Around the end of the 1870’s, 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.
The name of the frontage road of the Laksasubha (as well as the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas next door), Naresdamri, can be translated as ‘the place where Nares lives’ as just one reminder of this history.
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 Kridakorn almost 30 years ago.
As the only child of Khun Abha and M.R. Suttiswat Kridakorn, a diplomat, Mom Lak had been travelling the world since the age of two, when her father was posted to the Thai embassy in Paris, France.
“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 Sciences at the University of Canberra, and when she returned to Thailand in the early ’80s she began working for the UN.
During this time she also met an up and coming 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 Luk’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 Luk began importing Czech crystals into Thailand. “With my mum I opened a shop in Bangkok 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 mum 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.”
“Running the school was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” she says. “I felt like I was really making a difference to the kids’ lives and I can proudly say some of the kids from way back then have contacted me to tell me how much their time at First Steps has influenced them and their lives.”
As a self-confessed ‘serial entrepreneur’ in 2007, with the crystals business losing its shine, mother and daughter decided to let it go and were looking 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? Just like I did with the school, I jumped right in, got to work, and built the resort you see today.
It would have been such a waste to do nothing with the land here, which is easily accessible and has a beach frontage, so I decided to build this resort, you know, for old time’s sake and to let others experience the true Hua Hin getaway.”
December 2018 saw ten years of the Laksasubha Hua Hin offering visitors a unique insight of Thailand’s culture and Hua Hin’s royal heritage. By living on-site and mingled with guests, Mom Lak offers a special personal touch and much more than any management staff.
In between all this, she’s a loving mum, a doting daughter, member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok and, with her mum, an honorary member of The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin. Both her offspring are graduates from university in Australia with married daughter Abhasiri a therapist for autistic children whilst son Thira pursues a career as a budding super-star of drama and film.
Our thanks to Mom Lak and her mum for their warm welcome to their home and the chance to hear their story.
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 late 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
There are 16 two-story villas with a total 52 rooms at the award-winning resort. Each is set in its own lush landscaped garden, with plenty of space plus a large terrace and bar. Guest can choose to enjoy their holidays in 5 comfortable villa types: Tamarind Studio, Garden view, Garden Veranda Suite 2 Bedrooms (Family room), and Villa 3 Bedrooms
53/7 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin
Tel: 03 2514 525-31