent was perfect (i hate cold showers). i often went into the back garden area (where we were shown down the ramp) for a cigarette and often came across 'ratty' the rat that was completely unfazed by humans.. he was actualy quite sweet and didnt bother me although im sure most guests would have ran for their lives. there was big containers in the garden with tiny tiny fish in, it was crawling with mosquittos. but apart from this the garden area was nice with a swing and a romantic little white table swing.
before i left to catch the bangkok train i ate eggs for my breakfast and noticed halfway through that the top was complete jelly so stopped eating, at this point it must have been to late as i suffered with S&D the whole train journey :( gutted.

all in all this hotel is perfect for travelers passing through living for the experiance but couples and familys i wouldnt recommend stay here.

Date of stay: October 2012
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1  Thank carlathefrog
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