Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
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Lamai Homestay Guesthouse

23/1 Moo 3, Ban Khok Pet sida Khorat Nakhon Ratchasima, Bua Yai 30120 Thailand
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5.0
#1 of 1 guest house in Bua Yai
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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WINNERS OF THIS YEARS PRESTIGIOUS 2013 THAILAND GREEN EXCELLENCE AWARD for Community Based Tourism.**ALL CHILDREN UNDER 12YRS can stay FREE!we are a 20 yr established home stay and tour company.we only allow 2/3/4/5 night stays which include exclusive tours.it is just for you, your friend or family and us,very flexible and stress free.we never mix strangers together at our home.WE ARE IN NAKHON RATCHASIMS PROVINCE Lamai Homestay is within easy reach of Khao Yai PHIMAI Phanom Rung AND WORLD Heritage Site BAN CHIANG & all bus train links ARE WITHIN 15 MINS of our home which is set in a beautiful 2 acre floral garden.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Game room
Babysitting
Electric vehicle charging station
Valet parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Hiking
Fishing
Table tennis
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Massage
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
ATM on site
Doorperson
Infirmary
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
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Safe
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Thai

Location

23/1 Moo 3, Ban Khok Pet sida Khorat Nakhon Ratchasima, Bua Yai 30120 Thailand
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Bangkok Intl Airport
287.5 km
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within 10 kilometers
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Covgirl wrote a review May 2005
Preston5 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was travelling from Bangkok to Nong Khai and on to Laos. I had stayed in a range of accommodation, from smart hotels to hostels when, by chance, I was surfing the web and came across Lamai's Homestay/Guesthouse in a rice village in Ko Phet, Bua Yai, Khorat, Isan in North-East Thailand. It was a gem of a place. Situated opposite a beautiful lake, it had beautiful gardens, full of flowers, fruit trees, butterflies and birds. There were picnic tables and hammocks under large shady trees, a barbecue near a small fishpond, and a cool splashpool for resting tired feet. Inside the house was immaculately kept, with a choice of air-con room or fan room or a twin-bedded annexe room whose windows opened out on to the lake. Perhaps the most remarkable thing was the service. Lamai and family give you such a warm welcome. They met me at the local bus stop and took me to the homestay. I arrived in the afternoon so the evening meal was a barbecue cooked and eaten in the garden. Some of the locals came along to say hello and then we walked into the village to meet the rest of the family. They ran village workshops in silk-making, raffia and best of all - food-foraging. I did the latter - 3 days of being an Isan villager. It was amazing. For ambience combined with comfort, I haven't experienced anything like it. Full marks.
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Response from JimmyLamaiLiziJolie, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 6 Oct 2013
SINCERE THANKS .you made us all very proud.
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DarcyDot wrote a review Feb 2015
Winchester, United Kingdom13 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a return visit for me. This stay I was joined by my 6 year old daughter, who is Thai, and wanted to introduce her to traditional Thai rural village life. We had a super time again. What we learnt during our stay you could never get from a guidebook. This is real Thailand away from the tourists. We enjoyed popping into the village school, visiting the silk village, local market, Korat Zoo, Phimai and food foraging. Jimmy and Lamai helped us with organising a trip to some bridal shops to get a traditional Thai dress for my daughter. They then suggested she wear the dress to Phimai where we got some amazing photos.
The homestay is very comfortable. The whole family make you welcome and my daughter enjoyed playing with Jolie. Lamai's cooking is great and the endless stories from Jimmy keep even the long journeys entertaining. We can't thank the family enough for their hospitality. We will be back again!
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Date of stay: January 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from JimmyLamaiLiziJolie, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 26 Feb 2015
What a great pleasure to receive yet another returning client family review.It was indeed an honor to have you share again precious days of your holiday time here with us..This time you brought little Willow to see us ,i am certain a life long connection has now been made between Willow & us and our Jolie .We certainly hope to see you all again, there will always remain memories as before, but now the new additional everlasting memories of laughs we all shared.good luck with the future to you both lovely loving parents, and your lovely daughter Willow. jimmy lamai & the girls.
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Dutcas wrote a review Feb 2010
Copenhagen, Denmark47 contributions22 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay at Lamais! This was the start of our SEA adventure, and a wonderful way to wind down and gain knowledge. Staying here was a great way for all of us to learn about how life is lived in this part of the world. We - a family of five: mom, dad and 3 kids (10, 8 and 3) felt very welcome here. What will we remember the most? hunting at night in the closeby and very dark field for frogs (and spotting a snake!), buying fish and birds at the old tree and setting them free again, eating Lamais wonderfull food in the tropical garden by candlelight,... the list is endles!
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Date of stay: December 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from JimmyLamaiLiziJolie, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 6 Oct 2013
great review.thank you. people tend to think perhaps we write these our self ?let trip adviser assure people THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN.
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Lars M wrote a review Feb 2015
8 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at Lamais with wife, kids (8 and 10) and mother in law for 3 nights. We had a great time there and both Lamai and Jimmy were so helpful and did everything to make us have a good and comfortable stay. Lamai showed us around in the little village and we visited the school. An other day, Lamais mother took us to the rice-fields for hunting big spiders and scorpions, and it was kind of a thrill. Our youngest child, played with their daughter and they had a great time in the splash pool. Definitely a place we would like to come back to.
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from JimmyLamaiLiziJolie, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 26 Feb 2015
Great to see Danish clients yet again .Sadly now after 16 yrs plus a few thousand Danish Family visits in that time ! No Danish Agency see our exclusive strict policy of only one client or one couple or a whole family for any one stay & date booked = financial rewarding enough to them to include us in their Danish brochures ***Thankfully word of mouth is still Our best form of advertisement !. Lars you have a wonderful family and i know one little person in particular was so sad to see her New Best Friend depart. We were honored by your choice of us to share part of your valuable holiday time with. We wish you both and the 2 children a great and happy future,Not forgetting the 5 th member of your family who kept us all amazed at her happy and endearing personality.Stay safe,stay happy and we certainly look forward to seeing you again should your future travels ever venture out this way again. jimmy lamai lizi jolie * james bond & panda
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wrote a review May 2008
London, United Kingdom49 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lamai's Guesthouse is located in the province of Isan (also spelled Isaan or Esarn), about 7 hours by train from Bangkok, in a rural village. The guesthouse is run by Lamai, who was born and raised in that village, and her Welsh husband Jimmy with their little daughter Lizzy. They wanted to make a difference in this poor area and build this guesthouse which can accomodate up to 6 people. Like this, tourists have the opportunity to see some "real" Thailand, without having too much of a negative impact on the cultural and environment. We stayed in a large room, which was cleaned every day, with air-conditioning and toilet and shower next door. In the mornings and evenings we dined outside at various pretty places in the garden.

