Swiss-Lanna is indeed a beautiful lodge, and people on different websites give them good ratings. My only concern was their seemingly not so ideal location. Our original plan was, after Chiang Mai, we'll spend 2 nights in Chiang Rai, then 1 night in Pai, then back to Chiang Mai for the last 3 nights. I thought it would be better to live in a more convenient place so that we could walk around the night bazaar in the evening, so for the last 3 nights I booked another place. However, after research and discussion we changed our mind. We did not want to go all the way from Chiang Rai to Pai (which is a 6-hour bus journey), so we decided to stay one more night in Chiang Mai before heading to Pai.
Too much talking. What I mean is, at the end, having no idea how lovely this place really is, we ended up staying 2 nights in this beautiful Lanna Lodge.
A video of Swiss-Lanna Lodge by "Eight miles from home"
Once we got off from the plane, we took a taxi from the airport to Swiss-Lanna Lodge. Since we had too much luggage, we needed a big taxi, which cost us 300B (while normally this journey should take about 180B).
As we entered, the lady received us asked us to take off our shoes and leave them on the rack outside, and then went in to sit at the table, and enjoyed the tea she prepared.
They even invited guests to write their names on the blackboard. I glimpsed a few lizards on the walls, so I sat still on my chair, until the lady told us that our rooms were ready.
(The colour tones look different in the two pictures because we took the above pictures with different cameras, but it actually looked more like the left one)The above two photos are the room my sister and I slept in, Buddha's room. (Wow) It is rather rectangular in shape, and the two beds lie in the opposite corners. (The white thingies at the bottom right corner are the other bed.) My sister didn't want to sleep by the windows, so I slept on the bed on the right.
The place for breakfast is where we had tea the night before. The blackboard is on the left edge of the photo.
As mentioned above, we headed out immediately after breakfast that morning, and returned the next evening. This time, they asked whether we would like other rooms.
This morning, I had pancakes and avocado choco shake for breakfast.
The lodge has nice places for people to just sit and relax.
In conclusion, I absolutely love it here in Swiss-Lanna Lodge. Firstly, I was so looking forward to staying in one of these Lanna wooden houses, and this lodge has lovely designs and decorations (except for the lizard ones...) Secondly, the staff here are nice and helpful, and prepare delicious breakfast for guests. Thirdly, the prices are attractive. Although it doesn't have the best location, if you bring the hotel card out and show it to your songthaew driver, it should be no problem. However, they don't seem to have hair blow-drier in any bathroom I've used. I'm pretty sure they can lend you one on request, but if you're out till late and come back when everyone is sound asleep, perhaps you'll need to either borrow it earlier, or bring one yourself.
Photos with the lovely ladies of Swiss-Lanna Lodge :)
Definitely coming back when I visit Chiang Mai again in the future! Try the other rooms perhaps? :P
1. Swiss-Lanna Lodge website http://www.swisslannalodge.com/#!home/cez1
2. Swiss-Lanna Lodge Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SwissLannaLodge?fref=ts