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Kaomai Lanna Resort
Ranked #127 of 386 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Bangkok, Thailand
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Plants Paradise”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

The botanical sanctuary oozes a sense of tranquility and Jurassic park. The hotel looks like a small jungle in where you can stumble upon lots of rare plants and the floral aroma reigns the entire area. The former tobacco barns were transformed to become the rooms decked out with antique wooden furniture. It is really the right place to stay close to the nature! Yet, the tasteless food, long distance from town, and muddy ground could be the drawbacks of the place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Songkhla, Thailand
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7 reviews
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

This resort has a very nice setting and breakfast venue.
Best for ones who love trees and sunlight and enchanted by ancient stuffs.
It was hard to find at night and very very daunting as we arrived at around 9 p.m.
The breakfast was offered with few options but the setting was pretty nice,
spacious green yard touched by sunlight, many of buildings built for birds,
huge pool, trees. I love it!
An old TV given in the room made me crazy, too small, no cable, bad signal.
Might be good for you if you like sitting back in the garden holding your book.
The bathroom was not so pleasing. Anyway, it was well worth money I paid for.
Will I come visit again? No! But you would love it there.

Room Tip: Do arrive before sunset.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Maybe once this place was a nice resort, however nowadays it doesn't meet the expectations that were given from the earlier customer reports at all.
For us this was the last of the resorts we stayed in during our biking trip around Chiang Mai and after a series of nice places at the country-site, this was really a disappointment. The resort was located at an enormeous estate, the buildings and balconies were overgrown with plants and the maintenance was very poor. One of the stairs of the main building was out of order. We were the only visitors that night, what brouhgt the kids to the idea of a haunted house (and we could agree with this association). The rooms were filled with a musty smell, that hardly disappeared with a bunch of insence sticks.
We didn't look forward having diner in the restaurant at our own, but the only connection to the nearby village at 2 km's was via a busy "highway"; so for us, with bikes and two kids no option for the night. The food was allright.
We were really happy to leave the next day early in the morning.
The only plus I can mention was the large and beautiful swimmingpool, a prove of the class this place probably ever had.
I'm sorry that I cannot give a more positive image, however I found it necessary to inform other travelers with our experience, that greatly differs from that of the previous reviewers.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Ottawa
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

We stayed at Kaomai Lanna Resort for a five night stay. We booked this stay over the holiday break as a place to recharge our batteries and relax. We have taken to doing yoga trips over our holidays, as we have found that when we return home, we are relaxed and happy. Based on the reviews and descriptions of Kaomai Lanna Resort, we felt that it would best suit what we were looking for.

The resort itself is very lovely. The greenery and landscaping are pleasant and wonderful to spend afternoons with coffee just soaking in the vines, trees and bamboo. The pool is excellent with a great deal of much needed sunshine. The open air restaurant is very nice, rustic looking and enjoyable. The food is excellent and we tried as much as we could on he menu. The rooms (which are converted tobacco curing barns) are comfortable enough and spacious. We were put in a upstairs room that had lovely plants growing all over the outside...did I mention sitting and enjoying coffee in the afternoons?

What we felt is that Kaomai Lanna is a great place, but only misses the mark on a few minor points. We found that the cleaning of the rooms was sometimes done as late as 6pm...which made it awkward to enjoy relaxing as you never knew when you could just come and go in your room. The breakfasts, buffet style, was generally cold even though there was eggs, bacon, etc. Our room had a perpetual musty smell and the bathroom often gave off a strange funk. The restaurant is very close to a noisy road which can ruin a lovely dinner.

That being said, the resort makes up for most of these with some very positive pros. The spa was awesome (a little expensive for Thailand, but well worth it). The food, again, was great almost each and every time we ate at the resort (most meals actually). You can borrow mountain bikes and ride around the area (great Saturday market and close to a few stores and local shops. The number one best thing was the yoga. The free morning sessions are perfect. The yoga studio is open air and fantastic. The instructor is brilliant. We did five consecutive days and each day had variety. She was one of the better instructors we have had at yoga resorts.