JImmy and Lamai offer various tours: You can participate in rural life and go Scorpion hunting, cook ants and plant rice, you can see how silk worms are grown and how silk is made, or visit some of the Khmer temples in the area.

We chose the temple tour and saw various very impressive (Angkor Vat like) Khmer temples, museums and excavation sites. JImmy would always talk plans for the next day over with us and then he and Lamai would drive us there, we would have time to explore, then we all had lunch, went to see some more or went home and had some of Lamai's fantastic food. However, we also got a walking tour of the village, met some of Lamai's family, saw silk worms in various stages and tried our hand at silk weaving. Jimmy and Lamai were very flexible and accomodated us in every possible way. Jimmy told us lots of things about Thai culture and life in Thailand, which were very interesting and so we learned many things we otherwise would not have seen or heard of. This was truly alternative travel! Everything had a very personal touch about it. We are extremely happy about how this holiday went and will certainly go back to hunt some scorpions.
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Date of stay: April 2008
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from JimmyLamaiLiziJolie, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 6 Oct 2013
our pleasure thank you.
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liuya8604 wrote a review Apr 2016
Shenzhen, China1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If going there from Bangkok by bus, suggest to take ones in the morning, or might arrive late at Lamai's. When buy the tickets they will tell you a time, but bus only leaves when fill in all seats. For our case, they told us bus leave at 2pm when we bought tickets around 12:30, but until 3:30 they started to leave.
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Date of stay: April 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from lamaihomestay, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 28 Apr 2016
hello again Jackie, so nice to meet yet another Chinese young lady .very sorry trip adviser cut off half your review, still you put a great head line on the review.it was very enjoyable sharing you & your boy friends company,we all have lovely shared memories ,and our daughter Jolie is missing your games and your lovely smile.take care both & i hope we meet again in the future. as for the bus service normaly v.good but all depends on which company .Nakhon Chai air is nearly always good.@ 3 hrs to khorat city plus 45 mins to here.have a drink & packed lunch included at around 350 bhat each :)
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Aisling D wrote a review Mar 2016
County Donegal, Ireland21 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 3 nights in Feb and had a fantastic time, visits to the village and school were a highlight as well as the interesting Bua Ya market. My husband got to have a go at spider and scorpion hunting which he really enjoyed. Food was lovely and the family are so friendly. It is great to have a fluent English speaker, who had a great inside knowledge of the area and the people. Fantastic time, highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from lamaihomestay, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 29 Mar 2016
it's always a pleasure to meet such an interesting & friendly couple . we here are very proud of the reaction of all our guests to their stay.we are getting more & more return visits as the years pass by. we would love to see you both again one day & catch up on each others news.good luck with this years lambs :)
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Jessica B wrote a review Jan 2016
5 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse was a highlight of our trip to Thailand. Jimmy, Lamai and their children made us feel welcome and showed us many aspects of local village life. My daughter (age 11) and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Response from lamaihomestay, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 27 Jan 2016
Thank you Jessica from everyone here,and a special thanks from All The Locals that you & your young daughter so kindly supported by purchasing so many of their hand made products.This still is and as was 18 yrs ago the bases of our original home stay & tours set up = to bring in some extra financial help to our poor but very able locality.So many clients these days sadly by pass the opportunity to purchase their take home souvenirs from a genuine O.T.O.P. = authentic ONE TABOL ONE PRODUCT outlet. That means the items are guaranteed to be authentic products finished or made totally in one little local village or other somewhere in Thailand .As there is no hint of mass tourism here in Isarn the few foreigners that do visit, do certainly get the privilege of buying at local Thai prices.Jessica you both are certainly a shinning example of 2 real responsible travelers.
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James L wrote a review Jan 2016
London, United Kingdom2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 3 nights in December, with our itinerary basically being the one listed on the website as the "Rural Life Tour". Due to a fluke of planning, our last morning there happened to be Christmas Day, which added a bit of extra fun, and is usually not possible as the family normally goes away at this time. It didn't have any negative effect as it is a normal working day in Thailand and all transport options were available.

