Around the end of the 1870s, His Royal Highness Prince Krisda Bhiniharn Krom Phra Naresra Varariddhi (Prince Nares) was sent on a mission by King Rama V to find a holiday location for members of the royal family.
What he found and named Hua Hin (stone head) became his family summer home and the forerunner of Hua Hin’s heritage of royal residences and palaces. Fast forward and the great granddaughter of Prince Nares, ML Laksasubha Kridakon, better known as Mom Lak, is the owner and General Manager of this property, now Laksasubha Hua Hin. Mom Lak inherited the property upon the passing of her father M.R. Suttiswat Kridakon 25 years ago. “My upbringing was very interesting,” she says. “We’d move on average every three to five years. So from Paris we went to Buenos Aires, Argentina for five years; then to Sydney, Australia. It was a great experience for me, and gave me a great chance to learn how different cultures operate. In Australia, Mom Lak began following in her father’s footsteps by studying Political Science at the University of Canberra. When she returned to Thailand in the early ’80s she began working for the UN. During this time she also met an up-andcoming star in foreign affairs who she married in 1987. A daughter, Abhasiri, and son, Thira, soon followed. In 1991, her husband received his first ambassadorial posting which took the family to Czechoslovakia. “They were very happy times,” she says. “At that time my father was Ambassador to Hungary, meaning my parents were just a five-hour drive from Prague and they’d visit the kids most weekends. The “bubble of family happiness” burst the day Mom Lak’s father died. “Good things never last,” she says, wistfully. “My father went to a European Ambassadors’ meeting in Brussels and he never made it back to Budapest”. In 1993 she returned to Thailand as a single parent to take care of her mother. Not long after returning, Mom Lak began importing Czech crystals into Thailand. “With my mother I opened a shop in Bangkok and we began importing crystal products reflecting the Rama V period. Business was good, and I spent a lot of time flying between Thailand and the Czech Republic. “After a year or so I saw that my mother was much happier and I began reflecting again on what I wanted to do next. I had dreamed of owning a pre-school of my own since my kids were young – a place where I could really make a difference. So at the end of 1994 I opened the First Steps preschool on Sukhumvit 43. In 2007 mother (now a sprightly 82 year old pictured below) and daughter decided to look for a new challenge. “We had six rais of land available next to the existing family Hua Hin holiday home in a prime location, so I thought, why not use it to build a hotel? I decided to build this resort, you know, for old time’s sake and to let others experience the true Hua Hin getaway.” December next year will see 10 years of the Laksasubha Hua Hin. By living on-site and mingling with guests, Mom Lak offers a special personal touch. To complete our brief story of this royal heritage, an explanation of the name Laksasubha provides another insight and into the royal connection. Mom Lak’s name and hence the name of the resort can be translated as “beautiful and fortunate”. This name was chosen and conferred by the present-day King of Thailand, Rama IX. HRH King Bhumibol Adulyadej attended the wedding of Mom Lak’s mother 58 years ago at the site of the present day Laksasubha Hua Hin. There’s a private photograph of this occasion proudly displayed at Mom Lak’s home. About The Laksasubha Hua Hin 53/7 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 03 2514 525-31 www.laksasubhahuahin.com