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We decided not to go off into the jungle today but to sleep till 11am and then doze by the pool until it was time for snacks! Pad Thai and Som Tam to eat, coconut cocktails to drink John took some stuff to the laundry ready for the next bit of the trip and I lounged and surfed the web aimlessly. A very relaxing day for us but I accept it hardly …
Up early, check out and a taxi to the domestic airport of Don Muang for our AirAsia flight to Chiang Rai. Check in took forever and my bag was 22 kilos - how could that happen? I had to take some stuff out and put it in my hand luggage. So in the end exactly the same weight went on the plane. What was the point?! Anyway, everything else was easy …
Next day we headed up to the "Golden Triangle", which is on the Northern Thai border. They call it "Triangle" because it is the point where three countries meet, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Laos. They call it "Golden" because it is rated the second highest area of opium production in the world, next to Afghanistan. It actually used to be first, …
OK, so I'm the blogging loser of the month. Well........if given the opportunity to take a couple of motorcycles up around Northern Thailand for five days with a group of people who have already done this before.......sorry gang, but my blogs sort of hit bottom on my list. Then we got back to some dentist appointments, and our move from our guest …
Chiang Rai is the natural stop-off point to the Northern Thailand/Laos border and sounded like a smaller, quieter Chiang Mai. This turned out to be a fair description, it has a friendly and relaxed feel and is really compact, so easy to cover the whole place on foot.
We stumbled upon some pretty surreal occurrences just wandering around. …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLaluna Hotel and Resort Chiang Rai
Everything about La Luna expressed the beauty of Thailand. It looked like a tropical paradise, even down to the trees and flowers that hung over the pool. The breakfast buffet was wonderful and the dinner we had that night could not have been better. All the staff, and the care they took to detail, were marvelous. We would highly recommend this resort to anyone traveling to Chiang Rai.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Laluna Hotel and Resort Chiang Rai
4 star? I don't think so!
For value for money I'm sure it can't be beaten but 4* - I don't think so. The rooms are spacious and the wooden flooring beautiful. The pool and grounds are stunning.
However, there are no tea/coffee making facilities in the room and the mini bar consists of a couple of bottles of water, one soft drink and a bar of chocolate. There are very few TV channels and the picture is bad with sound and vision out of sync on each.
The sunbeds around the pool are large and teak but no cushions are provided (and believe me, they're hard!), nor pool towels.
We chose to upgrade to a superior room but found that the only difference to the standard rooms were that they were situated around the pool and had bathroom amenities (though no face flannels) and very scratchy bathrobes.
The staff were quite pleasant but rather indifferent in comparison to the other 4* hotels we stayed in in Thailand.
Breakfast was the absolute worst ever! Tea and coffee was self-service and provided in little plastic cups. The food bordered on inedible. It was only 100 baht, but as Laluna is situated just outside of the main shopping/eating area of Chiang Rai it made it impossible to eat anywhere else if you were being picked up for a trip.
From what we could gather, the bar closed at around 9pm with nothing else in the vicinity that served anything beyond beer and whisky!
A great shame as the hotel itself is lovely, and certainly excellent value for money but personally I'd prefer to pay a little extra and have the facilities expected of a 4* hotel.
We traveled in Thailand for the month of July 2006. We found LaLuna in a Thailand Information magazine when we were in Chiang Mai. Called them up and spent 4 perfect nights for about $35 per night in one of about 80 brand new bungelows on one level and arranged around the pool and beautifully landscaped grounds. The staff were great and the resort was calm and quiet and only a short ride to the center of town for $1.50.
The owner is a young gracious Thai woman, hotel and marketing educated in Sydney.
All in all it was exactly what we needed after many days in Bangkok and many tours to various places in Thailand.
The pool was huge and clean and had jacuzzi jets in it. The best bathroom and shower to be found on our trip,
Michael Klubock and Joy Leininger
Touch of Paradise
I never expected to find such a beautiful resort in this price range. From the moment I walked into the open-air lobby and saw the beautifully landscaped gardens and pool area, I knew I had found something special.
After initially booking for three nights, I ended up staying for six. The resort has such a relaxing ambience that makes one feel as though they're staying in the countryside. It is virtually impossible to hear any traffic noise from the resort, yet the town centre is only a couple of minutes drive away.
I have travelled extensively throughout Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia and the beds in this resort really are the BIGGEST I've slept in. My room was spacious and the bathroom was absolutely spotless.
There are plenty of sights around Chiang Rai to occupy the tourist, however one could not be blamed for spending their time just relaxing in the surrounds of the pool. For anyone interested in golf like myself, there is a nine hole golf course and cheap driving range just a couple of minutes walk from the hotel.
I would like to thank the management and staff at Laluna for making my stay such a pleasant one. I will be returning for sure.
Best I've experienced in Thailand
This was my 5th trip to Thailand and 2nd to Chiang Rai. My initial plans were for 7 days in Chiang Rai and an initial 2 days at Laluna.
I was so impressed with both Chiang Rai and particularly Laluna that my final stay was for 16 days. All of that spent at Laluna.
I would consider Laluna the best value for money hotel I have stayed at in Thailand. The atmosphere, staff, layout and facilities were second to none. The gardens and pool are particularly nice.
Needless to say it was hard to leave. I would definately recommend Laluna to all, and will personally be back there in the future.
I take my hat off to all involved with the Laluna.
Very nice hotel and very good staff.
Hi My name is Robin.