We like getting recommendations from friends and not just online reviews, so our decision to go was based not just on previous Tripadvisor reviews but on a strong recommendation from trusted friends. This was our first time doing a rural "homestay" type visit anywhere, and the website accurately describes what it involves. Besides that, Jimmy was great in responding to any advance email questions we had or concerns we expressed before deciding to go.

Jimmy is characterful and talkative, generous and fair. He seems to have had a varied and colourful life and is now happy to enjoy a peaceful Thai village existence with his family, peppered with visits from curious travellers. His chattiness is a plus in that a lot of the learning comes from his descriptions and opinions of the area and of Thailand in general. Fortunately - and unlike some big talkers - he has very thoughtful and well-considered views which shows he has a genuine feel for the place. Lamai is also a good source of information - though less chatty than Jimmy, her English is excellent and she knows the village completely, having lived there her entire life. Their genuine belonging to the village made the visit as authentic and "untouristy" as possible.

We were a couple with a 6-year old kid (same age as the family's middle child), and everything about the place was family-friendly and warm-hearted, so we would recommend this for singles, couples, or families. Our accommodation was spacious and comfortable, and the family's garden and location in the village are ideal for wandering during moments of "down-time".

Some people will want to be aware that Jimmy is a smoker, but he is perfectly considerate and does not smoke in the car or in close indoor company with his visitors. As non-smokers, we didn't find it a problem at all.

We look forward to going back, and the only reason we would not would be if time were limited and we wanted to explore a different part of Thailand. Having said that, we came here because of the Isaan region's reputation as the sort of heart of Thailand, and we did get that impression nicely while we were there.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from lamaihomestay, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 19 Jan 2016
Heart felt thanks from Lamai & myself & the girls.you put a great deal of thought and consideration into writing one of the best reviews any host could ever wish for.Our intention for these past 18 years has been to show the reality, generosity & authenticity of the real rural Thailand. Far from the touristy glitz associated with the normal mass tourism of islands sandy beach resorts & it's seedier city life.Everyone should at least lay aside a few days to see the eye opening difference of a more realistic relaxed side of it's so often ignored rurality Surrounded by pollution free air & ENJOY the definite absence of the nauseous aroma of well oiled bodies cooking on the sun drenched beaches :) p.s.a reminder to tripadvisor,when will they ever get around to removing this fictitious review 43 from joker shani perez ? the joke is wearing thin & swiftly becoming more so a case of legal action :).
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TheresaOregon wrote a review Nov 2015
Keizer, Oregon137 contributions38 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jimmy and Lamai are gracious hosts. Their beautiful children reflect their parents' love if people and their heritage.

I was honored to share in the lives of the community, from the school children to the artisans who worked with the silk.

Thank you for a memorable and heartwarming experience!

Theresa.
USA
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Date of stay: November 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from lamaihomestay, Owner at Lamai Homestay Guesthouse
Responded 17 Jan 2016
Theresa such an admiral older lady .one of my recent favorites. an honor to share your holiday time, and a great pleasure to accompany you back to the airport.you have made new friends here that can /& will last a lifetime,we look forward to seeing you again on a future visit.good luck with your up coming retirement from the USA police force .
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SIMPLE THEY MUST ALL ON THE COMPLAINTS BOARD BE OF JEWISH ORIGIN or SYMPATHIZERS OF THE AFFLICTED .We have asked them on no less than 20 occasions to remove this garbage .now 61 prefect T.A .reviews ON & around 5.000 MORE individually written client reviews on our own web
Willem v wrote a tip Feb 2017
Hilversum, The Netherlands8 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's a large family room"
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Mavis R wrote a tip Dec 2015
Greater London, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
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"all perfect"
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conniebjerregaard wrote a tip July 2013
Copenhagen Region, Denmark29 contributions12 helpful votes
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"every romme is fine"
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Nearby attractions include Prang Sida (6.2 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
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Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
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Yes, Lamai Homestay Guesthouse offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Thai.
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Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.