Overall, Kaomai Lanna is a wonderful place to stay for a chance to relax. It is about 29 km away from Chiang Mai, so you can easily make trips in (taxis are expensive, about 500 baht, but you can always catch a yellow city bus). If you are going to stay, make sure you do the yoga. It is what we came for and we were extremely glad we did.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2011

I stayed here in March 11 and I must say this is the best hotel I've stayed in chiang mai and probably in thailand. being out of the city the place is a wonderful place for a retreat or families wanting to avoid the hustle and bustle of city life.

What made the place more special was that it has everything we needed. The rooms were spacious and they even upgraded my room when I came to a deluxe. The toilets are really clean and spa like. I must say I was pleasantly surprised being in the countryside and seeing such a beautiful place. Breakfast was great and the hotel even came with complimentary yoga lessons in the morning which made you start the day off great. The swimming pool was well kept and my friends and I had the best time staying at Kao Mai Lanna. Best of all everyone's so friendly and accommodating and you would be sure to be greeted with a smile always.

Lastly the price was really reasonable and I'm sure you won't get this kind of service or treatment anywhere in the city for that kind of money. Definitely worth a visit and it'll bring you closer to the mountains and natural sceneries of chiang mai.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Munich
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Reviewed April 20, 2011

I just stayed at Kaomai Lanna for a 4 week Yoga Teacher Training. I loved it! I was sceptical when I heard that the hotel ist located right next to a big street. True: It's pretty noisy at the restaurant and reception. But: Back at the pool they serve food, too, and we always had our meals there. Superquiet, surrounded by old trees and chirping birds. The food was always fresh and yummy.
The room: outstanding! Huge, clean and beautifully decorated. I had a downstairs room, that was very quiet. People staying upstairs mentioned that it can get loud during rain or due to animals, due to the metal roof.
The resort ist so lush, it's like living in a tropical forrest. Great massages at the spa! The free bikes are perfect for taking little trips to tempels and markets in the area. The yellow bus to Chiang Mai stops right in front of the hotel. Walk out of the hotel to the right, take a right turn and you can go for a nice run along a quiet road.
Only flaw: The wi-fi only worked on and off. But as other people mentioned: At the cool Sound Café across the road they have free wi-fi as well, which does work.

Room Tip: Upstairs is noisier because of the metal roof!
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  • Stayed April 2011
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NY
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

I came to Kao Mai Lanna for a two week yoga retreat. The upstairs yoga room was the best thing on this resort. The rooms were damp, moldy and not so clean. There were no screens on the windows...go make sure you get a room with a mosquito net. Not all rooms were supplied with hot water machines for tea and coffee if you like to have that in your. The restaurant was 20 feet from the highway and the food was not all that great. The mosquitoes are TERRIBLE!!!!! The pool was nice and the grounds were kept nicely. The staff do not speak good english except for one by the name of Toon. She seemed to be the only one getting things done there. There is a great cafe with coffee and ice cream...turn left out of the resort and walk 3 minutes...you have to cross the highway...it is called Coffee Sound....they have reliable WIFI!!! If you walk another 5 minutes in the same direction there is a little town. I would go there at night and get Pad Thai from a women and her street cart...it was the best Pad Thai I ever had and only 25 Baht....if you walk down to the end of the street vendors there is a guy with excellent spring rolls. This hotel is about 45 minutes from the Old City. I would take a yellow bus for 20 baht. The taxi costs about 500 baht to get to the Old City. Go to Loi Kroh Thai massage on Loi Kroh Road Soi 3 for the best Thai Massage!!!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Kaomai Lanna Resort
Address: Moo 6 Chiangmai Hod Rd | Ban Klang Sun Pa Tong, Chiang Mai 50120, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#30 Spa Hotel in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kaomai Lanna Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is perfect for the true nature lover. Rustic style but stay with comfort. Features unique rooms converted from the real tobacco curing barns in a Post-Lanna style furnished with the original of antique Thai-Burmese and colonial style. Amidst a sprawling garden filled with towering bamboo and palm varieties,leafy fruit trees and wildflowers of all description. A community based resort operates with the pinciples of environmental and community sustainability. The focus here is also a creative connections between structure nature and local culture. In Sanpatong district 20 km. drive out of Chiangmai International airport and 29 km. from Chiang mai city. ... more   less 
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