I have travel around asia in many years and living in Ao nang Krabi in Thailand also for many years. I have been working with turist agency and hotels in Thailand, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Tjek Republic and Denmark, and Laluna Hotel and Spa in Chiang Rai Thailand, is one of the best hotels i have been wisiting and i can strongly recomend this hotel to any body who wants a wery good place to stay, where not only the staff and the room are first class, but also the area around the hotel is very nice the garden and swimming pool with spa is wery nice and clean.
It si not wery often i come to a hotel were i cant find some thing there is not okay, but ornestly i cant find any thing here in this hotel, every thing is with my professionel eyes werry good.
You can really se that the staff and manegement have done and still do a werry good work.
I look forward to come back to this hotel.
Best regards and have a werry good hollyday.
A good place
First to the staff - Thank you for some good days here !
This is my first trip to Thailand and I have been i Bangkok and Chiang Mai and Chiang Saen but this hotel is the best that I have been visit until now.
Your way to built the hole hotel and the green area is absolut beautiful.
The staff is absolut in top - always smiling and in good mood and the help that We got was
good. So again to the STAFF - Thank You.
So This hotel is absolut a visit that YOU most try if you are in Chiang Rai.
Warm and best regards
Per Kristensen - Denmark
Chiang Rai - Laluna Where the Magic Begins
I have been visiting Thailand for twenty-two years and have traveled many wonderful places within Asia. This March (2006) my journey began in Bangkok. For those that have been there know it is an exciting city with many sites to see. Unfortunately, as with many large cities you are faced with the air pollution caused by the abundance of vehicles and motorcycles. After three or four days you generally end up having to make your way to the local Pharmacy to pick up some medication for an upper respiratory infection. After a few days in Bangkok, I decided to travel to Chiang Mai where I visited on my very first trip to Thailand twenty-two years ago. I had heard that Chiang Mai had changed considerably from years gone by, to now being crowed and having unclean air. Having many good memories, I was somewhat reluctant to visit but I decided to see and experience it for myself so I booked a flight to Chiang Mai. When I arrived, I stayed at the same hotel as before and visited the Night Bazaar that actually turned out to be quite nice. Chiang Mai has changed a great deal since my last visit and it is a nice place to visit but I just could not stay there longer than two nights. On the third day, I decided to venture out and experience something all together different so I took a bus to the pier that turned out to be approximately a 2-hour drive. When I arrived at the pier I ate a lunch and than climbed on board a long tail boat where I traveled North on the Maekok River to Chiang Rai. The boat ride was exciting with many splendid sights such as water buffalos, elephants on the riverbanks and children playing in the water. All in all the boat trip took approximately 6 hours to Chiang Rai. When I arrived, I was tired and a bit stiff from sitting in one position for so long. At the pier in Chiang Rai, I took a bus ride to my hotel, which turned out to be the Laluna Hotel and Resort. As the bus arrived and drove into the entrance, parking area my first impression was hoping that the hotel was nice. When I got off the bus and walked up the stairs, I quickly realized that the Laluna was magical. On both sides of the entrance stairs leading to the reception area was the soothing sound and sight of running water ponds. After checking-in my room I could not help but notice the natural wooden floors and natural decor throughout the room. I eventually made my way to the restroom to take a shower and was impressed by the design. The colors of the floor and the walls and then there was the shower. It was a unique modern design with superior quality materials. Later I walked around the pool and garden areas and it quickly became obvious that this was an unexpected delightful experience. The details of the design and the thought that had to go into building such an establishment were absolutely unexpected and pleasurable. The Laluna is where the magic begins. I could go on and on writing about how nice this place is but you really should experience it for yourself. What I can tell you is this. During my stay at the resort, I felt that there was energy and a balance in the design, an open airiness where you did not feel restricted by the boundray of walls. A free flowing feeling that somehow transcended over me. During my visit to Chiang Rai, I have seriously considered relocating there and taking my early retirement. The place is delightful. Chiang Rai has many things to do, and it is a quite place with a lot less congestion and pollution when compared to Chiang Mai. I am totally sold on this place and the Laluna. I will certainly visit there again and would highly recommend it to all that visit the area. You will not be disappointed. Do not forget to bring your camera, or your bathing suit. You can even get a professional Thai massage without even leaving your room. Experience the magic!
A new place that's got it right
The rooms are modern, elegant and simple. The rates surprising low compared to the more established hotels of the area.
Whilst the hotel does lack a good place to eat , for me this is half the fun of Thailand... exploring the local haunts.
The Laluna hotel is clean and safe. The beds are new, the sheets clean and the flyscreens all perfect at keeping out the local winged fauna.
A very cosy place to stay at a great price. Thanks guys for taking such good care of another Aussie. If I am in the area again I know where I'll be staying.
A lush garden in the city.
After a long week of business travel I took a short 2 day trip to Chiang Rai. I chose to stay in Laluna because I heard it had a nice and quiet garden and pool. I got quite impressed starting at the entrance. You will find this a quiet place with a beautifull maintained garden almost in the center of the city. The rooms and public areas are well designed with beautifull finnished materials that give an atmosphere close to a 5 star resort.
I had a spacious room right next to the pool that just got me walking 10 meters to get a refreshing plunge. The room itself is large with a big bathroom and shower. It's comfortable and very clean.
The hotel is brand new and therefore everything is in mint condition. It also seems like it will stay that way as cleaners walk arround all day keeping the garden and public areas pristine. I did miss a bar, entertainment, restaurant and a good breakfast but heard the manager say they were working on changing that soon.
This is definetly a place I will take my girlfriend too next time as she will just love the clean and cared for garden with the large free form pool in the middle of it.