Fodor's Expert Review Lai-Thai Guest House

111/4–5 Kotchasarn Rd., Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand

This rambling guesthouse on a busy thoroughfare just outside the moat is a budget travelers' favorite, so book far ahead. The rooms, all with air-conditioning, are huddled around a courtyard that has a small swimming pool. The adjacent open-air restaurant is always buzzing with activity—this is the place to pick up helpful hints from seasoned travelers. The staff is happy to arrange excursions in the area, but the prices are higher than you'll find at nearby travel agencies. If the Lai-Thai is full, you may be offered a room at the nearby the Rux-Thai guesthouse, managed by the same people. It has little of the Lai-Thai's charm but is an acceptable alternative nearer to the city's Night Bazaar.

PROS

  • good value
  • courtyard pool
  • open-air café and restaurant
  • efficient travel service

CONS

  • rooms have thin walls
  • some night noise from partying backpackers
  • drab neighborhood

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Lively
Central
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 053-271725

HOTEL DETAILS

110 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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