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This cosy hotel is in Sankamphaeng. null may take advantage of the Wi-Fi connection on public areas at La Bhu Salah. This environmentally-sustainable null has achieved the certification.
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Not up to the hype
Reviewed 2 february, 2017
First issue was the significant difference between the Agoda / owner room rate and what the owner's website rate specified for the same room. We booked at what was THB1,500 / night but La Bhu Sala's website had the same room specified as THB 800... Upon arrival into our room, the shower was covered in dirt and the lack of sufficient privacy a concern for my wife wanting to take a shower. The 'windows' in the shower area do not fully close off any views from the outside, so whilst 'rustic' and a rural location, it could have been better fitted out. The sheets were not freshly laundered, mattress had a slant to starboard and the fridge needed a wipe down. No 'sitting area' despite it being advertised, well, save for a chair outside the room. Breakfast in the morning smacked more of what the staff were eating, read local traditional b'fast rice congee, thus no deviation from the 'all included' breakfast was possible without additional charge. No fresh coffee for example or fruit except bananas. Asked for yoghurt and told where the local 7-11 was then saw staff eating yoghurt the following morning. Considering the THB1,500 / night versus what that would get you per night in Chiang Mai itself, we were clearly being ripped off. We ended up staying at another homestay within a kilometre of Bhu Sala, for less than half the price, and it was clean, quiet, mountain view, sitting area, wifi etc etc. We have both travelled extensively through Thailand and Asia for 20 years and the key point here is the difference between the expectation set by the website and what you experience in reality. Point being that for the price, it was fair to expect a lot more than what is provided. La Bhu Sala may once upon a time, been a great place to stay, but the absence of any care in running the place shows in the lack of cleanliness and a very tired feel.
Little gem to escape to
Reviewed 10 march, 2016
La Bhu Salah is a rustic yet very well maintained homestay ( aka bed & breakfast ) Separate rooms with shared bathrooms are well laid out with open spaces for lounging. Crips clean linen and towels; always greatly appreciated. The shady gardens, ponds and boardwalks gives an authentic feel, suited to the countryside. We arrived without prior booking and where the only guests. At 600 Baht / night for a double bed room with a fan, including traditional Thai breakfast, we received great value for money. We opted so stay here for the duration of our 4 day rock climbing visit to Mae On. We were not offered the dining experience with the famous owner not present, as mentioned in previous reviews and the hosts could speak virtually no English. Many dining options, supermarket & local fruit market nearby
Great place to stay if you are in to food or art and want to learn
Reviewed 17 january, 2016
First of all, this place should be rated 5 star for attitude amenities, food and natural beauty. The proprietor, Vatcharin Bhumichitr (Vatch) was a rock star chef with an amazing restaurant in London as well as a hand in restaurants in the US who about 8 or 10 years ago purchased this little gem 35 minutes outside of Chiang Mai as a retreat for Thai artists and a place to relax and cook in a laid back atmosphere. I had read about it a number of years ago and always wanted to give it a go and finally got a chance. The place is easy to get to from Chiang Mai, a 30-40 minute drive on good roads, even if they drive on the wrong side for North Americans. The resort has a small number of suites with private bath as well as rooms with shared bathroom facilities. We took a suite over New Years for the princely sum of USD36 per night. A half day cooking class with Vatch was a treat. He is laid back, a great host and relaxed in his element. Cooking began Vatch asking what we wanted to cook. We chose 3 dishes, Laab, Som Tum and fried chicken in Lemongrass, sculpted for presentation. He then drove us to the market to procure the ingredients. Once back at the kitchen, we spent the whole afternoon lazily cooking (with a bit of drink thrown in). We each did all 3 dishes, comparing tastes and competing ( I did not win). The kitchen help assisted when we wanted help pounding or mincing, but stood back if we wanted to do our own. When we were done, the 3 of us set down to our dinner, cleaned up and presented wonderfully by the kitchen staff. I had done a 1 week Thai cooking school 20 years ago, very good but large class, set menu with recipes. This was infinitely more enjoyable, Vatch teaching us how to taste, with no set measures etc. The cost was very modest. The grounds are beautiful in a naturally landscaped surrounding. There were a few artists working on canvas and other media, who were happy to share and talk about what they were doing. The artists double as hotel staff and are very helpful. The suite we had was high up, with a lovely view. There is an outdoor seating area, a front room and a bedroom and bath behind. The furnishings are older, Thai style. The bed was comfortable, firm in the Thai style. The all wood structure is older but quite interesting. If you are looking for modern luxury, this is not your place. The room was kept clean but not to a 5 star standard by any means. It is more a rustic, cabin in the wood type environment. There is adequate hot water, towels etc. The suite itself had a slight tilt which was interesting. There are plenty of nature walks in on the grounds and a few restaurants nearby but you really need transportation to see all the great things nearby, waterfall, caves, etc. Vatch will cook for you if he is available, best by reservation. He cooked us a great new years eve dinner, the bill for 2 came to $15. Would I go back? Definitely. I would probably arrange a ceramics class or something similar, needs to be set up in advance. Overall, 3.5 star room with a 5 star experience. A once in a lifetime experience to cook with a great chef. The place seems kid friendly if you are travelling with a family and there is a nearby elephant camp, waterfall with swimming and the like for family entertainment.
Beautiful Rustic Ambiance
Reviewed 29 november, 2015
La Bhu Salah is beautifully landscaped and rustic in every way. It has standalone bungalows and rooms in the bigger ones with shared bathroom and toilets. The place looks like a mini village complete with a pond and plants everywhere. There are some art pieces on exhibit. Much of the place is built in wood giving it a natural feel. It is located at the flat lands before the steep climb to Mae Kampong, which is less than an hour away. Nearby are the local market, 7 Eleven and some restaurants. It is an excellent place to get away from the city hustle and bustle... And a near enough launching pad to Mae Kampong. Highly recommended! Google Maps Coordinates 18.790454, 99.247244
great place, great people, beautiful location
Reviewed 14 april, 2015
Beautiful traditional north Thai style residence. They have different rooms and each one is just brilliant. Couldn't think of a better place to stay. The surroundings are for the traveller who wants to get away from the big cities and is looking for a peaceful and romantic place to stay.